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I love tilt-shift photography. This amazing video, The Lion City from Keith Loutit shows why. It’s simply spectacular. Singapore has never seemed so ethereal yet vibrant.  When I was a kid I loved playing with models for days on end and I suspect that is part of my fascination/obsession.  This year I finally bought a camera that is capable of this and I plan to develop some of my own tilt-shift videos. Of course I will share them here.

I firmly believe in having an organized classroom.  Despite my natural proclivities towards a little disorder I have found that places that are clean and organized are more conducive to good work habits. It turns out that there are even more benefits. In fact, they can also help students have more integrity.

This Wilson Quarterly piece on rediscovering central Asia’s fascinating intellectual history taught me numerous new facts that I did not know at all. I had no idea how important an Intellectual center Central Asia was between 800-1100 AD.  Or that after Persian Ibn Sina’s great Canon of Medicine was translated into Latin modern medicine began in Western Europe. Or that windmills and hydraulics were invented first there.  I have much more to learn about this history.  (I discovered this through the wonderful twitter feed of one of my favorite geography authors Charles Mann, which I also discovered this week).

Speaking of my favorite geography authors, here’s James Scott reviewing Jared Diamond‘s latest book “What we can learn from traditional societies”

Who’s up for roaming cities?  But before we abandon our cities let’s build a whole bunch of these to solve some major cycling problems.

Video games actually do have a negative effect on one’s behavior–but only if you are the joker? 

Atlantic Magazine’s choices for the 50 most important innovations in history. I have an excellent world history or innovation lesson idea based on this list and look forward to doing something innovative in the classroom!  (But shouldn’t soap be number 1?).

 

Finally, Tom Standage’s great book, “The Victorian Internet” is now a 50 minute documentary.  If you teach world history you should find a way to incorporate it into your class.

 

 

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