Saturday, January 4, 2014

The two most engaging powers of an author are...

Happy New Year. Take 2 minutes for this nice video of downtown Fort Worth at the stroke of midnight.

Beautiful photographs of frozen bubbles.
8 ways to keep your employees happy dives into the morass of generational branding. "Millennials, in particular, want to feel like their work is making a difference..." Well, aren't we special. I suppose that most everyone else is happy sitting in the dark banging two rocks together.

Years of hard work go into earning a graduate degree. Yet your thesis or dissertation can be reduced to a single sentence: LOL My Thesis.

“Our modern age is characterized by a sadness which calls for a new kind of prophet. Not the prophets of old who reminded people that they were going to die, but someone who will remind them that they are not dead yet.” If this strikes the slightest chord with you, read more from Do It: 20 Years of Famous Artists' Irreverent Instructions for Art Anyone Can Make.

Science reveals the many reasons why it's extremely difficult to castrate a hippo.

Science is giving you plenty of time to plan ahead for the total solar eclipse of 21 August 2017. It even has its own website.

Science helps us keep track of earthquakes. 82 already today.

Oxymoron? Top medieval news of 2013.

Doesn't look like much, does it? But these are 100 year old frozen photographic negatives found in Antarctica. See the developed images at the link.
Face palm. One third of U.S. adults don't accept evolution as scientific fact and instead delude themselves into believing that "humans and other living things have existed in their present form since the beginning of time."

A new batch of IBM's 5 in 5 (5 things that will change our lives in 5 years) is here.
  1. "The rapid digitization of educational institutions will allow unprecedented instrumentation of the learning process." Sounds scary to me.
  2. "Buying local will beat buying online." I could go for that.
  3. Doctors will use your DNA to make treatment decisions.
  4. Goodbye passwords, hello digital guardian.
  5. Augmented reality for city living.
In The Widening Gap Between High School and College Math we see illuminated three problems with high school math instruction.
  1. Confusing difficulty with rigor.
  2. Mistaking process for understanding.
  3. Teaching concepts that are developmentally inappropriate.
And the happiest college in the country is... Texas A&M.

This is my favorite picture from Code One Magazine's best photos of 2013.
Have you ever thought about how mazes are designed?

Be aware when dining out - new IRS rules means restaurants can't automatically add a gratuity to your check.

Who are the worst NFL TV announcers? I don't know about the worst, but I always liked Mike Patrick.

If you already know what "the day the eagle shits" means, you don't need this booklet of military slang.

The festive junk machine - robotic Christmas musicians you control. make new things familiar and familiar things new. ~Charles Makepeace Thackerary


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the heads up on the hippo thing. We'll move the crystal growing experiment up ahead of it on the list of fun experiments.

John said...

Science night at your house must be a blast.

Curtis Young said...

From LOL My Thesis:

"Mark Rothko was a huge asshole.

Theatre, Dickinson College."

LOL, indeed.

John said...

Well, a theater major. What do you expect?

Francis Shivone said...

On the last few posts: I didn't know that FW had a New Years fireworks display. Not that I will be attending myself but I like that they do.

The Cubeli video: great, loved it, no idea how it works but it's fun to watch.

John said...

I didn't know about the Fireworks either but the video looks great. We used to go to the Xmas parade on the day after Thanksgiving but that turned into a zoo. Speaking of that, we used to go to Boo at the Zoo but that turned into a cattle drive from one candy station to another.