Quote of the Moment: Goethe

June 11, 2007

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, U of Georgia

Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it!

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  • Note from The Yale Book of Quotations, Fred R. Shapiro, ed. (Yale 2006): “Attributed in William Hutchinson Murray, The Scottish Himalayan Expedition (1951). Widely attributed to Goethe, following Murray, but in fact appears to be at best a paraphrase of a line from Goethe’s Faust: “Now at last let me see some deeds!”

    Another nail in the coffin for geology and geography texts, in print

    June 11, 2007

    The Physical Environment offers a text for geophysical classes, on-line. It sorta looks like it’s free. In any case, check it out.

    Then look at the supporting blog.

    Is there any inherent reason you can’t do that in your classroom? You could start by using this “book,” The Physical Environment.


    Explore ancient Rome, from your computer, in 3-D

    June 11, 2007

    Can you figure out some way to make this work in a classroom?

    Science Daily reports that a team at UCLA working with a lot of others completed an 11-year project to map out Rome as it appeared when it was the commercial and political capital of the western world, three centuries into the first millennium:

    “Rome Reborn 1.0″ shows almost the entire city within the 13-mile-long Aurelian Walls as it appeared in A.D. 320. At that time Rome was the multicultural capital of the western world and had reached the peak of its development with an estimated population of one million.

    “Rome Reborn 1.0” is a true 3D model that runs in real time. Users can navigate through the model with complete freedom, moving up, down, left and right at will. They can enter important public buildings such as the Roman Senate House, the Colosseum, or the Temple of Venus and Rome, the ancient city’s largest place of worship.

    As new discoveries are made, “Rome Reborn 1.0” can be easily updated to reflect the latest knowledge about the ancient city. In future releases, the “Rome Reborn” project will include other phases in the evolution of the city from the late Bronze Age in the 10th century B.C. to the Gothic Wars in the 6th century A.D. Video clips and still images of “Rome Reborn 1.0” can be viewed at http://www.romereborn.virginia.edu.

    Now we need to wonder: Will it be available for classroom use?

    More below the fold.

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    Flag day? Heck! Fly it all week!

    June 11, 2007

    President Bush proclaimed the week of June 10 through 17 National Flag Week, in anticipation of Flag Day, June 14.

    Scouts from Mason City IA Globe-Gazette - Troop 14, probably

    Fly your U.S. flag all week!

    Of course, you may fly your state and local flags, too.

    June 14 commemorates the day the first resolution was passed designating the stars and stripes as the national flag of the united colonies, June 14, 1777. This is another event occurring even prior to the creation of the United States by the Constitution.

    Full text of the proclamation, and photo credit and explanation, below the fold. Read the rest of this entry »


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