Archive | June 15, 2013

Google To Provide Internet Access In Remote Southern Hemisphere Locations, e.g., N.Z., Using Balloons! NOT An April Fool’s Joke. It Is June.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Click to access U.K. 'The Telegraph' YouTube video.

Click to access U.K. ‘The Telegraph’ YouTube video.


I had to do a doubletake to make sure that this was indeed June and that this was not another elaborate April Fool’s Joke.

It is NOT. It is legit. Technology makes sense and is credible.

Another link.

Good for Google. If ONLY they would provide ME with highspeed Internet access in rural NH.

Another Option For TEN Cricket, Star Cricket etc. In The U.S.A. Via IPTV.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Click to access their Website.

Click to access their Website.


A reader, who like me is missing West Indies cricket sent this in as a comment earlier today.

Kind of expensive and it is all Internet-based. But, worth looking at.

Enjoy.

Happy Father’s Day.

‘Common Core’ 7th Grade Math Book Being Used By Alton Central (ACS) Has A Fundamental Flaw!

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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 June 11, 2013.

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I request School Board do joint Common Core presentation
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Facts about the biometric bracelet — May 12, 2013.
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May 11, ‘Common Core Curriculum’ meeting in Alton — May 11, 2013.
>> Lets find out about ‘Common Core Curriculum’ — May 8, 2013.


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Yesterday for the first time I got to see the ‘new’ “Common Core“, “Singapore Math” books (yes, there are two of them, “A” & “B”) that Alton Central (ACS) is using for 7th Grade Math.

Very nice books, and I wish I had books like this growing up — though I am still confounded as to why there is a crab on the cover.

These books have now been used for a year at ACS and you can see that from the 2nd picture above. I can even tell you the name of the kid who used the book.

Well we plan to use these books for Homeschooling Devanee — hence my particular interest in them. Since I know Devanee very well and given that we have been doing this for awhile now, the first thing I did was to check if the book had ANSWERS at the back. I am quite partial to having answers in the back of Math books because it eliminates the need for me to create an Excel spreadsheet to check Devanee’s answers.

Sure enough the book had ‘Selected Answers’.

But herein lies my problem and puzzlement.

The answers are in tightly bound pages of the book.

OK. This book was used by a student in 2012 and there was even pages of math homework by this kid inside the book.

So, what is the deal here? Is having ready access to the answers a part of the ‘Common Core’ agenda?

Multiple things bother me:

1/ This is an ‘expensive’ textbook meant to be reused. So, how come they did NOT handle the ‘selected answers’ in a BETTER manner, e.g., a supplemental booklet? [These books are supposed to be created by the crème de la crème of International educators, all of them with at least a “Master’s”. They didn’t see this problem? Maybe they should have hired a consultant.]

2/ How come the answers are still in this book if it was used by a student throughout 2012 – 2013? Did they copy (at further costs) all the test pages?

3/ Though I (as somebody with 35 years experience with book publishers) know the ‘pressures’ involved for those that recommend and purchase these textbooks, how come nobody noticed this flaw in these books?

I am not impressed. I am not happy.

I have already worked out a way to prevent Devanee gaining ready access to the answers WITHOUT in anyway putting even a scratch on the book. I might patent my invention for use with ‘Common Core’ books. Yes, I am going to forward this to the Principal at ACS and get some answers — the main one being HOW did they stop kids from looking at the answers when they were doing homework (or didn’t they do homework using this $39.99 (retail) book.



Click to access the 'Marshall  Cavendish' catalogue that lists this book.

Click to access the ‘Marshall Cavendish’ catalogue that lists this book.



The Dental Crisis In The U.S. (Never Mind New Hampshire) — People Just Can’t Afford The High Costs.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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The $46 for my 2.5 minute, totally unnecessary, unsolicited ‘consultation’ by my dentist to tell me that ‘all was fine, “A-OK”, but he would really like me to get a $120 X-Ray‘, on Wednesday got me thinking.

I notice teeth. Drives Deanna nuts. I doubt whether I will ever find the time in my limited lifetime to get to it but I am sure it is a cultural thing. I am totally oblivious to the color of eyes and hair color — unless they happen to be blondes, and I do get accused of having a thing about blondes though I am not sure if that is true. I finally worked out, having incurred abuse from so many for decades along the lines ‘you didn’t notice the color of their eyes or their hair … what is wrong with you?‘ that it is a cultural thing to do with where you were born. If you were born into a society where 99% of the people have black eyes and black hair, you don’t bother to use eye color or hair color as a differentiator. That is my theory and I am sure I onto something here. But, I notice teeth. And yes, I will confess, I am also fussy about teeth. Bad teeth puts me on the ‘defensive’. So, of course, I notice all the folks in NH with ‘poor’ teeth. And I feel bad.

But, it was only today that I went looking for some facts. Medicare does not cover basic dental care! And folks think that the U.S. has good healthcare. Carry on with those wet dreams. If you don’t have dental insurance going to a dentist is an expensive undertaking. My visit on Wednesday, and I needed nothing other than a 49 minute cleaning, came to $126. That is more than half a weeks gross pay if you are on minimum wage. This is not right — and yes, I know that Medicaid, if you qualify, does cover some, if not all, dental care.

Read this from PBS and just think …

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Prince William, Kate’s Husband, The Future King Of Great Britain Has Some Indian In Him.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Click to read it in my favorite newspaper, the incomparable U.K. 'Daily Mail'.

Click to read it in my favorite newspaper, the incomparable U.K. ‘Daily Mail’.


On behalf of all my fellow ‘wogs’ let me please say:
We welcome you with open arms and warm hearts to the club“.

Sri Lankan blood would have been better, but Indian is OK. Hope Kate has no objections.

If she has, just drop me a line, I will talk to her.

P.S., At the time I went to school in London any and all who looked like Indians (which included me) were affectionately known as ‘wogs’
though it was a misnomer of sorts since it was meant to apply to those from the Middle East like the 3 Wise Men.

This ‘NH Life’ Blog Inching Towards 100,000 Views.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Not sure if any body notices but if you look at the BLOG STATS just to the right of you (>>>>) you will see that it is reading 99,xxx.

That means that one of these days this blog would reach its 100,000 views mark to join my popes-and-papacy, Windows 7 Professional and Papam blogs. It also means that there has been over 64,000 hits just in 2013, double what I had for all of 2012, though I only started blogging in anger on this blog around August of last year.

Contrary to what you might think I can’t personally bump up these stats myself — or at least I can’t do it easily. These stats are provided directly by WordPress and they exclude all hits coming from the same IP address as the blog admin, i.e., me. So for me to bump up these stats I have to use a totally different Internet connection. While, of course, I could do that, I have better things to do and I have never really gained any satisfaction in fudgging stats or buying reviews for my books.

IF you happen to notice that YOU are the 100,000 visitor, by seeing the counter at 100,000 take a screenshot, please. Look up how to do that because it depends on what you are using. On Windows 7 you can just use the handy-dandy snipping tool. If you send me the screenshot I will send you a nice present — possibly a book.

Thanks. Enjoy.

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