the double standard

The sign of a modern, intellectual society is not its tolerance for free expressions of speech, but the consistency by which it tolerates various forms of free speech. Likewise, the sign of a sound faith in a credible system of beliefs is the manner in which it responds to criticism. Those that respond violently to questions and criticisms about their religious beliefs betray the uncertainty of their own convictions. However, those who entertain rational discourse and admit the inherent problems within all systems of beliefs demonstrate a confidence that unsettles many who insist upon their certitude.

ht: jim west

(old) spice up the library

i love digital media. i love instructional technology. in fact, i should love both since i’m the instructional technology coordinator at ucla, and i get paid to love instructional technology and keep my eyes glued to three monitors at all times scanning the web for new ideas.

however, few know that my dream job has always been to write for a sketch comedy troupe, specifically, the colbert report or daily show, which uses comedy and satire to poke fun at politics and the media.

but for now, i work at a university, which explains why i love those who use creativity and parody for instructional purposes. take, for instance, this parody of the old spice commercials, which promotes the lee library at byu. very, very funny.

to the rest of you, let’s see what you can do with technology for your university

facebook summary of the facebook movie

Facebooki thought this was clever.

Aaron Sorkin posted a note: “The Social Network screenplay, first draft.”

David Fincher: I’m a little concerned about accuracy. Did Zuckerberg really address a joint session of Congress?

Aaron Sorkin: I don’t know that he didn’t.

Aaron Sorkin posted a note: “The Social Network screenplay, second draft.”

David Fincher: Come on dude. The old-money white-bread “Winklevoss” twins?

Aaron Sorkin: That’s the one part I didn’t make up.

minimalism exposes so-called ancient greeks too

Scholars admit making up 'Ancient Greece'apparently, the ancient israelites are not the only ones that did not exist. according to a recent article in the onion, the ancient greeks didn’t exist either. in fact, the entire ancient greek culture was a giant hoax.

According to Haddlebury, the idea of inventing a wholly fraudulent ancient culture came about when he and other scholars realized they had no idea what had actually happened in Europe during the 800-year period before the Christian era.

Frustrated by the gap in the record, and finding archaeologists to be “not much help at all,” they took the problem to colleagues who were then scrambling to find a way to explain where things such as astronomy, cartography, and democracy had come from.

Within hours the greatest and most influential civilization of all time was born.

“One night someone made a joke about just taking all these ideas, lumping them together, and saying the Greeks had done it all 2,000 years ago,” Haddlebury said. “One thing led to another, and before you know it, we’re coming up with everything from the golden ratio to the Iliad.”

i enjoyed this one… ;-)

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