Category Archives: Travel

Cruising the Danube with Viking River Cruises

Uta and I took a Viking River Cruise down the Danube from October 31 to November 7. Everyone from my doctor to our airport driver had seen Viking ads on Public Television and wanted to hear how it went. Here … Continue reading Continue reading

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Now is the Time for India to Democratize Learning

A synopsis of my remarks to Emerging Directions in Global Education 2011, Delhi, India For the first 60 seconds, we listened to Yoyo Ma playing Bach’s Cello Suite #1 in G as the flowers unfolded.   As time speeds up, … Continue reading

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On the road again

Last month, immigration officials began hassling me because every square inch of my passport was filled up with stamps and visas. I mailed it to Washington to have extra visa pages inserted. Now I’m sweating bullets because I’m supposed to … Continue reading

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Bose noise-cancelling headphones

Before my last flight from Berkeley to London, I bought a pair of the latest Bose noise-canceling headphones. They set me back just shy of $350. Had I to make the decision to get them again, would I? In a … Continue reading

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Great day for a walk

Spring is here. Weather was glorious today in Berkeley, so I took a walk up Buena Vista Way. Architect Bernard Maybeck worked his magic along this steep street after the Great Berkeley Fire of 1923 wiped out 600 buildings, including … Continue reading

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Cooking with Jay

Since my vegetarian wife is in Alaska visiting our vegetarian son, I can get away with smelling up the kitchen at home frying flesh. And tonight I was in the mood for a fritura to rekindle memories of eating in … Continue reading

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Picturing Fairbanks

Jay aping Hannibal the Cannibal Uta at the World Ice Art Championships Photographing the electric plug for the car Audit your brain More

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World Ice Art Championships

Uta and Austin Raw material from a nearby pond Mind-blowing results Slideshow

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March 2009 presentations

This coming Tuesday, March 10, I’ll be leading a brown-bag lunch session on Informal Learning: Learning Outside of the Classroom at IARC on the campus of the University of Alaska at Fairbanks. Ping me if you’re interested. On Thursday, March … Continue reading

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Weapons of mass instruction

Today I read Weapons of Mass Instruction by John Taylor Gatto.  Formerly an award-winning school teacher, Gatto now spews more vitriol at schooling than anyone else I have ever encountered. If you are unfamiliar with his work, you must visit … Continue reading

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