7 Things This Week, 2022-04-17
A weekly list of things I found interesting, posted on Sundays. Sometimes themed, often not.
1️⃣ This teacher stopped using grades to evaluate their students’ work and instead gave expanded feedback and the opportunity to revise. Their university-mandated grade comes from a portfolio of their revised work at the end of the semester. I think this is so smart. If the goal of a class is to have a student learn and master the material, Insee the advantage for their grade to reflect where they ended the journey, and not an average from each of the assignments. [Link - Elisabeth Gruner // theconversation.com]
2️⃣ Netflix switched to using the latest version of the standard video player on tvOS. More of this, please! [Link - José Adorno // 9to5mac.com]
3️⃣ I lost a good 45 minutes re-learning things from this Wikipedia page of common misconceptions. One of many things I learned: “Coffee, tea, diet cola, and other drinks containing caffeine are not dehydrating, and in fact have hydration profiles indistinguishable from that of water.” [Link - wikipedia.com]
I’ve been studying up on rope management for rock climbing in anticipation of climbs drying out here soon. So here are a few things I’ve found helpful.
4️⃣ I’m a little over halfway through The Trad Climber’s Bible by John Long and Peter Croft. They use an interesting way of conveying tips and best practices through anecdotes of when these two old school climbers had to learn them for themselves back when they were pioneering great climbs in North America. [Link - John Long, Peter Croft // goodreads.com]
5️⃣ This is a good primer on building anchors for multi-pitch trad climbing. I geek out on this stuff and can recommend the whole series of videos. [Link - Climbing Tech Tips // youtube.com]
6️⃣ Here’s an efficient method for setting and using rappel anchors on a multi-pitch climb. [Link - Chillino Rock Climbing // youtube.com]
7️⃣ And a good tutorial on how to pass a knot when rappeling if there’s a bad section in your rope or you’ve tied multiple ropes together to extend their reach down the rock. [Link - Ryan Tilley // youtube.com]