5 Interesting Links for 06-07-2013

Philosophy (Art)

This cartoon and the commentary on Vincent Van Gogh’s life below it was enough to make me start following Zen Comics (we have a couple of the books around the house already). It’s an important look at being true to your creativity or everything turns to mud.
http://zenpencils.com/comic/113-vincent-van-gogh-in-spite-of-everything/

Solar and Utilities (Environment)

This article, and the linked next one, give a good overview of the relationship between utilities and increased rooftop solar panels that brings in the costs, both economic and to the utility structure, in a clear, supported manner.
http://grist.org/climate-energy/solar-panels-could-destroy-u-s-utilities-according-to-u-s-utilities/

Kids (Life)

A teacher who didn’t shy away from the topic when the Steubenville rape case came up in her classroom, what she learned from that choice, and how it helped her students.
http://accidentaldevotional.com/2013/03/19/the-day-i-taught-how-not-to-rape/

Google Glass (Technology)

A look at some of the ways Google Glass could benefit both consumers and entities beyond just the flash and wow factors
http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/google-in-the-enterprise/what-businesses-can-expect-to-see-with-google-glass/

Extinct species (Zoology)

This is a fascinating, if long, article that looks at the potential benefits of resurrecting an extinct frog species along with the moral imperatives and the reasons why that may not be the best approach. A balanced look at all the various sides of the issue.
http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2013/03/15/resurrecting-the-extinct-frog-with-a-stomach-for-a-womb/

Curve of Her Claw

Fall into a world where beauty is a facade, and one elf is pushed beyond reason to rid herself of the smooth-skinned curse. ~ Now available as an eBook:
Curve of Her Claw

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4 Responses to 5 Interesting Links for 06-07-2013

  1. Erin says:

    Wow, great selection of links today. Thanks!

  2. Linda says:

    Some of the ideas for Google glass would be wonderful. I particularly noticed the health care ones. Doctors would not have to turn their back to the patient in order to make their notes on the laptop sitting on the desk. I think the idea of using it for disabled people, particularly for hearing and vision is a good one, too.

    I’m dubious, though, about the whole marketing and advertising and privacy issues. I think companies use the “cool”, “wow” and “new technological toy” to seduce us into giving them more information about us then they truly need. We need a balance, but no one seems to be trying to find that balance. And we need to be able to find out and correct misinformation.

    • Margaret McGaffey Fisk says:

      Linda, I’m right with you on the issues. At the same time, I’ve “given up” in the sense that I’ve recognized privacy doesn’t have the same meaning that it used to. Anything you put up on the Web is going to be there for others to mine, whether companies, potential employers, or joyriders. Even if you delete after posting, there may be Internet archives, or people who copied the text in order to respond. So the question is more whether the concept needs to be redesigned around the reality or if there’s any chance of redefining the reality around the concept…especially since the Web is international, so one country’s laws don’t govern everyone on it.

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