Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Worthy Diversions

It’s a pre-holiday Wednesday. Summer is just around the corner. Schedules and commitments are in a state of flux. Perhaps you are occasionally having a bit of difficulty staying focused on your work.

Perhaps you are in need of a worthy diversion or two. Here are a few, just In case that’s the case.

The first is for TODAY. I am a big fan of Google Doodles and today’s is in the DON”T MISS IT category. It honors the birthday of Bob Moog, pioneer of electronic music with an interactive playable doodle inspired by the Moog synthesizer. You can even record your composition with the doodle’s 4-track keyboard and share it with your friends. Try it here  and read more about it here

Next up for tree-lovers is Leafsnap, an electronic field guide  being developed by researchers from Columbia University, the University of Maryland, and the Smithsonian Institution. It uses visual recognition software to help identify tree species from photographs the user snaps with their camera phone. It is available now as a free app for  iPhones; Android users have to wait. In the meantime, check out the beautiful images on the Leafsnap site. Leafsnap contains high resolution images of leaves, flowers, fruit, petiole, seeds, and bark. It currently includes trees of New York City and Washington, D.C. but will soon cover trees of the entire continental US.

Finally, “10 Brainteasers to Test Your Mental Sharpness” from Forbes. [Yes, all you doubters out there, I have many sources for my news.] Don’t peek at the answers. And be sure to read the analysis at the very end. We are, indeed, hard-wired and it is a challenge to keep an open mind.

Happy Wednesday. Enjoy the rest of your week.

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