Posts Tagged ‘Princeton Senior Thesis


2.12.2011 … home :) … Learned a lot at the Festival of Legal Learning …

faith and spirituality: Thou shalt not kill … thinking positively, thou shalt create.

Words, words, words. Our society is full of words: on billboards, on television screens, in newspapers and books. Words whispered, shouted, and sung. Words that move, dance, and change in size and color. Words that say, “Taste me, smell me, eat me, drink me, sleep with me,” but most of all, “buy me.” With so many words around us, we quickly say: “Well, they’re just words.” Thus, words have lost much of their power.

Still, the word has the power to create. When God speaks, God creates. When God says, “Let there be light” (Genesis 1:3), light is. God speaks light. For God, speaking and creating are the same. It is this creative power of the word we need to reclaim. What we say is very important. When we say, “I love you,” and say it from the heart, we can give another person new life, new hope, new courage. When we say, “I hate you,” we can destroy another person. Let’s watch our words.

via February 11, 2011 – Words That Create.

The Economy, economics, oil:

All of which is to say, the world doesn’t need to experience declines in potential oil production to see a rise in oil prices. All it needs is for oil producers to see that such limits loom and begin betting on the near-certainty of rising prices. Of course, different countries will face different liquidity constraints; some leaders may find themselves producing full out in order to sustain their socialist paradise, particularly when prices temporarily dip thanks to recession. But at those times, other countries with fiscal room to spare should cut back their production further—to buy more, essentially, when prices are low in order to sell more when prices are high.

Just something to keep an eye on if and as prices for petroleum rise.

via Oil prices: Dwindling reserves | The Economist.

unemployment, South Africa: >1/3 of the workforce is jobless.

President Jacob Zuma made tackling staggering unemployment the government’s top priority on Thursday. He announced $2.7 billion in tax breaks to encourage investment in manufacturing, and an additional $1.25 billion for job-creation undertakings, without offering specifics. The unemployment rate fell to 24 percent from 25.3 percent in the final quarter of 2010. When those who have given up looking for work are included, more than a third of the potential work force is jobless.

via South Africa – President Announces New Spending on Jobs –

internet, Groupons:  good question … do I need that?

Or, even when consumers pause to consider the value of the product or service offered, they might be so excited that they fail to ask a more basic question: Do I need, or even want, this thing at any price? These steps are especially likely to be skipped when the pressure is on and the deal will be disappearing within hours. If you’ve seen any of these sites, you know that right next to the deal’s price, there’s always a clock that’s ticking—showing consumers just how little time they have to pull the trigger or risk missing out forever.

via Before Buying a Hot Daily Deal from the Likes of Groupon, Think About This – It’s Your Money –

lists, social media:  Good ideas to help you learn to use the tools that are out there. 15 resources to accelerate your social media learning | Alexandra Samuel.

children’s literature, Pooh, NYC, libraries:  I love Pooh, always have, always will.

Winnie the Pooh has finally found a new home in midtown…and I don’t think he pays rent.

Pooh and his friends recently moved into the main branch of the New York Public Library from their old home at the Donnell Library Center on West 53rd St.

via From The Hundred Acre Wood To Midtown « Scouting NY.

community service, Teach for America, Princeton Senior Thesis, Wendy Kopp:

In 1989, when Wendy Kopp proposed the idea in her senior thesis at Princeton of quickly training outstanding college graduates to teach in high-poverty schools for at least two years, her adviser told her she was “quite evidently deranged.” The comment has become legend since Kopp, unfazed, went on to launch Teach For America after she graduated, and on Saturday more than 10,000 of the nonprofit’s alumni will gather in Washington to celebrate its 20th anniversary.

via Teach for America: 5 Myths That Persist 20 Years On – TIME.

random, movies, YouTube, life lessons: YouTube – Reel Wisdom: Lessons from 40 Films in 7 Minutes.


‎7.10.2010 … and she’s off … in 26 hours she will be in Durban, S.A. … Godspeed, Molly Teague ….

Davidson, bookshelf: I love this … alums and friends of Davidson reading the same book as Davidson freshmen!

Our first book is also this year’s first-year reading selection, Here, Bullet, by Brian Turner, a soldier-poet and veteran of Iraq. Get a copy today, then stay tuned to this space for more information and discussion questions from guest moderators from the Davidson faculty and alumni body.

via Welcome to the Book Club! |.

culture, education, Princeton Senior Thesis: Very interesting …

What began as a senior thesis paper has since grown into a $180 million organization that this fall will send 4,500 of the best college graduates in the country to 100 of the lowest-performing urban and rural school districts. A few months ago, Teach for America (TFA) received an applicant pool that Morgan Stanley recruiters would drool over. Their 46,000 applicants included 12% of all Ivy League seniors, 7% of the graduating class of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and 6% from U.C. Berkeley. A quarter of all black seniors at Ivy League schools and a fifth of Latinos applied to be teachers in the 2010 corps. It is, I’m told by some recent grads, one of the coolest things you can do after college.

via Naomi Schaefer Riley: The Weekend Interview with Wendy Kopp –

favorites, vocabulary: I love Mark Twain and find this very interesting. “unexpurgated?”

But in his unexpurgated autobiography, whose first volume is about to be published a century after his death, a very different Twain emerges, more pointedly political and willing to play the role of the angry prophet.

via Mark Twain’s Unexpurgated Autobiography –

definition of unexpurgated

ADJECTIVE FORMAL  /ʌnˈekspərˌɡeɪtəd/

without any offensive words or images being removed

via unexpurgated – definition of unexpurgated, by Macmillan Dictionary: Free English Dictionary Online and Thesaurus..


To put that into perspective, comparable energy savings would be achieved if 800 employees traveled to work using public transportation over the summer instead of commuting by private automobile. (Although the latter would be unlikely in car-crazed Italy!)

The larger point of the summer tradition is consciousness-raising — “to contribute to building awareness about the energy consumption associated with the use of air conditioners during the summer months,” as the company puts it.

via Might We Do as the Romans Do? – Green Blog –

sports, King James:  I am glad the hype is over … interesting tax analysis.

So does that mean he will get to avoid paying state income taxes, and thereby save a few million?

Not exactly. Most states have what are known as “nonresident income taxes.” These require people to pay income taxes for any days they spend working in a given state, even if they do not live there. In other words, if you cross a state border to make a sales call, or meet with a client, or play a professional sports game, chances are you probably owe income taxes in that state.

If it sounds like such taxes are hard to collect, they are. Looking to grab every penny they can, some cash-strapped states are upping their enforcement efforts of such nonresident taxes. Still, states are more likely to enforce these taxes when it comes to athletes and entertainers, whose interstate travel for games and performances are public knowledge.

That’s one reason these taxes are nicknamed “jock taxes“: Athletes can end up filing tax returns in several dozen different states to comply with such laws.

So just because Mr. James will not be paying state income taxes to Florida does not  mean he will not be paying state income taxes anywhere. He will likely still end up paying the taxmen in whichever states he plays away games next season, on whatever portion of his annual salary he technically earns while working in those states.

via LeBron James and Taxes – Economix Blog –

….     and why do you think this blog post is illustrated with New Coke … tarnished brand?

Rather, I’m talking about the hit that James may have taken to his reputation for what looks to be an extremely unpopular decision.

via FiveThirtyEight: Politics Done Right: Did LeBron James Just Cost Himself $150 Million?.

fads: I wonder how long this one will be around?  Anybody buying Silly Bandz?  I heard that someone was now making them themed to colleges … UNC in particular.

Still, there are skeptics who think the Silly Bandz brand isn’t strong enough to last. In order to draw a new wave of children, a product needs to change the way they play, says Gary Cross, professor of modern history at Penn State who specializes in consumption, childhood and leisure issues.

via Silly Bandz Seek to Stretch Popularity –

“It’s not clear in what way [Silly Bandz] are transformative,” he says. “Fads that are built around schools and peer association have been around a long, long time and those things have come and gone.”


“An activist court is a court that makes a decision you don’t like” – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy … Week ending 5.22.2010

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