Friday, December 17, 2010

Christie rips into Chatham school board, superintendent | | Daily Record


From the Capitol Quickies blog:

Perhaps the best quote of the day during Gov. Chris Christie’s press conference came when he riffed on one of his favorite tops — high superintendent salaries and the school boards who award them.

“These school boards need to start representing the taxpayers and stop being agents for school superintendents,” Christie said.

He then drew a bead on the Chatham Board of Education, which recently approved a new contract for its superintendent that exceeds the salary cap Christie is seeking to impose in 2011. Saying the board’s enthusiasm for its superintendent goes beyond what baseball super-agent Scott Boras would do to sell one of his clients, the governor tore into the board.

“I look at the school board in Chatham. You know, they make Scott Boras blush with their advocacy for this Jim O’Neill character,” Christie said. “You would think the guy invented the book from the way they talk about him.”


“So let’s get real here, OK,” the governor continued. “It’s time for (school boards) to start representing the people who vote for them and who pay the bills and stop looking for ways to circumvent the superintendent pay cap.”

Christie said he had directed Department of Education acting commissioner Rochelle Hendricks to keep a close eye on any new contracts and challenge them when necessary.

Asked tonight about the governor's comments, Steve Barna, the president of the board, wondered how Christie can look at a high achieving district like the Chathams and "hurl darts" at the board. Barna said he would love to have Christie, who lives a short distance away in Mendham Township, visit the district and see how well it is doing.

Jonathan Chatinover, a board member who spoke to the governor at a recent town hall meeting in Parsippany, said the board is representing the taxpayers, He noted that voters in the district overwhelmingly backed the school district;'s budget last spring and that they have been consistently doing so for 20 years.

Dear Governor Christie, I love you but please get off this issue. You are wrong.

Drunk Man Kills Shark By Jumping On Head

via Geekologie...


Dragan Stevic (who you can probably already tell is a badass because his name's pronounced f***in' DRAGON), a wasted Serbian tourist (is there any other way to vacation?!) at Egypt's Sharm el-Sheikh managed to take down a shark that had already killed one person and injured four others in the seaside tourist town by landing on it after drunkenly throwing himself off a high-dive. OMG -- PLEASE tell me you teach classes in heroism!

"Dragan climbed on the jumping board, told me to hold his beer and simply ran to jump. There was no time for me to react or to try to stop him, he just went for it"..."Dragan jumped high and plunged down to the sea, but didn't make as much splash as we thought he would"...

The reason could be because Dragan Stevic ended up jumping straight on the shark which was lurking near the beach, probably looking for its next victim. Dragan had nailed it right in the head, killing it instantly. The Egyptian police found the shark washed out on the beach that morning (pictured above).

At the moment, the fearless hero is in a hospital recovering from alcohol poisoning. After Dragan gets well, he will get a chance to have some more drinks as the resort had awarded the Serb tourist with a free vacation for his heroic deed.

This is the perfect hero story.

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Reading on my front-porch rocker on this gorgeous day is suburbtastic.

Friday, September 17, 2010

It's a tough life

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Winestein | Design | Home

This is a pretty cool little wine glass. Might help prevent my spilling.

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Sleeping In on Weekends Might Help You Catch Up From the Week [Sleep]

I always knew this was the case. How could it not be? My strategy has now been justified. Now, if I can just get my kids to actually let me sleep in...

Sleeping In on Weekends Might Help You Catch Up From the Week

Sleeping In on Weekends Might Help You Catch Up From the WeekIf you've got the chance to sleep in on a weekend morning, take it. Scientists suggests in a new study that grabbing an extra hour or two in one night can help restore your performance after a week of less-than-awesome slumber.

Photo by B Rosen.

In the journal Sleep, a recent study was analyzed in which 159 adults, at an average age of 30, were given two 10-hour nights, then most were given just four hours of sleep across five consecutive nights. After that, the amount of sleep allowed was randomized. Those who received the most sleep after that pretty awful-sounding week fared the best:

Dr David Dinges, chief of the Division of Sleep and Chronobiology at the University of Pennsylvania, who led the study, said: "The additional hour or two of sleep in the morning after a period of chronic partial sleep loss has genuine benefits for continued recovery of behavioural alertness.

"The bottom line is that adequate recovery is important for coping with the effects of chronic sleep restriction on the brain."

Does this go directly against what your friends, and other studies, have suggested? Kind of. Doesn't it feel great to wake up at an unproductive hour on a weekend? Yes.Your mileage, then, will vary.



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Sunday, May 30, 2010

2010 Cornell graduation

The empty stadium. Will be full of hopeful grads in no time.

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Friday, May 14, 2010


The new data collection/visualization project Projectr at @bbhnewyork. Tracking what makes the agency work ... caffeine.

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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Visit to DC.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Visit to Cornell

The girls at the Andrew D White library

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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Our newest family member

Evan the fish. I think the girls are a little excited.

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Friday, February 19, 2010

Second Annual Sheldon Soup Party preparations have begun

The tent for overflow.

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Saturday, February 06, 2010

Alexa's at a friend's 70s party

Monday, January 11, 2010