Ridiculous Thoughts

The mind that is afraid to toy with the ridiculous will never create the truely original. — David Brin

Return of the Blog

Steven Hammond (February 09, 2013)

You may have noticed that this blog disappeared for a while. It was hosted on an old Ruby on Rails blogging tool, that turned out to be vulnerable to the recently announced security vulnerabilities. After looking at things for a while, I decided that it wasn’t worth patching the old software. The tool was unmaintained and obsolete, and I wanted to try something new. So, I scrapped the old blog and started again.

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Candiates Forum Prepared Statement

Steven Hammond (May 11, 2012)

Good evening. I want to thank everyone who has contributed to creating this event, and everyone who is here to watch and tuning in from home. This is an important election for the Town of Holden for lots of reasons, many of which have been lost behind the current budget debate.

That isn’t to say that the current budget debate is not important. During the last few years I supported efforts to constrain the districts costs to the towns. In addition to changes in the state formulas, Energy savings, GIC, teacher contracts and 22 cut positions all produced dramatic savings. Additionally, the district cut or held many critical line items, like textbooks, and had to eliminate late busses to remain affordable. As a result we kept increases in Holden’s assessments in check. Holden’s assessments were level or reduced two of the last 4 years. This allowed the town to avoid layoffs, pay contractual obligations to its employees and grow its reserves.

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Candidacy Announcement

Steven Hammond (April 28, 2012)

Significant of thought went into my decision to seek a third term on the Wachusett Regional School Committee. I led subcommittees that examined disparity between our schools and created the social media policy that is the soul of the 21st century skills initiative. Additionally, I led the Education Subcommittee through the creation of important bullying and concussion policies and acted as Chair and Vice-chair of the full committee when needed. However, leadership takes tremendous energy for an introvert like me. I could have said “I’ve done my share.”

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21st Century Skills

Steven Hammond (December 30, 2011)

There has been a lot of misinformation circulating about the district’s proposed iPads and wireless upgrades. I want to dispel the myths surrounding this project and explain why it is important to prepare our kids not for the future but for today.

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Kepler First Light

Steven Hammond (April 15, 2009)

I’m a few days late in reporting this, but on April 8, 2009 Kepler opened her eyes for the first time. When starlight falls onto a telescope for the first time, Astronomers and telescope makers call that event First Light.

It takes a long time to build any telescope and first light is a special event that marks the completion of the scope. A few years ago, I built my own telescope and I remember first light very well.

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