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interesting things and thinks #5

March 7, 2009

it’s been a good week – check these out!

1. we’ve been wanting a telescope – but the high cost has put us off a bit – in celebration of the international year of astronomy the international astronomical union has offered this. we think these will do nicely!

2. i may be the last person on this planet to start using the google reader. and i found it to be overwhelming – i was literally reading so much i could no longer remember what i had read. i stumbled on these tips for using the reader and it helped. google reader is addicting.

3. this is just amazing…..and warrants digging deeper to find out more.

4. want to learn about physics? superconductivity? how about fluid mechanics (what???)? international relations? online learning is interesting and free – i’m thinking that taking some of these classes will help hone some of my weaker areas of knowledge, and will be fun to boot!

5. the family over at blue yonder put together the book of days every month. we’ve ordered the last two months and have had a lot of fun with them, and think it’s just neat that a family of homeschoolers put this together.

6. seen at our house last week – a bunch of kids acting out the story of little red retold by lynn roberts. a funny take on little red riding hood, but little red is a boy and there is a giant belch in the story. the kids were hilarious and all wanted to be the wolf (because of the belch). this is a fun thing to do and will definitely encourage more of this.

7. adult reads this week – the age of american unreason by susan jacoby; lies my teacher told me: everything your american history textbook got wrong by james loewen; the philosophy gym by stephen law; better than school by nancy wallace. i’ve finished none of them yet, so can’t really recommend, but they’re all very interesting reads so far.

8. okay – here’s a secret – i’m a yanni fan. and he has a new show & album – yanni voices. featuring new singing talent that wrote lyrics to some of his songs. and this guy, nathan pacheco, he sings. and his voice is gorgeous. goosebump gorgeous. and violinist samvel yervinyan is amazing, as always. if you get a chance to see this on pbs – do it, don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 8, 2009 6:08 am

    yanni? o-Trish, you scare me sometimes. 🙂 Great links!

  2. amy permalink
    March 9, 2009 10:38 pm

    so funny. my mother in law gave us a kenny loggins lullaby cd and i love it. similar to yanni love, i think!
    thank you for the google reader tips link. hopefully i will master that bastard.

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