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Tue, 16 Jan 2018 13:42:24 +0000

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Comment on Antihistamine Money by Fred

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 03:21:35 +0000

That was back when jokes were clever, clean and intelligent. I miss them.

Comment on Using HDHomeRun Plus to record H.264 video with Windows Media Center by helpful55

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 10:27:51 +0000

What I am trying to do is reduce all of the physical use of my HD not really the space used. Even if I could cut the file size in half I would be happy, if it is like you say I will be dancing. I record OTA tv and only play it back using my pc, no need to have it playable any other way. The programs I have found to do recording to a smaller format sound like they are complicated and may just add more things to screw up. Besides they may cause a lot of HD use. I can convert after the fact but that defeats what I am mainly trying to do. I have never been let down by WMC and I like it so I want to use it if I can. This sounds like it may do what I want. What kind of quality loss are you talking about when used for sports? Is this going to be accessible by WMC just like it is a tuner and the h.264 input also being usable for WMC recording? Also will I be able to have the same or some kind of usable program guide so I can program recordings? Thanks for your help here.

Comment on A Social Media Fast by Some thoughts on my social media fast –

Sat, 30 Dec 2017 17:13:02 +0000

[…] in November I decided it was time for a social media break. Facebook and Twitter were turning into frustrations that caused me more to feel fractured than to […]

Comment on Positive Politics: Internet and Technology Policy by Matt Townsley

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:38:20 +0000

"But what we do need is a populous that is more educated about how to identify fake news stories so they can evaluate things on their own." ^Amen! ^ In the era of blogs and op-eds everywhere, I think it might be challenging to effectively regulate "fake news" when considering free speech implications. In my profession, we call this fake news identification, "information literacy." It's not really a new idea (after all, the burden has always been on individuals to determine if they can get more in depth/accurate/just-in-time information via the radio, TV, newspaper, etc.), but clearly even more of an important skill in the modern era of social media. I can imagine the librarians among us going to bed on most evenings, wondering where our society turned in the wrong direction.

Comment on Positive Politics: Education by Chris

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:25:48 +0000

Well Dad, and Matt, if I were going to have put money down on who would actually comment on this particular post, it would've been you two. Thanks for not disappointing me. :-) First observation: even as I was writing this post I was realizing how inadequate this length felt for really addressing the topic. I wrote nearly 1100 words and felt like I just scratched the surface, gave lots of unjustified opinions, and left a lot of questions (including my own questions) unanswered. But in the interest of brevity (nobody wants to read 10,000 words from me on this topic!) and my own available time, I settled for a level of detail somewhat greater than our President's policy discussions on his campaign website and significantly less than what someone truly knowledgeable in the subject would write. Dad, to your comments - funding is always indeed a hard question. (Matt hinted at this, too.) I have a suspicion that as I write through these various topics I'm going to find more places I want to spend money than places I want to cut, and it's not entirely obvious how we do that in ways that don't cripple the economy. I'm going to try to assemble my thoughts on that whenever I talk about taxes. Also - I appreciate the appeal of having the educational funds follow the kid. I just can't see at the moment how that doesn't end up with a bunch of corporations running educational facilities to turn out test-passing widgets, and the past 20 years leave me disinclined to be too trusting of big corporations really having individuals' best interests at heart, or even remotely on their radar. Matt, I appreciate your comments, and specifically the insights regarding increased funding going to publishers and testing companies who would then only serve to amplify the current dominant values. I hadn't thought of it from that angle before. That's a tough nut to crack.

Comment on Positive Politics: Education by Matt Townsley

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:15:10 +0000

As an educator (and longtime blog reader!), I thought it might be fun to comment on this one: Early childhood education - I agree with your thoughts and think Iowa has a pretty solid voluntary preschool setup when compared to some of our neighbors. K-12 - I couldn't agree more with your assessment of tricky metrics. Schools (public, private, home or otherwise) are not cranking out widgets. And those tests politicians often like to rely upon...? They're often designed to discern students' level of understanding related to low cognitive tasks. On the topic of compensation, a high school friend of mine completed an apprenticeship program in the building trades (little to no tuition costs compared to my 4 year private college teacher) and was making close to 50% more than me as a public school teacher. Heck, a number of my classmates took two different math classes than me, resulting in a different major....and graduated with entry-level jobs bringing home over twice as much as my first year teacher salary ($24,500) in 2004. No educators I know enter the profession for the big bucks, however as a society, I think we can show our appreciation through increased compensation. College education - this is an area I'd like to learn more about. Your reasons made sense to me. Regarding the five question evaluation, I'd add that more money to education does not always provide a seat at the table for the less marginalized. For example, more money funneled towards schools who in turn pay curriculum publishers and testing companies...has the potential to amplify middle/upper class white values. Does that make sense?

Comment on Positive Politics: Education by Don Hubbs

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 05:14:18 +0000

Non-controversial status quo. The hard question is always funding. How do we increase college tuition aid without the schools scooping it up wholesale and ending up with no net gain? Where does the extra funding come from for public primary and secondary? How do we justify funding only those who choose the public system? I still think the money ought to follow the child, not the system, but that won’t preach.

Comment on Andrew Sullivan on the Gay Wedding Cake Case by Clay

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 17:19:52 +0000

I don't know this Andrew Sullivan, but I sure agree with him here. Thanks Chris.

Comment on Thinking in more positive terms about political issues by kim

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 22:07:58 +0000

This sounds like a great idea! Being a critic is easy. Thinking constructively takes time, effort and energy. Glad for this move, for you! :)