Archive for December 1st, 2010

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‎12.1.2010 … On the way back to Charlotte … Thanks for all your prayers and support.

Advent:  I do love Advent …

“The candles in the Advent wreath symbolize the light of God coming into the world through the birth of His son. The four outer candles represent the period of waiting during the four Sundays of Advent, which symbolize the four centuries of waiting from the prophet Malachi to the fulfillment of God’s promise through the birth of Christ.”

eBooks, technology, Google:

“Google is going to turn every Internet space that talks about a book into a place where you can buy that book,” says Dominique Raccah, publisher and owner of Sourcebooks Inc., an independent publisher based in Naperville, Ill. “The Google model is going to drive a lot of sales. We think they could get 20% of the e-book market very fast.”

via Google Set to Launch E-Book Venture – WSJ.com.

colleges, choices, education:

The “oohs” and “aahs” follow as the audience learns that Steven Spielberg, Steve Jobs and Bill Gates dropped out of college, that Oprah Winfrey is an alumna of Tennessee State and that Ken Burns graduated from Hampshire College. If even a few stressed students and their anxious parents benefit from this information, it is a worthwhile exercise.

Even better is giving the students an assignment to identify the happy, successful people in their own circle of family, friends, co-workers and neighbors and challenging them to go and ask “if or where they went to college?” as a means of broadening the conversation in their search for a life after high school.

The key to success in college and beyond has more to do with what students do with their time during college than where they choose to attend. A long-term study of 6,335 college graduates published by the National Bureau of Economic Research found that graduating from a college where entering students have higher SAT scores — one marker of elite colleges — didn’t pay off in higher post-graduation income. Researchers found that students who applied to several elite schools but didn’t attend them — either because of rejection or by their own choice — are more likely to earn high incomes later than students who actually attended elite schools.

via What You Do vs. Where You Go – Room for Debate – NYTimes.com.

traditions, ballet:

Plenty of families have built traditions around an annual trip to see “The Nutcracker” during the holiday season. But for the d’Amboise family, the tradition is dancing in “George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker,” which opens Friday at New York City Ballet.

via A ‘Nutcracker’ Stage Dynasty – WSJ.com.

online, book clubs:

If you’re tired of testing book clubs that somehow always seem to be covers for mindless gossip, take your love of lit to the web. Social reading sites have become the new meeting place for book lovers, as comment threads double as circled chairs. Social reading sites, social media networks with a book-loving agenda, offer users an efficient way to share their favorite books and passages, discuss their latest reads and even find titles to add to their reading lists.

via Virtual Book Club: Five Great Social Reading Sites – Techland – TIME.com.

websites, new, words/phrases:  found this site interesting and this entry interesting …

birthplace effect

n. The tendency for smaller cities to produce disproportionately more professional athletes than larger cities.

via Word Spy – birthplace effect.

random, science: Top Ten Discoveries of 2010: Nat Geo News’s Most Popular.




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