The Curious Autodidact

August 27, 2012

Hyper Connected?

Filed under: environmental ideas,helpful hints,media related — Honilima @ 11:58 am


Diane Ackerman’s article “Are We Living in Sensory Overload or Sensory Poverty?” is a thought-provoking look into how plugged in we are to machine and how disconnected we have become to nature and to each other.


August 15, 2012

You Go Nick!

Filed under: media related,social justice — Honilima @ 1:23 pm


Seattle’s NPR station featured an audio a segment on the book ‘The Garden of Democracy’ by Eric Lui and Nick Hanauer. It’s a small but powerful book about the importance of civic engagement and thinking beyond your four walls and into the wider community and the health of our country and planet.

How can you not love Nick Hanauer’s message as a rich privileged business man, a smart inheritor who is calling for more taxes on high earners in our country? Here is his TED Talk that was controversial and pulled off for a short while before being reposted. According to the Washington Post”Chris Anderson, head honcho at TED, has responded to Nick Hanauer’s claims that his TED talk was censored. TED, Anderson says, tries “to steer clear of talks that are bound to descend into the same dismal partisan head-butting people” and that Hanauer “framed the issue in a way that was explicitly partisan.”

He is also featured in the GQ article called Amber Waves of Green. You have to admire his willingness to speak out and stand up as a citizen concerned about his country beyond his own threshold.

Want more Nick? Here’s a commentary that appeared on

August 10, 2012

Wisdom about Life Experience

Filed under: helpful hints,Word Related — Honilima @ 1:53 pm

South Point, Hawaii

Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.
Franklin P. Jones

August 6, 2012

Are You up to Date?

Filed under: helpful hints,money saving ideas — Honilima @ 11:00 am

Taking time to update your files on a certain day every year will help trigger the memory that it should be done.

Five Cent Nickel a financial blog of merit has a great article on organizing your financial papers Lifehacker
has their own ideas on organizing your various records.

A week after your birthday is also a wise time to update your will, a list of your passwords, and any new account numbers you may have obtained since last year. Did you make a copy of the content of your wallet to leave somewhere safe at home? What about the phone number to call if you misplace your wallet or find it has been stolen? Do you have a date three times a year to trigger getting one of your three credit reports?

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