From the Archives: April 2008

Had a chance to hear Daniel Pink describe the “Manga Industrial Complex” and its influence on Japan’s economy and indeed on publishing general. Pretty fascinating — many parallels between Manga and websites and indeed the new social marketing / user-generated media trend. Definitely part of the shift to more visually-based world. Check out his new Manga-based book, “Johnny Bunko: the Last Career Guide You’ll Ever Need.”

— Gail

Just finished teaching “Introduction to Clinical Medicine for the Gastrointestinal System” at the UW. It’s stressful because my “regular” life doesn’t slow down while I teach, but I wouldn’t give it up for the world. I absolutely love seeing the light bulbs turn on as these kids go beyond rote memorization to figuring out solutions to real-life situations. They actually stand up straighter as they factor in variables, learn to respond to the unexpected, realize they can do things they never thought they could. Throughout my life I’ve benefited from the generosity of a whole bunch of people who have taken the time to teach me. This is my way of paying that forward. I’ll always make time for that.

— Bruce

One third of the food we eat is the result of the work of pollinators … bees to most people. In the last few years bee populations have declined because of serious threats like Colony Collapse Disorder, which has reduced the honey bee population by one third and now is attacking bumblebees. I responded to an Internet recruitment for “bee watchers” and am participating in The Great Sunflower Project. I watch and record the bees who visit the sunflowers in my garden to help researchers understand the challenges the bees are facing. It’s easy, it takes less than 30 minutes, I get free sunflower seeds for planting, and no prior knowledge of bees is required.

— Sandy

Three days after it opened, I got to visit the Newseums in DC. It’s an expensive ticket but worth the price of admission. It’s a beautiful building. The sixth level shows front pages from newspapers all over the world — a great reminder that what you care about may be of no interest to a person 10,000 miles away and vice versa. The exhibit on important books made me want to go back to the basics to the work of others who have worked so hard on making freedom of speech an essential right. The Journalist’s Memorial is a reminder of how much risk reporters take to bring us news. We should not take it for granted.

— Cécile

Jenny and I just got back from a 10 day trip to Japan during Sakura — the cherry blossom festival. The trees were amazing of course, like natural fireworks of color. But so was the food. We hit both ends of the price scale, eating the most expensive sushi meal ever at an upscale Ginza restaurant, and amazing bargain sushi for breakfast at the Tsukiji fish market. We had a wonderful time in Tokyo, Kyoto and Takaragawa Onsen, a beautiful, relaxing hot springs next to a mountain river. I’ll have to explore hot springs in the Northwest now, searching for a comparable experience — and a good bacon cheeseburger.

— Mike

~ by strablogadmin on February 28, 2009.

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