Education and Learning Systems

I’ve been thinking a lot about education, from how we teach our youth to how we teach ourselves. My favorite way to learn is by doing. By getting my hands dirty, performing experiments, testing to see what happens, and making note (maybe only mentally) of what I learn, I seem to both retain better, and…

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Bring Back the Pure Patron

Lets forget about crowd sourcing, twitch streaming, and things like Patreon for a time. How did the idea of a patron of the arts come to be? Why did it exist? And should we try to bring it back? patron (n.) “a lord-master, a protector,” c. 1300, from Old French patron “patron, protector, patron saint”…

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Quote: Longing

If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the sea. Antoine De Saint-Exupery I’m not sure why this quote stuck with me. My mom used to read The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery,…

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Made Up Words

The word sonder has crossed my path a few times. It’s not an officially recognized word by Webster’s standards… yet. But you might say, ain’t it just a matter of time? (Depending on your age and/or knowledge of linguistic history you might get that “ain’t” wasn’t recognized as a word by Webster even after being…

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Blogging Thoughts

Okay, I work for WordPress.com, full disclosure, I have a lot of blogs. Some I use for testing, some for fun, some for ramblings that I never share, the list goes on for the reasons I have so many. But I’ve been starting to wonder why. Why do I have blogs for all these different…

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The Concept of Beauty

There are a whole lot of ways to be perfect, and not one of them is attained through punishment. From the Essay Dogs, Cats, and Dancers, Thoughts about Beauty, by Ursula K. Le Guin In this essay, Usula not only talks about the concept of perfection, but also about society’s expectations of beauty, and how…

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Book Thoughts: Einstein’s Dreams

I recently reread Einsteins’ Dreams by Alan Lightman. I just can’t help but come back to it when I get to contemplating time and reality. It’s a fictional story, or set of short stories really, about what Einstein might have been dreaming about when he was working the patent office in Switzerland and developing his theory…

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Book Thoughts: How to Change Your Mind

Not too long ago I finished Michael Pollan’s How to Change your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence. And it was awesome. I don’t have a better word for it. It really was great, fun to read, full of interesting info and stories. It was just…

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Artwork Just for Fun

I’ve experimented with a lot of mediums for creating art over the years. Check out my gallery below for some samples of a bunch of junk! From drawing with pen and ink, pencil, pastels and chalk, to painting with watercolors, acrylics, oils, and encaustics, to printmaking, blacksmithing (iron), ceramics, and woodworking, you’d be hard pressed…

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Documentary Review: The Bleeding Edge

I’ve been a bit of documentary kick with Netflix recently. I generally only watch things when I’m walking on the treadmill or leave something on when I’m cooking a meal. For some reason, walking on the treadmill and watching a documentary makes the time go by faster for me opposed to some fiction show. The…

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