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July 31, 2009

Friday Recap: Power Nap Edition

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Virginia and I swapped assignments today, so I’m writing the blog. We’re on the home stretch into the weekend here, people. If that’s not enough to cheer you up, I know what will. Ready for a smile? Chris Winfield brought home a beautiful baby girl from the hospital this week and she’s already got a faithful servant standing by. Get ready to awww, everyone.

Congrats Chris and lovely wife Danielle. Little Vivienne is seriously gorgeous. (See, you totally said “aw”, didn’t you?)

Usually we keep Bruce pretty busy teaching SEO training classes and speaking at conferences (like at SESSJ in two weeks!) but every now and then he has something to say on the blog and we like to let him. Make sure you’ve read his great post SEO is in the Details.

mosaic at the United Nations
CC 2.0 BY Photo by Yo Hibino

I hear it’s International Blog Against Racism week (who decides these things anyway?) so here’s my contribution.

Battlestar Galactica fans already know that Edward James Olmos, who plays Admiral Adama on the hit Sci Fi show, gave a rousing speech at the United Nations a few months ago and ranted passionately about the use of the word “race” when what they’re mean is different cultures. Turns out, if you’re the savior of the whole human race, you can rant like that and actually get the UN to resolve to only use race when referring to the entire human race. Well done, EJO. (I like him because he sounds like my grandpa.)

Turning from championing human dignity to saving the planet, Rebecca Kelley shared the story of a teenager in Waterloo, Ontario, who figured out a way to decompose a plastic bag in just three months instead of thousands of years. Your science fair project “Tomato: Fruit or Vegetable” looks even lamer in retrospect. [Hey! Mine was: Which fertilizer makes a tomato plant grow faster? Oh, that’s still lame, huh. –Virginia]

Don’t worry though. You might not be a global hero but at least you’re not Lacoste Alligator S.A. who tried to bully a woman out of her domain name and lost. The Internet loves to champion the underdog, of course, even when that isn’t always the best plan. Some jerk always tries to take advantage of it, and the world is full of jerks.

Maybe they’re not really jerks, they just need to take more naps. According to Psychology Today, the most effective weapon against the midday slump is a 20 minute power nap. I’m going to forward this article to Bruce so that he’ll stop telling me to wake up at 3:00 pm right as I’m hitting my REM cycle.

Apparently something happened with Microsoft and Yahoo this week. I’m not sure what it was though. Point us to the best posts you’ve found about it in the comments.

Virginia pointed you to the heartwarming wedding entrance dance last week, so cynic that I am, I get to direct your attention to the equally awesome divorce proceedings.

Things I learned from Boing Boing this week:

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One response to “Friday Recap: Power Nap Edition”

  1. andrew wee writes:

    EJO’s rant of race “So say we all”.

    Jill and Kevin’s – that Matrix-ish/Hiro Nakamura slo-mo effect was the icing on the cake!

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