INSPIRATIONAL: A world made more beautiful

Friday, April 11, 2014

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uaWA2GbcnJU

“He witnesses happiness. Reaches a deeper understanding. Feels the love. Receives what money can’t buy — a world made more beautiful,” the ad says.

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My pick for best internet video of the year! Maybe ever?

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INSPIRATIONAL: Thinking about the old folks

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/the-new-undergarments-that-could-revolutionize-eldercare.html

This Underwear Could Revolutionize Eldercare
AgingCare.com
March 27, 2014
5:00 pm

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When you think about paradigm-changing products, underwear typically isn’t top-of-mind, yet these under-appreciated undergarments may soon play a vital role in enhancing the health and safety of seniors living on their own.

Two top technology honorees at the recently-held 2014 SXSW (South By Southwest) Conference in Austin, Texas aim to elevate underwear beyond the mundane and into the medical care arena.

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Guess I better keep my eye on this!

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INSPIRATIONAL: How can anyone feel that bad about themselves?

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

http://www.quora.com/Physical-Appearances-of-People/What-does-it-feel-like-to-be-an-unattractive-woman

What does it feel like to be an unattractive woman?
I know this exists: Attraction (interpersonal): What does it feel like to be unattractive and desired by none?

But there are hardly any women weighing in. Given that society places more emphasis on looks for women, I’d like to hear some thoughts about this.

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I read this answer that upset me.

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http://qr.ae/ncDtw

Stephanie Su
CS Undergrad at MIT
366 Votes by Shefaly Yogendra, Mallika Mathur, and 363 more.

I am ugly. I am unattractive. I know that my skin is awful, my hair is greasy, and society simply does not permit women to weigh as much as I do.

But, mind you, this is not the same as having low self-esteem. Because when I look in the mirror, I hate my body, not myself. I simply shake my head and think, “This isn’t me. This mediocre sack of meat isn’t me. I’m just renting it out, driving it around. It’s a tool. It’s a vehicle. I use it to take myself places that I need to go, and that’s all there is to it.”

Ok fine, I’m not Zen enough to actually believe I can escape with that train of thought. The truth is, I am frustrated with the irreconcilable disconnect between my pride and my presence. The acne mask and the fat suit egregiously fail to conform with my mental mockups of my perfectly badass self. I suppose the only real solution then, besides undergoing extensive surgeries, is to upload my conscience to a supercomputer.

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How can anyone feel that bad about themselves?

I’m speechless. 

{I can hear you saying: “Finally? Good!”}

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INSPIRATIONAL: Personal Loopholes

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

http://www.gretchenrubin.com/happiness_project/2014/02/which-of-these-10-categories-of-loopholes-do-you-invoke/

Which of These 10 Categories of Loopholes Do You Invoke?
The Happiness Project
Gretchen Rubin 

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1. False choice loophole – “I can’t do this, because I’m so busy doing that” – this is one I often use, myself
2. Moral licensing loophole — “I’ve been so good, it’s okay for me to do this”
3. Tomorrow loophole — “It’s okay to skip today, because I’m going to do this tomorrow”
4. Lack of control loophole — “I can’t help myself”
5. Planning to fail loophole, formerly known as the “Apparently irrelevant decision loophole”
6. “This doesn’t count” loophole – “I’m on vacation” “I’m sick” “It’s the weekend”
7. Questionable assumption loophole
8. Concern for others loophole — “I can’t do this because it might make other people uncomfortable”
9. Fake self-actualization loophole – “You only live once! Embrace the moment!”
10. One-coin loophole –“What difference does it make if I break my habit this one time?”

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I use all 10!

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INSPIRATIONAL: Kurt Vonnegut’s advice

Thursday, March 6, 2014

http://www.lettersofnote.com/2014/02/ladies-gentlemen-of-ad-2088.html

Friday, 21 February 2014
Ladies & Gentlemen of A.D. 2088

Kurt Vonnegut

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Reduce and stabilize your population.
Stop poisoning the air, the water, and the topsoil.
Stop preparing for war and start dealing with your real problems.
Teach your kids, and yourselves, too, while you’re at it, how to inhabit a small planet without helping to kill it.
Stop thinking science can fix anything if you give it a trillion dollars.
Stop thinking your grandchildren will be OK no matter how wasteful or destructive you may be, since they can go to a nice new planet on a spaceship. That is really mean, and stupid.
And so on. Or else.

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Maybe we can start a KICKSTARTER project to get off this rock?

(My belief is that Gooferment keeps us on this plantation!)

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INSPIRATIONAL: A Valentine’s Day YOUTUBE

Friday, February 14, 2014

http://youtu.be/zUrqEoeJ1DA

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INSPIRATIONAL: 75 Q’s; zero answers

Thursday, January 23, 2014

http://www.lyved.com/life/75-questions-to-ask-yourself/

75 questions to ask yourself

An old proverb says, “He that cannot ask cannot live.” If you want answers you have to ask questions. These are 75 questions you should ask yourself and try to answer. You can ask yourself these questions right now and over the course of your life.
1. Why not me?
2. Am I nice?
3. Am I doing what I really want to do?
4. What am I grateful for?
5. What’s missing in my life?
6. Am I honest?
7. Do I listen to others?
8. Do I work hard?
9. Do I help others?
10. What do I need to change about myself?
11. Have I hurt others?
12. Do I complain?
13. What’s next for me?
14. Do I have fun?
15. Have I seized opportunities?
16. Do I care about others?
17. Do I spend enough time with my family?
18. Am I open-minded?
19. Have I seen enough of the world?
20. Do I judge others?
21. Do I take risks?
22. What is my purpose?
23. What is my biggest fear?
24. How can I conquer that fear?
25. Do I thank people enough?
26. Am I successful?
27. What am I ashamed of?
28. Do I annoy others?
29. What are my dreams?
30. Am I positive?
31. Am I negative?
32. Is there an afterlife?
33. Does everything happen for a reason?
34. What can I do to change the world?
35. What is the most foolish thing I’ve ever done?
36. Am I cheap?
37. Am I greedy?
38. Who do I love?
39. Who do I want to meet?
40. Where do I want to go?
41. What am I most proud of?
42. Do I care what others think about me?
43. What are my talents?
44. Do I utilize those talents?
45. What makes me happy?
46. What makes me sad?
47. What makes me angry?
48. Am I satisfied with my appearance?
49. Am I healthy?
50. What was the toughest time in my life?
51. What was the easiest time in my life?
52. Am I selfish?
53. What was the craziest thing I did?
54. What is the craziest thing I want to do?
55. Do I procrastinate?
56. What is my greatest regret?
57. What has had the greatest impact on my life?
58. Who has had the greatest impact on my life?
59. Do I stand up for myself?
60. Have I settled for mediocrity?
61. Do I hold grudges?
62. Do I read enough?
63. Do I listen to my heart?
64. Do I donate enough to the less fortunate?
65. Do I pray only when I want something?
66. Do I constantly dwell on the past?
67. Do I let other people’s negativity affect me?
68. Do I forgive myself?
69. When I help someone do I think “What’s in it for me”?
70. Am I aware that someone always has it worse than me?
71. Do I smile more than I frown?
72. Do I surround myself with good people?
73. Do I take time out for myself?
74. Do I ask enough questions?
75. What other questions do I have?

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Someday I might share my answers.

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INSPIRATIONAL: Then, at the very bottom in the toe, was a …

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2013/tle750-20131222-03.html

My Perfect Christmas
by Susan Callaway (AKA MamaLiberty)
mamaliberty@rtconnect.net
Special to L. Neil Smith’s The Libertarian Enterprise

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In later years my mother often told us how she and Virginia mixed together the last remaining bread, milk, eggs and sugar with a few raisins and some cinnamon. They put it into the oven with a prayer, and we said our usual prayer of thanks before we ate it. Only the adults knew that those were the last morsels of food left in the house and that none of them had any idea when or how they would be able to get anything else until the next pension check came in on the first. I can only imagine their agony—and their faith.

Christmas morning broke clear and very cold. The snow wasn’t deep, but it stretched unbroken for many miles in every direction. We certainly didn’t anticipate company, but up the road came the county snowplow with a lone blue car behind it. The county never plowed the road by our house, so it was a mystery until the car pulled into our driveway.

Out popped Virginia’s mother! She had shamed the plowman into making a path for her, and he helped her unload boxes of groceries and other things. The children were too busy to notice, however, because we each had a wonderful felt stocking full of nuts, candy and a few small toys. Then, at the very bottom in the toe, was a huge shining orange! Those were worth their weight in gold then and had been very rare in our lives to that point. I can’t begin to tell you what it meant to us as we jealously watched our orange peeled and then savored each drop of the golden fruit.

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Indeed, a Merry to everyone.

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INSPIRATIONAL: I like ‘redneck engineering’

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

http://www.technologyreview.com/news/522371/how-remote-places-can-get-cellular-coverage-by-doing-it-themselves/

COMMUNICATIONS NEWS 4 COMMENTS
How Remote Places Can Get Cellular Coverage by Doing It Themselves
With Swedish telephone numbers and a tree-bound base station, a remote Indonesian village runs its own telecommunications company.

By David Talbot on December 11, 2013

WHY IT MATTERS

Much of the world still lacks even basic cellular access.

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A four-hour drive from the nearest cellular coverage in the remote highlands of Papua, Indonesia, a new kind of guerilla telecom network is operating, albeit outside the law, using a cheap base station roped into a treetop.

The technology could provide a new model for self-managed “last mile” mobile coverage in the world’s hardest-to-reach areas, where traditional top-down telecommunications business models don’t work.

The project was set up by a team from the University of California, Berkeley. The resulting network is now operated by a tiny stand-alone telecommunications company run by a local NGO, with a laptop for local billing and a satellite connection to the rest of the world. The network relies on Swedish phone numbers because no local telecommunications company would provide them.

“It’s a telco-in-a-box that we put in a tree,” says Kurtis Heimerl, a developer at Range Networks and grad student at UC Berkeley who led the project. “It’s a demonstration that these populations can profitably and sustainably manage their own networks. We don’t need telcos to do this; these communities can do this by themselves.”

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The system includes some elements of “redneck engineering,” Cutrell says. “They just hauled a base station up into the tree and roped it in, and they’ve got a signal.”

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INSPIRATIONAL: Different designs that are uplifting

Friday, December 6, 2013

http://www.inc.com/worlds-coolest-offices/tiny-offices.html?ps01904cubicles

The Coolest Cubicles in the World
BY CAROLYN CUTRONE , CHRISTINE LAGORIO-CHAFKIN AND ERIC MARKOWITZ

Small is beautiful–and efficient. These freestanding pods, domes, and workstations are so artfully designed and ecologically sound that one might wonder: Is this the future of work?

Turns out, the future of the cubicle isn’t very square at all. Some of the coolest small-office spaces in the world–for the workplace or the home–have indoor plexiglass spheres that dampen phone-call noise or outdoor polygons with triangular windows.

Here’s a look at all nine of Inc.’s favorites.

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Some very neat designs. 

Maybe when I get to New Hampshire?

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INSPIRATIONAL: Mandella — a conumdrum

Friday, December 6, 2013

FROM EMAIL

On Thu, Dec 5, 2013 at 6:43 PM, X wrote:

You have a statement for your blog?

 

On Thursday, December 5, 2013 11:51 PM, I wrote:

Why? He’s a symbol who went a little nuts in his old age. Probably not without reason. (i.e., torture)

 

On Fri, Dec 6, 2013 at 9:02 AM, X wrote:

It’s just that when famous people die, you usually write a short eulogy on your blog. See, someone is reading your blog!

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So Mandella was an admitted “communist”, but if I was in prison for 27 years, i’d be nuttier than I am now.

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http://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynski/7-nelson-mandela-quotes-you-probably-wont-see-in-the-us-medi

7 Nelson Mandela Quotes You Probably Won’t See In The U.S. Media
The former South African president, who died Thursday, was a revolutionary and a deep skeptic of American power.
posted on December 6, 2013 at 10:08am EST
Andrew Kaczynski

7. On the U.S. war with Iraq:

“If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America. They don’t care for human beings.”
Via cbsnews.com

6. On Israel:

“Israel should withdraw from all the areas which it won from the Arabs in 1967, and in particular Israel should withdraw completely from the Golan Heights, from south Lebanon and from the West Bank.”
Via jweekly.com

5. On the U.S. war with Iraq:

“All that (Mr. Bush) wants is Iraqi oil.”
Via cbsnews.com

4. Mandela on Castro and the Cuban revolution:

“From its earliest days, the Cuban Revolution has also been a source of
inspiration to all freedom-loving people. We admire the sacrifices of the Cuban people in maintaining their independence and sovereignty in the face of the vicious imperialist-orquestrated campaign to destroy the impressive gain made in the Cuban Revolution. … Long live the Cuban Revolution. Long live comrade Fidel Castro.”
Via lanic.utexas.edu

3. Mandela on Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi, his longtime supporter:

“It is our duty to give support to the brother leader … especially in regards to the sanctions which are not hitting just him, they are hitting the ordinary masses of the people … our African brothers and sisters.”
Via finalcall.com

2. On the U.S. preparing to invade Iraq in a 2002 interview with Newsweek:

“If you look at those matters, you will come to the conclusion that the attitude of the United States of America is a threat to world peace.”
Via newsweek.com

1. On a Palestinian state:

“The UN took a strong stand against apartheid; and over the years, an international consensus was built, which helped to bring an end to this iniquitous system. But we know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians.”
Via cbsnews.com

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INSPIRATIONAL: Google’s self-driving car

Sunday, December 1, 2013

http://www.impactlab.net/2013/11/28/burkhard-bilger-on-googles-self-driving-car/

November 28th, 2013 at 9:28 am
Burkhard Bilger on Google’s self-driving car

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The reality was so close that he could envision each step: The first cars coming to market in five to ten years. Their numbers few at first—strange beasts on a new continent—relying on sensors to get the lay of the land, mapping territory street by street. Then spreading, multiplying, sharing maps and road conditions, accident alerts and traffic updates; moving in packs, drafting off one another to save fuel, dropping off passengers and picking them up, just as Brin had imagined. For once it didn’t seem like a fantasy. “If you look at my track record, I usually do something for two years and then I want to leave,” Levandowski said. “I’m a first-mile kind of guy—the guy who rushes the beach at Normandy, then lets other people fortify it. But I want to see this through. What we’ve done so far is cool; it’s scientifically interesting; but it hasn’t changed people’s lives.”

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A long read but well worth the time.

Maybe in my lifetime?

It would be nice to be driven!

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INSPIRATIONAL: The second arrow

Thursday, October 17, 2013

http://feeds.feedburner.com/TheAtlantic

Earlier that day, our meditation teacher had suggested we avoid what she called the “Second Arrow.” In a classic sutra, the Buddha had said that if someone shoots you in the foot, don’t pick up the bow and shoot yourself in the foot again. Don’t make your suffering worse, in other words, by arguing with what’s so. That’s a Second Arrow. Accept pain. Don’t criticize yourself, or others, for feeling pain: that is a Second Arrow. Don’t regret what cannot be changed, or try to predict what cannot be known. By throwing their complex machinery into the path of death, my father’s doctors had shot my parents with a Second Arrow. And by trying too hard to shield my parents from suffering, I might be shooting myself—and them—with a Second Arrow as well.

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INSPIRATIONAL: God is My Co-pilot

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

http://news.slashdot.org/story/13/10/09/2050247/passenger-lands-plane-after-pilot-collapses-and-dies-at-the-controls?utm_source=rss1.0mainlinkanon&utm_medium=feed

Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes
“NBC reports that flying instructors at Humberside Airport, near the city of Hull in northeast England, told a passenger who had never flown before how to land a four-seater Cessna 172 after the pilot collapsed and died at the controls. Passenger John Wildey explained to air traffic controllers that he had no flying experience and that the pilot could not control the plane. ‘It came down with a bump, a bump, a bump, hit the front end down, I heard some crashing and it’s come to a halt,’ said Stuart Sykes. ‘There were a few sparks and three or four crashes, that must have been the propeller hitting the floor. Then it uprighted again and it came to a stop.’ Roads around the airport were closed while two incoming flights to the airport, from Scotland and the Netherlands, were delayed as a result of the incident. The passenger took four passes of the runway, and there were cheers from the control tower when it finally came to a halt on the ground. ‘For somebody who is not a pilot but has been around airfields and been a passenger on several occasions to take control is nothing short of phenomenal,” said Richard Tomlinson. “He made quite a good landing, actually,’ added flight instructor Murray. ‘He didn’t know the layout of the airplane. He didn’t have lights on so he was absolutely flying blind as well.’”

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This is inspiring to me. And reminds me of “God is My Co-pilot”!

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INSPIRATIONAL: Self-stabilizing Spoon

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

http://hackaday.com/2013/10/05/self-stabilizing-spoon-for-people-with-parkinsons/

Self-stabilizing Spoon for People with Parkinson’s

October 5, 2013 By James Hobson

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What a great engineering job.

Well done!

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INSPIRATIONAL: Who knows what the tide could bring?

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

http://www.artofmanliness.com/2013/09/18/lessons-in-manliness-the-hobbit/

Lessons in Manliness: The Hobbit
by JEREMY ANDERBERG on SEPTEMBER 18, 2013

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4. To simply continue on is one of the bravest things that can be done. Near the end of the story, Bilbo is in the mountain and ready to gaze upon the dragon that is guarding the lost treasure. He’s alone, and in the dark (seems to be a common setting, doesn’t it?). He could see the glow of the dragon’s fire, but not the dragon himself. “It was at this point Bilbo stopped. Going on from there was the bravest thing he ever did. The tremendous things that happened afterwards were as nothing compared to it. He fought the real battle in the tunnel alone, before he ever saw the vast danger that lay in wait.”

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I can empathize with that.

One foot in front of another.

“You can’t be afraid. It’s not right to be afraid. It’s as if you don’t trust the Lord with our lives. I’m not a big Bible Banger, but it seems rude to joggle God’s elbow. Like a little kid, who has no concept of what is happening.” — character “John” in CHURCH 10●19●62 Volume 2 Page 206

“I’ve lost her all over again. I’m so sad that I don’t have her. But I’m so grateful that she was with me on that island. And I know what I have to do now. I gotta keep breathing. Because tomorrow the sun will rise. Who knows what the tide could bring?” Chuck Noland (Tom Hanks) in “Cast Away” (2000)

One foot in front of the other.

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INSPIRATIONAL: “Do what you love”

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

http://www.jamesaltucher.com/2013/09/how-to-do-what-you-love/

HOW TO DO WHAT YOU LOVE

Posted by James Altucher

Smile

 

Martin Luther King nominated Thich Nhat Hanh for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967 and he’s a buddhist monk and peace activist.

And when he was standing right in front of me tonight I was blown away by what he said.

We went to an opening for an exhibit of his calligraphy.

He looked like a child. He smiled like a child. He talked like a little boy. It was almost funny to look at.

Here’s some things he either said or drew that I learned from.

How to Do What You Love.

He starts his day with tea, he said. And he loves calligraphy. So he puts the tea in the ink and starts his drawing.

Funny, I thought. He combines the things he loves. But then he went further.

{Extraneous Deleted}

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What can I say but he is light years ahead of me on the curve of human experience.

I’d love to meet the Pope, the Dali Lama, and Thich Nhat Han.

Only to listen.

Maybe I’d collect a “pearl”.

If I didn’t, I’d still treasure the experience.

Let me add Taylor Swift, Dolly Parton, Reba, and Cher to that list.

But in their case, it’s more about the experience than the wisdom.

#tswift13 #tswift

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INSPIRATIONAL: What’s?

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Stopping You

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INSPIRATIONAL: The mooculus — Massive Open Online Course

Friday, September 6, 2013

http://science.slashdot.org/story/13/08/31/0140232/ohio-state-introduces-massive-open-online-calculus?utm_source=rss1.0mainlinkanon&utm_medium=feed

Ohio State Introduces Massive Open Online Calculus
Posted by timothy on Friday August 30, 2013 @10:27PM
from the back-to-school-special dept.

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An anonymous reader writes
“Professors at the Ohio State University are embracing MOOCs, with a Massive Open Online Calculus Course — it is completely open source; everything is on github. There is are free videos, free online assessment system, and a free textbook!”

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https://mooculus.osu.edu/handouts

The mooculus textbook

Reading a math textbook is not quite the same as reading a novel—math is even more fun! To read mathematics, you need to bring a bit more than just the textbook to the table: you should also bring

a pen,
plenty of blank paper, and
courage to write everything down.
As you read mathematics, you must work along side of the text itself. You must write down each expression, sketch each graph, and think—always think!—about just what you are doing. You should work examples and fill in the details. Like all great things, this is no easy task.

You can begin reading now by downloading the textbook.

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Does this portend the death of the bloated College and University system?

One can certainly see where “Credit by Examination” with supplement or at least minimize “Yack in the Box” meme. Attendence is no longer the proxy for achievement.

“Yes, welcome to Injineering Skrule. We’ve examined your test results and here are the courses you need, examinations you must pass, and projects you must complete to get our diploma that will tell folks you know something.”

Wow. What a change. Paradigm shift. Meme change!

Argh!

Glad I’m old. With that new paradigm / meme, there’d be no time for drinking and girls.

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INSPIRATIONAL: five secrets to making a fool out of my self

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2013/08/5-secrets-to-public-speaking/

5 Secrets to Public Speaking
by Washingtons Blog – August 24th, 2013, 1:30am

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There are five secrets to giving a successful talk or presentation:

(1) Energy

(2) Harness your nerves

(3) Fake It ‘Till You Make It

(4) Future Pacing, and

(5) Preparation

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This comes along at a perfect time. I’m been asked to speak to a group of young adults. 

I guess I have fooled the inviter into thinking I have some special insight, skill or whiz dumb to impart.

Hence I guess I’ll have to do #3 until I have some sort of Epiphany?

My mantra for this is: “Networking, Burn Rate, …. and what else”.

From the pov of a fat old white guy injineer.

Argh!

I can feel the “energy” flowing now.

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INSPIRATIONAL: Rurbanite?

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/how-to-make-your-own-seed-bombs.html

How to Make Your Own Seed Bombs
Gardenista
August 10, 2013
10:00 am

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Guerrilla gardening may use the language of civilian warfare, but floral beauty is the uniting cause. Gardening without permission is another way of describing these activities: not strictly legal but filed away by the authorities under the category of “What’s not to like?” Alex Mitchell in her book The Rurbanite shows the editors of Gardenista how to make seed bombs, using guerrilla tactics to spread cheer.

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For some reason this appeals to the rebel in my soul.

Even if you never see the flowers, someone else will.

This is almost karmic. Or aka something I could see “Dharma” doing. (Obsure reference to Janna Elfman from “Dharma and Greg”! http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118303/ @jennaelfman)

Maybe I’ll do this when I go to Alaska?

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INSPIRATIONAL: Don’t get old.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/10-steps-to-a-happier-life.html

10 Steps to a Happier Life
Jordyn Cormier
August 3, 2013

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Don’t get old. Getting old means abandoning your creative instincts. It means stressing more. It means being serious all the time. But, there are many ninety-year-olds with who certainly don’t act “old.” Being young and creative is a state of mind, regardless of age. And creativity is the fuel of happiness. So, go lie in the grass and pick out shapes in the clouds. Roll around if you want to. It is perfectly alright, regardless of what society has lead you to believe.

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We’re it just that easy. 

Sorry, but when you become “tired” of the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, what is left?

I’ve often thought that since you can’t go back, you must go forward. But then I think of the guy lost in the forest wandering in circles, defeating the best efforts of the rescue party by not letting himself be found.

Strange world we live in. 

But I did like the author’s advice about “Have a beer”.

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INSPIRATIONAL: Shower Hooks?

Saturday, July 27, 2013

I take my inspiration from funny places.

This morning when I took my daily shower, I noticed that the the shower curtain was fraying at the bottom. 

Badly. 

Too badly to ignore.

(Our Girl loved the shower curtain. And, was looking for the identical replacement. Don’t know what it was but I hated to change it.)

So a while ago I bought a frivolous one to replace it, when I bought one for the new condo. For some reason, I only bought one set of hooks.

Later my excuse for not replacing “her” curtain was didn’t have hooks.

So then today, I said “hey, time to replace before you trip on it.” (TBBT: The lack of adhesive ducks with umbrellas!) 

So I counted the hooks on the old one and the holes on the new one.

Equal.

Who decided how many hooks go on a shower curtain?

So no excuse, I replaced it.

Yeah for me.

Small steps slowly taken?

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INSPIRATIONAL: Schools kill creativity

Saturday, June 29, 2013

http://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity.html

Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity

Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity. 

Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson challenges the way we’re educating our children. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence.

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Another “don’t miss” TED talk.

I always criticize Gooferment Skrules because they are immoral, ineffective, and inefficient.

Here’s someone saying that what “school” deliver is not right for the future of humanity.

Can “We, The People” change?

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INSPIRATIONAL: Dr. Terry Wahls advocates for Paleo diet

Thursday, June 27, 2013

http://youtu.be/KLjgBLwH3Wc

Minding Your Mitochondria: Dr. Terry Wahls at TEDxIowaCity
TEDxTalks

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17 minutes

Astonishing results by a medical doctor in her own care.

Call it confirmation bias for me as it “confirms” an opinion I have that I have lost weight on Paleo. And could stand to lose even more if a I was a better eater.

I have basically given up pizza. Now if I could just give up beer.

For the most part, I’m down to one or two cups of coffee per day. I never drink soda any more. And, I take a lot of vitamins.

We’ll see if it makes a difference.

Next big hurdle is beer. Gotta give that up; substitute some red wine instead.

Argh!

Any way. Watch this TED talk and tell me I’m missing something?

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INSPIRATIONAL: Views — memes and paradigms

Saturday, June 22, 2013

https://penzu.com

“The man who views the world at fifty the same as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.”

– Muhammad Ali

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When I think of myself thirty years ago, my views today are different — some the same; some vastly different.

I’ve always been pro-life, but that has matured to be an anti-death penalty anti-war pro-choice pro-lifer. (The Gooferment has made this a polarizing issue. While I believe we have to preserve and value life, but not by force. It has to be done by moral persuasion. Winning the hearts and minds of our fellow humans. Certainly not by diktats and guns.)

I was pro-government; now I’m some sort of a little L libertarian that hates Gooferment!

Those are the two big memes that have morphed.

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