Colin Powell on Immigration

You know what? Colin Powell has it correct.

We are a nation of immigrants. That’s why we need sound immigration policy. It’s ridiculous to not have a sound immigration policy to welcome those who want to come here and be part of this great nation; or we can send back home with an education to help their people rise up out of poverty.

~ Colin Powel
(from TEDtalksDirector presentation: ‘Colin Powell: Kids need structure’; 2012; http://youtu.be/NhYnouvrG_8)

Gen. Powell has a great perspective on all of this. To help put the above quote in perspective and context, I’ve embedded below the full presentation (although it’s about the education of children, this segment about immigration is pretty brilliant). Fast-forward to 14:21 and watch for 3 minutes then comment and tell me what you think about his perspective.

Mashed and Confused

I have always been a fan of music. The last several years I’ve really been into mashups. I have many favorite mashup artists, but recently I have been very impressed with a guy who goes by “Mashed and Confused”.

Some samples…

The Joker One Of Us (Steve Miller Band Vs Gladys Knight & The Pips) by Mashed And Confused

Canned Low (Flo Rida Vs Jamiroquai) by Mashed And Confused

Only Your Heart Of Glass (Blondie Vs The Platters) by Mashed And Confused

A Few Things To Know More About Me

To know me…there’s too much to tell. So here are a few media items to help you ‘get me’.

I have a crazy sense of humor.

Equality and  justice are not synonyms.

Soldiers coming home from war should always be heartwarming.

Favorite quote:

I love NASA and science.

I find things like this hilarious…

This is me every time:

I’ve bought into the idea that everything is a remix.

Everything is a Remix Part 1 from Kirby Ferguson on Vimeo.

I love dorky, punny jokes.

I’m spiritual but find this both hilarious and kinda true about the Abraham Religions:

I find the English language both difficult and amazing.

More about me…

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Amazing Facts about Language

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I’ve always been interested in language and it’s history. However, I’ve always hated grammar. But this past semester I took a Linguistics class and I found it fascinating! Therefore, following are links to articles all about crazy, fascinating facts about our Language…

First lets back up to when the land that we now call England (or even the UK)…

Before the 5th Century BC, the land that is currently the UK was pretty much controlled by the Romans. When the Romans withdrew, it was the Anglo-Saxons (German) that ruled the land until 1066 when William the Conqueror (French) became King. From 1066 until 1707…let’s just say it was a bit messy. It was the 1700’s when the United Kingdom became a political and influential region.

But today? Well the UK is still kinda complicated…

Even with the merging of countries into a United Kingdom, the language (thought to be Germanic but also possibly Scandinavian) currently used still needed a lot of development since it was influenced by so many sources! For example, here are 12 Letters That Didn’t Make the Alphabet.

We adopted words reluctantly. We adopted rules (such as ‘d’ in ‘doubt’ from others.

Even with the pruning, English is still difficult to learn:

But what does English sound like to others (at least Italian Adriano celentano back in the early ’70’s)?

One strategy for building a language is to borrow words from other languages. Here’s a few words not in English that probably should exist (especially ‘Zeg’!)

With all this said, there should be only one take-away — Grammar Matters!

…Not The End

PSA: Don’t Spread Your Cold/Flu

I really love the TV show “Mythbusters”. The will tackle a commonly held belief from a scientific approach. Today we’re going to look at sneezing and the spread of your cold/flu.

First off, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) says that this year’s Flu outbreak is now an epidemic:

The common cold and the flu are typically spread by human contact. For many years, the CDC has said that one of the best things to do in order to combat the spread of the cold and the flu is to wash your hands.

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However, sometimes a sneeze sneaks up on us…so what then?

The Mythbusters covered the best way to sneeze. (sorry for the bootleg version of the show but it’s all I could find)

So stay safe, drink plenty of water, wash up, and sneeze/cough appropriately!

Teach Your Children Well

There’s a song by Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young named “Teach Your Children Well”…

Therefore it’s our responsibility to teach our kids (and I’m assuming nieces and nephews) well. In our endeavors, may we use the following to help then learn our ABC’s.

I’m An Introvert

Psychology Today says that an introvert is someone like the following…

If a crowded cocktail party feels like a holding cell to you, even as you gamely keep up your end of the chatter, chances are you’re an introvert. Introverts are drained by social encounters and energized by solitary, often creative pursuits. Their disposition is frequently misconstrued as shyness, social phobia or even avoidant personality disorder, but many introverts socialize easily; they just strongly prefer not to. In fact, the self-styled introvert can be more empathic and interpersonally connected than his or her outgoing counterparts. The line between introversion and lonely loners gets blurry, however, as some introverts do wish they could break out of their shell.

There’s a lot of myths about introverts. I can tell you from my own experiences that I can relate to the person who’d rather stay in than go out. It’s not about ‘going out’. I’d rather spend my time with a few good friends compared to a lot of acquaintances. I certainly know how to be social — knowledge or experience isn’t the issue. It’s more about preference.

I’m not alone in my introvertedness. Here’s a few famous introverts:

  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Candice Bergen
  • Glenn Close
  • Audrey Hepburn
  • Helen Hunt
  • Gwyneth Paltrow
  • Julia Roberts
  • Clint Eastwood
  • Harrison Ford
  • Tom Hanks
  • Alfred Hitchcock
  • Steve Martin/li>
  • Johnny Carson
  • Matt Lauer
  • David Letterman
  • Diane Sawyer
  • Barbara Walters
  • Albert Einstein
  • Steven Spielberg
  • Charles Darwin
  • Angelina Jolie
  • Johnny Depp
  • Mahatma Gandhi
  • Jim Carrey
  • J.K. Rowling
  • Steve Wozniak
  • Michael Jackson
  • Keanu Reeves
  • Lady Gaga

Here’s a little more backup…

All this really means is that I feel refueled/recharged by spending time by myself or with very close friends. It has nothing to do with the accomplishments I can achieve!

Let’s Make A Deal

Let’s Make A Deal and Monty Hall

You’ve seen the show, right? Well, maybe it’s been a while.

The Game Show ran in the 60’s and 70’s with host Monty Hall (the game show was revived with host Wayne Brady in 2009). People in the audience dressed up to get the attention of the host so they could become game contestants.

In many (most?) of the games, the contestant was presented three doors with a prize behind each. It was well known that behind one of the doors what a dud of a prize (like a live goat!). The contestant would pick one of the doors as their prize but there was a catch. The host would offer a counter-prize (such as cash) to switch their choice. Invariably, the contestant would either take the newly offered prize and/or switch their guess for the best door prize.

Well it turns out there is some solid math, probability, and psychology in this type of situation and it’s explained by AsapSCIENCE (The Monty Hall Problem – Explained):

Now you know.