My favorite Auld Lang Syne is sung by Aretha Franklin and Billy Preston while sitting together at the piano. Billy Preston’s keyboard solo makes an appearance at 3:48 in Peter Jackson’s Get Back trailer, but you have to wait till 4:02 to see Preston himself. Preston appears twice in my favorite running music column, “The Number Ones.”
And now, this week’s internet as distilled through my skull:
- What if teaching kids to solve crossword puzzles was a national priority?
- Forgot to include this in the post, but Noah Veltman’s site also lets you input a word and see any clues for that word. (Is it a function?)
- No reason why classic texts should be all a student reads in school, but why can’t they be a large part of the mix? Classic edu spat. Made me look up my own high school English reader, published by an Orthodox Jewish imprint that promised that their books “preserve family values”. I’ve held on to my copy of my AP English copy of Bernard Malamud’s The Natural that has a sex scene blacked out.
- Zeynep says high-status professors pay more attention to her outsider critiques than mid-tier professors: “The ones in the middle, the ones trying to climb and claw their way up the pack? I think they looked at my CV and quickly realized I had no status to bring—no Ivy League degree, no top journal article, no high status anything.” Is there a dynamic like this in education?
- If you need to teach someone to tell time, I recommend this online clock.
- Blogs: Books that Ben Orlin loved in 2020, Brian Palacios’ year in reading.
- Tweet: Hey, that’s a nifty way to remember the values of sine.
- Video: Bozeman Science is a nice channel that has science videos that I’m really enjoying. Interesting to compare this style of video to something like Crash Course’s on the same topic. One of these days it would be fun to make a bunch of math videos.
- Replication Crisis: “Despite how it feels at times, a compelling new study shows that motivation simply doesn’t run out like fuel in a tank … people with greater motivation to do a task were less depleted by it.” (Reminds me that working memory depletion might actually be interference.)
- Map: Been reading Narnia with my son, we’re almost done with Prince Caspian. He wants to check the map frequently, and here are some big ones.
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