Posts Tagged ‘kudos

17
Feb
14

2.17.14 … Presidential selfies … Hail to the chief and kudos to the Instagram savvy teen

Presidential selfies,  Chaz Rorick, ohheyitschaz, photo project,  viral, kudos, Instgram: This kid  dressed up like every US president on Instagram!

Collage: Instagram/ohheyitschaz

Hail to the chief and kudos to the teen.

Chaz Rorick spent many of his evenings late last year attaching cotton balls to his head, cutting beards and mustaches out of paper and taking many, many selfies for a project that\’s made him the latest Internet star.

The 16-year-old high school student in Rochester, N.Y., has created an eye-catching photo series on Instagram that features him posing as the nation’s presidents — all of them, complete with similar expressions, poses and facial hair — and then pairing his pictures with images of the real commanders-in-chief.

via Presidential selfies: Teen’s funny photo project goes viral – TODAY.com.

Joe J. Dennard/ JJ Dennard, kith/kin:  So he died “on his piazza reading a newspaper” and not the porch!! Never, NEVER, have I heard my great grandparents/grandparents/parents’ porch called a piazza, NEVER.

Joe J. Dennard, one of the wealthiest citizens of Wilcox County, died very suddenly last Friday, July 3, about 1 o’clock p.m. while sitting in a chair on his piazza reading a newspaper.

via http://files.usgwarchives.net/ga/wilcox/obits/d/dennard13835ob.txt

Lexus,  Chasing Light – Inspired by Ansel Adams, YouTube: I’m not buying a Lexus, but this is pretty cool video about Ansel Adams! Really cool.

via ▶ Video: Lexus Presents: Chasing Light – Inspired by Ansel Adams – YouTube.

Published on Feb 4, 2014

Lexus, with the cooperation of The Ansel Adams Trust, set out on an adventure inspired by some of the legendary photographer’s iconic images.

via ▶ Video: Lexus Presents: Chasing Light – Inspired by Ansel Adams – YouTube.

Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy, Chicago STEM, IBM:

“Kids at the school, which launched a year and a half ago, aren’t called students but “innovators.” They receive a hardcore focus on STEM skills (that’s science, technology, engineering and math). And they take six years to graduate instead of the traditional four; the extra two years means they walk away with an associate’s degree on top of their high school diploma.

There’s one more thing they take with them: a job. Every student at Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy graduates with a promise of a $40,000-plus opportunity at IBM, the school’s corporate partner and a key developer of the curriculum.”

via The School That Will Get You a Job – TIME.

Why We Still Need French, Business Insider: It’s beautiful, too. I think it’s the ballet of languages.

3)  All over Europe, French is still the main second language taught in school.

Forget about the Nordic countries, who’ve consciously abandoned their own languages for English — their languages were never important to begin with. When I lived in France, I found it impossible to communicate with the kids from Italy, China, Japan, and Mexico in anything other than French. Nor was English an option when I traveled to Poland and the Czech Republic.

Here is how the French government defines what it calls “the sphere of French language.” It’s much larger than you think:

French Foreign Ministry

4)  If you want to understand modern China and Russia, you need to know French.

via Why We Still Need French – Business Insider.

Pixies, Tiny Desk Concert, NPR:

http://www.npr.org/event/music/269542317/pixies-tiny-desk-concert

February 3, 2014 This three-song set features a 2014 tune called “Greens and Blues,” a song yet to make it onto a Pixies release called “Silver Snail,” and 1989’s “Monkey Gone to Heaven,” which melted hearts and seared minds with a new memory from a time long past.

via Pixies: Tiny Desk Concert : NPR.

John Miller, migratory beekeeper, TEDxUNC 2014 | Taking Flight:

JOHN MILLER

John Miller is the great-grandson of N.E. Miller, America’s first migratory beekeeper. John Miller, also a beekeeper, trucks his hives around the country, from crop to crop across North Dakota and California, bringing millions of bees to farmers otherwise bereft of natural pollinators. While there is a steady demand for Miller’s services, he is faced with ever mounting hive losses as a result of traditional and mysterious scourges. Featured in The Beekeeper’s Lament, by Hannah Nordhaus, his story is complex, moving, and an unforgettable portrait of man in the new natural world.

via TEDxUNC 2014 | Taking Flight.

Ukraine pro-democracy movement, modern day knights and snow forts:

The pro-democracy movement fighting Viktor Yanukovych’s government is organised and inventive – replacing Lenin’s statue with a toilet and wearing suits of armour on the streets

Ukrainian protesters take to the streets in homemade suits of armour. Photograph: Evgeny Feldman/AP

Shortly after midnight on an icy January night in Kiev, crowds surged from Independence Square and laid siege to Ukrainian House, a huge building near the hub of the current protests, where around 150 interior ministry troops were rumoured to be preparing for a new attack.

via Medieval knights, catapults and golden toilets – Ukraine’s innovative protesters – in pictures | World news | The Guardian.

Coca-Cola capsule, FT.com:  I still like 6 oz bottles best …

The companies also signed a 10-year deal that will see Coke’s beverages, which include Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Sprite and Fanta, available in Green Mountain’s forthcoming cold beverage machine.

The device, which is expected to launch in 2015, will allow consumers to make cold drinks at home using single-serve capsules, or pods. It will compete with SodaStream, the Israeli company that sells soda flavourings and a machine that carbonates water.

“Keurig can do for cold beverages what has been done with hot coffee and tea at home,” said Brian Kelley, the Green Mountain chief executive who formerly worked for Coca-Cola. “We believe there is significant opportunity to premiumise and accelerate growth in the cold beverage category.”

via Coca-Cola coming in a capsule – FT.com.

LOL and smile:  OK, It’s a hoax, but a good one!

06
Nov
13

11.6.13 … End of a era :( … “Young people’s Internet behavior predicts everybody’s Internet behavior. ” …

Blockbuster, End of a era: End of a era 😦

Blockbuster, once synonymous with video rentals, had encountered a steady decline in business as rental services such as Netflix Inc. NFLX -1.77% and Outerwall Inc. OUTR +1.23% \’s Redbox increasingly cut into its business. More recently, Blockbuster has had to contend with growing streaming and on-demand services that consumers can use without leaving their homes.

Blockbuster tried to compete with its own mail business, but that will end in the middle of December, Dish said. However, Dish said it would retail licensing rights to the Blockbuster brand, including its video library, and that it would continue its Blockbuster @Home and On Demand services.

via Dish Network to Close Remaining Blockbuster Stores – WSJ.com.

starbucks spelling, LOL, Tumblr: OK … this is funny.  “starbucks spelling” on tumblr.
Kat

Kat

A collection of misspelled names from the inventors of the \”Frappuccino.\”

via starbucks spelling.

YouTube Challenge,   I Told My Kids I Ate All Their Halloween Candy 2013 – YouTube, Jimmy Kimmel, LOL:  My cruel father probably would have done this.  🙂

Published on Nov 4, 2013

Once again we asked parents to pull a massive prank on their kids and pretend they ate all of their Halloween candy. Here are the results of this year\’s Halloween Candy YouTube Challenge.

via ▶ YouTube Challenge – I Told My Kids I Ate All Their Halloween Candy 2013 – YouTube.

Starbucks, Twitter,  Gifting Platform, Fast Company | Business + Innovation:

A tweet can be used to share links, media, and status updates. But could it soon be used to share Starbucks coffee?

That\’s the promise of a new partnership launched today, Monday, by Twitter and Starbucks, which enables gift certificates to be exchanged via tweets. Called the tweet-a-coffee program, the service allows for spur-of-the-moment acts of generosity between friends, with little to no friction: Just tweet at another Twitter user in order to give a $5 digital eGift hassle-free. It\’s certainly a novel marketing tool. But the larger significance here is how companies like Starbucks are gradually beginning to see Twitter as a potential ecommerce platform.

via Starbucks, Twitter Launch Gifting Platform Via Tweets | Fast Company | Business + Innovation.

Sallie Krawcheck, Wall Street, BBC News:

Although those firings certainly stung, they gave Ms Krawcheck an epiphany – in times of distress, companies react by closing ranks, and diversity, particularly gender diversity, suffers.

“What I saw a thousand times during the downturn was, We’d like to give her that opportunity, but we need to go with the sure thing – we can\’t afford diversity right now,'” she says.

So now, as the boss of 85 Broads, Ms Krawcheck says her goal is to work in a more active way to correct the gender balance at the top.

via BBC News – Sallie Krawcheck: Wall Street boss who was glad to be sacked.

Teens, Facebook,  Cool Anymore, Derek Thompson – The Atlantic:

Programs like Snapchat and other social sites are taking off, and the way these things usually work is that whatever technology teenagers are using today, young adults, and then older adults, will be using tomorrow. Tumblr, Pinterest, Snapchat: All billion-dollar valuations today, and all got their start among the high school and college crowd. Young people’s Internet behavior predicts everybody’s Internet behavior. The fact that they’re getting bored could mean that Facebook is becoming boring—a dangerous idea for a company that relies on the idle time of average people.

Or it could just mean that Facebook has grown up right in line with its audience.

via If Teens Don’t Think Facebook Is Cool Anymore, Should Facebook Worry? – Derek Thompson – The Atlantic.

Davidson College, Innovative Bio Instruction,   $100,000 Prize, kudos:

Prof. David Botstein, former director of Princetons Lewis-Siegler Institute for Integrative Genomics, announced today that he will donate $100,000 each to Davidson College and three other prestigious academic institutions for innovations in teaching biology. Botstein was one of eleven recipients of the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences, announced earlier this year by Internet titans Yuri Milner, Sergey Brin, Anne Wojcicki and Mark Zuckerberg. Botstein will share $400,000 of his Breakthrough Award with Davidsons Professor of Biology A. Malcolm Campbell, as well as faculty at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory CSHL, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of California-San Francisco.\”With these awards, I recognize the successes of these four institutions in the development and delivery of educational programs that are furthering the field of biological research by training the next generation of breakthrough scientists,\” said Botstein. \”I have had the opportunity to participate in the development of these distinct programs and salute the institutions and the program leaders who have achieved the highest standards in science education.\”

via Davidson’s Innovative Bio Instruction Garners $100,000 Prize – Davidson College.

11
Aug
13

8.11.13 … ACP 2013 Public Art … Kudos , Gregor Turk … Another reason for me to walk the Atlanta BeltLine!

ACP 2013 Public Art, Kudos, Gregor Turk, The Atlanta BeltLine:  Congrats, Gregor Turk!!

Atlanta Celebrates Photography

Atlanta Celebrates Photography (ACPinfo.org) is pleased to announce that the recipient of its annual temporary Public Art Commission is Gregor Turk of Atlanta, GA with his project “Apparitions.” [Download PDF]

Pedestrians traversing the Atlanta BeltLine’s hiking trail alongside Piedmont Park will happen upon a temporary installation of inward-facing billboards. The billboards, by virtue of the fact that they reference advertising, will be pressing against the values and priorities of the Atlanta BeltLine itself, a billboard-free destination. Billboards also reference “place” in many senses of the word – they are timestamps and landmarks – an ongoing theme in Turk’s work.

Over the course of the ACP Festival and Art on the Atlanta BeltLine (September through November), the billboards will undergo three “exhibitions” that talk about place in different ways – the first of which will feature photographs of blank billboards across the United States taken by Turk over the course of the last 20 years, a self-referential apparition. The billboards will “vanish” revealing the Atlanta that had been obscured, and we will then be left with pairs of gazing eyes…the eyes of General Sherman. His apparition is a reminder of the history of Atlanta as integral to our sense of place.

via ACP 2013 Public Art Announcement.

07
Aug
13

8.7.13 … The Opt-Out Generation … me, me, me … So who was the first to cite twitter in an academic paper? … a little research on Churchill and Lawrence … Kudos to ‘NewsHour’ … Banksy and unintended consequences … Twyla’s 50-state labyrinth journey … Henrietta Lacks: I hope this privacy agreement brings closure to the family … heartbreaker: Two-Year-Old Best Man

The Opt-Out Generation,  NYTimes.com: That’s me, that’s me … Article is worth reading.

“I really thought it was what I had to do to save my marriage,” she said. But the tensions in her marriage didn’t improve. The couple’s long-term issues of anger, jealousy and control got worse as O’Donnel’s dependency grew and a sense of personal dislocation set in. Without a salary or an independent work identity, her self-confidence plummeted. “I felt like such a loser,” she said. “I poured myself into the kids and soccer. I didn’t know how to deal with the downtime. I did all the volunteering, ran the auctions. It was my way of coping.” Five years after leaving her Oracle job, O’Donnel began volunteering for Girls on the Run, a nonprofit group devoted to girls’ emotional empowerment and physical well-being, and was eventually hired part time, at low pay. She loved the work. The organization’s message, about respecting yourself and surrounding yourself with people who appreciate you, resonated with her. “I started feeling very devalued when I was with him,” O’Donnel said of her husband, “but when I was doing all this nonprofit stuff, I felt great.” … The culture of motherhood, post-recession, had altered considerably, too. The women of the opt-out revolution left the work force at a time when the prevailing ideas about motherhood idealized full-time, round-the-clock, child-centered devotion. In 2000, for example, with the economy strong and books like “Surrendering to Motherhood,” a memoir about the “liberation” of giving up work to stay home, setting the tone for the aspirational mothering style of the day, almost 40 percent of respondents to the General Social Survey told researchers they believed a mother’s working was harmful to her children (an increase of eight percentage points since 1994). But by 2010, with recovery from the “mancession” slow and a record 40 percent of mothers functioning as family breadwinners, fully 75 percent of Americans agreed with the statement that “a working mother can establish just as warm and secure a relationship with her children as a mother who does not work.” And after decades of well-publicized academic inquiry into the effects of maternal separation and the dangers of day care, a new generation of social scientists was publishing research on the negative effects of excessive mothering: more depression and worse general health among mothers, according to the American Psychological Association. I wondered if these changes affected the women who opted out years ago. Had they found the “escape hatch” from the rat race that one of Belkin’s interviewees said she was after? Were they able, as a vast majority said they had planned, to transition back into the work force? Or had they, as the author Leslie Bennetts predicted in her 2007 book, “The Feminine Mistake,” come to see that, by making themselves financially dependent upon their men — particularly at a time when no man could depend upon his job — they had made a colossal error? The 22 women I interviewed, for the most part, told me that the perils of leaving the work force were counterbalanced by the pleasures of being able to experience motherhood on their own terms. A certain number of these women — the superelite, you might say, the most well-off, with the highest-value name-brand educational credentials and powerful and well-connected social networks — found jobs easily after extended periods at home. These jobs generally paid less than their previous careers and were less prestigious. But the women found the work more interesting, socially conscious and family-friendly than their old high-powered positions. via The Opt-Out Generation Wants Back In – NYTimes.com.

Twitter, MLA , citations: So who was the first to cite twitter in an academic paper?

meghugs meghugs 3 Aug English major nerd alert: MLA has officially devised a standard way to cite a tweet in an academic paper. pic.twitter.com/BWZfKDXSY7 via Twitter / meghugs: English major nerd alert: MLA ….

TE Lawrence, Lawrence of Arabia, Winston Churchill:  Thanks, Bob … I had to divert myself to do a little research on Churchill and Lawrence.  🙂

Bob:  Upon Lawrence’s death in 1935, Winston Churchill said “I fear whatever our need, we shall never see his like again”. Sunday at 8:01pm · Unlike · 1

Born into a privileged British family, Churchill had a colorful career as a soldier and war correspondent before he entered politics as a member of parliament. When Lawrence publicly refused to accept his gallantry medals Churchill realized the deep discontent among Arabs. Churchill first encountered T.E. Lawrence after World War I when, as Colonial Secretary, he was charged with making a new and more just settlement in the Middle East. He determined to assemble the best and brightest of Britain’s Middle East experts. Despite Lawrence’s maverick reputation Churchill could not overlook his vast knowledge of the Arabs and their needs. Churchill persuaded Lawrence back into public service in 1921 with a special post in the Colonial office. Lawrence had enormous respect for Churchill and genuinely believed they could repair the injury done to the Arabs at the Paris Peace Conference, stabilize the region and remove British armed forces. The Cairo Conference set out to achieve this end and resulted in Feisal being given a Kingdom in Iraq and his brother the throne of neighboring Transjordan. Lawrence later wrote: “In Winston’s 1922 settlement of the Middle East the Arabs obtained all that in my opinion they had been promised by Great Britain, in any sphere in which we were free to act”. The pair remained in contact until Lawrence’s death in 1935 when Churchill headed the list of notable mourners. He said of Lawrence: “I fear whatever our need we shall never see his like again.” Churchill went on to lead his country through the darkest hours of World War II as both Prime Minister and Minister of Defense between 1940-1945. He returned for a second term in 1951, was knighted in 1953 and resigned as Prime Minister in 1955. Churchill remained in politics until 1964, dying a few short months later at the grand old age of 90. via Lawrence of Arabia . Winston Churchill | PBS.

‘NewsHour’,  First Female Anchor Team, kudos, NYTimes.com:  Kudos to ‘NewsHour’ not so much because it has appointed two women but because it has appointed two excellent women.

The PBS “NewsHour,” which was co-anchored for decades by the two men who created it, will soon be co-anchored by two women. PBS announced on Tuesday that Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff would take over the nightly newscast in September, putting an end to the rotating anchor format that has been in effect for several years. Ms. Ifill and Ms. Woodruff will also share the managing-editor responsibilities for the program. via ‘NewsHour’ Appoints First Female Anchor Team – NYTimes.com.

Banksy, kudos, unintended consequences, ARTINFO:  I like it that Banksy took responsibility for his unintended consequences.

In 2011, while in Los Angeles promoting his documentary “Exit Through the Gift Shop,” the shadowy British street artist Banksy tagged a vaguely elephantine water tank near the Pacific Coast Highway with the sentence “This Looks a Bit Like an Elephant.” Unbeknown to him, the abandoned tank had been serving as a makeshift home for Tachowa Covington, and the attention brought by the famous artist’s stencil forced him to abandon his home of seven years.

2013-08-06-banksyelephanthomeless.jpeg

via Capturing Banksy

“I watched it for a month or so,” Covington told the Independent, recounting his discovery of the tank after it was abandoned in 2004. “Eventually, I climbed inside and saw that it was empty. I thought, ‘Wow. This would be a cool place to make a house.’ I picked it as a sanctuary, a place to kick back, to be close to God and to the ocean.” A choreographer and dancer, and a former escort and Michael Jackson impersonator originally from Sacramento, Covington became friendly with the local police, who didn’t bother him, and even had his mail delivered to the tank. “People left me alone because they thought it was an empty tank and I was just climbing up there with a sleeping bag,” he told the Independent. “But I was building inside the whole time.” By the time February 21, 2011 rolled around, he had installed a generator and security cameras, and was lobbying to secure squatter rights to the tank. That’s the night he heard to people moving around outside his home. “I looked out of the hatch, and there were two guys there,” he told the Independent. “I asked what they were doing, and one of them said, ‘We’re just making a joke’. I climbed down the ladder, looked at the writing, and I said, ‘Hey, that looks pretty cool!’ I introduced myself, and the English dude told me his name was Banksy. I didn’t know who he was, so I didn’t think twice about it.” Less than two weeks later, after buying the tank directly from the city of Los Angeles, the owners of the design firm Mint Currency had it removed by crane and trucked away, leaving Covington just 16 hours to gather his possessions and vacate his home of seven years. That’s when Banksy stepped in to help the man he’d inadvertently left homeless, giving him enough money to find an apartment and pay his bills for a full year. “He helped me so fast, I didn’t have to spend a single day more on the streets. It was like a miracle,” Covington said. “There ain’t no better man than Banksy… He was an angel to me. He helped me more than anybody helped me in my life.” Recently, the artist’s money ran out, and Covington was forced to move back to the hillside where his water tank home once stood while he waits for state-supported housing to become available. In the meantime, his story has inspired a new play, “Banksy: The Room in the Elephant” — which debuts at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this week — and a forthcoming documentary. via Banksy Gave a Man Whose Home He Tagged Enough Money To Live for a Year | ARTINFO.

labyrinth, journeys, 

New York City Reflections: Join My Journey:

Godspeed on your walks!

My journey began on May 18, 2012. My goal is to complete it by April 30, 2014. As with any journey, but particularly this one, it began with a single step.  A step into a labyrinth. Anne Hornstein’s labyrinth on Miramar Beach, Florida.  It was the first state of 50 that I will visit.  All outdoor labyrinths, grounded in the earth.  All created by women. Since Florida, I have visited a labyrinth in 20 states.  Nineteen built in yards. One on a beach.  Each with a story.  I have walked each labyrinth except the one in New Jersey, made unwalkable by Hurricane Irene. (Bianca Franchi has since rebuilt it.)  I have listened to each woman’s story. The idea came from, well, who knows where.  That mysterious Voice that sneaks up on you from “out of the blue,” or as a needling nudge that elbows you at 2:00 am and won’t go back to sleep. “You love to write.  You love labyrinths.  Write about labyrinths, one in every state.” An ambitious Voice to be sure! For those of you unfamiliar with the labyrinth, it is an ancient design consisting of one path that leads from an entrance on the outer edge, in a circuitous way, to the center and back out.

Not a maze

No confusion

One way in

One way out

“It is a walking meditation.  A tool to quiet the mind, reduce stress, open the heart.” (Lauren Artress) via New York City Reflections: Join My Journey.

Welcome! Thank you for reading my blog about our first (now second) year in New York City! In addition to my NYC experiences, I’m in the process of making a 50-state labyrinth journey, which will end in April 2014. I invite you to share these exciting adventures and everything in between! All the best, Twylla via New York City Reflections: Join My Journey.

NIH,  privacy agreement,  Henrietta Lacks’ family, The Immortal Life of Henrietta LacksThe Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is a classic.  I hope this privacy agreement brings closure to the family.

“The main issue was the privacy concern,” says Lacks’ grandson, David Lacks Jr. “Right now we are in the early stages of genomic science or genomic medicine and we don’t know what is going to come down the road in the future.” The new agreement requires NIH-funded researchers to use a “controlled-access” database of the HeLA cell genome, governed by a panel that contains Lacks family members, still living today in Baltimore. The agency is also asking biomedical researchers not funded by NIH to abide by the agreement as a matter of scientific ethics. Noting that he has used HeLa cells in his own lab, Collins stated that more steps need to be taken to protect privacy rights of genetic sample donors in the future — even those not made famous by a best-selling book. “Frankly the science has moved faster than the consent process, and maybe it is time to catch up,” Collins said in a telephone briefing on the agreement Wednesday. A related study in the journal, led by Andrew Adey of the University of Washington in Seattle, reports on the identification and location of the human papilloma virus genes inserted into the HeLA cell gene map that caused them to become cancerous. Collins called the study an important step in understanding what made the HeLa cancer cells so deadly to Lacks — and also made the cells so resilient in the lab. Collins drove up to Baltimore to talk the agreement over with members of the Lacks family. “That wasn’t lost on the family,” says author Skloot, who helped set up the meetings with the NIH and family members, and listened to the discussions. “This was the first time in history that scientists really took this kind of time with the family in a really open and transparent way.” via NIH makes privacy agreement with Henrietta Lacks’ family.

Two-Year-Old Best Man Dies Two Days After His Parents Marry, TIME.com:  This one is a heartbreaker.

A toddler who served as the best man at his parents’ wedding over the weekend, died Monday due to complications associated with Fanconi anemia, a rare blood disorder, the Today Show reports. Logan Stevenson had been suffering from leukemia and malignant tumors on his kidneys since December 2011. When doctors recently told his parents, Christine Swidorsky and Sean Stevenson, that their son only had a few weeks to live, the couple decided to get married this past Saturday instead of next July, as they had planned, so that their son could be there. During a backyard wedding at the family’s home in Jeannette, Pennsylvania, east of Pittsburgh, the terminally-ill boy, dressed in a tan, pinstripe suit and orange shirt, held his favorite teddy bear while his mother carried him down the aisle before passing him off to his grandmother. Being all together as a family was “a dream come true,” Swidorsky told NBC’s WPXI. via Two-Year-Old Best Man Dies Two Days After His Parents Marry | TIME.com.

04
Aug
13

8.4.13 … Pax Backpacks go live on 8/5 … I want a red one … and major kudos … 22 percent to charity … why? “That’s the percentage of children in the U.S. who live under the federal poverty level … more than 16 million kids” …

Pax Backpacks, for-profit backpack company with a conscience, Davidson College,  Joe Morrison ’14, Citizens Schools, Davidson College Venture Lab, kudos:  Love this story …

Pax Backpacks is about to go live. Slated for sales launch Monday, August 5, the for-profit backpack company with a conscience is the entrepreneurial brainchild of Joe Morrison ’14.

“This backpack is super simple and super durable,” says Morrison. “You’re making an investment. This bag is going to last a long, long time.”

Morrison hopes the good that his fledgling company creates will last a long time, too. He will donate 22 percent of profits to Citizens Schools, a non-profit operating in locations in North Carolina and a handful of other states, dedicated to bridging the educational “opportunity gap” with resources and programming in high-poverty schools. Why 22 percent?

“That’s the percentage of children in the U.S. who live under the federal poverty level. That’s more than 16 million kids,” says Morrison. The Pax Backpacks website launched today, Friday, amid a blitz of social media including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Pre-ordering begins Monday on IndieGoGo.com.

Morrison’s confidence in his product and business plan springs from the launchpad of the Davidson College Venture Lab, a new start-up incubator designed to accelerate the development of Davidson’s aspiring entrepreneurs through experiential education. The program’s other inaugural student participant is Tori Mayernick ’14, founder of Hives for Lives (H4L), a student run non-profit that sells local, natural honey to raise money for cancer research.

Joe Morrison ’14 in Venice, while traveling after a semester studying abroad in Ireland: “If only I’d had a Pax backpack then….”

Morrison’s passion for the social justice component of his Pax Backpacks business model springs from another seminal Davidson experience, his community service as a freshman Bonner Scholar tutoring and mentoring after-school students at the Ada Jenkins Community Center in Davidson.

Two Birds, One Backpack: Back to School and Packing Up Poverty with PAX.

RED DAYPACK
Image of Red Daypack

via Pax Backpacks — Red Daypack.

11
Jul
13

7.11.13 … AIDS-Related Problem: make a game about protein folding … gamers solved it in 3 weeks …

AIDS, Fold-it, GE Focus Forward:  Really cool … Kudos, the Contenders!

AIDS-Related Problem Goes Unsolved For 10 Years — So Some Gamers Solved It In 3 Weeks

via AIDS-Related Problem Goes Unsolved For 10 Years — So Some Gamers Solved It In 3 Weeks.

03
Jul
13

7.3.13 … Gettysburg: Burying the hatchet … WSJ Startup of the Year … The Most America-est Hot Dog … Paula Deen … 3-D printing: We’re not far off from ­people being able to print their own gloves or golf balls … American culture and our love of driving …

Battle of Gettysburg, burying the hatchet, reunions, anniversaries, Civil War:  What a nice gesture … would it not be wonderful if the nation really could bury the hatchet?

Mental Floss ‏@mental_floss 37mAt the 50th Gettysburg reunion in 1913, two men purchased a hatchet, walked to the site where their regiments had fought, and buried it.

via 38 Twitter.

Startups, WSJ Startup of the Year, Who’s Who of the #WSJSOTY Startups, The Accelerators – WSJ: Kudos!

The 24 businesses vying for the title of WSJ Startup of the Year are working to influence everything from taste buds to sight-seeing experiences.

Last week, WSJ Startup of the Year kicked off by showcasing the mentors, including Sir Richard Branson and Nina Zagat. This week, we’re takingtime to learn more about each startup through reviewing their self-generated video profiles.

Here’s a brief rundown on the 24 competitors …

via Who’s Who of the #WSJSOTY Startups! – The Accelerators – WSJ.

 

The Most America-est Hot Dog, Boar’s Head tubesteaks,  cornbread batter,  deep-fried, duck fat, peaches & cream slaw,  proprietary chili sauce, mustard, Thrillist Nation:  Once again … out there!

 

The Most American Hot Dog Ever-Say hello to maybe the greatest hot dog ever created

After a grueling day and a half of voting as 16 fierce and delicious competitors fought it out, the truth is mightily apparent: Atlanta’s bearded wonder and Top Chef alum Kevin Gillespie has created The Most America-est Hot Dog. It starts with Boar’s Head tubesteaks that get covered in cornbread batter and deep-fried, before getting slapped on a bun that’s been broiled in duck fat, then covered in peaches & cream slaw and his proprietary chili sauce and, to prove he’s really American, mustard.

via The Most America-est Hot Dog winner – Thrillist Nation.

Paula Deen, Motion to Dismiss, standing, Supreme Court, Tal Kopan – POLITICO.com:

The celebrity chef’s lawyers filed a motion asking the court to dismiss the case against her based on standing, citing the court’s ruling on the Proposition 8 case last week, according to news reports.

A woman is suing Deen and her brother for an alleged hostile work environment at one of her restaurants, which included racism and harassment. Deen’s lawyers said Monday in their filing that because the woman is white, she doesn’t have standing before the court to claim she was affected by racism.

The motion cites Hollingsworth v. Perry, in which the Supreme Court ruled last week that the proponents of Prop 8 bringing the appeal to the court weren’t legally able to, as they didn’t have standing.

via Paula Deen pins hopes on Supreme Court – Tal Kopan – POLITICO.com.

3-D printing, outdoor gear, Design and Tech | OutsideOnline.com:  this just interests me …

In many respects, 3-D printing works just like 2-D printing. Guided by a digital blueprint, a 3-D printer deposits layer upon layer of raw material on a flat surface, the same way your ink-jet deposits pigment on ­paper. The difference: the machines squirt out plastics or metals in powder or liquid form. ­Extremely thin layers are ­melted together with lasers or bond as they cool, and the result is a seamless, solid object.

Printers are still mostly ­limited to materials like plastic resin and stainless steel, which don’t offer the quality and performance of, say, carbon fiber. And they can’t come anywhere close to competing with mass-­ production systems that allow companies like Burton to churn out a snowboard binding every two hours. But boutique brands and some geeked-out consumers are already fabricating custom gear via third-party printers. A handful of independent designers have used this formula for accessories like smartphone mounts and ankle braces, and one amateur rider in Germany even printed his own bike-light clamp after a store-bought one didn’t mount properly on his bike.

“We’re not far off from ­people being able to print their own gloves or golf balls,” says Bruce Bradshaw, director of marketing for Stratasys, a 3-D-printing company in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Burton’s Barbieri takes an even more optimistic view: “If you can design it on a computer, you can have it in your hand.”

via Hot Off the Press: How 3-D Printing is Revolutionizing Outdoor Gear | Design and Tech | OutsideOnline.com.

American culture, car driving, statistics, love of driving, Energy Ticker – MarketWatch:

We may have reached a peak in miles driven per person in the U.S., but car ownership may have not yet peaked.

The conclusion is from commodity analyst Matt Smith’s, at Schneider Electric, who distilled two recent reports about driving habits in the U.S., one by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute and another by the U.S. PIRG.

Some of the interesting tidbits he gleaned: in 2011, only 67% of young people — 16- to 34-year-olds — had a license, the lowest since 1963. And drivers in that age group drove 23% fewer miles in 2009 than in 2001.

During that same period, the number of passenger miles traveled on public transportation by 16-to-34-year-olds increased 40%.  As a whole, U.S. residents took nearly 10% more trips via public transportation in 2011 than in 2005.

The number of cars owned peaked in 2008 at 236 million, with the Great Recession likely to blame for the drop in subsequent years. A growing U.S. population, however, “means we will likely see a higher number of vehicles on the road in the future,” Smith writes.

via ‘Peak car’? Americans’ love of driving wanes – Energy Ticker – MarketWatch.

*for you dear brother … I will try the old format once again …




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