" … you have more than likely seen the picture of Christi Fallin, (daughter of Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin) rocking bright red lipstick along with a faux war bonnet complete with fake feathers, perched atop her bleached blonde noggin. This led to many boos and vociferous social media commentary over the pic and rightfully so. This led to a faux apology from Christi in the form of a “letter” that was kind of an apology but kind of not, which was vernacularly laced with the kind of diction only white privilege can create. The fact she was attempting to defend her idiotic actions only encouraged more criticism from the Native community …
still just the same ol’ racist Okies Native people have come to know for the past 100 plus years.
According to an ancestry website, the Fallin families grand pappies were among the illegal squatters who invaded Indian Territory (present day Oklahoma) in a covered wagon during the great “Land Rush” of the 1880’s. Obviously, the fact the land that was promised to Natives for “as long as the grass grows and the waters flow” was overflowing with European-Americans, including Fallin’s forefathers, was upsetting to those tribes who called the place home.
Instead of taking land that doesn’t belong to them in such brazen fashion, as with Christi’s forbearers, today people like her have resorted to “appropriating” (or as I like to say, stealing) cultural concepts that are important to Native people, like headdresses, to fulfill some kind of cultural void they have within that is a result of their predecessors shedding old world cultural constructs …
In conclusion, when looking up the Fallin family background on the internet, the ancestry website indicated the name they descend from is the family name “Copeland” which appears to be of Northern English and Scottish origin. My advice to Christina Fallin and all other hipster racists, especially those in “Okie-homa”, is if you want to find some kind of a connection, then you should seriously buy some time on ancestry.com, make a pilgrimage to that country and learn all you can about the culture you were robbed of by the inability of your ancestors to keep your original identity alive. Perhaps that way, you won’t wind up throwing Native people under the bus in your pursuit of yourself and looking like a racist fool while doing so”
Excerpts from “Fallin’s Cultural Amnesia” By Jimmy Lee Beason II | Last Real Indians
Just replaced a hard drive while in a dress and panty hose. Hope your day is as good as mine. #365daysalibrarian
You’re really tuned in to nuances of Oklahoma when you recognize each county and region has its own specific brand of good ‘ol boys.
Spritz - something I think will become a revolutionary tool. -
So there was this one time my mind was completely freaking blown…
Imaging the Brain While Forming Memories - YouTube
Post card received from Germany. Caffe-Pasticceria Cavour, Bergamo-Alto. Foto: Walter Vogel.
Seem to be drinking coffee too copiously these days.
Moocs data offers promise of perfect teaching
by Helen Knight
When students learn online, every mouse click is tracked. Harness this wealth of data and we can create the ultimate in personalised lessons.
One day, Sebastian Thrun ran a simple and surprising experiment on a class of students that changed his ideas about how they were learning.
The students were doing an online course provided by Udacity, an educational organisation that Thrun co-founded in 2011. Thrun and his colleagues split the online students into two groups. One group saw the lesson’s presentation slides in colour, and another got the same material in black and white. Thrun and Udacity then monitored their performance. The outcome? “Test results were much better for the black-and-white version,” Thrun told Technology Review. “That surprised me.”
Why was a black-and-white lesson better than colour? It’s not clear. But what matters is that the data was unequivocal – and crucially it challenged conventional assumptions about teaching, providing the possibility that lessons can be tweaked and improved for students.
It was an early example of a trend promising to transform online education – the exploitation of huge amounts of data about how people actually learn. Artificial intelligence underpinning online courses can log every click and keyboard stroke a student makes, and this is revealing patterns of learning behaviour that are difficult, if not impossible, for teachers to see in a traditional classroom. Equipped with this information, course designers can adapt their materials, and deliver the ultimate in targeted teaching. Could this lead to the perfect, personalised lesson?
another great okie moment from the past