Archive for June 8th, 2011


‎6.8.2011 … OK, I fibbed … today I will finish Three Cups of Tea …

art, graphics:  I wish I were artistic enough to enter.  I loved the previous  They Draw & Cook, a website of illustrated recipes (actually the LARGEST website of illustrated recipes).


They Draw & Travel is a website… a contest… a cool way to encourage kids and grownups alike to participate in their local and global communities by drawing maps of their favorite place, city or town.  How do you draw it?  There are guideline requirements, but the key is to let your imagination take control and show the world what you love about a place from YOUR point of view!

via They Draw & Travel – The Marvelous Map Contest | The Daily Basics.

college, criteria, statistics:  I just recently mentioned that student:professor ratio is key in my opinion.  I realize now it is important to look behind the numbers.

Admission staffers like to boast about a campus’s low student-to-faculty ratio and list off accomplishments of noted professors.

But who is really standing at the front of college classrooms these days?

Sometimes it’s an overworked adjunct who hops from campus to campus. Or a tenured professor distracted by research responsibilities. Or an instructor who keeps putting off having children until reaching elusive tenure. Or a dedicated teaching assistant who is barely able to make ends meet on a small stipend.

The Center for College Affordability and Productivity decided to do a case study of faculty at one school, the University of Texas-Austin, and found that 20 percent of faculty taught 57 percent of student credit hours.

What’s everyone else doing? Mostly research, but many are also chasing grants, taking paid sabbaticals or teaching light course loads.

via Who is teaching today’s college students? – Campus Overload – The Washington Post.

faith and spirituality, culture,  statistics, US:  The numbers are higher than I would have guessed.

America’s first colonists were a religious lot. Three-and-a-half centuries later, not much has changed: more than 9 in 10 Americans still say they believe in God, according to a new Gallup poll.

(LIST: Top Ten Interesting Facts About the World’s Oldest Bible)

American enthusiasm for the divine has hardly waned since the 1940s, when a whopping 96% confirmed their belief in a monotheistic deity. Still, God’s poll numbers have dipped slightly over the past half-century to 92%, with support among certain subgroups slipping below 90%.

Unsurprisingly, belief in God is lowest among young Americans, liberals, independents, residents of the East Coast and those with postgraduate educations. Also unsurprising: God is still polling well in the Bible Belt and has “nearly universal” support among Republicans and conservatives, according to Gallup.

(LIST: The 25 Most Influential Evangelicals in America)

In 1944 when the poll began, only 1% of Americans said that they did not believe in God. But the atheistically-inclined are growing: In the 2011 poll, 7% took the nonbeliever plunge. Others went for the “something out there” option: about 12% of Americans say they believe in a “universal spirit or higher power” rather than God per se when given a choice.

The big loser? Agnosticism — only 1% of Americans say they have “no opinion” on the God question.

via Far-Reaching Faith: Poll Shows 9 out of 10 Americans Believe in God – TIME NewsFeed.

happiness, careers, workplace, culture:  

Why should employers take steps to help make their employees happy? Two reasons.

First, because it’s the right thing to do. A 2001 study showed that Americans spend more than twice as much time at work as in leisure, and for many people, their work dominates their life. So happiness at work is critically important for people’s general happiness.

Second, employee happiness is GOOD FOR BUSINESS. Research shows many ways in which happy employees out-perform their less happy peers.

via The Happiness Project: Why happiness is good for business..

slime bags, wives of slime bags:  I think the men need to go this aspect alone …

What this means for their marriage is unclear, despite the congressman’s assertions that the newlyweds (married just 11 months) will survive the scandal. “I love my wife very much, and we have no intention of splitting up over this,” he told reporters. “We have been through a great deal together, and we will weather this. I love her very much, and she loves me.”

But her absence at his side may signal the end of the humiliating stand-by-your-man appearance by political wives.

But Jenny Sanford refused the ritual , leaving Mark to face questions about his affair with his “soul mate” alone. Ditto for Elizabeth Edwards, who was nowhere to be seen in John’s confessional sit-down with ABC.

Think Abedin will say anything about her husband’s news conference? The notoriously private aide to Secretary of State Clinton never talked during the good times; highly unlikely we’ll hear anything from her now.

via Anthony Weiner’s wife Huma Abedin: Political wives increasingly skip the confessional press conference – The Reliable Source – The Washington Post.

quotes, health, weight:

“I used to blame the dryer for my tight jeans,” said Ruth, 45, who works in advertising. “My friends would say, no, jeans don’t shrink that much. It’s not the dryer. It must be you. Maybe it is, but now I can say it’s my bones.”

via Weight Gain Not Just Fat — Wide Hip Bones, Pelvis Too – ABC News.

google, quotes, advice:  “And I learned a valuable lesson: never Google drunk.”

Probably my favorite mistake was not on television. Last year I gave a commencement address at Wheaton College. I prepared this strong speech that I thought would be compelling to the graduates. At the last moment, after dinner with my family, I decided to include a mention of all the great people who graduated from the school.

I went to the computer and added the names: Dennis Hastert, Billy Graham, Wes Craven. It was only later that I discovered that none of those people had gone to Wheaton College in Norton, Mass. They had graduated from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill. I didn’t find out about my mistake until after I walked off in my cap and gown. I think mor-tified is the best way to describe how I felt. I wrote a letter of apology to the school. I owned the mistake. I just wanted to make sure the students felt taken care of. In the speech, I tried to tell them something that would be useful. I didn’t want anything to take away from that. And I learned a valuable lesson: never Google drunk.

via Ann Curry on Googling Drunk – Newsweek.

slime bags, politics, quotes:  I can’t believe this wife’s statement  … whole article is interesting … almost very nature of politics puts people at risk for this behavior.

“It’s important,” she said, “for a man in politics to be able to seduce.” – Mrs. Strauss-Kahn

via After DSK, Schwarzenegger: Why Powerful Men Behave Badly – TIME.

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