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Michael J. Coffey
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Terribly unfortunate.
 
Oh dear. What a terrible piece of news.
Mathematician John Nash, subject of film A Beautiful Mind, dies in a New Jersey taxi crash with his wife, US media reports say
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Now I'll really have to get the wifi camera working. Chicks! Not yet cute, though.
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Since the new Collections feature on Google+ is for the convenience of the reader, let me ask you: what groups would you find useful?  How would you categorize the different kinds of posts I make?  If you could group certain posts together (whether because you like them or don't like them), what would those groupings be?

I have some ideas myself, I know lots of people don't think the way I do.  So your input is appreciated.  
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Nests group nicely with lilacs and snail killing as well.
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Gifted People Being Different
"Human nature being what it is, being different can cause some type of problems.... The interviews confirmed that gifted people work faster, question more persistently, make more connections, think more deeply, annoy more people, and have greater highs and lows than the average person. The interviews also revealed that they carry around a great deal of hidden anger about the way they are treated.  Their happier marriages may be the result of a long and painful struggle to find someone compatible enough to be able to marry.... There is no single gifted type, and the misunderstanding of that fact is one of the biggest burdens a gifted adult has to carry."

From Gifted Grownups: The Mixed Blessings of Extraordinary Potential
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Five eggs, now. And it's been long enough that the first is due to hatch any day now.
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I know...all thrush are in that genus.
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Apparently, wanting to have sex with women is just more profitable than wanting to have sex with men.  OR perhaps, "...this leaves discrimination as the most likely explanation."
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Gay Men Earn Less Than Straight Men, Opposite For Women: McGill Study
A new study finds that gay men earn less than their heterosexual colleagues, while gay women earn more than straight women in similar jobs.
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The garlic one works!
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Have him in circles
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Curse of Knowledge
I think I'm suffering from lots of the cognitive bias known as the curse of knowledge.  I've been running into many examples where I've seriously overestimated what's common knowledge, what people in certain positions would understand, or what they would be skilled enough to do.  

It's particularly painful when, like on the bus today, I overhead a conversation between two people.  They obviously worked in a higher prestige and much higher paid world than I do. They talked about something they should understand to be able to carry out their work.  But clearly they had no earthly clue about any of it.  Like mispronouncing basic terms, and using mutually exclusive concepts as if they were interchangeable.  

(Additional reading, in case I didn't explain it well enough for you to understand, can be found in the attached article, and/or at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curse_of_knowledge .  Also, to read the article, you use your computer's left mouse button to click on the underlined and/or differently-colored text.)
Find out if you're suffering from the curse of knowledge. Read this to understand why the right people aren't being listened to and what to do about it.
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Oh, I get this. It's terrible!
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I'm suddenly entertaining thoughts of moving to Ireland.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-32856232

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I do live in a state where I could already get married, +Anthony Barber, but Ireland is a lovely place and more appealing now than ever.  :)
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I've gone to Vancouver, BC, quite a bit over the years, and I'm not sure I've eaten at any but one of these places.  Maybe it's time for another trip!
 This year, the Critics’ Choice Signature Dishes, the heart of the Chinese Restaurant Awards, were quietly awarded without the usual fanfare and ceremony because organizers had were busy with other events. One of the judges, Lee Man, noted the innovation around dim sum this year. “We had Chef Tony come in and shake things up.…
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How can you not like an Art Nouveau TARDIS?
 
Art Nouveau TARDIS Art from Doctor Who

From Koroa -- "Art Nouveau TARDIS with a very pretty Dalek and my favourite Doctor Who quotes..."

Gallery quality Giclée print on natural white, matte, ultra smooth, 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin free archival paper using Epson K3 archival inks. Custom trimmed with 1" border for framing.

#doctorwho   #tardis   #artnouveau   #wibblywobbly   #g33k  

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I never started watching it until a couple of years ago--so I have no childhood associations with it either.
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Spencerian Script
Clearly I still have some practice to do, but I've finally learned the basic form of each of the majuscule and miniscule letters, and the numbers.

My favorite part was this quote from the guide: "The 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 0 are each one space in hight (sic). The 7, 9 and 6 may be extended, at the pleasure of the writer." I had pleasure extending those numbers.
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Ah, Now I understand. Sorry for my confusion. That would be an interesting script to learn.
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More tea is better than less tea; some tea is better than no tea.
Introduction
Hello!  If you're interested in circling me, here are a few of my more intense interests so that you can get me situated in the right circles:
  • Tea
  • Education
  • Science
  • Books/Libraries/Publishing
  • Language (German, Latin, Mandarin, Welsh, ASL, and others)
  • Chocolate
  • Comparative Religion
  • History (European and Chinese)
  • Business/Marketing
  • Humor
  • Sci-fi/Fantasy/Steampunk (aka "Myst")
  • Genealogy (historical and genetic)
  • Technology, particularly "green" tech
  • Brains and other neuroscience
Things I am not interested in:
  • Cars
  • Sports
  • Cats
My educational philosophy tends toward implicit and divergent learning, and formative assessments. 

My favorite fictional character:  Sherlock Holmes

In the universe of Myers-Briggs, I'm an INTJ but only slightly introverted, so I sometimes come across as an ENTJ.  This means that I expect you to call me on anything I say that's inaccurate, and I'll probably return the favor as well.  Cite your sources and we can all be friends.  In the words of educational researcher Andreas Schleicher, "Without data, you are just another person with an opinion."

In the world of the Clifton Strengths Finder, my signature themes are:
  1. Strategic (always looking at alternate paths to a goal)
  2. Input (more, more, more data!  Give me more!)
  3. Connectedness (everything influences everything else and it's important to keep these connections in mind)
  4. Futuristic (continually extrapolating current trends to predict future states)
  5. Activator ("Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action." --Disraeli)

The purpose of my life is to think, teach, question assumptions, learn, and play.

Joined Google+ on 30 June 2011, as plus.google.com/110623869766834238082
Bragging rights
I was the first person to successfully challenge Level 1 and Level 2 of the Specialty Tea Institute's certification program.
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I'm an educator--mostly about tea, business, and social sciences, but other things as well.
Employment
  • Ardea Coaching
    Digital Strategist, 1999 - present
    Helping new business owners with their online marketing through website testing, planning social media strategy, and analysis of web traffic.
  • Tea Geek
    Owner, 2006 - present
  • Washington Women's Business Center
    Business Assistance Officer, 2011 - 2014
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Michael Coffey, Tea Geek
I've come here a number of times and recommend the combination--tibs, the spicy lentils, and whatever other vegetable strikes your fancy. It seems like a little hole in the wall, but the owners are very friendly, and it feels almost like they're feeding you at their kitchen table. (Plus, they have a range of spices, packages of injera, and other interesting items for sale to live up to the "grocery" part of the name.)
Quality: ExcellentAppeal: GoodService: Very Good
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Floating Leaves is perhaps the best place in the U.S. to find top-notch Taiwan wulong teas. The owner cultivates relationships with tea farmers and experts throughout Taiwan, and regularly has competition-winning teas available. However, even beginning tea drinkers are welcome to come in and learn about what makes each tea special... often by sitting around the tea table with regulars and discussing different samples.
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