Today is the day.
Defense is at 19:00 here in Barcelona.
Overcast. People seem relaxed. Way more of my Catalan fmaily than I expected will be in attendance. GULP.
The calmness of the moment in which all has passed out of my control is upon me.
Thanks for the multitude of well-wishing and crossed fingers.
In Watts’ Six Degees there is a description of the great tulip craze of 1634 in the Netherlands. One bulb fetches an extraordinary amount of value: armor, a complete bed, a ton of beer and a last of wheat and a last of rye, among other things.
It has been bugging me. A last, acccoridng to the OED is:
2. A commercial denomination of weight, capacity, or quantity, varying for different kinds of goods and in different localities. Cf. G. last.
Originally the ‘last’ must have been the quantity carried at one time by the vehicle (boat, wagon, etc.) ordinarily used for the particular kind of merchandise. As a weight, it is often stated to be (like the Ger. weight of the same name) nominally equivalent either to 2 tons or to 4,000 lbs. In wool weight it is 4368 lbs. (= 12 sacks). A last of gunpowder is said to be 2,400 lbs. (= 24 barrels), and of feathers or flax 1,700 lbs.
The equivalence of the last of wool with 12 sacks seems to have led to an association of the word with the number twelve. Thus a last of hides was formerly 12 dozen (also 20 dickers of 10 hides each); of beer 12 barrels; of pitch 12 (sometimes 14) barrels; of cod and herrings 12 barrels (but of red herrings and pilchards 10,000 to 13,200 fish).
As a measure for grain and malt, the last was in the 16th c. 12 quarters, but is now 10 quarters = 80 bushels.
That is one hell of a financial bubble!
Persuasive Games – We design, build, and distribute electronic games for persuasion, instruction, and activism.
Our games influence players to take action through gameplay. Games communicate differently than other media; they not only deliver messages, but also simulate experiences. While often thought to be just a leisure activity, games can also become rhetorical tools.
Virginia told me about seeing the founder, Dr. Eric Bogost, on the Daily show. Seems like it will be a good resource for Second Life/Synthetic Worlds project. I’ll need to explore more when I get the chance.
Filed under Gaming, pedagogy
Law and Letters: Comparing Organizational Theory Courses
A comparison of different OT classes in different departments. More later…
This caught my eye form the Chronicle of Higher Education.( Sorr, it’s behind a firewall. Fools.)
The Roosevelt Institute.
Its a student think tank that takes student good ideas from papers and projects and tries to bring the best to fruition. There are local chapters. I want Bucknell to have one!