I went in Michael's today. That Martha Stewart Halloween stuff is rather nice, and elegant. (I've always preferred Gorey-esque, vaguely Victorian or gothic Halloween style compared to either cartoony or horror-movie style.) A bit pricey, though. I might buy one or two things if I get the Sunday coupon, and I suspect they'll have stuff left over after the holiday. They also had this year's Good Things/Bad Things magazine. I just wish it were all Bad Things! I loved that half so much more. I guess my gothic inclinations are showing again, oops.
Tons of make-it-yourself stuff on her Halloween website: http://www.marthastewart.com/halloween
writes about IQ and the effects your beliefs about it have on you
. One of the studies he mentions is something assaultdoor
is interested in, related to stereotype threat and so forth. Excerpt from Sutton's post (edited for length):
When talent or IQ is believed to be fixed, this assumption can cause people to believe that it just isn’t worth trying hard because they ... are naturally smart or not, and there is little, if anything, anyone can do about it. BUT raw cognitive ability isn’t nearly as difficult to enhance as many people think. When people believe they can get smarter, they do. BUT – and this is very important – when people believe that cognitive ability is difficult or impossible to change, they don’t get smarter. ...There is strong evidence that many African-Americans are subtly brainwashed to believe that intelligence is fixed and they have inherently lower ability than members of other races. ... These stereotypes undermine academic performance even among [high-achieving] African-American students. Some fascinating research shows, however, that if you can convince them that smarts come from what people do, not what they were born with, performance improves markedly. [In a study,] randomly selected students were persuaded to believe that intelligence was malleable rather than fixed. Two months later, they reported being more engaged in and taking more pleasure from the academic process than students in control conditions. Most impressively, students persuaded to believe that smartness was malleable got better grades the next term, especially African-American students.
This is important stuff.
It is different from the often empty, rah-rah "you can do anything!" pep talks that K-12 teachers were encouraged to give when I was a child, so don't dismiss it as feel-good nonsense. Go give the studies a read. (Although I have a feeling I'm going to object to the Kaplan vs. ETS article in the post-postscript.)
The KGO news announcers were talkin' like pirates this marnin'. 'twere great. They even told a downright terrible joke.
News swab: "What rating were the Pirates of the Caribbean movies? PG, PG-13?"
News wench: "I think they were PG-13."
News swab: "Shouldn't they have been rated R
News wench: "Arrrrrr!!!"
Me other old favorite, with a tip o'the tricorn to me librarian friends, is
Q: "Where does a pirate captain keep his old ship's logs?"
A: "He'd be keepin' 'em in the arrrrrrrr
And by way of the bonny pegkerr
, we've "Hey, It's Can(n)on"
, a song about Hermione Granger, the Pirate Queen, the pride of Gryffindor. (Link leads to page with background, words, and link to the mp3--no autoplay, so ye scallywags can safely check it at work.)
(Ooh hey, flickr's logo has a little Jolly Roger today!)
Finally, here be a picture of me from the Faire, tryin' on a hat (sorry, only me crew--that is, me LJ friends--can view it):
Sadly, I can't talk like this with a straight face, yarrrr. So this is all ye get. Now scurry on out of here before I sing the "Dead Gerbil" song what I heard at the Faire.
alerts us that the Northwestern bloody Passage
is there now, "thanks" to global warmin', which is a lot bigger problem than any pirates, seafarin' or digital, could ever be. Though I guess the Last Saskatchewan Pirate will be happy. The rest of us ought to be tremblin' in our boots.)