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Happy Birthday Dr Seuss! Let’s Read!

March 2, 2015

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53 Interesting Facts About The Number 53 #8: NGC 53 is a barred spiral galaxy LLAP

March 1, 2015

Each Sunday in 2015 I post an interesting fact about the number 53. As the first Sunday in April follows an eclipse and the first Sunday in May is a full moon, and today is the first Sunday in March, I thought I’d do something astronomical for this week’s “Interesting Fact About The Number 53.”

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Plus I’d like to recognize Leonard Nimoy who died on Friday, February 27, just one month shy of his 84 birthday. As the daughter of hard core science fiction buffs and Trekkies, my earliest memories of TV are hearing the Star Trek theme music after I was sent to bed, then creeping down the hall to listen and maybe see while my parents watched. (Keep scrolling for two music videos with Leonard Nimoy that you may have missed plus three clips from the TV comedy The Big Bang Theory). Read more…

How to Get Tickets to Burning Man and LA’s Regional Burn + How to Report Scalpers

February 27, 2015
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Carnical of Mirrors is this year’s Burning Man theme; image from the Burning Man Website

 

Did you get skunked getting Burning Man tickets this year?

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Mountain Film Festivals Inspire, Frustrate

February 26, 2015

We’re just home from Santa Barbara’s Arlington Theater after watching night two of the 2014/2015 Banff Film Festival; we try to catch it every year. For the past three years we’ve missed it in Santa Barbara because it’s on a school night but we’ve seen it in Bishop while skiing in Mammoth. In 2010, my husband missed it entirely as he was recovering from breaking his neck in a bicycle accident.

The 7 minute trailer above gives you a taste of what the films offer –films which leave me hungering not for more films but to get out and make my own adventures.

One of these films featured a young man who broke his back snowboarding in 2007. Now he kayaks, thanks to friends who carry him to the river so he can get into his boat.

This one, as you can imagine, struck a little close to home. In 2010 my husband came so close to dying or to being a paraplegic or, more likely, a quadriplegic. yet, today, he has complete and unimpeded mobility. He can go snowboarding where this other young man can not.

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National Adjunct Action Week Feb 23-27 2015 Calls Attention to Equity Issues

February 25, 2015

With middle-class wages stagnating and the rich getting richer, income inequality has

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become a rallying cry for Democrats and Republicans alike. Reviving opportunity for all resonates with Americans who feel left out as growth picks up and the stock market reaches record highs, writes Keith Naughton, Lynn Doan, and Jeff Green.

More and more people are realizing the extent to which part-time, temporary workers are exploited at colleges and universities across the nation. The National Adjunct Action Day planned for February 25 is an effort by part-time (adjunct) faculty members to raise awareness of the rise of contingent (part-time) labor in academia. Read more…

Two Films the Academy Missed Oscars 2015: “Force Majeure” and “A Most Violent Year”

February 24, 2015
imagesThis time of year, people are talking about who was nominated, and who was snubbed, who won, who lost, and who should have won.
Every year there are surprises and omissions. Two omissions were, for foreign film, Force Majeure and for feature film, A Most Violent Year which is still in some movie theaters.  Both of these powerful dramas focus on the challenges of married life. And it’s not all that pretty.
 Why should these two films be on your must watch list?

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Don’t Forget The Databases: Librarians Go Gaga

February 23, 2015

While library research can be intimidating, it doesn’t have to be. Students and faculty from the University of Washington’s Information School get their groove on in this 2010 parody video directed, edited, and produced by Sarah Wachter with lyrics by Sarah Wachter (compare to the original Lady Gaga song “Poker Face”).

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