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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 (13 comments, 25 reshares, 151 +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: 151

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2015-05-22 18:49:58 (13 comments, 25 reshares, 151 +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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2015-07-03 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, 2 reshares, 14 +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 (13 comments, 25 reshares, 151 +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, 6 +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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2015-02-04 05:43:50 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Can You See the Eyes Staring at You ?

Does that make you want to behave more honestly?
 
What about the smell of citrus?  Doesn't that just scream  _clean_ to you?

I was recently talking about some of these in class, so I thought I would share this amusing post from cracked . com :
http://www.cracked.com/article_18991_6-weird-things-that-influence-bad-behavior-more-than-laws.html?wa_user1=1&wa_user2=Science&wa_user3=article&wa_user4=companion

Can You See the Eyes Staring at You ?

Does that make you want to behave more honestly?
 
What about the smell of citrus?  Doesn't that just scream  _clean_ to you?

I was recently talking about some of these in class, so I thought I would share this amusing post from cracked . com :
http://www.cracked.com/article_18991_6-weird-things-that-influence-bad-behavior-more-than-laws.html?wa_user1=1&wa_user2=Science&wa_user3=article&wa_user4=companion___

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2015-01-22 05:27:35 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

For Our Current McNair Scholars

and all the ones who came before them.  With a shout out to +Laura Gibbs .  I had not seen this video before; thanks for sharing it.

One of my students this semester is a McNair Scholar... which is a great excuse to share this BEAUTIFUL video from StoryCorps about Ronald McNair: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okF5UGpivR8___For Our Current McNair Scholars

and all the ones who came before them.  With a shout out to +Laura Gibbs .  I had not seen this video before; thanks for sharing it.

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2015-01-19 05:12:30 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

I collect cool baking things, and I think I might need this...

with a shout out to +Isaac Kuo  for sharing it into my stream :-)

I guess these cupcake molds are for dieters who can't help but keep baking... #guilt___I collect cool baking things, and I think I might need this...

with a shout out to +Isaac Kuo  for sharing it into my stream :-)

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2015-01-16 05:15:57 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Interesting Logic

Ah, this one is a keeper!  I must share this with my research methods students.

A shout out to +Cheryl Ann MacDonald  for the post.

Irrational & Illogical Thinking Mechanisms

➨   Should Statements can be harmful and demotivating. People can replace them with thoughts of "It would be good to exercise 3 times a week". At times, should statements exhibit the fallacy of the false dilemma which is either-or type of reasoning. Sometimes, should statements reflect the fallacy of unacceptable premise or belief, and occurs when they accept an association that is unjustified by the evidence. One example is a depressed person thinking "Anyone, who feels angry with their friend, is a bad friend and should feel very guilty. 
➨   Emotional Reasoning is when someone believes that a negative feeling about something reflects reality, when false.  For example, a person who feels as if they have nothing to offer the world, when not true.  Feelings are important and very compelling at times reflecting reality. When feelings fail to reflect reality, some believe what they sense anyway and believe a conclusion even though the evidence is lacking. 
➨   All or Nothing thinking involves a tendency to see in just black and white. For example, "Either I'm a total success, or I'm a total failure."  This type of thinking is a logical fallacy, because they are assuming that only two options exist when there are multiple. 
➨   Disqualifying the Positive This fallacy occurs when people overlook or ignore relevant evidence supporting a different conclusion. A depressed person may think no one likes them, and they discuss this with their friend, who says "I like you, and so does your family".  This is evidence that the belief is false, but the depressed person persists in this thinking.  This kind of thinking is an example of the fallacy of suppressed evidence.

#psychology  ___Interesting Logic

Ah, this one is a keeper!  I must share this with my research methods students.

A shout out to +Cheryl Ann MacDonald  for the post.

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2015-01-13 04:40:22 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

On Anecdotal Evidence

Love this post (shared by +George Station , so a shout out to him).  It would make for a wonderful read/ discussion in the class I am teaching this semester.

Another winner from Medium. By +danah boyd this time.

#teens   #socialmedia   #curmudgeonalert  ___On Anecdotal Evidence

Love this post (shared by +George Station , so a shout out to him).  It would make for a wonderful read/ discussion in the class I am teaching this semester.

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2015-01-08 05:43:54 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Psych Research and Social Media

Mainly sharing this because the topic comes up almost every semester in the research methods course that I teach.

Worth a read and a thought from those who teach students who are required to read research and critically think about it.

A shout out to +Daniel Estrada  for sharing this.

// There seem to be two distinct worries at play that might be usefully pulled apart. First, there is the tendency for social media to propagate pop science journalism with little regard for credibility or scientific merit. Second, there is a question of the impact of bad science journalism on the quality of scientific research. 

These are logically distinct; we can imagine an world where popular journalism has no impact on scientific research, but is merely an epiphenomenon of that research. In this case social media might misinform lots of people about the state of scientific knowledge, but that knowledge itself remains uncompromised. It isn't the end of the world if a nonspecialist is misinformed about the details of cutting edge psychological research.  

In the real world, science journalism probably does have some impact on science research. Your discussion is framed in terms of increased exposure to bad journalism among nonspecialist academics, but this seems like a needlessly indirect approach. Even if we establish increased exposure, it's an open question of how that exposure impacts their assessment of the field of psychology, and whether this assessment influences their own research. It is possible that the constant stream of bad science journalism has an overall negligible impact on academics online, being part of the constant background hum in social media that we've habituated to. Increased exposure might just hasten this desensitization and reduce the impact of bad science journalism, which would amount to the denial of your hypothesis. 

There seems to be a more direct approach already mentioned in this thread, namely the close association between funding and "impact factor". I doubt social media has a bigger influence on academic research than measures of impact used to allocate funds, and social media (and social networks more generally) have a clear and demonstrable influence on measures of academic impact. But in this case it is hard to blame social media for compromising the quality of scientific research. Rather, the failure would sit with the administrators using social media to guide the direction of research, thereby establishing exactly the feedback relationship we'd hope to avoid.

More: http://schwitzsplinters.blogspot.com/2015/01/psychology-research-in-age-of-social.html

via +Eric Schwitzgebel ___Psych Research and Social Media

Mainly sharing this because the topic comes up almost every semester in the research methods course that I teach.

Worth a read and a thought from those who teach students who are required to read research and critically think about it.

A shout out to +Daniel Estrada  for sharing this.

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2015-01-05 23:14:33 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

AhhhCho

This one is for my hubby in honor of cat allergy.  I just know he's caused some cat somewhere to have itchy, watery eyes :-)

(Of course, cats are naturally attracted to him and he can't help but pet them.  Mutual misery, I suppose!)

a shout out to +Bearman Cartoons  for the post!

Today isn't #caturday. It is National Trivia Day

This bit of trivia meme is from +Mental Floss

See the other 53 here

http://mentalfloss.com/article/60904/54-fantastic-facts-national-trivia-day___AhhhCho

This one is for my hubby in honor of cat allergy.  I just know he's caused some cat somewhere to have itchy, watery eyes :-)

(Of course, cats are naturally attracted to him and he can't help but pet them.  Mutual misery, I suppose!)

a shout out to +Bearman Cartoons  for the post!

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2015-01-03 01:38:45 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

The Importance of Research

This op-ed nicely outlines the importance of using high-quality, evidence-based research when implementing public and social policy:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/01/opinion/social-programs-that-work.html?_r=0

worth a read...

and a thought...

The Importance of Research

This op-ed nicely outlines the importance of using high-quality, evidence-based research when implementing public and social policy:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/01/opinion/social-programs-that-work.html?_r=0

worth a read...

and a thought...___

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2014-12-16 04:48:21 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

I Need This

Well, this goes on the list of things I wish I had created.

I admit to using a hot glue gun (with glue) on gingerbread houses that were for decorative purposes only.   If I am going to eat the house, though, I prefer tempered (white) chocolate to hold the walls in place.  I usually use a bag or  bottle to apply the chocolate. 

But that's only because I never thought of doing this :-)

Thanks to +Sandy B  for sharing this into my stream.

___I Need This

Well, this goes on the list of things I wish I had created.

I admit to using a hot glue gun (with glue) on gingerbread houses that were for decorative purposes only.   If I am going to eat the house, though, I prefer tempered (white) chocolate to hold the walls in place.  I usually use a bag or  bottle to apply the chocolate. 

But that's only because I never thought of doing this :-)

Thanks to +Sandy B  for sharing this into my stream.

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2014-12-12 15:10:12 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

*Got Cookies? *

I am baking cookies this weekend.  I LOVE cookie dough (who doesn't?).  In fact, fear of food poisoning from raw eggs is the only thing driving me to actually bake the cookies and not just consume dough.

and +Kimberly Chapman  shared this absolutely amazing, cute, creative cookie dough post:

http://niemann.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/12/16/let-it-dough/?_r=1

*Got Cookies? *

I am baking cookies this weekend.  I LOVE cookie dough (who doesn't?).  In fact, fear of food poisoning from raw eggs is the only thing driving me to actually bake the cookies and not just consume dough.

and +Kimberly Chapman  shared this absolutely amazing, cute, creative cookie dough post:

http://niemann.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/12/16/let-it-dough/?_r=1___

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2014-12-08 20:50:26 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

The Results of Seemingly Harmless Choices

For Vi Hart fans,

This interactive simulation The Parable of Polygons shows how simple choices and preferences may influence the larger patterns:

The Results of Seemingly Harmless Choices

For Vi Hart fans,

This interactive simulation The Parable of Polygons shows how simple choices and preferences may influence the larger patterns:___

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2014-12-06 17:38:01 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

One Equal Temper of Heroic Hearts
Made weak by Time and Fate

This photo and the beautiful words attached to it come via +Mike F Shaw , and I thank him for the moving image and thoughts ...

and I share this as I think of the passage of time
and noble older non-human animals who have seen and done many things

and for my elderly Rhodesian Ridgeback

Old Man Of The Pride

His name is Kenya and he is a very old man now, he still leads his pride but everyday life can be a struggle for him. Rather than him have to fight for his place the park maintains the order so he can outlive the rest of his days as the head. 

I like to think he has many years still in him, he has so much experience he still needs to pass down.

#caturday  

#savethebigcats  ___One Equal Temper of Heroic Hearts
Made weak by Time and Fate

This photo and the beautiful words attached to it come via +Mike F Shaw , and I thank him for the moving image and thoughts ...

and I share this as I think of the passage of time
and noble older non-human animals who have seen and done many things

and for my elderly Rhodesian Ridgeback

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2014-11-25 20:31:29 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Being Thankful for the Kindness of Others

Sometimes it really is the little things, like saying hello :-)

I like the idea of sitting for a moment and reflecting on random, out of nowhere experiences in which a stranger does something kind for someone. 

True, you've seen posts that focus on more major random acts of kindness, like paying for groceries or buying a meal or toys or something like that.  But little things can also make someone's day, especially when they are going through a tough time or even something simpler, like they just want their kid to be like everyone else... 

A friend of mine who teaches a diverse group of kids shared this post on another social network, and, as the mother of a child with special needs (autism), I found this story of thankfulness quite beautiful, so I had to share it:http... more »

Being Thankful for the Kindness of Others

Sometimes it really is the little things, like saying hello :-)

I like the idea of sitting for a moment and reflecting on random, out of nowhere experiences in which a stranger does something kind for someone. 

True, you've seen posts that focus on more major random acts of kindness, like paying for groceries or buying a meal or toys or something like that.  But little things can also make someone's day, especially when they are going through a tough time or even something simpler, like they just want their kid to be like everyone else... 

A friend of mine who teaches a diverse group of kids shared this post on another social network, and, as the mother of a child with special needs (autism), I found this story of thankfulness quite beautiful, so I had to share it:
http://themighty.com/2014/11/to-the-lovely-lady-who-let-her-sons-say-hello-to-my-little-boy/___

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