Newsflash that former UM Provost, Teresa Sullivan, has been reinstated as UVA President by the Board of Visitors.
So, we are in the cold doldrums of another long summer, so I figured I would spark some conversation by seeing what side of the fence everybody is on. I'll post few debatable topics just to see where the battle lines are drawn...
1. LBJ, NBA MVP and Champion - happy for him or hope his house gets hit by a tank?
2. OSU - Win every game but one, only beat the SEC, or secede from the Union to form a province of Bolivia?
3. Navarre - If we find the Weinke loophole, would you take four more years at his average productivity?
4. Ditka or God, who would win in a fight?
5. Mascot - Giant blue weasel, life sized garden gnome from Brian's post, or does it not matter as long as they hurry the hell up...
6. Now that RDT has been outed, who is the next alter ego to slip up?
7. Ale or lager?
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.