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2015-02-09 20:17:55 (14 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

I wish I had a chalkboard

This semester, I have been plagued with tech issues in the classroom where I teach.  The students have been good sports about it, but it's getting old and throws me off a bit when it comes to presenting information (I like a combination of in-class demos, videos, lectures, powerpoint, discussions, etc. that require ease of moving back and forth.)

sigh

Alas, no chalkboard in the room, but we do have a whiteboard and markers.

Anyway, here's a bit of Simpsons humor related to old school chalkboards:
http://www.avclub.com/article/heres-every-single-thing-bart-simpson-ever-wrote-o-69468

Enjoy!

Most reshares: 25

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2015-05-22 18:49:58 (12 comments, 25 reshares, 149 +1s)Open 

Shake it Off

This is very clever and well done (and well performed). 

 Shake it off  _Supernatural_  style with a bonus bit of dancing from the cast and crew, including Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki , Mark Pellegrino, Rob Benedict and others

http://www.ew.com/article/2015/05/21/supernatural-cast-dances-shake-it-hillywood-show-parody  
That said, not everything can be shaken off.  "May is Mental Health Awareness Month - if you, or anyone you know, is struggling, please visit http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ "

Most plusones: 149

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2015-05-22 18:49:58 (12 comments, 25 reshares, 149 +1s)Open 

Shake it Off

This is very clever and well done (and well performed). 

 Shake it off  _Supernatural_  style with a bonus bit of dancing from the cast and crew, including Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki , Mark Pellegrino, Rob Benedict and others

http://www.ew.com/article/2015/05/21/supernatural-cast-dances-shake-it-hillywood-show-parody  
That said, not everything can be shaken off.  "May is Mental Health Awareness Month - if you, or anyone you know, is struggling, please visit http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ "

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2015-08-27 18:33:34 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Bow Ties are Cool

Feeling geeky today?  ___Bow Ties are Cool

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2015-08-24 21:44:04 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Back to School Prep

Though many schools, universities, and colleges are already in full swing, some still wait until after Labor Day to begin.  I teach summer school and am always looking for opportunities to create new, interesting ways to teach the courses I am assigned (which usually involve writing, scientific thinking, stats, research methods and other courses that are important foundational courses)

Today, to prepare for my spring (of 2016) class, I visited Eagle Magic Shop (http://eaglemagicstore.com/) and had a wonderful conversation with the talented Mr.  Larry Kahlow.  If you are looking for someone who loves what he does and takes great pride in the skill and precision required of his trade, you might want to look him up. 

My husband (who is ever so slightly creeped out by magic and magicians, but thinks that conscientious people who do their job wellare ... more »

Back to School Prep

Though many schools, universities, and colleges are already in full swing, some still wait until after Labor Day to begin.  I teach summer school and am always looking for opportunities to create new, interesting ways to teach the courses I am assigned (which usually involve writing, scientific thinking, stats, research methods and other courses that are important foundational courses)

Today, to prepare for my spring (of 2016) class, I visited Eagle Magic Shop (http://eaglemagicstore.com/) and had a wonderful conversation with the talented Mr.  Larry Kahlow.  If you are looking for someone who loves what he does and takes great pride in the skill and precision required of his trade, you might want to look him up. 

My husband (who is ever so slightly creeped out by magic and magicians, but thinks that conscientious people who do their job well are AWESOME) loved talking with Mr. Kahlow, as did I.  I think I am going to suggest that my friend visit this shop with her son. 

Cheers to the talented people who know their trade and take pride and pleasure in their work___

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2015-08-19 13:32:45 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Another for my correlation = causation lecture :-)

thanks to +Sandy B  :-)

Correlation is not causation..... but here is a funny look at it...___Another for my correlation = causation lecture :-)

thanks to +Sandy B  :-)

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2015-08-18 21:25:33 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

This is really neat-looking ceramics (yes, ceramics!)

___This is really neat-looking ceramics (yes, ceramics!)

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2015-08-18 15:48:06 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

für die Leute, die Deutsche verstehen

I fondly remember learning this word from my politically-minded high school German teacher.

with a shout out to +Bearman Cartoons  for the vocab lesson/ artwork

Today's word to help you better understand German is RATHAUS

http://beartoons.com/2015/08/17/understanding-german-rathaus/___für die Leute, die Deutsche verstehen

I fondly remember learning this word from my politically-minded high school German teacher.

with a shout out to +Bearman Cartoons  for the vocab lesson/ artwork

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2015-08-07 21:41:13 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Friday Funny

And, to be fair, we don't REALLY know Doc Brown's background...

Friday Funny

And, to be fair, we don't REALLY know Doc Brown's background...___

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2015-08-06 20:58:07 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

some words of wisdom regarding treating other people with respect

via +Kimberly Chapman ,

___some words of wisdom regarding treating other people with respect

via +Kimberly Chapman ,

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2015-08-05 18:11:13 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

What Does it Take to Change Someone's Mind ?

Knowing is half the battle.

Cool findings from +John Hummel  and his colleagues at uiuc.   Researchers at the University of Illinois-UC explored the effects of an intervention on participants' strongly-held beliefs. 

I hope these effects are long-lasting because I just love it people can use high-quality information to change erroneously held beliefs about topics.

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-08/uoia-sic072915.php

What Does it Take to Change Someone's Mind ?

Knowing is half the battle.

Cool findings from +John Hummel  and his colleagues at uiuc.   Researchers at the University of Illinois-UC explored the effects of an intervention on participants' strongly-held beliefs. 

I hope these effects are long-lasting because I just love it people can use high-quality information to change erroneously held beliefs about topics.

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-08/uoia-sic072915.php___

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2015-07-29 19:59:35 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Summer Fun

(nerd version) with a shout out to +Joanne Manaster  for sharing

So much goodness! !!___Summer Fun

(nerd version) with a shout out to +Joanne Manaster  for sharing

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2015-07-29 00:35:42 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

This is a neat story about dogs helping kids:
http://www.vet.upenn.edu/about/news-and-events/press-releases/article/best-friends-bash-2015

This is a neat story about dogs helping kids:
http://www.vet.upenn.edu/about/news-and-events/press-releases/article/best-friends-bash-2015___

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2015-07-09 20:19:21 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Enjoy the Effort and the Challenges

they are also the rewards

I wish I could share this with every single student who ever was and will Be

So my morning routine now starts off with making the #growthmindset  meme for the day, and the easiest way to do that is by going to Twitter, looking at the growthmindset hashtag stream (which, except for some stupid business spam, is a very nice stream!) until I find a quote or something I want to use to make the meme. If I don't find a quote quickly, I just grab a quote I already have on file just in case. Then I make the meme, post at blog, share back at Twitter, pin to Pinterest, and upload to Flickr. It takes about 10 minutes or so, and it is such a nice way to spend my coffee time! I don't always remember to come back around and post at Google+ but here's the one for today. I probably won't be able to keep that routine up every morning when school starts, but I should have accumulated enough growth mindset stuff by the time school starts to do a growth mindset thing in my announcements every single day. That's the goal! 
http://growthmindsetmemes.blogspot.com/2015/07/english-enjoy-effort-and-keep-on.html ... #OpenTeachingOU  ___Enjoy the Effort and the Challenges

they are also the rewards

I wish I could share this with every single student who ever was and will Be

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2015-07-07 00:31:31 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Storing for later (in the hopes of making this for National Ice Cream Day)

A cute, fun, easy cupcake presentation idea: http://www.mycakeschool.com/blog/ice-cream-cone-cupcakes/

With the caveat that you should not cut the cone towards your hand as shown in the video because stabbing is owie.

And of course if serving to small children, skip the curled floral wire part.  You can make an easy, edible stem with a vermicelli noodle instead, painted with food colouring to match the cherry.___Storing for later (in the hopes of making this for National Ice Cream Day)

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2015-07-03 00:43:34 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

this is cool, but I do worry that the monster under the bed bites...

Kick Insomnia
I'll have to remember this trick when I travel. I get insomnia when I travel. I found this via Shankar Vedantam on Twitter. I always enjoy his tidbits on +NPR. Check out the video to learn how your arteriovenous anastomoses could help you sleep.
#ScienceEveryday  ___this is cool, but I do worry that the monster under the bed bites...

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2015-06-25 20:42:01 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

For Scifi (dr. Who) fans who have kids who love minions:

http://www.zap2it.com/blogs/minions_doctor_who_tardis_back_in_time-2015-06

For Scifi (dr. Who) fans who have kids who love minions:

http://www.zap2it.com/blogs/minions_doctor_who_tardis_back_in_time-2015-06___

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2015-06-22 19:20:45 (4 comments, 3 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Every wonder about those plastic flamingos that are often found in someone's yard? 

They were created by an artist named Don Featherstone, and he received an Ig Nobel Prize (in art) for his work. 

He recently passed away, but you can read more about him and his creativity here:
http://www.improbable.com/2015/06/22/sad-news-don-featherstone-creator-of-the-plastic-pink-flamingo-died-today/

Every wonder about those plastic flamingos that are often found in someone's yard? 

They were created by an artist named Don Featherstone, and he received an Ig Nobel Prize (in art) for his work. 

He recently passed away, but you can read more about him and his creativity here:
http://www.improbable.com/2015/06/22/sad-news-don-featherstone-creator-of-the-plastic-pink-flamingo-died-today/___

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2015-06-13 21:40:36 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Measurement Matters

with a shout out to +Dena Ricketts  for the post!

gigglesnort___Measurement Matters

with a shout out to +Dena Ricketts  for the post!

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2015-06-12 23:33:10 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

THIS may be why I have a crush on Mark Ruffalo. 

Talent and a sense of humor -- always sexy!  Good for him for the work he does.

http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/d22gs4/mark-ruffalo

THIS may be why I have a crush on Mark Ruffalo. 

Talent and a sense of humor -- always sexy!  Good for him for the work he does.

http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/d22gs4/mark-ruffalo___

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2015-06-11 20:23:11 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Juggling Some Crafty Summer Ideas

This is a bit of a TBT for me since many many years ago I learned to juggle with juggling balls made from a design that was quite similar to those in the video. 

I worked as a counselor in a day camp while I was going to school, and one of the week-long programs was juggling.  I was assigned to the group because juggling is challenging and you don't really learn how to do it well in a single day (it takes lots and lots of practice!) , so the director of the camp liked that I had a "we're all in this together and should just keep trying" kind of attitude that prevented the young campers from getting too frustrated. 

And speaking of throw back Thursday: the kids who were in that camp have probably long since graduated from college by now. Sigh

a shout out to +Kimberly Chapman  for sharing this andbringing... more »

I think Peo will probably want to make some of these...the trick is that Robin will want them and will bite them, so we can't let her have them.  Hrm.  Maybe this is a next-year project...___Juggling Some Crafty Summer Ideas

This is a bit of a TBT for me since many many years ago I learned to juggle with juggling balls made from a design that was quite similar to those in the video. 

I worked as a counselor in a day camp while I was going to school, and one of the week-long programs was juggling.  I was assigned to the group because juggling is challenging and you don't really learn how to do it well in a single day (it takes lots and lots of practice!) , so the director of the camp liked that I had a "we're all in this together and should just keep trying" kind of attitude that prevented the young campers from getting too frustrated. 

And speaking of throw back Thursday: the kids who were in that camp have probably long since graduated from college by now. Sigh

a shout out to +Kimberly Chapman  for sharing this and bringing back that memory from so long ago! 

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2015-06-04 16:18:59 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

For those about to start summer

The Heat is On

finally

After such a long winter for many of us in the U.S. , spring has sprung and the hot, sunny days of summer will soon follow.  With the carefree days of summer come some dangers that parents should be aware of:

http://www.parents.com/blogs/parents-perspective/2014/05/09/health/8-safety-rules-you-may-think-you-dont-need/

Kids, pets, older adults, and even plants.

Don't leave anything alive in your parked car.  The temperature can get extreme and dangerous in a shockingly short period of time, as this article from Pediatrics suggests:
http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/116/1/e109.full

The first link also gives some helpful suggestions as to how to be particularly mindful that you don't accidently make this mistake. 

Yes, there are neglectful parents who don't care about the well being of their children, but most parents who leave their child in the car just made a really bad and costly mistake because they were distracted, their routine changed, they were tired, or their usually vocal child was asleep or quite.

#childsafety   #kidsandcars   #summerdanger   #summer  ___For those about to start summer

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2015-05-29 21:54:19 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

I may use this in my summer research methods class...

on the day I bring chocolate in for my students :-)

Thanks to +Lorna Salgado  for sharing.

//Chocolate here, chocolate there.

Why A Journalist Scammed The Media Into Spreading Bad Chocolate Science

 "You have to know how to read a scientific paper — and actually bother to do it," he writes. "For far too long, the people who cover this beat have treated it like gossip, echoing whatever they find in press releases. Hopefully our little experiment will make reporters and readers alike more skeptical."

Earlier this spring, headlines around the world trumpeted an exciting bit of news that seemed too good to be true: "Eating that bar of chocolate can HELP you lose weight," as Britain's Daily Mail put it.

From India to Australia and Texas to Germany, news organizations shared findings published in the International Archives of Medicine in late March.

The problem? The study they were based on was pure junk. ___I may use this in my summer research methods class...

on the day I bring chocolate in for my students :-)

Thanks to +Lorna Salgado  for sharing.

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2015-05-22 18:49:58 (12 comments, 25 reshares, 149 +1s)Open 

Shake it Off

This is very clever and well done (and well performed). 

 Shake it off  _Supernatural_  style with a bonus bit of dancing from the cast and crew, including Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki , Mark Pellegrino, Rob Benedict and others

http://www.ew.com/article/2015/05/21/supernatural-cast-dances-shake-it-hillywood-show-parody  
That said, not everything can be shaken off.  "May is Mental Health Awareness Month - if you, or anyone you know, is struggling, please visit http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ "

Shake it Off

This is very clever and well done (and well performed). 

 Shake it off  _Supernatural_  style with a bonus bit of dancing from the cast and crew, including Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki , Mark Pellegrino, Rob Benedict and others

http://www.ew.com/article/2015/05/21/supernatural-cast-dances-shake-it-hillywood-show-parody  
That said, not everything can be shaken off.  "May is Mental Health Awareness Month - if you, or anyone you know, is struggling, please visit http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ "___

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2015-05-20 18:45:46 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Give it all

A lovely song augmented by a powerful video with talented dancers.  Their message... important for young people and those who love and support them.

"May is Mental Health Awareness Month - if you, or anyone you know, is struggling, please visit http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ "

with a shout out to Train and Soulpancake for their attention to this cause.

Give it all

A lovely song augmented by a powerful video with talented dancers.  Their message... important for young people and those who love and support them.

"May is Mental Health Awareness Month - if you, or anyone you know, is struggling, please visit http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ "

with a shout out to Train and Soulpancake for their attention to this cause.___

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2015-05-12 03:50:56 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Research to Reality

Nice resource for folks who teach!

With a shout out to +Allison Sekuler  for sharing

Research to Reality

Happy to be a featured scientist in the new Research to Reality project, along with so many "Canadian science rock stars."

I have 2 R2R vids - this one on face perception and the other (not released yet) on aging and the brain.

Kudos to Canadian science rock star UT's Molly Shoichet for not only dreaming up the project, but making it a reality. All with a goal of highlighting the critical nature of basic scientific research for the innovations that drive our society, economy, and culture.

Check out all the videos launched today at research2reality.com - and more to come soon.

You'll learn about amazing work in neuroscience, cancer, climate change, nuclear medicine, sustainable energy, quantum science, and more!

#scienceEveryday when it's not #ScienceSunday

___Research to Reality

Nice resource for folks who teach!

With a shout out to +Allison Sekuler  for sharing

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2015-05-11 03:03:50 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Got Puns ?

Sharp wit?
I'm just going to run with this one...

with a shout out +Bearman Cartoons  for sharing it

It's the weekend. Be careful out there

Check out +damian willcox for more sharp wit___Got Puns ?

Sharp wit?
I'm just going to run with this one...

with a shout out +Bearman Cartoons  for sharing it

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2015-05-02 00:17:52 (7 comments, 2 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

It all depends on how you look at things

When I was a grad student, my buddies and I used to take pictures from strange and different angles, using forced perspective and  items in the background to make things a little more interesting. 

This picture reminds me of those days.

Hopefully, no harm came to the mannequins in the making of this image!

with a shout out to +Katey Springle Lempka  for sharing this post

Seriously. I look at this picture and I'm reminded of some FPSes I've played.___It all depends on how you look at things

When I was a grad student, my buddies and I used to take pictures from strange and different angles, using forced perspective and  items in the background to make things a little more interesting. 

This picture reminds me of those days.

Hopefully, no harm came to the mannequins in the making of this image!

with a shout out to +Katey Springle Lempka  for sharing this post

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2015-04-27 00:36:23 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

thanks to +Rajini Rao  for this post.

and Happy Sunday Science!

Daffodils and Dementia

✿ It's spring time in Maryland, and in the words of the poet Wordsworth, my heart dances with the daffodils. Through the long winter, I conjured up memories of these cheerful blooms in my mind:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

✿ But an estimated 44 million people world wide who suffer from Alzheimer's disease are robbed of their memories by a progressive dementia. As the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S., Alzheimer's cannot be cured or prevented. One of the handful of drugs available to improve memory loss in patients is galantamine, which is extracted from the leaves and bulbs of daffodils (Narcissus) and snowdrops (Galanthus). These extracts have been in use since ancient times. In Homer's Greek epic, Odysseus is said to have used snowdrops to clear his mind bewitched by Circe. In the 1950s, a pharmacologist observed inhabitants of a remote Bulgarian village rubbing the extracts on their forehead and shortly after, the drug was approved for medical use. Galantamine increases the action of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine in some parts of the brain, both by making the receptor more sensitive to its action and by slowing down its removal. The drug has other interesting properties: it is said to promote lucid dreaming, improve sleep quality, memory loss in brain damage, and some autistic symptoms (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galantamine).  

✿ No drug has yet stopped the inexorable progress of Alzheimer's. Early intervention is key to effective treatment: in my lab, for example, we are studying endosomal pathology which is the earliest sign of problems at the cellular level (http://goo.gl/DtVUFT). Yet lack of funding stifles productive research. As Newt Gingrich points out in his recent Op-Ed for New York Times, we spend only 0.8% of the estimated 154 billion dollars of annual medical costs related to Alzheimer's disease on research to cure or prevent it

News Story: Newt Gingrich: Double the NIH Budget. April 22, 2015 http://goo.gl/Fq4PAS 

Daffodil GIF: http://headlikeanorange.tumblr.com/

#ScienceSunday  ___thanks to +Rajini Rao  for this post.

and Happy Sunday Science!

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2015-04-23 20:07:44 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

*I'll be there for you"

just let me check this text

Next week the teaching apprentice in my research methods class will be talking about qualitative ways to gather information to help in the treatment of cyber-addiction.  In honor of that, I'll share this nerdist Friends Rebooted for 2015:
http://nerdist.com/nerdist-presents-friends-rebooted/

with a shout out to my friend (the media research expert) +Douglas Gentile  for sharing this on another social network

*I'll be there for you"

just let me check this text

Next week the teaching apprentice in my research methods class will be talking about qualitative ways to gather information to help in the treatment of cyber-addiction.  In honor of that, I'll share this nerdist Friends Rebooted for 2015:
http://nerdist.com/nerdist-presents-friends-rebooted/

with a shout out to my friend (the media research expert) +Douglas Gentile  for sharing this on another social network___

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2015-04-23 20:02:06 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Do You Get What I am Saying

Many of my friends and I have the same (unfortunately) quirky sense of humor that is sometimes challenging for other people to "get," so I completely understand where this article is coming from :-)
http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2015/04/mixed-signals-why-people-misunderstand-each-other/391053/

an interesting read from The Atlantic

Do You Get What I am Saying

Many of my friends and I have the same (unfortunately) quirky sense of humor that is sometimes challenging for other people to "get," so I completely understand where this article is coming from :-)
http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2015/04/mixed-signals-why-people-misunderstand-each-other/391053/

an interesting read from The Atlantic___

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2015-04-04 03:35:58 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

This is just great, and its nerdiness cracked me up.

Thanks to +Steve Esterly  for sharing it.

EGG-sterminate! Daleks, Ninja Turtles, and More Geeky Easter Egg Creations http://ow.ly/LaYjc___This is just great, and its nerdiness cracked me up.

Thanks to +Steve Esterly  for sharing it.

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2015-04-02 18:49:25 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Autism Awareness

Today as we Light it Up Blue, I am thinking about Phil and Karla, the kind and supportive "first responders" who were there when my husband and I felt so lost and alone after our son was diagnosed with ASD.

This post from the mighty is a wonderful read:
http://themighty.com/2015/03/when-a-little-girl-at-the-pool-realized-my-son-has-autism/

Autism Awareness

Today as we Light it Up Blue, I am thinking about Phil and Karla, the kind and supportive "first responders" who were there when my husband and I felt so lost and alone after our son was diagnosed with ASD.

This post from the mighty is a wonderful read:
http://themighty.com/2015/03/when-a-little-girl-at-the-pool-realized-my-son-has-autism/___

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2015-03-25 03:52:36 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Pay Attention

Yes.  Again.  Still.  There's loveliness to notice.

with a shout out to +Kim Sinclair  for sharing this

Sidewalk Flowers: An Illustrated Ode to Presence and the Everyday Art of Noticing in a Culture of Productivity and Distraction

Brilliant wordless picture book which really illustrates how many adults have lost the ability to notice the world around them since they are so caught up in technology and their busy lives. ___Pay Attention

Yes.  Again.  Still.  There's loveliness to notice.

with a shout out to +Kim Sinclair  for sharing this

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2015-03-24 17:22:42 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Pay Attention

as best you can! 

I have a pretty long commute into work, and I see distracted drivers all the time. 

Stop it!!

Do your best to pay attention to the road, folks.  Eventually, it will be springtime (and then summer), so please watch out.  There are other cars, people, bikes, motorcycles, runners, kids playing, random deer wandering around (at least by me!)... 

Expect them!

with a shout out to +Kimberly Chapman  for posting this important public service reminder.

TURN OFF YOUR GOD-DAMNED PHONES WHILE YOU ARE DRIVING

That includes headsets, hands-free, whatever.  Do not smugly assume you can keep using a phone because you do it hands-free.  TURN OFF YOUR PHONES AND PAY ATTENTION TO THE ROAD, because otherwise this sort of nonsense happens:

http://happyplace.someecards.com/distracted-driving/driver-who-ran-over-three-teenagers-was-videotaping-her-son-in-the-backseat/

You are NOT better than everyone else.  Your conversations are NOT MORE IMPORTANT THAN SOMEONE ELSE'S SAFETY.  You are NOT a better driver.  You CANNOT "handle it just fine".  It's NOT "okay this one time".  It's NOT "only for a second".

If you are engaging with your phone in any way, you are AN ACCIDENT WAITING TO HAPPEN.  Yes, some activities are worse than others (like this moron who was videotaping her kid in the back), but they are all increasing your risk of an accident.

http://www.distraction.gov/get-the-facts/faq.html

Smarten up, especially those of you with kids.  Does it terrify you that they'll one day be texting and driving?  Then model better behaviour FFS!  Are you sick of your teens being addicted to their phones?  Then show that you're able to put yours down when required!

I am closing comments because I do not want to hear a bunch of entitled people explain why it's so important for them to put other people's lives at risk.  Peo and I were in a Civic crushed between two SUVs because of someone who was on her phone.  I have separately been rear-ended by someone on a phone.  I don't want to hear why you're so much better than those people who thought they were driving safely as well.

If my father-in-law could pull over to take calls when he was an on-call pediatric hematologist working with very sick children, you can pull over to take your calls too.___Pay Attention

as best you can! 

I have a pretty long commute into work, and I see distracted drivers all the time. 

Stop it!!

Do your best to pay attention to the road, folks.  Eventually, it will be springtime (and then summer), so please watch out.  There are other cars, people, bikes, motorcycles, runners, kids playing, random deer wandering around (at least by me!)... 

Expect them!

with a shout out to +Kimberly Chapman  for posting this important public service reminder.

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2015-03-24 17:14:46 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

*Now Here's an Idea... *

Do you want to get in touch with your inner child?

With a shout out to +Bearman Cartoons  for this nottheonion - esque post

Obviously your mom didn't baby you enough as a child

So now you can go to Adult Preschool___*Now Here's an Idea... *

Do you want to get in touch with your inner child?

With a shout out to +Bearman Cartoons  for this nottheonion - esque post

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2015-03-21 16:34:49 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

We have to do things for our kids

 It may not literally  be OUR (biological) kids, but all of the kids in our communities.

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/making-sense/care-peoples-kids/

I'm glad that the community I live in voted this past fall to increase property taxes to fund programs and education in the schools in our area. 

 This is an interesting read and gives us something to think about.

We have to do things for our kids

 It may not literally  be OUR (biological) kids, but all of the kids in our communities.

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/making-sense/care-peoples-kids/

I'm glad that the community I live in voted this past fall to increase property taxes to fund programs and education in the schools in our area. 

 This is an interesting read and gives us something to think about.___

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2015-03-15 22:57:49 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Beware the Ides of March

The film Mean Girls is an excellent choice when discussing peer relationships and relational aggression.  I loved showing bits of it when I taught Adolescent Development to college psychology majors.

+Piera Coppola 's post reminded me once again of just how delightful this film is.  Please enjoy a  _mean girls_ ' explanation of a scene from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.

The Ides of March according to "Mean Girls"...

#IdesofMarch  ___Beware the Ides of March

The film Mean Girls is an excellent choice when discussing peer relationships and relational aggression.  I loved showing bits of it when I taught Adolescent Development to college psychology majors.

+Piera Coppola 's post reminded me once again of just how delightful this film is.  Please enjoy a  _mean girls_ ' explanation of a scene from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.

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2015-03-14 16:16:36 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Travel Nightmares

courtesy of +Kimberly Chapman 

... To Hell!___Travel Nightmares

courtesy of +Kimberly Chapman 

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2015-03-13 21:10:43 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

XKCD Terry Pratchette Tribute

As always, the mouse over says it all:  http://xkcd.com/1498/

XKCD Terry Pratchette Tribute

As always, the mouse over says it all:  http://xkcd.com/1498/___

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2015-03-10 21:49:22 (6 comments, 4 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Parent Empathy

While watching Night of Too Many Stars on Sunday, someone whose own family members were not very supportive of his experiences as the father of a child with ASD suggested his hypothesis that people sometimes have their own ideas of the way things are/ should be and sometimes just judge parents of a child with special needs without really thinking about the situation. 

This is a very moving and informative blog post on the topic:
http://www.kidspot.com.au/to-the-mean-stranger-who-judged-my-parenting-abilities-thank-you/

Remember that April is Autism Awareness Month.  Be supportive.  Give other parents (and people) a break. 

Parent Empathy

While watching Night of Too Many Stars on Sunday, someone whose own family members were not very supportive of his experiences as the father of a child with ASD suggested his hypothesis that people sometimes have their own ideas of the way things are/ should be and sometimes just judge parents of a child with special needs without really thinking about the situation. 

This is a very moving and informative blog post on the topic:
http://www.kidspot.com.au/to-the-mean-stranger-who-judged-my-parenting-abilities-thank-you/

Remember that April is Autism Awareness Month.  Be supportive.  Give other parents (and people) a break. ___

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2015-03-08 04:39:54 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Help When You Can

The husband and I made a donation to the fundraiser Night of Too Many Stars .  As parents of a child with ASD, we know how important community programs and support for families of children with autism is.

Help When You Can

The husband and I made a donation to the fundraiser Night of Too Many Stars .  As parents of a child with ASD, we know how important community programs and support for families of children with autism is.___

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2015-03-04 21:17:20 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Zombies

The topic makes for one of the most delightfully amusing abstracts I have seen in a very long time.

http://meeting.aps.org/Meeting/MAR15/Session/S48.8

Alas, results indicate that we are, in fact, doomed.  That said, I already know the folks I would want to have my back in the event of a zombie apocalypse.

a less technical summary here:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/04/zombie-apocalypse_n_6786038.html?utm_hp_ref=zombie-apocalypse

Zombies

The topic makes for one of the most delightfully amusing abstracts I have seen in a very long time.

http://meeting.aps.org/Meeting/MAR15/Session/S48.8

Alas, results indicate that we are, in fact, doomed.  That said, I already know the folks I would want to have my back in the event of a zombie apocalypse.

a less technical summary here:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/04/zombie-apocalypse_n_6786038.html?utm_hp_ref=zombie-apocalypse___

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2015-02-27 20:33:03 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Focus

Hope you all can pay attention to this classic video/ demonstration from Will Smith's Sensei, Gentleman Thief Apollo Robbins:
http://natgeotv.com.au/videos/brain-games/apollo-robbins-on-focus-81356016.aspx

Focus

Hope you all can pay attention to this classic video/ demonstration from Will Smith's Sensei, Gentleman Thief Apollo Robbins:
http://natgeotv.com.au/videos/brain-games/apollo-robbins-on-focus-81356016.aspx___

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2015-02-24 21:26:42 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Empathy for struggling kids

See if you can see what's really going on.

Even in countries in which children as a group enjoy many comforts, there is still diversity with respect to childhood experiences.
 
Children of color, children with special needs and kids with ADHD are often disproportionately asked to leave preschool programs (public, private, and even tax-exempt religious ones!!). 

Sad really.  Because these are exactly the kinds of kids who need love, support, learning opportunities, early education, and safety the most.

I found this to be an interesting read:
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/02/20/empathy-not-expulsion-for-preschoolers-at-risk/?_r=0

Sometimes knowing what is really going on in kids' lives is helpful with respect not only to their early educational experiences, but also to laterones.... more »

Empathy for struggling kids

See if you can see what's really going on.

Even in countries in which children as a group enjoy many comforts, there is still diversity with respect to childhood experiences.
 
Children of color, children with special needs and kids with ADHD are often disproportionately asked to leave preschool programs (public, private, and even tax-exempt religious ones!!). 

Sad really.  Because these are exactly the kinds of kids who need love, support, learning opportunities, early education, and safety the most.

I found this to be an interesting read:
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/02/20/empathy-not-expulsion-for-preschoolers-at-risk/?_r=0

Sometimes knowing what is really going on in kids' lives is helpful with respect not only to their early educational experiences, but also to later ones.___

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2015-02-17 21:00:49 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Care for a Cuppa ?

or...

the lady tasting tea

I am a coffee drinker because (full disclosure here) I think tea tastes like dirt.  Perhaps I have been making it wrong all these years!

For fans of Ig Nobel / Improbable Research:  http://munchies.vice.com/articles/youve-been-making-tea-the-wrong-way-for-30-years

Care for a Cuppa ?

or...

the lady tasting tea

I am a coffee drinker because (full disclosure here) I think tea tastes like dirt.  Perhaps I have been making it wrong all these years!

For fans of Ig Nobel / Improbable Research:  http://munchies.vice.com/articles/youve-been-making-tea-the-wrong-way-for-30-years___

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2015-02-13 04:48:09 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Bringing Valentines to School/ work/ home ?

Many people will be handing out valentine's to their loved ones, classmates and friends in the next day or so. 

In honor of the ones I just helped with (which include Tootsie Pops) :

http://mentalfloss.com/article/61622/scientists-calculate-number-licks-get-center-tootsie-pop

Bringing Valentines to School/ work/ home ?

Many people will be handing out valentine's to their loved ones, classmates and friends in the next day or so. 

In honor of the ones I just helped with (which include Tootsie Pops) :

http://mentalfloss.com/article/61622/scientists-calculate-number-licks-get-center-tootsie-pop___

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2015-02-09 20:17:55 (14 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

I wish I had a chalkboard

This semester, I have been plagued with tech issues in the classroom where I teach.  The students have been good sports about it, but it's getting old and throws me off a bit when it comes to presenting information (I like a combination of in-class demos, videos, lectures, powerpoint, discussions, etc. that require ease of moving back and forth.)

sigh

Alas, no chalkboard in the room, but we do have a whiteboard and markers.

Anyway, here's a bit of Simpsons humor related to old school chalkboards:
http://www.avclub.com/article/heres-every-single-thing-bart-simpson-ever-wrote-o-69468

Enjoy!

I wish I had a chalkboard

This semester, I have been plagued with tech issues in the classroom where I teach.  The students have been good sports about it, but it's getting old and throws me off a bit when it comes to presenting information (I like a combination of in-class demos, videos, lectures, powerpoint, discussions, etc. that require ease of moving back and forth.)

sigh

Alas, no chalkboard in the room, but we do have a whiteboard and markers.

Anyway, here's a bit of Simpsons humor related to old school chalkboards:
http://www.avclub.com/article/heres-every-single-thing-bart-simpson-ever-wrote-o-69468

Enjoy!___

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2015-02-06 19:03:37 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Those icicles have been known to kill people

Working on my child development class lectures and listening to some giant killer Minnesota icicles falling brings me to this Friday Funny:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZUTkgfZqZc

Those icicles have been known to kill people

Working on my child development class lectures and listening to some giant killer Minnesota icicles falling brings me to this Friday Funny:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZUTkgfZqZc___

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2015-02-04 20:27:40 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Should our favorite subject be recess ?

+John Spencer  shares a though about the need for a movement break, even among older students.

Just a thought . . . ___Should our favorite subject be recess ?

+John Spencer  shares a though about the need for a movement break, even among older students.

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2015-02-04 19:12:31 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Sometimes doing something that takes a lot of practice is rewarding

and cool :-)

I was just having a conversation with someone about how the mastery of something that has taken a lot of hard work, countless hours of practice, and sometimes painful failure is quite rewarding.

I am unlikely to attempt mountain unicycling, fire breathing, aerial gymnastics, and other dare devil hobbies.  But I do recall a sense of accomplishment when I finally gained some level of proficiency in juggling after I literally clubbed myself many  MANY times.  And I fondly recall back when I was a grad student, mastering some martial arts techniques after (embarrassingly) punching myself in the face really hard during my first lesson.  And I can't tell you how many times my desserts could have been featured as a comical cake wreck or the frustration of popping THE balloon in ascu... more »

What do balloon artists do when they are not twisting?  Here is what one guy does and he made a movie of it. ___Sometimes doing something that takes a lot of practice is rewarding

and cool :-)

I was just having a conversation with someone about how the mastery of something that has taken a lot of hard work, countless hours of practice, and sometimes painful failure is quite rewarding.

I am unlikely to attempt mountain unicycling, fire breathing, aerial gymnastics, and other dare devil hobbies.  But I do recall a sense of accomplishment when I finally gained some level of proficiency in juggling after I literally clubbed myself many  MANY times.  And I fondly recall back when I was a grad student, mastering some martial arts techniques after (embarrassingly) punching myself in the face really hard during my first lesson.  And I can't tell you how many times my desserts could have been featured as a comical cake wreck or the frustration of popping THE balloon in a sculpture that negated hours of work.

But eventually, we get better.  And things get easier.

Here's to all the people who have interesting and challenging hobbies that take time, effort, and perhaps a little pain to master!

With a shout out to +Eileen L. Smith  for sharing this post.

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