media I've enjoyed recently 2014
Advertising and Selling
- Morgan Spurlock: The greatest TED Talk ever sold (TEDtalks)
- Full Price Beats Penny Saved for Selling Some Items (60-second Science)
- Candidates Affect Viewer Reactions to Ads in Debates (60-second Science)
- Jacqueline Novogratz: Inspiring a life of immersion (TEDtalks)
- 100,000-Year-Old Art Studio Discovered (60-second Science)
- Patricia Kuhl: The linguistic genius of babies (TEDtalks)
- Science Grad Students Who Teach Write Better Proposals (60-second Science)
- Doodles and Drawings Help Cement Concepts (60-second Science)
Food and Drink
- Student Researchers Find Secret Tea Ingredients (60-second Science)
- Molars Say Cooking Is Almost 2 Million Years Old (60-second Science)
- High-Pressure Food Treatment Can Kill Microbes And Up Nutrients (60-second Science)
Health and Growth
- Molly Stevens: A new way to grow bone (TEDtalks)
- Gamekeeper's Thumb Condition Outlives the Occupation (60-second Science)
- Test Tells Viral and Bacterial Infections Apart (60-second Science)
- Poultry Farms That Stop Antibiotics See Resistance Fall (60-second Science)
- Endurance Exercise Has Stem Cells Make Bone Over Fat (60-second Science)
- Carbon Nanotubes Impale Compulsive Cells (60-second Science)
- Online Gamers Help Solve Protein Structure (60-second Science)
- Health Data Could Spot Genocide Risk (60-second Science)
- City Cyclists Suck In Soot (60-second Science)
- Rapid PCR Could Bring Quick Diagnoses (60-second Science)
- Pathogen Genomics Has Become Dirt Cheap (60-second Science)
- Kid Scientists Show Medicines Can Be Mistaken For Candy (60-second Science)
- Fever Increases Numbers of Immune Cells (60-second Science)
Nature and Sexuality
- Mole's Extra Finger Is Wrist Bone-us (60-second Science)
- Full Moon May Signal Rise in Lion Attacks (60-second Science)
- Send Ants to College (60-second Science)
- Sea Lampreys Flee Death Smells (60-second Science)
- Toxoplasma Infected Rats Love Their Enemies (60-second Science)
- Modern Rivers Shaped By Trees (60-second Science)
- Upright and Hairless Make Better Long-Distance Hunters (60-second Science)
- Electrolyte Balancers Set Stage for Multicellularity (60-second Science)
- Flesh-Tearing Piranhas Communicate with Sound (60-second Science)
Politics and Philosophy
- Jody Williams: A realistic vision for world peace (TEDtalks)
- Martin Jacques: Understanding the rise of China (TEDtalks)
- El Nino Ups Conflict Odds (TEDtalks)
- Steven Pinker: Violence Is Lower Than Ever (60-second Science)
Technology and Physics
- Johanna Blakley: Social media and the end of gender (TEDtalks)
- Medieval Armor: Was It Worth the Weight? (60-second Science)
- Traffic Cameras Save Millions in Canceled Crashes (60-second Science)
- Juno Mission Gets Goes for Launch (60-second Science)
- Channeled Chips Can Spot Substances (60-second Science)
- Smartphone System Saves Gas (60-second Science)
- Sound Sends Electron to Specific Location (60-second Science)
- Moon Not Made of Cheese, Physicist Explains (60-second Science)
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Media I've enjoyed lately 2011
Wow. Lots to catch up on since the last time I posted on podcast episodes I really enjoyed. Not to worry, though, most of them are from 60-Second Science.
Science and Technology
Creativity and Learning
Facebook's contextless timelines 2010
It's totally unclear what this Facebook post is about. Presumably some question-of-the-day or something, but who knows?
Won't you join me in helping this Donors Choose project happen? Science Is In Everyday Life! for Ms. T's high school class in Florida needs $243 more in order to help her students make a personal connection with science information & shake the idea that it's too hard or irrelevant for them.
Santa Cruz 2007
Gazos Grill, Highway 1, favorite spot of motorcyclists it seems
And with good reason, our lunch was delicious.
(At the UCSC reunion I had Joe snap a couple pictures of this display, with photo of my college roommate Lisa)
A walk in the woods at UCSC
Joe is actually much happier than this quick snapshot reveals.
Dark humor in UCSC graffiti; Edward Gorey would approve, I think.
The view from Cowell College hasn't changed much, thank goodness
Saturn Cafe, Santa Cruz
Portola State Park 2006
Many a school camping trip and a hike up to Tiptoe Falls...
Sallie Rhyne & some guy I probably should remember the name of 2006
Always loved this picture of Sallie.
A rowboat 2006
[I think this might have been my friend Morgan's writing.]
Mimeographed piece of my childhood writing 2006
This might have been in some school collection.
The Horny Horse 2006
A fine mimeographed zine some of the big girls put together at my school. Very funny stuff!
I think this must be by my childhood pal Wendy Scripps.
Childhood autograph book 2006
Pinel School reunion 2006
[a reunion of my K-8th grade school]
I had a great time today at my grade school reunion. The school closed in, I think, 1979 so we were all spending a lot of our remaining brain power on trying to rebuild old memories and put names to faces then & now. A good foundation for future events.
The symbol of Jtel
One of the big kids' forts at Pinel was the temple of Jtel.
[My recollection, as of 2014, is that this arose out of a school trip where they saw a damaged 'Hotel' sign which now read Jtel.]
Pinel School reunion crowd
Bill Kenney in the foreground.
Assembling for the presentation
Blurry but smiling Linden
even blurrier April, Vandy & David behind
Alice listening to the presentation
Listening to the presentation
learning week 2003
Friday: "Beginning UNIX class" [at work]
Sunday: "Home Chef knife skills class"
[both noted in old calendar]
No secrets 1999
Well, I have houseguests. Since the servers at school will be down tomorrow, I put the pages for the class I'm teaching up here on my site. Now my students will be visiting my personal site. It's kinda like having your parents over.
Note to myself:
try to refrain from talking about politics, sex and booze for a few days. Oh, and don't be a pottymouth.
Note to my students:
[***Question as of September 2003: Does that .../archive/240/ content still exist at all?***]
F/X Reunion and finishing the degree 1998
Worked a short day (5 hours) and then jumped through my last academic bureacratic hoop (at least as a student, I'm sure they'll have a new set for teachers). I turned in the final final final binding version of my project report and I am now officially done with my masters degree. They still have to send me a little piece of paper, but I am now Dinah P. Sanders, M.L.I.S.
Had dinner at Fil's house along with Deb, Chris & Tori and we planned F/X: the Reunion. If you were a member of the big happy family of clubgoers and employees, send your name, email and snailmail addresses to [filco.com] and get on the list for an invitation. Better dig out that old black card. You've got until February to decide what to wear. (I'll be doing the website soon - watch this space).
My ISP is misbehaving badly, if you don't hear from me except from work, that's why. Grrr.
Got email today from number one on my list of people I lost touch with who I'd love to connect with again. :)
Hi, Elf! Missed you.
Wound up working an extra hour. And missing the bus. *sigh* Still only got home 40 minutes later than I would have if I had a working car, but it got me thinking, sitting in chilly suburbia, about what I could do with those 40 minutes. I could work them, assuming I have a client to bill them to which I currently do, and make enough to make a car payment. And I could stop at the store with them now and then to get the ingredients with which I could spend that time making myself a lunch instead of buying it. Or I could spend them working on Inkspot which might make me some money if I invested more time in it. So, since I do not live or work in a true urban area with flexible public transit, since it's getting cold, since my knee hurts a bit from all this walking, since I can work out a way to afford it, I am abandoning the moral high ground and reconsidering internal combustion. Sorry, Peter. How about if you teach me to ride a bike again next spring when, I hope, my knee can handle it?
Need to rest my arm before typing more, but watch this space for a revised version of my thesis with extra citations to back up my wild claim that the web needs design documentation.
...Hot Bath Interlude...
Followed by a whole bunch of writin' and citin' leading to the revised final draft of my report and bibliography
Bibliography in Word [links removed when post migrated into Typepad in 2004]
also rich text format
Report in Word
also rich text format
I am really tired now. The alarm is going off in 6 hours. I hope that is enough to get me through another long day...
Final Draft 1998
[Used to have links to my thesis final draft document in 3 formats here.]
Sent the report to my advisors. Thanks again everyone.
Good Indian food with good friends and a soak in a hot tub and fun conversation. Feeling loads better thanks to Eric, Robert & Seth.
I think Dreamweaver plays with your column widths. Grrrr. I swear all these pages were supposed to be a maximum width of 600 pixels. I just changed this one to 620. It better stick...
Bottom of the ocean dark slime mud bubbles strange fish rising up more fish sunlight whales dolphins glinting lights on surface of water kelp forests waves wind gulls fish jumping boats waves clouds storm (brief) move inland birds bay narrowing to river waterfalls going up over them off to side forests deer Alpine pine deciduous plains mustangs antelope african plains people cultures pyramids countries [illegible] moving planet turning moon and earth solar system galaxy turning black muck again
primevil [sic] slime and ooze coral anenomes florescent light fish moving up octipi more levels of fish whales (at trumpets) from below at first sillohettes huge moving past (to right screen) more schools of fish (new theme) dolphins underwater sunlight glinting through water orcas dolphin breaks through to surface whales later (switch to above water, 1st time) birds move over water inland schooner bay bridge whale sounds across 1st bridge 2nd up river getting wilder 3rd forests at sides animals salmon up waterfalls away from river (at new [illegible]) last whale down over mountains as snow goats down through redwoods deer down deciduous birds Plain's horses african drums plains antelope cities people dancing running old tokyo tower pyramids Kremlin cathedrals Statue of liberty move off from planet clouds moving moon rotation solar system turning galaxy turning galaxy gets farther away keeps turning return black screen.
Vangelis Alpha 5 min 11 sec.
[Interesting writing exercise. I think perhaps the first round was in class and the second at home with the music of my choice, but I'm just guessing. I wouldn't have had the Cosmos soundtrack cassette tape on my person, I doubt.]
graduation day 1987
a free almost-adult 1983
high school graduation 1983
I feel good about the amount of work I am doing. I am getting A's in my classes. I am learning to drive. I am studying for the Achievement tests. I am saving money for the trip. I am doing a really good job.
"Popularity is based on how closely individuals conform"
I don't agree with that statement. If a person conforms completely they become virtually invisible. Popular people provoke good reactions in others. The conformist is nothing but ordinary and so induces no reaction. True, the more you conform, the more groups will indure [sic] your presence, but you won't be adding anything to the group.
What is poetry? 1983
- Poetry - the embodiment of beauty, emotion, or "high thought" in Verse (esp. a rhythmical composition intended to be more "powerful" than prose)
- Verse - a line of poetry, consisting of a certain number of metrical feet, although modern poems may be constructed in free verse.
- Feet - a group of syllables serving as a unit of Meter in verse.
- Meter - rhythm in verse; measured pattern of syllables as in iambic pentameter.
- Iambic (Pentameter) - metrical feet of 2 syllables, the 1st unaccented + the other accented (occuring 5 times in each line) -> "to strive, to seek, to find, and not, to yield." [with symbols over to mark accent]
- Prose - the ordinary form of written or spoken language without rhyme or meter.
- Metaphor - figure of speech in which a word is used (denoting a certain subject or idea) in place of another to suggest a likeness between them - ("I feel shipwrecked")
Major effects on my life 1983
Meeting and knowing Jack Mingo had a major effect on my life. He helped me to see a lot of the games I was playing that were keeping me from being how I wanted to be. I learned a lot from Jack and I am very grateful to him for the changes he helped me make.
An event that had a major effect? Hmmm. The invention of printing. So many things in my life are heavily influenced by books that I am sure I would be a very different person had they not been made. I love books.
Physical Fear 1983
I don't remember exactly the last time I was physically afraid, but I do remember one particular incident that was very frightening. I was in a canoe accident. The canoe I was in the middle of wrapped itself around a log in the river. Fortunately, none of the 3 of us was trapped between the canoe and the log. We all held on to the canoe in the cold water. I was in the water up to my neck and the current was like something alive trying to drag me away from the canoe. I was terrified; all I could do was hang on to that canoe. My friends pulled me halfway out of the water, but, since I was wearing shorts and my legs were in the water, I was still losing body heat. We caught a garbage bag we had been using in the canoe and I used it to insulate my legs. We sat on that log for an hour while the other members of our group figured out how to rescue us. We dealt with our fear by making jokes and swearing at just about everything within range, especially the canoe. The canoe was bent into a U- shape around the log so we have since referred to the disaster as "the Taco incident".
I am often afraid in a relationship that it is not going to work out. I am afraid that for some reason we will break up. This fear I can usually overcome because I know I will survive. The fear of death is much, much worse.