Posts Tagged ‘Emma Watson

07
Jul
16

7.7.16 … XX/XY … New Venture/New Vocation …

Edward Lindsey, Dentons,  Dentons’ Georgia Lobbying Team, kith/kin, passion, vocation, public policy: Congratulations on your new venture, dear brother!

Edward Lindsey, a former state representative and a founding partner of Goodman McGuffey Lindsey & Johnson, is joining global firm Dentons, effective July 15. Lindsey will be a partner in Dentons’ lobbying practice—one of the largest in the country—working specifically in its extensive Georgia State Government Affairs practice. “This is a continuation of what my passion is now—dealing with public policy,” said Lindsey, who founded Goodman McGuffey in 1990 with three friends. The firm, which has shortened its name to Goodman McGuffey with his departure, has grown over the years to about 40 lawyers in four states.

Nettie Stevens,   sex chromosomes, XX, XY: Nettie Stevens discovered XY sex chromosomes. She didn’t get credit because she had two X’s. – Vox

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At the turn of the 20th century, biologist Nettie Stevens was driven to solve a scientific mystery that had perplexed humanity for millennia. The mystery was so simple but daunting: Why do boys become boys and girls become girls? In her pioneering work at Bryn Mawr College, Stevens discovered the sex chromosomes that make the difference. Today would be her 155th birthday. Google is celebrating her accomplishments today — she’s featured in the Google Doodle — and so should we.

Source: Nettie Stevens discovered XY sex chromosomes. She didn’t get credit because she had two X’s. – Vox

Dawn, xenon, Ion propulsion, 

While Dawn’s mission is important, how it got to the asteroid belt in the first place is equally fascinating. It used something called ion propulsion. Most spacecraft, like Juno, use standard combustion to travel through space. A chemical fuel is burned, the expanding gas is directed out the back by a nozzle, and that’s what propels the craft forward. Ion propulsion is different. It still uses a fuel — in Dawn’s case, the gas xenon — but instead of burning the gas, a purely electrical system accelerates a few particles of the fuel at a time out of the spacecraft, at about 10 times the speed of regular combustion. “Basically what you’re trying to do is push your spacecraft forward by throwing something out the back very quickly,” Christopher Russell, Dawn’s principal investigator who assembled the mission, explains to The Week. Ion propulsion is incredibly efficient, which cuts way down on the fuel the craft has to carry. That massively reduces costs, and leaves a lot more room for other cargo. Combustion systems also require big burns to get going and big burns to slow down again, while ion propulsion moves more smoothly, opening up all sorts of new routes and locations.

Source: This innovation could change space travel forever

 

Source: Former Rep. Lindsey Joins Dentons’ Georgia Lobbying Team

Plus-Size Dancer, Proving Body Positivity, No Gender:

I loved this and I have one friend who always jokes about another.   “Where did you find this video of [LAH] dancing? It usually takes several beers to get him to perform.”  Well, if anyone could do it it would be your LAH!

Erik Cavanaugh never expected his pirouetting and chasséing across an empty dance studio would go viral across the internet, nor did he upload the videos with that ever crossing his mind. But this is exactly what happened Sunday when the New York Post posted a compilation of his videos to its Facebook page.  Why did it end up garnering over 3 million views and over 34,000 shares and counting? Besides his obvious talent, Cavanaugh doesn’t have the body that many might expect to see leaping and twirling around a studio.  “Not everyone sees me as a dancer,” he said in a phone interview. “It’s been a struggle.”

Source: Meet the Plus-Size Dancer Who’s Proving Body PositivityW Knows No Gender

Emma Watson, Hermione, Cursed Child:  Great FB post by Emma Watson. 

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Yesterday I went to see the Cursed Child. I came in with no idea what to expect and it was AMAZING. Some things about the play were, I think, possibly even more beautiful than the films. Having seen it I felt more connected to Hermione and the stories than I have since Deathly Hallows came out, which was such a gift. Meeting Noma and seeing her on stage was like meeting my older self and have her tell me everything was going to be alright, which as you can imagine was immensely comforting (and emotional)! The cast and crew welcomed me like I was family and Noma was everything I could ever hope she would be. She’s wonderful. The music is beautiful… I could go on… Here are some pics of me meeting Noma and the crew. Love, E xx ‪#‎keepthesecrets‬ ‪#‎19yearslater‬@antoboyle Sam Clemmett Noma Dumezweni @HPPlayLDN

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Day 23 Hiking/Day 27 from Katahdin
John called about 9 AM this morning. He was atop Old Blue Mountain (244) and was headed to the next road, about an 8 mile hike for today. He hoped to go into Andover ME because … Rain’s a comin’ …
16
Mar
14

3.16.14 … “I had this sense that if I wasn’t really careful, that could be me: that my first kiss could be in somebody else’s clothes. And my experiences could all belong to someone else.” – Emma Watson

The Fall of France, Huguenots, economics, socialism, Edict of Nantes, entrepreneur, taxes:  Very interesting article.  An article like this makes me want to spend some time researching both the modern-day economics and French history.

It’s a stretch, but what is happening today in France is being compared to the revocation of 1685. In that year, Louis XIV, the Sun King who built the Palace of Versailles, revoked the Edict of Nantes, which had protected French Protestants – the Huguenots. Trying to unite his kingdom by a common religion, the king closed churches and persecuted the Huguenots. As a result, nearly 700,000 of them fled France, seeking asylum in England, Sweden, Switzerland, South Africa and other countries.

The Huguenots, nearly a million strong before 1685, were thought of as the worker bees of France. They left without money, but took with them their many and various skills. They left France with a noticeable brain drain.

Since the arrival of Socialist President François Hollande in 2012, income tax and social security contributions in France have skyrocketed. The top tax rate is 75 percent, and a great many pay in excess of 70 percent.

As a result, there has been a frantic bolt for the border by the very people who create economic growth – business leaders, innovators, creative thinkers, and top executives. They are all leaving France to develop their talents elsewhere.

And it’s a tragedy for such a historically rich country. As they say, the problem with the French is they have no word for entrepreneur. Where is the Richard Branson of France? Where is the Bill Gates?

via The Fall of France.

Down Syndrome: A Year of Grief and Joy, ABC News:  A wonderful read.  I would hope I could be the person that says, “Who better than us?”

And at some point, Ryan’s question changed from “Why us?” to “Why NOT us?” After all, we had beautiful life, a wonderful marriage, a daughter we adored and plenty more love to give. Who better than us?

via Down Syndrome: A Year of Grief and Joy – ABC News.

‘Live From Space’: Nat Geo,  ISS, Globalnews.ca: I recorded this show Friday night.  As I was watching the news and following twitter I noticed this tweet from fellow Davidsonian.

Thomas H. Marshburn @AstroMarshburn 6m

Watching colleagues Koichi and Rick right now on #LiveFromSpace on the Natl Geo channel. Almost feels like I’m back on-board!

I had not thought that a former ISS resident would watch. So I watched last night.  It was an awesome show.  If  NatGeo reboadcasts the show, watch it!

National Geographic Channel is targeting a subject that’s literally over our heads, bringing it down to Earth in an ambitious two-hour special.

Airing Friday at 8 p.m. Eastern/5 p.m. Pacific, Live From Space will originate from the International Space Station with American astronaut Rick Mastracchio and Koichi Wakata, who’s Japanese, as on-board correspondents.

Veteran reporter Soledad O’Brien will anchor from NASA Mission Control in Houston.

O’Brien said she’s excited about the special, and particularly happy to be hosting Live From Space from a comfortable distance.

via ‘Live From Space’: Nat Geo to air special from the space station – National | Globalnews.ca.

gap year, colleges, Tufts University: Wow … some colleges  offer to pay students to take year off.

Colleges are paying students to take a year off after high school to travel, volunteer or do internships so that students of all income brackets can benefit from “gap years.”

A new program at Tufts University and existing ones at a handful of other schools aim to remove the financial barriers that can keep cash-strapped students from exploring different communities and challenge their comfort zones before jumping right into college.

The gap year program starting this fall at Tufts will pay for housing, airfare and even visa fees, which can often add up to $30,000 or more.

Although gap years are more popular in Europe, they have started to gain traction in the United States. About 40,000 Americans participated in gap year programs in 2013, an increase of nearly 20 percent since 2006, according to data gathered by a nonprofit called the American Gap Year Association.

In 2009, Princeton University began offering applicants gap-year aid based on need. Nearly 100 students have participated, volunteering in Brazil, China, India, Peru and Senegal.

The University of North Carolina offers $7,500 to gap year applicants, while students at Wisconsin’s St. Norbert College can receive financial aid based on need, although airfare isn’t covered.

via College offers to pay students to take year off.

news, media:  news pays …

It has become a water cooler topic, with several social media references to the downed jet that kicked off the popular television series “Lost.”

Cooper’s show, which has averaged 444,000 viewers this year, reached 972,000 people on Wednesday, Nielsen said. On both of the last two nights, Cooper achieved the highly unusual feat of topping Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly among the 25- to 54-year-old age demographic. O’Reilly easily won among viewers of all ages.

So far, the plane story has meant less for Fox and MSNBC, which have a heavier concentration on political stories. Fox’s full-day average of 1.26 million people on Thursday beat the 1.1 million it has been typically drawing this year. MSNBC had 370,000 viewers, lower than its non-Olympic average of 405,000 this year, Nielsen said.

via AOL.com Article – Missing Malaysian Airlines jet nets high ratings on cable news.

Kissing Sailor in WWII-Era, RIP, ABC News:

PHOTO: U.S. Navy sailor Glenn Edward McDuffie kisses a nurse in Times Square in an impromptu moment at the close of World War II, after the surrender of Japan was announced in New York, Aug. 14, 1945.

But his life became more exciting about six years ago when Houston Police Department forensic artist Lois Gibson was able to identify him as the young man leaning over the woman in his arms to kiss her.

By taking about 100 pictures of McDuffie using a pillow to pose as he did in the picture taken Aug. 14, 1945, by photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt, Gibson said, she was able to match the muscles, ears and other features of the then-80-year-old McDuffie to the young sailor in the original image.

“I was absolutely positive,” Gibson said of the match. “It was perfect.”

The identification remained controversial, partly because other men also claimed to have been the sailor in the image, but also because Life magazine, whose photographer had died years earlier, was unable to confirm that McDuffie was in fact the sailor, noting Eisenstaedt had never gotten names for those in the picture.

Yet for McDuffie, Gibson’s word was enough. A well-respected forensic artist who was in the 2005 Guinness Book of World Records for helping police identify more suspects than any other forensic artist, Gibson said McDuffie was ecstatic when she told him the results he had waited 62 years to hear.

And so began a whirlwind lifestyle of going to air shows, gun shows, fundraisers and parties to tell his story. Women would pay $10 to take a picture kissing him on the cheek, Gibson said.

“He would make money and kiss women,” Gibson said. “He had the most glamorous life of any 80 year old.”

via Man Known as Kissing Sailor in WWII-Era Image Dies – ABC News.

Davidson College Alumnus, Zillow Chief Economist “Zestimates” the Value of His Liberal Arts Education, Davidson College, Stan Humphries ’90:

Real estate is not rocket science.

Or is it?

Ask Stan Humphries ’90. He’s responsible for Zillow’s “Zestimate,” an estimated market value on every U.S. home, which is integral now to all things real estate-related on the internet since its introduction a few short years ago.

In the late ’80s, Humphries was an aerospace engineering student at Georgia Tech. He loved the academic work, but as time passed he found he did not want to become an engineer after all. He transferred to Davidson, studying political science and economics through an interdisciplinary major, with an eye toward science and technology policy.

The Davidson years were formative, personally and professionally. He met his future wife, Katherine Bagby Humphries ’90.

“It’s not just a cliché, what they say about the liberal arts,” said Humphries. “In my case, it gave me a way of thinking about the world and a critical faculty for thinking about issues and breaking down problems. It also gave me an enlarged worldview in terms of what I should be thinking about. I left Davidson thinking about life being a continual learning exercise.”

via Alumnus Focus: Zillow Chief Economist “Zestimates” the Value of His Liberal Arts Education – Davidson College.

Banksy Is #WithSyria — Are You?, TopDailyInfo.com:

Banksy, Idris Elba, Cristiano Ronaldo and Elbow are just some of the stars who are supporting the #WithSyria campaign that will see thousands of people across the world, from Moscow to Washington, standing together in a global vigil to mark the third anniversary of the crisis in Syria on Thursday, March 13.

“#WithSyria,” a stunning animated film, will be shown around the world, from an inflatable cinema in Za’atari Refugee camp in Jordan to the big screen in Times Square, and iconic locations will be bathed in light by candlelit vigils, a Banksy light projection of his famed “girl with a red balloon” — which he has redesigned to feature a young Syrian refugee — and the release of red balloons carrying messages of hope to Syrians.

The #WithSyria coalition is made up of 120 humanitarian and human rights groups from 24 countries, including Save the Children, Oxfam, Amnesty International, Hand in Hand for Syria and the International Rescue Committee. The campaign is calling for urgent action to ensure Syrians in need –- including civilians in areas under siege — can access aid and for the voices of ordinary Syrians to be heard and heeded in reconvened peace talks.

via Banksy Is #WithSyria — Are You? (VIDEO) | TopDailyInfo.com.

Ethan Alban,  Karsyn Folds, 2012 Nationals Friday Night, shag dancing, , YouTube:  Mercy, mercy, mercy … One friend say this and noted that  karsyn was leading!  And to that I say, you rock, Bossy Girl!

via ▶ Ethan Alban and Karsyn Folds – 2012 Nationals Friday Night – YouTube.

Apps, Will Allow You To Read Novels In Under 90 Minutes, speed reading, Elite Daily:

The reading game is about to change forever. Boston-based software developer Spritz has been in “stealth mode” for three years, tinkering with their program and leasing it out to different ebooks, apps, and other platforms.

Now, Spritz is about to go public with Samsung’s new line of wearable technology.

Other apps have offered up similar types of rapid serial visual presentation to enhance reading speed and convenience on mobile devices in the past.

However, what Spritz does differently (and brilliantly) is manipulate the format of the words to more appropriately line them up with the eye’s natural motion of reading.

The “Optimal Recognition Point” (ORP) is slightly left of the center of each word, and is the precise point at which our brain deciphers each jumble of letters.

The unique aspect of Spritz is that it identifies the ORP of each word, makes that letter red and presents all of the ORPs at the same space on the screen.

In this way, our eyes don’t move at all as we see the words, and we can therefore process information instantaneously rather than spend time decoding each word.

via This Insane New App Will Allow You To Read Novels In Under 90 Minutes | Elite Daily.

Emma Watson,  Elle Magazine, TopDailyInfo.com:  I like this actress.  I truly hope she has a good her on her shoulders.

“I remember reading this thing that Elizabeth Taylor wrote. She had her first kiss in character. On a movie set. It really struck me,” she said. “I don’t know how or why, but I had this sense that if I wasn’t really careful, that could be me: that my first kiss could be in somebody else’s clothes. And my experiences could all belong to someone else.”

via Emma Watson Reveals Why She’s Jealous Of Other Actresses To Elle Magazine | TopDailyInfo.com.

Colin Powell’s 60-Year-Old Selfie,  The Wire:  Love this selfie! “Eat your heart out Ellen!”

This selfie is a truly great selfie, and a good reminder that these images existed and were all over the place way before they became a thing we discussed during major news events (or as a way to sell mobile phones.) Basically, as long as there have been cameras.

We’ve always had the impulse to use technology at hand for self reflection: Jerry Saltz noted in his “History of the Selfie” that Van Gogh’s series of self portrait paintings feel really darn selfie-like, a sort of “proto selfie” that has “the same intensity, immediacy, and need to reveal something inner to the outside world in the most vivid way possible.” Professional and amateur photographers have been taking self portraits since the invention of the camera. Add Young Colin Powell to the list of those who did it early, and best.

via Colin Powell’s 60-Year-Old Selfie Is Everything You Could Ever Hope For in a Selfie – The Wire.

Adobe hardware,  iPad Pen and Ruler,  Personal Tech News – WSJ:

Adobe—the software company that brought the world iconic creative apps such as Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign—is forging into hardware. Sometime this year, AdobeADBE -1.44% will bring its first hardware products to market, starting with a digital pen and ruler set built specifically for AppleAAPL -1.11%’s iPad.

“When people hear that Adobe is getting into hardware, for many the first reaction is ‘why?’,” explained Michael Gough, Adobe’s vice president of experience design, at the South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas. “But, this really is within our wheelhouse. We’ve always built creative tools and these products are really just another example of that. This isn’t just another stylus.”

Adobe’s pen currently wears the codename Mighty, while the ruler is going by the name Napoleon—because “it’s a short ruler,” Gough said.

The two products, which Gough demoed at SXSW, as you can see in the video above, are built with clean lines and shod in aluminum and white plastic. They look not mistakenly like something Apple would design.

Adobe

The two devices work in tandem with an iPad drawing app that Adobe is also developing, one that enables the hardware to mimic an architects ruler and wide array of drafting templates—the greenish, flat pieces of plastic you’ve seen if you’ve been down the art aisle in any office supply store.

via Adobe Bets on an iPad Pen and Ruler in Hardware Debut – Personal Tech News – WSJ.

Frat Bros, SeaWorld, OutsideOnline.com: I’m a little worried about the 23-year-old. 😦

At 2 a.m. Thursday, five University of Houston frat brothers allegedly broke into SeaWorld San Antonio in search of ice cream and animals to take pictures with.

Their results were decidedly mixed. According to Huffington Post and San Antonio Express-News reports, the bros climbed a tree near a perimeter fence to enter the park. Once they got in, they embarked on a quest for ice cream. Somewhat surprisingly, the guys were successful, breaking into a storage container and stealing Dippin’ Dots.

That’s when things went awry. As the frat bros searched for animals to pose with, police arrived—they had been called by security guards who spotted the trespassers. Three of the intruders escaped, but authorities apprehended a 23-year-old and an 18-year old, subsequently charging them with criminal trespassing and theft under $500. Police have still not confirmed whether the students obtained the pictures they so fervently sought.

via Frat Bros Break into SeaWorld | News from the Field | OutsideOnline.com.

The Coastal Explorer, Coastal Carolina University, Georgetown SC:  I’ll have to check out the docks next time I’m in Georgetown.

Coastal Carolina University christened their new research vessel, The Coastal Explorer, this afternoon. From her home in the Georgetown Harbor, graduate and PhD students will be doing research of the marine environment of the SE coast.

Quiznos, bankruptcy, Groupon:

Quiznos has filed for bankruptcy: http://on.wsj.com/1kRNEX5

There’s more than $67,000 worth of Quiznos gift certificates out there, plus another $350,670 in Groupons. The sandwich chain says it will honor them.

Credit: Kevin Hagen for The WSJ

18
Mar
13

3.18.13 … Who here actually thinks …

 Emma Watson, 50 Shades of Grey, Twitter:  Twitter can be very amusing …

Emma Watson

‏@EmWatson

Who here actually thinks I would do 50 Shades of Grey as a movie? Like really. For real. In real life.

via Twitter / EmWatson: Who here actually thinks I ….

13
Jul
11

‎7.13.2011 … Water bill 6 x the usual (as in $550!)… You think we’d have a broken main … But no, just broken irrigation pipes … praying for an adjustment …

water bill, City of Charlotte, prayers:  I think they will work with me … but you can imagine my shock!

chefs, shilling, new words/phrases:  Shilling doesn’t sound very nice, does it?

Ferran Adrià working for Pepsi? Nate Appleman cooking for Chipotle? What’s up with all these high-end chefs aligning with mainstream corporate sponsors? Thanks to the influence of reality TV and the celeb-chef phenomenon, chef shilling has been on the rise lately. Which begs the question – has the food-TV monster turned some famous chefs into sellouts? Here’s a list of the most shocking chef shills in recent years. What do you think – should accomplished professional chefs be plugging Diet Coke and toothpaste? Let us know in the comments.

via The 5 Most Shocking Celebrity Chef Shills | Zagat

A shill, plant or stooge is a person who helps a person or organization without disclosing that he or she has a close relationship with that person or organization. Shill typically refers to someone who purposely gives onlookers the impression that he or she is an enthusiastic independent customer of a seller (or marketer of ideas) that he or she is secretly working for. The person or group that hires the shill is using crowd psychology, to encourage other onlookers or audience members to purchase the goods or services (or accept the ideas being marketed). Shills are often employed by confidence artists

via Shill – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

cooking, Big Green Egg, Atlanta:  We own one … never use it.  My brother-in-law owns one … it’s in a storage warehouse.  They are made in Atlanta, and there are some who swear by them.  John heard about them and just had to have one 🙂 … it has never been worth all the effort.

When I lived in Atlanta in the late 1980s, I learned to cook Thanksgiving turkeys, Fourth of July pork shoulders, and Sunday night burgers on the Big Green Egg. When I moved to Oxford, Miss. in 1995, I had to leave my Egg behind. It wouldn’t fit in the moving truck.When my mother in law, Marley Hobbs, age 88, moved two doors down a couple years ago, she saved enough room in her moving truck for her Egg. Of late, I’ve been borrowing hers more frequently, while pondering the purchase of a Primo, one of those glossy black oblong models. Sure, they’re expensive. But, after reporting my story on them, I want one more than ever.

via Do You Use a Big Green Egg? – NYTimes.com.

quotes, Gretchen Rubin, Ralph Waldo Emerson:  Got this from Gretchen’s Happiness blog.  Sometimes we talk about famous people who are known by one name (Cher, Madonna) … how many are known by three?

Good manners are made up of petty sacrifices.”
 Ralph Waldo Emerson

technology, things past, history, morse code:  I found this one fun.

POINT REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE, Calif. — It has been a little more than a decade since the last of the nation’s commercial Morse code radio stations officially went off the air, as new technology sank a system that had been a lingua franca of maritime communication since before the Titanic.

But like transmissions that continue to travel through the cosmos long after their original senders are gone, there are some things that refuse to die. And on Tuesday, several outposts of Morse code blazed to life again, if only for a night, with the help of a group of enthusiasts bent on preserving what they call “the music of Morse,” one key tap at a time.

The occasion was an annual radio reboot known as the Night of Nights, held every year on the anniversary of the last Morse code broadcast from a coastal California station in 1999, which included a traditional sign-off (“We wish you fair winds and following seas”) and more than a few teary-eyed former radio operators.

On Tuesday, though, some of those old key men were back on the job, broadcasting from the former headquarters of a marine Morse station in Northern California, KPH, and joined on air by two other stations outside Seattle and in Mobile, Ala., all to honor a system that linked the world long before the Internet, e-mail and Twitter.

via For a Night Each Year, the Airwaves Buzz With Morse Code – NYTimes.com.

 fashion, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, change:  I wore pantyhose daily while I worked (until 1999) … now no one wears them.  I think women look unprofessional without them.  Maybe the Royals will bring back pantyhose … at least for professional or formal situations.

Kate Middleton, Nude PantyhoseCatherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Pippa Middleton are fans of the nude pantyhose! Thanks to the sisters, sales of the hosiery have spiked nearly 85 percent in England, The Telegraph reports. Buckingham Palace enforces a strict dress code for women—they must wear stockings and closed-toed shoes, and royals like Queen Elizabeth,Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie all slip them on when they’re out. The look is also practical, as pantyhose provide extra warmth on chilly nights and a layer of protection against the sun.

http://news.instyle.com/2011/07/13/kate-middleton-pippa-middleton-nude-pantyhose/.

iPad, apps, Tweed:

Tweed presents you with a list of links to new articles, blog posts or anything else posted by your friends and people you follow on Twitter as well as our own curated lists of people we read and follow.

via Tweed: The Twitter app that’s just for links..

iPad, apps, StumbleUpon:   

When the iPad was launched, people across the geek-o-sphere condemned it as a dumb chunk of glass “for consumption only” – a tool incapable of facilitating content creation and possibly a threat to the future of human creativity. “The iPad is an attractive, thoughtfully designed, deeply cynical thing,” wrote Alex Payne. “[If] I had an iPad rather than a real computer as a kid, I’d never be a programmer today.”

That may very well be, but the new iPad app that popular web exploration network StumbleUpon released this week goes a long way towards compensating for whatever risks to creativity that the device poses. If you’ve got an iPad, I think it’s a must-have app. That’s true for everyone, including for kids.

via StumbleUpon for iPad: Like a Magic Carpet Ride for Your Brain.

Harry Potter stars, Emma Watson, Letterman:  This is silly. She is 21.

“Do you drink at all? Do you use controlled substances?” Letterman asked the 21-year-old actress.

Things get a little more uncomfortable after that, as Letterman begins to talk about spirits. And not the kind that fly around Hogwarts.

via On ‘Letterman,’ Harry Potter Star Emma Watson Talks About Getting Drunk – Speakeasy – WSJ.

Netflix, digital media, end of an era:  I have been a Netflix fan for many years … This is a big price increase that takes away the flexibility that I have enjoyed.  I may cancel and see what I think.

Netflix Inc. NFLX -2.69% said Tuesday that it would no longer offer unlimited plans that include both streaming and DVDs by mail. Users must now either subscribe to a stream-only plan, a DVD-only plan, or a combined plan. The unlimited streaming plan will remain at $7.99 a month. The price for obtaining both unlimited streaming and unlimited DVDs will be $15.98 a month ($7.99 + $7.99).

via Netflix separates DVD, streaming plans – MarketWatch.

22
Apr
11

4.22.2011 Happy Earth Day … And Good Friday …

Earth Day:  In 1990, we celebrated the 20th anniversary of Earth Day … and because of my guilt I trudged through cloth diapers on 2 of my three children …

It was also wholly inconclusive. By the time the last auto engine had been symbolically buried and the last orator had spoken out against garbage, the essential question remained whether the whole uprising represented a giant step forward for contaminated Earthmen or just a springtime skipalong.

Earth Day: A Giant Step—Or a Springtime Skip? (PDF)
*Thank you to our amazing research department for help digging this up!

via Newsweek (This 1970 photo, taken from a 1970 NEWSWEEK story,…).

Easter:  fun recipes …

FOOD BUZZ In honor of Easter’s best candy (Cad Eggs), here’s a collection of divine Cadbury Creme Egg recipes.

via 13 Delicious Recipes Using Cadbury Creme Eggs: Pics, Videos, Links, News.

cities, urban development, Jane Jacobs:  I studied Jane Jacobs in college and was very influenced by her work.  maybe time to reread another Jane.

2011 is the 50th anniversary of “The Death and Life of Great American Cities”, the book that introduced Jane Jacobs’ ground-breaking ideas about how cities function, evolve and fail. To celebrate the occasion Jane’s Walk Toronto is holding a ‘reading relay’ in front of Toronto’s City Hall. Starting at 10 am on Saturday May 7, anybody can drop by the Jane’s Walk tent on Nathan Phillips Square and read aloud from her classic text. The book will be read from start to finish, continuously, over the Jane’s Walk weekend. Come on by and add your voice.

via Jane’s Walk.

gossip, Emma Watson:

Harry Potter star and model Emma Watson reportedly decided to leave her Ivy League school because she was bullied. From Robert Pattinson to Bill Clinton, see proof the victims can win in the end.

via Emma Watson Leaves Brown Because of Bullying & More Bullied Stars – The Daily Beast.

random, risk takers, mea culpa:

Three weeks ago Shaun Walters jumped from the 25th floor steel girders of a construction site at 117 W. Wacker—and parachuted into the waiting arms of a Chicago Police officer.

It was a bit of bad luck for the dreadlocked 44-year-old New Zealander—who was charged with misdemeanor reckless conduct.

The jump was videotaped by a friend of Walters’—who passed the footage along to the Sun-Times along with a request that the newspaper mention how sorry he is for causing any trouble for the Chicago Police Department.

via Downtown parachutist apologizes to Chicago police for stunt – Chicago Sun-Times.

urban renewal, places, Georgian Terrace, Atlanta, history:

One hundred years ago, the 150,000-square foot 10-story Georgian Terrace Hotel, first graced the corner of Peachtree Street and Ponce de Leon Avenue in Midtown.

Now, a century later, the hotel at 659 Peachtree Street is a 19-story tower encompassing 500,000 square feet.

Joseph Gatins, whose family built the hotel and owned it for decades, told media at a luncheon Wednesday, the hotel’s 100 anniversary is quite the feat.

“Atlanta likes to tear things down,” Gatins said.

Carl Dees, general manager for the hotel since 2009, has been spearheading the historic property’s $23 million renovation. In 1911, the cost of constructing the initial 10-story structure was $500,000.

via Georgian Terrace Hotel celebrates 100 years with $23 million renovation | Atlanta Restaurant and Retail Openings & Closings | What Now Atlanta.

Davidson, technology:  Davidson College, Mobile Applications.

Milledgeville GA, Civil War, history:

Milledgeville, Georgia offers a plethora of great events. Whether its tours of the Old Governors Mansion or Live Music or our famed Historic Trolley Tours, you will find it here.  Consider this your source for all Milledgeville events.   2011 marks the Sesquicentennial or 150th year anniversary of the beginning of the American Civil War.  Milledgeville, which was Georgias Antebellum Capital, prior to the current capital of Atlanta, played an important role in the Civil War.  Check out all of the great events surrounding the anniversary!

via Milledgeville Official Calendar of Events – Whats Happening in Milledgeville.

movies,  King’s Speech: It was quite good.

‎cars, green:  Green Phantom?

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Meet the electric Rolls Royce Phantom, a $3 million prototype with 1,452 pounds of batteries.

via yfrog Photo : http://yfrog.com/hsgf7tahj Shared by JeffElder

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Sara Bates, Anne Temmink, Davidson College, Watson Fellowship, kith/kin, kudos: Kudos to Sara, Anne and the other Watson Fellows! … and kudos to Sara’s proud parents … Lisa and Thomas!

Sara Bates, Davidson College

Delivering Hope: A Comparative Study of Midwifery Programs and Practices

New Zealand, Indonesia, Chile, Ethiopia

While childbirth is often a positive and fulfilling experience, for too many women it is associated with fear, suffering, ill-health, and even death. Today, midwives remain the primary providers of health care for childbearing women around the world. Midwifery encompasses the care of women during pregnancy, labor, and the postpartum period, as well as care of the newborn. My project aims to explore the cross-cultural factors of midwifery in order to further my knowledge of the techniques midwives use and struggles they face on a daily basis.

Anne Temmink, Davidson College

Women, Sewing, and the Globalization of Fashion

Ghana, India, Indonesia

Clothing communicates many things about the history of a culture as well as an individual’s origins and affiliations. Historically, women throughout the world have occupied roles in many facets of clothing making. My proposal will take me to study in three countries each with an identity strongly tied to its particular style of dress or textile traditions. By working alongside seamstresses and dyers, I will explore the histories and trades that surround clothing production to see the effects of Western clothing on the livelihood of female artisans.

via The Watson Fellowship: Our Fellows.

Japan Earthquake/Tsunami:

A video model created by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows the extraordinary power of the earthquake and tsunami that struck the coast of Japan last Friday, causing widespread devastation and setting off a deepening nuclear crisis.

The model, based on observational data from deep-sea buoys, shows waves more than a hundred miles long spreading rapidly throughout the Pacific basin, said Yong Wei, a NOAA tsunami modeler.

The wave energy from the event was on par with the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, which killed more than 200,000 people, Dr. Wei said.

via Model Shows Intense Wave Power of Tsunami – NYTimes.com.

fashion, Emma Watson: OK … how can Emma Watson be the face of Lancome when she is the face of Hermione … the face of my children’s generation? … Besides Lancome is the rich old lady makeup … I haven’t moved up to it yet and I am 51.

Emma Watson’s beauty is striking—so much so that her fabulous features just inked a deal to be the new face of Lancôme! Watson confirmed the news on her Twitter this morning, where she had left clues over the past few days so her fans could guess her big news. “It starts with an L and ends with an E. I’m sure you have guessed the new face of Lancôme is me!” the 20-year-old actress Tweeted.

via Emma Watson for Lancome: ‘The Icon of Her Generation’ : InStyle.com What’s Right Now.

cities, urban development:

What is the evidence that cities are more efficient ways of organising economic activity? Specifically, how do we know that – in this day-and-age of telecommunications – the existence of cities arises from superior efficiency in organising economic activity, and not merely from superior efficiency in organising rent-seeking?

It’s a good question. How do we know cities are productive and not just centres for rent-seeking? The answer is simple: because they export.

Only in those cases where another industry with different location-specific advantages arose did cities recover. These new “knowledge” industries may themselves prove vulnerable at some point in the future. For the moment, however, the exporting capacity of metropolitan firms suggests that economies are deriving huge benefits from their cities.

via Economic geography: What are cities good for? | The Economist.

March Madness:

The Daily Tar Heel :: Serving UNC students and the community since 1893.

It’s bracket season, the time when everyone from hardcore college-basketball fans to those who can’t name one Pittsburgh Panther enters the office’s NCAA tournament pool.

The trouble with bracket time, though, is that even the most analytical thinkers get corrupted by the archenemy of objectivity: emotion. It doesn’t matter if your alma mater is stumbling down the stretch like Villanova; you’re still having them win their first game. Likewise, if Kansas burned you last season, you’re determined to prevent the Jayhawks from doing it again, no matter how good they look now (and their No. 1 seed).

via NCAA Bracket as Blind Taste Test – WSJ.com.

gold, history, Charlotte:  Outside of Charlotte was the first significant gold find in the US … 1799.

Should gold be represented in an investment portfolio? I believe it should, for a number of reasons.

New York financial adviser Lewis J. Altfest calls gold a gift, not an investment .

In the short run, gold can be a safe haven in a time of crisis. We don’t know what the next crisis will be, but we have seen plenty of “black swan” events over the past two years alone; our markets and our world seem increasingly hard-wired to experience periods of crisis and calm. In this sense, gold can be seen as a short-term hedge, or a short-term speculative play on volatility.

Some may say that we’re heading for a period of stability, but that’s hard to believe. The Fed is desperately trying to stimulate the economy. Housing prices remain weak. Unemployment remains high. On the political side, the Middle East has been far from stable in recent weeks. We have learned from the past three years that events can move extremely quickly in our increasingly interconnected world. Stability will be more and more fleeting—perhaps permanently.

In the longer term, gold is a good way to invest in expectation of higher inflation—a growing possibility. As governments battle debt problems and central banks intervene on their behalf, we could very well see deliberate weakening of currencies in many developed countries. Why use gold, rather than some other inflation hedge? Simplicity. Gold can be easily held in most portfolios, particularly with the advent of gold-bullion ETFs.

via Buy Gold: It’s a Safe Haven and Inflation Hedge – WSJ.com.

news, Charlotte, condolences, kith/kin:  A tragedy struck an event a good friend coordinates.  Condolences to the family and friends of the volunteer.

The loss had an emotional impact on the weekend-long event, said meet director Barb Frith.

“All the coaches are visibly shaken,” Frith said. “And we can all understand that you leave home at 7 a.m. for a swim meet and at 7:20 a.m. life is changed forever.”

via Team swims through grief for committed volunteer – CharlotteObserver.com.




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