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Messages - Decimus Schomer

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Yeah, I remember the argument about the huge buildings. I distinctly remember the main problem being the fact that they tended to eat about half the object allowance for the land... *glares at LL* :P

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My feeling is that our ‘roles’ were blurred in the Schome Park Environment. No one was a just a “teacher” or a just a “student” in the SPE. We had lots of participants with different levels of expertise in different things. All were free to “teach” or “learn” (or simply “hang out”) as they felt appropriate.
IIRC, that was the point of Schome in the first place, so yay, it worked :P

"I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." – Douglas Adams
I like that one.
I personally don't have that problem - I have the problem that I do essays/short stories/etc. at around 8pm the day before it's due in, because I can't be bothered... Fun times!

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homeschooling is very bad for you socially.
Ja, I see that being a problem...

If they don't get along with people and find they are disrupting their education in class that is all part of life experience and they should take the time to study outside of classes.
Yeah, it's life experience for how to deal with prats :P
Seriously, though, they have breaks for a reason...

I've only mentioned those two points because the rest are either related to those two or are just generally true.

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I think that people today without access at some point to a computer and the internet would be left behind.The sheer amount of information on the internet will promote autonomous learning and I've found it has left me able to go off on a tangent and learn something that i would have never normally come across.
Me here blames this (and Wikipedia) for knowing various bits of A-level (and possibly above) maths, despite being only in Year 10 :P

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I'm not homeschooled, so there's only so much I can contribute here, but my school's supposed to be making a Moodle-based site where the students can go and discuss stuff.

Also, on the technology aspect (apart from the internet), my Maths teacher uses his laptop and a projector for a lot of the teaching. Due to the program he's using, it actually takes maybe 1.5-2 times as long to do certain things as it would take to just write on the board. In that specific case, less technology is better, but there are other things it enhances too (not something we're doing, but it's much easier to display nice pretty pictures on a computer than it is to draw them. (yeah, all three of those links have lots of mathsy stuff in the articles themselves, but you can just look at the images, particularly the ones further down the page where they have loads of examples))

Anyways, I believe my point here was a response to your dilemma between 'is technology useful' and 'is technology' necessary, by saying that in some cases it's helpful, in other cases it's hindering.

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Schome discussions / Re: language or 'jargon'?
« on: March 18, 2009, 09:00:40 PM »
*looks at the list*
Wait, what? Taxonomy is on the list? That's just worrying.

So, basically, this is saying "Don't use buzzwords", with a few useful words thrown in for good measure. Seeing as the whole point of buzzwords is to sound like you're doing something when you're not, nobody's actually going to stop using them...

Also, "Area focused – concentrating on the area". Yay for replacing 'difficult' words with even longer, more difficult ones and claiming to be helping everyone!

Besides which, most of the 'replacements' lose a lot of the connotations of the originals, even ignoring the buzzword status of some of them (eg, "Tested for Soundness ­– what works". Sure, except the former doesn't require it to actually work, and you can't sue someone for implying something untrue...)

Heh, and "Pooled risk - Why use at all?" is quite an ironic comment ;)

Also, "Quantum - Why use at all?". Err, if we're discussing quantum physics, perhaps? (also, I would find it highly amusing if something was described as a 'quantum better' than something else, as if that means it's much better :P)

And could go on and on and on...

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Virtual world discussions / Re: 'Get off Facebook and get a life'
« on: February 27, 2009, 11:13:07 PM »
Wait, what?

Quote from: The Daily Mail, apparently
We know how small babies need constant reassurance that they exist
What? How does *that* work?
The closest thing to this I can even *think* of is babies wanting attention, but that's totally different.

Quote from: The Daily Mail
My fear is that these technologies are infantilising the brain into the state of small children who are attracted by buzzing noises and bright lights
Isn't that, like, the whole reason Peggle's so awesome? :P
(for those of you who haven't heard of it: it's a game similar to pinball, except it's really OTT - for example, when you finish a level it plays 'Ode to Joy' and a rainbow appears on the screen)

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Virtual world discussions / Re: 'Get off Facebook and get a life'
« on: February 21, 2009, 03:15:16 PM »
I find social networking sites boring anyway.
Same; I only go on Facebook once or twice a day, to see if anything's happened (it usually hasn't :P)

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Virtual world discussions / Re: 'Get off Facebook and get a life'
« on: February 20, 2009, 04:21:38 PM »
Ooh, I like this quote

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"One of the most pronounced changes in the daily habits of British citizens is a reduction in the number of minutes per day that they interact with another human being. [...]"

...yeah, because *clearly*, everyone on Facebook is actually a computer AI... idiot

(edit: apart from that one bit of dumbness, I agree, but it could have been worded in a much better way)

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Virtual worlds in the media / Re: Playstation to support 3D gaming
« on: February 05, 2009, 04:48:11 PM »
Killer question is when will 'games consoles' be able to support user generated content (rather than just being able to use pre-defined content) ... Dare say it will happen ...
Ironically, older consoles are probably better for user-generated content (in a sense) than newer things like PS3s as the discs are easier to get hold of, are cheaper and have less 'copy-protection' stuff to get in your way. Though I don't know if people who can learn assembly really count as 'users' in this case ;)

But yeah, on the side of in-game editors for making content, Animus is right there :P

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Schome discussions / Re: Forum down?
« on: January 11, 2009, 01:10:37 PM »
I wonder what's wrong with the OU servers :S
Servers tend to go down at the most inconvenient times ;)

I only noticed it worked today, and only because I clicked on the bookmark for it out of habit - I thought that it had gone down completely :P

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Yup. As are the wiki and the Forum, and MySpace, and FaceBook and Twitter and Bebo and Flickr, and chunks of Amazon...
As is, for that matter, nearly anything which is non-static content, though not *all* of that.

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It actually doesn't - having an account under a false name is different to having an account that does not contain your name.
I suppose that's true. Still, it depends where they draw the line between the two.

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A State in the USA is considering making it illegal to open an email account/myspace etc under a false name
Did nobody tell them that that kind of defeats any ability to have anonymity on the internet, which is sometimes *useful*? :P

as a result of a tragic cyberbullying incident and the discovery that nothing illegal had been done.
Well then they should make *that* illegal, rather than making something far more general illegal in such a way that it'll get in the way of lots of legitimate users. Then again, they don't exactly have a reputation for doing things properly, do they? :P

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Reflection and forward planning / Re: Aww, bless! :P
« on: June 08, 2008, 02:07:40 PM »
What I want to know is, if there wasn't any problem with giving said person a haircut, why didn't anyone else? *is confused*

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