Month: May 2014

Common Core observations

So I’ve written about Common Core before – I see it as standards. But then I only reviewed the common core for mathematics in Rhode Island. I assume they’re the same everywhere.

The logical engineering side of me says standards are good. Much of my life has been governed by certain standards be they my amateur radio activity or programming computers.

So I don’t necessarily see why Common Core is a bad thing. In fact I know there is wide variation in what is taught in schools all over the United States. I see Common Core as a move to rectify that.

But talk to someone in education and they go off. They talk about the differing abilities of students and how common core forces everyone into the square, etc. And sure I agree – some kids will excel while others don’t have the cognitive ability to do so. Some kids might be able to do the Common Core work faster and want more but the educators say it doesn’t offer them any other options.

I’ll counter that last part – it’s up to the educators to identify the bright ones and give them something more challenging. If little snowflake breezes through the whole of the math core, give snowflake a little advanced math – maybe linear systems, pre-cal, calculus, etc. It can’t hurt. And it should be part of the educational repertoire. Yes you’ll still have to teach to the standard, but you can in fact teach BEYOND the standard.

So that argument falls flat.

TMI Memorial Day Weekend

I know, I know. It’s Tuesday. I used to always post these by accident days later. Now it’s sort of deliberate.

1. Memorial Day is a day of remembrance but it also signifies the “Official” start of summer. What are your plans this weekend?

  • Spent it with friends. Saw the movie Belle – very interesting part of history even if they did take a few liberties with the actual events. Walked around in Newport for a spell too.

2. What is your most and least favorite thing about summer?

  • Most is the return of the sun and it’s warmth! I love it! The hotter the better. Really. My least favorite thing would have to be the bugs. Up here in the northeast we get a scaled down version of the seven plagues with regard to bugs. However go as far south as northeastern North Carolina and Southern Virgina and the bugs – holy crap the bugs.

3. What do you think of when I say “Bar-B-Que?”

  • I think it’s either a) spelled wrong or b) That variety of North Carolina pulled pork that is fucking awesome!

4. What is your favorite summer food?

  • The abundance of things like peaches, cherries, etc. And I do love grilled meat.

5. Are you is swim suit shape yet?

  • Depends on the definition of shape.

6. Given the choice, which do you prefer: ocean, lake or pool?

  • A Pool please. You couldn’t pay me to swim in the Atlantic.

7. Which summer blockbuster movie are you most looking forward to seeing?

  • There’s a whole lot of sci-fi and fantasy stuff coming out his summer. I think Hollywood finally figured out they were majorly pissing people off with the remakes.

8. Summer reading: What? Recommendations?

Oh – Matt Taibbi’s new book is awesome – if you want to get really pissed off.

  • 9. Vacation Plans? If you can’t, what would you do if you could?


    10. Did you ever have to go to summer school?

  • Nope – no chance of that. I usually did my screwing around at the beginning of the year not the end. So I had ample time to correct for it.

BONUS

Sex on the beach?

  • Sand in the crack of ones ass is not a pleasant thing.

Movies: Belle

So over the weekend we saw the movie Belle. Very interesting story with a basis in reality no less. 

I can’t do it justice so here’s IMDB’s write up: 

BELLE is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mabatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle’s lineage affords her certain privileges, yet the color of her skin prevents her from fully participating in the traditions of her social standing. Left to wonder if she will ever find love, Belle falls for an idealistic young vicar’s son bent on change who, with her help, shapes Lord Mansfield’s role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England. 

Now Lord Mansfield (the town of Mansfield isn’t too far from where I live but it’s in the U.S.) was also the Lord Chief Justice. That’s a big deal. Consider too the U.S. judicial system has it’s basis in British Common Law. 

And the Royal Navy Admiral wasn’t he was Captain Sir John Lindsay. 

Really good movie. Many parts in it that just had me shaking my head at the stupidity of slavery. 

Two Jobs

One would be interesting but only in the short term. The other could be more long term. 

The short term one – pays in the six figures. The long term pays in the high five figures but within very close range to what the short term job pays. In fact both would firmly put me in the top 2 to 1.5% of earners. 

But the thing is I suspect I’ll get offers on both. Quandary time. 

Short term is the pure Linux one. That’s fine – but with no net connectivity allowed. Makes it kind of interesting to do updates on the servers because you still need tools to keep them secure and such. 

The other is a mixture of about 60% Windows which I can still do with my hands tied behind my back and about 40% Linux. But this one has the benefit of letting me innovate somewhat. 

I’ll know more on Tuesday. But like I said, really SOLID interviews on both jobs. To the point where I can now answer what are call esoteric questions about Linux – like the boot process. Beyond the Grub booloader – the actual process loads a kernel into RAM on the machine. Then the kernel goes about mounting root and other directories. 

Got that question right. 

On the other interview one question was you have three domain controllers. One dies what do you do. 

I said first try to use ntdsuil -files and then dcpromo status. But the question was clarified and I answered that you’d have to remove the domain controller from AD. Got that one right too. They actually admitted to me that the other candidate they interviewed had no idea. 

But like I said – with the holiday weekend I knew I wasn’t going to hear anything on Friday. But come Tuesday I suspect I’ll hear from both. I’m sort of leaning towards the Widows/Linux one to be honest. But the pay on the other side is too good to refuse. 

The Tears of Brian Brown Part IV

So he’s saying what he always says when a court corrects a legislative or initiative error:

“Pennsylvania voters have long sought, and been denied, the right to vote on the issue of marriage. This ruling adds insult to injury, as it leaves the citizens of Pennsylvania doubly disenfranchised,” said Brian Brown, NOM’s President. “Members of the Pennsylvania legislature have been actively working for years to put this matter to the voters, which makes Judge Jones’ cavalier decision even more brazen and unjust. The ruling unilaterally makes an end-run around the democratic process and places the capricious will of one man above the desires of millions of citizens.”

He’s crying that they couldn’t stir the bigot pot again and try, just try to get the ‘people’ read as the NOM supporters, to respond to bogeyman complaints about the children, the coming storm, etc. There are only so many ways you can beat a dead horse there Brian Brown.

And he insults the PA Legislature – not surprising. I insult my legislature and legislators here in RI all the time. But the way he insults them makes the legislators in PA seem particularly inept.

“Pennsylvania voters have long sought, and been denied, the right to vote on the issue of marriage. This ruling adds insult to injury, as it leaves the citizens of Pennsylvania doubly disenfranchised,” said Brian Brown, NOM’s President. “Members of the Pennsylvania legislature have been actively working for years to put this matter to the voters, which makes Judge Jones’ cavalier decision even more brazen and unjust. The ruling unilaterally makes an end-run around the democratic process and places the capricious will of one man above the desires of millions of citizens.” – See more at: http://www.nomblog.com/39174/#sthash.Q0l94GuM.dpuf

“Pennsylvania voters have long sought, and been denied, the right to vote on the issue of marriage. This ruling adds insult to injury, as it leaves the citizens of Pennsylvania doubly disenfranchised,” said Brian Brown, NOM’s President. “Members of the Pennsylvania legislature have been actively working for years to put this matter to the voters, which makes Judge Jones’ cavalier decision even more brazen and unjust. The ruling unilaterally makes an end-run around the democratic process and places the capricious will of one man above the desires of millions of citizens.” – See more at: http://www.nomblog.com/39174/#sthash.Q0l94GuM.dpuf

“Pennsylvania voters have long sought, and been denied, the right to vote on the issue of marriage. This ruling adds insult to injury, as it leaves the citizens of Pennsylvania doubly disenfranchised,” said Brian Brown, NOM’s President. “Members of the Pennsylvania legislature have been actively working for years to put this matter to the voters, which makes Judge Jones’ cavalier decision even more brazen and unjust. The ruling unilaterally makes an end-run around the democratic process and places the capricious will of one man above the desires of millions of citizens.” – See more at: http://www.nomblog.com/39174/#sthash.Q0l94GuM.dpuf

“Pennsylvania voters have long sought, and been denied, the right to vote on the issue of marriage. This ruling adds insult to injury, as it leaves the citizens of Pennsylvania doubly disenfranchised,” said Brian Brown, NOM’s President. “Members of the Pennsylvania legislature have been actively working for years to put this matter to the voters, which makes Judge Jones’ cavalier decision even more brazen and unjust. The ruling unilaterally makes an end-run around the democratic process and places the capricious will of one man above the desires of millions of citizens.” – See more at: http://www.nomblog.com/39174/#sthash.Q0l94GuM.dpuf

“Pennsylvania voters have long sought, and been denied, the right to vote on the issue of marriage. This ruling adds insult to injury, as it leaves the citizens of Pennsylvania doubly disenfranchised,” said Brian Brown, NOM’s President. “Members of the Pennsylvania legislature have been actively working for years to put this matter to the voters, which makes Judge Jones’ cavalier decision even more brazen and unjust. The ruling unilaterally makes an end-run around the democratic process and places the capricious will of one man above the desires of millions of citizens.” – See more at: http://www.nomblog.com/39174/#sthash.Q0l94GuM.dpuf

“Pennsylvania voters have long sought, and been denied, the right to vote on the issue of marriage. This ruling adds insult to injury, as it leaves the citizens of Pennsylvania doubly disenfranchised,” said Brian Brown, NOM’s President. “Members of the Pennsylvania legislature have been actively working for years to put this matter to the voters, which makes Judge Jones’ cavalier decision even more brazen and unjust. The ruling unilaterally makes an end-run around the democratic process and places the capricious will of one man above the desires of millions of citizens.” – See more at: http://www.nomblog.com/39174/#sthash.Q0l94GuM.dpuf
“Pennsylvania voters have long sought, and been denied, the right to vote on the issue of marriage. This ruling adds insult to injury, as it leaves the citizens of Pennsylvania doubly disenfranchised,” said Brian Brown, NOM’s President. “Members of the Pennsylvania legislature have been actively working for years to put this matter to the voters, which makes Judge Jones’ cavalier decision even more brazen and unjust. The ruling unilaterally makes an end-run around the democratic process and places the capricious will of one man above the desires of millions of citizens.” – See more at: http://www.nomblog.com/39174/#sthash.Q0l94GuM.dpuf
“Pennsylvania voters have long sought, and been denied, the right to vote on the issue of marriage. This ruling adds insult to injury, as it leaves the citizens of Pennsylvania doubly disenfranchised,” said Brian Brown, NOM’s President. “Members of the Pennsylvania legislature have been actively working for years to put this matter to the voters, which makes Judge Jones’ cavalier decision even more brazen and unjust. The ruling unilaterally makes an end-run around the democratic process and places the capricious will of one man above the desires of millions of citizens.” – See more at: http://www.nomblog.com/39174/#sthash.Q0l94GuM.dpuf

Two books we should all read

So I’ve now read two books in the past few days:

1) Matt Taibbi’s “The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap”

Fantastic book on how banks and big business get away with crimes, never sees the inside of a courtroom, etc. We saw that most recently with the Affluenza kid. Money fucking talks. 

And related – I’ve also read “Flash Boys” by Michael Lewis. In it he tells the story of the founding of the IEX exchange. In essence an exchange create to stop the high frequency traders from knowing the mind of investors. Quite a fascinating read. 

One raspberry for getting a new phone

I use two factor authentication here on WordPress. In fact I wish two factor were used for things like bank account PIN etc.

However since I had to trade in my old phone and it had the Authenticator app on it that meant I had to re-install Google Authenticator.

And jump through the hoops to associate the app on THIS phone. Joy! Finally got the bar code scanner installed and then I was able to grab the QR code and associate the new phone for access to this blog.

But overall I find myself really liking this phone. I’m becoming quite the Samsung fan – both our phones and the printer in the other room are all Samsung products.