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My new name under Kurt Vonnegut’s Lonesome No More! scheme is:-
Justus Diamond-5 Randolph

Found out your new middle name and be lonesome no more at:

We might get related.

Hi All,

It’s been a long time since I have checked into this blog. I promised just to do quotes at one point, but I guess once I say something, it becomes a quote. Greetings to my Joensuu colleagues who receive this blog as an RSS feed.

Anyway, things are going really well here in Michigan at Finlandia University. I teach a Foundations of Education course, and two technology courses. You can see what kind of things I am doing at the class blogs at:


Hancock, MI, is a quirky place that I think I will like very much.  After seeing this video below, and if you know me, I think that you will see some kind of fit!

Hi all,

I’d like to announce the debut of the “Online Kappa Calculator.” It calculates free-marginal and fixed-marginal kappa–a chance-adjusted measure of interrater agreement–for any number of cases, categories, or raters. Roman and Nikko will appreciate this; now we don’t have to do these calculations the hard way!

Thanks to Walubengo M. Singoro for his fantastic programming work on this.

Check out:

I’m going on vacation to the States tomorrow. If you have any comments, I’ll get back to you in a few weeks. Is anyone else interested in creating a collection of calculators for obscure, but intensely useful, statistics? I have ideas for many student programming projects along this line.

“None but the brave deserve the fair.”

–Roberto-the sailor, one of the opponents on my mobile Backgammon game.

“Ending Famine, Simply by Ignoring the Experts”Article title: “Ending Famine, Simply by ignoring the experts,” by Celia W. Dugger, New York Times, December 1, 2007.

“There are no real research careers in Finland; research organisations are office-based hierarchies.”

From “Science, Technology, and Innovation,” by The Science and Technology Policy Council of Finland (2006) (p. 28).

“Whilst much of the literature in [the field of educational technology] is comparatively light methodologically, this can be justified by a constructivist approach to teaching and learning.” (p. 1)


Williamson, A., Nodder, C., & Baker, P. (2001). A critique of educational technology research in New Zealand since 1996. Retrieved July 25, 2007, from

“Yet despite the common features with other massacres, the shoot-up in Tuusula was a very Finnish affair.

Finland is a land of wide open spaces, between 16-17 people per square kilometre. Lakes often separate neighbouring farmsteads. At this time of year it is sunk in almost permanent half-light and Finnish families count the days to their winter holidays when they can flee to the bright sunlight of south-east Asian resorts.

Clinical depression is high, the suicide rate too. But above all the Nordic winter isolates the young in the small towns: they arrive at school in the dark and leave it in the dark, travelling long distances to their homes. Friendship in the traditional sense is often a summer luxury.”

From “Similarities to Other Massacres, but This was a Very Finnish Affair,” by Roger Boyes, in Times Online, November 8, 2007.

“About two years ago, a group of federal researchers reported that overweight people have a lower death rate than people who are normal weight, underweight or obese” . . . .

“A body mass index of 25 to 30, the so-called overweight range, ‘may be optimal,’ [Dr. Elizabeth Barrett-Connor, a professor of family and preventive medicine at the University of California, San Diego] said.”

From “Causes of Death are Linked to A Person’s Weight,” by Gina Kolata, in NY Times, November 7, 2007.