Winter is coming

| September 20, 2012

Via Instapundit comes this rather damning image contrasting the “Obama Flag” (available for sale!) with the chilling image from Libya.

Meanwhile, here’s the rest your morning roundup:

Tomorrow (9/21) is Clint Eastwood Appreciation Day. Go see “Trouble with the Curve” and drive the Left nuts.

Megan McArdle talks about the merit pay issue for teachers. Here was the comment I left there:

In principle, I’m a great fan of merit pay for teachers. My oldest sister has a MA in education and taught on the elementary and jr high level for several years back in the 70s. She was pretty appalled — even back then — at how many of fellow teachers weren’t very good, didn’t like their jobs (or the kids), and were there mostly because they couldn’t find a better job elsewhere.

 

That said, the inherent trickery with merit pay — as already demonstrated by the standardized test cheating scandals around the country — is this simple principle: that which gets rewarded, gets gamed. I see this all the time in my own industry (information technology), particularly with software development projects. Coming up with a set of metrics for any position that each is objective, repeatable, and significant is tough. An outstanding work on this general issue is “Measuring and Managing Performance in Organizations” by Robert Austin, who goes into the inherently distorting nature of performance metrics and what is required to make them actually work.

Daniel Peterson pens an appreciation of C. S. Lewis. Those who think of Lewis only as a Chrstian “apologist” and the author of “The Screwtape Letters” and the Chronicles of Narnia sell short this brilliant, erudite scholar. Go read his “Preface to Paradise Lost”.

Andrew Malcolm muses on Curiosity.

Why assault rifles are good for the environment.

More as I run across them.  ..bruce w..

 

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Category: 2012 Election, Education, Environment, Geopolitics, Main, Obama Administration, Religion, Western Civilization

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Webster is Principal and Founder at Bruce F. Webster & Associates, as well as an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at Brigham Young University. He works with organizations to help them with troubled or failed information technology (IT) projects. He has also worked in several dozen legal cases as a consultant and as a testifying expert, both in the United States and Japan. He can be reached at bwebster@bfwa.com, or you can follow him on Twitter as @bfwebster.

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