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Poison Ivy


BOOK REVIEW

Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life, Author: William Deresiewicz.

By Nathan Heller – Élite higher education today makes two promises. It is a liberal-arts idyll, free from the demands of breadwinning or real-world “usefulness.”

It is also an acceleration tube, where students gain life momentum befitting their competitive entry. Can it be both?

“The system manufactures students who are smart and talented and driven, yes, but also anxious, timid, and lost, with little intellectual curiosity and a stunted sense of purpose: trapped in a bubble of privilege, heading meekly in the same direction, great at what they’re doing but with no idea why they’re doing it,” he writes. more> http://tinyurl.com/mhfmed3

How To Silence Your Inner Critic Once And For All


BOOK REVIEW

Better Than Perfect: 7 Strategies to Crush Your Inner Critic and Create a Life You Love, Author: Elizabeth R. Lombardo.

Inner Critic, Inner Success: Claiming Your Critic While Taming Your Success, Author: Stacey Sargent.

By Gwen Moran – Your inner critic is only a problem if it’s crossed that line from helping you get better to constantly berating you. If it’s causing stress, anxiety, or depression, here’s how to shut it down.

If it’s telling you you’re not deserving, it might be protecting you from disappointment. Once you get to the reason behind the criticism, you can begin to deal with that underlying fear or concern. more> http://tinyurl.com/lpjz9we

Updates from GE


Is Voyager In Interstellar Space? Confusing Signals From Little Craft That Could

GE – Is the Voyager 1 spacecraft in interstellar space? NASA says yes, but a small but respected community of researchers isn’t convinced.

One element of the Voyager mission isn’t under debate, though: the 35-year old spacecraft is still relying on GE technology, including command computers and power generators.

The spacecraft is now than 11.9 billion miles from home—more than 53,000 times farther than a trip to the moon. The Voyager 1 and its sibling the Voyager 2 launched in 1977. They were expected to last only a few years, but carried . “NASA considered everything past the Saturn encounter a bonus,” said Dr. Howard Butler, who ran GE’s Aerospace Electronic Systems Department.

NASA now estimates that the probes will survive until 2025. more> http://tinyurl.com/lkfcxeo

Is Everyone a Little Bit Racist?


By Nicholas Kristof – Joshua Correll of the University of Colorado at Boulder has used an online shooter video game to try to measure these unconscious attitudes (you can play the game yourself).

An uncomfortable starting point is to understand that racial stereotyping remains ubiquitous, and that the challenge is not a small number of twisted white supremacists but something infinitely more subtle and complex:

People who believe in equality but who act in ways that perpetuate bias and inequality. more> http://tinyurl.com/pv5bqlj

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Ferguson: America’s cultural segregation fault lines


BOOK REVIEW

Habits of the Heart (pdf), Author: Robert Bellah.

The Big Sort: Why the Clustering of Like-Minded America Is Tearing Us Apart, Authors: Bill Bishop and Robert Cushing.

By Neal Gabler – We don’t live in America anymore. We live in thousands of Americas, many no farther away than our computer screens and the Internet. These are self-identified Americas.

But there is another, more pernicious effect of cultural segregation. It shrinks the world rather than enlarges it — reinforces what already is, circumscribes people within their own worldview.

In a segregated world, especially the virtually segregated world we now have thanks to the Internet, we need never leave our own cultural ghetto. more> http://tinyurl.com/kewk6pl

Why An Anti To-Do List Might Be The Secret To Productivity


By Joel Gascoigne – My approach with the Anti-To-Do List is to have not just a single list each day, as many of us do now (our to-do list), but to have two.

The idea of the Anti-To-Do List is that it is the account of progress for that day. In some ways it’s a “Done” List.

This is really powerful, because you can always look back at your Anti-To-Do List and see how much you’ve got done (even if the items weren’t on your todo list). more> http://tinyurl.com/llr3ag8

Updates from BOEING


The Unmanned Moving Target

U.S. Air Force – The 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron and Boeing Co. conducted the flight, which is the first step in a two year process to phase out the QF-4 full scale aerial target.

“The QF-4 did a good job for many years, but it’s time to turn the page in the aerial target program. This program will bring us into the 4th generation aircraft,” said Lt. Col. Ryan Inman, the 82nd ATRS commander. “And will provide us with a mission capable, very sustainable aerial target to take us into the next 10 to 20 years.”

The first QF-16 was delivered to Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., in November 2012 for operational and developmental testing to ensure their viability for aerial targets. The QF-16 is a supersonic reusable full-scale aerial target modified from an F16 Fighting Falcon. The emergence of U.S. 5th generation fighters such as the F-22 Raptor and the F-35 Lightning means American forces need an advanced target, similar to what they would actually find on the battle field. more> http://tinyurl.com/nvrdv94