Friday, January 12, 2018
Monday, January 08, 2018
Tackles, collisions, players running into each other at full speed... rugby is a combat sport. There is certainly more contact than in football, although according to the old English saying: "football is a game for gentlemen played by ruffians, while rugby is a game for ruffians played by gentlemen." If there is something that distinguishes rugby, it is the attitude of respect in the sport. You can see a referee who measures maybe a metre seventy telling this guy who is nearly two metres tall and weighs more than a hundred kilos "you've committed a foul, retreat ten metres" and the other man never complains. This attitude also exists between any two sets of fans, something that is related to the sport's concern with values. This can also be seen on the stands. When you go into a rugby stadium, there is a very warm atmosphere and there are never any insults; it's a very healthy feeling.
Related article: Rugby vs fútbol, by John Carlin
Related article: Rugby vs fútbol, by John Carlin
Friday, January 05, 2018
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Thursday, December 21, 2017
MADBOOTS DANCE is a NYC-based company founded and led by two dancer-choreographers, Jonathan Campbell and
Austin Diaz, who are also life partners. Having met in 2010 as both were
starting their professional careers as dancers, Campbell and Diaz soon began to
collaborate in the choreography of their own duets. In time, they began to
create pieces for a small ensemble of male dancers, producing such works as Sad Boys, All Fours, and Masc. Their work frequently addresses gay themes
and features male-to-male contact and intimacy. Excerpts of their
pieces can be seen in high definition on their website www.madbootsdance.com or on Vimeo.
Sunday, December 10, 2017
Justin Baldoni wants to start a dialogue with men about redefining masculinity -- to figure out ways to be not just good men but good humans. In a warm, personal talk, he shares his effort to reconcile who he is with who the world tells him a man should be. And he has a challenge for men: "See if you can use the same qualities that you feel make you a man to go deeper," Baldoni says. "Your strength, your bravery, your toughness: Are you brave enough to be vulnerable? Are you strong enough to be sensitive? Are you confident enough to listen to the women in your life?"
Thursday, December 07, 2017
Universities have started giving away their content free as "Massive Open Online Courses", with the satisfyingly ridiculous acronym MOOCs. Eleven top UK universities recently announced they were joining the Open University to launch FutureLearn, in an attempt to catch up with the elite US institutions that have led the way in teaching huge numbers online.
It all sounds great for people who, for one reason or another, can't go to a traditional university. But do MOOCs have anything to offer students already studying at a conventional institution? Well, I've signed up for a MOOC in microeconomics. I did it because I'm thinking about whether to do a master’s degree and what to study. I'm testing my resolve: if I enjoy it enough to study in my own time, maybe I'm ready for a master’s. Better to find out before I hand over the money. Why else would a university student consider a MOOC? You could use it to improve your CV – it shows you're motivated, you have a variety of interests and you're not struggling with your workload.
And before you can use an online course to help you get a job, employers have to learn what they are and respect them. University isn't just about what you learn but proving you know it. The only proof you did your MOOC is that you clicked on "I promise not to cheat[i]". This is changing, though: one of the biggest MOOC organisers, Coursera, is testing facial recognition software to monitor students, and charging a small fee for verification.
Moocs are extra tuition from a different perspective. Dreading[ii] that compulsory class you know you'll find difficult to pass, the one with the 50% fail rate? MOOC comes to the rescue. Free preparation: better than failing and suffering the consequences to your grade point average and student loan.
Are MOOCs a threat to old school universities? Should we fear that, before we've even paid them off, traditional university degrees will become obsolete like floppy disks [iii]? Probably not, as they are a long way from ready to replace traditional degrees. There might not be a MOOC versus traditional university mega-battle – instead, online courses offer another option on higher education's menu of delights.
MOOCs still have serious problems. A Coursera course crashed[iv] recently, unable to cope with the thousands of students trying to join online discussions. MOOCs are limited to subjects that can be assessed with multiple choice exams, marked automatically. Written any essays in your degree? Your professor's critique of them can't be replicated by a MOOC – yet. As for me, although I did not make a single friend in a community of 37,000, I enjoyed the chance to learn what I was interested in, on my own terms. MOOCs are a new approach to education – and we, traditional university students, needn't miss out[v].