great to see you back !
im glad things are better now
and i hope they stay good
It is nice that you are posting here again. Working through grief is a life long process. This time of year was always my mother's favorite, and I always think of her even though she passed away 26 years ago. We carry around those little pieces of our loved ones in our hearts.
Welcome back Christopher. Umut said it well, it is good that you can breathe and see the light again.
I have settled, Umut. I got myself straightened around and last week I picked up my copy of Ansel Adams' autobiography. After a few chapters, I realized that it was more than overdue I get back into being a shutterbug. Glad I'm back and thank you.
Welcome Christopher , hard times indeed and We felt your pain. I wish You settled little bit and APUG is your family also.
Wow took balls to write it.
I have heard similar comments at a university near me.
"Kids today have an education a mile wide and 3" deep."
I try to give my son some blue collar skills (he is 16 now). How to change oil etc.. then someone says, why, he'll never do it. I just found out that in some countries it is illegal to change your own oil due to environmental issues (Germany I think)... those folks that pour it in the sewers I guess spoil it for all.
Anyway... I learned to program a TRS-80... people say "my kid is good at computers"... but they have never programmed.
I wonder what would happen if the power went out... (I know there is some movie about this).
I helped a PhD student jump start here Lexus, she didn't seem to understand polarity, and said something about a/c current. SHe had a PhD in Engineering and really didn't seem to understand how to jump start a car, and understand that while "lights came on" there was not enough "punch" in the battery to spin the starter.
Weren't CME's imaged with ground based instruments and film using H-alpha filters before they were imaged by satellites?
No more experimental errors huh? Seems like a serious disservice to the students to me. Accounting for and propagating experimental errors is is probably one of the harder parts of experimental design and analysis. What exactly do they expect these students to do when they try to break new ground and experiment in areas that haven't been discovered yet?
As I was reading your essay, I immediately recalled a recent experience. Waiting for my wife to get ready, I turned on the tube (a rare event) and on came this teacher at a whiteboard demonstrating long-hand division, followed by long-hand square roots, as I'd learned long ago. It was fascinating. But I suppose the abacus is long gone. Anyway I couldn't help thinking if his efforts were being wasted on students who can no longer balance a checkbook and would be rendered helpless when the AC power goes out or the batteries die.
Love it! Exactly what my life has been consisting for the past few months