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Some quotes on teaching

Everybody who is incapable of learning has taken to teaching.
Oscar Wilde

Teaching is the only major occupation of man for which we have not yet developed tools that make an average person capable of competence and performance. In teaching we rely on the “naturals,” the ones who somehow know how to teach.
Peter Drucker

Please stop teaching my children that everyone gets a trophy just for participating. What is this, the Nobel Prize? Not everybody gets a trophy.
Glenn Beck

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Why remake Hawii 5-0?

No offense to the many fine actors and production staff that are working on the remake but has Hollywood completely run out ideas?  When was the last time you watched  a movie that was made of a great book or that was really original?

Why remake Sherlock Holmes?  Mr. Downey and Mr. Law did a good job turning Holmes and Watson into action figures but did they add anything to the story?  I’d love to hear from Baker Street  group about what they thought of it.

Even PBS is doing Miss Marple to death.

And the original Ventures Hawaii 5-0 theme is more hard charging than this version.

Enough said…sigh

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Why does every road in Massachusetts need repair?

I drive a good deal to work and back. I take Rt. RT. to Rt. 135 to RT. 128 and so forth. Every one of these roads needs major repair. I’m not talking a little patch, we’re talking major crater the size of the sea of tranquility on the moon.
And, don’t blame it all on Deval, he’s only been the head mahooti for a short time.
And why do some repairs never get done? Are people just not paying attention or what?
Rt. 128 by Rt. 1 in Norwood has had crews there for at least 10 years – I worked down that way as a contractor in 2000 and the same people are still there. What gives???

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Junk mail- why don’t they pay their way?

 First of all, I think the Post Office does an excellent job – where else can you pay someone less than 50 cents to take a letter to California from Boston?

Second, why doesn’t junk mail pay full price to have someone deliver their mail?  It would solve 2 problems:  Get rid of unwanted junk mail and add money to the Post Office.

Third, there are some services that aren’t meant to make money, we pay taxes to provide services: example, trains and commuter rail, the post office, the IRS, etc.

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A New Natural Law – Conservation of Honesty

People think of unique things at 3:30 am.  I was thinking about an issue with some of my friends, acquaintances, supervisors the other morning at 3:30 am because I was told I was too blunt with people.  It occurred to me that Honesty like energy might follow some natural laws. 

Wikipedia tells us: “The law of conservation of energy is an empirical law of physics. It states that the total amount of energy in an isolated system remains constant over time (is said to be conserved over time). A consequence of this law is that energy can neither be created nor destroyed, it can only be transformed from one state to another. The only thing that can happen to energy in a closed system is that it can change form, for instance chemical energy can become kinetic energy.”

I think this is true with Honesty.  The total amount of Honesty remains constant in an isolated system over time.

For example, you probably know this intuitively.  When you’re having lunch with your best friend, and they are talking about a bad relationship.  Your friend is pouring their heart out in stark black and white.  Do you blurt out – he’s a shit and you should leave him.  No, you find ways to sympathize and empathize and help the person to bring what they just told you to full consciousness.

At work, you’re at a project meeting, and things haven’t been going well for the whole team – do you blurt out that it’s because there is no spec and the design is shoddy or do you conserve honesty and wait for someone else to mention it?

See, I think there only so much honesty in the world and as a result our progress as a speccies is hampered by the Law of Conservation of honesty.