Quote of the Day
Sep 17th, 2014 by Ken Hagler

If rulers can ignore the Con­sti­tu­tion, cit­i­zens have the same type of free­dom that slaves had on days when their mas­ters chose not to beat them.

James Bovard

Missing the point
Sep 16th, 2014 by Ken Hagler

Com­mon Core Will Make Schools in U.S. More Like Chi­na and That’s Not a Good Thing. The New York Times recent­ly pub­lished a fas­ci­nat­ing inter­view with Yong Zhao, a pro­fes­sor of edu­ca­tion at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Ore­gon. Zhao was born in Chi­na; unlike many Amer­i­can intel­lec­tu­als, he does not think U.S. schools should try to emu­late Chi­na.


Chi­nese schools stamp out indi­vid­u­al­i­ty and make kids spend all their time prepar­ing for exams that are focused on “nar­row intel­li­gence.” This pro­duces few­er cre­ative and entre­pre­neur­ial peo­ple, which is pre­cise­ly what the author­i­tar­i­an nation­al gov­ern­ment of Chi­na wants, accord­ing to Zhao. [Hit & Run]

The prob­lem is that stamp­ing out indi­vid­u­al­i­ty is also pre­cise­ly what the US gov­ern­ment and many Amer­i­can intel­lec­tu­als want.

Quote of the Day
Sep 9th, 2014 by Ken Hagler

All gov­ern­ments suf­fer a recur­ring prob­lem: Pow­er attracts patho­log­i­cal per­son­al­i­ties. It is not that pow­er cor­rupts but that it is mag­net­ic to the cor­rupt­able. Such peo­ple have a ten­den­cy to become drunk on vio­lence, a con­di­tion to which they are quick­ly addict­ed.

Frank Her­bert

Aperture replacement
Sep 4th, 2014 by Ken Hagler

When look­ing at Adobe Light­room as a pos­si­ble replace­ment for Aper­ture, I quick­ly dis­cov­ered that it wasn’t suit­able. Light­room just can’t han­dle the very large files pro­duced by scan­ning large-format neg­a­tives, and I have a num­ber of such files in my pho­to library. For­tu­nate­ly, a bit of search­ing turned up an alter­na­tive. Years ago I had used a prod­uct called iView Media Pro to man­age my pho­to library, but it was bought and prompt­ly killed by Microsoft–which led to my using Aper­ture.

It turns out that at some point it was res­cued from Microsoft by Phase One, a com­pa­ny best known for dig­i­tal medi­um for­mat cam­eras, and is now avail­able once again. That made it an easy choice to go back to Media Pro as my Aper­ture replace­ment.

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