Could Gouda stop tornados? No, but these articles are interesting…

Curating content is one of the many tasks I perform in my current position. So lucky for me (and you reading), I stumble upon some interesting articles across the web. Here are few of the ones I found interesting today:

Great Gouda! World’s oldest cheese found – on mummies
This post from USA TODAY was fascinating. They found cheese on mummies in northwestern China. The scientists believe this cheese was made with a starter containing a mix of bacteria and yeast, similar to kefir made today. It’s interesting because it’s contradictory to most cheese made modern day, that is made with rennet. Anyway, this cheese (and the mummies) date back to as early as 1615 BC… luckily it’s not some stinky cheese!
Check it out: http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2014/02/25/worlds-oldest-cheese/5776373/

4.4 billion-year-old crystal is the oldest piece of Earth
I LOVE science and pondering the beginning of the Universe. I’m no scientist, so I must rely on the fascinating articles I read in books and magazines. CNN reported today that scientists have dated a zircon crystal in Western Australia that is – GET THIS – 4.4 billion years old. For reference… scientists believe the earth is 4.5 billion years old. They also used an extensive form of dating to figure this number out. Super interesting read on the beginning of our planet!
Nerd alert: http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/24/world/oldest-earth-fragment/index.html

Can giant walls protect the USA from tornadoes?
Okay, this one is a bit of a stretch. I found it interest (again because I’m a science nerd like that) and because well… I just don’t believe it. I’m still not sure what to think, because I believe the meteorolist cited at the end of the article who called the theory “nonsense.” I’m with ya!
Lunacy starts here: http://www.usatoday.com/story/weather/2014/02/25/giant-walls-tornado-alley/5808887/

NFL, Cardinals, Superbowl committee sound off on SB 1062
The 2015 Super Bowl is scheduled to be played in Arizona and the NFL and Super Bowl committee are challenging the Senate Bill (1062). Basically the bill allows businesses the right to refuse service to anyone if the owner’s religious beliefs are at stake. I love that these big time organizations could change the big game next year because they so value tolerance and inclusiveness. Way to go NFL!
Sound off: http://www.kpho.com/story/24813943/nfl-cardinals-super-bowl-committee-sound-off-on-sb-1062

Watch the Great Lakes Freeze Over

Super cool! I love seeing videos like this, especially this one after the bitter cold winter we’ve been having. Thanks polar vortex 😛

Science & Space

You can measure a winter in many ways: temperature records, snow cover, even travel delays. But to truly see how frigid this winter has been—at least for the eastern half of the U.S.—you need to go way up. Satellite imagery shows that an incredible 88% of the Great Lakes—Superior, Michigan, Huron, Ontario and Erie—are now frozen over. That’s the largest ice cover the Great Lakes have experienced since 1994, and it means that there is an astounding 82,940 sq. miles (214,814 sq. km) of ice covering the biggest collection of fresh water in the world.

How unusual is this? Since 1973, the average maximum ice cover extent for the Great Lakes has been just 50%, and in those four decades, the ice extent has surpassed 80% just five times. (In 2002, just 9.5% of the Great Lakes froze over during the winter, the lowest extent on…

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Pumpkins, gravity, and Siri: Some of my favorite articles this week!

So what does your Facebook profile really say about you?
Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania examined the language used in 75,000 Facebook profiles and found differences across ages, genders and certain personality traits.  (via Mashable) http://mashable.com/2013/10/03/facebook-reveals-personality/

What happens if an astronaut floats off in space?
Well, if you get hit the right way, you may actually hurl into and burn up in the Earth’s atmosphere. Ouch. Check out the protocols NASA has in place for an “overboard” astronaut. (via Popsci) http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2013-09/what-happens-if-astronaut-floats-space

Younger UK kids are rejecting feature phones in favor of tablets
Immediately, I can’t help but imagine Peyton Manning scoffing “look at this guy using his phone as a phone.” Kids are wanting much more from their mobile devices and apparently trading in their phones for bigger, smarter, faster tablets. Can only imagine what the tech space will look like when I have kids. ACK! http://thenextweb.com/uk/2013/10/03/uk-kids-are-rejecting-mobile-phones-in-favor-of-tablets-ofcom-reveals/

31 pumpkin recipes
Happy October! Check out these 31 awesome recipes for pumpkin use this fall. Oh and don’t miss the link to making your own pumpkin puree. There isn’t a better way than going homemade.  http://www.closetcooking.com/2013/09/31-pumpkin-recipes.html

“I’m the original voice of Siri”
Susan Bennett, a Georgia resident, has come forward as the voice of Siri in an interview with CNN. What most intrigued me about her story is her first husband was an NHL player for the Atlanta Flames! Well worth the read. http://edition.cnn.com/2013/10/04/tech/mobile/bennett-siri-iphone-voice/

14 Useful Things I Wish I Knew Growing Up

The truest advice I have ever heard. I can’t even begin to imagine how many times young people actually do receive this advice, but fail to listen to it. It is not their fault… we eventually all realize that we need to live in order to learn. And eventually, all of these life lessons will become apparent – that could be when you’re 14 or 74. It’s never too early or late to realize how great you are. These useful things are important to remember and reflect on at every life stage.
I’m so thankful to have had supportive parents (especially my mom – shout out to number #7). They let me take big and scary leaps so that I could learn from my mistakes and grow into the young woman I am today at 24. High school was hard, but 10 years later, I’m so happy to have had those four TOUGH years to teach me these valuable lessons.
This is seriously a great read. Share with all!

Thought Catalog

A friend whose sister recently started high school asked me, “What advice would you give your 14-year-old self? Academics, dating, whatever.” My short answer was, “I would say that when things just hurt too much, you were given this life because you are strong enough to live it.”

The long answer became this article.

As a 20-something, I hear so much advice along the lines of, “Travel widely. Be vulnerable. Love deeply. Learn forgiveness.” But for those just starting out on the path to adulthood, what would they need to hear? What would have helped me navigate those early years better?



1. High school is awkward for almost everyone.

I say almost because there seem to be those blessed few pre-ordained with an acne-free adolescence. They are a special group of unicorns you need not pay attention to. You will grow into or out of your awkwardness. You will love…

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Google Glass

Image courtesy of theverge.com.

Image courtesy of theverge.com.

I wrote about something very similar to this 4 years ago in an Advertising class at Montclair. My paper, which earned a bid to my professor’s project hall of fame, depicted a glasses/contact lens type technology that was able to take pictures and video through voice commands. I called it Camtacts… Google developed an enormous amount of more interactive features and calls is Glass. I can’t wait until this is available for everyone. The initial $1500 purchase price is a bit out of my price range now but I’m hoping that’ll come down in price similar to the Apple iPhone’s initial sell.

Here’s how it feels through Glass.

UPDATE (March 12): This video posted on Mashable yesterday. An even better way to use Glass – here’s how it feels to do errands with Glass!

Presidential Elections

When I first started pursuing my Master’s degree, I didn’t think I’d learn much else that I hadn’t already in my undergraduate Business career. Wrapping up my first series of classes in my second and final year, I am pleasantly surprised with how knowledgeable SIUE has encouraged me to be. In 2008, while willing to learn about politics, I cast a vote for our president based on gut feeling. Now, in 2012, I have a more learned economic and political stance during this presidential election. This is no thanks to the amazing classes I have taken, both at the end of undergrad and in graduate school.

Living in Illinois, I already completed and mailed my absentee ballot for (the great state of) New Jersey. I already knew who I was going to vote for, I just didn’t know exactly why. In my Economics class this semester, I have been pleasantly enlightened to what the issues are, based on candidate ideas and on real facts. I am more satisfied and confident in my vote for president than ever before and I know the flood gates of searching have only just been opened. I wanted to share with you a few articles and resources that I was welcomed to while making my decision.

FactCheck.org
This website will always be a great resource to read, which features articles on current political issues. It especially was insightful when trying to interpret the first set of Presidential Debates which took place Wednesday, October 3. There were a lot of exaggerations and false information that was fed to the general public, so make sure you get your facts straight before you vote. They also have a cool feature where you can ask a fact checker question if you want to know more information on a specific issue or topic.
Debate: http://factcheck.org/2012/10/dubious-denver-debate-declarations/

The Economist
Since this sudden turn in looking for information was inspired from my current Economic’s professor, what better way than to check out The Economist. Luckily, many economists do not side with one party or another, since their line of work expects them to be partial to the numbers. The Economist explores all economic issues of the candidates: tax reform, entitlement reform, fiscal discipline, short- and long-run growth, trade, immigration, income equality, etc.

My Favorite Articles:
“Asking the Experts” on The Economy (was read for class): http://www.economist.com/node/21564175
“Trillion Dollar Questions” on Taxes, Spending, and Deficit:  http://www.economist.com/node/21563952
“Defining the State” on Trade, Regulation, and Job Creation: http://www.economist.com/node/21563953
“The Choice” on The Economy: http://www.economist.com/node/21563950

Magazines
I actually found interesting information in a feature done by Cosmopolitan magazine for this month’s issue. Crazy right? (I swear I don’t read that magazine on the regular) Since the magazine is aimed at women’s health, they tackled some crazy (I mean downright crazy) remarks and stances some politicians take on women’s rights. While I agree on some conservative views of women’s health, some of these comments that talked about rape were ignorant and outrageous.
Article: http://www.cosmopolitan.com/celebrity/exclusive/stupid-things-politicians-say (My favorites are #5 and #13)

So What is the REAL Difference?
Let’s be totally real here: both candidates essentially are proposing and believe in the same things. In some instances they are even identical, no matter how much they lead you to believe they don’t agree. So make sure to get ALL the facts and details on the issues before you make an assumption.

This blog post, by no means, was meant to stir prejudice for one candidate versus another – so please take no offense. Instead it was a challenge for everyone to get out there and understand what the issues are. I shared with you the articles and ideas that helped me back up my decision with facts versus feelings. I feel a strong sense of satisfaction and confidence in the candidate I voted for. Make the informed decision and exercise your right to vote. Its a real privilege and your perspective is valued in every election.

See you on Tuesday, November 6.