1. Famed Renaissance man and ninja turtle, Michelangelo, used to make grocery lists, as seen above. Because his assistant was illiterate, the artist would draw pictures to indicate exactly what he wanted. More context at Open Culture.
2. Do you want to hear Sir Patrick Stewart moo like a cow in various regional British dialects? Of course you do, that’s the easiest question you’ll be asked all week.
Juárez Correa didn’t know it yet, but he had happened on an emerging educational philosophy, one that applies the logic of the digital age to the classroom. That logic is inexorable: Access to a world of infinite information has changed how we communicate, process information, and think. Decentralized systems have proven to be more productive and agile than rigid, top-down ones. Innovation, creativity, and independent thinking are increasingly crucial to the global economy.
And yet the dominant model of public education is still fundamentally rooted in the industrial revolution that spawned it, when workplaces valued punctuality, regularity, attention, and silence above all else. (In 1899, William T. Harris, the US commissioner of education, celebrated the fact that US schools had developed the “appearance of a machine,” one that teaches the student “to behave in an orderly manner, to stay in his own place, and not get in the way of others.”) We don’t openly profess those values nowadays, but our educational system—which routinely tests kids on their ability to recall information and demonstrate mastery of a narrow set of skills—doubles down on the view that students are material to be processed, programmed, and quality-tested. School administrators prepare curriculum standards and “pacing guides” that tell teachers what to teach each day. Legions of managers supervise everything that happens in the classroom; in 2010 only 50 percent of public school staff members in the US were teachers.
5. Home Depot reinvented the bucket — a product whose form and function have largely remained unchanged since the dawn of time. Well, okay, they redesigned it to be more ergonomic. I would pay $7.50 for a bucket like this. [via gizmodo]