Posted by Erin on 02.08.2012 at 9:24 am
The past few months I have spent time in a diverse array of schools cross the country filming success stories of our non-profit partners empowering students, teachers and families through education. Everyone who meets me thinks I have this huge enthusiasm for life and a love for my work which gives me an immense amount of energy. Well friends, I am exhausted. These teachers work. so. hard. Read more…
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Posted by Chip on 02.11.2009 at 7:58 am
One book, I currently see from time to time, is entitled Blink. Blink examines the value of a quick decision. One of the studies Blink discusses involves showing a group of people short clips of teachers giving a lecture (with no audio). Another group is shown still photos of the same teachers from the clips. Both groups are asked to rank the teaching ability of the teachers based on either the photo or the silent 30 second clip.
The results showed the ratings each teacher received based on photos and clips were remarkably similar to the ratings the same professors received from their full time students after a semester of teaching. From what I have read so far, Blink supports the notion that a quick decision is often an educated decision. Although I feel this study simply illustrates our species loyalty to superficial conclusions.
Some people have a natural fear of snakes and others have a natural fear of spiders. These fears make sense considering the problems our
species has experienced over the centuries do to both species. Perhaps these fears are based on the same instinctual knowledge that
allows us to make smart quick decisions.
The human brain is the product of years of learning things the only way us humans truly learn anything…the hard way.
I discovered my fear of electricity by touching an electric fence. Twenty minutes later I discovered that it is impossible to touch a electric fence
twice. My curiosity made me want to “make sure it was an electric fence” but my brain would not allow my hand to make contact.
Just as I learned not to touch the fence again perhaps the human race has learned from collective experience and perhaps there is something to that gut feeling that helps us make life’s quick decisions. Although I have only read the fist 50 pages of Blink, I feel I am able to review the book with confidence using the “blink of an eye” decision making the book examines.
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Posted by Chip on 02.05.2009 at 5:09 pm
Last week, I found myself washing soup (that I didn’t eat) out of a piece of Tupperware (I didn’t own) in the men’s room.
Why? You may ask.
I am living the Better World Books “reuse first” lifestyle.
Our office is not equipped with a sink. I am not complaining, I am merely explaining how I ended up in this predicament. To test my allegiance to the “reuse first” principles of BWB, my coworker (Kathy) encouraged me to wash out some Tupperware someone had thrown in the trash so we could reuse it. Today, I enjoyed a can of soup out of that rescued Tupperware and you know what? It tasted like progress.
Kathy had previously proven to me that she lives the “reuse first” lifestyle when she made a delicious loaf of banana bread out of bananas she personally diverted from a trash can.
Bananas have a special place in my heart (right next to the heart burn they give me). What a forgiving fruit. Bananas never “go bad.” They only become “banana bread worthy.”
Unfortunately, my invention pear bread is not as delicious as banana bread. Inspired by the principle of banana bread, I decided to use some brown, wrinkled pears I found in the back of my fridge to make some pear bread. Unfortunately, rotten pears fail at making something delicious out of something rotten. Still, I think we have a lot to learn from banana bread.
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Posted by Chip on 01.21.2009 at 9:28 am
Since last week, the universe has not brought the book The Secret to me. It is my understanding that The Secret teaches the law of attraction and how we can attract the things we desire in life by attracting positive energy through positive thinking. So to test this theory, I will continue to focus positively on the book and see if I can get the universe to manifest The Secret into my life.
Last week, I also brought up the notion that we (human beings) should invent a sarcastic symbol or perhaps a sarcastic font. This would be especially helpful for text messaging and instant messaging purposes. I don’t know who invented Read more…
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Posted by Chip on 01.14.2009 at 1:37 pm
A friend of mine, Kyle, suggested I read a book entitled The Secret. Immediately, I assumed it was a “how to meet women” kind of book and declined the offer. Kyle reads countless books on how to meet women and then uses the “tactics” he learns to make women fall in “love” with “him.” (until human beings come up with a sarcasm font or a *sarcasm symbol, I am stuck with quotation marks) If Kyle ever gets married, his best man should be Logan Edwards the author of Secrets of the A Game: How to Meet and Attract Women.
I asked Kyle what the The Secret was about and he explained to me that it is about “the law of attraction.” It turns out the book is about the power of positive thinking and positive energy. The idea is that we are all made up of energy and if we focus our positive energy on the things we desire the universe will help manifest our desires.
Testing The Secret: To test this theory, I am going to focus my positive energy on the book itself and if “The Secret” manifests into my hands… I will definitely read it.
* One of Better World Books core values is to “Lead the movement.” I plan to lead the movement to create the sarcasm symbol. Do you know Chip Boyes? Yeah, he is the guy that invented the sarcasm symbol. Look out keyboard manufacturers. I am going to rock your world. [To be continued]
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Posted by Chip on 01.07.2009 at 1:03 pm
Have you ever had a beautiful moment ruined by music?
I had a beautiful first kiss take place in my car on one romantic, rainy night in college. We were warm in each others arms while it poured rain outside. It was a perfect moment. A moment that suddenly crumbled when I recognized the song playing on the radio at that moment was _______(insert a song that you despise). If only _______(insert a song you love) was playing on the radio that would have been perfect. I decided to leave out actual song Read more…
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Posted by Chip on 12.29.2008 at 9:09 am
This year my mother gave me a keychain for Christmas. The keychain is designed to beep when it detects a whistle. My mom knows that I spend a lot of time searching for my keys. The main reason for this reoccurring dilemma is the fact that I own a pair of pants with extremely shallow pockets. Whoever designed these pants must have ever sat down. They are great pants… as long as you never sit down while you have you keys in your pocket.
Recently, I have discovered I spend a lot of time whistling. So I feel like I am in whistle rehab. Every time I whistle I am punished with annoying beeping sounds coming from my pocket.
[Perhaps this concept could be used to help people quit smoking. Think: a smoke detecting keychain. Every time someone smokes they will be forced to listen to the annoying beeps coming from their smoke detecting keychain.]
I have not lost my keys since I have owned the key finding key chain but I have become more aware of my keys presence then ever before. The keychain works. I am down to two whistles Read more…
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Posted by Chip on 12.26.2008 at 9:22 am
I am an animal lover.
I especially love animals that do not live with me. I have 6 roommates: 3 human roommates, 2 feline roommates, and a 100 pound pit bull roommate. Each roommate comes with their own unique set of rules.
-Don’t leave towels on the bathroom floor or the cats will pee on them.
-Don’t talk during VH1 reality television programming or the female humans will be upset.
-Don’t talk during the football games or the male roommate will be upset.
-Don’t show fear or the pit bull may attack you.
What a bummer. I have lost my basic freedom to fear. Yesterday, I was watching The Shining and I had to turn it off out of fear that I would be attacked by my canine roommate. He can sense fear and apparently he doesn’t like it. Currently, Duke (the pit bull) is home for the holidays. In celebration, I watched a bunch of scary movies and felt comfortably terrified. Living with an animal that has the ability to kill me makes life more exciting. Nothing brings more joy to my heart then seeing Duke’s tail wag. With each wag I become more certain that I will live to see another day.
I think the rush of survival is addictive. I am considering buying a motorcycle. I imagine it would be a rush. A drive to work would turn into a death defying feat. Every time I climbed off the bike I would celebrate life “I did it, I survived!”
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Posted by Chip on 12.15.2008 at 10:33 am
At the Atlanta office of Better World Books, we decided to exchange anonymous compliments to each other on index cards. What better way to raise office morale then an index card telling you that you are super. As soon as I heard of this plan, I had flashbacks of Valentines Day in elementary school. I remember creating a valentine mailbox that best represented me out of a brown paper bag and watching it get filled with valentines.
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