Sunday, December 01, 2013

These shoes are magical

I do not get too many compliments about my attire except for two things:
  • My Star Wars t-shirt (certain to get compliments at Vons (like Safeways))
  • These Shoes (fake Vans)

Friday, September 06, 2013

Seth Godin stepping into the MOOC realm

Following Seth regular blog, I saw that he is starting a variation on the Massively Open Online Class. Although it might not be strictly online, and he calls it Krypton Community College
He observes that there is a 97% dropout rate for classes such as Coursera. I can attest to this because I have started a number of them and have dropped out of all when I realize that I just had not accurately determined the time I had available.  Seth is looking at creating courses that are taught as people meet in small groups in homes. I have yet to read through all the information, but it is interesting. Check it out.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

20 Things The Rich Do Every Day from Tom Corley

On Dave Ramsey's podcast he shared some of this info, and then provided the following on his web site. It is from a book by Tom Corley, where he talks about the difference in habitual behavior between rich and poor. The following was on his website I am going to see about getting this book. I have some questions about his methodology, but find the differences very telling.

1. 70% of wealthy eat less than 300 junk food calories per day. 97% of poor people eat more than 300 junk food calories per day. 23% of wealthy gamble. 52% of poor people gamble.

2. 80% of wealthy are focused on accomplishing some single goal. Only 12% of the poor do this.

3. 76% of wealthy exercise aerobically 4 days a week. 23% of poor do this.

4. 63% of wealthy listen to audio books during commute to work vs. 5% for poor people.

5. 81% of wealthy maintain a to-do list vs. 19% for poor.

6. 63% of wealthy parents make their children read 2 or more non-fiction books a month vs. 3% for poor.

7. 70% of wealthy parents make their children volunteer 10 hours or more a month vs. 3% for poor.

8. 80% of wealthy make hbd calls vs. 11% of poor

9. 67% of wealthy write down their goals vs. 17% for poor

10. 88% of wealthy read 30 minutes or more each day for education or career reasons vs 2% for poor.

11. 6% of wealthy say what’s on their mind vs. 69% for poor.

12. 79% of wealthy network 5 hours or more each month vs. 16% for poor.

13. 67% of wealthy watch 1 hour or less of TV. every day vs. 23% for poor

14. 6% of wealthy watch reality TV vs. 78% for poor.

15. 44% of wealthy wake up 3 hours before work starts vs.3% for poor.

16. 74% of wealthy teach good daily success habits to their children vs. 1% for poor.

17. 84% of wealthy believe good habits create opportunity luck vs. 4% for poor.

18. 76% of wealthy believe bad habits create detrimental luck vs. 9% for poor.

19. 86% of wealthy believe in life-long educational self-improvement vs. 5% for poor.

20. 86% of wealthy love to read vs. 26% for poor.

Thursday, July 04, 2013

The only solution to texting while driving

This article talks about the dangers of texting while driving.

The More You Talk On—Or To—Your Phone, The Worse You Drive

This is in spite of new speech to text solutions.

This obsession to make most use of all our time, even when behind the wheel is just not going to go away. The only solution will be having a car that will drive itself.

As an aside, I think that there will be an accompanying capability to have our car judge our driving ability and maybe make us better drivers, before taking the job away from us completely.

What do you think?


Sunday, May 19, 2013

Have your bugs cataloged!

 This is an interesting citizen scientist site where for $99 you submit some samples and it determines the relative populations of different microbes. There is emerging research that our microbiome affects our weight, well being and much more.

Friday, March 01, 2013

Fascinating Emigration Graphic

at there is a cool interactive graphic that shows the movement of emigrants between countries.