On Making the Future

To the extent that the future is shaped by human action, it is not much use trying to predict it ? it is much more useful to understand and work with the people who are engaged in the decisions and actions that bring it into existence.

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WordPress 2.8 – Better Widgets?

Widget management is item #1 on the list of priorities for WordPress 2.8 development. I explored the cognitive psychology behind the widget management screen design in an earlier post, WordPress 2.5 Widgets?Taking the Load Off Your Mind. Here are the takeaway design suggestions.

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The Science of Giving Thanks

In short, acts of gratitude improve your overall well-being. That?s reason enough for me to start being more thankful for what I have.

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My Kind of Expert

“The very idea that there is no truth, but only the filter of narrative through which truth is invented is something I learned at the feet of the most leftist professors at Yale and am learning again from Sarah Palin during the Vice Presidential debate, and I find that very disorienting.”

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Dashed Hopes (or, Nonsense in Nashville)

Richard Harwood: “When this campaign started, many people, including myself, thought it was a golden opportunity for a real debate between competing visions for the nation’s future. Remember that?”

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Does Your Book Deserve My Vote?

Kids react to books much as they react to their favorite candidates: they like them because everyone else does, adding titles to their favorites list even when they haven’t read them. Voting for a Book, part of the Youth Radio series on NPR.

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Pay Your Library Fines!

…or my may end up like Heidi Dalibor.

(Though I guess it’s better than getting hunted down by the Library Ninjas.)

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Not Quite Lifelong Learning

“So let me get this straight,” I said. “If I were to drop out of school tomorrow and get a job at Burger King, the state would pay for my child care?”

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Never Underestimate the Mom

One of the things I love about Nicole is her periodic flashes of cheeky brilliance.

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The Good Book at the Olympic Games

Because cultural and academic leaders in China are seeking to understand the influence of the Bible on the worldview and culture of the West, there is a growing interest in Chinese-English bilingual Bibles in mainland China…”What a wonderful thing it would be if thousands of people would learn English?and Chinese!?by reading the Bible in side-by-side bilingual editions.?

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Teach Your Children Well

How, in narrative terms, would you explain the Iraq war? On the assumption that you didn?t want to say either that, ?Iraq is only one front in World War IV, the global struggle against Islamofascism? or ?we went to war so the President could get back at the guy who tried to kill his dad, make money for his buddies in the oil business, and protect Israel.?

Suggestions?

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