Monthly Archives: August 2009

Education Needs to Be Turned on Its Head

Zen Habits has a post saying  Education Needs to Be Turned on Its Head.  I agree with a lot of the points in this post.  We thought about homeschooling / unschooling our kids, but we felt that they would miss … Continue reading

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Blizzard loves and/or hates Alts.

Kinless has a good post on  Blizzard loves and/or hates Alts. « Kinless Chronicles.  It does seem a little odd that with all the effort Blizzard has gone to to promote alts, they have refused thus far to provide any … Continue reading

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Alternate marketing slogans for Windows 7

These slogans amuse me: Really, it’s better this time. We swear. Because owning a Mac is just one step away from drinking lattes at a Green Party tweetup. Come on! It’s not that complicated. We shower, and we don’t wear … Continue reading

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Stanza: a Revolution in Reading

I’ve found Stanza to be a very good ebook reader for our iPod Touch. Connecting to ebook sites has been fairly painless and once the connection is established downloading books is trivial.  The user interface is simple to figure out … Continue reading

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Music for 10K Training

After finishing the Couch to 5k program, I decided that I wanted to keep going.  After looking around a bit I decided on Podrunner: Intervals – Free Workout Music for 10K Training.  I’m currently about halfway through and I like … Continue reading

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Merlin Mann on Getting Creative Things Done

I found this talk very inspiring: Merlin Mann on Getting Creative Things Done – Boing Boing.  The Sound of Young America The part I particularly liked was: you already have what you need to do the creative work you’re dreaming … Continue reading

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FotoSketcher Turns Your Photos into Paintings

I’ve played around with this a little and it’s a fun tool:  FotoSketcher Turns Your Photos into Paintings – Featured Windows Download – Lifehacker.  What I want to do is find some good photos of the kids and use this … Continue reading

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Surprising science of motivation

Dan Pink on the surprising science of motivation | Video on TED.com. Near the end of his talk, he identifies three elements for intrinsic motivation: Autonomy – the urge to direct our own lives Mastery – the desire to get … Continue reading

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Gene May Determine How Much Sleep You Need

Apparently it’s my genes’ fault that I need tons of sleep: Gene May Determine How Much Sleep You Need : NPR.  I wonder if there are genes that help push people toward being morning people or night people?  Picture this … Continue reading

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Thoughts on The Guild

After seeing the Do You Wanna Date My Avatar?  video I watched the first two seasons of The Guild.  I was very disappointed in the show.  The implication seems to be that if you play an MMO you are a … Continue reading

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Organizing hair styling doo-dads

This is a great tip: Get a tackle box for storing hair doo-dads!  Ask Unclutterer: Organizing hair styling doo-dads | Unclutterer.  Even at this stage my dear daughter has taken over a good chunk of our bathroom shelving with her … Continue reading

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Square Circle Spiral

How’s this for a weird optical illusion?  All the squares are in circles and not in a spiral. Square Circle Spiral | Bad Astronomy | Discover Magazine.

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The Ancient History Learning Guide

Open Culture has an Ancient History Learning Guide up that looks fascinating.   One of the things I enjoy most about reading history is how much and how little has changed.  It seems to me that  people have not changed a … Continue reading

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Where We Fish

Tim Howgego has a very detailed post on fishing in WoW: Where We Fish.  I’m surprised that fishing is even 1/4 as popular as battlegrounds given all the work Blizzard has put into promoting battlegrounds.   I’ve spent a lot of … Continue reading

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Do You Wanna Date My Avatar?

This video amused me.  I had watched the first episode or two of The Guild and the humor struck me as the kind where you laugh at someone being embarrassed.  That kind of humor leaves me feeling slightly queasy rather … Continue reading

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My active imagination…

Exold: #1308: My active imagination, combined with both broad and deep knowledge of what I know and what I do not know, allows me to see a dozen possible futures with great clarity. In certain circumstances, this ability is very … Continue reading

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Turtles All the Way Down!

My paladin was out fishing for Dragonfin to finish skilling up cooking when I got this lovely bonus!  It just so happened that this was the same toon I’d gotten Speedy on.  I made Alec’s day to see the mama … Continue reading

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The Spelling Society : Spelling poems.

This collection of poems highlighting some of the eccentricities of the English language amused me: The Spelling Society : Spelling poems. Examples such as these remind me of the arbitrariness of language.   It seems that natural languages have almost as … Continue reading

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Outrage and Art

Jason Henninger has a good post on Outrage and Art – how does disagreeing with an author’s views color your reaction to their work? When an author has views I disagree with vehemently, I find it difficult to enjoy their … Continue reading

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Effective Nailing Techniques

If you think you’re good with tools, watch this guy!  Effective Nailing Techniques – Fine Homebuilding.

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