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  1. I saw this last week and thought about this thread. (Then I forgot about it again until I saw Kanye West back on the first page of WTM again.) Artist and designer Kanye West has thrown out a new name idea and, honestly, it's hard to tell if he's joking. In a surprise appearance at the 2019 Fast Company Innovation Festival, West suggested that he may legally change his name to "Christian Genius Billionaire Kanye West" for a little bit. "When people say it's crass to call yourself a billionaire, I might legally change my name to Christian Genius Billionaire Kanye West for a year until y'all understand exactly what it is," he told Fast Company senior writer Mark Wilson.
  2. Right there with you. I've got on a thick sweatshirt, wool socks and fleece lined slippers and my thermostat is set to 72F. I don't feel happy until it's near 80 and I don't feel miserable until it gets into the upper 90s.
  3. I think the new start of outdoor lighting season is Nov. 1. I was at the Hobby Center tonight and Houston City Hall's plaza had all of their oaks wrapped in lights. It was beautiful. (The building is always lit up with different colors, today's was LSU purple and gold. Geaux Tigers!)
  4. Most teens won't start with heroin. They start with legal prescription drugs like Oxycontin. And that's a home grown scourge. If you'd like a nonfiction book about the opioid epidemic that's well written, I'd recommend Dreamland:
  5. If schools were a private company, they would refuse to serve a large chunk of their students. They'd cherry pick the ones with no learning disabilities and supportive parents. Then they'd tout their awesome test scores and brag about what a great job they're doing. Unfortunately for their statistics, public schools have to take everyone. I honestly doubt that even a third of students were "college ready" in the class of 1949 or 1979. But there were other options so no one was particularly worried about that.
  6. That's not really the issue. Anyone, even a librarian, can roll up at their local Walmart and buy a stack of dead tree bestsellers for 40% off. It's that Macmillan is trying to discriminate against libraries in the one channel they do control: ebooks. That's setting a very bad precedent going forward. The current situation is that libraries have the right to buy multiple (dozens for big systems) copies of books and lend them out. I'm sure publishers would love to abolish libraries entirely, but that would be a huge harm to society. Since Macmillan can't baldly state their end goal, they're trying to eat away at libraries bit by bit. If you love libraries, NOW is the time to fight this encroachment.
  7. Macmillan Publishing has decided to restrict all public libraries to purchasing one digital copy of their new releases for 8 weeks. It doesn't matter if the library is the NY Public Library or if it serves a small town, they can only have one ebook. If you would like to sign a petition to the CEO of Macmillan opposing this policy, visit:
  8. Our ISD uses APTSUSA to register homeschoolers and their own students. We'll get a bill in December according to both the APTSUSA instructions and our high school's test coordinator. I have to give our coordinator kudos for keeping on top of the process and being willing to answer questions about how things work this year.
  9. If he's refusing to go to school and he's enrolled, I think you have to pull him out to avoid truancy issues. The legal concerns have to come first. What sort of high school program does he need? Is he going to be able to hold a regular job as an adult? Will he need job coaching? Sheltered employment? Or will he need an adult day program? That answer will determine how important it is to get him through a typical high school schedule and what type of of paper trail you're going to need to qualify for services as an adult. Hugs. The hardest place to be on the spectrum is not ID, but without the social skills and sensory ability to hold down a job. That's the hardest row to hoe by far.
  10. You could easily end up with more than $20,000 worth of medical expenses.
  11. In most places (but not all, so you have to check your local schools), one semester of college is equivalent to a year long high school course, so you'll be fine with semesters of government, geography (or any other social science) and American history. I like econ, but Intro to Micro and Macro isn't really what you need to be financially literate. Instead, I'd do a financial life skills class. My own favorite book for understanding the power of investing and holding long term is A Random Walk Down Wall Street by Burton Malkiel. It manages to be a fun read while doing a good job of explaining how investing works. I also really like The Millionaire Next Door by Stanley and Danko. It's not as much fun to read as A Random Walk but it does an excellent job of explaining how to build wealth.
  12. I don't think he can take weekends off given the intensity of his schedule. My dd is taking 8 credits DE and 5 high school classes (4 of which require about 5 hours of homework, one which is just a couple hours of homework). She manages the work load by spending about 3 or 4 hours a day everyday doing homework. That still leaves a lot of time for extracurriculars and down time.
  13. Honestly, I think you've done enough and I wouldn't worry about finding more labs for this year. I'd save the AP Bio labs for AP Bio if she decides to take it later.
  14. Since you've got a family theme going with Mario characters, I think I'd tell him that he has to stick to that theme. However, I would buy him a costume of his choice on Nov. 1. We've gotten a surprising amount of use out of our knight costume. It's been to many Halloweens, Renaissance stuff and skits. It's probably been the most useful costume I ever bought.
  15. Are you sure that's not 50-70 homework problems a week? Dd has always done online classes for homeschoolers for math (WTMA and MPOA) and I'd say that 50-70 problems a week was about the pace for classes that used American high school textbooks. The classes that used AOPS were about half as many problems but each problem took much more time. My dd is currently doing Calc 1 as a DE student and she still is getting about 40-50 problems a week of homework which takes about 6 or 7 hours to do because they tend to be multipart and more complex.
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