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Comment Moore style? (Score 1) 307

There was a mathematician named R.L. Moore. He was an influential point-set topologist, but he's influential outside the realm of topology because of his teaching style. Briefly, the professor gives out definitions, axioms, and statements of theorems (as well as non-theorems) in class. The members of the class work out the theorems, important examples, and counterexamples to non-theorems on their own, and then present their results to the rest of the class.

I'm an introvert. I hate group projects. For one I find being with people mostly draining, but for another I always did the lion's share of the work. But I love Moore-style classes. I'm not afraid of presenting, and I felt I learned better working everything out on my own.

I'd love to see education move away from group projects and learning activities in favor of guided self-instruction (with accountability in the form of presentations or tests.) The introverts can work in their own solitary, contemplative fashion, and the extroverts can form study groups as they see fit. If the class isn't suitable for presentations, then something closer to a flipped classroom is IMO ideal.

Caveat: In my experience as both a student and an instructor this works best at the sophomore level of college and higher or graduate school.

Comment Re:An HR guy as President? (Score 1) 46

he was more or less just filling time as HR director, possibly while being groomed as a potential successor.

Given that Kimishima is already 65, I wouldn't be surprised if he's only president long enough for someone else to finish being groomed. I doubt Kimishima was ever groomed himself for the job; I think he was just experienced and available after Iwata's sudden death.

Comment Re:Don't skip the low levels (Score 1) 167

I freely admit that I couldn't stand to watch the D&D movies sober, but I distinctly remember one of the heroes casting a 9th level spell at some point and bitching about it loudly until someone put more alcohol in my mouth. But regardless, you gotta admit they were doing 20th level end-of-campaign stuff by the end of the movies. Not even with a montage in a couple of them.

Comment Don't skip the low levels (Score 3, Interesting) 167

One of the problems with every D&D movie attempt up until this point is that they're always about end-of-campaign type things. But D&D is fun for the entire campaign. Especially since HBO's Game of Thrones has demonstrated strongly that gritty low-magic fantasy has a large audience, I think it would help a D&D movie to focus on low-level adventures. Like, levels 1 - 3, where Magic Missile (the bottle rocket of evocation spells) is the flashiest thing your Wizard can do, and even then just once per day.

I think a trilogy of movies, low-level, mid-level, and high-level, could actually do very well. The caveat being that the first movie would have to be very good to ensure the sequels aren't just wasted cash.

Comment Re:New fullscreen application launcher! (Score 1) 43

"Proven" wrong in what sense? Do you have any hard data to back that up? Note that "hated" and "wrong" are not the same thing. People just hate change.

I'm convinced that the only reason fullscreen launchers on desktop are hated is because they're different. If Windows had a fullscreen start menu back in Win95, then everyone would have been bitching about Win8's tiny start menu that doesn't display enough applications at once, Win10 would have gone back to the fullscreen launcher by default, and KDE would only just now have a non-fullscreen application launcher.

For that matter, do you have an android phone handy? Pull up your applications menu. Oh, look! A fullscreen application launcher!

Comment Re:What are you talking about? (Score 1) 186

As the other poster said, I think that webpage isn't talking about what you think it's talking about. But if it's out of date, it's out of date in the other direction. There's some journals on that list that definitely don't have a publishing fee nowadays. I've never even heard of a publishing fee for a math journal.

Comment Re:What are you talking about? (Score 1) 186

I've never heard of someone having to pay for the privilege of letting a journal use your work for profit.

AFAIK there are no pure math journals that require a submission fee. Either universities have been sheltering me and paying these fees in secret (doubtful,) there just aren't any fees (less doubtful,) or I've never submitted to a journal prestigious enough to have a fee (pretty likely.)

Comment How lazy can journals get? (Score 5, Insightful) 186

Academics submit articles to journals for free. Other academics provide feedback and do quality control for the submitted articles, also for free. Yet more academics peer review the submitted articles, you guessed it, for free. Logistics are handled by a board of volunteer academics. I guess the journal staff... typeset the cover and table of contents, print the journal, and maintain the website? The typesetting is probably automated, actually.

Out of curiosity I checked the pricing on the Journal of Algebra, probably the most prestigious journal in my field. An individual subscription is $291. A 5-person e-journal subscription is $2,070.67. An institutional paper subscription is $5,314.

I guess they're too busy raking in money hand over first to bother trying to find independent reviewers.

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