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What a week I’ve had hosting on Passive Voice.

9 October 2014

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From The Week~

Archaeologists Discover 4000 year old wine cellar in Northern Israel:

Archaeologists found clay vessels used to hold wine in a 4,000-year-old cellar at Tel Kabri, a Canaanite palace. The team used a micro-archaeology lab to analyze the wine samples found on ceramic sherds from the cellar. They discovered that the wine cellar had contained “a fine, aromatic vintage,” signaling that the wine had been made with royalty in mind, Haaretz reports.

The Tel Kabri palace dates to the Middle Bronze Age and was inhabited for more than 250 years, from roughly 1850 B.C.E. to the 1600s B.C.E., according to Haaretz. However, its inhabitants didn’t leave written evidence, so the wine cellar is a massive find for researchers who seek information on the palace’s occupants.

When the archaeologists analyzed the wine’s ingredients from the residue on the cellar’s jars, they found tantaric and syringic acid, which are components of wine, on roughly 40 jars. They also found evidence of cinnamic acid, which would have been used to make storax, a preservative to keep the wine from spoiling.

Sounds yummy! Read the rest here.


Why Your Brain Needs More Down Time.

24 October 2013

(No kidding!)

From Scientific American:

“Every now and then during the workweek—usually around three in the afternoon—a familiar ache begins to saturate my forehead and pool in my temples. The glare of my computer screen appears to suddenly intensify. My eyes trace the contour of the same sentence two or three times, yet I fail to extract its meaning. Even if I began the day undaunted, getting through my ever growing list of stories to write and edit, e-mails to send and respond to, and documents to read now seems as futile as scaling a mountain that continuously thrusts new stone skyward. There is so much more to do—so much work I genuinely enjoy—but my brain is telling me to stop. It’s full. It needs some downtime.”

Read the rest of this outstanding article here.

Julia Barrett

On the Fence About Self-Publishing?

21 October 2013

Take the Plunge!

From J.W. Manus (who has more commonsense than everyone I know put together):

Being the boss is a lot of responsibility. That’s why you need confidence. I’ll let you in on self-publishing’s Big Secret.

If you screw up, you can do it over.

Mistakes in the text? Fix them and update your listings. The cover’s not working? Redo it and update your listings. Don’t like a distributor? Pull your books. Find a new and exciting distributor? Sign up and list your books.

How’s that for a confidence booster? Mistakes aren’t fatal or expensive.

Read the rest of this inspiring article here!

An extra post for today.  Could not resist.  Julia Barrett




25 Words With Contradictory Meanings

1 October 2013

From Lifehack:

Oh, contronyms—those difficult, vexing little words that can totally alter a sentence if used inappropriately. Many people aren’t aware that there are oodles of words out there that can have contradictory meanings, and if put in the wrong context, can leave the reader with their eyebrow arched right into their hairline.

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1. Bolt (to fasten tightly, or to break free)
The door was bolted shut, but she broke through it and bolted to freedom.

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8. Fix (restore, or castrate)

Emma made sure that the door on Cujo’s crate was fixed: he might be angry when he came back from the vet’s after being fixed, and it would be best to keep him at a distance for a while.

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21. Strike (to hit, or miss an attempt to hit)

Manfred tried to strike the ball with his bat, but deep down he knew he’d strike out yet again.

Link to the rest at Lifehack

An Office Desk That Generates Electric Power Via Your Butt

15 April 2013

From The Atlantic:

Swedish designer Eddi Törnberg has invented the perfect workspace for the environment and cost-obsessed CEOs. “Unplugged,” a thesis project of the graduate of Beckmans College of Design, in Stockholm, allegedly powers its own electronic devices by exploiting the finest qualities of humankind – i.e., we get hot and stomp around a lot.

Törnberg was inspired to create this parasitic furniture after a line from Harriet Beecher Stowe got stuck in his head: “Human nature is above all things lazy.”

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The “Seebeck Effect”: In 1821, German-Estonian physicist Thomas Seebeck found that if you make certain materials warm on one side and cool on the other, the temperature differential generates electricity. The metal seat of this desk’s chair gets hot by cozying up to a worker’s butt, while the bottom remains chill thanks to a pattern of metal fins. The result: a few extra minutes of laptop life.

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Piezoelectricity: This term refers to electricity formed by pressure. The carpet of “Unplugged” is enriched with crystals that respond to pressure with a little release of power. While you might not walk around a lot at work, it’s probable that your feet are constantly shifting and your chair rolling back and forth, tapping into a potential well of ener-fuel.

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With this array of passive generators, writes the designer, the workspace moves “sustainable design from the realm of demand and effort and makes it into something tailored to our everyday existence.”

Link to the rest at The Atlantic and thanks to L for the tip.

The first questions PG asked were, “Which writers generate the most energy? Does it vary by genre?”

Slowing Down in Order to Kickstart Creativity

11 February 2013

From PsychCentral:

While slow movements — everything from food to even cities — are catching on, there’s still an underlying stigma surrounding slow. It’s wasted time, at best, slothful, at worst.

But slowing down is often a refuge ripe for creativity. When we unplug and play, ideas percolate and take shape.

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Slowing down doesn’t have to mean reducing your speed or halting movement. In fact, it could be a whirl of activity. Maya Stein, a poet and writing facilitator, spent last spring and summer biking 1,200 miles from Massachusetts to Wisconsin – typewriter in tow – collecting stories from strangers.

Why biking? As Stein writes on her website, “I loved the idea of slowing down enough to really see where I am, to go at a pace that allowed for a deeper engagement with my environment.”

Stein also craves movement in her everyday activities, especially after too much silence and solitude. Being active feeds her creativity. “Riding my bike always helps me tinker with ideas – something about that constancy of movement – going for long walks gifts me with a sense of wild abandon and surprise, and playing team sports helps me think about creativity as a conversation, which gives my projects a lot more texture and interaction.”

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With her iPhone in hand, Just slows downs by going on a photo walk. “I see a photo walk as being a type of meditation, especially when I give myself the adventure of looking for the way the light is falling on the subject matter around me.”

On her walks, Just also pays close attention to symbols, such as a heart-shaped rock or leaf, which remind her to “really open my eyes and see the love that is always available to me.”

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In the wintertime, Just replaces photo walks with another ritual: She photographs a different object each day.

Link to the rest at PsychCentral

Hearts in Armor

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