Re: If I'd known...
As I teacher I am also of the firm belief, articulated by George Bernard Shaw, ... "Youth is wasted on the young"
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As I teacher I am also of the firm belief, articulated by George Bernard Shaw, ... "Youth is wasted on the young"
Overweight and Obesity in Sexual-Minority Women: Evidence From Population-Based Data ...
Objective. We sought to determine whether lesbians have higher rates of overweight and obesity than women of other sexual orientations.
Methods. We compared population estimates of overweight and obesity across sexual orientation groups, using data from the 2002 National Survey of Family Growth.
Results. Adjusted multinomial logistic regression analyses showed lesbians have more than twice the odds of overweight (odds ratio [OR]=2.69; 95% confidence interval [CI]=1.40, 5.18) and obesity (OR=2.47; 95% CI=1.19, 5.09) as heterosexual women. Bisexuals and women who reported their sexual orientation as “something else” (besides heterosexual, lesbian, or bisexual) showed no such increase in the odds of overweight and obesity.
Conclusions. Lesbian women have a higher prevalence of overweight and obesity than all other female sexual orientation groups. This finding suggests that lesbians are at greater risk for morbidity and mortality linked to overweight and obesity. This finding also highlights the need for interventions within this population.
As any fule know, the photo was taken in Indonesia. Therefore doesn't Indonesian law rather than US law apply ?
As the monkey is resident in Indonesia, it is subject to Indonesia law, and under THAT law is a monkey capable of exercising any ownership rights ? I could image the squarks of outrage in Jakarta if the US all of a sudden declared him a person with property rights !
Chris Pyne - Minister for Innovation or Malcolm Turncoat who supports disruptive technology.
snicker chortle cough - can't holdback ROFL, ROLMAO
By the middle of next year all schools will be on ET4L , there are a limited number of printers available to purchase on contract & IT is specifically exempted from Local Decisions Local Schools purchasing arrangements.
So the problem will be limited to at most a dozen printers. WTF ?
What do a vendor management & payment system & student management, including attendance, disabilty information, subject selection, behaviour management systems have in common ?
I have worked for a place that tried to modify a bought Employee Management System to match the companies practices, and decided to change the company to meet the requirements of the bought accounts package.(Rule 1. Nothing will be customised !, Rule 2. See Rule 1.) - 3 guesses why.
This and ET4L (centralised DoE control of all our machines) is going to make life very interesting.
"1. You have a right to trial by a jury by your peers
What makes you think that is part of the Aussie Constitution ?
My special ed kids have no problem finding what they need ... not that I am implying anything :-)
But just think how much longer the existing battery would last with the new power savings.
The UK is providing military assistance to a recognised foreign government at the request of that government. These chaps were in a warzone - at worst its a "s**t happens".
I must hasten to note I have no great love of the RAF or USAF - my mother as a 6yo girl was in Hamburg when Gommorah took place.
In the next few weeks the FTTN that replaces ADSL out of Gorokan Exchange will be up & running(according to letterbox drops). GORO has/d a waiting list for vacant ports and there was no capacity in the exchange for a new DSLAM, so those on the waiting list should be really quick to connect.
I am looking forward to FTTN 1st half next year - I was never ever on ANY rollout forecast until two weeks ago and 25 is better than 12-15 (dropping to @ 8 when ants nest in the pillarjoint that we have instead of a pit)
But there is an issue with infrastructure - it needs to be a) operated , b) maintained, c) paid for and d) will become obsolete as it is being built
As unemployment relief in the '20s & '30s (everybody forgets the recession Churchill created in the Empire in the early '20s) in many states of Australia many may hundreds of miles of railway line were laid in rural areas to allow farmers to more easily get their produce to market - yes useful, and using rail as transport was the conventional wisdom . Many of these lines were under 30kms long. None ever covered its working expenses, the interest on the loan, let alone cost of construction.
To use Tim's restaurant analogy the new branches were the extra "covers" but there was little or no corresponding increase in the number of wagons or locomotives(the plates and cutlery) so these became worn out faster and added major inefficiencies on the trunk lines and required a whole new expenditure on workshops).
In NSW the government, which owned the railway, tried to maintain its monopoly position by passing legislation that made it illegal to offer a regular road service where a train ran (even if only once a week), yet farmers still preferred to load the produce on a truck & drive to the largest major town & ship from there (SWMBO could go the shops as well).
Most of these lines were closed over the last 30 years, and the rail map looks remarkably like it did in 1919. We are still paying these lines off.
What bits of infrastructure could become "game changing" and improve productivity, and/or drive down overall costs/improve quality of life in the community in the medium to long term such as London's new Crossrail or in Australia the NBN ?. In NSW our beloved Premier wants to spend a billion and a half (which means 3 billion) on rebuilding 3 stadia - hey its infrastructure so it must be good,
SWMBO downloaded it, and it gets used precisely once a week to contact the boy on the other side of the world to arrange a time to Skype. She ignores all other messages ... just sayin
are/were you one my students perchance ?
I pass this on to my students, as it was told to me in my previous life as a dev by the Head of WHS at a very very large Australian Corporation & my brother a former Inspector in the NSW Rozzers.
When the microwave can get the "cook from frozen" meal out of the freezer and cook it I might be interested. Around our way in summer, leave a piece of uncooked chicken in the microwave during the day just awaiting your return so it can "ping" as you walk in the door is going to result in a very very messy mess in the loo or perhaps a relaxing ride in an ambulance and all expenses paid holiday to your nearest hospital.
Maybe the microwave will be replaced by an IoT fridge/freezer/microwave combo.
if people ring ACMA and call them wankers (using defn 2)
Did commentards miss the headline - laptops for schools.
WRT to the target of the article (laptops for school) May I suggest a better benchmark rather than streaming video - how long will the battery last plaing flash games.
You might find a few knowledgeable people on TED, even a billionaire believe it or not saying exactly that.
The one question to check the bona fides of these people, and the TED people are often big earners, is to ask a simple question (US only) ...
" If you believe the tax system is unfair and you are not paying enough tax, just how big a cheque did you write to the 'Bureau of the Public Debt' last year"?" ie how big a voluntary contribution did you make ?
I would suggest not a lot as the chart at http://www.treasurydirect.gov/govt/reports/pd/gift/gift.htm shows .
I play the same game at work when our resident Socialist bags on about tax unfairness - except in that case the question is - "Are you claiming every single solitary deduction you can from your tax ?"
And there was the margin lending for stock speculation in the 20's. Didn't THAT turn out well ?
I don't give a shit what my "friends" listen to the fact that colleague Brian is listening to Patsy Kline, Mrs D is listening to Elvis, and neighbour is listening to AC-DC impacts me not - (I have a CD of Tallis, Byrd , Ockeghem etc) on at the moment so you can guess why - so keep out of my friends list !.
I don't run(or exercise much for that matter) , so I don't need "running" music - s leave my gps/accelerometer alone !
My friends and I already know what we look like .so I don't need a photo (if they went trawling they would find lots of photos taken on my last prototype finding information expedition to the Hunter Valley, photos of signal boxes, coal wagons, old colliery buildings, track, cuttings, sleepers, ballast etc etc with nary a human in sight). so keep out of my photos
Probably just the 2tablets inthephoto using standard NSWPOL methodology.
We got a shiny new digital copier, which also happened to be the printer nearest my desk - nice printer, A4, A3, duplex, folding, stapling, punching, and above all, collating
Fond memories of being one of only two people in the whole company allowed to use IBM3800-3 for 3 months as we were evaluating it. Even fonder memory of attending a meeting where the then VP of Printers said companies normally took 3 years to get from just replacing the line printer to full featured graphs using GDDM - because we did it in 3 weeks - we cracked all the problems in 3 weeks , the rest of the time was spent writing new training & amending the standards & company style manuals, setting up DCF stylesheets and Overlays. As part of that job , I had an IBM AT out of the 1st containers in the country on desk for evaluation. - best fun I ever had in IT.
Big ditto here. I also like have my mail integrated. I even get the occasional small torrent file (books only) rather than fire up Deluge.
NSW Dept of Ed does this - except you prepay your leave. The scheme works by reducing your wage to 80% over years and you get the 5th year on 80% pay as leave, in which you can do anything you like except work as casual in a government school (you can work for another state's system, or the private/catholic system, or even in an overseas school).
Unsurprisingly this is popular with many of the older staff who have nearly paid of mortgages, have no dependent children underfoot, who look at it as a trial run at retirement. Even more unsurprisingly it is not popular amongst new teachers who are looking to earn every dollar you can. I will be applying for this when I hot the top of the pay scale as it will have the added effect of keeping me below several nasty thresholds.
The same sort of fuss was made when our beloved Minister of Education insisted on minimum standards for teachers (NSW-Aus). 99% of us realised we complied anyway, except the ladies were taken a bit aback when our WHS rep suggested open toed shoes were not a good idea in "practical" work spaces including science labs
Mrs D and I have my.gov ids only because we want to lodge our tax online. NO OTHER govt service is linked - we still go into a shop front to interact with Medicare on the odd occasion we need to you. We get nothing through Centrelink so it remains unlinked as well.
"Digital" Australia Card anyone ?
when the threshold was $500 (I stupidly bought a brass locomotive worth many more USD more than that ), the process was simple, the Post Office held the parcel until the GST was paid. I can see the the aggravation of having to line up behind pensioners & actually pay the GST while the local PO is open will quickly outweigh the convenience of being able to order at 10:30pm. I understand some of the courier companies are currently also whacking a processing fee for collecting GST ,
its been fixed (100% legal spend least) , - but your comment still stands
Not feasible in all situations, bombers are used precisely because you can't get a standard issue fire truck everywhere.
One mooted version of the "voluntary" cooperation has been put forward, is that various taboos and customs are put in place to manage the stock. The FlimFlamMan (aka Tim Flannery) illustrates this theory in his "Future Eaters" book & doco.
Can they modify UE so it doesn't need to phone home on start(or install) - or if not at least allow me to set the proxy & credentials so that it can access the interwebz.
Amen, although the low salt version tastes like cardboard.
Nephew just came back from a stint on exchange Hawaii, and was telling me about the Waikiki Spam Jam. If only school holidays & cruise ships & festival coincided - sigh.
I was most unusual amongst my peers in that I would swap anything, except chocolate, to get the canned spam & eggs from the ration packs supplied to the Australian Army in the early '80s - mostly they were happy to swap a cereal block (imagine a small box of wheatbix compressed down into the size of one 'bix - we used to joke science had split the atom, but could not split the cereal block).
It broke a few other things. Last week installed all of CC2015 - after update had to reinstall nearly everything except Incopy. Xcode claims to be incompatible with the current release o the OS - please upgrade - so when I try it tells me I already have the latest version aaaaaaarrrrrrrgggggghhhh
I wish I could upvote more than 1 vote.
I currently teach an app dev class to year 9 & 10. Most of the kids want to build a FPS or GTA clone, and are uninterested in doing simpler games like frogger or space invaders, or worse a vanilla "master detail" or calculator to get their feet wet.
In general atrocious attention to detail and attention spans - "sorry Jhaaydyn varible is not the same as variable", "yes Kyhilie you do need a semi colon on the end of every line", "freddie why are assigning every thing to the one variable?" , "Wendy you missed this whole subroutine here", they get frustrated - nothing firetrucking (acceptable classroom substitute for the other word that starts with f and ends in uck) works stupid firetrucking POS !!!!! mean trying something that doesn't involve a lot of typing. Therefore I have tried appInventor & gamesalad and other tools but because various ports are blocked and we are behind a proxy we don't control , none of the simulators or indeed tools (I'm looking right at you Unreal Engine & appInventor helper) work
Don't you speak "anglish" (as in anglo saxon). Actually getting rid of the "borrowed" french, latin & greek would make english a lot more sane
76 senators - 50 voting = 26 lazy
Most major composers made their living not from composing, but through performance
and read what they all said about publishers - same complaints.
patrons little better - sometimes a little slow in paying & refused to pay if they didn't like the work
or out and out mongrels - think reasons for, and theatricality of, Haydn's "Farewell Symphony"
will it blend ?
1. The Information Technology sector already uses information technology (doh!) therefore analysis would lead to the award of an IgNoble Prize
2. The information technology sector is not expected to grow
Even if wind turbines could be magicked into being(ie no CO2 or other pollution cough Baotou cough) , and had zero whole of life costs, the need for 100% backup 24/7 from other sources makes their existence utterly pointless. Indeed, given the potential for destabilising the grid, it’s even worse than that.
I saw one estimate that said it would cost 40 billion, all subsidised by the mug taxpayer to build the required number to meet the requirements of the current RE targets - all to save 0.0043 degrees (taking IPCC worst case & Australia's proportion of world CO2) and which is more often a co2 sink than net co2 contributer
Why we will all be connected to it anyway ?
Mrs D and I sat there with a smile throughout with a few lol moments and the odd roflmao moment. It was a good night out.
On an unrelated comment, we didn't go the movies at all last year it was all "meh", this year 5 times so far (Mrs D has seen 3 more, (chick flicks/romcoms ) with her boss .
When the actual boffins release their data, and/or code then I might believe them. When they actually start behaving like there is a problem, then I might believe there is a problem (why fly business class for a conference , why not telecommute?, When Greenpeace execs stop flying their kids around the world (whilst wagging their fingers at others doing the same) or commute home by plane every weekend then I might believe them.
That said I am all in favour of real environmental outcomes, like cleaning up China's smog problem (modern coal fired power stations are a vast improvement on charcoal stoves), or the pollution lakes of Baotou - where rare earths required by our "clean" windmills & solar panels are processed.
"A lot of what is published is incorrect.” I’m not allowed to say who made this remark because we were asked to observe Chatham House rules. We were also asked not to take photographs of slides. Those who worked for government agencies pleaded that their comments especially remain unquoted . . . this symposium—on the reproducibility and reliability of biomedical research, held at the Wellcome Trust in London last week—touched on one of the most sensitive issues in science today: the idea that something has gone fundamentally wrong with one of our greatest human creations.
The case against science is straightforward: much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue. Afflicted by studies with small sample sizes, tiny effects, invalid exploratory analyses, and flagrant conflicts of interest, together with an obsession for pursuing fashionable trends of dubious importance, science has taken a turn towards darkness."
Whilst many may read the conflict of interest of being the nasty Koch Brothers, or "Big Oil" having paid an organisation some money in the past, why should research funded by "Big Green" be any more clean ? - Even more ironic when "Big Oil" actually gives more grants to CAGW believers than others.
Yep, and self created as well.
Government gives "Big Green" a grant, "Big Green" uses that that grant to campaign for more regulation/banning/taxation of .....
Yes the physics of Co2 absorption of heat are known and there is an actual real consensus. But, and here is the big but, Co2 is not the ONLY driver of climate, and one has to think of the old "yes my theory works , but only for the apocryphal spherical chicken in a vacuum". Nearly every prediction made by the models has proved to wrong, and Armageddon (the so called "tipping point" ) has been delayed several years.
I feel sorry for those in the Northern Hemisphere, it looks like its going to get colder - I refer to
Gerard D. McCarthy, Ivan D. Haigh, Joël J.-M. Hirschi, Jeremy P. Grist, David A. Smeed. (2015) Ocean impact on decadal Atlantic climate variability revealed by sea-level observations. Nature; 521 (7553): 508 DOI: 10.1038/nature14491 which refers to the AMO (Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation) which looks like it is entering a cooling phase (hang about - if it is now cooling , could that mean it was warming at one point and was responsible for the warming seen until 1998?)
As for the echo chamber effect, it is assumed by our acquaintances, that because I am a teacher I am progressive, and so my inbox is full of "conservatives are weird/stupid because ..." stuff.
Sadly we are seeing more & more of this at a university level, where instead of healthy debate, and students being exposed to ideas that may offend see the rise of "trigger warnings", that expose them to controversial history (eg the fact that before the US Civil War there were a large number of black slave owners, and the man generally regarded as treating his slaves the worst was black, and an ex-slave to boot) or to the poor thinking of the "idiots' (usually whichever group or person is currently on the end of a twatter storm, or who has incurred the wrath of an NGO) "no platform". Is this because of the paucity of their own argument or the "idiot" actually has a better case ?
I have some software that allows me to whitelist sites in my classroom ie students can only get to www.xyz.com and complete the exercise. Great idea in theory but there is so much c**p coming from all over the web, in practice it is useless as it loads qwerty.js from google, farnarkle.js from yahoo, nooo.js from adobe etc etc etc that I need to go to the site, view source & whitelist the calls - its a PITA
Imagine a near equilateral triangle with sides @ 12-15k long. One point is home, the other is SWMBOs work, the other mine. When she starts @ oh dark 30 and me at 8 , she could take the car, it returns for me , takes me to work, then waits for her midday finish, collects & runs her home, then comes to collect me @ 3 and brings me home.
Nope. Taxi drivers are one of the few groups that are not included in the 75k threshold.
Coal certainly had been found in Australia. There was a settlement called Coal River (now Newcastle) on what had been called Coal River (now known as the Hunter River)
1796 Informal accounts reach Sydney of the reserves of coal at ‘Coal River’.
1797 Lt Shortland and his crew enter Coal River and confirm the coal resources.
1801 Formal identification of the great potential of the coal reserves and the river. First brief attempt to set up a coal mining camp.
1804 Formation of a permanent convict/military outpost to mine coal, harvest timber and prepare lime. A light beacon and gun emplacement built on the southern headland. Nobbys Island seen as a useful place for confinement. Aboriginal-European encounters.
1839 End of era of government-controlled coal mining and beginning of private enterprise mining by the Australian Agricultural Company.
by the 1850s the AACoy was exporting coal to the American west coast.
...and in case anybody wonders I am an 'anorak' and the coal railways of Necastle(on Hunter) are my 'thing'.
Museum added to short list of things I want to visit London for.