Weekend Reading - August 10, 2013
It can be amazing how many tabs I can have open in my browser. Figure that I should capture some of them here so I can close them.
A few interesting links:
- How typeface influences the way we read and think - why we hate Comic Sans (though I have to admit that my guilty pleasure is Papyrus)
- Creator of xkcd Reveals Secret Backstory of His Epic 3,099-Panel Comic - have not watched the whole thing, but love reading about his creative process. Talk about following your passion.
- Why Habitat For Humanity’s Newest Homeowner Might Never Pay An Electricity Bill - affordable green house in Washington DC - makes me feel better about where the we are headed
- Ocean City: The Great Hurricane of 1933 - love learning about the places we love
Some contemplative articles:
- Working with the Obstacles in Your Path - this is a hard one for me.
- 9 Rules for a Simpler Day - have found that these help, when I can remember.
- Not What We Possess, But What We Pursue - again, another hard one, especially when it is so easy to get caught up in the day-to-day aspects of one's life
- Free science DVD's for educators - some of these look good.
- 750 Free Online Courses from Top Universities - have not checked these out yet, but we are looking into more online opportunities
And some political articles that resonated with to me:
- Trayvon Martin's America - Ta-Nehisi Coates is one of my favorite writers on race...I've gained so much perspective from reading his writing
- Punishing kids for adult failures - discusses the hit that new Common Core "standards" inflicted on kids in New York and really highlights why standardized test scores are anything but "objective measures" when it comes to education.
- Since When Was Free-Loading A Conservative Value? - Andrew Sullivan on the push by conservatives to get young, healthy people to "boycott" Obamacare
- How Food Stamp Resentment Feeds Crabby Conservatism - not a great title, but I like how the article puts a human face on food stamp recipients and gets beyond the stereotypes.