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Michael J. Coffey
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I'm not sure if this is really an "Adventure Seed" but anyone have good ideas for Myst music (aside from the soundtracks, of course)?  You know, slightly mysterious and slightly exotic sound that lots of the soundtrack music has?
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Sift through all the sountracks by Bear McCreary. (For added adventure mix Bear and Myst soundtrack songs together in a playlist and ask people who aren't deep D'nerds which is which...)
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I probably should share the original post that my now-tagged picture appears in, since people seem to be liking the picture.
 
More Fun Learning Than I Expected
Last week I had a bunch of business owners from +CURACY at the offices of +brian Jaeger of InsideWorks for a blogging class.  Let's just say that it was not your ordinary classroom lecture.  More in today's blog post:  http://www.ardeacoaching.com/2015/05/more-fun-learning-than-even-i-imagined/
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Probably, +Ken Montville -- I got the impression that her business blog was edgier than most.  :)
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It looks to be a proto-Relto device.  It hangs from the belt, contains a book, and can be opened and read without having to remove the book from the carrier.
 
Medieval book transport You are looking at two ‘wraps’ (top), the outside and inside of a box (middle), and a leather satchel (bottom). What they share is not just their old age (they are all medieval), but also the purpose for which they were made: to transport a book from A to B. The actual reason for transporting books in these objects varied considerably. The wraps are late-medieval girdle books, which were hanged from the owner’s belt by t...
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And again from +steph wanamaker, the full trailer for Mr. Holmes 
Since world premiering to a very warm reception in Berlin in February, Mr. Holmes has offered up clues via clips and a teaser. Today, the full official trailer has landed (above) with more of the s...
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Sometimes Even Non-Alcoholics Need to Stop
Alcohol was never part of my extended family's thing--as an adult, my guess is that it's because at least three out of my four grandparents had an alcoholic somewhere in their lives.  By the time I graduated from high school, I'd lost one friend who was killed by a drunk driver, very nearly lost another as a result of his own drinking, and had a teacher try to force me (as in, have other students pick me up and drag me) to go to a bar against my will.  So for me, far from learning alcohol=fun, I learned that alcohol = coercion, destroyed relationships, and death. And it still seems that way to me today.  

Some time after college, I had a housemate who went with me to a music thing that happened at a bar; I've never had a driver's license, so she was driving and therefore couldn't drink.  Afterwards, her observation was, "I never realized you could have fun without alcohol."

I'm with Helena in this story--people who drink tell me the same thing the author says about the purpose of drinking--and I can say that I don't like being with anyone who's drinking for exactly the same reason the author comes to realize after stopping. 

Of course, if it's a loved one, there's also the added discomfort of seeing a loved one guzzling neurotoxins that will start causing the cells in their brain to wink out forever within seconds of swallowing.  I kind of don't like watching people I care for poison themselves. 
I never got a DUI, fell down drunk or even had a hangover. That doesn't mean I didn't have a drinking problem
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This does, indeed, hit home. I've cut way back lately, and I feel ever so much better.
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That wouldn't be the only impediment in my case, but cool shirt...

H/T +Jason Bouwmeester 
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You might need one that says "Sorry ladies: like Jon Snow, I know nothing"
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Anyone know what kind of plant this is? The flowers are roughly 1" across. It just popped up along the edge of our yard. They're pretty, but there are so many invasive plant species around here, we'd like to deal with it early if it's just trying to look cute long enough to get established and make our lives hell.
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Yes...though it looks like it's less noxious than our Japanese knotweed, giant knotweed, horsetail, buttercup, morning glory, etc.  We do have a rather marshy back yard, so I can imagine it taking over if we're not careful, +Lorena Long.
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Sharing for those interested in getting better at understanding statistics (which makes it easier to understand things like the possible problems with the latest health claims mentioned on the news...)
 
Nature has a Statistics for Biologists portal.  Lots of good primers on the use (and misuse) of statistics in here, including their fantastic Points of Significance series.
A collection of articles from the publisher of Nature that discusses statistical issues biologists should be aware of and provides practical advice to improve the statistical rigor and reproducibility of their work.
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What's the best way to record and/or stream this upcoming event of natural interest?  This nest is in a run-down shack (read: Momma bird might be entering/leaving the nesting area through the roof, or maybe the hole in the wall...) so whatever equipment is used might get a little damp, if not outright wet.  

Thoughts?  Suggestions?  

Please share with anyone you know who might be able to help.  Thanks!
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Matthias Wandel has several videos using a Raspberry Pi setup (scroll down, show older...): https://www.youtube.com/user/Matthiaswandel/videos
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Eleanor of Aquitaine was a big part of my largest college project. I did a big research paper on the rise of the courtly love tradition in European music and poetry, which many credit her father for having invented.  You can imagine how having  a father who offers new gender roles and new ways for men and women to interact might influence a daughter to be...not exactly typical.  :) 

Another cool article shared by +Jennifer Ouellette 
 
Eleanor of Aquitaine: Not Your Average Medieval Woman. "She did not stay quietly in the background, which drew criticism." http://www.medievalists.net/2015/05/05/eleanor-of-aquitaine-not-your-average-medieval-woman/ 
Eleanor of Aquitaine is one of the most well-known English queens of the Middle Ages.
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Sigh, I was outvoted on naming our daughter Eleanor...
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Nice summary.
 
The Real Paleo Diet?

Hm...
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As an English major who now helps small businesses get better response to their online marketing, this is pretty dead-on.  :)  The one pictured and #14 may be my favorites...though Great Expectations is pretty good, too.
 
How clickable are you? Deathless prose that will echo down the ages...
http://www.buzzfeed.com/danieldalton/book-bait#.tcaeQb1b5
One weird trick that will spice up your bookshelf, via #ClickbaitBooks
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11 made me laugh.
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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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