Game: Staves Sticks

Image by Debbie Miller from Pixabay https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-w71vQyX7o0 This is a fun game borrowed with respect from indigenous culture. I have found variations of stick games in multiple cultures. In this game, create/mark the sticks or rocks or markers, then toss, and see what lands. Here is a mindfulness version: mark each with an emotion, sound,... Continue Reading →

Colonization of your attention

Image by David from Pixabay Our attention is increasingly at risk: we have so many different devices that demand it, and increasingly things are taking our attention rather than people. In this link, Bo Burnham says "they are now trying to colonize every minute of your life. Listen to the whole panel here (from 3... Continue Reading →

Tree in a city

Image by Stefan Schweihofer from Pixabay This story is told from the perspective of a tree in a city. Plants provide so many things in our lives: furniture, notebooks, food, homes, and even toilet paper. We can learn to eat seasonally, and notice what is made of what. You can try this yourself - making... Continue Reading →

Internet Rot

Image by Andrew Martin from Pixabay I created my first website way back in 1993, when many people still didn't know what you meant by "internet" and often still called it the "World Wide Web." It was hosted on a university server, which I had to forgo when I left. I then moved it to... Continue Reading →

Getting Rid of Scientific Papers

Photo by Scott Graham on Unsplash Give a shoutout to Scott Graham on social or copy the text below to attribute. Photo by Scott Graham on Unsplash Back in my former life as a scientist (or a wannabe one, anyway), writing a paper was genuinely considered one of the highest aspirations. If you could get... Continue Reading →

Matter of perspective

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay Austin Kleon spoke of the way looking at pictures of the moon helps him keep perspective, as Jerry Seinfeld does of Hubble. Looking up at space can give us a sense of how small we are, how nothing. And nothing is important, too. Vital, even: https://www.quantamagazine.org/how-the-physics-of-nothing-underlies-everything-20220809/ We can see... Continue Reading →

No-blue blues

Image by GLady from Pixabay For a while during the pandemic, the color blue was in short supply. It may still be a slight issue going forward, too: https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/blue-paint-shortage-art/2021/12/21/486c667c-5df9-11ec-ae5b-5002292337c7_story.html Why was there less blue when COVID infections were high? One reason is the oxygen used to make it was needed in various countries (like India)... Continue Reading →

Math textbooks with SEL

Image by mohamed Hassan from Pixabay More on SEL! These math textbooks incorporate social-emotional learning - teaching growth mindset and managing anxiety. https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/22/us/florida-rejected-textbooks.html Some are questioning why this is good idea, and what might be wrong with it. IS math about getting the right answer? yes. but HOW do you get there? Isn't that important... Continue Reading →

Microscoping records

Image by Pexels from Pixabay Things look so different up close. This is a long video but it explores the science of seeing and how vinyl records, CDs, DVDs, and more work. It's a lesson in looking closely, and really interesting: https://kottke.org/14/11/microscopic-photo-of-vinyl-record-grooves?utm_source=substack&utm_medium=email via Austin Kleon

Evolution

Image by khamkhor from Pixabay A couple of great evolution resources: - The Cartoon Guide to Vertebrate Evolution https://www.deviantart.com/albertonykus/art/The-Cartoon-Guide-to-Vertebrate-Evolution-551603446 - The co-evolution of plants and insects https://soundeagle.wordpress.com/2016/08/17/do-plants-and-insects-coevolve/ Notice where humans are on the first drawing. How are we interconnected with other species on this planet? How might WE have co-evolved with other species around us,... Continue Reading →

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