Wednesday, September 29, 2010

School reading

Here's an interesting NY Times piece on Brockton High that challenges some of the trends in education reform and Race to the Top.

What an odd idea- actually letting the faculty of a high school control their own jobs.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Where in Worcester?

This picture was taken Wednesday afternoon, right around rush hour, facing west.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Operation Enduring Craters.

Nicole wanted a recent picture of the Newton Square Project.  Here it is!
Here's the inside of the bunker.  I posted about this on August 27th, and 18 days later, the bunker and crater are still there.  Anyone want to make a prediction when this gets filled in?  The over/under is before/after the first snowfall.  I'll take after.

Employee #337

I was voter #337 at roughly 5:30 this afternoon at Temple Emanuel.  That's not a bad turnout seeing the evening rush hadn't begun, but with the large number of unregistered or apathetic citizens outnumbering the voting public, it's pretty depressing.

Friday, September 3, 2010

13th District Debate.

According to the T&G article, Gina DiBaro didn't say anything in this debate.  Either she is a mime, completely unmemorable, or the author of the article doesn't care to mention her candidacy.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

What I read today.

I just finished two very different, and very long, pieces on some major personalities in American politics.

Michael Joseph Gross of Vanity Fair's piece on Sarah Palin, while probably satisfying for most people who dislike her politics, lacks real sources.  It feels like a confidential kitchen rant over coffee, rather than a portrait of a national figure. 

On the other hand, Jane Mayer of The New Yorker nailed the subject of the Koch Brothers and the astro-turfing of the political landscape.  Even Clive McFarlane referenced her piece today!  (I expect a rebuttal from Robert Z. Nemeth sometime in January of 2012.) had two fun pieces on the Kochs combining their love of astroturf organizing and hypocrisy
This piece made me see red.  By all means, former Senator Simpson- cut off funding for veteran's health care to balance the budget, and eliminate Social Security.  I wish you were still retired, along with your co-worker, David Cote.
I will be attempting this recipe, this recipe or this recipe this weekend....but adding candied bacon and caramel.