Sunday, March 13, 2011

Cool things from this week

The number one cool thing:  my husband's students got another first place, and two individual awards at yesterday's competition!  They work so hard and are really doing a great job, and they are a great group of kids.
Next cool thing:  Yesterday, while traveling to said competition, we listened to Rick Steve's radio program, and he featured a travel writer named Rolf Potts who traveled for six weeks, through twelve countries, with little more than the clothes on his back.  He didn't have any kind of baggage, just a travel coat with a lot of pockets.  He even mentioned that he got rid of things along the way, like his deodorant(!), and laundry detergent.  Don't worry, he found some rock deodorant and used shampoo to wash his clothes.  Here is a link to an article about his travels: "Around the world in just his clothes", and one to Rick Steve's interview:Rick Steves Radio Archive and a link to Rolf Potts's blog: No Bag Challenge.  Another addition to my "dream job" file!

Final cool thing:  While watching CBS Sunday Morning, they featured a story about apps and the rise of smart phones, and included a story about an eleven-year-old who taught himself programming while recovering from surgery.  This boy then created the popular app "iSketch" and subsequently made a good amount of money from selling it on the Apple store.  Instead of keeping all of the money--which no one would have blamed him for--he turned around and donated half of the proceeds ($20,000) to a children's hospital in California!  Very unselfish.  Here's a link to an article from the Huffington Post: iSketch.

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