Weather

The Northwest is crazy right now. I spent all of yesterday traveling from Walla Walla to Portland through the Columbia River Gorge (the drive too 8 hours). Now today I’m waiting in Portland hoping that the flight to Fresno, CA doesn’t get cancelled. As I sit here it just keeps snowing and snowing. I’m kind of wishing there had been an early morning flight; it seems the later in the day the worse it gets.

New Site Finished

So the new site is finished. You can see it here. Since I’m not on a real web host with MySQL and php capabilities I’ve moved this blog over there as well. The posts are all the same, but the design is definitely different, and in my eyes, better. Enjoy.

Welcome

Welcome to the newly redesigned and rehosted (if that’s a word) interation of this blog. What you see in front of you was the accumulation of a couple afternoons of designing my homepage and then modifying this Hemingway theme to match. For the most part the design is done, which is why you’re seeing it, but I’m still making some subtle changes (mostly to the footer and my homepage). From here the blog will continue and the old one at diversions.wordpress.com will be left as it is. Hope you continue to enjoy the content. Thanks as always.

Dreamhost

Dreamhost (link) is doing an end of the year promotion right now. You get unlimited hosting space and bandwith plus a free domain name for 6 months for the price of only $9.95. After that the prices go back to regular, but it’s certainly a deal for the first six months. I just picked up andrewspittle.net so when I finish with the design of my site it will be up there.

Interior of a church

Trey Ratcliff produces amazing hdr photography. As the first photographer to have an hdr image displayed in the Smithsonian his is some of the best. Here’s what he posted for today.

New Design in Progress

Just a heads up that I’m currently working on a complete redesign of my personal site so if there is any intermittent down-time over the next few days I do apologize. The redesign ought to be finished in a week or so (seeing as I’m now done with finals and can devote more time to it). Anyway, I’m pretty excited about it as it’ll be a huge improvement over what it is now.

Teen Pregnancy

Here’s a link to a story on the Vancouver Sun’s website about how lesbian teens are (percentage-wise) more likely to get pregnant than their heterosexual peers. The article supposes that part of the reason behind this is the pressure that society puts upon youth to live up to the idealized mother and fatherhood of heterosexuality. Seems to not say much for our society, and by that I mean society in it’s universal world-wide sense, if kids feel so stigmatized that they have to be so unlike themselves in order to feel accepted.

Here’s the link:  Lesbian youth at high risk for pregnancy: UBC study .

The Fitzgerald Factor

Matthew Yglesias has a great article up about how the scandal brewing in Illinois regarding its Senate seat is quite the confluence of coincidences. It all relates to former Sen. Peter Fitzgerald breaking with the norms of how US Attorneys are usually appointed. From the article:

A ton of consequential things have sprung out from Fitzgerald’s decision to bring in Fitzgerald for basically quirky reasons. But it’s a reminder, I think, that the usual way of doing these appointments is pretty inadequate. Much better to look for serious professionals and see what kinds of corruption turn up elsewhere.

Link to article: Matthew Yglesias » The Fitzgerald Factor .

Education and No Child Left Behind

Here’s an excerpt from a paper I just finished for a School and Society course.

If schools are to serve the public as a means toward social mobility then they must create a situation in which students learn skills that are more developed than simple test taking can judge. There must be a critical element in schools that not only educates students, but provides them with the necessary creative skills to adapt to different situations and modes of knowledge.

It is this educating of students as critical thinkers that schools ought to be held accountable for. Put simply critical thinking inherently cannot be measure by multiple choice tests. Assessment is perfectly acceptable and accountability for schools is also necessary; however, it should not be undertaken through these mass tests of basic abilities. If school’s are to be held accountable and have the consequences that those in Chubb’s book (Within Our Reach: How America Can Educate Every Child) call for then it ought to be for something higher than basic skills. Ultimately schools serve to educate all children and provide for the opportunity for all children to participate in and perhaps even change their worlds and it is this that schools ought to be held accountable for doing. NCLB just does not work toward these higher goals. It just work toward imparting the basics upon students in the most efficient and cost-effective manner which does nothing to address the greater needs of society.

Time Machine

The recent update to OS X (10.5.6) crashed my MacBook so severely that I had to do a complete system restore from my Leopard install DVD. Thankfully I had a Time Machine backup of everything that was important, which was handy considering that it’s finals week. Anyway, after getting my laptop back up to speed with all my apps, files, and updates I needed to get rid of all the Time Machine backups from my previous account. I selected everything from before yesterday and deleted it. After emptying the trash Finder proceeded to prepare a ridiculous number of files for deletion. Currently it’s up to a little over a million (I’ll try and keep track of how high it gets). Seems to be slightly absurd to have to delete this many files just to get a clean hard drive to back up to.

 

50 pm. Who knows where it'll stop?
My Time Machine deletion as of 4:50 pm. Who knows where it'll stop?

Update: It eventually got up to 1.2 million shortly after originally posting this.