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Short Notes

In these posts, I share some of the pieces I’ve read from around the web. Some of them are blogs from colleagues and others come from major publications … and everyone in between.

 

Five Things We Wouldn't Mind The Government Shutting Down

Five Things We Wouldn’t Mind The Government Shutting Down

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Basil for the win.

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Yankees Closer Mariano Rivera

Yankees Closer Mariano Rivera

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Mariano, thank you. People this week have waxed poetic about your demeanor, your dignity, and, yes, that impossible ERA (earned run average). You’ve made almost every Yankee game you’ve pitched in an eight-inning game, and for that, we thank you. I’ve always appreciated your intimidating intro with Metallica’s “Enter Sandman.” When I was younger, the only other people who had entrance theme songs of this caliber were The Undertaker and Triple H. However, you were different. People keep mentioning how humble and gracious you are, and I’m sure those are great qualities that people like to see in their athletes. Yet, it seemed like you showed off every time you were up on the mound. Every interview I’d read about your mistakes (the Boston Red Sox 2004 slip-ups, the Marco Scutaro walk-off against the A’s, the Arizona Diamondbacks debacle in 2001), you took personal responsibility one step further

You didn’t just say it was your fault, you didn’t even give the batter credit for getting the hit. In fact, you believed in your stuff so deeply that any mistake you made must have been because you threw the pitch a few inches up. It spoke to a belief in yourself that I wish others (including me) would emulate. Your aura is the stuff of legends, and we may not ever see anything like this again. In a time when we always want to find out how our superstars tick, find their flaws, then turn on them the minute they don’t meet our lofty expectations, you laid it all out on the field for us, begging us to look at your artistry, mastery, and frigid science under New York City-level pressure.

Rather than beating yourself up for the mistakes, you kept sanding this gargantuan legacy you’ve built, constantly working on the two or three pitches that’s bewildered bench-warmers and future Hall of Fame hitters alike. That’s what people don’t get, either. You took those memorable mistakes and only got more focused, more enigmatic, answered more questions, and mentored more players. You’re one of the few people who, when people shine a spotlight on you, you shined brighter than that light could provide. As almost perfect as you were in the ninth inning, we all still wanted to watch. We just knew, and so did you.

The tag line for the last season has been #ExitSandman. Major League Baseball now has to wake up to a baseball where a ninth inning is just a little less guaranteed upon your entry.

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hiroshiyamauchi

Hiroshi Yamauchi

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“This church with which we should be thinking is the home of all, not a small chapel that can hold only a small group of selected people,” he said. “We must not reduce the bosom of the universal church to a nest protecting our mediocrity.”

- Pope Francis, on the direction of the Roman Catholic Church

Jose, who’s nursing a cold before Fall even arrived …

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Short Notes: Nas Is Like, 40 Years Old Now

September 15, 2013 Short Notes
Nas

A few notes: Check out my revamped Tumblr, where I share clips of everything I like from around the web. [MathematiquesNoir] These pretty math posters are going up in my classroom sooner than later. [Explore] Comedian Russell Brand talks about his recent scuffle with GQ over what he said about Hugo Boss. Secret activist over […]

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Short Notes: Back To School 2013 OMG What Have I Done? Edition

September 8, 2013 Short Notes
squidward_scream2

A few notes: Hannah Nguyen bursts onto the scene with a comment at Michelle Rhee’s Teacher Town Hall last week. Check this out! [InspirEDucation] Richard Rothstein just earned himself a new fan with his dissection of Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s assertion that integration should be “voluntary.” [Economic Policy Institute] Contrary to popular belief, the […]

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Short Notes: Of Dreams and Nightmares

August 25, 2013 Short Notes
March on Washington, 1963

A few notes: The Albert Shanker Institute asked a few of us to create lesson plans around the anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. I’m proud to have contributed a math-focused one. Check them out. [ShareMyLesson] John Spencer gives us seven thoughts on whether teachers should get political. [Education Rethink] Child […]

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Short Notes: David Foster Wallace On Hip-Hop?

August 18, 2013 Short Notes
Dwight Schrute on My Facebook Page

A few notes: First, thanks to everyone who liked my Facebook page. Please do give it a “like” when you get a chance. We have awesome discussions and cool co-conspirators. [Facebook] David Foster Wallace had an opinion on hip-hop that I actually found kinda dope. I wouldn’t highlight it otherwise. [NY Daily News] Maria Popova […]

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