Ramzy at 11 Warriors (i know, but he's a good writer) has a great piece up on just how many people could have stopped Jerry Sandusky along the way. http://www.elevenwarriors.com/2012/06/12016/we-could-be-heroes
In addition to that, Dana Jacobson announced on her most recent blog that she was molested twice as a child by a baby sitter. http://danajacobson.blogspot.com/2012/06/jerry-sanduskys-victims-arent-alone-on.html
I think that Ramzy's point is a really good one, each and every member of the community has a responsibility to act. Thinking "someone else will handle the problem" is a great way to fail, especially when it comes to protecting children. Hopefully the silver lining in all of this mess is that people see the institutional and societal failures that surrounded the whole Sandusky mess. People like Dana are being given the courage to speak out and create less of a stigma for victims of child abuse. Hopefully in the future people will speak out and people will stop the abusers rather than ignoring the problems and taking away his locker room keys.
This is actually a couple weeks old, I think, but I did not find out about it until today. I searched MGoBlog and didn't see a previous post about it so I thought I would share. I'm sure many of you, like me, remember when Teresa Sullivan left UM as provost to become President of UVA. She has been removed despite opposition from students, faculty, and the larger academic community. The outcry has been so significant there is even talk of reinstating her. Now Virginia Governor McDonnell is threatening to fire the Board that fired her. http://www.politico.com//blogs/burns-haberman/2012/06/mcdonnell-threatens-to-can-uva-board-127076.html
For what it is worth, while I always liked her as a provost and have a pretty low opinion of UVA after this, she DID go to State.
Duolingo is a pretty cool start-up out of Carnegie Mellon that helps users learn a language for free, while translating web pages in the process. Currently they only have Spanish, German and English for Spanish speakers, but they have French in beta, and Italian and Chinese coming soon.
I've been wanting to learn Spanish for a while now, so I started the Spanish program and I think it's going pretty well so far. On a slow Saturday, I figured that we 're a pretty well-educated bunch and that this would of interest/use to some people. And, hey, maybe you'll eventually get to translate MGoBlog for some non-English speaking kid in Spain.
Here's a review from PCMag: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2402570,00.asp
Anyway, for those of you having trouble, just pay attention to the symbols and remember the basic formulas for computer logic. A computer can do the following when it reaches a place:
Change that place to the opposite value (1 or 0)
Move ahead to the next place
Move back to the previous place
Change that place value IF it is a different value (1, 0 or empty). If it's not, move ahead or back.
Go To a designated spot in the program.
To solve any of the puzzles, just pay attention to what position the doodle will be working with (where have the arrows moved it to), what that position needs to be (it has to match the strip at the top), and what process will get it to match that value.
The code you need to match is 101. The code you've started with is 001. The machine will start from the beginning. Each time it makes a change, it starts back at the beginning.
You could set the machine so that it just flips the first two digits, but that won't work, because the first digit would get flipped to a one, then flipped back to a zero on its first time through. Instead, you want to set it so that if the first digit is 0, it becomes 1. If it's 1 or blank, the machine moves ahead to digit two. Same thing there.
Totally OT, I know, but it's June, and Turing deserves a moment of our time.
For any fans out there. Little or no advertisement/promotion. I only learned of it from a pop-up ad on Facebook.
Its that time again . . . Time for the purculator!
(Does anyone remember this song? Does it not remind you of that old Atari game called Qbert? Anyone with me? No?)
Anyway, time to find out what the MGoCommunity is up to today. Me, I've finally found a buyer for my used Accord and am closing the transaction this afternoon. Its a lot of work - notary, bill of sale, making sure funds are certified and good, etc. But I'm getting $2,000 more than the dealer offered me for trade-in so its worth it! Glad the whole process is finished though. Then its on to buying a new Pilot next week in time for the big annual family beach trip to Wild Dunes, South Carolina . . .
Other than selling/buying cars, I'll be here going through about 30 different loan documents and reporting up the chain about them. Ah, the joys of corporate America. Not to mention the fact that both of my bosses are out of their respective offices today so I get the great pleasure of being the only one servicing (no, not in the way that you think I mean) both the LA and Charlotte offices. That ought to be a rip-roaring great time! F--- me.
What are you all up to? Anything interesting? Did you just come for the posbang? If so, bend over!
P.S. Posbanged myself and it felt ooooh so good. Not too hard, not too soft. Just what I needed.