Colin Hay

I had the fortune to see Colin Hay in concert at the Ark in Ann Arbor on Tuesday.  Just let me say: YIPPEEEEEE!  He was divine, lyrical, magical, and a boat-load of fun!  You may know him as the former front man for Men At Work.  You may remember his contribution to the movie Garden State.  You may have seen him on Scrubs (below).  All of these pale in comparison to what he is, alone with a guitar and some bottles of water, in a small venue, on a cold and rainy day.  Listen to him! Find him in concert near you!  Go!

A tribute to Science

This is great.  Show it to all the kids (and kids at heart) you know who love science.


Minnesota State of Mind

I’ve been in the north woods working and generally offline.  I’m back however and you’ll soon see this site updated.  Until then, I couldn’t pass this up…

I’m not familiar with the original, and if you’re not from Minnesota but living somewhere else you might not appreciate this, but for us ex-pat Minnesotans, this is pretty awesome.

Life in the West Bank

I can’t be in Jordan without facing the reality of what is happening one the other side of the Jordan/Israel border. If only CNN and their pals would pay attention!!! Please read this quick posting (clipped below) , then watch “Who profits from Israeli occupation” (also below or at I heard about both from Juan Cole (Uof Michigan Middle East expert-guy and great blogger) at Get the word out!!
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On August 3, my husband Mohammed Khatib, and my little brother Abdullah, were taken from their beds in our West Bank village of Bil’in at 3 AM by the Israeli military. My husband is a member of the Bil’in Popular Committee, which has been leading our village’s nonviolent campaign against Israel’s construction of a Wall and a settlement on our land. For nearly five years, every Friday we have been joined by supporters from Israel and around the world as we attempt to march to our land on the other side of the Wall. According to the terms of the Fourth Geneva Convention, the settlement amounts to a war crime, and in 2004 the International Court of Justice ruled the Wall illegal.

Despite this, the construction of the Wall and settlements continued, and we are treated as criminals in our quest for justice. On top of tens of arrests, hundreds of protesters from Bil’in have been injured and one has been killed by the Israeli military.
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Great Peace Corps News

Check it out–Peace Corps is an Ideal Employer–and learn more at the new YouTube Peace Corps Channel.
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Peace Corps Ranked as a Top Ideal Employer by College Students in 2009 Universum Survey

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 10, 2009 – The Peace Corps has been formally recognized by undergraduate college students as the #7 Most Ideal Employer to meet their career goals. The 2009 results are based upon a survey conducted by UNIVERSUM Communications, which gathered student’s perceptions of companies and expectations. More than 60,000 undergraduates and 6,000 MBAs participated in the Universum Student Survey 2009, representing more than 400 universities.
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Peace Corps Launches YouTube Channel
Visuals provide inside view of Peace Corps Volunteer projects, history

Washington, D.C., July 13, 2009 – Peace Corps acting Director Jody K. Olsen announced the launch of the new Peace Corps channel on YouTube:
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Free Hugs for the Holidays

I don’t think I’ve posted this video before, yet I love it!  And now, just in time for your Holiday Season: More FREE HUGS!

Who wants to volunteer for free hugs?  I can’t wait to return to a country where people HUG!

Don LaFontaine

I knew his voice, but I never knew his name.  Don LaFontaine died in September but his humor (and voice) live on.  First, from youtube, a great short video about him.

Also, a funny comic impersonating Don, Arnie, and others.

Have a funny funny day!