The Curious Autodidact

September 14, 2015

Office Hours as Drawn by Wendy MacNaughton

Filed under: cool internet stuff,women heroes — Honilima @ 5:46 pm
Wendy sums up the work day…
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August 30, 2015

Infographic: Fiction to Reality

Filed under: cool internet stuff — Honilima @ 9:12 pm

The Fiction to Reality Timeline Infographic

August 10, 2015

News Websites of Merit you May not Have Discovered

Filed under: cool internet stuff,media related,nonprofit,social justice — Honilima @ 11:47 pm

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A few websites that are worth checking out often are PolitiFact with it’s famous Truth-o-meter. Here you will find the facts behind the many political spins that circulate around our mainstream media. If you are wanting to keep an eye on the health care reforms proposed for our country with in excess of 47 million people without health coverage this is a good place to start.

Check out ProPublica, “an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest. Our work focuses exclusively on truly important stories, stories with “moral force.” We do this by producing journalism that shines a light on exploitation of the weak by the strong and on the failures of those with power to vindicate the trust placed in them.” (from their website) They hope to put into place more investigative journalism that has lost it’s place is our fast paced 24 hour news cycle. Staff includes: Paul Steiger, the former managing editor of The Wall Street Journal, Stephen Engelberg, a former managing editor of The Oregonian, Portland, Oregon, and former investigative editor of The New York Times, is ProPublica’s managing editor. For a sampling check out their coverage of the bailout.

NewsTrust is also a good site to keep in your bookmarks. Here readers rate the quality of the stories featured and you can find some stories you may not see in the mainstream media. From their site “NewsTrust reviewers evaluate each story against core principles of journalism, such as fairness, accuracy, context and sourcing — using our unique review tools.” Here’s a sampling of that they offer, an article on sleep paralysis. NewsTrust based in California is a nonprofit public benefit corporation with an educational purpose. They started NewsTrust to “address growing problems of information overload, misinformation and mistrust on the Internet, caused by the rise of opinion news and amateur journalism, as well as media consolidation and newsroom cutbacks” (from their website).

For international news that is more in depth check out Global Post where you will find this moving story about children born behind bars. They have quite a stable of on-the-ground journalists of superior quality. They have more than 65 correspondents in nearly 50 countries giving it a hand up in international coverage.

August 6, 2015

We Were So Beloved

Filed under: cool internet stuff,media related,social justice — Honilima @ 1:58 am


Discovering older documentaries on-line is one of the joys of the information super highway to use an old-school term. Netflix streaming has allowed these older titles to be introduced to a whole new audience. You can log onto a movie you might not otherwise try and if you don’t like it stop the stream and begin again, it’s incredible.

We Were so Beloved” is from 1985 and although it is powerful in emotion and message it’s almost worth watching just to see the 80s hairstyles and fashions.

Filmmaker Manfred Kirchheimer, who moved from Germany to New York in 1936, interviews friends and family who moved to New York City’s middle class Washington Heights in the 1930s, to establish the Jewish Community he grew up in.

The film begins slowly and has been criticized it for its length, but his interviews with these survivors of the Holocaust are quite powerful and pull together lesser known attitudes by some emigrants. The attitudes of the elders as compared with their then 50-something sons is also remarkable to absorb. The film focuses on the contradictions that exist in their “whole new lives” in America and some of the elder’s attitudes obviously shock their middle-aged offspring. One son sits on the couch unable to keep quiet, challenging his mother who he feels is being too forgiving and too upbeat. There has been much written about what it is to grow up the offspring of Holocaust survivors and you can see the emotion in the expressions of the three sons who are included in this film.

Just the interview with Elsa Marcus, the lady in purple/pinkish velour with the pearls, with her passionate opinions, is worth your time to watch this low budget film. She has some powerful things to say about our animal nature that will stick with you long after you have completed viewing the film.

July 22, 2015

Infographic: Best and Worst Places to be a Woman

Filed under: cool internet stuff,women heroes — Honilima @ 8:35 pm

National Post A Woman's Place infographic

An informative infographic called A Woman’s Place by Richard Johnson at the National Post.  Very interesting analysis of some different ways to measure the best and worst places in the world to be a woman.

July 20, 2015

Superior Cotton: an Infographic

Filed under: cool internet stuff,helpful hints — Honilima @ 6:28 pm

Why are Superior's Cotton Threads 'Superior'? infographic

July 2, 2015

Chilli is Loaded With: Infographic

Filed under: cool internet stuff,kitchen tips — Honilima @ 6:22 pm

Chef Hari Ghotra's Key Ingredients Infographics Chilli

June 30, 2015

Podcast Worth a Listen: Chris Anderson Curator of TED Talks

Filed under: cool internet stuff,media related,women heroes — Honilima @ 5:56 pm

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Chris Anderson is the curator of TED Talks and he gives an outstanding interview on the radio program called “On Point Radio” about his job in this role. For those of you unfamiliar, TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design, and the talks are a maximum of 18 minutes long on various topics. You can imagine trying to get some of these broad thinkers to distill their ideas down to this period of time. TED’s mission statement begins: “We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. So we’re building here a clearinghouse that offers free knowledge and inspiration from the world’s most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other.” There are over 850 available for free on-line including talks by Jane Goodall, Melinda Gates, Sunitha Krishnar, Kiran Bedi, Sir Ken Robinson, Steve Jobs, Sherwin Nulan, and Lewis Pugh.

This interview with Mr. Anderson features some behind the scene stories and highlights from some of his favorite talks. These are outstanding presentations and his insights make for a lively program worth a listen.

(this originally appeared here in 2011 worth a new posting)

June 28, 2015

Roz Chast: National Book Critic Award Winner & National Book Award Finalist

Filed under: book related,cool internet stuff,women heroes — Honilima @ 11:40 pm

If like me and you smile when opening your The New Yorker and seeing one of Roz Chast’s cartoons you must read her book Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant. She has appeared on those pages since 1978 and focused primarily on domestic topics. This book is a cartoon memoir that candidly capture her experience seeing to her parent’s needs at the end of their lives. She is an only child, they have lived in the same New York apartment she grew up in. It is an amazing book, all I could think about was her reliving all these things as she got about halfway into this artistic project and what it was like to read this one of kind terrific book. If you aren’t yet convinced listen to her on KQED’s radio segment.

June 27, 2015

Infographic: How to Properly use Sunscreen

Filed under: cool internet stuff,helpful hints — Honilima @ 9:10 pm

STACK How To Use Sunscreen Properly infographic

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