Monday, January 28, 2008

Is Multitasking Killing Us?

My friend Ray Frush sent me this one.

Multitasking messes with the brain in several ways. At the most basic level, the mental balancing acts that it requires—the constant switching and pivoting—energize regions of the brain that specialize in visual processing and physical coordination and simultaneously appear to shortchange some of the higher areas related to memory and learning. We concentrate on the act of concentration at the expense of whatever it is that we’re supposed to be concentrating on.

Some funny and disterbing conclusions can be found in this Atlantic article.

Monday, January 14, 2008

The Necessity of Unproductivity

Dr John Breeding has a very different view of mental health than the main stream. I found this quote to resonate with my life.

One major effect of compulsive productivity is to powerfully inhibit our ability to live in the spiritual truth of our complete interconnectedness with all of life, and particularly with our fellow human beings.

I agree! Personal experience shows that the less busy I am the more spiritually connected I find myself. I just tend to make myself very busy. Am I simply trying to escape the real meaning of life? Not sure.

Read the article at:

Friday, January 11, 2008

FCtrip shows road activity in Fort Collins

Jim Cook sent me a link to the FCtrip website. This web site shows the current traffic conditions in Fort Collins. You can click on camera icon for each intersection and they select the direction you wish to view. Check it out.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

A not so shocking job that is very different

My friend Rob Gardener sent me this one. How about a new job as a high voltage cable inspector? Not a job I would be good at. Here is a job that requires attention to detail and high level of trust (in helicopters and their pilots). Truly fascinating work though. Watch the video at

Monday, January 7, 2008

Wow! Venessa German on Pop Tech

Chris Jordan sent me this one and I thought "Wow!" As an active public speaker and member of Toastmasters I was very impressed with this woman's ability to weave words and body movement into a captivating presentation. Anyone who is a member of Toastmasters can learn from this presentation.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Bank on Humankind

My friend Pauline Brinkerhoff sent me this article and it was a nice reminder of what it is all about. I am reminded that life is really made up from all the connections between people. Article: Bank on Humankind

Friday, January 4, 2008

The Story of Stuff

My friend Rich Young sent me this link. I was very impressed with the work done. My son Will (age 9) watched the entire 20 minute video and he really gets it. I wish more Americans would get it. I am trying to figure out how to link this into the project.