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The internet isn't harming our love of 'deep reading', it's cultivating it

The internet isn't harming our love of 'deep reading', it's cultivating it | Easy Resource | Scoop.it
Steven Poole: Lengthy pieces of writing are increasingly found on the very internet that pessimists blame for turning us into skim readers
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Just look at the popularity of the Gutenberg Press website, or editorials on newspaper sites. People do read long pieces. And IMHO, that's not gong to stop any time soon.

 

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A Small Library with Big Ideas | Daily Yonder | Keep It Rural

A Small Library with Big Ideas | Daily Yonder | Keep It Rural | Easy Resource | Scoop.it
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Yay! for libraries..small as well as big

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Moving stories: what do you do with your books when you change houses?

Moving stories: what do you do with your books when you change houses? | Easy Resource | Scoop.it

Beulah Maud Devaney: For a nomadic generation, the question of how to look after – or get rid of – a personal library is a recurring anxiety


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An excellent essay on the power that books have.  I'm a confessed bookworm and I know that if I was forced to give up any, I would crawl into a depression. No books is like....no sun.

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Sharon Bakar's curator insight, February 23, 2014 11:51 PM

I face having to downsize my library for the next house move ...

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     I am subscribed to the email list of Ryan Holiday who shares his book finds and reading recommendations month to month. In one of his recent emails he explains, " I promised myself a long time ago that if I saw a book that interested me I'd never let time or money or anything else prevent me from having it." Which in his case lead to what is essentially, a garage bookstore. He often encourages avid readers to do the same for the sake of treating your education like a job. In the last year, the books I've acquired have stacked up thanks to a friend who had to move cross country, personal purchases, and smuggling them back to my place from my father's collection. And, while they don't take up a great deal of room in my apartment, I'm left with the dilemma of what's to become of them when I leave here. It's one thing to pack a mattress and seven foot mirror into my little Mazda truck, but it's another thing when you've got boxes full of books you need to stuff in somewhere as well. Like the article mentions, the sentimental aspect of keeping books along for the ride is one I treasure. My grandmother is the definition of a pack rat, but one great thing that comes along with it is the times my sister and I have had the pleasure to sit in front of the dingy basement bookcase and sift through her old nursing books and cloth covered classics. So while it may be a pain, Ryan Holiday and this article bring to light the marvelous concept of sharing your space and continually being in the company of books. Whether it be for aesthetics or the fact that you're a bibliophile, books are necessary for everyone to own... But you don't have to take my word for it!

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What Americans Don't Know About Science

What Americans Don't Know About Science | Easy Resource | Scoop.it
On a recent survey, just 74 percent of Americans said that the Earth revolves around the sun.
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People-powered publishing is changing all the rules

People-powered publishing is changing all the rules | Easy Resource | Scoop.it

Authors are actively choosing to self-publish books, giving them better control over rights, distribution, pricing and resurfacing trends like serialization.

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Are you paying attention?

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Attention is a limited resource for most people. To increase your power of concentration, get to know yourself better and practise mindfulness
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Sometimes Disorganization Can Lead to Better Creativity

Sometimes Disorganization Can Lead to Better Creativity | Easy Resource | Scoop.it
We're all about organization around here, but we're the first to admit that sometimes things are better left in disarray. When you collect ideas for future projects, it's tempting to tag them and categorize them to within an inch of their lives, but you may be missing out on some creative opportunity.
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Confronting Phobias: How to Change Your Mindset

Confronting Phobias: How to Change Your Mindset | Easy Resource | Scoop.it
A primer for the anxiety prone on how to identify distorted thoughts and eliminate them, an important step in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT).
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All I needed to know about life I learned from “Dungeons & Dragons”

All I needed to know about life I learned from “Dungeons & Dragons” | Easy Resource | Scoop.it
The nerd classic, 40 years old this month, taught me about imagination, purpose -- and having a great adventure
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Life lessons you can understand and relate to even if you never played...

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Age of Distraction: Why It’s Crucial for Students to Learn to Focus

Age of Distraction: Why It’s Crucial for Students to Learn to Focus | Easy Resource | Scoop.it

Learning to focus on one task while tuning out the many distractions vying for attention is a crucial life skill that some students are missing.


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Γιώργος Παπαναστασίου's curator insight, December 6, 2013 2:01 PM

“This ability is more important than IQ or the socio economic status of the family you grew up in for determining career success, financial success and health,” Goleman said. 

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British Library uploads one million public domain images to the net for remix and reuse

British Library uploads one million public domain images to the net for remix and reuse | Easy Resource | Scoop.it
The British Library has uploaded one million public domain scans from 17th-19th century books to Flickr! They're embarking on an ambitious programme to crowdsource novel uses and navigation tools for the huge corpus.
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The Surprising Science Behind What Music Does To Our Brains

The Surprising Science Behind What Music Does To Our Brains | Easy Resource | Scoop.it
You're probably listening to music in your headphones at work right now. Whether you are powering through your to-do list or brainstorming creative...
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This is a nice overview.  Of course, all of us musical folks already knew it. *wink*

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Think You're Too Old to Be An Entrepreneur? Think Again. (Infographic)

Think You're Too Old to Be An Entrepreneur? Think Again. (Infographic) | Easy Resource | Scoop.it
There's a lot of focus on people who start their own businesses in college, but many successful entrepreneurs start their own businesses after years of...
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I so agree with this. My start-up happened at age 59.

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How Cookies Work on the Web [infographic]

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Internet cookies are just plain text stored in your computer’s browser. However, these little cookies pack a huge punch by leaving an easily trackable internet trail.


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Educational...AND delicious!

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12 Must-follow Typography Guidelines For Every Web Designer

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This is a guest post by Mike Swan, a Chief Writer at markupcloud.

Typography does not just mean selecting the right font for your website, it refers to a lot of other things that are crucial..


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Webgrrl's curator insight, February 24, 2014 1:01 AM

follow these simple guidelines and see how typography would become a fun activity for you.

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The true literature of California is science fiction

The true literature of California is science fiction | Easy Resource | Scoop.it

Kim Stanley Robinson is the author of many works of science fiction, including The Three Californias, a trilogy of novels about southern California; the Mars Trilogy; 2312, a novel about climate change; and his most recent novel, Shaman.

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I loved his Mars trilogy.

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Arranging your books by color is not a moral failure

Arranging your books by color is not a moral failure | Easy Resource | Scoop.it

Those who are opposed to color-organizing bookshelves argue that it’s impractical, claiming they couldn’t possibly find anything that isn’t categorized by title, author, or subject in their apparently vast collections. To them, the color-organized bookshelf is a self-conscious triumph of style over substance.

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Looks a lot more organized than my library!

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Sharon Bakar's curator insight, February 12, 2014 9:26 PM

I would love to do this but am scared I would never find the books i needed!

Lesley Hussell's curator insight, February 13, 2014 10:23 AM

On the contrary, it shows creativity!

Sara Rosett's curator insight, February 14, 2014 11:31 AM

Love the way it looks. Probably won't do it myself. 

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Stop Apologizing for What You Like to Read

Stop Apologizing for What You Like to Read | Easy Resource | Scoop.it
… And I’m Canadian, so I know a thing or two about insincerely apologizing for stuff. I have a lot of chats with people about books, and usually what happens is that things are going along fine until the person in question finds out that I teach capital-L Literature at a post-secondary institution. Then the …

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Sharon Bakar's curator insight, February 3, 2014 10:26 PM

Absolutely true.  Read what you enjoy, enjoy what you read.  (But be brave and break out of that comfort zone now and again to try new stuff that you might enjoy but haven't got to know yet.)

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Resources and Downloads for Teaching Critical Thinking

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Using resources and tools,  educators at KIPP King Collegiate High School focus on honing critical thinking skills across all subjects. 


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Monica Gutiérrez's curator insight, February 26, 2014 4:28 PM

#criticalthinking  #philosophy

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Learning to Learn: Developing Habits and Prioritizing Actions over Results

Learning to Learn: Developing Habits and Prioritizing Actions over Results | Easy Resource | Scoop.it
At the beginning of this month, I decided that I was going to take a different approach to New Years Resolutions.
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Valve: The future of Virtual Reality is just one year away

Valve: The future of Virtual Reality is just one year away | Easy Resource | Scoop.it
The most exciting aspect of contemporary virtual reality is its implications. Even using Oculus VR's early duct taped-prototype, most users immediately
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Why You Should Read More In 2014 | Bibliobibuli

Why You Should Read More In 2014 | Bibliobibuli | Easy Resource | Scoop.it
My real resolution, however, involves a different kind of muscle -- one that's been atrophying in recent years. Yes, it's my brain, which needs to be strengthened with a healthy reading regimen. (My New Year's Resolution Isn't to Go to the Gym.
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One of my  resolutions this year is to share more...and here is the first one.  My friend, Sharon Bakar, spreads the word (pun intended) about writing, reading, and everything books.  If you like literature, you should follow her.

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How technology can halt climate change

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Scientists say technological advances -- hydrogen-fueled cars, giant synthetic trees and windows embedded with solar cells -- could help address global warming if given enough societal support.
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Windows that are solar panels...yeah

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Learn what most schools don't teach

Have you done your Hour of Code yet? Join millions of others at: http://code.org. Cast in order of appearance: Leigha Benford (CS student) Tanya Parker (CS s...
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