Pammel Park Bird Blind

While Ian was out for an adventure-filled day with grandma and grandpa, the rest of the family ventured out to the Nature Center/Bird Blind at Madison County’s Pammel Park. I *think I was the only one to see birds, but the boys sure had fun running around in the snow!

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Bird Watching Adventure

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Had a great time today with Ian at the Pammel Park nature center/bird watching shelter.

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Pete in Crayon

Our oldest artist-in-residence surprised me this morning with “Pete in Crayon,” a commissioned piece for one of our magazine photo shoots.  Photography, assembly, and adult supervision provided by the talented StacyZ.

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Selection from Wellcome Library’s release of 100k openly licensed images | The Public Domain Review

This morning the Wellcome Library announced its release of 100,000 of its historical images under an open license (CC-BY – meaning they are free for any re-use provided that the Wellcome Library is credited). The range and quality of the images released is phenomenal. The collection covers more than a thousand years of imagery relating to the history of medicine, including manuscripts, paintings, etchings, early photography and advertisements – from medieval Persian anatomy to the satirical prints of Rowlandson and Gillray.

via Selection from Wellcome Library’s release of 100k openly licensed images | The Public Domain Review.

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LTO

LTO.
Via VentureBeat and OmeletLA.

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12 Simple Ways to Create Momentum in Your Day | Becoming Minimalist

…a good friend of mine makes her bed every single morning. It helps her room and house look cleaner. But more importantly, she says it sets the stage for the rest of her day. One small accomplishment within seconds of waking up. One task completed. Even though small, the brain registers the completed task as a success—and puts momentum for the day on her side.

Little victories lead to big victories. Small accomplishments lead to larger ones. Momentum builds. We begin to feel productive. And the impossible becomes achievable.

via 12 Simple Ways to Create Momentum in Your Day | Becoming Minimalist.

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Nest: Just another big data source for the all-seeing, all-knowing future Google | VentureBeat | Business | by Ricardo Bilton

At any given time Google, through its various services and devices, knows, well, a lot:

What you’re searching for

What you are talking about when you email friends (and, through Google+, who those friends are)

Where you live, and work, how long you stay at either location each day

What you’re watching on your phone, tablet,or television

Where you are in the world, and, with Glass, what you’re looking at

And that’s just what I could come up with off the top of my head.

If you connect the dots here, it should be clear what Google doesn’t know, and where Nest fits in. Google has no idea what your energy consumption habits are, a data void that makes it impossible for it to make other, more significant insights.

via Nest: Just another big data source for the all-seeing, all-knowing future Google | VentureBeat | Business | by Ricardo Bilton.

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Moment – Amazing Lenses For Mobile Photography by Marc Barros — Kickstarter

Moment – Amazing Lenses For Mobile Photography by Marc Barros — Kickstarter.

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Herstellung eines Spanbaumes

Thanks to Barbara for pointing to these links in the comments:
MyGrowingTraditions.com
Candle Pyramid with Winter Scene and Green Advent Candelabrum with Seated Angels at WoodenWagon.

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Healthy benefits for the long run by David of 37signals

Healthy benefits for the long run by David of 37signals.

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