Showing posts from November, 2010

From me to you

A beautiful blog about Central Park.

thought for today

I knew young people who had always lived in cities - in a city and in those little rooms one has in the big cities in which everyone is huddled. Now, they had come to spend their holidays in the countryside, in the south of France, and there the sun is hot, naturally not as here but all the same it is very hot (when we compare the sun of the Mediterranean coasts with that of Paris, for example, it truly makes a difference), and so, when they walked around the countryside the first few days they really began to get a terrible headache and to feel absolutely uneasy because of the sun; but they suddenly thought: "Why, if we make friends with the sun it won't harm us any more!" And they began to make a kind of inner effort of friendship and trust in the sun, and when they were out in the sun, instead of trying to bend double and tell themselves, "Oh! How hot it is, how it burns!", they said, "Oh, how full of force and joy and love the sun is!" etc., they …

Will Wall Street ever change?

I saw Inside Job and Client 9; two excellent documentaries. Inside Job, is a great portrayl of the Wall Street betrayl and helps explain the crisis that engulfed the world, when the top firms started collapsing, due to sub prime mortages they promoted. Client 9, a portrait of Elliot Spitzer and the influnencial Wall Street bankers he perplexed, is a great documentary on how some people get outed for prostitiution and for others it is business as usual. Two great movies, one about a man who tried to stand up for ordinary people and how the powerful shut him down, and the other about how the most powerful operate, in pure self interest with no regard for the consequences of their actions and the repercussions it perpetuates in the lives's of hardworking people around the globe.

November 26, 2010, 9:45 PM
The Power of Failure
William D. Cohan on Wall Street and Main Street.

Despite the very dire consequences of the latest financial crisis that Wall Street perpetrated … | Three Old Farts At Lodhi Garden

Niira Radia

Quite a woman!

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Charter of Compassion

Another great TEd and Charter of Compassion talk..


Here are ways that technology is improving education..

Anticipation Guides

Ways to improve reading comprehension.

Best Science Books 2010

Autism and Philosphy

From the stone.

thought for today

Never forget that the greater the difficulties, the greater also our possibilities. It is only those who have great capacities and a big future who meet with the great obstacles and hardships.

- The Mother [p-150, White Roses, Sixth Edition, 1999]

Krista Tippett

I Love every program KT produces. Check out the archvies.

Labels Labels Labels

Agreat article advocating for looking beyond labels when assessing a child.

Blue Mountain School Ooty TN

Shabnam Hashmi writes in The HIndu about the Blue Mountain School. Sounds fantastic.

Arundhati and Zadie

Arundhati Roy in the NYT.

Zadie Smith on the Facebook generation.

Thanks 3QD

At the time, though, I felt distant from Zuckerberg and all the kids at Harvard. I still feel distant from them now, ever more so, as I increasingly opt out (by choice, by default) of the things they have embraced. We have different ideas about things. Specifically we have different ideas about what a person is, or should be. I often worry that my idea of personhood is nostalgic, irrational, inaccurate. Perhaps Generation Facebook have built their virtual mansions in good faith, in order to house the People 2.0 they genuinely are, and if I feel uncomfortable within them it is because I am stuck at Person 1.0. Then again, the more time I spend with the tail end of Generation Facebook (in the shape of my students) the more convinced I become that some of the software currently shaping their generation is unworthy of them. They are more interesting than it is. They deserve better.


When a human being bec…

jai hind and dhanyawad Obama and Michele we love you!

President Obama’s Address to Joint Session of Parliament

Mr. Vice President, Madam Speaker, Mr. Prime Minister, members of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, and most of all, the people of India.

I thank you for the great honour of addressing the representatives of more than one billion Indians and the world’s largest democracy. (Applause.) I bring the greetings and friendship of the world’s oldest democracy -- the United States of America, including nearly three million proud and patriotic Indian-Americans. (Applause.)

Over the past three days, my wife Michelle and I have experienced the -- and dynamism of India and its people -- from the majesty of Humayun’s Tomb to the advanced technologies that are empowering farmers and women who are the backbone of Indian society; from the Diwali celebrations with schoolchildren to the innovators who are fuelling India’s economic rise; from the university students who will …

Happy Diwali

May all the lights in your life shine brightly!
Happy Diwali