Two recent incidents at Midwestern universities, actually quite similar IMHO:
From If you reject a teaching job applicant because he believes a crazy conspiracy theory…:
[….] the University of Wisconsin has not rehired 9/11 conspiracy believer Kevin Barrett to teach a course on the history of Islam. […] if we know a person believes something truly nutty, are we not entitled to use that as evidence of his intelligence, judgment, and trustworthiness?
From Silly creationists, Universities are for scientists:
….Iowa State University denied tenure to astronomer Guillermo Gonzalez. As it happens, Gonzalez is an advocate of Intelligent Design, which has been legally ruled to be not only religion, but actually just warmed-over creationism.
I believe both Universities acted correctly.
Irish Class, Monday night, January 28, 2008
Irish Class, January 28, 2008
EDIT: Revised based on these comments by mobhlog
Go raibh maith agat, a Lou!
We started with a picture description exercise. Nick showed some pictures, and we described
what we saw as Gaeilge
Late last week at work was difficult, and when I got home Friday night I was in something of a funk about all I had to do. However, I settled down to what had to be done, did it (insert Powdermilk Biscuits commercial) and had a good time.
“He liked a cigarette, he liked a bottle of beer – he drank a bottle of beer like any man.”
From The bear that fought in World War II. Via Ann Althouse
This morning I got a call from someone in the Atlanta area, clearly not a native English speaker (quite common in my line of work). He pronounced “Minneapolis” like “menopause”.
As I wrote earlier, I have been reading
Gamma: Exploring Euler’s Constant, by Julian Havil, which begins with a chapter about Napier and the invention of logarithms.
The historical motivation for logarithms is quite interesting. We think of addition, subtraction,
multiplication, and division as elementary, while exponents and trigonometry are more advanced. In fact, the multiplication and division involved in the practical mathematics of c.1600, e.g.
navigation and compound interest, was very time consuming. People were desperate to find a faster way. Warning: Math content….
The end of momentum begins “Somehow, the laws of political physics have changed.”
(If necessary, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inertialess_drive)