Just Me

Q: How did I end up here?
A: One step at a time

Q: How do I get somewhere more comfortable?
A: One mindful step at a time.

I love a mystery!!!

uchicagoadmissions:

Indiana Jones Mystery Package

We don’t really even know how to start this post. Yesterday we received a package addressed to “Henry Walton Jones, Jr.”. We sort-of shrugged it off and put it in our bin of mail for student workers to sort and deliver to the right faculty member— we get the wrong mail a lot.

Little did we know what we were looking at. When our student mail worker snapped out of his finals-tired haze and realized who Dr. Jones was, we were sort of in luck: this package wasn’t meant for a random professor in the Stat department. It is addressed to “Indiana” Jones.

What we know: The package contained an incredibly detailed replica of “University of Chicago Professor” Abner Ravenwood’s journal from Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. It looks only sort of like this one, but almost exactly like this one, so much so that we thought it might have been the one that was for sale on Ebay had we not seen some telling inconsistencies in cover color and “Ex Libris” page (and distinct lack of sword). The book itself is a bit dusty, and the cover is teal fabric with a red velvet spine, with weathered inserts and many postcards/pictures of Marion Ravenwood (and some cool old replica money) included. It’s clear that it is mostly, but not completely handmade, as although the included paper is weathered all of the “handwriting” and calligraphy lacks the telltale pressure marks of actual handwriting. 

What we don’t know: Why this came to us. The package does not actually have real stamps on it— the outside of the package was crinkly and dirty as if it came through the mail, but the stamps themselves are pasted on and look like they have been photocopied. There is no US postage on the package, but we did receive it in a bin of mail, and it is addressed to the physical address of our building, Rosenwald Hall, which has a distinctly different address from any other buildings where it might be appropriate to send it (Haskell Hall or the Oriental Institute Museum). However, although now home to the Econ department and College Admissions, Rosenwald Hall used to be the home to our departments of geology and geography

If you’re an applicant and sent this to us: Why? How? Did you make it? Why so awesome? If you’re a member of the University community and this belongs to you or you’ve gotten one like it before, PLEASE tell us how you acquired it, and whether or not yours came with a description— or if we’re making a big deal out of the fact that you accidentally slipped a gift for a friend in to the inter-university mail system. If you are an Indiana Jones enthusiast and have any idea who may have sent this to us or who made it, let us know that, too. 

We know this sounds like a joke/hoax… it’s not (at least, from our end).  Any hints, ideas, thoughts, or explanations are appreciated. We’ve been completely baffled as to why this was sent to us, in mostly a good way, but it’s clear this is a neat thing that either belongs somewhere else— or belongs in the halls of UChicago admissions history.

Internet: help us out. If you’re on Reddit (we’re not) or any other nerdly social media sites where we might get information about this, feel free to post far and wide and e-mail any answers, clues, ideas, thoughts, or musings to indianajonesjournal@uchicago.edu  (yes, we did set up an email account just to deal with this thing). 

(via laughingsquid)

Thanks to my teens I actually got all the song references!  

Happy Holiday’s 

crudeability:

Narrated by the late philosopher Alan Watts.

What makes you itch..?  It’s the answer to this that will truly shape the lives we live, the way we act, talk, eat and in the end, find the happiness - satisfaction, that we are ultimately all longing for, but, have simply forgotten to think of asking ourselves.

We need more philosophers in the world today.

ilovecharts:

I’ll begin the shenanigans with this piece I made recently about dogs. While it isn’t strictly a chart, you get 7 or 8 charts for the price of one! (I use the term “chart” loosely here) -Will

ilovecharts:

I’ll begin the shenanigans with this piece I made recently about dogs. While it isn’t strictly a chart, you get 7 or 8 charts for the price of one! (I use the term “chart” loosely here) -Will

beingblog:

“A library in the middle of a community is a cross between an emergency exit, a life raft and a festival. They are cathedrals of the mind; hospitals of the soul; theme parks of the imagination. On a cold, rainy island, they are the only sheltered public spaces where you are not a consumer, but a citizen, instead. A human with a brain and a heart and a desire to be uplifted, rather than a customer with a credit card and an inchoate “need” for “stuff.” A mall—the shops—are places where your money makes the wealthy wealthier. But a library is where the wealthy’s taxes pay for you to become a little more extraordinary, instead. A satisfying reversal. A balancing of the power.”
~Caitlin Moran, from Libraries: Cathedrals of Our Souls
photo by Peter Davis

beingblog:

“A library in the middle of a community is a cross between an emergency exit, a life raft and a festival. They are cathedrals of the mind; hospitals of the soul; theme parks of the imagination. On a cold, rainy island, they are the only sheltered public spaces where you are not a consumer, but a citizen, instead. A human with a brain and a heart and a desire to be uplifted, rather than a customer with a credit card and an inchoate “need” for “stuff.” A mall—the shops—are places where your money makes the wealthy wealthier. But a library is where the wealthy’s taxes pay for you to become a little more extraordinary, instead. A satisfying reversal. A balancing of the power.”

~Caitlin Moran, from Libraries: Cathedrals of Our Souls

photo by Peter Davis

visualturn:

Mindful Schools has been in 40-plus schools in the last four years, reaching 11,000 kids. Generally the results we are seeing are increased focus and concentration, so, the ability to pay attention in class — improved self-awareness, the ability of just recognizing how you’re feeling, when you’re feeling it — which leads to impulse control, which I think is probably the most appealing entry-point for education, that mindfulness helps create impulse control — and that self-awareness also leads to empathy, and the way we interact with others.”

Megan Cowan

42 - is it a coincidence?

mywildloves:

did-you-kno:

Source

Of course its 42 light years away. 42 is the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything! If it was any other number Id say “Nonsense! It cant be!!!”

42 - is it a coincidence?

mywildloves:

did-you-kno:

Source

Of course its 42 light years away. 42 is the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything! If it was any other number Id say “Nonsense! It cant be!!!”

Education for Everyone

When I read the story below (from NYT), my first thought was how fabulous it was that this family was able to meet their son’s educational needs.  My second thought was how paralyzed our educational system has become - even in really good school districts.  My kids aren’t prodigies but they don’t fit into the standard public school mold either.  The area private schools aren’t any better in that regard I learned after repeated searches, visits and interviews.  Just higher priced places where only students who fit into the round holes will thrive.  

I’ve got square peg kids.  I don’t have the resources to start my own school - although I have thought long and hard about it.  I didn’t have the resources to home school when my kids were in elementary school - as a single parent, I need to work.  Now that my kids are little older, home schooling is more of an option - but then so is letting them drop out, take the GED, and then go on - to college, to internships, to volunteer, to be allowed to become educated.

Anyway, I found the article interesting.  Would love to hear others’ ideas or stories.  Anyone in the Mid-Atlantic area interested in starting a school that is build for square, triangular, octagonal, or other neat shape kids?

Here’s the article:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/04/magazine/how-do-you-raise-a-prodigy.html?src=me&ref=general