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Jewelry Book Display

16 Mar

A different idea for use of old books.
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British vs. American English

10 Mar

This is of particular interest to me because I’ve been doing some proofreading for someone in the UK. There have been several times I’ve had to Google something to see if it’s slang there.

National Proofreading Day

8 Mar

I had no idea that today was National Proofreading Day! That’s what I do!

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10 Literary Terms to Impress (Or Annoy) Your Friends

28 Feb

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Interesting Facts about Ray Bradbury

26 Feb

4-29-2013 1-32-28 PMRay Bradbury and his publishers thought The Fireman was a boring title, so they called a local fire station and asked what temperature paper burned at. The firemen put Bradbury on hold while they burned a book, then reported back the temperature, and the rest is history.

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Library and Staircase

13 Feb

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A walk-in room sculpture connects two overlying apartments in Düsseldorf. This multifunctional element consists of bookshelves circulating around the stairs. It is both a library and a staircase. It takes up the total height of both apartments and manages to combine them to a large extent.

Ragged Old Flag by Johnny Cash

5 Feb

Carl Sagan’s Baloney Detection Kit

22 Jan
  1. Wherever possible there must be independent confirmation of the “facts.”
  2. Encourage substantive debate on the evidence by knowledgeable proponents of all points of view.
  3. Arguments from authority carry little weight — “authorities” have made mistakes in the past. They will do so again in the future. Perhaps a better way to say it is that in science there are no authorities; at most, there are experts.
  4. Spin more than one hypothesis. If there’s something to be explained, think of all the different ways in which it could be explained. Then think of tests by which you might systematically disprove each of the alternatives. What survives, the hypothesis that resists disproof in this Darwinian selection among “multiple working hypotheses,” has a much better chance of being the right answer than if you had simply run with the first idea that caught your fancy.
  5. Try not to get overly attached to a hypothesis just because it’s yours. It’s only a way station in the pursuit of knowledge. Ask yourself why you like the idea. Compare it fairly with the alternatives. See if you can find reasons for rejecting it. If you don’t, others will.
  6. Quantify. If whatever it is you’re explaining has some measure, some numerical quantity attached to it, you’ll be much better able to discriminate among competing hypotheses. What is vague and qualitative is open to many explanations. Of course there are truths to be sought in the many qualitative issues we are obliged to confront, but finding them is more challenging.
  7. If there’s a chain of argument, every link in the chain must work (including the premise) — not just most of them.
  8. Occam’s Razor. This convenient rule-of-thumb urges us when faced with two hypotheses that explain the data equally well to choose the simpler.
  9. Always ask whether the hypothesis can be, at least in principle, falsified. Propositions that are untestable, unfalsifiable are not worth much. Consider the grand idea that our Universe and everything in it is just an elementary particle — an electron, say — in a much bigger Cosmos. But if we can never acquire information from outside our Universe, is not the idea incapable of disproof? You must be able to check assertions out. Inveterate skeptics must be given the chance to follow your reasoning, to duplicate your experiments and see if they get the same result.

This article is interesting and full of common sense. These tools don’t only apply for scientists but can be used in everyday life to avoid deception and manipulation. Read the complete article on Brain Pickings.

 

 

 

 

 

The History of Halloween

31 Oct

 

I found this interesting and wanted to share. I had no idea Halloween had been around so long! If you like all things Halloween, I found this website, ThingsThatGoBoo, that has everything you ever wanted to know about Halloween including monsters, poems, songs, books, and more.

 

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New Community Library

30 Sep
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