He had the habit of travelling between Oxford and Bournemouth, where he often stayed,” Baillie Tolkien recounts. “When he left, he would put armfuls of papers into a suitcase which he always kept with him. When he arrived, he would sometimes pull out any sheet at random and start with that one!” On top of all this, the handwritten manuscripts were almost indecipherable because his handwriting was so cramped. —
Chaordic creativity from J R R Tolkien, creator of Middle Earth, author of the novels “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings”.
Baillie Tolkien is the wife of Christopher Tolkien, J R R Tolkien’s son.
Rérolle, R. (2012, December 5). My Father’s “Eviscerated” Work - Son of Hobbit Scribe J.R.R. Tolkien Finally Speaks Out. Le Monde/WorldCrunch. Retrieved from http://www.worldcrunch.com/culture-society/my-father-039-s-quot-eviscerated-quot-work-son-of-hobbit-scribe-j.r.r.-tolkien-finally-speaks-out/hobbit-silmarillion-lord-of-rings/c3s10299/
Apple’s profit from PC sales Q4 2012 exceeds next top five PC vendors
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Alan Turing's Pilot Ace computer - video -
Built in the 1950s and one of the Science Museum’s 20th century icons, The Pilot Ace “automatic computing engine” was the world’s first general purpose computer.
I suspect the failure to deploy technology for learning in education that the following analysis identifies for the US is equally pertinent to New Zealand. Although some initiatives are ‘on the right track’, we run the risk of being run over by a faster, bigger ‘train’ of technology driven by new technology-sophisticated competitors, such as Korea and Singapore.
In September of this year, the White House launched the ‘Digital Promise’ initiative, a national center dedicated to improving the implementation of technology in schools all across the US. Though technology has advanced tremendously in the last 20 years, education has not kept pace with these innovations. The Digital Promise seeks to remedy this discrepancy, transforming the way we teach and learn in the process.
See also the following posting, that introduces detailed New Zealand research (Boven et al, 2011) demonstrating how learning technologies should be employed to overcome the serious lack of engagement and achievement by school pupils in education:
There are 923 words that break the “i before e” rule.
In contrast, 44 words follow that rule.
Question: if you weighted the probability of the word being used in daily, academic, or business use, would those statistics still support the absurdity suggested by the image? In other words, what proportion of commonly-used “i before e” words follow the rule?
(Source: fishfingers-and-howlers, via bellatrixlovett)