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Project Passenger Pigeon

“2014 marks the centenary of this extraordinary extinction. Project Passenger Pigeon will mark this anniversary and promote the conservation of species and habitat, strengthen the relationship between people and nature, and foster the sustainable use of natural resources.”

Visit their website: http://www.passengerpigeon.org to learn about the project and how to become involved. 

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#MakeHealth was AMAZING – Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): (Week of August 18, 2014)

mcrohio:

Here is a fine example of how one serious blogger Uses IT to educate and faciiitate with daily blogs based on research and communication:  

Originally posted on Emerging Technologies Librarian:

It’s always a delight to have the opportunity to show off a University of Michigan event in these posts. It’s even more of a delight to show off an event of which I was so intimately a part, even though I have to confess I feel like I did very little and it was the community that really drove this magical event! I was just lucky to be among the core team at the front, along with the incredible Joyce Lee and Emily Hirshfeld! There are so very many incredible people who were involved I can’t possible thank them all.

One thing you’ll notice in these tweets is the range of media included — many photos and videos that may or may not display. To get a more engaging sense of the event as displayed in the tweets you may need to click through.

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What To Do About Bad Guys in Your Twitter Events

Originally posted on Emerging Technologies Librarian:

How To Block On Twitter

We’re having a big event, as you already know. We’ve used social media a lot in the planning and preparation of the event, and we want social media used during the event. We want to be able to show engagement, a diverse community, a virtual community as well as the face-to-face folk who come in person. We want people to upload pics to Instagram and Flickr, videos to Vine and Youtube; we want people to blog, and to tweet like crazy.

But anyone who has spent much time on Twitter knows what happens when you get a really active hashtag going. Spammers show up. And sometimes trolls. And sometimes people get confused about your hashtag and start sending content they think is relevant (but really they’re confused and it isn’t at ALL appropriate). And some people are just nasty or snarky on purpose. So what do you do?

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Navigating the Site: Revisited

This has been a classic “learning experience” for Mary. I have a knack for making a mess of simple things, but I am fortunate to have friends who rescue me when things seem hopeless.

The original version of this post described an awkward fix to a simple problem, and the fix turned out to be worse than the problem. Happily the situation was reported (in the comments) by two of my followers, pros with blogs I admire very much and read regularly.

I have chosen not to entertain you with my misadventures. Instead I’ll  provide links to my colleagues’ blogs for your enjoyment. They are as different as two blogs can be but equally interesting, creative and well crafted.

My Guilty Pleasures by Viveka and Expat in Brazil by Maggie. Enjoy!

Best wishes from your  Novice Blogger.

How To Use Instagram Direct, from Business Insider

Excellent directions, liberally illustrated – much better than the usual wordy steps that leave the student (a.k.a. me) scratching her head.

How To Use Instagram Direct – Business Insider.

How to Share a Google Plus Post

This is another offering from that tireless Social Media proponent, Birgit Pauli-Haack.

Birgit shared the work of  Mike Allton who wrote the instructions in this shared Google Plus post: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+MikeAllton/posts/UmLrbjMug1D,

I found them easy to follow, and here’s my successful first try:  How to Share G+ Post

 

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Places Without Locations

Originally posted on Ron Scubadiver's Wild Life:

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8 Photos in This Gallery

Many photos are of recognizable places, like the Manhattan skyline. None of these landscapes are of instantly identifiable locations. The two aerials were photographed somewhere between Houston and LA, but I can’t tell you even what state is pictured. Remaining images are from Kauai, but without the Hawaii tag, nobody would ever know.

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not in london, but foggy

A beautiful post from one of my favorite blogs.

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Please share to show my pupils how far a photo can go (even if you don’t want it to!)

mcrohio:

Just being neighborly, helping this teacher make an excellent point!

Originally posted on Not about everything:

Sharing this, because it seems an interesting lesson.

I am teaching E-safety to my pupils at the moment and wanted to try a little experiment. Please share this photo and see how far it gets, I want to show my students how easily photos etc can go viral, even when you may not want them to. Share it and see how far it goes!

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Silicon Valley Trends

Something to keep an eye on.

 

My Friend the Internet

Inscrutable, immutable, but responsive. Exciting, addicting, demanding, forgiving, and faithful. A window and a miror.

With it I travel and play, learn and grow, reach out and connect while maintaining my independence.

 

Task: Setting Home Page Slideshow

September 2, early morning:

Changing the Home Page Slideshow is tricky. My first one was not to my liking so I turned the feature off, added a new post with better images, and turned HPS back on. The old slideshow persisted. This is another attempt. Following instructions carefully, hoping for success.

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September 2, later:  Failure – the original picture persists alone, no slideshow at all.  The system may need more time to catch up with my edits so I will leave the feature turned off. Later today I will try again.

September 3:  After 12 hours of inaction with the “slideshow option” unchecked I rechecked it. It is still stuck on a single picture from the previous implementation.  Time to report it and request help.

September 4:  Instead of contacting “Help” I decided to continue on my own. I created a sort of mirror image blog to this one and named it Counterpoint. The Home Page Slideshow feature does not work on it – big disappointment.  I must be doing it wrong so I’ll study info again and have another go at it later.

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PS At least I stumbled into the right way to link a URL to a site name (see Counterpoint link above). I’m inclined to fault the instructions but won’t offer a correction until I review it more carefully.

September 7:  With the help of Counterpoint I think I have it worked out. WordPress offers a lot of well-illustrated media help in step-by-step instruction. They cover many topics and I can’t find my way back to the full description of the “optional home page slideshow”.

But, Home Page general instructions say “How about a home page slideshow featuring 950px by 425px image attachments from your most recent posts?”  And I reall reading that if we click that option the system will “take it from there”.  After lots of trial and error I suspect it just looks for images that are the right size and grabs some at random.  A look at Counterpoint shows the results.

Verifying that will take more time than I want to give it. From now on I’ll just make sure that suitable images are the right size.

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Halifax Waterfront, Nova Scotia

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Where she wants to be

A lovely tribute to her mother from a creative blogger:    where she wants to be.

The World Today: How Mobile We Are!

People change location and adopt new countries more often then we might think.  

For a fascinating graphic illustrating the extent of those migrations along with some of their broader impacts click the following link:  http://www.feedbacq.com/blog/world-expat-population-the-numbers/

Or check the following preview . . .

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A New Skill

This is so exciting! Many thanks to my trainer, Birgit, for teaching me this technique.

All these years I thought I could not attach documents to blog posts, a big inconvenience for me! Now I see how simple it is:  just click “Add Media” and WP treats the document file as if it were a picture or video.

It works for both PDF and .docs.  They can be set up either to open on the  post or download as illustrated below.

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Happy Days!

Upward and Onward, A to Z Challenge

I’m upgrading and expanding my blog activities. In March I signed up for a blog activity: http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/   Participants agreed to post daily in April, either on a theme or random topics, titles to run through the alphabet in order.  My theme was “Places I have Lived or Visited” –  http://atozmcr.blogspot.com/  My posts were brief and simple at the start, but I soon began adding my pictures.

I then moved to researching places and adding pictures and/or videos from the internet. There were about 1,800 entries, and part of the challenge was to “visit” a few others each day and leave comments. That opened up a world of ideas for me and resulted in return visits, some “follows” and even on-going dialogues. Those are linked under Blogs I Follow. I now post regularly, adding to my skills while developing a “community”. Blogging has opened a new window on the world and become an exciting educational venture.

Update, April 23, 2014

My first A to Z was so sucessful that I joined again this year. Have a look: Variety, the Spice of Life   It incorporates much of what I have learned during the year and I think it’s a better blog. Again I created a Blogger blog for that sole purpose, but next year I’ll add it to this blog, with access via a Menu Item at the top.

A New Leaf

True to the introduction I have been experimenting on this site, but I have to confess it got away from me.  When I created a ScoopIt! curation site I connected it with this blog so all posts would appear here, too. Then I forgot I had done it. If you are still with me it may even be because for a while this blog was almost a proxy for ScoopIt! In any case I hope you enjoy those posts as much as I do.

But it’s time to resume my personal sharing and meandering. I hereby declare the ScoopIt! experiment a success and disconnected. I return to comments on my life and thoughts  with some obserations on air conditioning and tree trimming via this link: http://bit.ly/13fhs6m

If you miss the ScoopIt! posts as they scroll out of sight below you can find them all under both Facts and ScoopIt! in the menu at the top. And feel free to visit my complete curation site at  http://www.scoop.it/t/our-physical-world for many more fascinating posts!

10 Awe-Inspiring Weather Phenomena

See on Scoop.itOur Physical World

There are reported cases of fish and frogs raining from the sky, as well as ice bombs attacking earthlings from above.

See on www.top10zen.com

Stunning map charts every river in U.S.

See on Scoop.itOur Physical World

The U.S. is often thought of as a nation connected by roads—since the 1960s the Interstate Highway has defined American culture and led to untold economic prosperity. But a new map of the nation’s rivers tells a very different story.

See on www.digitaljournal.com

California’s biggest dam removal project in history begins in Carmel Valley

See on Scoop.itOur Physical World

In a project that will be watched by engineers and biologists across the nation, construction crews today will begin a three-year, $84 million project to tear down the hulking San Clemente Dam in Californias largest dam-removal project ever.

See on www.mercurynews.com

Yosemite’s Iconic El Capitan Mapped in High-Resolution 3D

See on Scoop.itOur Physical World

New geologic map helps scientists understand ancient volcano’s roots and contemporary rock falls.

See on news.nationalgeographic.com

A parched Syria turned to war, scholar says; Egypt may be next

See on Scoop.itOur Physical World

Prof. Arnon Sofer sets out the link between drought, Assad’s civil war, and the wider strains in the Middle East; Jordan and Gaza are also in deep trouble, he warns

See on www.timesofisrael.com

Before and after: Tornado cuts devastating path through Oklahoma

See on Scoop.itOur Physical World

Explore the Bing map, or Google map of Moore, Okla. More on the Oklahoma tornado:

See on photoblog.nbcnews.com

NWS – National Mosaic Enhanced Radar Image: Full Resolution Loop

See on Scoop.itOur Physical World

Latest weather radar images from the National Weather Service

See on radar.weather.gov

An Underground Pool Drying Up

See on Scoop.itOur Physical World

Portions of the High Plains Aquifer are rapidly being depleted by farmers who are pumping too much water to irrigate their crops, particularly in the southern half in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Levels have declined up to 242 feet in some areas, from predevelopment — before substantial groundwater irrigation began — to 2011.

See on www.nytimes.com

As coast erodes, names wiped off the map

See on Scoop.itOur Physical World

For decades, south Louisiana residents have watched coastal landmarks disappear as erosion worsened and the Gulf of Mexico marched steadily inward.

See on www.houmatoday.com

Aral Sea Basin

See on Scoop.itOur Physical World

“Dust blows from what was once the Aral Sea floor. Tragic mismanagement of a natural resource.”

See on twitter.com

Melting Glaciers Transform Alpine Landscape

See on Scoop.itOur Physical World

Climate change is dramatically altering the Swiss Alps, where hundreds of bodies of water are being created by melting glaciers. Though the lakes can attract tourists and even generate electricity, local residents also fear catastrophic tidal waves.

See on www.spiegel.de

Night Sky Comes Alive With Aurora Borealis

See on Scoop.itOur Physical World

“Peak season to spot rare, dazzling night skies over Canada and Alaska.”

Geocube

See on Scoop.itOur Physical World

“Geocube is an attractive online resource about Geography. Geocube is based on the principle of the Rubik Cube with six faces and 54 topics. It is a virtual and easily accessible website which is available online for free. Move the Geocube around with your mouse and explore the faces and topics.Geocube provides an accessible way to read, see and watch what Geography is and geographers do.”

Dazzling Northern Lights Anticipated Saturday Night

See on Scoop.itOur Physical World

“A solar flare that occurred around 2 a.m. Thursday morning may create a spectacular display of northern lights Saturday evening. The midlevel flare had a long duration and was directed at Earth.  Solar flares create auroras when radiation from the sun reaches Earth and interacts with charged protons in our atmosphere. The effects are greater at the magnetic poles and weaken as they move south from the Arctic or north of the Antarctic. In the northern hemisphere the results are called the aurora borealis, with the aurora australis being its southern counterpart. The result is a spectacular display of light and color for areas with clear enough views.”

See on www.accuweather.com

WomanStats Maps

See on Scoop.itToday’s Issues

“The WomanStats Project is the most comprehensive compilation of information on the status of women in the world. The Project facilitates understanding the linkage between the situation of women and the security of nation-states. We comb the extant literature and conduct expert interviews to find qualitative and quantitative information on over 310 indicators of women’s status in 174 countries. Our Database expands daily, and access to it is free of charge.  Click here if you are a new to the project.”

Mary Rack‘s insight:

Amazing and thought-provoking.

See on womanstats.org

Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek

See on Scoop.itOur Physical World

Fresh powder beckoned 16 expert skiers and snowboarders into the backcountry. Then the snow gave way.

See on www.nytimes.com

NASA Earth Observatory

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/

How the internet using various technologies broadens our “horizons”.

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Guitar in Colorado

Greg Smith, guitar player in this video, led the 2009 beginners’ retreat I attended at the Shambhala Mountain Center (SMC) in Colorado. The following is a direct quote from the SMC online newsletter dated December 5, 2012.

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“Stupa Serenade

Posted on December 5, 2012 by 
Painter of Thangkas, Playing Guitar.Greg Smith studied with Choyam Trungpa Rinpoche and is now a student of his son Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Of the past 33 years, Greg has spent 23 at Shambhala Mountain Center, contributing to the community and practice environment, and befriending many of the program participants. He oversaw the painting of the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya during its construction and continues to relate to it on a daily basis. After all, he can see it from his bedside window.We asked Greg for an offering that we could share with our community to celebrate the richness of our sangha. He was more than happy to oblige and decided to play a song, in every floor of the Stupa!

So here is Greg Smith, practitioner, painter, guitarist, and friend.”

Top 10 Ways to Go Green this Holiday Season

See on Scoop.itGeography Education

10 ways to go green this holiday season. Zero Waste holiday tips from Eco-Cycle.

This infographic combined with these recommendations are some simple reminders that mass consumption and waste does not contribute to global joy or cheer.

See on ecocycle.org

Unnatural Landscapes

See on Scoop.itGeography Education

In a world where photoshop has made the unreal seem ordinary, these unearthly seemingly landscapes might seem likely fakes.  The world can be that extraordinary.  Pictured above is the “Door to Hell” in Turkmenistan.  Rich with natural gas, Soviets were drilling in 1971 when the drilling rig collapsed and left a huge (230 feet wide) hole.  In an attempt to stop gas leaks they hoped a fire would burn off any discharge, but it is still burning today.  Enjoy this gallery of 25 ‘unnatural’ images.

See on www.buzzfeed.com

Blue Ridge Mountains, October 2012

On a chilly and damp day 5 friends took to the road with one loyal husband as navigator. After a cozy night in the cottage the rain ended, the sun came out and we took the first of several hikes. Highlighs were visits to Penland School of CraftsWoody’s Chair Shop in Spruce Pine, and a lovely waterfall. For hiking pictures see my album on Facebook.

We even discovered a magnificent orange mushroom grouping called Chicken of the Woods, pictures by Birgit Pauli-Haack. Learn all about this amazing mushroom:   video   

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Travels in 2010

SEPTEMBER

While visiting  in Florida I went to the amazing Kennedy Space Center.  Some pictures to capture the day:

 

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OCTOBER began with a meditation retreat at the Buddhist Shambhala Mountain Center north of Denver, Colorado.

I am learning  Shambhala Buddhist meditation. After reading Pema Chodron’s When Everything Falls Apart I got a “pillow” and followed instructions. I was clumsy but I liked it, and was further encouraged by Sakyong Mipham’s book Turning the Mind into an Ally. So I registered for this beginners’ retreat. The setting was beautiful, the weather bright and brisk, and the retreat was  more than I hoped for.

Share the feel of the center in these pictures:

 

LATE OCTOBER

Daughter Catherine and I visited Taliesin in Spring Green, Wisconsin, Frank Lloyd Wright’s home and studio. I was amazed at the quality of Catherine’s cell phone photos, shown in this slideshow:

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Metta Chant

This lovely slideshow set to music characterizes my new interest in meditation. Enjoy -

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Exercise in Embedding: Son Paul’s Video

This is Paul’s first video.

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About the Home Page

Apparently when there is no post on this page the blog becomes invisible or even – shudder! – is deleted. Someday I may have something important to say here, but for now I can only refer the reader to the topical pages.

Please Note that RSS feed is enabled.

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Cleveland International Film Festival

I spent many happy hours in Cleveland working on the International Film Festival:  CIFF website.

From September into January each year I review films submitted for entry in the festival.The culmination is the festival which lasts 11 days in March. I watch between 35 and 40 films. Some people watch more. It’s great watching with friends who are also film buffs and talking with the writers, producers, and other film-makers who are there with their films for Q&A.

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