Monday, July 21, 2008

Only great minds can read this

Only great minds can read this

fi yuo cna raed tihs, yuo hvae a sgtrane mnid too

Cna yuo raed tihs? Olny 55 plepoe out of 100 can.

i cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno't mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit a pboerlm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt!

What's on your iPod/Zune/non-denominational mp3 player??

Thanks to Ben Mason for this interesting idea.

The challenge: Put your mp3 player on shuffle and list the first ten songs that play. The ideas is that a random sampling provides a true picture of your 'musical taste'

Clay Walker "If I could make a living out of loving you"
Tim McGraw "My Best Friend"
Lily Allen "LDN"
Andrea Burns "I'm not afraid of anything" (from the musical Songs for a New World)
Clay Aiken "Sugar Pie Honeybunch"
Montgomery Gentry "Lucky Man"
Andy Griggs "You Won't Ever Be Lonely"
Taylor Hicks "Soul Thing"
Duncan Sheik "Mama Who Bore Me" (from the musical Spring Awakening)
William Finn "Time and Music" (from the musical A New Brain)

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Obama states the obvious

Friday Jul 11, 2008
Obama on Writing
Pam Coughlan over at Motherreader was at an Obama event in Fairfax, VA yesterday where he was asked what he would say to young writers.

He was surprised by the question, which he admitted was one he hadn't heard before, but didn't hesitate to answer. He referenced his two books, and specifically mentioned how he wrote them himself, along with many of his speeches. With a light inflection, he said, "In terms of getting a job, knowing how to write is a good thing." He talked about how he kept a journal, and how it was important for teaching him not only how to write, but also how to think. But my favorite part was when he said, "Over the course of four years I made time to read all of the Harry Potter books out loud to my daughters. If I can do that and run for president, then you can find time to read to your kids. That's some of the most special time you have with your children.
According to MSNBC he also said "these days kids know how to text message... but when you are applying for a job they will not be asking if you know how to text message."

In response to the bold text above....uh, no duh? ya think?