Citizen of the Universe

A place to illustrate/discuss/highlight the role of the engineer in the world. (And a place to espouse thoughts on life.)

VCU Broad St. Mile Info →

Plan for next year.  How often do you get to run ON Broad Street and not have the cops chase you?

For dog lovers, the last run of the day is in support of pets and dogs are encouraged.

— 1 day ago
#VCU Broad Street Mile  #Charity  #Pets  #Spirit 
npr:

Chronic stress can lead to heart disease, cancer and other health problems. A study shows it doesn’t matter if the stress comes from major life events or minor hassles. 
Best To Not Sweat The Small Stuff, Because It Could Kill You
Illustration credit: Keith Negley for NPR
(A Monday morning reminder to take a deep breath)
-Kate

Hey, you can breath deeply and bring in a plant and you will live longer and be more productive!

npr:

Chronic stress can lead to heart disease, cancer and other health problems. A study shows it doesn’t matter if the stress comes from major life events or minor hassles. 

Best To Not Sweat The Small Stuff, Because It Could Kill You

Illustration credit: Keith Negley for NPR

(A Monday morning reminder to take a deep breath)

-Kate

Hey, you can breath deeply and bring in a plant and you will live longer and be more productive!

— 1 day ago with 316 notes
#longer life  #stress  #breath deeply 
nprfreshair:

When Zak Ebrahim was 7 years old, his father El Sayyid Nosair assassinated Meir Kahane, the militant ultra-orthodox anti-Arab rabbi who founded the Jewish Defense League. 
Then, from prison, three years later, Nosair helped plot the 1993 World Trade Center bombing — and was later convicted as one of the conspirators. 
Nosair’s terrorist acts sent the family into a downward spiral—and for much of his life, Ebrahim lied to people about his identity. In fact, he changed his name to distance himself from his father. 
His new memoir, The Terrorist’s Son, is about how he came to accept the truth about his father and seek out peace in his own life.
In today’s interview, Ebrahim talks about his father’s involvement with the 1993 WTC bombing and how that changed things:  

"I believe that from his prison cell he would often get visitors and have phone calls with many of the men who would eventually be involved in the World Trade Center bombing and involved in planning the attack.
When my father first went to prison [for the assassination of Meir Kahane], although he had maintained his innocence, there were certain people who thought he had done what he had done, namely because Kahane was seen as a very evil figure in particular in the Muslim community. …
I suppose I thought to myself that even if he was guilty that that was some sort of justification. It wasn’t until after the World Trade Center that it was very apparent that innocent people were being attacked — that even as a child I knew that was wrong and that I couldn’t accept any excuse for that. It was also when I realized that our family would no longer ever be together again.” 

Watch Ebrahim’s TED Talk, "I am the son of a terrorist. Here’s how I chose peace." 

nprfreshair:

When Zak Ebrahim was 7 years old, his father El Sayyid Nosair assassinated Meir Kahane, the militant ultra-orthodox anti-Arab rabbi who founded the Jewish Defense League. 

Then, from prison, three years later, Nosair helped plot the 1993 World Trade Center bombing — and was later convicted as one of the conspirators. 

Nosair’s terrorist acts sent the family into a downward spiral—and for much of his life, Ebrahim lied to people about his identity. In fact, he changed his name to distance himself from his father. 

His new memoir, The Terrorist’s Son, is about how he came to accept the truth about his father and seek out peace in his own life.

In today’s interview, Ebrahim talks about his father’s involvement with the 1993 WTC bombing and how that changed things:  

"I believe that from his prison cell he would often get visitors and have phone calls with many of the men who would eventually be involved in the World Trade Center bombing and involved in planning the attack.

When my father first went to prison [for the assassination of Meir Kahane], although he had maintained his innocence, there were certain people who thought he had done what he had done, namely because Kahane was seen as a very evil figure in particular in the Muslim community. …

I suppose I thought to myself that even if he was guilty that that was some sort of justification. It wasn’t until after the World Trade Center that it was very apparent that innocent people were being attacked — that even as a child I knew that was wrong and that I couldn’t accept any excuse for that. It was also when I realized that our family would no longer ever be together again.” 

Watch Ebrahim’s TED Talk, "I am the son of a terrorist. Here’s how I chose peace." 

— 1 day ago with 463 notes
#Tedtalk  #terrorism 
npr:

A new study reports that plants enhance the workplace. They cheer people up and they seem to improve air quality and concentration. According to one researcher, adding plants to a workspace served to increase workers’ productivity by 15 percent.
Growing Business — Show Us Your Desk Plant
So, what’s the most productive thing to do while scrolling through Tumblr at work today? Sharing a picture of your desk plant in our comments section, of course.
-Kate

Se let people bring in more plants!

npr:

A new study reports that plants enhance the workplace. They cheer people up and they seem to improve air quality and concentration. According to one researcher, adding plants to a workspace served to increase workers’ productivity by 15 percent.

Growing Business — Show Us Your Desk Plant

So, what’s the most productive thing to do while scrolling through Tumblr at work today? Sharing a picture of your desk plant in our comments section, of course.

-Kate

Se let people bring in more plants!

— 1 day ago with 393 notes
#plants  #workplace 

andersn:

This is soooo cool

I agree. and crazy.

(via jadeoceans)

— 1 day ago with 11 notes
#race the tube 
8 Things NOT To Say To Someone Training For A Marathon →

For my “running” followers, especially the marathoners.

(I did VCU Broad Street Mile, and RAN!  I might decide to train for the 8K in November and go faster!)

— 1 day ago with 1 note
#running  #marathon  #things to say 
treeswithcwms asked: Joe! Where did you get your Copernicus t-shirt from your bloopers video? :)


Answer:

jtotheizzoe:

This awesome shirt from my bloopers vid

is a design made by artist Kapil Bhagat as part of his great scientists series, which is AWESOME:

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You can visit Kapil’s store here.

Cute shirts!  Geeky, too

— 6 days ago with 477 notes
#geeky shirts 
Smart Answers to Stupid Interview Questions →

Yes, I have had these questions and recently.  I had not really thought about going “outside the box” but maybe this lady has some suggestions for you.  Remember, I am not saying do this and if you do be prepared for unexpected results.  On the other hand, did you want to work at a place that asks these questions?

— 1 week ago
#interviewing  #stupid questions