A day before my final….

Some people…

Jimmy Walter has spent more than $3 million (1.5 million pounds) promoting a conspiracy theory the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States were “an inside job” and he is offering more cash to anyone who proves him wrong.

The millionaire activist is so convinced of a government cover-up he is offering a $100,000 reward to any engineering student who can prove the World Trade Centre buildings crashed the way the government says.

(The story found via Fark)
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For all you people in Berkeley not getting enough news with the Daily Cal out,. there’s news on Calstuff and One.berkeley.edu. Both maintained by me.
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I found out Wikipedia listed me as one of its 2000 most active users. Out of how many users who use that site, I must say that’s astounding.
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Seth Godin again came out with some great posts on what people need to teach kids starting in 3rd grade and have mastered by high school (see The Top 1,000 things to know and Add to the List).

1. How to type.
2. How to speak in front of a group.
3. How to write clear prose that other people actually want to read.
4. How to manage a project.
5. The most important lessons from American history.
6. What the world’s religions have in common.
7. Evolution.
8. Formal logic.
9. The 15,000 most common English words.
10. Conversational Spanish.
11. How to handle big changes, with grace.
12. How to run a small business.
13. Basic chemistry.
14. Not arithmetic, but algebra.
15. A little geometry, a little calculus.
16. The most important lessons from ten other world cultures and their history.
17. Speed reading with comprehension.
18. How to sell.
19. Pick one: how to paint, write a poem, compose a song or juggle really well.
20. Understanding the biographies of 500 important historical figures and 200 fictional ones.
21. Basic understanding of electricity.
22. How to drive a nail, drive a screw, cut a board, build a box.
23. How to drive a car in the winter, how to pull a car out of a skid.
24. How to ask for help.

Probability.

25. How to read a table and a chart
26. How to read the media for spin and for insight
27. The importance of doing things for other people.
(yes, this one among others is mostly a parenting job, but yes, it can be taught)
28. How to work really really hard, sometimes on things that aren’t fun.
29. What it’s like to be in jail.
30. How to create an internal dialogue that makes you happy.

Interesting stuff. I know how to do a lot of this stuff (I think), but I wish I knew some of these things. Well, I’m still young; I can pick this up.

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