Contest - 140-character book reviews
It's time for a new contest! This one has nothing to do with K-12 education. Just an idea that caught my fancy that I hope will catch yours too. As usual, the winner gets everlasting fame and a CASTLE mug...
140character book reviews!\n
Using the Twitter limitation of 140 characters, write a book review. Can you sum up the essence of a good read in 140 characters? Of course you can!\n
Here are some pathetic examples. I know you can do better than these!\n
The World Is Flat. The world is flat.\n
To Kill a Mockingbird. Girl meets recluse. Lawyer dad fails to defend innocent Black man. Recluse saves girl from real villain. Girl learns important life lessons.
- An entry consists of the book title and the 140character review. The title of the book and any accompanying explanatory text does not count against your total, but the 140 characters should be able to stand alone as a summation of (or commentary on) the book. This limit will be strictly enforced. \n
- Any book you want - fiction, nonfiction, textbook, graphic novel, whatever. No limits other than it has to be a book (although you might want to review a book that others have heard of). Could you do this for movies, music, blogs, restaurants, etc.? Absolutely. But not for this contest. \n
- Submit your entry as a comment to this blog post, please. Otherwise, as I'm discovering with the Leadership Day 2008 entries, I might not find it. \n
- Multiple entries are welcome. \n
- Extra points for creativity, humor, cleverness, etc. \n
- Feel free to use the image above to spread the word about the contest (click on it for a larger version). \n
- You've got 10 days. Entry deadline is July 26, 2008.
Can't wait to see what you come up with!\n\n
Update: Given the number of entries it looks like we're going to have, I'll pick my top 5 to 7 favorites at the end and we'll have a group vote to determine the winner. So come back July 27 to start voting!\n\n
Update: See the winning entry!\n
International poker champion Liv Boeree teaches decision-making for Big Think Edge.
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- The team managed to stimulate nucleus-like structures to perform some biological processes, but not cell division.
- Unless better technology and DNA samples emerge in the future, it's unlikely that scientists will be able to clone a woolly mammoth.
- Still, studying the DNA of woolly mammoths provides valuable insights into the genetic adaptations that allowed them to survive in unique environments.
An MIT study predicts when artificial intelligence will take over for humans in different occupations.
While technology develops at exponential speed, transforming how we go about our everyday tasks and extending our lives, it also offers much to worry about. In particular, many top minds think that automation will cost humans their employment, with up to 47% of all jobs gone in the next 25 years. And chances are, this number could be even higher and the massive job loss will come earlier.
The blood of horseshoe crabs is harvested on a massive scale in order to retrieve a cell critical to medical research. However, recent innovations might make this practice obsolete.
- Horseshoe crabs' blue blood is so valuable that a quart of it can be sold for $15,000.
- This is because it contains a molecule that is crucial to the medical research community.
- Today, however, new innovations have resulted in a synthetic substitute that may end the practice of farming horseshoe crabs for their blood.
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