Monday, August 26, 2013

"The bravery and foolishness of the youth is not something to be toyed with.”

"The bravery and foolishness of the youth is not something to be toyed with.”
~ Leslie Norman, ECSU student on the Rachel Maddow show 8/22/13

I was walking out of the room as I heard this said on the Rachel Maddow show. It was a bit of a sound bite and I never actually saw the speaker. This was in the context of a section of the show about the voter's rights battle in North Carolina. Nevertheless, I was struck by the precision and eloquence of the statement.

I'm not so  na├»ve as to think that voting is always a fair fight, but I thought that at least people would pretend to play on a level playing field.

Youth, I guess it's up to you to change that.



Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Case of the Vanishing Netflix queue

Netflix decided that you would rather have their ideas of what you'd like to see than your own accumulated list. And maybe that's true, but maybe it isn't. In case it isn't, Slate has very kindly posted the simple instructions for getting your instant queue back.

This was one of those rare cases where someone gave me an easy solution before I even knew there was a problem.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Jane Goodall Institute's Tchimpounga Sanctuary

Just got an email from the Jane Goodall Institute about one of their newest arrivals, a one armed orphan named Anpac. This led me to take a look over at their website, as well as to some of their videos.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

John Nelson's GIF of breathing earth

Check out the background for and other examples of his project HERE

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Save the Pink Dolphin

Geez--I didn't even know pink dolphins existed and now they're bordering on extinction.


You can find more info and a link to the petition HERE.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Blogust '13

No, that's not my pun. I'm passing along this title from a venture by the United Nations Foundation. Every day of August, you can check out a blog that is participating in this effort and if you make a comment, Walgreens will donate a vaccination for a child--up to 50,000 of them. In the words of the campaign:

"Funds will go directly to support measles and polio vaccination efforts, by UNICEF and WHO, in the countries where they are needed the most."

Not a bad deal, right? You'll get to read thirty-one blogs you probably don't know about, and maybe even find a couple that you stick with. Then you get to shoot your mouth off, and bingo! A child gets a vaccine that may save it's life.

Blogust '12 garnered 11,000 comments. Let's not let any of these 50,000 chances go to waste. 

Here's the link to the website.