Archive for November, 2013

  • Nov292013
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    Dr. Maya Angelou. Renaissance Women. Born 1928.

    Listen to this story from Dr. Maya Angelou’s remarkable life, a life rich with experience as a poet, author, dancer, coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, journalist in Egypt and Ghana during the days of decolonization, actor, writer, director and producer of plays, movies, and public television programs, and teacher. Listen to her spirit. Dr. Angelou’s laugh alone tells you she is a force to be reckoned with. Spirit knows no age.

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  • Nov292013
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    Capt. Jim Lovell. Commander, Apollo 13. Born 1928.

    Jim Lovell. Test pilot, astronaut, first person to fly in space four times, one of the twenty-four people who have flown to the Moon, the first man to do it twice, winner of the Congressional Space Medal of Honor and Presidential Medal of Freedom, but most famous as the commander of the Apollo 13 mission

    , which suffered a critical failure en route to the Moon but was brought back safely to Earth by the efforts of the crew and mission control.

    Oh, and did I mention Jim Lovell is a master of the understatement?

    You’re sitting on top of about five and a half million pounds of high-explosives, so there’s a little bit of apprehension there.

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  • Nov202013
    A mentally strong person

    The 13 Things Mentally Strong People Avoid

    Strong people have healthy habits, and that includes healthy mental habits that help create success in life. Here’s a good…

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  • Nov192013

    100 years of rock. Yes, it’s all connected.

    Keeping up with the endless spawning of new sub-and sub-sub-genres of music can be hard. Just when you catch up…

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  • Nov192013

    Before I Die. What do you want to accomplish?

    I stumbled on Before I Die late last summer in Minneapolis, but the message is timeless and is unbounded by…

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  • Nov192013
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    Pencil. The very best iPad stylist yet. From the makers of Paper.

    Getting comfortable with new technology is easier when you start from a model you already know. FiftyThree, the makers of Pencil and Paper, understand this. So rather than write three hundred words and try to explain this beautiful, well-designed product, watch this nice little film, then visit their site. Or you could read this excellent write-up from Wired:

    Here’s Pencil’s appeal in a nutshell: It’s the rare iPad stylus you can actually use like a pencil. One side draws, the other erases. It’s sophisticated enough to make sure your palm will never mark up your canvas or send your app going haywire. In other words, it’s just as easy to operate as the instrument it’s named after. That’s no small feat.

    Pencil stylus

    Pencil is rectangular, not round, so it won’t roll off the desk and it’s satisfyingly chunky to hold.

    Drawing with Pencil, by FiftyThree

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  • Nov192013
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    Thirty squats now gets you a ride on the Moscow Subway

    Yes, you heard me right, only thirty squats. As part of Russia’s campaign to promote the Sochi Olympics, subway stations in Moscow have added new machines which allow passengers to do thirty squats for a train ticket. Are you up to the challenge?

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  • Nov192013

    The top 5 regrets people express on their deathbed

    It’s said that nothing makes life more worth living than the end of it. From where I sit today the…

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  • Nov182013
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    Whole Lotta Helter Skelter is pure genius

    If you need any evidence that something old can be made brand new, this is it. Whole Lotta Helter Skelter is an amazing mashup of two legendary rock songs from two of the biggest bands in the history of Rock & Roll. Give it a listen here, then download it, put it into your mix. I think you'll agree Soundhog is a mix-master genius.

    Whole Lotta Helter Skelter is equal to both original tracks. Scratch that. It's better.

    Need more? Check out this remix of Steve Miller's "Fly Like An Eagle" or this mashup of Traffic and Led Zeppelin, "John Barleycorn Must Ramble On".
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