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The Carlton

by Miriam - August 25th, 2015

I don’t watch DWTS, and I never watched “Fresh Prince of Bel-Aire,” but this is charmingly cute and wonderfully well-done.

Worth a coffee break.

How to Age Gracefully – Farewell Video from WireTap

by Miriam - August 21st, 2015

Thanks for expanding our reality.

WireTap Radio signs off after 11 years.

National Radio Quiet Zone

by Miriam - August 21st, 2015

Established in 1958, this is the quietest place in America.  No cell signal, no radio, microwave ovens, no electronics of any kind.  Even gasoline engines are set aside in favor of diesel.

Visit – Green Bank, WV., National Radio Quiet Zone

And, about the telescope:

And, about some of the people who live there for health reasons:

Zip Lookup – Quick Demographic information

by Miriam - August 18th, 2015

Check out Zip Lookup for interesting demographic information by zip code.  Not terribly detailed, but useful, informative, and not surprising summary information about a community zip code.

ZIP Lookup


Cripple Creek Station

by Miriam - August 14th, 2015

Awesome and totally fun application of micro-camera technology.  See the model train exhibit from the viewpoint of the model train.

IRS E-Signature Basics

by Miriam - August 1st, 2015

Infographic from Signix, a provider of e-signature services, about the basics of e-signatures as pertains to IRS tax returns.  Yes, this infographic is partially advertising for their services, but it’s interesting, and coming soon to your tax return process.


Indiana Grown

by Miriam - July 29th, 2015

IN GROWN_BLANK_1.5x3" wideIndiana Grown is a membership initiative to recognize all the great things “grown in Indiana.”

Requirements for membership are to offer products that fall into one of these categories:

  1. 100% Indiana – Products within this category must be grown in Indiana and/or all ingredients must come from Indiana.
  2. Prepared in Indiana – Product ingredients can be sourced from anywhere, but 100 percent of the production must be done in Indiana.
  3. Partner – To be an Indiana Grown partner, a company or institution must assist in marketing Indiana grown products and members.
  4. Indiana Grown – This category applies to all other Indiana Grown members.

Find more information at the website:  Indiana Grown

I like quick statistics – here’s what Indiana AgriNews collected about Indiana agriculture:

Top 5 National Rankings

Top 5 Commodities

By Value of Sale

 #1 – Duck, Wooden Office Furniture
and Kitchen Cabinets and Processed Tomatoes
 Corn – $4 B
#2 – Popcorn, Ice Cream, Spearmint Soybeans – $2.9  B
#3 – Chickens Pork – $1.2 B
#4 – Eggs, Soybeans, Peppermint and Cantaloupes Poultry/Eggs – $1.1 B
#5 – Corn, Pigs Dairy – $660 M

Check out more information, and learn about the Indiana Grown program at:  Indiana Agri-News Take a Bite Out of Indiana.

5% – A guide to charitable giving from the Carroll County Community Foundation

by Miriam - July 20th, 2015

What is 5%? What can it do for Carroll County? Please take 2 minutes and check it out:

Assembly of a Wind Turbine

by Miriam - July 15th, 2015

Cool 5-minute video showing a 3-week time lapse assembly of a wind turbine by Mid American Energy Company.  Very interesting – a lot more more involved that I realized.

Giving and Need – Opportunity Index and Giving Ratio

by Miriam - July 10th, 2015

Giving and Need Map

This is a follow up to my post of April 15 regarding the comparison of giving and religious beliefs.

Also from the Chronicle of Philanthropy, check out the article and interactive map which compares an “Opportunity Index” with a “Giving Ratio.”  The overall conclusion is that more affluent regions have a tendency to be less generous in their giving.  Again, you find that the southern part of the US and the Rocky Mountain regions are more generous givers.

“Giving Ratio” for this article is the percent of income donated to charity, as compiled from IRS Schedule A itemized deductions (I’m not sure I want to know how they obtained this information).

“Opportunity Index” is a score assigned based upon the socioeconomic measurements of different locations.

Now, you should assume that these are very, very, broad brushstrokes.  The data is by no means comprehensive, and leaves a lot of unanswered questions.  However, it might be statistically significant enough to suggest a pattern, which is all that the article does.   The percentages are not disparate enough to provide much confidence in their conclusions (that wealthier people tend to give less, and vice versa), but it is interesting to see what the numbers say about different locations.  How does YOUR county fare?

A Mismatch Between Need and Affluence

The Happiness of Workers

by Miriam - June 24th, 2015

Good for workers, good for management.  Also works for small shops and self employed.

The Happiness of Workers from Management 3.0

Quick Packing Tips

by Miriam - June 4th, 2015

Yes, this is an understated ad for Holiday Inn Express, but still a quick and informative video that is worth the watch:

20 Misused Words

by Miriam - June 1st, 2015

Properly written documents can be compelling.  The same document, badly-written, can be dismissed, and the important message lost.

One of my pet peeves is a meme with a message full of grammar errors.  Even worse is a YouTube video rife with misspellings.  Below is a unfortunate production of an otherwise touching Memorial Day video, set to music of a popular Christian band.  The very first image we see contains four misspellings.Grammar Polic

Memorial Day – Casting Crowns Video

Not only is the message lost, but it is an extreme disservice to the Christian rock group, Casting Crowns, to have their music devalued by childish mistakes.

The LinkedIn article (“linked” below) by Travis Bradburry is a quick tutorial on the proper application of 20 commonly misused words.  I see examples of each of these frequently.  I won’t claim to have never misused them, myself, but I try to proofread carefully to avoid contributing to the global mangling of the English language.

Misused Words Make Smart People Look Dumb

Let’s be careful out there.

2015 Internet Trends Report – Mary Meeker

by Miriam - May 28th, 2015

How has the Internet evolved over the past 15 years?  How about since 1975 (slide 7)?  Mary Meeker is renowned as a data analyst, and presents a yearly report on internet trends.  Some observations:

  • More internet usage outside of the US than within.
  • Growth is in mobile technology.  TV and Desktop usage is static.
  • 51% of time spent on the Internet is via a mobile device – up from 12% in 2008.
  • Contrast with 42% of time spent today on the internet is via a computer (desktop or laptop), compared with 80% in 2008 – yet, the total number of computer users has remained somewhat stable (no significant growth).

There are 197 slides, but it’s worth perusing to see how the internet has evolved over the past 15 years, and where today’s major influences lie.

2015 Internet Trends Report from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

Anti-Creativity Checklist

by Miriam - April 29th, 2015

Kudos for the idea and information.

Video found here:  An Anti-Creativity Checklist

I would have preferred a text version.   I could not relate to the video background as supporting the information, so I found it distracting.