Animated Timeline of All Inauguration Speeches As Word Clouds

Lately I’ve been fo­cused on mi­croblog­ging through twit­ter. I just came across this item from @AngelaStockman “retweet­ing” @cliotech. It refers to a flash an­i­ma­tion time­line of word fre­quency clouds (like those gen­er­ated by wor­dle) of every in­au­gu­ra­tion speech ever made (on the NY Times site). It’s just too fas­ci­nat­ing not to blog about this great ed­u­ca­tional tool.

Special Board Joint Meeting on School Closures

I didn’t no­tice this meet­ing com­ing up till re­cently, but there will be a spe­cial meet­ing to­day (1/​10) at 10am of the School Board, City Councils in the school dis­trict, and the two County Supervisors whose wards in­clude WCCUSD. The pur­pose is “Exchange of Ideas and Strategies among the Cities, County and School District” about “WCCUSD Financial Situation and School Closures”. In it­self, this could only be a good thing, right? In some ways this is a re­sponse to en­treaties from lo­cal of­fi­cials like this one in the Contra Costa Times from the Mayor of Richmond. So, some ges­ture is re­quired.

My con­cern is that it soaks up Board time that needs to fo­cus on what the school dis­trict it­self can do to find $10M on top of any pro­jected money from school clo­sures. Sure there might pos­si­bly be some co­op­er­a­tive mea­sures that would save a lit­tle money, but these ju­ris­dic­tions are hurt­ing, too. There will need to be more meet­ings of just the Board.