Archive for the 'Current Affairs' Category

Technological Change in Education

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Over the last few years I have been viewing college lectures on line, mostly from AcademicEarth. In watching the lectures, I notice that some professors write their material on the blackboard with chalk. This is what everyone did back when I was in school. But, many professors now project their material, using a tool such […]


Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

I was reading a book review this morning and I stumbled across the acronym bislagiatt. While it doesn’t flow smoothly off one’s tongue, I came to understand it is actually quite handy, because it stands for – but it seemed like a good idea at the time.

Atomic Tumbleweeds

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

Today’s Wall Street Journal had a front page article on radioactive critters. The article focuses on the ongoing cleanup of the Hanford nuclear site in Washington, an effort that has already cost $30 billion. Occasionally radioactive droppings are discovered from rabbits or mice, which then leads to a search not only for the animals but […]

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

This has certainly started out to be a serious winter here in the Twin Cities. But, it could be worse. The following sentence from a Los Angeles Times article about the recent major rainstorms in Southern California caught my eye: At one point, she saw a neighbor running down the road, with a huge boulder […]

Be True To Your Shovel

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

Shoveling snow is somewhat like playing golf, you need a variety of shovels (clubs) to be effective. These days, I go with a quintet of shovels: My favorite shovel, since we get a lot of our storms as Alberta Clippers with light fluffy snow, is the Big Max: Just got a new Big Max this […]

Mountains Out Of Snow Flakes

Sunday, December 19th, 2010

We have had enough snow in the Twin Cities that they have been having problems finding places to haul it. Pat heard on the news that one of the locations snow was being trucked to was on the St. Paul campus of the University of Minnesota, adjacent to the State Fair. Pat, Hana and I […]

Going Postal

Friday, December 17th, 2010

This morning I went over to the Post Office near the border between Vadnais Heights and White Bear Lake, the fourth and final post office visit of the season. Figuring there might be a line, I went a little earlier today. I got there around 8:45 and when I got inside, I noticed there was […]

Pro Football in Minnesota?

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Fifty years ago the NFL had a new team, the Minnesota Vikings. This season has not gone well for the Vikes, and for a few years they have been trying to get a new stadium. The stadium issue became more pressing when a recent snow storm caused the Metrodome to deflate. This resulted in that […]

Target Field

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

The Twins have built a new (outdoor) baseball stadium which is opening this spring. Today the Gophers were playing the initial game at Target Field against Louisiana Tech. Today was basically a chance for the facility to get a dry run before a two-game exhibition series between the Twins and Cardinals next month. For a […]

Put It On Your Calendar

Sunday, December 27th, 2009

An article in this morning’s Star Tribune notes that the 2010 World Championship Cheese Contest will be held March 16 – 18 at the Monona Terrace Center in Madison, Wisconsin. I am sure many of you are aware that this is the 28th biennial World Championship Cheese Contest, but you may not appreciate that while […]