A Proper Perspective On Thanksgiving

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Wedding Sermon

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What Happens to Your Data When You Monitor Your Personal Fitness

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Wearing a fitness bracelet from FitBit, Jawbone, Microsoft, Withings, and others has become increasingly common. About one in ten people in the US now do some sort of fitness monitoring.

As we become more comfortable with the idea of monitoring our own footsteps, calorie-burn, sleep patterns and other health indicators, we should be mindful that it’s more than just individual data that’s being collected. The companies behind these inventions are also monitoring and analyzing the collective data they are acquiring. What are companies looking for and why?
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So Much to Learn, So Little Time

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Curious about where the long-past college set goes to learn, I asked 4,000 of my closest Facebook friends if they’d ever taken an online class. The results were amazingly random with two exceptions: Lynda.com and Coursera. Both Lynda and Coursera offer a wide selection of professional courses that are interactive and as a whole, above average. Most who responded had taken a professional class – coding, medicine or science and were happy with their experience.
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Silicon Valley: Where Men Are Wrong and Women Are Wronged

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In the early ’90s, as one of the first women editors of a technology magazine, my female employees would plop themselves down in my office to recount the humiliations, the come-ons, and the frustrations over the lack of a clear promotion path relative to their male office mates. With a young family at home waiting for me to get dinner on the stove, I probably lacked the patience and diplomacy to tackle the war for equal rights.

I did the best I could. For each roadblock they posed, my MO was to fire back a humorous salvo on the perks of being a woman in a male-dominated field. Look at the bright side, I’d say. Bill Gates remembers you in the crowd. The lines at the bathroom are really short. You don’t have to wear that silly khaki pants uniform. It’s a lot easier for you to talk your way into the “no-press” area.
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Thermometers Replace Mercury With Bluetooth

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Thermometers have come a long way from fragile glass tubes filled with dangerous mercury. Those rectal thermometers are still one of the nightmares of my childhood. Today, adhesive strips that contain tiny sensors, Bluetooth and smart phones are improving the art of taking a temperature reading. This year, you’ll see the first wave of thermometers that are more accurate, less intrusive and most important, keep records over time. They come in the form of band-aid like strips, ankle bands and pacifiers.
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Teaching Tech to the Elderly Helps Kids See the Magic

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When my own kids used to misbehave on the Internet — be it foul language, plagiarism or porn — I would take their privileges away chiding, “Remember you weren’t born with a silver URL in your mouth.”

But, in fact, most of today’s kids are born digital natives. Screens dominate their landscape. Social media is like oxygen and life without a selfie to document the moment barely happened.

To them the high tech world is not magic. It is just the way it is.

Contrast that, to the world of the aging population. Often their world shrinks in size because of the difficulties of mobility. Engagement with everyday life, connections to friends and a validation of each day, gets more difficult when movement is limited.
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