“When you look around an office, nine times out of 10 you can tell if it was designed for fear.
How does fear manifest in space? High walls. No windows. Closed spaces. By extracting management from the doers and makers of the company, there’s plausible deniability. When conversation is inhibited by high-walled cubicles, information is controlled. And to effectively instill fear in office culture, you have to control information. You have to make sure teams are segmented into departments, information is transmitted linearly and power is centralized.”
Tool use in crocodylians: crocodiles and alligators use sticks as lures to attract waterbirds | Tetrapod Zoology, Scientific American Blog Network “As described by Dinets et al. (2013), Mugger crocodiles Crocodylus palustris in India and American alligators Alligator mississippiensis in the USA have both been observed to lie, partially submerged, beneath egret and heron colonies with sticks balanced across their snouts. Birds approach to collect the sticks for use in nest building and… well, let’s just say that it doesn’t end well for the birds. If the crocodylians really are using the sticks as bait to attract their bird prey, this is tool use, since the sticks are objects that are being employed for a specific function.” tags: animal crocodile tools tool science adaptation weekly How meaning comes to technology: PCR at 30 | Jean-Baptiste Gouyon | Science | theguardian.com “More than a technique, PCR is a concept, that enables molecular biologists to think in new ways of their object of study, DNA, to ask genes new questions. Opening the way to new experiments, it literally frees the imagination. Some even use PCR machines as fridges. After all a thermocycler is nothing but an intelligent heating and cooling block. It can be set on 4ºC for 48 hours, to conserve the result of an experiment over the week-end. ” How meaning […]
Make Good Art: Neil Gaiman’s Advice on the Creative Life, Adapted by Design Legend Chip Kidd | Brain Pickings “When things get tough, this is what you should do: Make good art. I’m serious. Husband runs off with a politician — make good art. Leg crushed and then eaten by a mutated boa constrictor — make good art. IRS on your trail — make good art. Cat exploded — make good art. Someone on the Internet thinks what you’re doing is stupid or evil or it’s all been done before — make good art. Probably things will work out somehow, eventually time will take the sting away, and that doesn’t even matter. Do what only you can do best: Make good art. Make it on the bad days, make it on the good days, too. “ tags: weekly art ds106 advice neil Stalin was their drug: Tractor Drivers (1939) | Obskura “Tractor Drivers is a musical film. I simply love the fact that even the musical genre, always defined by escapism it offered to audiences, in the Soviet Union served propaganda purposes. If musical numbers in Hollywood musicals were usually just spectacular disruptions of storyline meant to entertain, in the Soviet musical they were ideological interludes, used to remind the viewer about his duties as a Soviet citizen. This crazy […]
I know. I know. You’ve been eagerly awaiting more VA specific teacher evaluation posts. Because of that intense demand, I offer up this frame for the new VA DOE standards for teacher evaluation. Recall, if you will, what I’ve been told is an overly analytical, semi-obsessive breakdown of what the standards actually say. Based on that language, anyone want to take bets on what percent of the evaluation student learning progressions will be in 2015? I ignored the random assortment of items thrown under “Professionalism” and focused on the instructional items. The goal was to figure out when you’d really see these skills being practiced. I’m claiming three observational windows- planning, delivery, and reflection (and after your first lesson ever, reflection and planning ought to become conjoined twins)This may be me claiming loudly that water is wet.. I would argue that often we observe instruction and claim we can then figure out what happend in planning. I don’t think that’s the case. More energy and time needs to spent working with people when they are planning. Prior to putting these thoughts into action, we need to see what connections are being made, what information is being considered, etc. Looking at the end and trying to work backwards seems to encourage assumptions and mistakes on the part of the evaluator. People […]