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seabasing

looking up some info on oceans for the GlobalPost, and came across this neat tidbit of knowledge – seabasing. supposedly America is considering building military bases at sea in order to sidestep the problem of where to base troops internationally and avoid territorial issues, since no one country controls the high seas.

according to a recent economist article, they would “be composed of parts that can be rearranged like giant Lego bricks,” such that “the armed forces could assemble them when needed, add to them, subtract from them and eventually dismantle them when they are no longer required—and all without leaving a trace.” wild.

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technology goes home

I’m in the middle of working on a piece for Technology Goes Home, a fantastic program that runs through the Boston Public Schools, providing 24-hour workshops on computer literacy and internet safety for students and their families.  Over the course of many weeks, it teaches various skills, from building a PowerPoint presentation to activating I-Safe filters, and at the end of the program participants can purchase a computer, fully-loaded with Microsoft Office, for a mere $90.

I knew this would be a challenge when I took this assignment on – I’ve never written a feature of this length or depth before.  But what I’m learning through the process is both surprising and exciting: how to conduct a better interview, the make-up of Boston’s city-wide school system, how far parent engagement in a school can really go – the list goes on.

Unfortunately, the story’s hitting a few road bumps in the form of the swine flu – many schools in the Boston area are closed for a week, which casts an ominous shadow over the graduation celebrations, which are scheduled for May 30th.  But I’m plugging along anyway, and a hoping to get a draft done sometime soon (before then, at least).  Just finished transcribing, now finally onto the fun part!  Perhaps I’ll post bits and pieces here as they come about.

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