Tuesday Train

Ride the Train!  (and hop on the new Twitter train below) Tuesday Train is a weekly link-up hosted by My Mad Mind and The Survival Mama. Here’s how it works: Follow all the hostess and co-hostesses (first two spots on the linky) Leave a comment if you’re a new follower and I will follow back. Include the link-up button in your post! Link up your blog post for “Tuesday Train”. While you’re at it, be sure to swing over and see Boobies and the Follow Me Back Tuesday hop. ….and NOW you can link up your Twitter to the newest car on the train!   Be sure to add your TWITTER link, and same “rules” apply. Share...

National Geographic goes Prepper ~ Tuesday Train ~ Twitter Train

Doomsday Preppers Have you caught this show? I had a chance to watch it over the weekend (thank you DVR) and it’s extreme, to say the least. I’m sure NatGeo edited it for sensationalism, but I’m concerned the result will scare “normal” people from prepping. Interested to know your thoughts… Did you watch it?  What did you think?  How did it affect your thoughts on prepping? Jen Ride the Train!  (and hop on the new Twitter train below) Tuesday Train is a weekly link-up hosted by My Mad Mind and The Survival Mama. Here’s how it works: Follow all the hostess and co-hostesses (first two spots on the linky) Leave a comment if you’re a new follower and I will follow back. Include the link-up button in your post! Link up your blog post for “Tuesday Train”. While you’re at it, be sure to swing over and see Boobies and the Follow Me Back Tuesday hop. ….and NOW you can link up your Twitter to the newest car on the train! Be sure to add your TWITTER link, and same “rules” apply. Share...

Tuesday Train

Ride the Train! Tuesday Train is a weekly link-up hosted by My Mad Mind and The Survival Mama. Here’s how it works: Follow all the hostess and co-hostesses (first two spots on the linky) Leave a comment if you’re a new follower and I will follow back. Include the link-up button in your post! Link up your blog post for “Tuesday Train”. While you’re at it, be sure to swing over and see Boobies and the Follow Me Back Tuesday hop. Share...
Black Swan Theory

Black Swan Theory

During a recent project at work, I learned about The Black Swan Theory.  Basically, it’s the idea (and this is my generic summation) that a major event is so obvious in hindsight, it should have been expected.  A Black Swan is defined as a cumulation of these three factors: It’s a surprise (to the observer) It has a major impact. In hindsight, it’s so obvious it should have been predicted. Think 9/11…or the current ebook revolution/extinction of paper books. As I thought about a sequence of major events (the internet, ebooks, Occupy Wall St., the downfall of the SOPA/PIPA acts, and this recent reversal of the Komen foundation’s support of Planned Parenthood) I started wondering about the next Black Swan. The internet has changed the way we think, the way we interact, the way we learn: Kids can now search youtube to find a video on calculus that makes sense to them if they’re not getting a delivery method from their teacher that works. An earthquake is tweeted before the news can report it.  (100% of our real-time first-person news can come from individuals experiencing events vs. what makes good ratings on TV) As individuals, we’re no longer subject to gatekeepers who can filter our voices….EVERYONE has a platform. The phenomenal growth of Pinterest indicates (to me) how badly we want to share beautiful knowledge — photos, inspiration, attaboys, DIY projects–as a community. (something we’ve lacked here in the US for at least a hundred years) So what IS the next Black Swan? Obviously, it’s not possible to predict a Black Swan, the point is merely to account for the...