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Comment: Re:I Believe It Too (Score 4, Interesting) 277

by SlashJoel (#39140189) Attached to: Interrupted Sleep Might Be the Best Kind

These comments all make me feel much better. I sleep for around 3 hours after work (5pm-8pm) and then 3-4 hours before work (3:30am-7:30am). Obviously I don't have kids. I find that when I skip my post-work sleep I have to be doing something active to avoid being completely exhausted and useless. After my long nap/short sleep I am much more rested and can read and write more complicated things much more easily.

Everyone I know thinks these hours are weird, but it works so well for me that I intend to keep doing it as long as I can. These comments all serve to make me feel like a little bit less of an outsider. Thanks! :-)

Comment: Re:probably (Score 1) 179

by SlashJoel (#37790258) Attached to: Paywalled NYT Now Has 300,000 Online Subscribers
Below are some other recommended magazines for depth. These are worth supporting much more than your average newspaper.

The New Yorker
The Atlantic
Lapham's Quarterly (not news coverage, exactly, but still great)
(Canadian) The Walrus
(Australian) The Monthly
(Australian) Quarterly Essay
(UK) Standpoint
(UK) Prospect
(India) The Caravan
(Spain) Catalan International View

Comment: Re:Facebook is a public forumn (Score 1) 478

by SlashJoel (#36710822) Attached to: Facebook Helps Israel Blacklist Air Travellers

Exactly. From TFA:

"These people announced on their Internet sites that they planned to come here and cause disruptions, and told their friends. We were able to contact other foreign ministries and simply give them links," Palmor said.

Facebook, the company, didn't permit Israel to do this. It was Facebook users who don't know how to restrict access to their groups and posts.

Comment: Re:Amen (Score 1) 588

by SlashJoel (#36693844) Attached to: Why People Who Make Things Should Learn Chinese
Phillip doesn't take criticism very well. You can read through the comments section of any of his articles to see how he responds to those who disagree with him. Usually he just re-states a phrase from his article while implying that "you just don't get it" rather than rationally addressing the content of the argument. I've never seen him acknowledge a comment that conflicts with his article's premise as being valid or reasonable, though I've mostly stopped reading his stuff. All the rationality in the world won't change his mind when it's set on something. His constant, overly-defensive nature when someone critiques his articles, combined with his tendency to "Like" only comments that agree with himself suggest that he is probably relatively insecure and needs the acceptance of others to feel good about himself. He may have placed so much of his self-worth into these articles that it feels like people are critiquing him, not his argument. Just a suggestion, Phillip: try to be a little more flexible and receptive to criticism. You're still a valuable person regardless of what random people on the internet think of your arguments, but you'll expand your mind considerably if you remain open to rational viewpoints that run counter to your own.

More Websites Offending Thai Monarchy Blocked 220

Posted by timothy
from the really-could-skip-the-whole-prison-thing-altogether dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Thailand is ramping up their media wide censorship of anything that remotely offends Thai royalty. In the last three weeks, another 2,300 websites have been blocked. Another ~4,000 are soon expected. And not just websites, but books as well as the Economist have been blocked. And anyone caught publishing such material, including foreigners, will get 3 to 15 years in a Thai prison. You don't want to be in a Thai prison!"

+ - Help for a new, non-specialist science teacher

Submitted by SlashJoel
SlashJoel writes: My sister recently received her degree in education, and just last week accepted a job teaching French at a local high school. However, in addition to French, she is also teaching two classes of grade 9 science, a subject she never liked in school and that she isn't thrilled about teaching. She has confessed that she doesn't remember most of the things she will be teaching and that she's worried about not being able to engage the students as her grasp on the subject matter is tenuous at best.
And so I come to ask Slashdot: what can be done to help her? Are there any good resources out there that you're aware of? I'm trying to find things to get her excited about Science so she can pass that excitement on to her students, but she also obviously needs to beef up her knowledge of a subject she's not terribly fond of. Any suggestions on how to accomplish this would be greatly appreciated.

The solution of this problem is trivial and is left as an exercise for the reader.