Author Archives: Bob Shepherd

About Bob Shepherd

interests: curriculum design, educational technology, learning, linguistics, hermeneutics, rhetoric, philosophy (Continental philosophy, Existentialism, metaphysics, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, epistemology, ethics), classical and jazz guitar, poetry, the short story, archaeology and cultural anthropology, history of religion, prehistory, veganism, sustainability, Anglo-Saxon literature and language, systems for emergent quality control, heuristics for innovation

A Star(ter) Is Born: Making Your Own Sourdough Starter from Scratch

All you need for bread is flour and water and salt. You can do without the yeast by making your own sourdough starter. Here’s how: Long before the ready availability of powdered yeast and baking powder and baking soda, cooks … Continue reading

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Trumpian Rhapsody, with Apologies to the Late, Great Freddie Mercury

Trumpian Rhapsody, with Apologies to the Late, Great Freddie Mercury   Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Caught in my web of lies, There’s no escape from me.   Don’t open your eyes, Don’t doubt my lies. … Continue reading

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Moronavirus trumpinski orangii Press Briefing and Campaign Rally, Sunday, March 23, 2020

TRUMP (snorts some Adderall and steps to the podium): OK, I wanted to start by saying some people are blaming this thing on Asian Americans. Where would they get that idea? Terrible, just terrible, OK? Don’t do that. Good people, … Continue reading

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Combating Standardized Testing Derangement Syndrome (STDs)

The dirty secret of the standardized testing industry is the breathtakingly low quality of the tests themselves. I worked in the educational publishing industry at very high levels for more than twenty years. I have produced materials for all the … Continue reading

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A Moveable Feast

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Tracking the Progress of Moronavirus trumpinski

“We have it totally under control. . . . It’s going to be just fine.” –IQ45, Jan 22 “We think we have it very well under control. We have very little problem in this country at this moment–five. And those … Continue reading

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Trumpty Press Conference, May 2020

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IQ45 (wearing flak jacket and camo MAGA hat): Is this mike on? OK. Some of my people—Stephen Miller, here, good man—wanted me to read a speech from the teleprompter. And I … Continue reading

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