That should say "a few of the things that interested me and sucked my time away from the things I should be doing this week." But that seemed like an awfully long title.
- La Leche League of Illinois' area conference is next weekend - I'll be speaking via virtual conference (video!) on Saturday morning at 8:30. Lots of good stuff for moms, lactation professionals, health care providers, dads, families, everyone. You should go!
- Diaspora* - a new social network being created by a bunch of geeky kids. Looks interesting. I'm all for owning and controlling my personal data MYSELF. I've been watching this story for a while. Props to my friend Carf who has been watching it and posting the links, too. Makes it easier to watch a story when someone else promotes the links.
- I posted two different links to Single Dad Laughing this week. Though I find the writer a bit over-long sometimes, he does make some great points, and they apply to all parents, not just fathers.
- Hoagie's Gifted keeps producing links that are fascinating to me. This week one of them was this article about genetic aspects to ADHD. The more we know...
- Lots of my geek friends posted a link to this article about a planet found in the habitable zone orbiting star Gleise 581. The best part? My National Novel Writing Month project last year was set on a colony ship heading toward Gleise 581! I also find the idea of a tidally-locked planet cool - one side of the planet permanently faces the sun, the other permanently faces away. Holy climate changes, batman.
- Another Hoagie's Gifted link with some analogies to arbitrarily grouping children by things such as shoe size or height (comparing to birthdate.) It goes well with my redshirting of kindergarteners' rant of recent days. We should group children by where they ARE, not when they were born. Some are ready for school early, some not so much.
- A satirical post about what science reporting is like. The comments were hilarious, too.
- A reminder to local peeps that the Northwestern University Midwest Academic Talent Search testing registration is open. If your child seems ahead of the curve on academics, this testing can help him or her qualify for gifted programming in your area. Grades 3-8.