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starting a garden

While walking my dog this morning, we happened upon this

new, unopened box of flower seeds:


I was thinking about my career while on the walk…

I am taking this as a sign to not be so impatient while I plant the seeds of my career.



morning mojo

Today’s inspirational spark:






call for papers

An argument for why mathematicians and Asian Studies scholars should research together:

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taking charge

Today’s professional spark:




May you have a less complicated day!

Today’s inspirational (and kinda funny) spark:

Via Reddit…

My co-worker sent an email saying he would be late because he was trying to untie a squirrel tail knot. I asked for a picture, and he delivered. (submitted 23 days ago by mard86)

This is the email he sent:

I was pressed into squirrel rescue this morning on my way out. 5 young squirrels got tangled in Christmas lights in my neighbor’s yard. We got the lights off, but now their tails are one big knot, so I have to bring them into a rescue place to untie them, as I am unequipped to untie squirrel tail knots. I should be in this afternoon.




monday motivation

If you use Google to search for images using the term ” Monday,” you will find a lot of negative (though occasionally funny) stuff.

For example:



…BUT today I’m going to be positive and say:


And remember:



point taken, sir


Artist: Chuck Close

kittens to the rescue

Do you want to write a lot?  Do you need to write a lot?

Let’s kittens help you out, my friends:

Get a fresh kitten image for every 100, 200, 500, or 1000 words.  Tell me if this is not one of the best programs ever!

Website Description: Written Kitten was created by Skud, Emily and contributors. We like positive reinforcement, so we decided to make something a bit like writeordie but cuter and fuzzier. Images are randomly selected from Flickr’s “most interesting” photos matching the tags “kitten” and “cute”. Enjoy!

Extra Tip: Save your amazing typed work as you go. 🙂

Making word clouds with Wordle is fun:

They make a great addition to websites or you can print them out for gifts.

[Example – I framed one for a co-worker after using her name and adjectives to describe her.]

First click “Create.” Paste a bunch of text into the box (or use a website address). Then play around with the fonts, colors, and word positions.


  • If you type the same word in the box multiple times (e.g., three or more), the larger it will appear in the final design.
  • To save the final design, take a screen shot and then save it in a JPEG format or other suitable format.
  • The FAQ page is quite helpful:



geeky rainbow

Just in case you need HTML codes for different colors in one place, here’s a useful link:





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