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Comment: Good old days... (Score 1) 305

by Jaegs (#49114231) Attached to: Pandora Pays Artists $0.001 Per Stream, Thinks This Is "Very Fair"

I realize this is a bit off topic. but remember when copyright was a short-term (fourteen years, with another possible fourteen-year extension) agreement between the creator and the public, in that you could monopolize your creation with many protections, but at the end of the term, you had to turn over your creation to the public?

Now, we can argue that fourteen/twenty-eight years may be a bit too short in this day and age, but the pendulum has swung way to the side of, "I want my creation to benefit me for life," and then some, in certain cases. Thanks Bono. Sonny that is, not the one of U2 fame.

And before you say, "but if we don't have these ridiculously long term extensions, no one will ever create anything for fear of losing it," just look at all of the stuff on Bandcamp, Youtube, SoundCloud, etc.

Comment: Re:I would love 4K!!! (Score 2) 559

by Jaegs (#45224381) Attached to: 4K Ultra HD Likely To Repeat the Failure of 3D Television

My guess would be because you hold the tablet closer to your face than the MBA, so the higher resolution is better served with the iPads. In my own use, I typically have my iPad somewhere between one to two feet from my face. My MBA is usually about three to four feet away, where the decrease in resolution is less appreciable.

Comment: Re:Aack! Not on a piano again! (Score 1) 70

by Jaegs (#44907963) Attached to: Open Well-Tempered Clavier: a Kickstarter Campaign For Open Source Bach

Bach did perform on the piano, just not as a primary instrument:

At first [Silbermann's] experiments were - well - experimental! It is known that JS Bach tried one and commented critically by pointing out serious defects - heavy touch and weakness of the higher notes. Later instruments however, Bach was able to praise, and it is on record that when in 1747 Bach visited Frederick the Great at Potsdam he played upon Silbermann pianofortes, of which the king possessed a number, possibly fifteen. All pianofortes up to this point were of the harpsichord shape - what we now call the 'grand', with the strings horizontal and in a line with the finger-keys.


So, had he lived a bit longer--Bach died in 1750, so just three years after his visit--he probably would have written work for it, or at least translated his works to it.

Comment: not rocket science--unless you teach that... (Score 1) 169

by Jaegs (#44844373) Attached to: The Post-Lecture Classroom

As an instructional designer, I don't know why so many people are surprised with this. If you spend more time interacting with your students, instead of teaching at them, they are bound to achieve more in the course.

I cannot find the article at the moment, but earlier this week I was reading about an instructor who, instead of lecturing, used edX's circuits MOOC in his course. He then goes on to state that instead of spending his time lecturing, he significantly increased the amount of time he spend corresponding with the students--in other words, he flipped the classroom. The result was a significant improvement in exam scores

As stated here before, this goes back to Socrates. Instead of lecturing at your students, telling them what to think, interact with them, question them, get to know them, etc.

Good teaching transcends modality and fad.

Comment: Could be a hoax, but... (Score 5, Informative) 362

by Jaegs (#38586176) Attached to: Paypal Orders Buyer of Violin To Destroy It For a Refund

Were this just an isolated incident, I would be screaming hoax with the best of you; however, given PayPal's handling of a recent charity case, where a group had their account suspended after trying to raise money to buy presents for poor children, I'm not so sure. Quote PayPal's support: "You can use the donate button to raise money for a sick cat, but not poor people."

The price one pays for pursuing any profession, or calling, is an intimate knowledge of its ugly side. -- James Baldwin