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Posted by Cyn | Posted in Fun, Geekery, Links | Posted on 21-11-2007

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Hmm — what do you think of this PED3 rotat­ing iPhone/​iTouch stand? We aren’t about to get any iPhones, but Sam has been drool­ing over the iTouch.

Ooo, I Want! New Putumayo CD

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Music | Posted on 20-11-2007

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I love Putumayo’s CDs, and we have at least ten or so. I’ve yet to hear one of their com­pi­la­tions that I didn’t enjoy.

Celtic Dreamland CDBut I real­ly, real­ly adore their Celtic col­lec­tions, and I’m a big goofy nut about lul­la­bies. I don’t know why — maybe it’s because nobody sang them to me — but I can’t get enough of them as an adult.1

With that in mind, you can bet­ter under­stand why I just went nuts over the ecard with snip­pets of three songs from Celtic Dream­land that just arrived in my email. And ooo! There are more sam­ples over here!

And hey, I like you peo­ple, so I’m shar­ing the joy with you.


1 Be warned: I do sing to babies. Anybody’s babies. I can’t resist snug­gling a sleepy baby and lul­laby­ing away.

Some of Today’s News in Atlanta

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Civil Rights, Links, News | Posted on 20-11-2007

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I man­aged to avoid the crime news, which is always hor­rif­ic. Okay, I most­ly avoid­ed it. The three boys under 10 who are being charged with kid­nap­ping and rape1 is get­ting to me. That poor lit­tle girl!

Transgender candidate misled voters, suit alleges2

Actu­al­ly, these guys seem to be suing every­body but the dog­catch­er down there in Riverdale.

What does Ms. Bruce’s gen­der have to do with how she’ll per­form as a city coun­cil mem­ber? Noth­ing, of course Ir’s been brought up because a cou­ple of sore losers just won’t let go. Ass­hats!

Trumpet the news: Elephant is going to be a mom3

But she won’t deliv­er until some­where around April 1, 2009! 22 months of preg­nan­cy. Dum­bo nev­er men­tioned that lit­tle fact.

In metro Atlanta, profile of those in need during the holidays has changed4

It isn’t just dur­ing the hol­i­days, either. Food banks across the coun­try are see­ing more and more work­ing peo­ple who need help. They’re hav­ing to reduce the amount of food giv­en to each per­son or fam­i­ly because the demand has out­paced the sup­ply so much.

I can’t say that I’m sur­prised. I know too many peo­ple who are just bare­ly scrap­ing by, and it isn’t because they’re irre­spon­si­ble. It’s just how the Amer­i­can econ­o­my is, and some­thing needs to change very quick­ly.


1 http://​www​.ajc​.com/​m​e​t​r​o​/​c​o​n​t​e​n​t​/​m​e​t​r​o​/​c​o​b​b​/​s​t​o​r​i​e​s​/​2​0​0​7​/​1​1​/​1​9​/​a​s​s​a​u​l​t​_​1​1​1​9​.​h​tml

2 http://​www​.ajc​.com/​m​e​t​r​o​/​c​o​n​t​e​n​t​/​m​e​t​r​o​/​c​l​a​y​t​o​n​/​s​t​o​r​i​e​s​/​2​0​0​7​/​1​1​/​1​9​/​r​i​v​e​r​d​a​l​e​s​u​i​t​_​1​1​2​0​_​w​e​b​.​h​t​m​l​?​c​x​n​t​n​i​d​=​a​m​n​1​1​2​0​07e

3 http://​www​.ajc​.com/​l​i​v​i​n​g​/​c​o​n​t​e​n​t​/​l​i​v​i​n​g​/​s​t​o​r​i​e​s​/​2​0​0​7​/​1​1​/​1​9​/​e​l​e​p​h​a​n​t​_​1​1​2​0​.​h​t​m​l​?​c​x​n​t​n​i​d​=​a​m​n​1​1​2​0​07e

4 http://​www​.ajc​.com/​h​o​l​i​d​a​y​/​c​o​n​t​e​n​t​/​h​o​l​i​d​a​y​g​u​i​d​e​/​s​t​o​r​i​e​s​/​2​0​0​7​/​1​1​/​1​9​/​f​o​o​d​_​1​1​2​0​.​h​t​m​l​?​c​x​n​t​n​i​d​=​a​m​n​1​1​2​0​07e

Study: ADHD kids’ brain areas develop slower — CNN​.com

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Education, Family, Health, News | Posted on 19-11-2007

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Expert: Find­ing shows bio­log­i­cal basis for atten­tion deficit hyper­ac­tiv­i­ty dis­or­der

Cru­cial parts of brains of chil­dren with atten­tion deficit dis­or­der devel­op more slow­ly than oth­er young­sters’ brains, a phe­nom­e­non that ear­li­er brain-imag­ing research missed, a new study says.

ADHD Brain Maturation

Devel­op­ing more slow­ly in ADHD young­sters — the lag can be as much as three years — are brain regions that sup­press inap­pro­pri­ate actions and thoughts, focus atten­tion, remem­ber things from moment to moment, work for reward and con­trol move­ment. That was the find­ing of researchers, led by Dr. Philip Shaw of the Nation­al Insti­tute of Men­tal Health, who report­ed the most detailed study yet on this prob­lem in Monday’s online edi­tion of Pro­ceed­ings of the Nation­al Acad­e­my of Sci­ences.

I’ve gone from seri­ous­ly not believ­ing that ADHD exist­ed at all, to being forced to under­stand its real­i­ty because my life part­ner, his kids, and my daugh­ter all have it. These find­ings are a major advance!

I still know that plen­ty of peo­ple (par­tic­u­lar­ly bad par­ents) use ADHD as an excuse, but that can hap­pen with any dis­or­der, real or imag­ined.

There’s fur­ther infor­ma­tion at the Nation­al Insti­tute for Men­tal Health, where the research was done.

So Cute! But What Is It?

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Fun | Posted on 18-11-2007

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I’m in love with this lit­tle pup­py, thanks to Pre­cious Jen. But what kind of dog is it? Any­body know?

Happy Birthday James!

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Family, Holidays | Posted on 17-11-2007

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I hope you have a great day! Y’all go wish James (word­can­dlemage on LJ) a hap­py birth­day, please?

Sam Fixed It!

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Blogging, Family, Geekery | Posted on 16-11-2007

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Before caf­feine, even. I had a nekkid GeekHero!

Thanks, sweet­ie 🙂

Now to see if I can focus long enough to get this new tem­plate work­ing through­out the site.

Why Am I Seeing Red?

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Geekery | Posted on 16-11-2007

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I went to bed, leav­ing the com­put­er on because I was in the mid­dle of some­thing.

I got up to find every­thing dis­play­ing washed in red.

Meep.

I haven’t had a dis­play prob­lem like this since 1992 or so, when I had a crap­py Gate­way mon­i­tor with a pro­pri­etary cable that went weird.

I’ve checked all the con­nec­tions, of course. And the set­tings. Noth­ing changed from before, and when I reset the set­tings to default, it doesn’t fix the prob­lem.

I’m no longer strong enough to move the mon­i­tors or the PC around to test and see if it’s the mon­i­tor. I don’t think we have a spare video card, either. I’m sure we don’t have a spare mon­i­tor.

I guess I’ll have to wake Sam ear­ly, as this isn’t real­ly very usable, and I need to fin­ish some stuff today.

Ick.

Packaging Boyhood

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Family, Home, Parenting | Posted on 15-11-2007

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From the lat­est Dads & Daugh­ters newslet­ter:

Our friend Dr. Mark Tap­pan is co-author­ing a book, to be called “Pack­ag­ing Boy­hood” about mar­ket­ing to our sons. The book aims to “scru­ti­nize the world of boy pow­er, and the ways media and mar­keters’ stereo­types about how to be a man reach way down into the lives and enter­tain­ment of younger and younger boys.” Mark is writ­ing it along with Dr. Lyn Mikel Brown and Dr. Sharon Lamb, co-authors of the 2006 book Pack­ag­ing Girl­hood: Res­cu­ing Our Daugh­ters from Mar­keters’ Schemes.

To gath­er data for “Pack­ag­ing Boy­hood,” these pre­em­i­nent schol­ars on the role of gen­der in the emo­tion­al, psy­cho­log­i­cal and cul­tur­al devel­op­ment of our chil­dren put togeth­er a very inter­est­ing online sur­vey at www​.pack​ag​ing​boy​hood​.com. Par­tic­i­pa­tion by dads and/​or their sons will be worth­while.

Dads & Daugh­ters is a great resource for par­ents, edu­ca­tors, or any­one else who cares about chil­dren. This is the first time I’ve seen them post some­thing son-spe­cif­ic, but much of their mate­r­i­al is impor­tant regard­less of the gen­der of your child(ren). Maybe well see a Dads & Sons before long, or some­thing sim­i­lar.

Date Night, Reading, School Stuff

Posted by Cyn | Posted in College, Family, Kvetching, Reading | Posted on 14-11-2007

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I was a naughty girl today, too caught up in read­ing A Few Demons More to do my home­work. Bad girl.

To be fair, I was also tak­ing care of my Katie baby, who had a fever and was near­ly deliri­ous. She real­ly fits the chron­ic fatigue syndrome/​ME diag­nos­tic cri­te­ria more than those for fibromyal­gia, but what­ev­er it is, she’s miss­ing way too much school.

Wednes­day is one of my reg­u­lar date nights with Sam, and I cer­tain­ly wasn’t going to put that off for school stuff, so I fig­ured I’d just hop online and make my required four posts after he went to bed, then join him quick­ly.1

Whoops! Not so fast!

My crit­i­cal think­ing class, which I fig­ured to be a “gimme” (required for every DeVry stu­dent regard­less of major, obvi­ous­ly designed to be one of the first class­es every­body takes) sur­prised me this time. Both thread­ed dis­cus­sions required research and thought.

The first was about con­sumer finance, which isn’t exact­ly con­tro­ver­sial. We had to use the school’s library site to access a peri­od­i­cals data­base, though, and choose at least two arti­cles relat­ed to some par­tic­u­lar aspect of con­sumer finance. Then we had to “share” one of them in the dis­cus­sion, explain­ing why we chose it and how it was rel­e­vant. That’s a big field to nar­row down, and the data­base had annoy­ing­ly NOT-fresh infor­ma­tion on my cho­sen angle.

The sec­ond, though, had us ana­lyze a Hitler Muse­um site 2 that claimed to be total­ly free of bias. Yep, pull the oth­er one, it’s got bells on! We had to eval­u­ate the site based on 5 or 6 dif­fer­ent mea­sures of cred­i­bil­i­ty. Even thought the site was obvi­ous­ly very pro-Hitler, find­ing cred­i­ble sources (mean­ing not Wikipedia) to dis­prove var­i­ous claims took some time.

I was high­ly dis­turbed by the num­ber of my class­mates that declared the site free of bias. Obvi­ous­ly, there are peo­ple who are in seri­ous need of this course! I knew that many peo­ple take in media fair­ly unques­tion­ing­ly, but a pro-Hitler web site put up by some anony­mous twit? In 2007?

The man­age­ment class stuff was very easy, just ques­tions about diver­si­ty and entre­pre­neur­ship. Yay for easy!

I’m final­ly done and can go cud­dle up with mah sweet­ie. I wan­na get the Holo­caust revi­sion­ism out of my head, though, to avoid bad dreams, so I might end up read­ing for a bit first.


1 I have got to go back to start­ing the week’s class stuff on Mon­days. Real­ly.

2 No, I’m not going to link to that!