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Scott Baio and me

It’s the fall of 1984. I’m thirteen years old. It’s a Wednesday night, and I’m watching “Charles in Charge,” a sitcom starring Scott Baio –  the actor I’d previously seen on “Happy Days.” It’s okay. Not great, but not bad, either. Then boom! A flash of light! A roar of sound. A time traveler from…

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Barbie watches me.

February 15, 2010. Earlier morning. I’m sitting at my desk in my classroom with my principal, Plato. It’s our shared birthday. We’re talking about celebrating together later that night with our traditional birthday dinner when my students begin to arrive. A student named Fely walks over to my desk, says, “Happy birthday,” and tosses a…

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Productivity: Time over everything else

The lesson I teach my students every day is this: The greatest thing a person can possess in this world is choice. We work hard because we want to have as many choices as possible in our lives. Choice over how and where you spend your time. Nothing else even comes close. Brian Feroldi would…

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Banned music and movies

Authorities in the Russian Republic of Chechnya have announced a ban on music that they consider too fast or slow. Minister of Culture Musa Dadayev announced the decision to limit all musical, vocal, and choreographic compositions to a tempo ranging from 80 to 116 beats per minute (BPM), Russian state news agency TASS reported. Officials hope to eradicate…

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A plain hot dog for me

In preparation for the summer, CNN published a list of “Hot dog ideas for your next cookout.” The Texas Twist, garnished with cole slaw and barbeque sauce. The Nacho Dog, complete with chunky guacamole and Bobby’s Grilled Tomato-Chipotle Salsa. Hot dogs on pretzel buns. Steamed and boiled hot dogs. Hot dogs loaded with Gorgonzola, marinated…

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Missing Matoaka

“Missing Matoaka” is an alternative audio track to Disney’s “Pocahontas” designed to set the historical record straight. Matoaka—her real name—was not the heroine of some romantic adventure as portrayed in the Disney film and popular culture. In reality, she was the unfortunate protagonist in one of the first documented cases of a missing and murdered…

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Time poorly spent

Data recently published by Bedrock Data Solutions in their excellent “8 Bits Make a Byte” newsletter: 47 seconds – average attention span at work 238 words per minute – average reading speed for non-fiction 20 minutes – time average adults spend reading on a weekday 21 minutes – time average adults spend reading on a…

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Give us a break, Hollywood

Theaters are getting more creative this summer in an effort to bring the masses back to the movie house. Re-releasing classic films, sponsoring minifilm festivals, and selling exclusive merchandise are all ways of making the theater a destination for movie fans. I love these ideas. I want movie theaters to survive and thrive, and anything…

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A humble, less than traditional past

In his newsletter, The Daily Coach, Mike Lombardi writes about the modest and humble roots of the Final Four coaches who competed in the recent NCAA tournament. Three of the four began their careers as high school basketball coaches, and none had the traditional pedigree of a big-time college basketball coach. Lombardi extracts three key…

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Teacher-student connection

I spend ten minutes talking to my students about the importance of hard work, which I do quite often. “One of the things I fear most,” I tell the kids, “is discovering that one day, far in the future, you didn’t reach your potential. I want you all to make your dreams come true. I…

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