Geno v. Cal? Geno’s offensive philosophy wins

There’s a critical difference between the two dominant NCAA basketball teams: Kentucky ( in the men’s tournament) and Connecticut (in the women’s). UConn doesn’t slow down offensively.  As evidenced by last night’s unrelenting pressure against Maryland, the Huskies play great defense (like UK) but they never ‘hold the ball’ on the offensive end.  As Nate Silver shows at 538, Kentucky did slow things down and it killed them (literally). Here’s a picture of it: 

Paramount Records just wanted to sell furniture

My Human Geography class is studying culture right now. Specifically the difference between popular and folk. As I was preparing for that, I remember watching this Charlie Rose interview with Jack Black. Black makes a couple of important points: Paramount was only interested in selling furniture (they didn’t care about the music) They would put anyone in front of the microphone if they thought they could sell 10 records They exposed the greater United States to a whole bunch of different kinds of music that would have long-lasting cultural impacts. It reminds me of Gary Vee’s post about depth. As Jack Black says, “Each of these people – women and minorities – are getting to tell their stories in their own voice.” Here’s the Spotify list that will give you a portion of the Paramount period. Enjoy.

“God created war so Americans would learn geography”

I heard this quote on the Tim Ferris show with Rolf Potts, author of Vagabonding. During the show, Potts mentions this quote (attributed to Mark Twain): God created war so Americans would learn geography. Being a human geography teacher, I know this to be true. Many of my students don’t remember 9/11, they were toddlers or smaller. They don’t remember our 2nd go-round in Iraq, much less the first in 1990-91. So when Obama gives a speech about ISIL, they wonder several things: What is he talking about? Where in the world are the places he’s talking about? Vox (in their 14 maps that explain ISIS) has done a great job of showing this critical geography to us.  Here’s one of the maps that shows ISIS control. In our Theory of Knowledge class this past week, we assigned groups of … Continue reading »

Mid-terms are not Presidential elections but they could be close

One of my AP US History students asked me if this was the most that a party had controlled the House of Representatives. I didn’t know so we looked it up. Here’s what we found: “Combined–Control of the U.S. House of Representatives – Control of the U.S. Senate” by ChrisnHouston – File:Control of the U.S. Senate.PNG File:Control of the U.S. House of Representatives.PNG. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons. Look at the second box (that’s the House). Turns out in the 1940’s the Democrats controlled almost 80% of the House. Republicans have 244 out of 435, so they’re getting there (56%). To reach those 1940’s #’s the GOP would have to win almost 90 more seats.   Then my student asked a different question: Does a whooping in the House mean the GOP will win the 2016 presidency? … Continue reading »