Monthly Archives: May 2013

BRAIN initiative

Dr.-Samarednra-Mohanty-UT-Arlington_165033(Community Matters) A new fiber-optic tool to show how regions of the brain react to stimulation. 

It caught my eye in today’s Culture Map since it’s in line with wanting to learn more about the brain and its chemistry.

I’ll remind friends about Charlie Rose’s brain series.

Wishing I could refresh classes for better understanding  – physics, chemistry & biology especially. Have gotta launch so starting with The Physics Classroom and Kahn Academy.

The BRAIN Initiative “is part of a new Presidential focus aimed at revolutionizing our understanding of the human brain. By accelerating the development and application of innovative technologies, researchers will be able to produce a revolutionary new dynamic picture of the brain that, for the first time, shows how individual cells and complex neural circuits interact in both time and space.”

This Is How the NRA Ends

(Community Matters) The New Republic: This Is How the NRA Ends

Paul Krugman on Obamacare

Krugman_New-articleInline-v2(Community Matters) People throw a lot of darts at this Nobel winning economist and NYTimes columnist, Paul Krugman, but he’s got a better track record being right than just about anyone else in today’s political media opining on economics. His column on predictions for Obamacare. 

About 4 years ago, at a table of esteemed & successful economists, including my husband, I answered Krugman as the most important economist of our times. I stand by that answer (despite the sneers then). He and Senator Elizabeth Warren give me hope that we might just turn around this Robber Baron Era.

Frank Rich: Ancient Gay History

frankrich130603_claytoncoots_560(Community Matters) Frank Rich on Ancient Gay History. The story he tells of a mentoring friend in his youth, Clayton Coots (pic).

I imagine that if Clayton were still here, he’d find the idea of same-sex marriage as far-fetched and funny as his favorite late-night movies. But, of course, I am speaking of the dashing public Clayton, who was “always Happy and with it.” There’s no way of knowing what the hidden Clayton would think. Like Harold Hill in The Music Manhe might have found his someone and made a home. As the rest of us are swept up in the euphoria of weddings unimaginable only a decade ago, the least we can do is pause for a moment to remember him and all the others who were never given that choice . . . .

Now a dozen states have legalized same-sex marriage, a concept unknown in political discourse a mere quarter-century ago. More astounding is the likelihood that a conservative-leaning Supreme Court will expand those marital rights, however incompletely, next month . . . . As we just learned, a man can still be murdered for being gay a few blocks away from the Stonewall Inn. . . .


10 Social Media Tips

(Community Matters) intended for public radio social media but relative a lot more broadly. 

Mother Falcon in NY

mother falcon(Community Matters)  A favorite group of young, Austin musicians, Mother Falcon, starts a NYC, Brooklyn, DC, MA tour next week.

June 2 – Joe’s Pub, NYC
June 4 – Littlefield, Brooklyn
June 6 – Ithaca, NY
June 9 – Joe’s Pub, NYC
June 11 – Littlefield, Brooklyn
June 12 – Great Scott, Allston MA
June 13 – The Iron House, Northampton MA
June 18 – Littlefield, Brooklyn
June 19 – Millennium Stage at Kennedy Center, Washington DC
June 21 – Make Music NY (Beck’s Song Reader)
June 22 – World Cafe Life, Philadelphia PA (OK Computer)
June 23 – Joe’s Pub, NYC
June 25 – Littlefield, Brooklyn
June 28 – Providence
June 30 – Joe’s Pub, NYC

trying to sync travel to host a fun dinner in NYC

Silicon Valley Isn’t Buying GOP’s Data Plans

(Community Matters) “‘For all of Karl Rove’s fine attributes, he is also largely a direct mail guy who learned at the foot of Lee Atwater and never really learned anything after Atwater passed,’ RedState’s Erick Erickson wrote earlier this month. ‘I’m just not sure, after the 2012 race, that this is a wise investment. Direct mail guys believe the data is the value, and what Team Obama discovered is that the tools to analyze the data are the value.'” Politico

“The engineers also said Boyce was offering salaries nowhere close to what the Obama campaign paid.” – rather than being frugal, I think this represents the bias of . . . all those others are commodities and we ought to pay them commodity rates – while saving the big bucks for the 2 or 3 guys at the top. Greed might work in established industries and where you aren’t relying on innovation, but it’s not gonna get them where they want to go. 

Behind the Candelabra

(Community Matters) Really looking forward to this



HBO Sunday

The Texas Tribune

(Community Matters)  ok . . who doesn’t know, love & support the Texas Tribune? It’s extraordinary, it’s even better than having our own Politico just for Texas. I’m beyond proud of my volunteer role helping Evan Smith & John Thornton launch. Love, love, love this enterprise.

texas tribune copy

btw, its impact is bigger than just TT. Seems as the competition has raised the bar for lots of Texas dailies too.

My Weather

(Community Matters) . . . for the next few days

marfa weather

pretty yummy. MPR board meeting, coffees & dinners w/ friends and just hanging with my husband (he just flew back in).

Pope Francis on Atheists

(Community Matters) I love his remarks that humanism is a place where Atheists, other secularists and Christians come together and that this work is what pleases God.


10 LGBT Films

(Community Matters) Indiewire – 10 LGBT films to watch this summer