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no rest for the weary

Posted by icm501 on April 7, 2007

My list of travails this semester makes me want to crawl under the SLeeping Giant mountain and never emerge. Got 2 masters interactive projects due, started a new job in investment banking (go figure), got to clear the NASD Series 6 Exam in the next 2 weeks, had to take the GRE today, had the Ed.D interview last week, in addition to the never ending cooking, cleaning, chauffering etc etc. Oh yeah, another interview coming up and the National Writers Workshop next weekend and the gala at MCC.

Have I forgotten anything hmm … !

But the words below make me smile and carry on:

“You will forget your misery; you will remember it as waters that have passed away.”
Job 11:16

“It’s even worse than it appears, but it’s all right.”
Jerry Garcia

” ‘Courage!’ he said, and pointed toward the land, ‘This mounting wave will roll us shoreward soon.’ ” Alfred Lord Tennyson


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some get it

Posted by icm501 on April 4, 2007


Cuisines of the world which serve versions of the flat bread:

Ethiopia: Injeras

India: Roti, Paratha, Puri, Naan etc

Iatly: Pizza

Arab : Hurs

Mexico: Tortillas

Good job! Flat breads rock!

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Who is a leader in higher education?

Posted by icm501 on April 3, 2007

Some hallmarks of a leader in academia – Integrity, dedicated, compelling presence, empathy, critical thinking skills, creativity (think outside the box), patience, good listenig skills, magnanimity, dependable, credible, articulate, understanding of global integration in a diverse environment, gracious, and a sense of humor.

Leadership is not a secret code, it is an observable set of skills, (Kouzes, 2002), it is an attitude that permeates, influences the environment around us (Wikipedia). Leadership is to be able to influence, motivate and enable others to be their best and contribute toward the effectivenss and success of the organization.

Listen to the team, the faculty , the student body, their parents, and consider new alternatives. Current times are challenging businesses and higher education institutes to engage in unprecedented ways within the global communty. Today’s students will need to be intellectually resilient, cross-culturally comfortable, technologically savvy, and scientifically literate. Change is overtaking every aspect of society especially the media. Will tomorrow’s gradutes succesfully navigate these changing waters with global integration in the work place?

It is the teachers and faculty who can make grassroots change actually happen due to the fact that they come in direct contact with students. They will need to take the lead with knowledgeable scholars in developing innovative guidelines, curricula, and assignments so that American students are better equipped for an increasingly Flat World of the 21st century. It might be truly worthwhile investing in school teachers and adjunct college faculty with a much needed appreciation system of better scales and incentives. A system of strong faculty support, appreciation and reward will attract and retain bright teaching talent in our high schools who will prepare our students for the real world challenges. Adjunct faculty enrich the campuses with their expertise and real world knowledge.

In a demanding economic and international environment students need access to liberal arts studies balanced with skills in technology. “Of all the civil rights that the world has struggled and fought for 5000 years, the right to learn is undoubtedly the most fundamental,” (W.E.B. Dubois). The education should be affordable to all.

Effective leaders can play a vital role in the strategic planning of academic policies in conjunction with student affairs to improve the quality of student learning. Do we have leaders with a black belt in 6 Sigma in education leadership?


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Posted by icm501 on March 28, 2007

The Anglo-Saxon name Godgifu or Godgyfu meant “gift of God”; Godiva was the Latinised version.


“Chocolate is a psychoactive food. It is made from the seeds of the tropical cacao tree, Theobroma cacao. The cacao tree was named by the 17th century Swedish naturalist, Linnaeus. The Greek term theobroma means literally “food of the gods”. Chocolate has also been called the food of the devil; but the theological basis of this claim is obscure.

Cacao beans were used by the Aztecs to prepare a hot, frothy beverage with stimulant and restorative properties. Chocolate itself was reserved for warriors, nobility and priests. The Aztecs esteemed its reputed ability to confer wisdom and vitality. Taken fermented as a drink, chocolate was also used in religious ceremonies. The sacred concoction was associated with Xochiquetzal, the goddess of fertility. Emperor Montezuma allegedly drank 50 goblets a day. Aztec taxation was levied in cacao beans. 100 cacao beans could buy a slave. 12 cacao beans bought the services of courtesan.

The celebrated Italian libertine Giacomo Casanova (1725-1798) took chocolate before bedding his conquests on account of chocolate’s reputation as a subtle aphrodisiac. More recently, a study of 8000 male Harvard graduates showed that chocoholics lived longer than abstainers. Their longevity may be explained by the high polyphenol levels in chocolate. Polyphenols reduce the oxidation of low-density lipoproteins and thereby protect against heart disease. Such theories are still speculative.


Placebo-controlled trials suggest chocolate consumption may subtly enhance cognitive performance. As reported by Dr Bryan Raudenbush (2006), scores for verbal and visual memory are raised by eating chocolate. Impulse-control and reaction-time are also improved. This study needs replicating.

A “symposium” at the 2007 American Association for the Advancement of Science – hyped as a potentially “mind-altering experience” – presented evidence that chocolate consumption can be good for the brain. Experiments with chocolate-fed mice suggest that flavanol-rich cocoa stimulates neurovascular activity, enhancing memory and alertness. This research was partly funded by Mars, Inc.

Coincidentally or otherwise, many of the worlds oldest supercentenarians, e.g. Jeanne Calment (1875-1997) and Sarah Knauss (1880-1999), were passionately fond of chocolate. Jeanne Calment habitually ate two pounds of chocolate per week until her physician induced her to give up sweets at the age of 119 – three years before her death aged 122. Life-extensionists are best advised to eat dark chocolate rather than the kinds of calorie-rich confectionery popular in America”.



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Posted by icm501 on March 24, 2007

Pointillism requires patience a lot of pin pointed patience. A few years ago I created a surreal pointillistic image of a forest of bare limbed trees. It had an ominous feel to it. The viewer was drawn into the maze. What did Seurat wish to convey? Did he wish the viewer join him at a picnic?

Dear fellow ICM grad students+journalists, did you all sign up for a rendezvous at the NWW in Hartford? I look forward to meeting Goldfish 🙂.

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A Taiwanese highway to be shut for insects

Posted by icm501 on March 24, 2007

“Human beings need to coexist with the other species, even if they are tiny butterflies”, Taiwan is to close one lane of a major highway to protect more than a million butterflies, which cross the road on their seasonal migration.

I wouldn’t be caught in the vicinity of “butterflies”, they are insects , creepy crawlies and bothersome to me.
Ecologists hope the triple-action effort of lane closure, protective nets and ultra-violet lighting will dramatically increase the milkweed’s chances of reaching the breeding ground. The protective nets are designed to force the butterflies to fly higher, reducing the chances of them getting caught in the traffic. Ultra-violet lighting will be used below an elevated section of road to encourage the butterflies to head beneath. The measures are estimated to have cost $30,000 (£15,200).

Will it be worth all this trouble and expense?

Would rather look for UFO’s and don’t mind being kidnapped by aliens. That way I get to escape from the GRE test, the master’s projects , the RL job, the SL addiction, the 3 blogs, the SCSU interview for the ED.D program, and actionscript.

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blog what? Isn’t blogging for narcissistic’s

Posted by icm501 on March 20, 2007

Posting here was a requirement last semester, so I rose to the challenge and did pretty well. Not as proliferate as him, or her, but I held my own joyously. This semester requires me to maintain three blogs, which I doubt even a narcissistic being can stand up to. “I mean, I’ve always known I was a bit of a narcissist (I’m really good about knowing things like that)”. So, what is a non-narcissistic UGC to do?

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Posted by icm501 on February 27, 2007

Been using the mac for 5 years now, never heard of the ‘PRAM’

What is mercury retrograde anyways?

Answer: Mercury retrograde is a time when things can go wrong, thus proving Murphy’s Law.

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Password enabled blog

Posted by icm501 on February 27, 2007

How do I submit a comment to Prof H’s blog. The browser keeps sending me back, “don’t forget the caps”????


Sorry to hear of your woes dear Prof. Hope you feel better quickly. Last year you mentioned that you fell down walking the dog. The mac is easily replaced, not broken body parts. Just ask “Eddie Sutter” who has a broken knee.

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