Belonging, oh belonging
What a precious thing you are
To feel at home, to feel at ease
To know you’re not too far
From those who know and love you
From those who share your heart
From those who know your story
And have been with you from the start
Belonging, oh belonging
A sense of true connection
A feeling of acceptance
A place to find affection
In moments of uncertainty
In times of stress and strain
Belonging is a refuge
A shelter from the rain
With belonging comes a sense of peace
A feeling of security
A place to call your own
A sense of identity
Belonging, oh belonging
A treasure to be sought
A bond that cannot be broken
A love that can’t be bought
So cherish those who love you
And hold them close and dear
For in the end, it’s belonging
That brings us joy and cheer.
In halls where whispers echo loud,
A deafening silence fills the crowd.
Lawmakers sit, their voices stilled,
While blood of innocents is spilled.
A mother’s tears, a father’s screams,
Yet nothing ripples peaceful dreams.
The vote postponed, the topic changed,
Their hands remaining tightly chained.
The thunderous bangs in schools resound,
Lives lost, while answers stay unfound.
With every death, the great divide,
But still no change, no shifting tide.
In fear and anguish, many shout,
Demanding change, dispel the doubt.
But spoken words from hearts that bleed,
Are silenced by a nation’s greed.
Oh, Justice weep and shed your tears,
For all the lives lost through the years.
A chance for change held firmly back,
By those who choose to turn their backs.
This poem was created with Hyperwrite.ai
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Compassion, caring, and empathy are important qualities that can lead to success in every aspect of life. When you show understanding and kindness towards others, you create a positive environment that encourages people to feel good about themselves and the situations they encounter.
In order to succeed in today’s world, it is important to have a strong sense of empathy and understanding towards others. When we can put ourselves in the shoes of others, we can better understand their needs, emotions, and points of view. This allows us to better communicate with them and work together towards common goals.
Caring and compassion are also important because they allow us to create stronger bonds with others. When we care about someone, we are invested in their well-being and want to help them in any way we can. This creates a strong sense of trust and loyalty, which is important in both personal and professional relationships.
Overall, it is clear that being compassionate, caring, and empathetic is essential for success in all areas of life. By cultivating these qualities within ourselves, we can create a better world for everyone.
Yesterday I helped a friend restore two laptops to good working order using Linux Mint 21.1. My daily driver is Pop!_OS but my friend is new to Linux and I thought Linux Mint with a Cinnamon desktop would be a good place for him to start his Linux journey. I saved his files from the first laptop on a USB drive and then began the install of Mint from another USB drive that I had prepared for that purpose. The candidate was a three year old Hewlett-Packard Laptop with a lightweight AMD processor and 4 GB or RAM. The computer had really gotten slow and was showing signs of a malware infestation when I suggested to my friend that he let me help him give Linux Mint a try.
The install of Mint went very well and we were done in about fifteen minutes which included adding updates and restoring his word processing and image files from the Windows 10 operating system that had existed on this laptop just a few minutes before. My friend was so excited by the results and the new life in his laptop that he invited me to try Mint on an extra Acer Aspire laptop that he had in a cupboard in his home. The Acer was a great candidate. Eight gigabytes of RAM, i5 processor and 250 GB SSD drive. My friend is quite happy with his two laptops now that they are running Linux Mint. I am always delighted when I can share the gift of Linux and open source software with anyone.
I asked ChatGPT to write a poem addressing gun violence in the United States. I could not have said it better!
Guns are not toys, but tools of death
Too often used to take a last breath
We hear the shots, the screams, the cries
As loved ones fall and innocence dies
From schools to malls, from homes to streets
The tragedy of gun violence repeats
Families torn apart, lives forever changed
A nation haunted, a problem not estranged
The right to bear arms, enshrined in law
But what of the right to live without fear or awe?
The debate rages on, the solutions unclear
As more blood is shed, more hearts filled with fear
We must come together, across all divides
To find a way to turn the tides
To honor the fallen and the lives shattered
To make our communities safer, not more battered
For the sake of our children and the generations to come
We must act with love, not just words and some
To create a world where gun violence is not the norm
Where all can thrive and feel safe from harm.
Super Bowl 57 provided a number of poignant moments. For the first time in the one-hundred-three year history of the National Football League the two opposing quarterbacks in the championship game were African-American athletes. Prelude to this historic match-up were several songs that honored America and Americans. The National Anthem of the United States was performed by Chris Stapleton and during its conclusion four US Naval women aviators passed overhead in F-16 aircraft. Its lyrics are familiar to us all as we hear them frequently but just prior to the anthem we heard “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” whose words are less familiar and offered a contrast and tribute to our sixteenth President Abraham Lincoln.
James Weldon Johnson’s “Lift Every Voice and Sing” is a powerful tribute to Abraham Lincoln and a celebration of the United States of America. The song is full of hopefulness and optimism, and is a reminder of the promise of the nation. In contrast, Francis Scott Key’s “Star Spangled Banner” is a poignant depiction of the aerial bombardment of Fort McHenry during the War of 1812. Key’s poem captures the emotion of the moment, and serves as a reminder of the courage and resilience of the nation. Both songs honor the United States of America and their authors, James Weldon Johnson and Francis Scott Key, represent two very different eras of American history. While Johnson was a 20th century civil rights activist, Key was a 19th century lawyer, amateur poet and slaveholder. Despite their differences, both songs give us a glimpse into the history, struggles, and triumphs of America.
As the use of technology in education increases, so do the questions of ethics and fairness. ChatGPT and other AI technologies, while potentially useful in providing students with more answers to tests and writing essays, can also be seen as a form of cheating. This is especially concerning in light of the already existing issue of cheating in high schools and universities.
The larger problem here is not the use of technology, but our society’s obsession with testing. Education should not be about passing tests, but rather about learning and exploring new ideas. Too often, our educational system is driven by politics, leaving teachers and students feeling as though they are only being evaluated on the basis of their results on standardized tests.
Rather than relying solely on tests, we should be focusing on teaching students how to think critically and apply the knowledge they have learned. ChatGPT and other AI technologies could provide students with the knowledge they need to operate in the world, but it must be done in a fair and ethical manner. We need to shift our focus away from assessment and towards learning, in order to ensure that students are getting the best possible education.
I was a sophomore at Clemson University in 1977 and was taking a course in probability and statistics. We learned the basics of statistical inference and we used our Texas Instrument calculators to compute means, medians, t-scores and more in our class. The problems in our book were represented in this script which, we had to write out on tests and in our homework. For example, the sum of the numbers 2, 4, and 6 could be written as Σ(2 + 4 + 6) = 12. As we approached the end of the semester we received a very large set of numbers which required us to use the university’s computer center. Fortunately for me, my roommate was a math major and volunteered to complete this assignment and I got a “B” in the course.
Thirteen years later I was a graduate student at the University at Buffalo. I took two courses in graduate level statistics where we regularly solved for ANOVA and ANCOVA along with a host of regressions and t-tests. We didn’t use Texas Instrument calculators. We were instructed to use IBM mainframes and we tediously entered our data into text files that had to be formatted “just so” so that they could run correctly and generate the data we were looking for. What a relief instead of manually pressing the ‘Sum key’ on the calculator and though formatting the text files was tedious it was far superior to the earlier method.
A couple of years later we were solving the same statistical analysis using Microsoft Excel. We could generate ANOVA and ANCOVA and all the other data without the tedious formatting. In the last fifty years we’ve seen tremendous changes in data analysis that came from improved methods of collection which include such as sensors, mobile devices and social media. We have big data tools driven by Python and R which didn’t exist 50 years ago.
We have improved data visualizations which were rudimentary and frequently inaccurate fifty years ago. These methods have improved as our tools have improved. This in turns has led to more accurate interpretation of results. The ability to use a variety of techniques and technologies has led to a greater understanding of the world we live in.
Now we have the development of machine learning, learning algorithms and artificial intelligence that enable computers to do the work that was hitherto reserved for humans. These changes have enabled more sophisticated and faster data analysis.
ChatGPT can automate data preparation tasks, allowing data analysts to focus on higher-value tasks. It offers advanced natural language processing capabilities to provide insights, has a natural language interface for better user experience, and integrates with data visualization tools to present data insights more interactively. Ultimately, ChatGPT can revolutionize the way data is analyzed, leading to more informed decisions faster and more efficiently.
Should we return to 1977 with TI calculators and punch cards or dare we enter a new age that can enable us to have more diverse and accurate representations of the world we live in