Links and Randomness
I have exciting plans to dig through my finances this weekend and see how we are doing so far this year. I may have some topics next week. In the meantime, here is some interesting randomness!
Women in STEM
Love this video! I’m so glad my parents were so encouraging of everything we girls did. Sometimes I feel sad that I’m not working in STEM anymore, but I may go back someday. And even if I don’t, I will always be an engineer. That stuff doesn’t wear off.
This short podcast on applying electrical current to the brain in order to stimulate learning blows my mind. Especially since someone could buy something that does this, it is completely uncontrolled. Seems a bit scary.
I’m listening to this book on audiobook while running, and it is crazy interesting.
Dr. Gazzaniga [...] created an experiment in which the (mute) right brain could “talk” by using Scrabble letters. He began by asking the patient’s left brain what he would do after graduation. The patient replied that he wanted to become a draftsman. But things got interesting when the (mute) right brain was asked the same question. The right brain spelled out the words: “automobile racer.” Unknown to the dominant left brain, the right brain secretly had a completely different agenda for the future. The right brain literally had a mind of its own. Rita Carter writes, ‘The possible implications of this are mind-boggling. It suggests that we might all be carrying around in our skulls a mute prisoner with a personality, ambition, and self-awareness quite different from the day-to-day entity we believe ourselves to be.
I’ve been thinking about my mute prisoner ever since!
Expensive things I want buy will not buy (yet?):
- Bose noise canceling headphones for commuting
- Lo & Sons OMG bag, even though I have 2 laptop / work bags that I really like (this and a knomo one I can’t find)
- A pancake lens for my new camera (yeah, I did buy a camera. My Cannon G11 is gone / dead / I-don’t-want-to-talk-about-it and this is the replacement)
Maybe if I learned how to make affiliate links and convinced you all to buy them too, I would feel OK purchasing?
Partially inspired by this article, I have finally got around to developing our earthquake disaster kit.
Over the past few months, I’ve acquired:
- 5 gallon water jug, $11
- Emergency Meals, $7
- Freeze Dried Food for something slightly more palatable (we actually eat this when we go backpacking and have a stove), $20
- Emergency Radio, $25
- 100 hr candle, $7
We have first aid and other random supplies for backpacking, but they aren’t organized in an “emergency” fashion. I think we have the most major items from lists I’ve seen online. What do you think? Now we just need to figure out what we should keep in our car and offices, if anything.
I also learned about liquefaction (which I intentionally like to call liquefaction, because it sounds scarier), importance of the type of soil a home is built on, and earthquake retrofitting of homes. Also, more scared than EVER to buy a home in this area!
Mountains / California
Netflix has a new documentary available on streaming: Mile, Mile and a Half. The title immediately made me smile. It is about a group of photographers / artists who hike the 220 mile John Muir Trail. Highly recommended for outdoor lovers.
We’ve done a few sections of this (particularly in the Ansel Adams Wilderness and Yosemite areas) and it renewed my desire for another backpacking trip. We are planning a 5 day one late this summer, and I am SO excited!
A few weekends ago, I was up in the mountains and lucky enough to fall asleep to 6 waterfalls, no one but me, T, and our friend in sight. That is 2 personal waterfalls per a person, if waterfalls were the type of thing you divided among friends.
On that note, I’m off to enjoy the rest of my day!