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Maria Wolters
Speech & language technology, human-computer interaction, eHealth & telecare. Always look on the bright side of life.
Speech & language technology, human-computer interaction, eHealth & telecare. Always look on the bright side of life.

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Today at HCI Korea - a snapshot from the development of Help4Mood

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This is a great overview of the sheer variety of fruit and veg options open to you.

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English footballer Stan Collymore is on a mission at the moment - he tweets and writes about his own depression. This column is excellent (via Quinonostante on Twitter). It explains how people who are mulling over taking their own life might rationalise what they are about to do:

"The words weak and selfish are always bandied about when people talk about suicide and nothing makes me more angry.

The notion that somebody going through that is weak could not be further from the truth.

The mind can change so quickly from dark to clear that it simply becomes a practical solution to a practical issue.

In my darkest hours, I thought about my beautiful daughter, my mum and the rest of my family.

But I decided it would be short-term pain, that they would grieve but eventually start to celebrate my life and laugh and joke about me."

People may even think they do their loved ones a favour by removing themselves from their lives - to be replaced by a better parent, spouse, friend.

But what they don't realise that this is the disease twisting their reasoning. Once they have come out at the other side and regained a measure of health, they will see how ludicrous those thought processes were. But when you are in there, really deep, you can't see the wood for the trees.

(If this strikes a chord with you, and you are thinking about killing yourself, PLEASE talk it over with somebody first, be it via phone or email - in particular if you think "oh shut up, you idiot, I know that my family would REALLY be better off without me". In the UK, for example, you can contact the Samaritans. Or google "suicide prevention" in your native language.)

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What really happened to Stonehenge, and the amazing secret behind the prehistory of Angry Birds:

via (I think +Craig Nicol ) on Facebook

I've recently updated my Librarything book catalogue - very handy if you have too many books, like I do! Who else is on Librarything or Goodreads?

My husband's email signature: "Old MacDonald had a farm — e i e i o — and on that farm he had an outbreak of mutated foot-and-mouth that eventually turned all mankind into zombies." Did I mention I love my husband's sense of humour?

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The last sunrise between the twin towers.
SpiegelOnline veröffentlicht heute auf einestages, der Webseite für Zeitgeschichten, eine Auswahl der Fotos, die ich 2001 in New York gemacht habe und "Meine Woche im September 2001" als Zeitzeugenbericht: "Der letzte Sonnenaufgang zwischen den Türmen".

Sie weisen auch auf die heutige Eröffnung der Fotoausstellung hin (13.08.-03.10., Patton Stiftung: Sustainable Trust, Saargemünder Straße 70, 66119 Saarbrücken) und verlinken die Sonderseite "Wo warst Du am 11. September?" Anmerkung: Diese Seite betreibe ich nicht nur bis zum 11. September, wie SpiegelOnline schreibt, sondern ohne zeitliche Befristung. Es sind schon viele Erinnerungen und ich hoffe, es werden noch viel mehr.

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Does anybody have access to the original report that this news item is based on? I'd like to have a more detailed look at the data reporting and the sampling method.

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One for +Miles Osborne
The birth of Angry Birds.
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