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Comment Re:Common sense = none (Score 1) 283

Its not computers, magnet schools, charter schools, teacher pay, higher taxes or any of those even when statistics sometimes hint at showing otherwise. The commonality is involved parents who help their kids when struggle, demand they toe the line when they get hardheaded, and have expectations for success

My inclination is to agree, but I'd really like to see some data to support this claim

Comment Re:It's those damned midwest liberals (Score 1) 155

101F in Austin today? It's only 81F. You must mean Austin, TX, rather than Austin, MN (home of the Spam that apparently passes for food around here).

I'm not afraid of -20F; if I were, I wouldn't be living here. The one good thing about -20F is that you can dress for it; there's only so much clothing you can shed to deal with 101F.

Comment No need to share - we already knew (Score 1) 430

I worked for a university that paid its lecturers based on years with the university and level of terminal degree (a PhD was worth $50/course than a master's degree; no extra $ for multiple degrees at any level). Everyone knew (or could have easily determined) what I earned and vice-versa. It didn't quell grumbling in the ranks, but I don't think anyone was upset by that aspect of our situation.

Comment Re:Stone Tablet (Score 2) 446

Wind and water will erode it, but that shouldn't be a problem in your living room. In the event of a fire, differential thermal expansion of individual mineral grains may cause the granite to crack - hopefully into large chuncks that can easily be restored to their original configuration without the loss of any bits. One also has to hope that any fire will not be hot enough to cause the chemical breakdown of any micas or amphiboles present in your granite. I would have recommended a more homogeneous and more chemically inert rock such as quartzite, but that would have been significantly more difficult to carve.

Comment Re:unreal (Score 4, Funny) 291

I found out during high school that I couldn't do Calculus while stoned; it was something I had to work around back then. Eight hours of sleep would clear it right out... Not so much a problem anymore; and I still do Calculus daily. :)

Well, if you'd lay off the cannabis, maybe you'd finally pass calculus :)

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