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Free digital texts begin to challenge costly college textbooks in California, By Gale Holland, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer August 18, 2008. Would-be reformers are trying to beat the high cost -- and, they say, the dumbing down -- of college materials by writing or promoting open-source, no-cost online texts.
IMPORTANT: The perils of plagiarizing wikipedia; see Falling exam passes blamed on Wikipedia 'littered with inaccuracies', 21 June 2008, by Martyn Mclaughlin, News.Scotsman.com. "WIKIPEDIA and other online research sources were yesterday blamed for Scotland's falling exam pass rates."
Mourning the Death of Handwriting, By Claire Suddath. Time Magazine, Monday, Aug. 03, 2009.
|An inspiring Rube-Goldberg device and more ...|
Rube Goldberg device: Rolling ball sculpture (structure). I learned of "Rube Goldberg devices" from watching the excellent lecture Storytelling in Science: Honesty, Imagination and Ethics by Prof. Roald Hoffmann. In particular, here are some quotes that are inspiring in your own "story telling" when you write your HW reports:
Eml4500.f08 12:40, 9 November 2008 (UTC)
|Cooperation and competition|
Then in a recent op-ed article in the New York Times, you can see an illustration of the above principle in real life:
Check out the stock price of General Motors vs. Toyota in comparison with the Dow Jones Industrial Average; click at "Max" at the bottom of the chart to see the change since 1962. Note the effect of the recessions in the early '80s, the early '90s, and the current recession. Note also the gas-guzzler age of the '90s.
Then watch the Frontline program Heat to have a better understanding of what the automotive industry and the oil industry have been doing...
Eml4500.f08 14:11, 19 November 2008 (UTC)
An update to the above story:
Obama Sees ‘Painful’ Birth of New G.M., By DAVID E. SANGER, JEFF ZELENY and BILL VLASIC, Published: June 1, 2009. NY Times.
A Reader Q.&A. on G.M.’s Bankruptcy, Published: June 1, 2009, NY Times.
Eas4200c.f08 19:06, 1 June 2009 (UTC)
Rules to review top-3 HW reports: Archived version
Comments to classes: Archived version
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pdf: Slow download. After clicking on a link, wait for about a minute to allow for the transfer of data to your browser or to your pdf viewer: Meetings 1-9 (27 MB) Mtgs 10-18 (31 MB) Mtgs 19-27 (24 MB) Mtgs 28-36 (30 MB) Mtgs 37-41 (19 MB).