Obama urges students to work hard, stay in school – CNN.com
A Baltimore, Maryland, teacher who asked not to be identified bemoaned the fact that the country has “become so polarized that we believe that our president is an enemy and not our leader.”
via Obama urges students to work hard, stay in school – CNN.com.
Conservatives enraged over Obama school speech – CNN.com
“Thinking about my kids in school having to listen to that just really upsets me,” suburban Colorado mother Shanneen Barron told CNN Denver affiliate KMGH. “I’m an American. They are Americans, and I don’t feel that’s OK. I feel very scared to be in this country with our leadership right now.”
via Conservatives enraged over Obama school speech – CNN.com.
Listen moron, I almost don’t know what to say to you. THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IS AN AMERICAN! Holy crap people, how have we gotten to this point?!
Unept: Eye spy with my little eye…
via Unept: Eye spy with my little eye….
“I took my kids to our city library to find some books to read. It was near the Early Readers section where I noticed this unfortunate juxtaposition. Or maybe it’s the library’s efficient way of educating our children about the human body.”
YouTube – Awesome Customer Service
WoodStation Weather Display | Uncrate
Get your weather updates the more natural way with the WoodStation Weather Display ($100). This nifty gadget displays a weather forecast icon, indoor temperature and humidity, the time, and the date, all with a clever motion-activated LED display that shines through the WoodStation’s wood veneer front when activated, allowing it to look like a stylish wood sculpture when off.
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- Know thy Congressman
KTC is a bookmarklet that displays an abundance of political and biographical information about current members of the Senate and House of Representatives. To use it, highlight the name of a legislator on a webpage and click the bookmark. Or, click it anytime to search for a politician by name. To install, drag the link below into your Bookmarks Toolbar.
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The World’s Largest Gummy Bear: A 5 pound gummi bear!
The World’s Largest Gummy Bear is the lion of the candy world. There is no candy more magnificent or more powerful. This five-pound beast is the equivalent of 1,400 regular sized gummy bears and packs a whopping 12,600 calories.
Its monstrous size is only matched by its enormous taste. The World’s Largest Gummy Bear tastes just as delicious as its pint-sized counterpart.
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I am really tempted to buy one of these for my wife. If I won one in their giveaway contest, even better, but these are very cool!
Advertising Sexist? No way!
Tadd and the Sirens’ Song
taddgiles: You catch me drinking a soda, you slap me full on in the face. Permission granted. I’m serious!
This is such an awesome example of precommitment! It ranks right up there with Ulysses having himself tied to the mast. Now I am thinking of ways I should be precommiting myself, and publicly commiting myself, to achieve my goals.
New live poll allows pundits to pander to viewers in real time
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This sight will haunt me for years to come. I took if over my shoulder as I ran. Anna had never ridden a bike before. Then she did. Just like that. She got on the bike and pretty much rode it. As we walked to see some fire works I heard her yell, “I’m coming for you Joe Joe!” and I turned to see her bearing down on me at an incredible speed. I stepped to the left, she followed. I dodged right, she followed. I turned and ran in a near circle and despite never having attempted to turn before, she cut hard to her right and looped back on me. If Josh hadn’t grabbed her she would have clipped me for sure, all the while grinning and laughing like a maniac. I am never leaving the house when she decides to learn to drive.
This is for sure my favorite Kiss song ever.
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- What Makes Us Happy? – The Atlantic (June 2009)
Is there a formula—some mix of love, work, and psychological adaptation—for a good life? For 72 years, researchers at Harvard have been examining this question, following 268 men who entered college in the late 1930s through war, career, marriage and divorce, parenthood and grandparenthood, and old age. Here, for the first time, a journalist gains access to the archive of one of the most comprehensive longitudinal studies in history. Its contents, as much literature as science, offer profound insight into the human condition—and into the brilliant, complex mind of the study’s longtime director, George Vaillant.
Vauban, Germany, is an affluent new suburban community that differs from traditional suburbs in many respects. The most important difference is that cars are forbidden on most of Vauban’s streets, and houses cannot have driveways or garages. Though not quite car-free, Vauban, a district of Freiburg, near the Swiss border, is a highly “car-reduced” suburb.
via Nearly Car-Free – The New York Times > Science > Slide Show > Slide 1 of 9.
Look at how long this thing is!
Google crosses line with controversial old Tokyo maps
But [Burakumin] still face prejudice, based almost entirely on where they live or their ancestors lived. Moving is little help, because employers or parents of potential spouses can hire agencies to check for buraku ancestry through Japan’s elaborate family records, which can span back over 100 years.
An employee at a large, well-known Japanese company, who works in personnel and has direct knowledge of its hiring practices, said the company actively screens out burakumin-linked job seekers.
“If we suspect that an applicant is a burakumin, we always do a background check to find out,” she said. She agreed to discuss the practice only on condition that neither she nor her company be identified.
via Google crosses line with controversial old Tokyo maps | The Japan Times Online.
Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity
Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity, 2009
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via Yayoi Kusama – April 16 – June 27, 2009 – Gagosian Gallery.