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boingboing_net July 12 2014, 05:11

Blogging History: Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's hoover design; Bureaucracy-fu explains crappy airport foo

marsha_sisolak July 12 2014, 02:42

Every so often a light goes on….


And man, even in the state of California, once in a while, someone opens a barricaded door.

So there’s no surprise that Common Core demands children have a set percentage of non-fiction text exposure in kindergarten and I’ve been thoroughly annoyed with the stipulation that 40% of what we read (independently and aloud) be non-fiction.

In the latest ELA/ELD draft from the state, they quoted Neil Gaiman. O.O

“Fiction plays a central role. Author Neil Gaiman (2013), who writes for children and adults, promotes fiction as a gateway to reading:

‘The drive to know what happens next, to want to turn the page, the need to keep going, even if it’s hard, because someone’s in trouble and you have to know how it’s all going to end…that’s a very real drive. And it forces you to learn new words, to think new thoughts to keep going, [and t]o discover that reading per se is pleasurable. Once you learn that, you’re on the road to reading everything.’

He also argues that fiction builds empathy:

‘Prose fiction is something you build up from 26 letters and a handful of punctuation marks, and you, and you alone, using your imagination, create a world and people it and look out through other eyes…Empathy is a tool for building people into groups, for allowing us to function as more than self-obsessed individuals.’”

I would just like to say THANK GOD. And D’OH.

Now whether this quote will remain in the final draft? Ha. We’ll see. I also don’t expect it to do much in terms of reducing the amount of non-fiction to be read.

*mumbles something not very nice about the writers of Common Core*

boingboing_net July 11 2014, 23:38

Jamaican earbuds, music for ADHD, and a hammer-proof iPhone screen protector



This week in Gadgets, Gareth Branwyn, author of Borg Like Me, joins Xeni and Mark to discuss Rasta-colored earbuds, a music-based brain app for increasing one’s attention/focus, a scratch-resistant iPhone protector, and a free reverse phone number lookup site. Read the rest
mb_galleycat July 11 2014, 22:04

Bill Gates Reviews His Favorite Business Book in WSJ



What is Bill Gates‘ favorite business book? Business Adventures by John Brooks, a 1960s collection of New Yorker stories which profiles different companies.

Warren Buffett recommended the book to Gates back in 1991, and Gates says that the book is still relevant today. He reviewed the out-of-print title in The Wall Street Journal today, pointing out that while business times may have changed, human nature has not.

Here is an excerpt: “Unlike a lot of today’s business writers, Brooks didn’t boil his work down into pat how-to lessons or simplistic explanations for success. (How many times have you read that some company is taking off because they give their employees free lunch?) You won’t find any listicles in his work. Brooks wrote long articles that frame an issue, explore it in depth, introduce a few compelling characters and show how things went for them.”

New Career Opportunities Daily: The best jobs in media.

mb_galleycat July 11 2014, 22:04

How to Perfect Your Elevator Pitch: INFOGRAPHIC



Need to come up with a short pitch to help get your novel published?

Open Colleges has created an infographic called, “How to Perfect Your Elevator Pitch,” which gives great advice for coming up with your 30 second proposal. Check it out:

“An elevator pitch must not beat around the bush. It should come straight to the point. Because you have only a few seconds to work with, you don’t want the other person’s eyes to glaze over! Say what you need to say quickly – it should be no longer than 30-60.” Follow this link to explore the entire graphic.”

New Career Opportunities Daily: The best jobs in media.

tordotcom July 11 2014, 21:46

Visit First Second Books at San Diego Comic Con 2014!



First Second Books has released their schedule for San Diego Comic Con International 2014 and it’s filled with signings from authors like Lucy Knisley and Gene Luen Yang, as well as awesome author panels and chances for you to snag some free advance copies of :01 books, including In Real Life, the upcoming comic from Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang!  

All the signings, give-a-ways, and other fun will be located at the First Second Books Booth #1323

Check out the full schedule below! We can’t wait to see you there! 

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boingboing_net July 11 2014, 21:36

Amazon asks FAA for drone restriction exemption, reveals details about its UAVs



Amazon Prime Air

Earlier this year, news leaked that online retail giant Amazon plans to deliver packages to you by drone in 30 minutes or less, despite current airspace restrictions on commercial UAVs. Amazon has filed a petition with the Federal Aviation Administration asking for an exemption from those limits.

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