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If I could have met with a mentor on a weekly basis…

If I could have met with a mentor on a weekly basis when I was a teenager, I…. I would have gravitated toward art much, much earlier than I did. (My junior high art teacher rocked. Totally. Utterly. Rocked. High school teachers, not so much. About the time I soured on the high school teachers, […]

More helpful flu links

Why are people dying in Mexico but not the U.S.? An English translation of an op-ed written by someone who’s lived both north and south of the border. “I suspect that it has to do with the difference in health care systems of the two countries.” How false rumors can cost lives “I have said […]

Apple Color Picker Hex

Apple Color Picker Hex

Apparently there’s a downloadable addition to the Mac OS color picker that’ll let you work with colors in HEX (essential for web work), according to this article on the Mac OS color picker. Just installed it. You can grab hex colors after you sample using the magnifying glass, or type in hex and see the […]

While we’re on the topic of flu

First flu victim Edgar Hernandez — young boy is referred to as a possible Typhoid Mary. LA Times story, DowJones He’s from an area near a Smithfield-owned factory hog farm, where the stench from the pig waste is downright foul. I’ve been watching news of that farm for a few days. There are claims and […]

Net Tools to Help a Friend in Need

This is a thinking out loud/research post about possible net tools to help a friend in need. I’ll call that friend F. F is due to undergo a major medical procedure w/in the next few months or so, and she’ll need help. More help than just one or two people can provide. She’ll need help […]

Swine Flu: Don’t panic, but pay attention

The news stories about the outbreak of a new flu in Mexico (with cases reported in Texas and California) is something to keep an eye on. Here’s an informative post outlining the situation. Want more info? Twitter tags: #swineflu Also: Center for Disease Control’s Swine Flu page (don’t overlook two sublinks from that page) Gov […]

Song for our nation

Jonathan Mann is writing a song a day. Here’s his song for last Sunday. By a song a day, he’s not writing new lyrics each day, though. These lyrics for this day Mann got from the recently-declassified memos about waterboarding as a so-called enhanced interrogation method.

Remember Alyssa

Remember Alyssa Peterson

Cool High Schools (the perfect follow on)

Cool High Schools (the perfect follow on)

15 Cool High School College and University Building Designs. How’d you like to do your learning in an environment like one of these? This is the perfect follow on to the previous post about how buildings and environment affect mood, creativity, and work.

How Room Design Affects Your Work & Mood

Scientific American on you and your immediate surroundings. Greenery and Sunlight (or light with blue wavelength) are good. Ceiling height makes a difference. Can you improve test scores by changing the surroundings?