One Heck of a Teacher Pep Talk for Aug/Sept – from @loveteachblog

Depending of where you live, you are either in the middle of summer or within a couple of weeks of starting school. Either way, read this letter now and read it again on your first day back:

This will be the most difficult, challenging thing you will ever do. It will push you to your limits as a person. It will almost break you. There are times when it will feel like life has sucker-punched you, then offered you crutches, then taken the crutches and is beating you over the back with them while laughing hysterically.
Teaching will also be the most beautiful thing that has ever happened to you.

Read the entire post here.

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Reading List: DIY Social Network, Hidden Profits, Flame Retardants, Who is Really in Control?

This is my weekly list of what I most want to share. What have I read that was fascinating, exciting, puzzling, or inspiring. Catch up on some things you missed from the past week. Maybe I dug up a few obscure gems that are totally new to you. Check out the brief ones now and save the more lengthy ones for later. Share and be share to…here’s the list:

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s letter to a young writer. Hard words to hear, but good advice. Via the “Letter’s of Note” blog.

Apple’s hidden profits: billions tucked away for taxes it may never pay. Very interesting read from The Washington Post. You decide whether or not what they are doing is fair or ethical.

Flame Retardant Chemicals. Via the EWG. Its about time our government took notice of this important safety and environmental issue.

Excellent dissection of the service Facebook provides and alternative companies that just do some things better. This is one I wish i wrote. Via “LifeHacker.”

Watch This

News reel footage of the Olympics from Italy – not sure what year – maybe 1950s.

Long reads

Amazing essay on innovation and how we have trouble getting big stuff done. Via Worldpolicy.org

Who is really in control of America’s farmland? Much of the focus of the article┬áis on Missouri, but these are nationwide issues. Via The Nation.

The changing landscape of hiring is disenfranchising workers. A wonderful, indepth, and scathing piece from Mother Jones.

“My hometown is vibrant.” How a meaningless buzzword of urban development isnt producing meaningful results. Strikes an impressive balance between satire and informative reporting. Via The Baffler.

Must Reads: Data Centers v. Squirrels, Smart Shoes, Tree Art, Lifeguards, and More

This is my weekly list of what I most want to share. What have I read that was fascinating, exciting, puzzling, or inspiring. Catch up on some things you missed from the past week. Maybe I dug up a few obscure gems that are totally new to you. Check out the brief ones now and save the more lengthy ones for later. Share and be share to…here’s the list:

Tech
How data centers go down – squirrels?

An incredibly innovative project. Footwear for the blind, designed using wifi, smart phones, and sonar.

(Must Watch) A very funny video from The Onion making fun of HP and other companies that lag behind. Also exposes some of the absurdity of the metaphors we use to talk about tech.

“How the Gorgeous Sometimes Fictional Sound of the Olympics Gets Made”

Food Policy, Summer Fun, and More
The House’s farm bill will include many of Chellie Pingree’s provisions, which represent the type of change we need.

The advantages of security and floating pools in New York City.
Then, read about how lifeguard firings, productions systems, and outsourcing are all related.

While flying over the countryside in the UK, a man spots an incredible piece of art made with planted trees.

How Portugal has reduced crime and improved health after decriminalizing most drugs.