Archive for February, 2010

WoD – CourseSmart and the iPad

Back on the Technology meme today.

The future of learning – very cool.  See here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSjXO7Odh9E&feature=player_embedded


p.s.  The Six Fingers WoD elicited quite a few direct replies, including this one:

“It’s too late.  We have already adopted the decimal system, so ten fingers is the number we need to count on.  Twelve fingers would lead to the undoing of thousands of years of calculations, perhaps even the crash of all our financial systems.  On the other hand (pun intended), imagine if we had a sixth finger that was an opposing thumb.  Two thumbs per hand with four fingers in between.  That would shake things up mightily.”

My added thought is, while this may not help throw a tight spiral, imagine the possibilities in helping to palm a basketball…  Along the same lines, it’s kind of like annexing Puerto Rico (or Canada) to give us 51 states.  50 is tidy and even, and makes for a nice flag.  While 51 is a pretty bad number.  So let’s face it – we’re stuck at 50.  Until maybe we annex in like 10 more, all in one batch.  Otherwise, 50 it is and 50 it’ll be…

Wednesday:

NIT MER VI AN ONVUNK  (nith mehr vee ahn OHNvoonk)

A mere hint

I can taste nit mer vi an onvunk of cinnamon.

WoD – Six Fingers

(I know, I know, it’s been a while.  I am going to try to do better – my goal is now at least one WoD a week.  I even committed to some motivation!  (check out www.stickk.com)  So, on to today’s…)

Four fingers are better than three, right?  And five fingers are better than four.  So wouldn’t six fingers be better than five?  Seems logical, right?  And so, we could conclude that evolution might play out this way, too, i.e. that ultimately humans will all have six fingers instead of five.  (I mean, just think how tightly you could throw a football spiral with six fingers – if that ain’t evolutionary superiority, I don’t know what is…)

But think about every single human being evolving to have six fingers instead of five.  It seems so unbelievable and implausible, doesn’t it?  Especially, by the way, since anyone with six fingers would instantly be considered a freakazoid, and would arguably have a lot tougher time mating and procreating than us “normal” folks with five fingers.  And even if he/she did procreate, would their children with 6 fingers really go on to procreate a lot too, so much so as to change all of humanity — all 6 billion people?!  But evolution says so, doesn’t it?

So when is evolution… wrong?

Monday:

NOKHSHLEPER (NOHKHshlehpehr)

A straggler, a dependent

That nokhshleper will never move out!  Tell him to go get a job!



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