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Coming Attractions for Next Week

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Here are a few things I'll be writing about next week:

1. Thomas Thwaites' Toaster Project. Here's the TED Talk. My students had to watch this recently and write an essay about it. It's "I, Pencil," but with toasters. Sort of.

2. Online education. I'm teaching principles of macroeconomics online at the moment, and I've found it to be a very interesting endeavor. I think fears that MOOCs will destroy modern higher education are a bit overstated, though there will be a lot of shuffling and creative destruction.

3. One theme: modernity is pretty awesome. I actually wrote and scheduled this yesterday, and when you read it I'll probably be on a plane while my students take exams proctored by an online service. If possible, I'm going to try to hold virtual office hours using the in-flight wifi on Monday. But more on that later.

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Steve Z writes:

I just spent several hours researching the best wireless router using the newest specification because my router that uses the older specification sometimes stutters when streaming HD video to devices in the nether regions of my house. After reading a plethora of reviews and specs, which were delivered instantly to my home for free, I selected a certain model, and charged the purchase to one of the revolving credit facilities that supplies me with consumer credit at reasonable rates. Also without leaving my home. It will be delivered to my doorstep in two days. O, the horrors of modernity!

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