I admit I didn’t march in the Women’s March. I had a lot of homework and I’m not particularly fond of crowds or being up at 7 am on a freezing winter weekend. But I couldn’t resist heading to the March for Science. Not only was it being held at a more civilized hour and in my neighborhood, I’m a scientist (alright a political scientist–but my field employs the scientific method and depends on government grants too!)
I’m so glad I went. Continue reading “Earth Day and the March for Science: WPC”
It’s time we bring back analogies on the SAT. Okay, okay, we probably shouldn’t. They were racist/classist and not remotely reflective of actual college preparedness skills.
On the other hand, being able to make comparisons is a useful life skill. I always thought coming up with a passable comparison was as easy as falling off a log (but I was also rather perturbed that I was among the first batch of students who didn’t have analogies on their SATs, so what can I tell you?) As we’ve seen recently, however, I was mistaken.
Sean Spicer said Assad is worse than Hitler because Hitler didn’t use chemical weapons on his own people. How dumb do you have to be to say that? I mean even if you don’t remember 10th grade world history, you should know that making a comparison where Hitler comes off favorably is a bad idea. Continue reading “Make the SAT Great Again (Or: Politicians Need to Learn what an Appropriate Analogy Sounds Like)”
Yesterday I went to the beach. It was in the low 70s and I had the day off!
Isn’t it just beautiful? And surprise! It’s only a subway ride from central Manhattan–and still in New York City! Coney Island may be known for Nathan’s hot dogs and the cyclone rollercoaster. But it’s also got a beautiful sandy beach. Who’d have thunk this is in a city?
Also surprising is that I took these photos with my iPhone. I know these aren’t as good as they would have been if I’d brought my canon, but I hadn’t really expected to be so awed and, well, surprised, by Coney Island. Although, I suppose, that’s the point of surprises. At least my iPhone takes a reasonable photo, even with zoom–the second surprise of my day.
Cee’s Black and White Photography Challenge has been alphabet themed recently. At some point I’ll have to catch up–but here I am, starting at I and J.
I is for icing.
J is for Johnny jump ups.
They’re both dense! *crickets chirping*
I was actually planning on taking this week’s challenge literally, just as I’ve done the last couple weeks (with “green” and “atop“). I like the idea of working through different elements of photographic composition–color and perspective, respectively, and now texture. Fun!
Dense bed of lilies
Densely packed twinkle lights
Densely planted garden
Densely packed lilac blossoms
But as I was sitting doing one of my readings this week, I couldn’t help but interpret “dense” as “(of a text) hard to understand because of complexity of ideas.” I’d already selected and edited my “dense” as in “having the constituent parts crowded closely together” photos. So they’re here too!