Authors@Google: Jonathan Bender
There are 62 LEGO bricks for every person in the world, and at age 30, Jonathan Bender realized that he didn't have a single one of them. While reconsidering his childhood dream of becoming a master model builder for The LEGO Group, he discovers the men and women who are skewing the averages with collections of hundreds of thousands of LEGO bricks. What is it about the ubiquitous, brightly colored toys that makes them so hard for everyone to put down? In search of answers and adventure, Jonatha
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Jane Smiley: 2010 National Book Festival (Teens)
National bestselling author Jane Smiley appears at the 2010 National Book Festival, Teens & Children tent. Speaker Biography: Jane Smiley is the author of several critically acclaimed and popular novels, including "The Age of God," "The Greenlanders," "Ordinary Love and Good Will," "A Thousand Acres" (winner of the 1992 Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award), "Horse Heaven," "Good Faith" and the new young-adult novel "The Georges and the Jewels" (Knopf). She has also written for
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Phillip M. Hoose & Claudette Colvin: 2010 National Book Festival
Authors Phillip M. Hoose and Claudette Colvin appear at the 2010 National Book Festival. Speaker Biography: Phillip M. Hoose is the widely acclaimed author of books, essays, stories, songs and articles, including the National Book Award-winning "Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice" (Macmillan). (Colvin will appear with Hoose during his presentation.) Hoose is also the author of the multi-award winning "The Race to Save the Lord God Bird," the National Book Award finalist "We Were There Too!:
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Jane Smiley: 2010 National Book Festival (Poetry)
Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Jane Smiley appears at the 2010 National Book Festival, poetry tent. Speaker Biography: Jane Smiley is the author of several critically acclaimed and popular novels, including "The Age of God," "The Greenlanders," "Ordinary Love and Good Will," "A Thousand Acres" (winner of the 1992 Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award), "Horse Heaven," "Good Faith" and the new young-adult novel "The Georges and the Jewels" (Knopf). She has also written for The N
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What software should every school computer have on it?

We are currently putting our 2011 computer images together for both out classroom and student leased netbooks and I am going through the process of adding and removing software and testing it before we deploy it to over 400 machines.<
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Media Space - Episode 2: Elan Lee, Founder/Chief Designer at Fourth Wall Studios
One of the inventors of the alternate reality game genre, Elan Lee has spent his career finding and sharing ways to extract adventure from the world around us. In this episode of Media Space, Lee discusses his pioneering breakthroughs in the area of entertainment and immersive gaming. Lee started his career at the Microsoft Games Studio before co-founding 42 Entertainment - the company behind I Love Bees, Nine Inch Nails: Year Zero, and The Dark Knight. Learn more about Media Space and watch fu
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Analysis of a Rubric for Assessing Depth of Classroom Reflections
This is a free, online journal article from the International Journal of ePortfolio (vol. 2.1, 2012). "Writing reflections is recommended for enhancing retention and transfer of learned material. The benefits of student reflections have been well documented, but the methods for collecting and assessing reflections can be difficult. This study presents the development and analysis of a new, straightforward rubric for assessing depth of student reflections. The psychometric properties of the depth
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Paul Grabowsky: The complete musician, at ANU
Mr Paul Grabowsky, founder of the Australian Art Orchestra gives this lecture entitled 'the complete musician' at The Australian National Univerisity on the 14 October 2010. Mr Paul Grabowsky challenges tertiary music educators to reflect on their current practice and consider how effective it is in actually preparing students for the careers they will now enter on graduation. Recognised as Australia's pre-eminent jazz pianist with over 26 recordings to his name, Mr Grabowsky is regarded as on
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Fighting for the Future of Medicine
At Notre Dame, one in every ten undergraduates goes on to attend medical school. These pre-med students receive training that prepares them for the challenges of the profession, motivating a commitment to scholarship and love of learning that remains with them throughout their career. Students like Katie Washington, valedictorian of the class of 2010, obtain valuable skills through undergraduate research activities, learning to use science and medicine as tools to help create a healthier and mo
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3 What is poetry?

We can possibly best define what poetry is by saying what it isn't. For one thing, poetry, unlike prose, cannot be paraphrased. If you could sum it up succinctly in any other fashion you wouldn't write the poem. One can talk about the theme of a poem, for instance, but it's the poem itself which conveys the ultimate effect. A poem is the best possible expression of what the poet wants to say. Some might say that the form and content of art, in this case poetry, is untranslatable.

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White Christmas - Dec. 3-5 at Juanita K. Hammons Hall
The Award Winning Musical Theatre program presents WHITE CHRISTMAS at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts Dec. 3-5. Based on the beloved, timeless film, this heartwarming musical adaptation features seventeen Irving Berlin songs and a book by David Ives and Paul Blake. Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lo
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"A Leave-Taking" by Algernon Charles Swinburne (poetry reading)
"Algolagnic" is a word that describes Algernon Charles Swinburne's nature. He liked pain, both as the donor and the recipient. This description is not inaccurate or excessive - in fact it would be difficult to invent a description of Algy that sounds more excessive than the truth. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Algernon_Charles_Swinburne There's a debate about whether the lady who dumped him was "Boo", aka Jane Faulkner the neice and adopted daughter of Sir John Simon. He declared his love
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The University as Patron of Cutting Edge Architecture
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William Mitchell opens this session by describing MIT as an “enormously critical place.” The Stata Center, during its design and construction, fed the campus “attitude of not taking anything for granted and rethinking premises.” So it’s no surprise that debate and some sparring ensue during this spirited panel.
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Rebuilding New Orleans: An Opportunity to Re-Energize the Planning Profession?
There’s no love lost between Kristina Ford and New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin; he made it clear that she was not welcome as the city’s main planner when he assumed office. The bone Ford has to pick is not merely with the current mayor and his notion of a casino- and hotel-dominated New Orleans, but with a wrongheaded plan
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You Kiss by the Book': Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet presents "star-cross'd" lovers whose plight has become the subject of many of today's novels, plays, films, and television dramas. Explore with your students the techniques that Shakespeare uses to capture the magic of the couple's first meeting and to make that meeting so memorable. This lesson plan complements the study of plot and characterization in Romeo and Juliet in its focus on lyrical form and convention that heighten the impact of the action on the stage.
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Clemens Vasters and Maggie Myslinska: Service Bus Enhancements

Last week at the PDC the AppFabric LABS environment was updated with a new release of the Service Bus. This release provides a "sneak peak" into capabilities that will eventually roll into the production service. Some of the announced features include a management service, load balancing, and durable message buffers.

Interested in what this means and how can you try out these new features? Join Author(s): Wade Wegner

Stephen Quake at the 2014 DOE JGI Genomics of Energy & Environment Meeting
By: JGI Steve Quake, Stanford University, at the 9th Annual Genomics of Energy & Environment Meeting on March 18, 2014 in Walnut creek, Calif.
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Spotted Wing Drosophila, a New Invasive Pest in Washington State
MOUNT VERNON, Wash.— In the berry fields of Washington State, a small fly has made its way from California, and is now causing headaches particularly in Washington State for small fruit growers. The Drosophila suzukii (Matsumura), or SWD, infests soft fruits with its eggs, ruining the fruit's market value. Named after the spots on their wings, the spotted wing drosophila was first discovered in Puyallup in strawberries. Since then, scientists at Washington State University have been worki
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Trainee Auditor

Lawrence is a Trainee Auditor at the Audit Commission. He was in the first politics class of the school year on September 11th 2001. This inspired him to follow his heart and do a degree in politics. Video with transcript.
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An Evening with Vikram Chandra
In the tradition of his favorite childhood writers, Dickens, Thackeray and the “curiously forgotten James Hadley Chase,” Vikram Chandra explores the seamier sides of human relations. In Chandra’s latest, sprawling novel, Sacred Games, his backdrop is Bombay, a city steeped in corruption from head to toe. Reading three s
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