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          ESM's QuickLessons A DearMYRTLE Genealogy Study Group Lesson 20        

Hilary Gadsby


QuickLesson 20: Research Reports for Research Success
Elizabeth Shown Mills, “QuickLesson 20: Research Reports for Research Success," Evidence Explained: Historical Analysis, Citation & Source Usage (https://www.evidenceexplained.com/content/quicklesson-20-research-reports-research-success  :  accessed 17 Sept 2016).

This week we will be discussing the research process.

How do we do our research?

How should we do our research?

Can we improve how we research?

With the growth of the internet how many of us can find ourselves joining in with the quick click genealogy we frequently criticise.

Why do we criticise this way of doing things?

  1. Insufficient preparation
  2. Poorly recorded
  3. Insufficient analysis
So what should we be doing?
Ask yourself these questions.
  1. What do I want to find?
  2. Where should I be doing my research?
  3. How am I going to do the research?
  4. How am I going to record what I find?
  5. How am I going to review what I find?
We can use pen and paper or our computers to assist in these tasks.

We know how to interrogate the databases online and how to enter our results in our software program. There is plenty of information to tell us how to do this either digital or paper.

Do any programs tell us what we need to look for?

Do any programs tell us whether what we find is relevant?

Poor preparation and lack of analysis can lead to hours of wasted research.

How can we know what we need to find if we have not analysed what we already know.

Creating a research plan will be the best thing you do. It will keep you on track. 

If we wish to move on from being just "information gatherers and processors" as ESM states in this lesson we must consider how we approach our work.

This weekend I came across an individual who had been recorded by another researcher in the Wiki Tree website with the maiden name of ROSLING. However this was not the surname for the parents. The link to the 1911 census revealed that she was recorded as their adopted daughter. There was also a link to an army record showing her date of birth in keeping with the census record.
I am researching the surname ROSLING and was interested in knowing where she fitted in the lineage I am constructing.
If I just entered her name in a search would I find anything and how would I know if what I found was relevant.

Experienced researchers will often know exactly where to research and which records may help them find what is available. This does not preclude them from the planning stages but it may reduce the time needed to formulate the plan. Even the experts find themselves stumped occasionally and have to consider alternative strategies. Researching in a new area be it geographical or an unfamiliar set of records may require a different skill set and a whole new learning experience. If we are to complete a thorough research we have to be aware of the resources available. 

Even the best plans may need to be altered in the light of new information. Being prepared and analysing what has been found may alter our focus or the manner in which we carry out our research.
The ability to plan and analyse helps us make better use of the research time.

Complex questions may only be answered if we look at all the information we have and understand what it's telling us. 
Some researchers have found that a program such as Evidentia can help them formulate a plan for these complex problems. By entering each piece of information deciding what it is saying and importantly how reliable that information may be we have a clearer understanding of what we already know. 
The source of any information may be flawed. Awareness of the reliability and being able to resolve conflicting information are analysis skills that may only come threw experience and education. 
Learning from others and sharing personal experience helps each of us become better researchers by improving the knowledge base.

Do we read any accompanying information about a record group that we find online before we enter a name in the search box. If not, why not, surely we need to know if the record will be likely to provide us with the information we need before we search. Would you travel miles to an archive or cemetery without checking that they have what you are looking for first. The same should be true for online records. Finding information and blindly entering it into a database is as boring and pointless as writing lines was as a school punishment. If you want the reward of finding that elusive connection you need to spend time preparing and analysing, formulate a plan, familiarise yourself with what may be available, pinpoint the best way to approach the task and adapt the plan as and when more information is discovered. Not forgetting that negative results do not mean negative evidence, it may be that any record has just not survived.

As we near the end of this study group, we need to pull together all that we have discussed.

I am writing about my research mentioned above on my One Name Study blog. I have not included specific examples this week as I believe that this lesson is more about understanding the process and the importance of doing this well. 
Only we as individuals know whether we have been disciplined in the past.
Hopefully our discussions may have helped at least one of those watching to become researchers rather than gatherer/processors.

Researching when few records or indexes were available online and internet access was expensive.  
I was not aware of research plans so I would go armed with notes that I had made to guide my research. 
Whilst looking for ancestors in the BMD indexes on microfiche I would have a name, range of years, and geographical area. When I found a possible candidate I would record and order a certificate. 
The only way I could access the census was using indexes and then when I could get to the local archive I would have to scroll through the microfilm to find what I wanted. 
The internet has made finding many records easier but has it also created a group of individuals who may believe the adverts that show families building trees using only the online website. 
No website will ever contain all the records and whilst the records support our research they are not the researcher. 
Who pieces together which record is relevant to each individual, who is related to who and how are all these individuals related, it is us as researchers who analyse the information and decide its relevance.

The reporting suggested by Elizabeth Shown Mills may sound quite prescriptive and academic and unless you have an academic background you may switch off at the thought of report writing. However what she is saying is this. 

  1. Compile your findings complete with the information needed to find them again. 
  2. Collect them together in a manner that you are comfortable working with or that fits with your findings.
  3. Summarize what you have found.
  4. Decide whether you have answered your research question.
  5. Decide whether you need to do more research and create a new research plan.
  6. Make a conclusion and write a reasoned report to support this.
Personally I would say that Evidentia will help you do all of these in a guided way.

Finally here is a link to a Google Sheet I created called The Family History Research Process. It contains links to documents that others may find useful. Please add your comments if you think I may have missed something useful that could be added.

          ESM's QuickLessons A DearMYRTLE Genealogy Study Group Lesson 11        

Hilary Gadsby

QuickLesson 11: Identity Problems & the FAN Principle    
Elizabeth Shown Mills, “QuickLesson 11: Identity Problems & the FAN Principle,” Evidence Explained: Historical Analysis, Citation & Source Usage (https://www.evidenceexplained.com/content/quicklesson-11-identity-problems-fan-principle : accessed 25 May 2016).

The FAN Principle referred to in this lesson is looking at friends, associates and neighbours to help find information pertinent to the person we are researching.

Common names can be a particular problem. I have the surnames SMITH and WARD in my husband's family and ROBERTS in mine.
However some surnames can be a problem in particular localities as many are what we call locational surnames and were adopted from the place where the family lived when surname usage started.

I have recently started a One Name study of the surname ROSLING and I shall use an example from this.
The origins of the family I have been researching appear to be in Lincolnshire, England, as far as the current level of research in the UK has shown. 
(My research is at an early stage and earlier records may uncover different origins as I am aware of this surname elsewhere in Europe and it could have been introduced to Lincolnshire from an early invasion)

The name Peregrine Rosling would not be considered to be a difficult name to research as both first and surname are not common. However if you know the family the first name Peregrine is one that has been used by several generations.



This shows the results of a general search for this name at Find My Past



Peregrine Rosling born in Swinstead, Lincolnshire, England has been particularly problematic to follow.There are 2 persons who show on the census records with the same year and place of birth. 

How do I distinguish who belongs to which family?


I have looked at the other census records 



This Peregrine has a wife Eliza who was born in Morton Lincolnshire and appears to be living in the same house with Ann and Edward Rosling could they be close relations.


This Peregrine has a James Mettam widower living with him and his wife Elizabeth he is described as Father of Peregrine and Elizabeth was born in Swinstead. Was his wife Elizabeth Mettam?

The registers held at Lincolnshire Archives have been scanned and digital images are now available to view on the Find My Past website.



Looking at the Baptisms for the parish of Swinstead this is what I have found 
Parish Baptism Register 1813-1871 Swinstead, Lincolnshire
Page 18 No 143 13 Feb 1825 Peregrine son of Peregrine and Ann Rosling Swinstead Labourer
Page 17 No 136 27 June 1824 Peregrine son of Robert and Sarah Rosling Swinstead Farmer

So the first Peregrine could be the son of Peregrine and Ann Rosling?
What was his wife's maiden name?

It is likely that both marriages were registered in the Bourne registration district as all these birthplaces and residences are in this district.
Fortunately Lincolnshire has had many of the marriages transcribed and the indexes can be downloaded. (This link may not be working but I have a copy I downloaded)

I have extracted those of interest and they can be found here.

So how do I confirm I have the correct Peregrine in each family as I now have 3 of them marrying in Swinstead within 10 years. Can I find the one who married in 1846 in the 1851 census and where his wife was born.


So I have discovered the maiden name for each wife and where the wife was born. Each Peregrine had a father with a different first name so I can now have more confidence that I connect each of them and any descendants to the correct family.

Spouse
Birthplace of Spouse
First name of Father
Christening Date
Name of Spouse Father
Eliza
Morton
Peregrine
13 Feb 1825
Charles Wilson
Elizabeth
Swinstead
Robert
27 June 1824
James Mettam
Elizabeth Jane
Castle Bytham
William
1820?
Robert Glenn


When I have done more work on my one name study I will be able to piece together more about how these families are related. The older Peregrine has not been found in the register of baptisms for Swinstead.

I have started to explore other parish records for this area for information.
Every piece of the puzzle is important to ensure we are looking at the right person in that record. 

I have further work to do so that I can discover more about the family of Ann the wife of Peregrine and mother of the younger Peregrine. Having discovered her maiden name and birthplace I find there are at least 2 possibilities for her baptism. Determining who the possible siblings are and what happened to them may help me discover which baptism and family are most likely to be her. I suspect this will involve a lot more analysis of what the records show and I may need to work with unfamiliar records but understanding the importance of who is in the community will help me pull together the clues.


          Doing animations in OpenGL        
This document explains how to do animations in OpenGL based on skeletal animation. The basic idea is to define the skin mesh once, and then only update the bones position. I will not show how to create the buffers (VBO) and uniforms, which is readily available elsewhere. Instead, I concentrate on how to interpret and prepare the animation data. In principle, animation is implemented in four steps:
1.       Use a tool, e.g. Blender, to create an animation.
2.       Load the data in the initialization phase of the application, transform and pre compute as much as possible.
3.       For every frame to be drawn, use interpolation to compute a transformation matrix for each joint.
4.       Let the shader do the final transformation of each vertex (skin section), as depending on the joint matrices.
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Any comments are welcome, I will try to correct or improve.

Model file format

I use Assimp to load the model files. There are many possible formats that can be used, and it is not obvious which one is best. In a commercial project, consider using a custom format. This has the advantage that loading will be quick, and the files will be harder to copy. Also, the main application doesn't need to know about file formats of 3D modeling applications.

The easiest format is probably the .obj format, but it does not support animations and bones. I use the Collada (.dae) file format. Make sure not to use the pre transformation flag for vertices (aiProcess_PreTransformVertices), as this will remove the bones data.

Definitions

This is a list of definitions used below:
bone matrix: The resulting skinning transformation matrix you'd upload to the vertex shader.
offset matrix: The matrix transforming from mesh space to bone space, also called the inverse bind pose transform in Assimp.
node matrix: a node's transformation matrix in relation to its parent node.
bind pose and rest position: The original position of a model.
frame: One complete picture rendering.
The words "bone" and "joint" are used now and then, but really mean the same in this text.

Bind pose and current pose

The bind pose is the rest position; the position where no animation has been applied. This is the position the meshes get when the influence of the bones are ignored. The current pose is one frame in an animation. The bones information in the node tree (pointed at from the aiNode) defines the bind pose of the skeleton.

Assimp data structure

Arrows represents pointers, and the blue dashed arrows represent references by name or index.

Mesh dependency of bones

In rest position, each mesh has a transformation matrix that is relative to its parent (as defined by the node tree aiNode). However, when doing animations, there is instead a list of bones that the mesh depends on. The offset matrix (in aiBone) defines how to get the mesh position in relation to these bones. When the animation bones are in rest position, the resulting transformation matrix will be the same as the mesh transformation matrix (in aiNode). If there is more than one mesh, a bone may be used more than once, with different offset matrices and weight tables for each mesh.

Every vertex in a mesh can depend on several joints. This is defined by the aiBone list in aiMesh. This list is a sub set of all bones, restricted to those that have an effect on the mesh. To make the shader program efficient, it has to have a reasonable limit on the number of joints. In my case, I want to limit this to at most three joints. Assimp has support for this, using the flag aiProcess_LimitBoneWeights with

importer.SetPropertyInteger(AI_CONFIG_PP_LBW_MAX_WEIGHTS, 3);

Key frames and interpolation

An animation is like a movie; there are a number of frames every second. Using 24 frames every second would require a lot of data. Instead, only key frames are used, and interpolation in between. The key frames can be defined at irregular time intervals. A movement of a bone consists of three parts: scaling, rotation, and translation. The scaling is usually not needed, but rotation and translation are. Interpolating translation movement is trivial, as the translation is linear. To convert from a key frame data to a transformation matrix, I use the code as follows. Scaling, rotation and translation, are values copied from the scaling key, quaternion key, and position key, respectively, and coded as the corresponding glm type.

aiVector3D ScalingKey;
aiQuaternion RotationKey;
aiVector3D PositionKey;

glm::vec3 s(
ScalingKey.x, ScalingKey.y, ScalingKey.z);
glm::quat q(
RotationKey.w, RotationKey.x, RotationKey.y, RotationKey.z);
glm::vec3 t(
PositionKey.x, PositionKey.y, PositionKey.z);

glm::mat4 S = glm::scale(glm::mat4(1), s);
glm::mat4 R = glm::mat4_cast(q);
glm::mat4 T = glm::translate(glm::mat4(1), t);

glm::mat4 M = T * R * S;


Rotation is coded as quaternions. That means that interpolation is efficient and of high precision. However, OpenGL uses 4x4 matrices for transformations. Interpolation with matrices (also called linear blend skinning) work well with scaling and translation, but not for rotation. For example, interpolating a rotation that is only given with two points 180 degrees from each other will cut a straight line through the origo instead of following the arc. The interpolation of rotation need to be done before the quaternion is converted to a matrix to avoid this problem.

There is a performance problem with using interpolation on quaternions between key frames. The interpolation itself is very quick, but the problem is the bone parent/child dependency. The interpolation has to be done for every bone. When combined with the scaling and translation, it will generate a new transformation matrix that is relative to the parent node. To get the final transformation matrix (the bone matrix), the result has to be multiplied with the parent node, etc., all the way up to the top node. Finally, the offset matrix has to be applied to each of them. This is a lot of work to do on the CPU for every frame that is going to be drawn. If interpolation is done only on transformation matrices, it is possible to pre calculate each matrix (from aiNodeAnim), including the offset matrix. It is a simplification I am using, which adds the requirement on the models to have a sufficient number of key frames when describing rotations.

Animation preparation

For a frame in an animation sequence, the bone (and mesh) positions defined in the node tree (aiNode) are not used. However, the information about parent/child relations is still needed. Instead, new positions are defined by aiNodeAnim. For every bone (called channel in aiAnimation), there are a couple of key frames. Problem is, this bone depends on the parent bone. That is, a bone defined in aiNodeAnim has a position defined relative to the parent node. As every bone can have different number of key frames, at independent times, a bone position may depend on a parent bone that does not have a defined position for the same key frame. To simplify, it was decided that all bones shall use the same number of key frames, at the same times.
Dopesheet
When exporting animation from Blender, set the model is in rest position. Otherwise, the mesh offset matrices in the node tree (aiNode) will be set to the current bone position, instead for the rest position of the bone. You will want to toggle this mode back when working with the animations. It doesn't change the result of the animation, but it helps to debug if you want to compare to the rest position.
Rest position

Blender and bones

Blender has the 'z' axis pointing upward. Bones in Blender have they have their own coordinate system, with 'y' is pointing in the direction of the bone. That means, when an upright bone is added as seen from the ‘z’ axis of Blender, that the bone will have the local coordinate system where 'y' is up. This corresponds to a rotation of -pi/2 on the 'x' axis to get to the Blender space. That means that a rotation transformation is needed when using bones for animations. This is done automatically, and created in the export file from Blender. A typical result is a transformation matrix:

1  0  0  0
0  0  1  0
0 -1  0  0
0  0  0  1

This matrix will set the y value to the z value, and the z value to -y. It is possible to enable the display of the bone's local coordinate system in Blender in the Armature tab, "Axis" checkbox. These rotations, and counter rotations, unfortunately make it a little harder to debug and understand the matrix transformations.

Notice that OpenGL doesn't have the same coordinate system ('z' is by default pointing out of the screen) as Blender, which means that you eventually will have to make a model rotation of your own. If you don't, your models will lay down on the side.

Matrix multiplication

Exporting to Collada format from Blender usually gives a node tree (aiNode) as follows:

Scene
..Armature
....Bone1
......Bone2
..Mesh

Mesh matrices are relative to the Scene, and has to be computed just like the bones. If that isn't done, all meshes will be drawn over each other, at the same position.

Each node inaiNodeAnim has a matrix that transforms to the parent node. To get the final transformation matrix of Bone2, a matrix multiplication is needed: Scene*Armature*Bone1*Bone2. This is true for the bind pose, as well as for the animations of bones. But when computing animation matrices, data from aiNodeAnim is used and replace the data from aiNode. When testing that animation works, start with defining an animation at the same rotation, location and scaling as the bind pose. That would give bone replacement matrices that are the same as the originally defined in aiNode.

The above matrix multiplication gives the final matrices for each bone. But that can't be used to transform the mesh vertices yet, as it will give the animated locations of the bones. The mesh absolute rest position is Scene*Mesh. Instead of using the mesh transformation matrix from the node tree, a new mesh matrix is computed based on the bones and an offset. There is a matrix that is meant for exactly that, and it is the offset matrix in aiBone. The new mesh matrix is Scene*Armature*Bone1*Bone2*Offs. This is the bone matrix that shall be sent to the shader.

Animation shader

This is the animation vertex shader, with functions irrelevant to animation removed.

uniform mat4 projectionMatrix;
uniform mat4 modelMatrix;
uniform mat4 viewMatrix;
uniform mat4 bonesMatrix[64];
in vec4 vertex;
in vec3 weights;
in vec3 joints;
void main(void){
  mat4 animationMatrix =
    weights[0] * bonesMatrix[int(joints[0])] +
    weights[1] * bonesMatrix[int(joints[1])] +
    weights[2] * bonesMatrix[int(joints[2])];
  gl_Position = projectionMatrix*viewMatrix*modelMatrix*animationMatrix*vertex;
}

bonesMatrix: Up to 64 joints can be used in a model. It is a uniform, as the same list of bones is used for all vertices.
vertex: This is a vertex from the mesh that is going to be animated by 0 to 3 bones.
joints: The index of three joints for the current vertex.
weights: The weights to be used for the three joints. There is one set of weights for each vertex.

Debugging


To debug the application, you can do as follows
  • Change the shader so as to use the identity matrix instead of bones matrix. That should draw the mesh in bind pose.
  • Do the same thing, but use bone indices to make a color in the fragment shader. That way, you can verify that the right bones are selected by the indices.
  • Instead, use weight information to make a color, that way you can test that the weights are correctly transferred.
To help debug an animation application, there are tools where matrix multiplication can easily be tested. I use Octave for this.

Column major and row major

The expressions column major and row major denotes how a matrix is stored in memory. OpenGL and glm use column major, DirectX and Assimp use row major. glm is the math library used in the Ephenation project. This isn't much of a problem, except when a conversion from one to another is needed. The most effective conversion would have been to simply copy 16 consecutive floats for a 4x4 matrix when converting from Assimp aiMatrix4x4 to glm::mat4, but it won't work because of different layouts in memory. I used the following:

void CopyaiMat(const aiMatrix4x4 *from, glm::mat4 &to) {
to[0][0] = from->a1; to[1][0] = from->a2;
to[2][0] = from->a3; to[3][0] = from->a4;
to[0][1] = from->b1; to[1][1] = from->b2;
to[2][1] = from->b3; to[3][1] = from->b4;
to[0][2] = from->c1; to[1][2] = from->c2;
to[2][2] = from->c3; to[3][2] = from->c4;
to[0][3] = from->d1; to[1][3] = from->d2;
to[2][3] = from->d3; to[3][3] = from->d4;
}

Edit history

2012-06-21: Added suggestions on how to debug.
2012-06-29: Added information about creating transformation matrix from assimp key frame.
2012-07-25: Correction of "offset matrix" definition. Correction of matrix order in key frames interpolation, improved example and improved explanation of the LBS problem. Clarification of Blender bone orientations and matrix multiplications. Thanks to Dark Helmet for pointing these out!

          Making caves from simplex noise        

In Ephenation, we want underground caves. The requirements on these caves, and their construction, are:

  1. Any sub underground region shall be possible to create without knowledge of neighbour regions.
  2. The caves shall be long and winding.
  3. They shall split and join randomly, sometimes ending in a dead end.
  4. Most of them shall be of a size to allow a player to pass through.
  5. The algorithm shall be based on 3D simplex noise.
The description below is not really depending on OpenGL. Anyway, path finding algorithms are out of the question. The first problem is the simplex noise. I use simplex algorithms defined by Stefan Gustavsson, normalized to the interval 0 to 1. Using a 3D simplex noise produces a density function. The the underground is created as empty space where this density is below a certain threshold, and you will get some kind of caves. But the simplex noise is spherical in nature, and not at all long and winding.

To demonstrate the result, I show pictures of inverted caves. That is, ground where the space should be, and vice versa. This makes it easier to visualize.
density > 0.85
These caves are not very nice. They are too round, and most of them are not connected to each other. One reason for this is the limit set on the density. With a lower density limit, the caves (that is the floating blobs in the picture) will grow, and start to connect.
density > 0.7
This is better. But the caves are starting to dominate the world. That is, there are caves almost everywhere. And they are very wide and spacey, with no feeling of a cramped cave. The question then is if another algorithm than simplex noise should be used.

There is a way to continue, based on this. The principle is that an intersection between two planes is a line. If the planes have a certain thickness, then the line will get a height and width. Thus, the next step is to change the above into curved planes instead of massive objects. An easy way to do this is to have the condition "make stone if density > 0.7 and less than 0.8". That will make most of them hollow. The inside will have no opening to the outside, making it difficult to visualize. But using the Ephenation X-ray view, it will look as follows:
density > 0.7 && density < 0.8
This is now curved planes, sometimes looping around into spheres. If used inverted as caves, you would run around inside these walls, which can be adjusted to an appropriate size. But they are still rather unnatural caves. The trick is to make two such worlds, based on different random seed. That will make two worlds, each looking a little like a bottle full of soap bubbles with thick membranes. Now create a third world as stone, but with the condition for every coordinate to be air if both the first and second world is air. That will be an intersection, looking as follows.
dens1 > 0.7 && dens1 < 0.8 && dens2 > 0.7 && dens2 < 0.8
It is easy to adjust how long the caves shall be. In my example, I am using the interval 0.7 to 0.8. Changing this to 0.45 to 0.55 increases the chance to make tunnels, while still remaining of the approximately same size, and gives the following, based on the same view.
dens1 > 0.45 && dens1 < 0.55 && dens2 > 0.45 && dens2 < 0.55
I should mention that I scale the y argument (the height) to the simplex function a factor of 2 compared to the x and z. That way, the caves get more elongated in horizontal level.

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          Theory Jobs 2017        
In the fall we point to theory jobs, in the spring we see who got them. Like last year and years past I created a fully editable Google Spreadsheet to crowd source who is going where. Ground rules:
  • I set up separate sheets for faculty, industry and postdoc/visitors.
  • People should be connected to theoretical computer science, broadly defined.
  • Only add jobs that you are absolutely sure have been offered and accepted. This is not the place for speculation and rumors.
  • You are welcome to add yourself, or people your department has hired.
This document will continue to grow as more jobs settle. So check it often.

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          ä¸å®šæœŸML&NLPå ±#4        

最近の機械学習&自然言語処理に関する情報をまとめるコーナーです。前回はこちら。このエントリ忘れてるよというのがありましたら、たれこみフォームから教えてもらえるとうれしいです。

論文

  • [1701.07875] Wasserstein GAN
    • GANを含む生成系のタスクは難しいことが知られているが、学習時に使う距離をWasserstein距離というものを使うと学習が安定したという話

ブログ/勉強会資料

speakerdeck.com

機械学習モデルのバージョン管理をするstarchartというツールは知らなかった。解説記事もあった。

speakerdeck.com

機械学習というよりはログ基盤的な話。

AWS Athenaを使って 30TBのWeb行動ログ集計を試みた from Tetsutaro Watanabe
www.slideshare.net

ビジネス

学会/勉強会

NIPS読み会

Kaggle Tokyo Meetup #2

全脳アーキテクチャ若手の会

AAAI2017

その他

機械学習のための連続最適化 (機械学習プロフェッショナルシリーズ)

機械学習のための連続最適化 (機械学習プロフェッショナルシリーズ)

関係データ学習 (機械学習プロフェッショナルシリーズ)

関係データ学習 (機械学習プロフェッショナルシリーズ)


          ä¸å®šæœŸML&NLPå ±#3        

最近の機械学習&自然言語処理に関する情報をまとめるコーナーです。前回はこちら。このエントリ忘れてるよというのがありましたら、たれこみフォームから教えてもらえるとうれしいです。

論文

  • [1701.00160] NIPS 2016 Tutorial: Generative Adversarial Networks
    • 最近流行りのGANのNIPSでのチュートリアル論文(資料)
  • [1612.08220] Understanding Neural Networks through Representation Erasure
    • 深層学習の解釈性に関する研究。線形モデルのように重みの絶対値だけでは重要度が分からないので、重みが全部入っているときとある次元dの重みを0にしたとき(erase)の負の対数尤度の差を見ることで、ある次元dの重要度をはかろうというアプローチのようだ

ブログ/勉強会資料

ビジネス

ペパボのログ解析。データの収集、可視化、パス分析をやった結果をどう施策に活用していくか(離脱ユーザーへのリテンション)。

学会/勉強会

「HOME'Sデータセット」を活用した不動産物件画像への深層学習の適用の取り組み from Yoji Kiyota

WebDB Formでの発表資料。深層学習を使った間取りの生成、物件画像の分類(玄関、居間、キッチン、トイレなどの分類)など。不動産物件のデータセットの提供もあって熱い。

NIPS2016

NL研

深層リカレントニューラルネットワークを用いた日本語述語項構造解析 from Hiroki Ouchi

NL20161222invited from Tetsuya Sakai
招待講演の酒井先生の発表資料。うーん、あまりできていないので耳が痛い...。情報アクセス評価方法論を出されたようなので、これを読んでみるとよさそう?

coling2016

第8回入力メソッドワークショップ (IM 2016)

毎年年の瀬に行なわれているIME関係の集まり。来年はきっと京都であると思うので、参加したい。

その他

機械学習のための連続最適化 (機械学習プロフェッショナルシリーズ)

機械学習のための連続最適化 (機械学習プロフェッショナルシリーズ)

関係データ学習 (機械学習プロフェッショナルシリーズ)

関係データ学習 (機械学習プロフェッショナルシリーズ)


          ä¸å®šæœŸML&NLPå ±#2        

最近の機械学習&自然言語処理に関する情報をまとめるコーナーです。今回は医療品設計やセキュリティなど、自分があまり知らなかった分野での機械学習適用事例が多く、勉強になるものが多かったです。前回はこちら。

このエントリ忘れてるよというのがありましたら、たれこみフォームから教えてもらえるとうれしいです。

論文

  • [1612.03242] StackGAN: Text to Photo-realistic Image Synthesis with Stacked Generative Adversarial Networks
    • テキスト(キャプション)からの画像生成系のタスクでGAN(Generative Adversarial Networks)がよく使われているが、GANを多段にする(最初は荒い画像を作って、積んだやつで精密にする)ことでかなり精密な生成ができるようになったという論文。GANをあまり追っていないけれど、出てきている画像がぼやっとしていないのでかなりびびる
  • 統計的自然言語処理と情報理論
    • 統数研の持橋さんが情報理論研究会での招待講演で話された発表資料
    • 中野さんと一緒にやっておられる典型度の定量化の話は知らなかったので面白かった(論文)

ブログ/勉強会資料

ビジネス

  • Googleの自動運転車ユニット、Waymoとして独立―クライスラーと提携して事業展開も | TechCrunch Japan
    • 自動運転車の開発を断念という話が一瞬出ていたけど、飛ばし記事だった様子
  • 言葉に表れない相手の本音が分かる! 会話中の満足感を定量化するAI(人工知能)技術 : FUJITSU JOURNAL(富士通ジャーナル)
    • アクセントやイントネーションによってコールセンターでの会話の満足度を機械学習を使って特定
  • How we learn how you learn | Making Duolingo Blog
    • 語学学習アプリを作っているduolingo社が機械学習を使ってどのようにユーザーが学習すべき単語を出しているかという話(論文)
    • 単純に精度が上がったという話だけでなく、サービスにどのような影響があったか(学習が効率的になってユーザーがonline fome等を使ってくれるようになったなど)も書かれているので参考になる
    • 社内で元になった論文をすごく簡単に紹介したときの資料があったので貼っておきます

Duolingo.pptx from syou6162

学会/勉強会

NIPS2016

  • NIPS 2016参加報告 - Qiita
  • www.reddit.com/r/MachineLearning/comments/5hwqeb/project_all_code_implementations_for_nips_2016
    • NIPS2016で発表された論文の中でgithub等で実装が公開されているもの一覧。すでに20個以上ある様子
    • 実装やデータセットが公開されるとレビューに加点があったり、ということで公開される流れができつつある。再現性の観点からも望ましい

その他

データセット

  • GitHub - yahoojapan/YJCaptions
    • Yahooが画像の日本語のキャプションデータを公開(約12万件)。元になっている画像データはMS COCOはマイクロソフトが出しているもの
  • FMA: A Dataset For Music Analysis

  • これもMS COCOに対してアノテーションしているデータセットの1つだった


          ä¸å®šæœŸML&NLPå ±#1        

先日、社内で定期的に行なわれているフロントエンド会にお邪魔してきました(podcastが配信されています)。jser.infoというサイトを参照しながら雑談していたのですが、最近のフロントエンドの動向を知るという目的にはこのサイトなかなかよさそうでした。

機械学習勉強会でもランチタイムに最近の話題を見ながら雑談しているのですが、ネタになるエントリ一覧とそれに対するコメントは社外に公開して別に問題ないなと思ったので、不定期報という形で出してみることにしました。自然言語処理も自分がカバーできる範囲限られているし、自然言語処理以外の機械学習の話はかなりカバーできないので、たれこみフォームも作りました。耳寄りな情報、お待ちしております:)

論文

ブログ/勉強会資料

ビジネス

学会/勉強会

Coling2016

今年は大阪で開催。

NIPS2016

NL研(第229回自然言語処理研究会)

(2) [NLC] ゲーミフィケーションを利用した効率的な対話ログ収集の試み
○叶内 晨・小町 守(首都大東京)

データが集まると学習する方法はいくらでも出てきているので、データをどうやって効率よく集めていくのかというところに興味がある。

(5) [NL] 雑談対話システムの話題遷移における自然性の自動評価
○豊嶋章宏(NAIST)・杉山弘晃(NTT)・吉野幸一郎・中村 哲(NAIST)

(20) [NL] 14:30 – 15:00
単語分散表現を用いた単語アライメントによる日英機械翻訳の自動評価尺度
○松尾潤樹・小町 守(首都大)・須藤克仁(NTT)

データ収集と合わせて解析系でないタスクの評価は今後ホットなタスクになると思ってます。

(15) [NL] 17:25 – 17:55
単語分かち書き用辞書生成システム NEologd の運用 — 文書分類を例にして —
○佐藤敏紀・橋本泰一(LINE)・奥村 学(東工大)

最近各地で使われることが多くなってきたNEologdの話もあった。

言語処理学会2017

チュートリアルとテーマセッション、ワークショップの内容も出ていました。

クラウドソーシング
馬場 雪乃 先生(京都大学)
ニューラル機械翻訳
中澤 敏明 先生 (JST)
Universal Dependencies
金山 博 先生(日本IBM東京基礎研究所)
田中 貴秋 先生(NTTコミュニケーション科学基礎研究所)
認知言語学
西村 義樹 先生(東京大学)

ニューラル機械翻訳とUniversal Dependenciesが特に気になっている。

IM飲み2016

その他


          LAS EMOCIONES        

RECONOCEMOS LAS EMOCIONES

(Material elaborado partiendo de un trabajo de Lupe Montero)




          MATERIALES COMPLEMENTARIOS A "YO LEO"        
Presentaciones relacionadas con el vocabulario que se utiliza en "YO LEO".
También se trabajan estructuras gramaticales básicas con este vocabulario.

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          Thing #7: Cool Google Tools        

Google is the most famous search engine on the web these days, with the very name becoming a verb in our language. Here's Wikipedia's entry on this phenomenon:


The verb to google (also spelled to Google) refers to using the Google search engine to obtain information on the Web. For example, "Mary googled for recipes." A neologism arising from the popularity and dominance[1] of the eponymous search engine, the American Dialect Society chose it as the "most useful word of 2002." [2] It was officially added to the Oxford English Dictionary on June 15, 2006,[3] and to the 11th edition of the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary in July 2006.[4] The first recorded usage of google used as a verb was on July 8, 1998, by Larry Page himself, who wrote on a mailing list: "Have fun and keep googling!"[5]


Although we generally equate Google with web searching, that's not what this "thing" is about. Google also has a variety of free web tools that can be particularly useful in education. Some of these are:


Google Alerts - will e-mail the news to you as it happens. Just enter a search term (educational term, news topic, person, event, sports team, etc.) that you would like to keep tabs on. Whenever that topic appears in a news item or on the web, Google Alerts will send you an e-mail.


Google Calendar - lets you organize your schedule and share it with family, friends, teachers, students...


iGoogle - gives you a customizable home page where you can add links, news feeds, gadgets, etc. (Be sure and look at the gadgets - these are really fun!). Students can use iGoogle as their home page. They can have tabs for separate subjects or projects. They can set up gadgets to deliver information on topics, etc...


Picasa Web Albums - similar to Flickr; Google's version of photo sharing.


Google Scholar - Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, pre-print repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations.


Google Advanced Search – Allows you to search by file format. In other words, if you want a PowerPoint already created about a particular topic, you choose the PowerPoint (.ppt) and search for your topic.


Google Earth - Google Earth combines the power of Google Search with satellite imagery, maps, terrain and 3D buildings to put the world's geographic information at your fingertips. (SBISD employees, Google Earth is loaded on the Teacher roll-out laptops and maybe other computers, double check before you download).

and Google Docs - Look at all the new things you can do with plain ol' text, spreadsheet and presentation items!

And more! From the Google Search page, click on the "more" pull-down at the top middle of the screen. Then click on "even more" at the bottom of the pull-down list.

Discovery Resources:

Discovery Exercise


After looking at each of Google tools, choose two of them to explore further. Try setting up an alert, calendar, notebook, or iGoogle page and using it. If sharing is an option for the tools you choose, make them public.


Blog about your experience with both tools and include a link (if you make it public) to your creation. Be sure and include possible educational uses.


          Thing #18: Online Productivity Tools        
Open Office
OpenOffice.org is a multiplatform and multilingual office suite and an open-source project. Compatible with all other major office suites, the product is free to download, use, and distribute.
You will need to download the product and then play with the features. Remember to choose the format when you go to save your document, you can save it in several different formats, including MS Word '98, 2000, and 2003. Open Office is already loaded on SBISD's teacher laptops! Yea!!!

Another option to explore is Google Docs you will have to register, but they offer a "tour" of the things they offer and an information video for getting started.

Discovery Exercise: For this discovery exercise explore one or both of the free options above and post a blog with your opinion of the advantages and/or disadvantages of using a free online tool instead of Microsoft Office.
          Entrevista sobre social networking        

Hace unas semanas, Sergio Escobar me invitaba a participar en una investigación que está realizando a través de una entrevista. Hablamos sobre social networking y el entorno empresarial español (¿qué pueden hacer las PIMES?, ¿qué futuro les espera a todas aquellas empresas que no sepan implantar correctamente campañas de social networking?).

Si os interesa leerla, acaba de publicarla en el blog Primero comunico, luego existo, la Comunidad de Comunicación e Interactividad.

          Des citrouilles et des pommes        
12 oct 2014 - Si je ne l'ai pas dit mille fois, je ne l'ai pas dit qu'une fois... le temps passe vite c'est effarant! Voici l'automne avec ses feuilles rouges, jaunes et bronze. Après avoir crocheté "Tilapin" pour le nouveau bébé de mon cousin, c'est le temps d'aller cueillir citrouilles et pommes aux champs et de créer tout plein de plats délicieux. Hmmmm! Juste à y penser, j'ai les papilles qui s'émoustillent. Mais voilà! à part les potages à la citrouille et les "Jack-O-Lantern" d'Halloween, je n'ai jamais rien fait d'autre avec cette cucurbitacée. Cette année, je me suis donc lancé le défi de trouver une nouvelle recette utilisant de la citrouille. Encore une fois, je me suis essayé avec la sacro-sainte tarte à la citrouille. Mais c'est à ne rien y faire, je n'aime pas! Je pense que ce n'est qu'une question d'épices, car la texture en soi n'est pas si mal, mais quand vais-je trouver le mélange qui me plaît? Je dois dire que je commence à perdre espoir! N'en reste pas moins qu'avec la tasse de purée de citrouille qu'il me restait, j'ai décidé d'essayer un pain ou gâteau... J'aime déjà mes petits cakes à la courgette, alors pourquoi pas quelque chose de similaire à la citrouille? Voici donc ma version du gâteau à la citrouille de l'Institut de tourisme et d'hôtellerie du Québec. Meilleur froid que fraîchement sorti du four, sa texture est fine et légèrement humide. J'ai modifié les épices, car je trouvais qu'il y avait trop de muscade et j'y ai ajouté ma touche personnelle : des pommes séchées (c'est ici pour savoir d'où je les tiens). Hmmmm! hmmmmmm! Sincèrement, je crois bien que cette recette va rester. À vous maintenant de la découvrir!



Gâteau à la citrouille, aux épices et aux pommes

Ingrédients
1/2 t. de graisse (ici, beurre)
1/2 t. de sucre
1/3 t. de mélasse
2 oeufs
1 t. de purée de citrouille

 2 t. de farine
2 c. à thé de levure chimique (poudre à pâte)
½ c. à thé de bicarbonate de sodium
½ c. à thé de sel

¾ c. thé de cannelle moulue
¼ c. thé de muscade moulue
¼ c. thé de gingembre moulu
1 pincée de clou de girofle moulu

1 pincée de cardamome verte moulue
1 t. ou + de pommes séchées
1/3 t. de lait

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Préparation
- Ramollir la graisse avec le sucre et la mélasse.
- Ajouter les oeufs.
- Incorporer la purée de citrouille.
- Incorporer les pommes concassées grossièrement.
- Tamiser les ingrédients secs ensemble et les ajouter au mélange en alternant avec le lait. Bien battre.
- Verser dans un moule graissé et fariné de 21 cm (8 po).
- Cuire au four à 190°C (375°F) pendant 40 minutes.


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          Tomate ou mélasse?        
Image source : Le Soleil
23 mars 2013 - C'est le temps des sucres... et qui dit "temps des sucres", dit aussi assurément "cabane à sucre" : d'la bonne grosse bouffe de bûcheron,  plus du tout adaptée au rythme de vie sédentaire d'aujourd'hui. Mais une fois par année n'est pas coutume. Il faut savoir en profiter! La seule chose vraiment qui me chipotte d'aller à la cabane, c'est l'achalandage : on vous assoit, on vous fait manger, on vous fait payer et c'est tout juste si on ne vous met pas dehors à coup de pied pour faire de la place aux autres. Bon! j'exagère peut-être un peu, mais n'empêche que manger cordés, les coudes serrés les uns contre les autres, dans un vacarme de "à qui parlera le plus fort pour se faire entendre" le tout surplombé d'une musique qui peine à se faire entendre, je n'apprécie pas trop. Heureusement, il y a des cabanes plus chaleureuses et intimes que d'autres, mais il faut souvent planifier son coup des mois d'avance, bien avant le temps des sucres. Bref...

Cette année donc, nous avons décidé de reproduire partiellement le tout chez nous, dans le confort de notre foyer. Bien entendu, nous n'avions pas le côté rustique de la cabane en bois rond avec les chaudières dans la salle d'à côté, ni l'érablière en arrière plan ou encore la petite ferme pour divertir les enfants. De plus, nous avions carrément oublié le plus important : la tire! Mais qu'à cela ne tienne, la journée était douce, bien que grisâtre, une neige fraîche venait de tomber et l'homme avait déterré son "pot'à feu" pour y faire flamber quelques bûches afin de profiter du dehors avant le repas. Entourés par notre vieux thuya haut de sa vingtaine de mètres, notre pin sculpté par le pic, par les érables à giguère poussés là, spontanément, en 15 ans, l'ambiance frôlait celle du boisé : les enfants couraient après les chiens pendant que les grands dégustaient le cidre mousseux du verger d'à côté; cidre qui, combiné aux flammes perçant la neige, eu tôt fait de délier les rires et la bonne humeur.

Mais pour la cuisinière, point de repos! Au menu : pancakes, omelette, bacon, rôties et "bines maison" (ou fèves au lard pour les non initiés), le tout accompagné évidemment de sirop d'érable. Ah! les "bines"! Un incontournable! C'est ma deuxième année d'essais et je dois dire que cette année, je me suis surpassée. Je crois avoir ajusté une excellente recette. En fait, j'ai combiné la recette familiale centenaire des "bines à m'lasse" de mon arrière grand-mère (recette que j'ai fait l'année dernière et que j'ai trouvé un peu trop sucrée) à une recette presque tout aussi vieille de "bines aux tomates". Ma première version a été testée à ce dîner "cabane à sucre" : "Elles accotent quasiment celles du Petit Poucet!" qu'un convive m'a dit à ce moment... éloges non pour le moins agréables à entendre d'autant plus que, dans la famille, ce sont LES bines de référence. J'ai donc repris le concept et ajusté les proportions... voici donc que je vous offre ma dernière version de ces "bines maison", version qui a disparue en temps de l'dire une fois de plus. Ce n'est pas la recette du Petit Poucet, mais tout de même... le résultat est fameux!


Bines "à l'ancienne"

Ingrédients
454 g de haricot Navy rincés
¼ t. + 2 c. tab de mélasse
2 c. tab de cassonade
½ c. thé comble de moutarde préparée
¼ lb de flanc de porc entrelardé (non salé)
1 oignon
½ t. de ketchup réduit en sel*
3 bonnes pincées de sel*
2 c. thé de vinaigre de cidre ou de vin

* Si le ketchup n'est pas réduit en sel, vérifier la saveur avant d'ajouter les pincées de sel!

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- Faire tremper les haricots dans l'eau froide durant au moins 9h.
- Les égoutter, puis les faire bouillir dans  3 eaux (premier changement d'eau lorsque de l'écume apparaît à la surface). Les haricots sont prêts lorsque, en soufflant dessus, leur peau frise et se soulève facilement (à ce moment, testez leur texture... s'ils sont trop aldente à votre goût, continuez la cuisson quelques minutes supplémentaires). Égouttez.  [env. 30 min.]
- Pendant ce temps, mélangez le reste des ingrédients pour la sauce, puis coupez le flanc en petits cubes et l'oignon en cubes moyens.
- Dans une cocotte en fonte émaillée de 3.5 ptes minimum (ce sera le plat de cuisson), faire colorer le flanc. Retirer du feu et réservez les cubes de flanc dans un plat à part.
- Disposez les oignons au fond de la cocotte.
- Intégrez les haricots à la sauce et verser le tout sur les oignons et recouvrir des cubes de flanc.
- Recouvrir d'eau (les haricots doivent flotter), couvrir avec le couvercle étanche et mettre au four à 250°F pour 8 h environ.
- Au 2/3 du temps de cuisson, vérifiez la quantité de liquide restante.
- Si vous aimez les bines bien épaisses (moins liquides), lorsque la cuisson est terminée, prendre ¼ t. du mélange et le passer au mixeur avant de le réintégrer au plat. Ceci épaissira la sauce.

J'espère que vous apprécierez!


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          Traduction libre        

6 novembre 2012 - Les pommes... Ah! les pommes! Quel enfant n'aime pas croquer dans une belle pomme fraîchement cueillie? Une pomme juteuse, croquante et sucrée à point... Bien entendu, nous sommes maintenant en novembre... il ne reste plus grand pommes dans les vergers, à part peut-être pour les cidres de glace. Toutefois, s'il vous reste encore quelques pommes précieusement préservées de votre cueillette annuelle, je vous suggère une petite recette qui ne laissera pas vos tout petits indifférents, et une recette aux Tout-brun qui plus est! Oui oui! une recette toute fibre et délicieuse avec ces indésirés Tout-brun (All-Bran). Vous aussi vous y succomberez, je vous le promets.



Muffins au son, aux canneberges et aux pommes
(12 gros muffins - Recette originale)

Ingrédients
1 ½ t. de céréales All-Bran Original 
1 t. de lait 
1 t. de farine tout usage 
½ t. de cassonade non tassée*
4 c. à thé de poudre à pâte 
1 c. à thé de cannelle moulue 
½ c. à thé de muscade moulue 
½ c. à thé de sel 
2 oeufs 
¼ t. d'huile végétale 
½ t. de canneberges séchées 
¾ t. de pommes en petits dés (env. 6 mm)

*Pourrait être réduite légèrement


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- Dans un bol moyen, mélanger les céréales et le lait. Laisser reposer 2 minutes ou jusqu'à ce que les céréales ramollissent.
- Dans un grand bol, mélanger la farine, le sucre, la poudre à pâte, la cannelle, la muscade et le sel. Réserver.
- Ajouter les oeufs et l'huile au mélange de céréales; bien mélanger. Incorporer les canneberges et les pommes.
- Ajouter le mélange liquide aux ingrédients secs, en remuant juste assez pour les humecter et rendre le mélange homogène.
- Répartir la pâte dans 12 moules à muffins préalablement garnis d'un papier.
- Cuire à 400 °F (200 °C) 20 minutes ou jusqu'à ce que les muffins soient fermes au toucher.


Information nutritionnelle (1 muffin)
Calories...............160 
Protéines.............4 g
Glucides.............26 g 

Lipides................6 g 
Fibres.................4 g 

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          Pour un peu de soleil dans une journée de pluie        
30 septembre 2012 - Journée moche! Fait gris, froid et il pleut... Il y a quelques jours, je suis allée chercher des fruits et des tomates vertes pour mon chutney annuel. Ce qui est bien avec les marchés ouverts, c'est qu'on trouve des produits locaux à bien moindre frais que dans les grandes surfaces, sans compter que l'argent va directement aux producteurs. Bien entendu, j'ai acheté trop de certains fruits. Mais qu'est-ce que vous voulez, pour le prix, ça en valait la peine et puis... on trouve toujours quelque chose à faire avec les surplus, non?

Alors voilà! Je me suis retrouvée avec trop de prunes... des belles prunes Mont-Royal bien juteuses et sucrées, produites juste à côté de chez moi. Mais comme je ne suis pas une grosse mangeuse de prunes, ni de confitures d'ailleurs, j'ai dû me creuser un peu la tête pour leur trouver une autre vocation que le chutney (ou la confiture!). Il y a bien le clafoutis qui me titillait l'intention, mais j'ai été soudainement prise de lassitude de trouver une recette (n'en ayant jamais fait!)... probablement la température! Puis, j'ai vu deux pommes qui dormaient dans mon plat à fruits au centre de l'ilot... tadam! pourquoi ne pas faire une croustade aux prunes? Sitôt dit, sitôt fait... et c'est vraiment bon!


Croustade aux prunes Mont-Royal

Ingrédients
1 quinzaine de prunes Mont-Royal
2 pommes
1 à 2 c. à tab de mini tapioca

1/4 t. de beurre
3/4 t. de farine d'avoine
1/3 t. de farine tout usage
2/3 t. cassonade
cannelle au goût

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Préparation
- Préchauffer le four à 350°F.
- Peler et trancher les prunes; peler et couper les pommes en petits dés.
- Mettre ensemble les prunes et les pommes, ajouter le tapioca et tout mélanger.
- Déposer les fruits dans le fond d'un plat de type CorningWare de 8 x 8po (~ 20 x 20 cm); le mélange de fruits devrait couvrir la surface sur une épaisseur d'au moins 1½ po (~ 4 cm), si ce n'est pas le cas, rajouter des prunes tranchées. Réserver.
- Dans un autre bol, couper le beurre dans le mélange de farine, de cassonade et de cannelle afin d'obtenir un mélange léger et homogène.
- Étendre le mélange de farine sur les fruits, presser légèrement à l'aide d'une fourchette et mettre au four pour 30 minutes.
- Laisser au moins tiédir avant de servir.

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          Un potage enivrant...        
29 septembre 2012 - Ouffff! Quelqu'un a vu passer l'été? En tout cas, en regardant par la fenêtre et en voyant la dernière date de publication sur mon blogue, je m'aperçois que moi, je ne l'ai pas vu passer! Les feuilles sont en train de rougir dans les arbres et octobre avance à grands pas. Les dernières récoltes s'efforcent de mûrir sous les rayons de soleil qui faiblissent et dans les marchés, les légumes d'hiver font leur apparition.

Quoi de mieux alors que de rentrer d'une belle journée de grand air automnal et de savourer un potage bien chaud aux arômes enivrants. C'est ce que je vous propose ici avec un potage courge et ail tiré du livre La bible des soupes de Marie-Claude Morin. Ici, les arômes du cari se marient à merveille à celui de la courge, pour le moins qu'elle soit goûteuse. Bien entendu, vous pouvez utiliser un cari en poudre industriel pour réaliser cette recette, mais je vous conseille plutôt d'aller visiter un épicier et d'essayer un tout autre cari... peut-être plus exotique!?! cette soupe n'en sera que bonifiée. Pour ma part, j'ai utilisé le cari de Singapour qui allie les saveurs classiques des mélanges de cari indien aux arômes de la cuisine chinoise avec des parfums d'anis, de casse et de gingembre. Hmmmmmm! hmmmmmmm! Avec un soupçon de crème, un délice! À vous maintenant de le découvrir...


Potage courge et ail
4 personnes

Ingrédients
2 t. de courge poivrée cuite*
4 gousses d'ail
2 c. tab d'huile d'olive
1 oignon haché
1 à 2 pommes de terre en dés
4 t. de bouillon de poulet
1 c. thé de cari (ou moins, au goût)
sel et poivre au goût (optionnel)

* Vous pouvez utiliser de la buttercup par ex. si vous souhaitez un potage plus sucré

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Préparation
- Couper la courge en deux, enlever les graines et déposer sur une plaque à biscuits, la chair vers le haut. Envelopper les gousses d'ail entières (avec leur pelure) dans du papier d'aluminium et les déposer sur la plaque, aux côtés de la courge. Faire cuire au four à 450°F (230°C) une trentaine de minutes.

- Pendant ce temps, dans une casserole, faire dorer l'oignon dans l'huile d'olive. Ajouter le bouillon de poulet, les pommes de terre et les épices. Laisser mijoter à couvert. Lorsque la courge et l'ail sont prêts, les peler, les incorporer au bouillon et laisser mijoter à couvert, une quinzaine de minutes supplémentaires.

- Passer au robot culinaire ou au zinzin (bras mélangeur), saler et poivrer au goût si désiré.

- Garnir d'une cuillère de crème et servir.

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          Une journée off...        
4 mars 2012 - Enfin! Un peu de répit... ou plutôt, j'ai décidé de prendre off aujourd'hui... mon corps commence à avoir de la misère à suivre : j'ai les mains pleines de pouces et la tête qui fatigue... pas bon signe! J'ai donc décidé de prendre ça "easy", et ce, même si ma fille me trouve plate.

"Mamaaaaaaan! z'veux a'é ma'cher!"
"Pas aujourd'hui puce! Maman est très fatiguée... Qu'est-ce que tu dirais de faire des pattes d'ours?"
"Ouiiiiiiiiii! Ouiiiiiiiiii maman! 'es pattes d'ou'sss! Yéééééééééé!"

Et voilà! me voici donc engagée à trouver une recette qui goûte comme les biscuits du commerce, les biscuits favoris de ma fille à la garderie selon les dires de la responsable. Mission impossible me direz-vous? Hé bien non! J'ai réellement trouvé une recette qui goûte les "Pattes d'Ours" de Dare. Bon! on s'entend que pour la texture, ce n'est pas tout à fait pareil (je ne sais pas pour vous, mais chez moi, je n'ai pas d'huile de palme modifiée ni de substances laitières modifiées dans mon frigo), mais ce n'est pas loin! D'ailleurs, ils ont passé le test d'une fervente amatrice de pattes d'ours à la mélasse : la fille de la responsable du service de garde. Un gros merci donc à Bizip pour sa recette que je vais recopier ici avec ma touche personnelle (qu'est-ce que vous voulez! j'aime les biscuits, mais quand même pas trop sucrés!). Voici donc...



*Pattes d'Ours* à s'y méprendre
(4 douzaines)


Ingrédients
4 t. de farine
1 c. à tab de bicarbonate de soude
2 c.à thé de gingembre en poudre
1 ½ c.à thé de cannelle

1 t. de graisse végétale

¾ t. de sucre blanc
1 oeuf battu
1 t. de mélasse
½ t. de thé fort 


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- Tamiser les 4 premiers ingrédients. Réserver.
- Battre en crème avec un mélangeur, tous les autres ingrédients : la graisse, le sucre, l'oeuf, la mélasse et le thé fort.
- Encore au mélangeur, incorporer les ingrédients secs au mélange humide, lentement puis battre à haute vitesse pour bien aérer la pâte (la texture finale devrait donner l'impression d'une mousse à la tire Sainte-Catherine)
- Laisser tomber par cuillères sur une plaque à biscuits (j'utilise un silipat, alors je ne sais pas trop s'il faut beurrer la plaque au préalable!)
- Cuire à 350F de 10 à 15 minutes selon le four : le biscuit devrait commencer à colorer sur le pourtour.

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Enjoy!
 
 

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          Un succès mitigé!        
20 novembre 2011 - C'est la saison des poireaux... à 12 pieds pour 5$, on ne peut pas passer à côté! Bien entendu, il faut absolument faire un potage poireaux-patates qui réchauffera les froides journées d'hiver. Mais sinon, y a-t-il quelque chose d'autre à faire avec des poireaux outre le mettre en accompagnement? J'ai donc cherché et ai été un peu déçue de ne pas trouver une recette à la hauteur de mes attentes. J'ai quand même trouvé ceci : une flamiche picarde. Je trouvais l'idée intéressante, mais peut-être un peu risquée avec mes affamés... je me suis tout de même lancée; si on n’essaie pas, on ne sait pas!

Hé! bien! le résultat est partagé. Mon homme l'a mangée, mais ne souhaite pas que j'en refasse. Ma fille par contre, a tout dévoré. De mon côté, j'ai somme toute apprécié, même si je n'en ai pas raffolée. Pas que ce ne soit pas bon... non! non! c'est juste qu'à notre goût, il manque un petit quelque chose pour rendre ce plat vraiment accrocheur. Peut-être est-ce dans la texture? peut-être est-ce dans le goût? je ne saurais dire. Pour vous situer, je dirais que la flamiche est un genre de quiche aux poireaux légèrement plus crémeuse, à la différence de la quiche qu'il n'y a pas de fromage et qu'elle est fermée par une croûte, un peu comme une tourtière.

Donc voilà! Je vous transmets tout de même la recette que j'ai réalisée pour que vous puissiez juger par vous-mêmes.


Flamiche picarde crémeuse
(env. 6 portions)

Ingrédients
500g de poireaux
2t. (500 ml) de lait
3 jaune d’œufs + 1 œuf
2 c. tab de crème
100g de beurre
50g de farine
1 pincée de noix de muscade
Sel, poivre
2 abaisses de pâte à tarte

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- Préchauffer le four à 350°F
- Émincer les poireaux et les faire suer dans un peu de beurre. Réserver.
- Faire fondre le reste du beurre, y incorporer la farine jusqu'à homogène, ajouter le lait en fouettant. Faire épaissir sur feu moyen.
- Hors feu, ajouter la crème, les jaunes d'oeufs et les aromates. Bien homogénéiser.
- Incorporer les poireaux et l'oeuf restant.
-Tapisser un moule d'une abaisse de pâte et y étaler le mélange de poireaux. Couvrir de la seconde abaisse et bien sceller le tout en pinçant la pâte. 
- Badigeonner d'un blanc d’œuf et mettre au four 30 min, ou jusqu'à ce que la pâte soit bien dorée.




N.B. Personnellement, j'ai échangé ¼t. de lait pour du vin blanc, question d'ajouter un peu de punch, et j'ai également ajouté un peu de fromage parce que sinon, je trouvais la garniture quelque peu fade malgré le bon goût de poireau. Une suggestion de plusieurs internautes : ajouter des lardons.

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          Ouffff!        
22 septembre 2011 - Ouffff! le temps passe si vite! ça fait déjà 3 mois que je n'ai pas eu le temps d'écrire ici... vraiment désolée! Mais voilà que l'automne arrive... si je ne l'ai pas déjà dit, je le réécrirais 100 fois... c'est ma saison favorite par excellence... la lumière est enveloppante et la température est idéale pour tout faire, y compris recommencer à cuisiner.

Mon "setting"...  il n'est pas dans la norme je vous l'accorde, mais nul
besoin d'être installé ainsi pour canner : 2 chaudrons de quelques litres
suffisent pour avoir tout autant de plaisir!

Alors... qui dit automne, dit aussi conserves! Quelle joie de se retrouver entre amis pour canner! Si vous ne l'avez jamais essayé, je vous le suggère fortement. Que de plaisir en vue! surtout lors des belles journées ensoleillées. On commence tôt le matin et on passe une agréable journée en très agréable compagnie!

Que peut-on mettre en conserve? Pas mal tout à vrai dire. Suffit de connaître les règles de base, et pour ce, je vous suggère d'aller faire un tour sur le blogue de Vincent le canneux. De mon côté, cette année, j'ai commencé par une confiture de baies de sureau trouvées en bordure d'un champ bio où j'ai travaillé cet été. Oh! boy! quel délice! (surtout dans du yogourt ou sur de la crème glacée... hmmmmmm!). C'était ma première fois et ce n'est sûrement pas la dernière. Je vais probablement planter des sureaux chez moi juste pour ça (hi!hi!).

Ensuite, est venue ma confiture de cerises de terre... un incontournable! Par contre, je suis très déçue de la variété que j'ai plantée cette année. Par les années passées, je semais les "coquerets comestibles de tante Molly", mais cette année, faute d'en trouver, j'ai semé des "Golden Husk". Tout d'abord le port du plant est plus rampant que buissonnant, ce qui rend la récolte difficile. Puis j'ai également obtenu beaucoup de fruits fendus, ce qui les fait pourrir plus rapidement et les rend aussi moins appétants sous leur forme fraîche, car la saleté s'y incruste. Bref, je vais tâcher de retrouver ma première variété l'année prochaine!


Par la suite, ç'a été le tour des betteraves et des tomates... Aaaaah! les tomates! C'est long à préparer, mais ça en vaut tellement la peine! Cette année, 5 kg (11 lbs) de betteraves et 45 kg (100 lbs) de tomates ont été cuites / ébouillantées, pelées et cannées. Résultat final : 6L de betteraves marinées et 38L de tomates étuvées (et le tout pour 40$... + le temps, mais ça, ça ne compte pas quand on est en bonne compagnie!).

Nous, on ne va pas aux pommes, on va aux tomates!
Finalement, est venu le temps de nettoyer le jardin à tomates avant que la gelée ne vienne gâcher les derniers fruits mûrs et ceux encore verts (quoiqu'il m'en reste encore un peu sur plants que j'essaie de faire mûrir avec les dernières chaleurs!). Une chose est certaine, ma fille a beaucoup apprécié m'aider... même si elle a davantage mangé les tomates qu'elle ne les a récoltées (hihi!). Mais nous y voici donc... les tomates vertes! Habituellement, j'en fais un ketchup vert, mais cette année, j'ai voulu essayer une variation sur le même thème, soit un chutney aux fruits verts. Quelle réussite!!! En fait, je n'ai pas réinventé la roue, car j'ai préalablement "zyeuté" différentes recettes déjà existantes pour les amalgamer à ma façon. Je vous offre donc mon interprétation simple du chutney vert (qui est plutôt jaune en raison du curcuma qu'il contient... mais ça, on s'en fout un peu non? )




Chutney jaune dit "vert"
(donne 6 L)

Ingrédients
2 kg de tomates vertes
5 oignons
6 grosses prunes
3 poires 
2 t. de raisins verts sans pépins en rondelles
4 branches de céleri
8 pommes Paulared
700 ml de vinaigre blanc
500 g de sucre blanc
500 g de cassonade
1/3 t. de sel
2 c. thé de curcuma
3 c. tab de votre mélange d'épices à marinades préféré (dans mon cas, c'est le Club House).

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- Peler tous les légumes et fruits (excepté les raisins... faut pas charrier quand même!) et les couper en cubes de la grosseur désirée
- Préparer un baluchon d'épices en mettant vos épices dans un filet à épices ou 2 épaisseurs de coton fromage
- Tout mettre dans une grande marmite et laisser mijoter 1h (vous pouvez rallonger le temps si vous trouvez que c'est trop liquide... ça va dépendre de vos fruits).
- Retirer les épices et mettre en conserves.

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Bon chutney!



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          Content Apps: Extending Student Learning        
There are some apps that I classify as content apps. These types of apps tend to be quite specialized and content driven. The beauty of "content apps" is that the very best ones present information in rich multimedia formats. These can be great to use as the basis for small units of work. 

The UNHCR app is one "content app" that I particularly like. It tells the story of three young refugees. Each refugee from a different country. The narrative is told based on the decisions that the reader makes as they are presented with different scenarios in the journey to safety. Combined with a series of other apps it is a fantastic way to to build empathy within your classroom. This provides a focal point for developing cultural understanding and the sharing of cultural traditions. 

This activity will work with small groups of shared iPads. Working in groups, the students are able to select appropriate apps and tools to support their learning. Those suggested are provided as a guide only. This approach allows the students to negotiate learning tasks with their teacher to ensure a student choice and a student voice.

The knowledge captured also facilitates a student centric construct of social, cultural and political knowledge. This is a pertinent exercise in the current political climate. 

The second activity allows teachers to scaffold research tasks for young learners in historical and critical studies. The Vincent Letters App is a fantastic starting point for learning more about Vincent van Gogh. It includes high definition images of his work and numerous informative videos. Students can do all or chose to complete only a couple of these activities.

The historical knowledge also facilitates a student appreciation of the constraints and artistic struggles that van Gogh experienced. This is even better when the students are also attempting to complete a painting using a theme or subject matter that van Gogh explored.

Both of these activities can be easy modified for many different issues, topics or subject areas.

         
                      Researching Refugees                                       Researching Vincent van Gogh



          Teacher 101 iPad Sessions        
I have recently been asked to provide a number iPad sessions for teachers. I had one school where they had recently bought a large number of iPads and wanted to start from scratch. Another had a 1:1 Program in a particular year group but wanted their colleagues to get an understanding of the potential of iPads in the classroom. I was able to use this Teacher ToolKit idea for both groups.



Another one of the ideas I have been using was one that I borrowed from a talented friend and inspirational teacher in New Zealand - Allanah King @AllanahK. She published her iPad Bingo idea on her blog a couple of months ago. I have used it numerous times since and it has been a success each time. I make sure that every time I use it I credit her with the concept. Here it is in it's latest incarnation updated for iOS 7. Make sure you visit Allanah's blog for a heap of other great stuff.


Make a copy and put your own school name or crest at the top. It is always good for staff to see resources specifically designed for them.

Schools have also used this as part of Bootcamps for iPad Rollouts with students. They love it as well.





          Teacher Documented Workflows        
Teachers in our system are documenting iPad workflows in an attempt to help clarify the learning process. This has been invaluable for those schools moving to a BYOD model. Many of these workflows also make use of our Google Apps for Education for the sharing of resources and collecting of student work.

These are examples of individual workflows within a set environment. These are often the result of unsuccessful experimentation. The idea is for teachers to take what works for them and modify others to fit their environment and their classroom practice.





          Tabăra La Cortul Întâlnirii        

Departamentul de tineret al Bisericii Penticostale BETEL din Hațeg organizează și anul acesta tabăra creștină La Cortul Întâlnirii, tabără ce va avea loc în perioada 22-28 iulie 2017. Locația va fi cea de anul trecut și anume, între localitățile Sânpetru și Ohaba Sibișel (județul Hunedoara), la o distanță de aprox. 20km de orașul Hațeg.

Din partea echipei de organizare cunoaștem și o parte din invitații care vor lua parte la această tabără. Aceștia sunt: Dorel Coraș, Oti Tipei, Alex Păduraru, Adi Mocan, Ovidiu Danci, Ioel Rotariu, Excelsis Worship, BETEL praise È™i alții.

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Vino să învățăm a trăi Viața la superlativ bazată pe Ioan 10:10!”

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          Mother's Day Gift Ideas!        
If you're like me you are always wondering what to get for Mom for Mother's day!  I'm mean really what do you give the Woman who gave you life and raised you and kept herself from strangling you as a teenager!  Well hopefully this post can help you with a few ideas and at least get the wheels turning.

Being a Mother now myself, I do know that Mom really did mean it when she said the only thing she wanted was for me to be good and be the best person I could be!  But if you want something you can wrap..... stick around! ;)

What Mother doesn't want soft, beautiful, wonderful smelling skin! 
How about we start with recipe. I make this recipe as soon as I run out of the last batch!
It's wonderful.

I adapted the recipe from the book, Rosemary Gladstar's Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health.....which would make a nice gift itself by the way!  You can put them in any little jar make it cute.  And don't worry the recipe will make enough for you to keep some for yourself too!


Nature's Perfect Skin Cream
2/3 cup distilled water
1/3 cup aloe vera gel
Essential oils of choice
3/4 cup sweet almond oil
1/3 cup coconut oil
1 ounce beeswax (about 4 Tablespoons of the pastilles)

Combine the water, aloe and essential oils in a glass measuring cup, let sit until room temperature.  In a double boiler over low heat melt the beeswax, coconut and almond oil together, mix well.  Pour oils into blender jar, let sit until about room temperature.  When oils are about room temperature, turn on blender and slowly start to pour in the water mixture.  Speed up blender and be sure it mixes well.  You may have to stop the blender and stir with a spoon and then pulse the blender a few times.  It should blend and incorporate well.  Water and oil can sometimes be tricky to mix but if you follow these instructions and have a fairly high speed blender it should work really good!  Mine whipped up perfect the first try!  There are a few pictures below to help you out too!





This is what the oil mixture looks like at almost room temperature.

This is me slowly adding the water mixture while the blender is spinning fast!

See how beautiful the cream turned out! 

To be sure not to waste any we wiped out the blender and all had super soft skin! ;)

What Mother wouldn't love that!


The cream would be a wonderful gift by itself or you could add some of these other things a make a very fun gift basket or box!

Fizzy Bath Bombs
Herbal Infused Oil and/or Lip Balm
Hard Lotion Bars


Labels?  You betcha! 

See how good I am to you all! ;)


We even made the gift box ourselves!  Fun huh, you can find the instructions we used here!







          Inilah Aplikasi Kartu SIM PKB Guru Pembelajar         
Kartu SIM PKB Identitas Data Guru Pembelajar
Aplikasi kartu SIM-PKB adalah identitas PTK untuk data dan login pada SIM PKB, ini kami katakan dengan jelas ini bukan buatan kemdikbud tentu saja tidak resmi, namun ini hanya kreasi berupa kartu sebagai solusi bagi yg lupa menyimpan data, karena bentuknya kerta ukuran besar tak compatible untuk bisa di bawa kemana saja.

Kartu SIM PKB ini adalah produk dari gurusd.net yang bisa digunakan untuk guru semua jenjang, dengan aplikasi kartu ini setidaknya rekan guru akan mudah gunakan mengingat user dan pasword karena aplikasi kartu ini bisa di bawa dan dimasukkan ke dompet, sehingga mau akses kapan saja dan dimana saja tinggal ambil kartu ini.

Maka itulah kami buat kartu ini bagi yang mau menggunakan nya silahkan lihat video berikut ini. DOWNLOAD

          Raport Kurikulum 2013 Revisi Semester Genap dalam bentuk Aplikasi        
Aplikasi Penilaian Kurikulum 2013 Revisi Semester 2 Dengan Aturan Terbaru
Dengan dasar Permendikbud 23 tahun 2016
Aplikasi penilaian ini bagi sekolah pelaksana kurikulum 2013 juknis terbaru permendikbud no 23 tahun 2016 tentang penilaian oleh pendidik di satuan pendidikan, Aplikasi Pengolahan Nilai K13 ini khusus untuk Sekolah Dasar (SD) Kelas 1 dan Kelas 4, Kompetensi dasar atau KD Tematik dan mapel PJOK,PAI dan Matematika include dalam aplikasi ini hingga menjadi raport.

Pengertian penilaian kurikulum 2013 oleh pendidik adalah Proses pengumpulan  informasi/data tentang  capaian pembelajaran peserta didik dalam aspek sikap,  pengetahuan, dan keterampilan yangdilakukan secara terencana dan sistematis yang dilakukan untuk memantau proses, kemajuan belajar, dan perbaikan hasil belajar melalui penugasan dan evaluasi hasil belajar.

Kriteria Kenaikan kelas Pada revisi kurikulum 2013 paling baru:
Kriteria Kenaikan Kelas ditetapkan melalui rapat dewan guru dengan mempertimbangkan:
  • Kehadiran
  • ketaatan pada tata tertib
  • peraturan lainnya yang berlaku  di satuan pendidikan
  • Peserta didik dinyatakan tidak naik kelas apabila hasil belajar paling sedikit 3 (tiga) mata pelajaran pada kompetensi pengetahuan keterampilan belum tuntas dan/atau sikap belum baik
Kriteria Kelulusan Satuan Pendidikan ditetapkan melalui rapat dewan guru. Peserta didik dinyatakan lulus jika:

          Aplikasi SHU/SKHU 2017 Kurikulum 2013 dan KTSP untuk Sekolah Dasar        
SKHU Tahun 2017 pelajaran 2016/2017 atau SKHUS SD berbasis excel ini memuat dua kurikulum yaitu K13 dan KTSP jadi bagi sekolah pelaksana kurikulum 2013 memiliki sedikit format berbeda dan cara pengisian yang berbeda sesuai juknis penulisan ijazah tahun 2017.

Cara Pengisian Aplikasi SKHU Tahun 2017....
1. Isi  identitas sekolah dan siswa  dengan lengkap dan benar
2. Isi pula nilai minimal dan rata2 minimal nilai US (POS US 2017)
3. Isi nilai rapor dan nilai ujian sekolah dengan rentang nilai 0 - 100 (Juknis Pengisian Ijazah 2017 Balitbang)

Baca Juga Aplikasi SKHU 2017 3 Mapel Dengan Surat Keterangan Kelulusan
a. Sekolah yang menggunakan K 2006 mengisi rapor semester 7 s.d. 12 (Juknis Pengisian Ijazah 2017 Balitbang)
b. Sekolah yang menggunakan K 2013 mengisi nilai rapor semester 11 dan 12 (Juknis Pengisian Ijazah 2017 Balitbang)
4. Isi nilai perilaku/sikap siswa dengan cara klik pilihan yang tersedia (Sangat Baik, Baik, Cukup, Perlu Bimbingan) (POS US 2017)
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          Aplikasi Sistem Penilaian Kurikulum 2013 Plus Data Pemetaan        
Aplikasi Sistem Penilaian Kurikulum 2013 Plus Data Pemetaan
Aplikasi penilaian dan raport Kurikulum 2013 revisi terbaru, dalam aplikasi SIP atau sistem, informasi penilaian ini memuat komponen tiap KD, KI 1 hingga KI 4 yang berujung pada data raport penilaian kurikulum 2013 pada jenjang Sekolah,

SIP Kurtilas ini akan sangat membantu rekan guru dalam penilaian Kurikulum 2013. kami juga sertakan panduan penilaian aplikasi SIP Kurtilas ini pada link dibawah ini.

DOWNLOAD SIP K13
DOWNLOAD PANDUAN SIP K13


          Download Kisi-Kisi Ujian Praktik SD Tahun Pelajaran 2016/2017 Semua Mata Pelajaran        
Kisi-Kisi Ujian Praktek SD/MI Ujian Akhir Sekolah (UAS) Lengkap Terbaru
Ujian Praktik pada siswa tingkat akhir SD yaitu kelas 6/VI menjadi bagian yang sangat penting guna persiapan Ujian Sekolah (US) dalam ujian praktik kita memerlukan kisi-kisi ujian praktik kelas 6 guna memetakan dan mengambil keterwakilan materi dalam soal baik perkelas maupun per kompetensi materi bahasan.

Baca juga
Kisi Kisi Ujian Sekolah 2017
POS Ujian Sekolah 2017
Contoh Soal dan Pembahasan Ujian Sekolah 2016/2017

Kisi-kisi ujian praktek ini lengkap untuk semua mata pelajaran, hingga bagi rekan-rekan guru di sekolah kita tinggal menyesuaikan pada nomor soal dan lain-lain. Dari mata pelajaran Matematika, Bahasa Indonesia, PKN,IPA,IPS,SBK, PAI dan Penjas, lihat tampilan salah satu kisi-kisi ujian Praktek dibawah ini.


          Aplikasi Uji Coba US SD/MI Berbasis Komputer Lengkap Dengan Pembahasan        
Aplikasi Try Out Ujian Sekolah Berbasis Komputer Lengkap Soal dan Pembahasan
Aplikasi simulasi US SD/MI ini sangat cocok bagi rekan guru dalam menghadapi ujian sekolah yang tak akan lama lagi dilaksanakan, terdiri dari 50 soal dengan batas waktu pengerjaan 120 menit, dengan mata pelajaran lengkap Bahasa Indonesia, IPA dan Matematika, menjadikan software ini layaknya aplikasi UNBK.

Aplikasi ini juga berbasis komputer yang sangat mudah digunakan rekan guru di sekolah, lihat video berikut ini.

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          Aplikasi Database Siswa Sekolah Profil Lengkap Data Siswa        
Aplikasi Database Siswa Sekolah Profil Lengkap Data Siswa
Data siswa merupakan bagian administrasi yang sangat penting untuk sekolah, berisi tentang data diri, tanggal lahir, nam orang tua pendapatan orang tua dan lain sebagainya sebagaimana termuat di dapodik namun di aplikasi database siswa yang kami bagikan secara gratis ini sangat mudah digunakan untuk rekan sekolah, baik jenjang SD,SMP,SMA maupun SMK

Aplikasi Profil Data Siswa Terlengkap databasenya kami bagikan dilink unduhan bawah ini.
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          Aplikasi Cetak Kartu NUPTK dan NRG Terbaru Gratis        
Satu Aplikasi Cetak Kartu NUPTK, NRG, NISN Paling Baru
Aplikasi Kartu Nomor Unik Pendidik dan tenaga kependidikan dengan model terbaru, Aplikasi kartu NUPTK ini kami bagikan namun sekali lagi aplikasi ini tak hanya bisa digunakan untuk mencetak kartu NUPTK, juga Kartu NRG serta Kartu NISN untuk Siswa

user : gurusd.net
pasword: gurusd

          Aplikasi Jadwal Full Day School Terbaru SD/SMP/SMA dan SMK        
Jadwal Full Day School SD Lengkap Bisa di Sesuaikan
Jadwal Full day school SD/SMP/SMA dan SMK merupakan kebijakan baru dari Kemendikbud, terkait hal tersebut memang kebijakan full day school ini punya pro dan kontra, sebagaimana kebijakan yang baru tentu saja hal tersebut sangat wajar, apapun kebijakan pemerintah kita sudah seyoga ya nya kita ikuti karena sangat mungkin sudah dalam kajian yang mendalam untuk di terapkan pada sekolah-sekolah, SD, SMP, SMA maupun SMK.

Jadwal Full-day School yang saat ini sedang digodok, aplikasi jadwal full day school ini bisa menyesuaikan pada sekolah masing-masing, seperti contoh berikut,
  • Untuk hari Senin Jam ke-1 diganti Upacara Bendera dilanjutkan Sholat Dhuha.
  • Jadwal bisa berubah menyesuaikan situasi dan kondisi.
Lihat tampilan dibawah ini.

JADWAL FULL DAY SENIN-KAMIS KELAS 3-6
JADWAL FULL DAY SENIN-KAMIS KELAS 1-2
JADWAL FULL DAY JUM'AT KELAS 3-6
JADWAL FULL DAY JUM'AT KELAS 1-2

          Buku Pedoman Penilaian Kurikulum 2013 Baru Permendikbud 23 Tahun 2016 SD/SMP/SMA        
Pedoman Baru Penilaian Kurikulum 2013 Permendikbud 23 Tahun 2016
Mulai semester 2 atau genap ini penilaian kurikulum 2013 yang berupa juknis atau buku petunjuk SD, SMP, SMA maupun SMK untuk penilaian hasil belajar peserta didik memasuki pedoman baru dalam revisi kurikulum 2013 yang mengacu pada Permendikbud nomor 23 tahun 2016, beberapa perubahan yang kami sampaikan untuk K13 pada acuan Permen 23 tahun 2016 ini adalah sebagai berikut untuk Kriteria ketuntasan minimal/KKM memberikan acuan yang cukup jelas. seperti gambar berikut ini.

Penilaian Sikap (K1 dan K2) :
Skor Penilaian = Skala 1-4
Kategori Nilai =
Skor 1-2 = PB (Perlu Bimbingan)
Skor 3 = B (Baik)
Skor 4 = SB (Sangat Baik)
Sikap siswa diasumsikan Baik (B), maka bila SB=PB deskripsi yang muncul adalah B (Baik).
Terkait penilaian Sikap ini Guru lebih kompeten dan berwenang mau berapa kali melakukan penilaian sikap untuk setiap KD/Materi Pokok.
Adapun instrumen penilaian yang dapat digunakan adalah : Observasi, Jurnal, Penilaian Diri dan Penilaian Antar Teman.
Jadi secara normalnya Penilaian Sikap dalam tiap KD/Materi Pokok menghasil 4 SB/B/PB.
Dari jumlah SB, B dan PB inilah lalu dirumuskan Deskripsi Nilai Sikap. Jadi deskripsi nilai sikap BUKAN dari skor skala 1-4, melainkan dari jumlah SB/B/PB utk tiap siswa.

Contoh Kriteria dan skala penilaian penetapan KKM Untuk memudahkan analisis setiap KD, perlu dibuat skala penilaian yang disepakati oleh guru mata pelajaran.
Pedoman Baru Penilaian Kurikulum 2013 Permendikbud 23 Tahun 2016
Pedoman untuk Sekolah Dasar, SMP, dan SMA ini kami bagikan pada link di bawah ini untuk bisa dipelajari secara lengkap untuk rekan-rekan guru dalam implementasi kurikulum 2013.
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          Aplikasi Koreksi Atau Periksa Cepat Soal Pilihan Ganda Untuk UH, UTS dan UAS        
Aplikasi Koreksi Dan Analisis Soal Pilihan Ganda Untuk UH, UTS dan UAS
Aplikasi Koreksi soal pilihan ganda dilengkapi analisis ini menjadikan proses koreksi soal PG bagi bapak ibu guru jadi lebih mudah, bayangkan saja cukup inputkan kunci jawaban pada kolom sheet atas maka akan menjadikan kunci data isian siswa dibawahnya sehingga proses hitungan nilai pilihan ganda akan terisi secara otomatis.

Tak hanya itu saja, skala nilai pun bisa kita atur untuk point tiap soal yang kita inginkan. seperti berikut tampilan aplikasi koreksi soal pilihan ganda
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          Aplikasi Penilaian Kinerja Guru Dan Tugas Tambahan Lengkap Dengan Lembar Pengamatan        
Aplikasi Penilaian Kinerja Guru Lengkap dengan Lembar Pengamatan
Aplikasi PKG atau penilaian kinerja guru kali ini, sedikit mengalami perubahan dalam bentuk kemudahan menjalankan aplikasi penghitungan dan rekan hasil penilaian kinerja guru, aplikasi PKG ini berbasis excel yang kira nya semua rekan sudah pasti tahu banyak dalam penggunaannya.

Simple dalam tampilan mudah dalam penggunaanAplikasi Penilaian Kinerja Guru ini meliputi, Guru Kelas/Guru Mapel serta Guru Bimbingan Konseling dalam satu bagian Aplikasi PKG, selanjutnya kami juga melampirkan file aplikasi PKG Guru dengan tugas tambahan seperti Kepala Sekolah.

Cara penggunaan Aplikasi PKG ini pada sheet pertama isi identis yang dinilai, penilai dan kepala sekolah serta data sekolah yang bapak/ibu bisa sesuaikan dengan data masing-masing untuk proses penilaian kinerja guru.

          Contoh Soal Kurikulum 2013 Sekolah Dasar Terbaru dan Lengkap        
Contoh Soal Kurikulum 2013 dan KTSP Sekolah Dasar Lengkap
Contoh contoh soal UH, UTS, UAS atau UKK Kurikulum 2013 bagi rekan guru sekolah dasar ini hanya sebagai referensi rekan semua dalam membuat soal baik dari kurikulum 2013 maupun KTSP, nah pada contoh soal berikut yang kami bagikan ini kira dapat membantu rekan guru dalam melakukan evaluasi dan analisis sejauh mana taraf seraf peserta didik kita yang selama ini dalam proses kegiatan belajar dan mengajar.
Baca juga Contoh Soal UAS SD Kurikulum 2013

Contoh Soal Kurikulum 2013 dan KTSP SD UH.UTS dan UAS
45 Contoh Soal Grammar Bahasa Inggris.docx
SOAL UTS KELAS 5 semester 1 kurikulum 2013 tema-2-ips.pdf
45 Contoh Soal Grammar Bahasa Inggris.docx
SOAL UTS KELAS 5 semester 1 kurikulum 2013 tema-2-ipa.pdf PERSIAPAN-UJIAN-NASIONAL-BAHASA-INDONESIA-SD-PAKET-1.pdf
SOAL UTS KELAS 5 semester 1 kurikulum 2013 tema-2-bind.pdf
SOAL UTS KELAS 5 semester 1 kurikulum 2013 tema-1-pkn.pdf
SOAL UTS KELAS 5 semester 1 kurikulum 2013 tema-1-ipa.pdf
SOAL UTS KELAS 5 semester 1 kurikulum 2013 tema 1-bind.pdf
SOAL UTS KELAS 5 semester 1 kurikulum 2013 tema-1-ips.pdf
SOAL UTS KELAS 5 semester 1 kurikulum 2013 tema-2-matematika.pdf
Contoh Soal IPS Kelas V Semester II.doc
SOAL UTS SD KELAS V - KURIKULUM 2013.rar
Contoh Soal Bahasa Sunda Kelas V Semester II.doc
Contoh Soal Bahasa Indonesia Kelas V Semester II.doc
Contoh Soal Agama Kelas V semester II.doc
Contoh Soal PKN Kelas V Semester II.doc Soal UTS IPS Kelas 4 semester 2.docx
SOAL IPA KELAS VI K2013 Soal UKK Matematika kelas 2 SD
Soal UTS IPA Kelas 4 semester 2.docx Soal UTS PKn Kelas 4 semester 2.docx
Soal UTS Matematika Kelas 4 Semester 2.docx
Copy of Soal UTS IPA Kelas 4 semester 2.docx
Copy of Soal UTS Matematika Kelas 4 Semester 2.docx
Copy of Soal UTS IPS Kelas 4 semester 2.docx
Copy of Soal UTS PKn Kelas 4 semester 2.docx
          Contoh Format Penilaian Kurikulum 2013 Revisi Tahun 2016 SD        
Kumpulan Format Penilaian Kurikulum 2013 Kelas 1 SD  Revisi Tahun 2016 Terbaru
Berikut format-format penilaian bisa dijadikan contoh dalam isian penilaian kurikulum 2013 Sekolah
Format penilaian atau contoh penilaian Kurikulum 2013 SD Kelas 4 Revisi 2016 sebagai berikut kami bagikan. karena ini hanya merupakan contoh format tentu nya sangat berbeda jika yang diinginkan adalah aplikasi penilaian dan raport kurikulum 2013. yang bapak ibu bisa unduh disini untuk Aplikasi Penilaian Kurikulum 2013 Tahun 2016

Dengan lingkup mata pelajaran SD kurikulum 2013, Bahasa Indonesia, PKN, PAI, PJOK, SBdP

Format Penilaian Kurikulum 2013 Revisi 2016 Kelas 4 SD
Spritual dan Sosial KI. 1 dan 2

K1 TEMATIK GK.xlsx (49.5 kB)
PB PAI KI 2 KELAS 4.xlsx (79.2 kB)
PB PAI KELAS 4.xlsx (64.4 kB)
K4 SBDP KELAS 4.xlsx (134.9 kB)
K4 PKN KELAS 4.xlsx (135.6 kB)
K4 PJOK KELAS 4.xlsx (226.4 kB)
K4 PAI KELAS 4.xlsx (234.4 kB)
K4 MATEMATIKA KELAS 4.xlsx (252.6 kB)
K4 IPS KELAS 4.xlsx (136.0 kB)
K4 IPA KELAS 4.xlsx (195.3 kB)
K4 BINA KELAS 4.xlsx (232.2 kB)
K3 SBDP KELAS 4.xlsx (213.9 kB)
K3 PKN KELAS 4.xlsx (214.3 kB)
K3 PJOK KELAS 4.xlsx (417.1 kB)
K3 MATEMATIKA KELAS 4.xlsx (465.9 kB)
K3 IPS KELAS 4.xlsx (215.6 kB)
K3 IPA KELAS 4.xlsx (349.6 kB)
K3 BINA KELAS 4.xlsx (410.2 kB)
K2 TEMATIK GK.xlsx (74.8 kB)

          Kisi-Kisi UKG SD Kelas Atas Guru Pembelajar Tahun 2016        
Kisi kisi UKG Sekolah dasar kelas rendah 1,2,3 tahun 2016 pada program guru pembelajar kami bagikan secara gratis untuk rekan guru sd semua dalam uji kompetensi guru yang tak lama lagi di hadapi.
Kisi-kisi UKG Guru Pembelajar untuk Sekolah Dasar kelas atas ini kami bagikan seluruh kelompok kompetensi yang akan kita dapat pelajari lebih awal kisi2 atau bagian soal yang akan keluar pada Uji Kompetensi Guru (UKG) Program guru pembelajar tahun 2016.
Kisi-Kisi UKG Guru Pembelajar Kelas Atas SD Tahun 2016
Pada kelas atas atau tinggi jenjang sekolah dasar juga kami bagikan kisi-kisi UKG 2016 untuk rekan guru pembelajar yang mana pada sebelumnya kami bagikan kisi-kisi UKG Kelas awal SD
Juga dengan kelompok kompetensi yang lengkap dari KK A sampai KKJ, kisi-kisi ini kami bagikan agar rekan guru Sekolah Dasar bisa belajar lebih awal.

Kisi kisi UKG Guru Pembelajar 2016 SD dengan tampilan preview dibawah ini dan link unduh kami sematkan pada tiap kelompok kompetensi guru pembelajar yang ada di bagian bawah.


          Modul Kepala Sekolah Pembelajar Semua Jenjang Sekolah Lengkap        
Modul Kepala sekolah pembelajar (KSP) merupakan program kemdikbud yang sebelum nya kita mengenal guru pembelajar (GP) yang tersedia Modul Kelompok Kompetensi maka Modul Kepala Sekolah Pembelajar ini pun juga tersedia sepuluh KK untuk Kasek TK, SD/SDLB, SMP/SMPLB,SMA  dan SMK
Unduh Modul Kepala Sekolah Pembelajar Sepuluh Kelompok Kompetensi Semua Jenjang


          Wood Shop Buyout        

 This weekend I bought out a woodworking shop. It wasn't planned. I just sort of happened. Someone Desi knows told her he couldn't work any more because of his health and needed some money for medical bills. He produced a list of his tools and Desi brought it home to me. Thanks to Zim and his truck, I was able to go out Saturday and take the whole lot off his hands.

I paid $1,750 for the whole bit, which is too much, but it was for a good cause. By my guess I would have paid $2,370 for all those tools new. Some of the tools are decidedly not new. The old table saw and sand paper of dubious value notwithstanding, I paid 80% of what it would have cost in a raid on Lowe's.

So, now I have a nearly complete woodworking studio. The highlights are: table saw, 3 routers, rotary cutter, jig saw, joiner, miter saw, and compressor with nail and staple guns. I have a complete inventory drawn up. To finish it off I would probably need a planer, drill press, band saw, and lathe.



















          NHL man-games lost and CHIP analysis - 30-game report        
This is my third look for the 2013/14 regular season at which teams have been hit hardest by injuries by trying to place a value on the games missed by players due to injury/illness. 

The concept again - multiply each game missed by a player by his 2013/14 cap charge (including bonuses), then take the aggregate of these figures for each team and divide by 82. This indicator of value lost to a team by injury/illness is called CHIP (Cap Hit of Injured Players).

This analysis covers every team up to its 30th game. (Amazingly, this follows on from my 20-game analysis.)

For a more regular snapshot, CHIP rankings are also being fed into Rob Vollman's Team Luck calculator on a weekly basis and if I find time after figuring out how to best to incorporate a reference to Derick Brassard's injured posterior in the next update, I'll do my best to put out the same info via Twitter (@LW3H).

Alternatively...
Again, for a different indicator of player "value", I've also illustrated a similar metric based on TOI/G alongside the CHIP numbers.  Clearly, neither cap charge nor TOI/G are perfect measures of player value, since each have a number of limitations and inconsistencies, but they provide a decent comparison and the results do vary somewhat.

A quick summary of the alternative metric:
  • TOI/G replaces cap charge as the measure of value in the calculation
  • For goalies, TOI/G has been worked out as Total Minutes Played / Games Dressed For* - i.e. a goalie playing every minute of 75% of the games, zero in the rest, would end up with a TOI/G of 45 minutes (or close to it, once you factor in OT and so on).  [*Actually, "Games Played by Team - Games Missed by Goalie" - I'm not inclined to disentangle any three-goalie systems or minor-league conditioning stints.]
  • This arguably overstates the worth of starting goalies somewhat, but it's simple and you could equally argue that a workhorse goalie is the hardest position to replace, so it's fair for them to have a much higher TOI/G figure
  • Where a player hasn't played all year or where a player fairly clearly has a reduced TOI/G figure due to getting injured in their only game or one of very few games, I've used TOI/G from last season (or further back if necessary)
  • For each player, multiply games missed by TOI/G to get (for a more palatable name) Cumulative Minutes of Injured Player (CMIP)
  • Take the aggregate of CMIP for the team and divide by games played by the team to arrive at AMIP (Average Minutes of Injured Players) - it feels more understandable expressing this metric as an average per game (whereas CHIP is a running total)
The figures...
The table below shows:
  • Total CHIP for each team over the first 30 games of the regular season, as well as the distribution of CHIP by position
  • The player who has contributed most to the team's CHIP figure
  • The number of players with a CHIP contribution of over $250,000 (think of it as being equivalent to a $1m player missing 20 games or a $4m player missing five games)
  • AMIP for each team over the same period (e.g. an AMIP of 40:00 could be seen as the team missing two 20-minute per game players for every game this season) - for non-interesting reasons, average TOI figures aren't quite measured at the 30-game point this time around for a few teams, but of no great significance to the analysis

The following is a ranking of teams by CHIP over Games 21-30 only, to further illustrate some of the biggest movers since last time:


10 second analysis...
  • Columbus (Horton, Gaborik, Dubinsky) and Tampa Bay (Stamkos and a bunch of not-Stamkoses) the most notable risers
  • Ottawa's only significant losses remain on the scoreboard and in Eugene Melnyk's bank balance
  • With only one game missed among the group, the health of the Rangers defense clearly benefitting from the shift away from the maniac Tortorella's shot-block-at-all-costs philosophy, with only Vancouver's blueline being healthier, clearly benefitting from the shift towards the maniac Tortorella's shot-block-at-all-costs philosophy (Staal and Edler injuries after Game 30 not yet showing up here)
  • As you would expect, the lack of injuries in Buffalo over the 10-game period has contributed to the team's dramatic turnaround to elite status
  • As you would expect, the lack of goaltender injuries in Calgary over the whole season has contributed to the team's stellar save percentage

The next lists are the top 30 individual CHIP and CMIP contributions:

As the video shows, Tim Gleason's absences have been of precisely the same value as Evgeni Nabokov's in terms of TOI, with the obvious flaw being that Gleason's save percentage is much, much better than Nabokov's.

Where does it hurt?
This is another update of the crude injury-by-location analysis. Again, I’ve just used the descriptions found in the player profiles on tsn.ca, so the figures will encompass all the inaccuracies and vagueness within them. It should give a broad indication, if nothing else, though.

 
Again, as more players have come back from injuries pre-dating the season starting, the crude rate of injuries (instances / total games played) has drifted down further from 0.91 (10 games) to 0.86 (20 games) to 0.83, compared to 0.80 per game last year (0.78 in 2011/12 and 0.76 in 2010/11).

Finally, a look at the Evasiveness Index.  This is basically the proportion of injury instances for each team that have been described as either "Undisclosed" or the helpfully pointless "Upper/Lower Body" in the same TSN profiles.  I have made no judgement about whether the many instances of "Illness" (i.e. concussion), "Flu" (i.e. concussion) should also be included.


A couple of rare lapses of disclosure in Carolina.  Interestingly, the Flames have a regular injury update page on their official website, though it still doesn't preclude them from having one or two UBI/LBI cases, nor from Brian Burke firing the page so he can announce the injuries himself in a regular press conference (but not during his annual Christmas injury freeze).

Notes/Disclaimers
  • Figures exclude a few minor-leaguers / marginal NHLers (usually an arbitrary judgement on my part) who had been on the NHL club’s IR since pre-season. Generally, if a minor-leaguer gets called up and then injured in an NHL game, his games missed will then count towards the CHIP though.  Minor-league conditioning stints immediately after/during a period on IR might be included in the man-games lost figures (but can't guarantee I get it right every time)
  • For the avoidance of doubt, suspensions and absences due to "personal reasons" are not included in the figures.  However, as per previous seasons, any "retired" player still under contract (Savard, Pronger, Ohlund) is still included.
  • There are undoubtedly a few inaccuracies and inconsistencies in there - I do the best I can with the information out there. Corrections might well be picked up in subsequent updates
  • The cap figure obviously doesn't really correlate very well to the "worth" of a player in some cases, e.g. where players are seeing out an old (underpaid or rookie) contract or where players are horrendously overpaid and/or were signed by Paul Holmgren
  • Also, for any player traded where cap hit is retained by his old team, the cap hit used will only reflect that for his current team.
  • I've once again stuck a full team-by-team listing of games missed and CHIP/CMIP numbers by each player on the web HERE
  • Injury/games/TOI info courtesy of tsn.ca and nhl.com - man-games lost info more than likely does not exactly match up with the "official" figures released by individual teams
  • Cap info courtesy of capgeek.com

          NHL man-games lost and CHIP analysis - 20-game report        
This is my second look for the 2013/14 regular season looking at which teams have been hit hardest by injuries by trying to place a value on the games missed by players due to injury/illness. 

The concept again - multiply each game missed by a player by his 2013/14 cap charge (including bonuses), then take the aggregate of these figures for each team and divide by 82. This indicator of value lost to a team by injury/illness is called CHIP (Cap Hit of Injured Players).

This analysis covers every team up to its 20th game. (Amazingly, this follows on from my 10-game analysis.)

For a more regular snapshot, CHIP rankings are also being fed into Rob Vollman's Team Luck calculator on a weekly basis and I'll do my best to put out the same info via the medium known to Randy Carlyle as "that Wheatie machine or whatever" (@LW3H).

Alternatively...
Again, for a different indicator of player "value", I've also illustrated a similar metric based on TOI/G alongside the CHIP numbers.  Clearly, neither cap charge nor TOI/G are perfect measures of player value, since each have a number of limitations and inconsistencies, but they provide a decent comparison and the results do vary somewhat.

A quick summary of the alternative metric:
  • TOI/G replaces cap charge as the measure of value in the calculation
  • For goalies, TOI/G has been worked out as Total Minutes Played / Games Dressed For* - i.e. a goalie playing every minute of 75% of the games, zero in the rest, would end up with a TOI/G of 45 minutes (or close to it, once you factor in OT and so on).  [*Actually, "Games Played by Team - Games Missed by Goalie" - I'm not inclined to disentangle any three-goalie systems or minor-league conditioning stints.]
  • This arguably overstates the worth of starting goalies somewhat, but it's simple and you could equally argue that a workhorse goalie is the hardest position to replace, so it's fair for them to have a much higher TOI/G figure
  • Where a player hasn't played all year or where a player fairly clearly has a reduced TOI/G figure due to getting injured in their only game or one of very few games, I've used TOI/G from last season (or further back if necessary)
  • For each player, multiply games missed by TOI/G to get (for a more palatable name) Cumulative Minutes of Injured Player (CMIP)
  • Take the aggregate of CMIP for the team and divide by games played by the team to arrive at AMIP (Average Minutes of Injured Players) - it feels more understandable expressing this metric as an average per game (whereas CHIP is a running total)
The figures...
The table below shows:
  • Total CHIP for each team over the first 20 games of the regular season, as well as the distribution of CHIP by position
  • The player who has contributed most to the team's CHIP figure
  • The number of players with a CHIP contribution of over $250,000 (think of it as being equivalent to a $1m player missing 20 games or a $4m player missing five games)
  • AMIP for each team over the same period (e.g. an AMIP of 40:00 could be seen as the team missing two 20-minute per game players for every game this season) 

The following is a ranking of teams by CHIP over Games 11-20 only, to further illustrate some of the biggest movers since last time:


10 second analysis...
  • The Central isn't injury central
  • Boston, Philadelphia and (to a lesser extent) Tampa Bay have been much healthier than it would appear if you deduct the totals from their pseudo-retired players (see below)
  • San Jose lead the way in Burns injuries
  • Ottawa will presumably start injuring their own players, if they run any sort of points-to-injury correlation analysis covering last season and this season only
  • Among Buffalo's throng of fringe NHLers/borderline AHLers/Grigorenkos, I had originally excluded Corey Tropp's (eventual 15-game) absence from their numbers, but have now included it since he played games 16-20

The next lists are the top 30 individual CHIP and CMIP contributions:

The CMIP table is goalie heavy (insert Brodeur gag here) as is usually the case.  Carolina with four of the top 17 CHIP numbers, giving opposition team announcers something to talk about in the 30 seconds they have to spare between "Look! Two brothers on the same team!" conversation.

Where does it hurt?
This is another update of the crude injury-by-location analysis. Again, I’ve just used the descriptions found in the player profiles on tsn.ca, so the figures will encompass all the inaccuracies and vagueness within them. It should give a broad indication, if nothing else, though.

 
An impressive early season showing for UBI/LBI cases, which only (?) made up 22% of the injury instances last season.  As more players have come back from injuries pre-dating the season starting, the crude rate of injuries (instances / total games played) has drifted down from 0.91 to 0.86, compared to 0.80 per game last year (0.78 in 2011/12 and 0.76 in 2010/11).

Finally, a look at the Evasiveness Index.  This is basically the proportion of injury instances for each team that have been described as either "Undisclosed" or the helpfully pointless "Upper/Lower Body" in the same TSN profiles.  I have made no judgement about whether the many instances of "Illness" (i.e. concussion), "Flu" (i.e. concussion) should also be included.


Phoenix and Carolina no strangers to the top of this table, Edmonton and Colorado no strangers to the other end.

Notes/Disclaimers
  • Figures exclude a few minor-leaguers / marginal NHLers (usually an arbitrary judgement on my part) who had been on the NHL club’s IR since pre-season. Generally, if a minor-leaguer gets called up and then injured in an NHL game, his games missed will then count towards the CHIP though.  Minor-league conditioning stints immediately after/during a period on IR might be included in the man-games lost figures (but can't guarantee I get it right every time)
  • For the avoidance of doubt, suspensions and absences due to "personal reasons" are not included in the figures.  However, as per previous seasons, any "retired" player still under contract (Savard, Pronger, Ohlund) is still included.
  • There are undoubtedly a few inaccuracies and inconsistencies in there - I do the best I can with the information out there. Corrections might well be picked up in subsequent updates
  • The cap figure obviously doesn't really correlate very well to the "worth" of a player in some cases, e.g. where players are seeing out an old (underpaid or rookie) contract or where players are horrendously overpaid and/or were signed by Paul Holmgren
  • Also, for any player traded where cap hit is retained by his old team, the cap hit used will only reflect that for his current team.
  • I've once again stuck a full team-by-team listing of games missed and CHIP/CMIP numbers by each player on the web HERE
  • Injury/games/TOI info courtesy of tsn.ca and nhl.com - man-games lost info more than likely does not exactly match up with the "official" figures released by individual teams
  • Cap info courtesy of capgeek.com

          NHL man-games lost and CHIP analysis - 10-game report        
This is my first look for the 2013/14 regular season looking at which teams have been hit hardest by injuries by trying to place a value on the games missed by players due to injury/illness.

The concept again - multiply each game missed by a player by his 2013/14 cap charge (including bonuses), then take the aggregate of these figures for each team and divide by 82. This indicator of value lost to a team by injury/illness is called CHIP (Cap Hit of Injured Players).

All being well, I'll be cutting the season into 10-game chunks for ease of comparability.  So this analysis covers every team up to its 10th game.  Blame the St. Louis Blues for being the last team to get there.

For a more regular snapshot, CHIP rankings are being fed into Rob Vollman's world-famous, Puck Daddy commenter approved, Team Luck calculator.  So go there, people.

Alternatively...
Again, for a different indicator of player "value", I've also illustrated a similar metric based on TOI/G alongside the CHIP numbers.  Clearly, neither cap charge nor TOI/G are perfect measures of player value, since each have a number of limitations and inconsistencies, but they provide a decent comparison and the results do vary somewhat.

A quick summary of the alternative metric:
  • TOI/G replaces cap charge as the measure of value in the calculation
  • For goalies, TOI/G has been worked out as Total Minutes Played / Games Dressed For* - i.e. a goalie playing every minute of 75% of the games, zero in the rest, would end up with a TOI/G of 45 minutes (or close to it, once you factor in OT and so on).  [*Actually, "Games Played by Team - Games Missed by Goalie" - I'm not inclined to disentangle any three-goalie systems or minor-league conditioning stints.]
  • This arguably overstates the worth of starting goalies somewhat, but it's simple and you could equally argue that a workhorse goalie is the hardest position to replace, so it's fair for them to have a much higher TOI/G figure
  • Where a player hasn't played all year or where a player fairly clearly has a reduced TOI/G figure due to getting injured in their only game or one of very few games, I've used TOI/G from last season (or further back if necessary)
  • For each player, multiply games missed by TOI/G to get (for a more palatable name) Cumulative Minutes of Injured Player (CMIP)
  • Take the aggregate of CMIP for the team and divide by games played by the team to arrive at AMIP (Average Minutes of Injured Players) - it feels more understandable expressing this metric as an average per game (whereas CHIP is a running total)
The figures...
The table below shows:
  • Total CHIP for each team over the first 10 games of the regular season, as well as the distribution of CHIP by position
  • The player who has contributed most to the team's CHIP figure
  • The number of players with a CHIP contribution of over $250,000 (think of it as being equivalent to a $1m player missing 20 games or a $4m player missing five games)
  • AMIP for each team over the same period (e.g. an AMIP of 40:00 could be seen as the team missing two 20-minute per game players for every game this season) 
10 second analysis...
The Sharks have obviously struggled badly without Marty Havlát, Raffi Torres, Adam Burish and Tomáš Hertl's sense of respect and dignity.  Meanwhile, the Kings, Blackhawks and Blues are demonstrating that they don't have enough grit and toughness to play in the gritty, tough areas needed to be successful.

The next lists are the top 30 individual CHIP and CMIP contributions:

Rick Nash aside, most of the CHIP leaders have been out all for all 10 games, which Nash tells me is "good".

Where does it hurt?
This is another update of the crude injury-by-location analysis. Again, I’ve just used the descriptions found in the player profiles on tsn.ca, so the figures will encompass all the inaccuracies and vagueness within them. It should give a broad indication, if nothing else, though.

 
Clearly very early days (and no attempt made to adjust for injuries pre-dating the season starting), but the crude rate of injuries (instances / total games played) stands at 0.91, compared to 0.80 per game last year (0.78 in 2011/12 and 0.76 in 2010/11).

Notes/Disclaimers
  • Figures exclude a few minor-leaguers / marginal NHLers (usually an arbitrary judgement on my part) who had been on the NHL club’s IR since pre-season. Generally, if a minor-leaguer gets called up and then injured in an NHL game, his games missed will then count towards the CHIP though.  Minor-league conditioning stints immediately after/during a period on IR might be included in the man-games lost figures (but can't guarantee I get it right every time)
  • For the avoidance of doubt, suspensions and absences due to "personal reasons" are not included in the figures.  However, as per previous seasons, any "retired" player still under contract (Savard, Pronger, Ohlund) is still included.
  • There are undoubtedly a few inaccuracies and inconsistencies in there - I do the best I can with the information out there. Corrections might well be picked up in subsequent updates
  • The cap figure obviously doesn't really correlate very well to the "worth" of a player in some cases, e.g. where players are seeing out an old (underpaid or rookie) contract or where players are horrendously overpaid and/or were signed by Paul Holmgren
  • Also, for any player traded where cap hit is retained by his old team, the cap hit used will only reflect that for his current team.
  • I've once again stuck a full team-by-team listing of games missed and CHIP/CMIP numbers by each player on the web HERE
  • Injury/games/TOI info courtesy of tsn.ca and nhl.com - man-games lost info more than likely does not exactly match up with the "official" figures released by individual teams
  • Cap info courtesy of capgeek.com

          The Pain Game 2013 - end of season wrap        
Injury stats update – end of season awards

This is my final update for the 2012/13 regular season looking at which teams have been hit hardest by injuries by trying to place a value on the games missed by players due to injury/illness.  (If you want to see the Q3 analysis, here is the Q3 analysis.)

[At some point in the summer, I'll probably rework the numbers using GVT again and try to do another summary analysis of the last five years' of CHIP figures, maybe with attractive charts of CHIP vs standings points and other exciting stuff like that. Stay tuned.]

The concept again - multiply each game missed by a player by his (annual) 2012/13 cap charge, then take the aggregate of these figures for each team and divide by 82. This indicator of value lost to a team by injury/illness is called CHIP (Cap Hit of Injured Players).

Note that for reasons of comparability, players' cap hits being published as full-season equivalents and above all, laziness, I have made no attempt to adjust the calculations to account for the 48-game season.

Alternatively...
Again, for a different indicator of player "value", I've also illustrated a similar metric based on TOI/G alongside the CHIP numbers.  Clearly, neither cap charge nor TOI/G are perfect measures of player value, since each have a number of limitations and inconsistencies, but they provide a decent comparison and the results do vary somewhat.

A quick summary of the alternative metric:
  • TOI/G replaces cap charge as the measure of value in the calculation
  • For goalies, TOI/G has been worked out as Total Minutes Played / Games Dressed For* - i.e. a goalie playing every minute of 75% of the games, zero in the rest, would end up with a TOI/G of 45 minutes (or close to it, once you factor in OT and so on).  [*Actually, "Games Played by Team - Games Missed by Goalie" - I'm not inclined to disentangle any three-goalie systems or minor-league conditioning stints.]
  • This arguably overstates the worth of starting goalies somewhat, but it's simple and you could equally argue that a workhorse goalie is the hardest position to replace, so it's fair for them to have a much higher TOI/G figure
  • Where a player hasn't played all year or where a player fairly clearly has a reduced TOI/G figure due to getting injured in their only game or one of very few games, I've used TOI/G from last season (or further back if necessary)
  • For each player, multiply games missed by TOI/G to get (for a more palatable name) Cumulative Minutes of Injured Player (CMIP)
  • Take the aggregate of CMIP for the team and divide by games played by the team to arrive at AMIP (Average Minutes of Injured Players) - it feels more understandable expressing this metric as an average per game (whereas CHIP is a running total)
The figures...
The table below (playoff teams highlighted in yellow) shows:
  • Total CHIP for each team over the 48-game regular season, as well as the distribution of CHIP by position
  • The player who has contributed most to the team's CHIP figure
  • The number of players with a CHIP contribution of over $250,000 (think of it as being equivalent to a $1m player missing 20 games or a $4m player missing five games)
  • AMIP for each team over the same period (e.g. an AMIP of 40:00 could be seen as the team missing two 20-minute per game players for every game this season) 

The following is a ranking of teams by CHIP over Games 37-48 only, to further illustrate some of the biggest movers since last time:


10 second analysis...
A tight race between the three teams that achieved some separation from the rest was eventually won by the Flyers by a thin margin, but with the usual caveat that $3.2m of their total comes from the known/permanent absences of Chris Pronger and Marc-Andre Bourdon.  Ed Snider is presumably briefing Bob Clarke on exactly which unfortunate injuries to administer to protect Danny Briere and Ilya Bryzgalov against prior to next season.

One or two fairly stark differences between the man-games lost figure and the corresponding CHIP ranking are evident, e.g. Detroit, Pittsburgh, Calgary, Montreal.

The Pacific Division seemingly very healthy, with no team higher than the Kings' 16th place, despite Raffi Torres staying within the division at the trade deadline.

Winners of positional crowns:
Goaltenders: Hurricanes [Cam Ward with a destroyed MCL still the least-worst goalie in the Southeast]
Defensemen: Flyers [nope, I didn't realise they ever had any defensemen either]
Forwards: Panthers [bad idea for Dale Tallon to arrange delivery of the players' medication]

And the paper hats:
Goaltenders: 7-way tie [mostly successful workhorse starters, plus Ryan Miller]
Defensemen: Blues [presumably the only reason they could find to trade away Wade Redden]
Forwards: Kings [34 fewer chances for Carter and Richards to be "ill" and miss a game]

The next lists are the top 30 individual CHIP and CMIP contributions:

So the Senators had some key players out for a while, huh?

Players under contract who missed all 48 games:
Mitchell (Los Angeles)
Sutton (Edmonton)
Savard (Boston) [second full season out]
Sauer (NY Rangers)
Pronger (Philadelphia)
Bourdon (Philadelphia)
Bergenheim (Florida)
Ohlund (Tampa Bay) [second full season out]

Where does it hurt?
This is another update of the crude injury-by-location analysis. Again, I’ve just used the descriptions found in the player profiles on tsn.ca, so the figures will encompass all the inaccuracies and vagueness within them. It should give a broad indication, if nothing else, though.

 
No massive shift in the distribution of injuries compared to last year, unless you count Colorado's new-found liberal use of "torso" injuries as a descriptor.

Man-games lost in Q4 total 1,218 compared to 1,178 in Q3, 1,126 in Q2 and 816 in Q1.  The crude rate of injuries (instances / total games played) ended up at 0.80 per game compared to 0.78 per game last year (0.76 per game in 2010/11).  Man-games lost per game this year ended up at 6.0, down from 6.8 last year (6.6 in 2010/11).

Finally, a look at the Evasiveness Index.  This is basically the proportion of injury instances for each team that have been described as either "Undisclosed" or the helpfully pointless "Upper/Lower Body" in the same TSN profiles.  I have made no judgement about whether the many instances of "Illness" (i.e. concussion), "Flu" (i.e. concussion), "None of your business" (i.e. Rick Nash concussion) or "Helmet heat" (i.e. Maple Leaf concussion) should also be included.


A lot of the usual suspects at the top end of the list, while Edmonton repeat as disclosure champions (which Kevin Lowe will angrily remind everybody of at a press conference to unveil Johnny Muckler-Tavish Jr as the Oilers new GM in 20 years' time), controversially tying with the Red Wings who mysteriously un-undisclosed an injury since my last update.


Notes/Disclaimers
  • Figures exclude a few minor-leaguers / marginal NHLers (usually an arbitrary judgement on my part - you tell me whether Matt Taormina is/was still an NHLer at the start of the season...) who had been on the NHL club’s IR since "pre-season". Generally, if a minor-leaguer gets called up and then injured in an NHL game, his games missed will then count towards the CHIP though.  Minor-league conditioning stints immediately after/during a period on IR might be included in the man-games lost figures (but can't guarantee I get it right every time)
  • There are undoubtedly a few inaccuracies and inconsistencies in there - I do the best I can with the information out there. Some corrections are picked up month-to-month too
  • The cap figure obviously doesn't really correlate very well to the "worth" of a player in some cases, e.g. where rookie bonuses are included this year, where players are seeing out an old (underpaid or rookie) contract or where players are horrendously overpaid
  • Also, for any player who was acquired on re-entry waivers (RIP), the cap hit will only reflect that for their current team, i.e. 50% of the player’s full cap hit (shared between his current and old teams). I have taken a similar approach to players traded where cap hit is retained by his old team - only Jason Pominville of these cases so far has been injured
  • I've once again stuck a full team-by-team listing of games missed and CHIP/CMIP numbers by each player on the web HERE
  • Injury/games/TOI info courtesy of tsn.ca and nhl.com - man-games lost info more than likely does not exactly match up with the "official" figures released by individual teams
  • Cap info courtesy of capgeek.com

          The Pain Game 2013 - Third Quarter Report        
Injury stats update – Q3 analysis

This is my third look for the 2012/13 regular season looking at which teams have been hit hardest by injuries by trying to place a value on the games missed by players due to injury/illness.  (If you want to see the Q2 analysis, here is the Q2 analysis.)

The concept again - multiply each game missed by a player by his (annual) 2012/13 cap charge, then take the aggregate of these figures for each team and divide by 82. This indicator of value lost to a team by injury/illness is called CHIP (Cap Hit of Injured Players).

Note that for reasons of comparability, players' cap hits being published as full-season equivalents and above all, laziness, I have made no attempt to adjust the calculations to account for the 48-game season.

Rather than measuring the figures at month ends, as I have done in previous seasons, I'll be cutting the shortened season into 12-game chunks.  So this analysis covers every team up to the 36-game point.

Alternatively...
Again, for a different indicator of player "value", I've also illustrated a similar metric based on TOI/G alongside the CHIP numbers.  Clearly, neither cap charge nor TOI/G are perfect measures of player value, since each have a number of limitations and inconsistencies, but they provide a decent comparison and the results do vary somewhat.

A quick summary of the alternative metric:
  • TOI/G replaces cap charge as the measure of value in the calculation
  • For goalies, TOI/G has been worked out as Total Minutes Played / Games Dressed For* - i.e. a goalie playing every minute of 75% of the games, zero in the rest, would end up with a TOI/G of 45 minutes (or close to it, once you factor in OT and so on).  [*Actually, "Games Played by Team - Games Missed by Goalie" - I'm not inclined to disentangle any three-goalie systems or minor-league conditioning stints.]
  • This arguably overstates the worth of starting goalies somewhat, but it's simple and you could equally argue that a workhorse goalie is the hardest position to replace, so it's fair for them to have a much higher TOI/G figure
  • Where a player hasn't played all year or where a player fairly clearly has a reduced TOI/G figure due to getting injured in their only game or one of very few games, I've used TOI/G from last season (or further back if necessary)
  • For each player, multiply games missed by TOI/G to get (for a more palatable name) Cumulative Minutes of Injured Player (CMIP)
  • Take the aggregate of CMIP for the team and divide by games played by the team to arrive at AMIP (Average Minutes of Injured Players) - it feels more understandable expressing this metric as an average per game (whereas CHIP is a running total)
The figures...
The table below shows:
  • Total CHIP for each team over the first 36 games of the regular season, as well as the distribution of CHIP by position
  • The player who has contributed most to the team's CHIP figure
  • The number of players with a CHIP contribution of over $250,000 (think of it as being equivalent to a $1m player missing 20 games or a $4m player missing five games)
  • AMIP for each team over the same period (e.g. an AMIP of 40:00 could be seen as the team missing two 20-minute per game players for every game this season) 

The following is a ranking of teams by CHIP over Games 25-36 only, to further illustrate some of the biggest movers since last time:


10 second analysis...
The Senators still without Spezza, Karlsson, Michalek, Anderson, Cowen, Yashin, Bonk, Daigle, Rhodes, Boschman and Sidorkiewicz, among others, so are unsurprisingly still heading the pack in CHIP terms, despite having fewer man-games missed than three other teams.

Despite almost keeping pace with the Senators' injuries and winning the fewest number of games in the whole league, the Panthers impressively still lead the ultra-competitive, high-quality Southeast Divison by 23 points.  The rival Hurricanes lead the league in men lost, having (I think) re-re-re-acquired Zach Boychuk.

The Penguins' expensive-looking outlier in this quarter was mostly due to Evgeni Malkin. The Flames practically had an injury-free quarter, aside from the continued absence of low-cost Paul Byron, plus Jay Feaster's frontal lobotomy.

The next lists are the top 30 individual CHIP and CMIP contributions:
Tuomo Ruutu in the unenviable position of being between Chris Pronger and Ryan Kesler, so past history tells us he might soon be out again with a skate blade laceration.

Where does it hurt?
This is another update of the crude injury-by-location analysis. Again, I’ve just used the descriptions found in the player profiles on tsn.ca, so the figures will encompass all the inaccuracies and vagueness within them. It should give a broad indication, if nothing else, though.

 
Man-games lost in Q3 total 1,178 compared to 1,126 in Q2 and 816 in Q1.  I remain unconvinced that injuries are occurring at a significantly higher rate than previous years - a crude indication, but the rate of injuries (instances / total games played) sits at 0.81 per game compared to 0.78 per game last year (0.76 per game in 2010/11).

Man-games lost per game so far this year are 5.8, down from 6.8 last year and 6.6 in 2010/11.  (All figures clearly distorted somewhat by long-term injuries existing before seasons begin.  And the rapid advances in the league's cutting edge treatment of concussions, of course...)

Finally, a look at the Evasiveness Index.  This is basically the proportion of injury instances for each team that have been described as either "Undisclosed" or the helpfully pointless "Upper/Lower Body" in the same TSN profiles.  I have made no judgement about whether the many instances of "Illness" (i.e. concussion), "Flu" (i.e. concussion) or "None of your business" (i.e. Rick Nash concussion) should also be included.


Four previous possessors of zeros here have clammed up to some degree, leaving the Oilers to fly the flag of transparency alone. Unless Steve Tambellini is just missing a trick here?  Nah...


Notes/Disclaimers
  • Figures exclude a few minor-leaguers / marginal NHLers (usually an arbitrary judgement on my part - you tell me whether Matt Taormina is/was still an NHLer at the start of the season...) who had been on the NHL club’s IR since "pre-season". Generally, if a minor-leaguer gets called up and then injured in an NHL game, his games missed will then count towards the CHIP though.  Minor-league conditioning stints immediately after/during a period on IR might be included in the man-games lost figures (but can't guarantee I get it right every time)
  • There are undoubtedly a few inaccuracies and inconsistencies in there - I do the best I can with the information out there. Some corrections are picked up month-to-month too
  • The cap figure obviously doesn't really correlate very well to the "worth" of a player in some cases, e.g. where rookie bonuses are included this year, where players are seeing out an old (underpaid or rookie) contract or where players are horrendously overpaid
  • Also, for any player who was acquired on re-entry waivers (RIP), the cap hit will only reflect that for their current team, i.e. 50% of the player’s full cap hit (shared between his current and old teams). I guess I'll take a similar approach to a player traded where cap hit is retained by his old team - Jussi Jokinen and Jason Pominville appear to be the test cases once one of them gets injured..
  • I've once again stuck a full team-by-team listing of games missed and CHIP/CMIP numbers by each player on the web HERE
  • Injury/games/TOI info courtesy of tsn.ca and nhl.com - man-games lost info more than likely does not exactly match up with the "official" figures released by individual teams
  • Cap info courtesy of capgeek.com

          Why I celebrate College Signing Day        

I grew up as a first-generation American living on welfare and food stamps with a single mother in Hell’s Kitchen, New York. For most of my life, college seemed out of reach—no one in my family or neighborhood had gone, so it was hard to imagine that I’d ever get there. The day I committed to going to college was the day my life changed. It opened many doors and opportunities, and I made lifelong friends (and learned a few important lessons) along the way. Now I’ve dedicated my career at Google to helping educators use technology to give students more opportunities.

 Though it didn’t have an official name when I was in school, College Signing Day marks the day when high school seniors commit to attending a four-year university, professional training program or community college. This College Signing Day, I'm joining Michelle Obama to celebrate this moment and the students whose lives are about to change with their decision to go to college.

 Attending college was a huge milestone for me, but it was accompanied by fear and anxiety. I was entering the unfamiliar and unknown, and my mind filled with dread and doubt. Who was going to help me? If I take out student loans, will I ever make enough money to pay those loans back? What if I'm not smart enough? What if I don’t make any friends?

 These reservations are intensified for students who are growing up the way I grew up. You don't know many individuals who went to college, so you don’t have anyone to turn  turn to for guidance or to help you build the confidence and mindset you need to succeed in college. But I was a stubborn kid (and am now a stubborn adult) and refused to accept expectations for kids like me—that we were destined to a life of crime or poverty. I wanted to prove the stereotypes wrong, which is why I committed to attending SUNY Brockport.

 For students who are the first in their family to attend college, celebrating College Signing Day is critical. We tell students the most important thing they can do for their future is to focus on their education. We tell them how higher education will give them the perspective and tools they’ll use for the rest of their lives. When these students get into college, it’s an enormous accomplishment—and we need to show them it’s worth celebrating.

 Though these students may not have grown up around college graduates, they’ll soon be surrounded by a community of educators, counselors, students and alumni who can help them through the college experience. This community—combined that with the love and support of families and communities back home—is critical to the success of college-bound students.

 Google has done a lot of work to expand opportunities for students at every step of their education (so that they can eventually make it to College Signing Day!). Through Google.org we’ve committed $50 million toward supporting nonprofits that are working to close global education gaps. We’ve built products and tools—like Classroom and Chromebooks—designed to make teaching and learning more effective and engaging. And we’ve also created programs that give every student the tools to become the creators, not just the consumers, of technology.  

A critical component of this commitment is ensuring that every student also has a pathway to pursue their higher education, whether that’s through scholarships, mentors or interning with us at Google. In partnership with Reach Higher (part of the Better Make Room initiative), we’ve also created a series of Google Expeditions for students to virtually visit college campuses. This opens up opportunities for students who don’t have the means to travel to for college visits—they can check out residence halls, classrooms, and even financial aid offices before ever stepping foot on campus. Colleges interested in creating their own Expedition can sign up via this form.

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Former First Lady Michelle Obama touring the advanced skills lab in Howard Community College's Expedition.

For more information on College Signing Day and to access a toolkit to help teachers, counselors, and community organizations host a celebration in their community, visit www.bettermakeroom.org.


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          NEW BOOK TOUR SIGN UPS - October The Last Suttee by Madhu Wangu         
NEW BOOK TOUR SIGN UPS - October
The Last Suttee by Madhu Wangu

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The Last Suttee, is a novel about a woman’s struggle to put an end to the ancient ritual, suttee, meant for a widow to self-immolates on the funeral pyre of her husband. Kumud Kuthiyala has worked hard to put her early life in Neela Nagar behind her. As director of an all-girl orphanage in metropolitan Ambayu, she has become a warrior for women’s education and equal rights. With the help of her love, Dr. Shekhar Roy, she is vigilant in protecting her charges from outdated customs that victimize girls and women. Yet, despite her many successes, her past still haunts her.

A shocking phone call from an anonymous caller turns Kumud’s world upside down. A young bride from Neela Nagar has decided to self-immolate on the funeral pyre of her husband to commit suttee. Kumud has no choice but to return to the blue town to stop this heinous crime, disguised as a ritual. 

Driven by a desperate need to end the barbaric ritual that has scarred her for life, Kumud leaves Shekhar and the girls behind, but as she travels to the town of her youth, a place where superstition and prejudice abound, Kumud is forced to confront not only the stubborn mindset, that a widow is more valuable dead than alive, but also the past she believed she’d left behind. Can she convince the town that their centuries-old tradition is cruel and savage? Can she change the minds of the people and their elders before it’s too late?

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          Time for our FREE, BARGAIN & NEW RELEASES Linkup!        


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Enjoy our selection of New Releases / Free & Bargain Books this week

Authors please feel free to add your own books
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(any genre except erotica welcome)

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Monday
 Leels Loves Books | IrishdaisylovesRomance | Book Babble
Tuesday
Celticlady's Reviews | First Time Mommy Adventures 
Wednesday
Beck Valley BooksCinnamon Hollow Reviews
Thursday
Miki's Hope | Heidi Robbins
Friday
Ebook Addicts | I Love Romance |
Colorimetry
Saturday
3 Partners in Shopping | I Create Purty Thangs | Wishful Endings 
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          New Release Salt by Pauline Creeden with FREE Coloring Book        
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Salt-FINAL_HighHer kind treats her as less-than-human, but she’s always been so much more. 

Mermaid life has never been easy for Verona. Her scars give evidence of her abuse. When her day of reckoning arrives, she is determined to endure exile. According to her father’s experience, exile is better than becoming a land-walker and risking her life among the humans. However, when she saves the life of a drowning human boy, she inadvertently sets off a chain of events which force her to choose a path: stay with the humans she has become attached to or return home to a life of scorn. A savage hunter draws closer, threatening even the humans. Her only hope is to keep everyone safe until the next full moon, but those around her devise their own plans.

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          Winner of the Hearts at Seaside book tour giveaway is…        

The lucky winner is…

T Moss

Congratulations!

Special thanks to author Addison Cole for this great giveaway!

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You can always treat yourself to Hearts at Seaside from here… Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Barnes and Noble | KOBO | iBooks | GPlay | Paperback
Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers features a group of fun, flirty, and emotional friends who gather each summer at their Cape Cod cottages. They’re sassy, flawed, and so easy to relate to, you’ll be begging to enter their circle of friends!

Hearts at Seaside by Addison Cole is the sweet edition of New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster’s steamy romance novel Seaside Hearts. The stories and characters remain the same and convey all of the passion you expect between two people in love, without any explicit scenes or harsh language.

In HEARTS at SEASIDE…

Jenna Ward is vivacious, spontaneous, and confident—except when she’s around the man who stole her heart years earlier, strikingly handsome, quiet, and reliable Pete Lacroux. After years of trying to get his attention and overwhelmed from dealing with her mother’s new cougar lifestyle, Jenna’s giving up on Peter—and is ready to explore other men.

As the eldest of five siblings, with an alcoholic father to care for, boat craftsman Pete Lacroux always does the right thing and has no time for a real relationship. He’s looking forward to seeing his friend Jenna, a welcome distraction who’s so sexy and painfully shy that she equally entertains and confuses him.

When Jenna picks up a hard-bodied construction worker, jealousy ignites Pete’s true feelings, and he’s unable to ignore the desires for Jenna he never realized he had. But Pete’s not the quiet guy he appears to be, and his life is anything but conducive to a relationship. Can Jenna handle the real Pete Lacroux—the most alpha male she’s ever seen—or will she crack under pressure? And can Pete reclaim the life he once had without tearing apart his family?

Hearts at Seaside is the sweet edition of the steamy romance novel Seaside Hearts by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster.

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          Winners of the Break IN book tour giveaway are….        


The lucky winners are…

Emma
Ma
Steph

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NEW RELEASE....
Even when someone is cloaked by a charming smile and friendly nature, Ivy Nash knows the scent of a predator. Half of her life has been filled with one horrific event after another. Which is why she started ECHO, dedicating her life to rid the world of those who prey on children.
But despite all of her life experiences, nothing can prepare her for the "fun house." A terror unlike any other. And that's when she must decide if clinging to life is worth the hell that she will pay.

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          Book Excerpt - For Joy's Sake by Tara Taylor Quinn plus 2 Giveaways!!        
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For Joy's Sake
(Where Secrets Are Safe #12)

by Tara Taylor Quinn
Adult Contemporary Romance
Mass Market Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
August 1st 2017 by Harlequin Superromance

There's something about Julie

Hunter Rafferty is committed to two things: his bachelor lifestyle and his career as an event planner. But working with Julie Fairbanks on a fund-raising gala is quickly becoming the best part of his day. He can't stop thinking about the mysterious beauty—despite her refusals to have dinner with him.

Everything changes when seven-year-old Joy comes to The Lemonade Stand, a shelter for victims of abuse. To help Joy overcome her trauma and the mystery surrounding it, Hunter and Julie push beyond their boundaries, confronting their own past pain…and feelings for each other.


Book Excerpt
CHAPTER ONE, Part 3
“I hear that Chantel is pregnant.”
“Three months!” Julie grinned. Her sister-in- law, who now shared the family mansion
with Julie and Colin, had come into their lives as an undercover cop pretending to be a
member of their privileged society, and had become her best friend. “I can’t wait to have a
little one in the house!” These days, that new baby was the first thing she thought of when
she woke up in the morning.
She was just the aunt. She’d maintain her proper place. But still, she couldn’t wait. “I’m
going to watch the baby when Chantel goes back to work. At least for the first couple of
years.” If Julie had her way, she’d be the child’s nanny until he or she went to school, but it
was ultimately up to Chantel and Colin, and they all had time to figure that one out.
Lila’s smile looked somehow...worried, suggesting that she saw some kind of sadness in
Julie’s situation. In her gray skirt and blouse, with her hair in its usual bun, Lila didn’t
resemble Julie’s idea of a psychic, but she felt sure the older woman had otherworldly
talents of perception.
Lila’s next words confirmed Julie’s personal opinion. “I’m concerned about you,” she said.
“Me?”
“Yes.”
The woman watched her, as though waiting for Julie to confess to something. “Why?”
“There’s a wine tasting at your home this evening.”
She nodded again. She’d helped arrange the event that was raising money for the Santa
Raquel Library fund—a cause that had become dear to her and Colin and Chantel, since the
library’s fund-raising efforts had been instrumental in creating the bond the three of them
shared. Chantel, while posing as a writer from a privileged family in New York, had been
dating Colin as part of her cover. She’d agreed to write a script for the library’s grand
opening party in the renovated mansion that had been willed to the city as a library site.
The evening’s event had been a mystery caper, and Chantel had written herself right into
the hands of a privileged, wealthy, respected man she’d discovered was a serial
rapist—Julie’s rapist. She’d risked her own life in order to give Julie’s life back to her.
“The wine event is there. You’re here.” Lila stated the obvious, so Julie just shrugged.
“You’re cohosting an event, and you aren’t there.”

Other Books in the Where Secrets Are Safe Series
(Books released as of July 2017. Each can be read as a standalone.)


About the Author


The author of more than 70 original novels, in twenty languages, Tara Taylor Quinn is a USA Today bestseller with over six million copies sold. A 2015 RITA finalist Tara appears frequently on bestseller lists, including #1 placement on Amazon lists, and multiple showings on the Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller list. She has appeared on national and local TV across the country, including CBS Sunday Morning.

Tara is a supporter of the National Domestic Violence Hotline. If you or someone you know might be a victim of domestic violence in the United States, please contact 1-800-799-7233.

Website│Goodreads│Amazon│Facebook│Twitter│Pinterest│Instagram│Wattpad

Domestic Violence Shelter Drive


As Tara supports speaking out against domestic violence and supporting those who have been abused, both through her books and in her community, she would love for you to join her in donating items to a shelter in your area. Find out more here.


Tour Schedule

Tour Giveaways


1ST RAFFLECOPTER:
1 winner will receive ebooks of Where Secrets are Safe series books 1 - 13 (open internationally)
1 winner (per the four tour segments) will receive a $10 Amazon eGift Card (open internationally)

2ND RAFFLECOPTER:

1 winner will receive 25,000 Harelquin My Rewards Points, equivalent to 5 books (US and CAN only)
1 winner will receive 5,000 Harelquin My Rewards Points, equivalent to 1 book (US and CAN only)

Both Rafflecopter giveaways end November 30th, 2017


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          NEW BOOK TOUR SIGN UPS - October THE KITCHEN MISTRESS--Katherine’s Story—The Letter Series—Book 3 by Kathleen Shoop         
NEW BOOK TOUR SIGN UPS - October
THE KITCHEN MISTRESS--Katherine’s Story—The Letter Series—Book 3 by Kathleen Shoop
Can be read as a stand alone read

Note from author - this is a lengthy read x

Review Tour
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For every woman who’s had to choose between the secrets that protect her and the people she loves the most…

1892—Des Moines

Katherine Arthur and her family are back and it’s time to collect the money Mrs. Mellet left them in her will. The tidy sum will allow the family peace of mind and a future that’s stable and fulfilling. But when things don’t go exactly as planned, Katherine steps up to do more than her share. Hired as a kitchen mistress, her intuition (with the help of a mysterious recipe book), cooking prowess, and work ethic make her the perfect partner for the enigmatic, wealthy woman next door. Then Aleksey Zurchenko arrives.

Violet Pendergrass is a well-heeled, progressive woman with half a fortune in one hand and a plan for enduring prosperity in the other. Resourceful, shrewd, and tough, Violet doesn’t realize her one and only weakness leaves her vulnerable as she attempts to solidify her independence. She sees unparalleled value in Katherine’s gifts and does her best to keep the girl close, to keep her true work secret from her mother and the world.

Katherine’s loyalties to her mother and Violet grow strained and soon her commitment to both frays even further as her feelings for Aleksey grow. Katherine must decide if pursuing her work with the formidable Violet and protecting her family are more important than following love. Can she do it all? Love, hope, joy, secrets buried in walls and hearts; all are threatened by those who claim to care about the Arthurs. Can Katherine separate what’s right and true from what it takes to survive? Are they even different things?



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          Love giveaways? Pop on over to our giveaway linkup this week!        
Welcome to our Giveaway Linkup hosted by Beck Valley Books,  Finger Click Saver, and Life as Leels
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          Winner of the Confessions of a Trauma Junkie/The Happiness Perspective book tour giveaway is….        

The lucky winner is…

Brooke B

Congratulations!

Special thanks to authors Sherry Lynn and Diane Wing for this great giveaway! xx

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You can always treat yourself to Confessions of a Trauma Junkie: My Life as a Nurse Paramedic from here...
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Ride in the back of the ambulance with Sherry Jones Mayo

Share the innermost feelings of emergency services workers as they encounter trauma, tragedy, redemption, and even a little humor. Sherry Lynn Jones has been an Emergency Medical Technician, Emergency Room Nurse, prison healthcare practitioner, and an on-scene critical incident debriefer. Most people who have observed or experienced physical, mental or emotional crisis have single perspectives. This book allows readers to stand on both sides of the gurney; it details a progression from innocence to enlightened caregiver to burnout, glimpsing into each stage personally and professionally.

“Corrections” the third realm of emergency care behind layers of concrete and barbed wire. Join in the dangers, challenges, and truth-is-stranger-than-fiction humor of this updated and revised second edition of Confessions of a Trauma Junkie. In addition to stories from the streets and ERs, medics, nurses, and corrections officers share perceptions and coping skills from the other side of prisons’ cuffs and clanging metal door.

You can always treat yourself to The Happiness Perspective: Seeing Your Life Differently from here...
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Are you longing for greater happiness, but you feel like it’s just not possible?

Have you heard that happiness is just a state of mind, but you don’t know how to attain that state? Diane Wing, a teacher, personal transformation guide, and intuitive consultant, has unlocked the secrets that make happiness possible. This book is packed with methods to help you transform your thought processes, patterns, habits, and behaviors so you can experience greater happiness, peace of mind, and abundance. Discover in these pages the art of seeing life differently through such processes as:

– Turning regular household chores into meditation activities – Reducing the noise in your environment so you can focus better – Knowing who you truly are rather than trying to be everything to everyone else – Saying no in effective ways that don’t make you feel guilty – Learning to do less and appreciate more – Cleansing your thoughts to remove negativity and ground yourself.

Your personal evolution into greater happiness awaits you! Don’t wait any longer.


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          NEW BOOK TOUR SIGN UPS - October - Thrill of Love by Melissa Foster (Love in Bloom: The Bradens at Peaceful Harbor)         
NEW BOOK TOUR SIGN UPS - October
Thrill of Love by Melissa Foster (Love in Bloom: The Bradens at Peaceful Harbor)

NOTE FROM AUTHOR - This book may have explicit sexual references. If that is not your cup of tea, please do not request to review, thankyou x

Review Tour
Tour October 4th onwards

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The Bradens are a series of sexy stand-alone romances. These hot contemporary romance novels feature alpha male heroes and sexy, empowered women. They're flawed, funny, passionate, and relatable to readers who enjoy new adult romance, contemporary romance, and women's fiction.

Fall in love with Ty Braden, a world-renowned mountain climber and nature photographer. He's about to take on his toughest assignment yet--winning the heart of the one that got away.

Do you believe in fate?

World-renowned mountain climber and nature photographer Ty Braden never believed in second dates, much less heart-pounding, steal-his-breath love. But that was before a trip to Saint-Luc, where he met funny, strong, and entrancingly beautiful Aiyla Bell, a ski instructor and fellow photographer whose hopes and dreams, and love of the outdoors, aligned perfectly with his--and whose kisses alone turned him inside out.

After spending five magical days and four sweet, soulful nights falling in love, Aiyla couldn't imagine a day without Ty. But when he asked her to go with him on his next assignment, his reputation for having women at his beck and call stopped her from upending the life she'd worked so hard to create.

Months later fate steps in when a chance encounter brings Ty and Aiyla together for a five-day wilderness event held in the Colorado Mountains. Their deep, passionate connection is stronger than ever, and Ty is bound and determined not to lose her again. But when tragedy strikes and their worlds are turned upside down, their love faces the truest test of all.



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          Time for our FREE, BARGAIN & NEW RELEASES Linkup!        


Sharing the Love of Books
Enjoy our selection of New Releases / Free & Bargain Books this week

Authors please feel free to add your own books
Readers please free to add your own finds
(any genre except erotica welcome)

This weekly link up is hosted by Beck Valley Books & these awesome book loving blogs...
Monday
 Leels Loves Books | IrishdaisylovesRomance | Book Babble
Tuesday
Celticlady's Reviews | First Time Mommy Adventures 
Wednesday
Beck Valley BooksCinnamon Hollow Reviews
Thursday
Miki's Hope | Heidi Robbins
Friday
Ebook Addicts | I Love Romance |
Colorimetry
Saturday
3 Partners in Shopping | I Create Purty Thangs | Wishful Endings 
Sunday

For Pre-orders post - PRE-ORDER / genre / title /author
For New Releases post - NEW / genre / title / author
For Free Books post - FREE / genre / title / author / end date 
For Bargain Books post - SALE / price / genre / title / author / end date
(Strictly no Erotica please.  Steamy romance is fine but watch those covers people, incase any underage child is viewing it!)

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          The winner of the Just Three Dates book tour giveaway is…        

The lucky winner is…

Carol G

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Special thanks to author David Burnett for this great giveaway! xx

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When their mothers become matchmakers, entangling them in a series of dates with each other, Karen and Mark must each decide whether to entertain the idea of a “marriage of convenience,” or to hold out for an increasingly unlikely marriage based on love.

Since breaking with her last boyfriend, Karen has refused to trust any man her age. For the past three years, she has not dated the same one twice, and only one in ten has received even a goodnight kiss as she turned him away. Karen is an artist. She follows her feelings, lives in a cluttered loft, and gushes over vivid sunsets.

Mark still dreams about his almost-fiancée, and his date book has been empty since he threw her out a week before he’d planned to ask for her hand. His friends call him the “Ice Man,” since he seldom smiles, especially at a woman. A math professor at the College, logic guides his behavior, he loves order, and an elegant proof is a thing of beauty.

Both Karen and Mark have all but abandoned hope of ever falling in love, and, left on their own, these opposites would never attract. So, their mothers become matchmakers, entangling them in a series of dates by extracting promises that Karen and Mark will go out together three times, suggesting that, in the absence of love, a “marriage of convenience” is a live option.

If you enjoy heartwarming stories based on true-to-life behaviors, with complicated relationships and a less-than-certain outcome, this book is for you.



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          Winner of the Bad Boys After Dark: Carson book tour giveaway is…        

The lucky winners are…

Amber H
Maria F

Congratulations!

Special thanks to author Melissa Foster for this great giveaway!

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You can always treat yourself to Bad Boys After Dark: Carson from here…
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Indulge your inner vixen with these sexy billionaires!

Meet the Bad Boys... Four fiercely loyal, sinfully sexy, uber alpha brothers, about to fall head over heels for their leading ladies.

Second chances really do exist…...
As the founder of a multimillion-dollar international security business, Carson Bad exposes secrets for a living. He knows better than to forge relationships built on them. But for years he did just that with his best friend, and secret lover, Tawny Bishop. She brought a sense of calm and understanding to his life—in and out of the bedroom. Until one fateful night when a knock at the door changed everything.

Tawny is no longer a naive college student. She’s a sought-after perfumer living in Paris. She has plenty of resources at her fingertips, and lots of lonely nights to think about the only man she’s ever loved—the one she ran away from all those years ago. She needs to move forward with her life, but how can she when Carson still owns her heart?

Maybe showing up in the middle of the night unannounced isn’t the best route to unraveling the past and figuring out her future, but Tawny has played it safe for ten long years, and it's only made her long for the man she never should have walked away from. Now she's back in Carson’s life, and he’s determined not to make the same mistake twice. If only he knew what that mistake was…

The Bad Boys are a series of stand-alone romances that may also be enjoyed as part of the larger Love in Bloom series.

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**



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          City of Gold by Carolyn Arnold (Matthew Connor Adventure Series Book 1) plus $15 Paypal Giveaway        
Finding the Inca’s lost City of Gold would be the discovery of a lifetime. But failing could mean her death... 

Archaeologist Matthew Connor and his friends Cal and Robyn are finally home after a dangerous retrieval expedition in India. While they succeeded in obtaining the priceless Pandu artifact they sought, it almost cost them their lives. Still, Matthew is ready for the next adventure. Yet when new intel surfaces indicating the possible location of the legendary City of Gold, Matthew is hesitant to embark on the quest.

Not only is the evidence questionable but it means looking for the lost city of Paititi far away from where other explorers have concentrated their efforts. As appealing as making the discovery would be, it’s just too risky. But when Cal’s girlfriend, Sophie, is abducted by Matthew’s old nemesis who is dead-set on acquiring the Pandu statue, Matthew may be forced into action. Saving Sophie’s life means either breaking into the Royal Ontario Museum to steal the relic or offering up something no one in his or her right mind can refuse--the City of Gold.

Now Matthew and his two closest friends have to find a city and a treasure that have been lost for centuries. And they only have seven days to do it. As they race against the clock, they quickly discover that the streets they seek aren’t actually paved with gold, but with blood.

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Action-adventure books for the mystery lover. 
Does treasure hunting excite you? 
What about the thought of traveling the globe and exploring remote regions to uncover legends that the world has all but forgotten? 
If so, strap yourself in for an adventure with modern-day archaeologist Matthew Connor and his two closest friends. Indiana Jones meets the twenty-first century. 

 This is the perfect book series for fans of Indiana JonesLara CroftNational Treasure, and The Relic Hunter.


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About the author
CAROLYN ARNOLD is an international best-selling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has four continuing fiction series—Detective Madison Knight, Brandon Fisher FBI, McKinley Mysteries, and Matthew Connor Adventures—and has written nearly thirty books. Her genre diversity offers her readers everything from cozy to hard-boiled mysteries, and thrillers to action adventures.

Both her female detective and FBI profiler series have been praised by those in law enforcement as being accurate and entertaining, leading her to adopt the trademark: POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™.

Carolyn was born in a small town and enjoys spending time outdoors, but she also loves the lights of a big city. Grounded by her roots and lifted by her dreams, her overactive imagination insists that she tell her stories. Her intention is to touch the hearts of millions with her books, to entertain, inspire, and empower.

She currently lives just west of Toronto with her husband and beagle and is a member of Crime Writers of Canada.
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          GRAND FINALE BLITZ: Rebel in a Small Town by Kristina Knight (Harlequin Super Romance)        
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Rebel in a Small Town
By Kristina Knight

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Launch - Note from the Author

My family's special project for this new series is continuing with the release of Rebel in a Small Town, too. We’re donating a portion of the proceeds from the Slippery Rock series toward providing Sweet Cases from TogetherWeRise to foster children. Most children going in to foster care have nothing but the clothes on their backs. Sweet Cases are duffel bags given to children coming in to care, and once given, the bags remain with that child, giving them a sense of home and, hopefully, a sense that they aren't alone. Each duffel includes a warm blanket, a teddy bear, hygiene kit, and art supplies.

— Kristina


Sylv.net - Story Inspiration

I love a rebel! Especially, a rebel that is a little bit unexpected, and I hope that’s what you’ll love about Rebel in a Small Town. Because instead of James – the hero – being the big, bad rebel…it’s Mara. And she’s not so much a crazed, angry, rebel without a cause (although I do like a good rebel without a cause) as a women trying to live down her rebellious past.


“Touché.” James put his hands in his pockets. “You look good.”

“So now that I’m not an attached lesbian-slash- bisexual, you’re going straight into hook-up mode?”

James grinned. “It was a statement of fact,” he said, “not an invitation for either of us to go jumping into whatever lake we were swimming in up until two years ago.”


"Mara and James’ story, the second in the Slippery Rock series, is a sweet second chance/secret baby romance. . . . Slippery Rock was heartening; their HEA, when it comes, is very sweet. Seeing the rest of their collection of friends once again makes me anxious to see what will be in store for future books in the series, especially Adam and Jenny, Levi, and the mysterious, absent Aiden."

Hearts & Scribbles - Top 5 Rebel Movies

Movies are my favorite form of entertainment - next of books, natch! Rom-coms, dramas, action flicks, period dramas, historical reenactments…I’ll watch anything at least once. But I’ll watch a good rebel movie more than once. In some cases, hundreds of times.


She motioned to her bag and tried to shout above the racket of the beepers. “I’m with Cannon Security,” she said, but the teenager kept wielding the broom handle at her like it was a machete. “I’m on a security check,” she said, trying again, but neither of the employees seemed able to hear her. Maybe the two of them didn’t want to hear her.


"Star-crossed lovers, town secrets and a surprise baby … just a few of the things that make this such a fun read! A visit to Slippery Rock is always satisfying!"

Mythical Books - Top 5 Rebel Songs

5. Pink Floyd, Another Brick in the Wall: I think my love of this song comes directly from my dad’s disdain for it. He was a school teacher, and took great offense to a chorus of ‘we don’t need no education’…which, of course, meant I just had to love it. It helped that one of my older brother’s friends (who I thought was quite cute) used to play it while he was working on his old beater car. Sans shirt.

Deal Sharing Aunt - Interview

Does writing energize or exhaust you? – A little bit of both, actually. When the words are flowing, I have a tendency to get totally lost…which leads to more time at the keyboard than I should probably spend…which leads to lost sleep and caffeine highs…and coming down from those is exhausting!


"One thing I love about a book series is that it allows you to return to your favorite place and find out what’s happening to some of your favorite townsfolk. . . . While there are some adult situations in the book, it’s an entertaining small town read that makes me look forward to Ms. Knight’s next Slippery Rock book."

It's All About the Romance - James’ Tips for Reforming a Rebel

Loving a rebel is a hard thing, especially when you’re neck-deep in sheriff duties. And, you know, when your family has been the law in your town for longer than you can remember. People have expectations. And thoughts. And expectations.


"This book has history, love, friendship, humanity and sexual chemistry. The small Town of Slippery Rock is being rebuilt by everyone that once loved it. You don't want to miss this sweet heart warming story about a Rebel coming home!"


“Mara.” His voice was quiet, and the sound of her name on his lips made the sizzle burn a little hotter. She froze, needing to keep the heat between them under control, but wanting it to burst out like a wildfire. His mouth hit hers, but instead of the anger that had fueled that kiss outside the B and B, the contact was slow. Smooth. And it nearly undid her. His mouth was strong against hers, familiar, and yet it was as if he had never kissed her before.

Nicole's Book Musings - Mara’s Tips for Dating a Good Man

The thing is, you can’t run forever. I learned that the hard way, when I fell in love with James Calhoun. I ran, and my life hasn’t been the same since. My problem is that I can’t run anymore because there are more than just my feelings to think about. I have Zeke’s feelings to consider. And James’.

Harlie's Books - Excerpt & Review

“No, no, no. Please, no.”

The siren grew louder, and a few cars passing on the street pulled to the side.

“Let it be a fire. Let it be a fire.”

But it wasn’t a red fire truck that entered the parking lot. It was a big black SUV with Wall County Sheriff plastered along its side. She was definitely not making it to the B and B for snack time.

"Secret baby, childhood friends to lovers, small town tropes, oh my. Sign me up. Not to mention the secret that is between them that the town still blames Mara squarely for. This book has it all for me. Plus, it has smexy times and what an opening to a book. Ms. Knight shook up the mold when she wrote Mara and James."


James cupped his hands around her neck, pulling her to him. Mara squeaked as he laid his lips on hers, silencing her before she could say, for the fifteenth time, that she could be everything for the little boy in the picture. That James could walk away and never feel guilty about it. As if that would ever happen.

"This book warmed my heart. I grew up in a small town called Slippery Rock. When I saw that this town was called Slippery Rock, I knew I had to read it. We moved away from there, but it is always good to go home."

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Rebel in a Small Town
(Slippery Rock #2)
Kristina Knight
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
July 1st 2017 by Harlequin Superromance

He's not giving up his family without a fight

James Calhoun has never been able to resist Mara Tyler, or her knack for mischief. Her reputation as a reckless teenager drove Mara from their hometown. So Slippery Rock is the last place James ever expected to see her, and Mara's timing couldn't be worse. With the upcoming election for sheriff, she threatens the squeaky-clean image James needs to win. Because Mara has brought with her the result of their steamy affair: his two-year-old son, Zeke. After the initial shock, James is determined to have both his family and career. He just needs to convince Mara that her home is where it's always been. With him.


Other Books in the Series

Famous in a Small Town
(Slippery Rock #1)
Kristina Knight
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
May 1st 2017 by Harlequin Superromance

Lifestyles of the small-town famous

Forced to leave Nashville after a scandal, Savannah Walters has come home to Slippery Rock, Missouri, with a bruised ego and her singing career in jeopardy. As if that isn't humiliating enough, on her way into town she's rescued by her swoon-worthy childhood crush, Collin Tyler.

His hands are full running the family orchard and dealing with his delinquent teen sister, so Collin doesn't need to get involved with someone as fiery and unpredictable as Savannah. But the intense attraction between them can't be denied. And when disaster strikes, they'll both be surprised by who's still standing when the dust settles.

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Breakup in a Small Town
(Slippery Rock #3)
Kristina Knight
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
September 1st 2017 by Harlequin Superromance

This isn't the man she married…

Jenny Buchanan never considered what "for better or for worse" meant when she married Adam Buchanan at nineteen. Six years and two little boys later, "for worse" arrives in the form of a tornado that ravages Slippery Rock and injures Adam. Now he's a stranger to his family…and love won't be enough to bring him back.

Only when Jenny asks him to move out does Adam become the husband she needs…but Adam isn't the only one who's changed. As their attraction sparks back to life, Jenny and Adam must learn what it is to grow up—and grow together—before this small-town breakup lasts forever.


About the Author


Once upon a time, Kristina Knight spent her days running from car crash to fire to meetings with local police--no, she wasn't a troublemaker, she was a journalist. Her career took her all over the United States, writing about everything from a serial killer's capture to the National Finals Rodeo. Along the way, she found her very own Knight in Shining Cowboy Boots and an abiding love for romance novels. And just like the characters from her favorite books, she's living her own happily ever after.

Kristina writes sassy contemporary romance novels; her books have appeared on Kindle Best Seller Lists. She loves hearing from readers, so drop her a line!

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Other Harlequin Superromance Books by the Author


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          BOOK TOUR - IN Control (An Ivy Nash Thriller, Book 5) (Redemption Thriller Series) by John W Mefford        
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A child is kidnapped, sending a mother into a panicked frenzy. It’s one of a dozen such crimes across central Texas, targeting those who live behind the pristine brick walls of master planned communities.

Ivy Nash hunts the kidnappers, but she quickly sees this case morph into something else entirely different…more dangerous, more twisted than anyone could imagine.

At the same time, the father of Ivy’s long-time friend pleads with her to do what no friend would ever want. But what she learns could shatter their worlds. An international drug trafficking ring. A professional hit. And one cover-up after another.

Secrets from the past are exposed, but how can Ivy separate reality from a smokescreen of falsehoods? With lives on the line, she can’t fail. The clock is ticking…

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"Rife with deceit and deception and characters that leap off the page, this story is told with confidence through a sure hand, engaging both the mind and the heart. A compelling treat." -- Steve Berry, New York Times Bestselling Author

"An intense and heart wrenching story that keeps you engaged from beginning to end."-- Simon Wood, USA TODAY Bestselling Author of DECEPTIVE PRACTICES.

"I love the way that Mefford writes, seamlessly jumping between characters and time frames with no confusion, and he is extremely descriptive of the setting . You almost feel like you are watching a movie instead of reading a book!" -- Hilary Mahoney, Elusive Red Tiger

Above reviews from An Ivy Nash Thriller, Book 1, IN Defiance

Books in the Alex Troutt Thriller Series:
AT Bay AT Large
AT Once
AT Dawn
AT Dusk
AT Last

 
Books in the Ivy Nash Thriller Series:
IN Defiance
IN Pursuit
IN Doubt
Break IN
IN Control
Coming soon....
IN The End

Q&A with author John W. Mefford: 
Q: What do the Ivy Nash Thrillers have to do with the Redemption Thriller Series?

JWM: The Ivy Nash Thrillers comprise the second sub-series in the Redemption Thriller Series. The Alex Troutt Thrillers are the first sub-series. While I'll eventually write a series that connects the major characters and plots from all the sub-series, you don't have to read the AT books prior to the IN books. But I have to say, the AT thrillers are darn good.

Q: So you're saying you don't have to read the Alex Troutt Thrillers before the Ivy Nash Thrillers?

JWM: Nope. While a few of the characters might occasionally overlap between the series, they can be read as stand-alone. And then I'll wrap everything up in a final set of six novels that connects all of the main characters and stories from each sub-series. If you haven't read any of the Alex Troutt thrillers yet, you can try out the first three at a pretty nice discount. Just search for Alex Troutt Box Set.

Q: Can you give some insight into how Ivy Nash might connect to Alex Troutt down the line?

JWM: Sure…and then I'll send over a hit squad. Seriously, I'll be sprinkling in a few clues along the way for those who pay close attention to the details, but it will all come together in that final six novels of the Redemption Thriller Series. And it will be explosive and gut-wrenching at the same time.

Q: How many different sub-series are you planning to have in the Redemption Thriller Series?

JWM: Right now, I see four sub-series in the Redemption Thriller Series, with six novels in each. It's the most challenging and fulfilling creative endeavor I've undertaken. I hope you enjoy the journey.

About the Author
Amazon #1 Bestselling Author, #2 bestselling author on Barnes and Noble, and a Readers' Favorite Gold Medal winner.

A veteran of the corporate wars, former journalist, and an astute observer of human and social behavior, John W. Mefford has been writing his debut novel since he first entered the work force almost thirty years ago, although he never put words on paper until 2009. Once he started writing, however, he couldn't stop.

A member of International Thriller Writers, John writes novels full of electrifying suspense -- the same types of books he has loved to read since before he could shave.

When he’s not writing, he chases his youth on bike or a basketball court, all while making mental notes of people and societies across the land.



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          BOOK TOUR - Sunsets at Seaside (Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers Book 4) by Addison Cole        
NEW RELEASE........ 

Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers features a group of fun, flirty, and emotional friends who gather each summer at their Cape Cod cottages. They're sassy, flawed, and so easy to relate to, you'll be begging to enter their circle of friends! All books can be read as stand-alone novels.

Sunsets at Seaside by Addison Cole is the sweet edition of New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster's steamy romance novel Seaside Sunsets. The stories and characters remain the same and convey all of the passion you expect between two people in love, without any explicit scenes or harsh language.

In SUNSETS at SEASIDE… 
Jessica Ayers has lived a sheltered life with little more than cello lessons and practices taking up her day. Now a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, she escapes the prim and proper symphony to vacation in the Seaside community in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, to determine if she is living life to the fullest or missing it altogether.

For the first time since developing the second largest search engine in the world, billionaire Jamie Reed is taking the summer off. He plans to work from the Cape and spend time with his elderly grandmother—and falling in love is not in his plans.

From the moment Jamie and Jessica meet, the attraction is white-hot. Once-overly-focused Jamie can think of little else than sweet, smart, and alluring Jessica, and Jessica discovers a side of herself she never knew existed. But when Jamie’s business encounters trouble and his attorney and best friend intervenes, he proves that the brown-haired beauty is too distracting for Jamie. To make matters worse, it appears that Jessica might not be who she says she is, turning Jamie’s life—and his heart—upside down. In a world where personal information is always one click away, Jamie must decide if he should trust his heart or watch the woman he loves walk away.

Sunsets at Seaside is the sweet edition of the steamy romance novel Seaside Sunsets by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster.

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Read, Write, Love at Seaside (Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers Book 1)
Bestselling author Kurt Remington lives to write. He spends twelve hours a day in front of his computer, rarely leaving the seclusion of his beach-front property, where he’s come to finish his latest thriller — that is, until free-spirited Leanna Bray nearly drowns in the ocean trying to save her dog. Kurt’s best-laid plans are shot to hell when he comes to their rescue. Kurt’s as irritated as he is intrigued by the sexy, hot mess of a woman who lives life on a whim, forgets everything, and doesn’t even know the definition of the word organized.

Leanna’s come to the Cape hoping to find a fulfilling career in the jam-making business, and until she figures out her own life, a man is not on the menu. But Leanna can’t get the six-two, deliciously muscled and tragically neat Kurt out of her mind. She tells herself she’s just stopping by to say thank you, but the heart-warming afternoon sparks an emotional and unexpectedly sweet ride as Kurt and Leanna test the powers of Chemistry 101: Opposites Attract.

Read, Write, Love at Seaside is the sweet edition of steamy romance novel Read, Write, Love by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster.

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Dreaming at Seaside (Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers Book 2)
Bella Abbascia has returned to Seaside Cottages in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, as she does every summer. Only this year, Bella has more on her mind than sunbathing and skinny-dipping with her girlfriends. She’s quit her job, put her house on the market, and sworn off relationships while she builds a new life in her favorite place on earth. That is, until good-time Bella’s prank takes a bad turn and a handsome police officer appears on the scene.

Single father and police officer Caden Grant left Boston with his fourteen-year-old son, Evan, after his partner was killed in the line of duty. He hopes to find a safer life in the small resort town of Wellfleet, and when he meets Bella during a night patrol shift, he realizes he’s found the one thing he’d never allowed himself to hope for—or even realized he was missing.

After fourteen years of focusing solely on his son, Caden cannot resist the intense attraction he feels toward beautiful Bella, and Bella’s powerless to fight the heat of their budding romance. But starting over proves more difficult than either of them imagined, and when Evan gets mixed up with the wrong kids, Caden’s loyalty is put to the test. Will he give up everything to protect his son—even Bella?

Dreaming at Seaside is the sweet edition of the steamy romance novel Seaside Dreams by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster.

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Hearts at Seaside (Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers Book 3)
Jenna Ward is vivacious, spontaneous, and confident—except when she’s around the man who stole her heart years earlier, strikingly handsome, quiet, and reliable Pete Lacroux. After years of trying to get his attention and overwhelmed from dealing with her mother’s new cougar lifestyle, Jenna’s giving up on Peter—and is ready to explore other men. 

As the eldest of five siblings, with an alcoholic father to care for, boat craftsman Pete Lacroux always does the right thing and has no time for a real relationship. He’s looking forward to seeing his friend Jenna, a welcome distraction who’s so sexy and painfully shy that she equally entertains and confuses him. 

When Jenna picks up a hard-bodied construction worker, jealousy ignites Pete’s true feelings, and he’s unable to ignore the desires for Jenna he never realized he had. But Pete’s not the quiet guy he appears to be, and his life is anything but conducive to a relationship. Can Jenna handle the real Pete Lacroux—the most alpha male she’s ever seen—or will she crack under pressure? And can Pete reclaim the life he once had without tearing apart his family? 

Hearts at Seaside is the sweet edition of the steamy romance novel Seaside Hearts by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster.

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Secrets at Seaside (Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers Book 5)
Tony Black is the hottest surfer on the planet. He travels the world throughout the year and spends his summers on Cape Cod with his friends, at the Seaside cottages in Wellfleet, Massachusetts. He’s got his choice of women, but Amy Maples is the one he wants. Fourteen years ago she was his for an entire summer, until a devastating accident changed everything, and what they had seemed like it had never existed—at least for her.

Amy Maples is as consistent as the day is long. She’s spent summers on Cape Cod forever, she always does the right thing, and she’s spent years trying to reclaim the heart of Tony Black, the only man she’s ever loved. She’s back for a summer of fun with her friends at Seaside, only this year she’s been offered the opportunity of a lifetime thousands of miles away, and she’s decided to try one last time to reconnect with Tony. But having a relationship with Tony means dealing with her past—and dealing with her past may knock her to her knees.

Secrets at Seaside is the sweet edition of the steamy romance novel Seaside Secrets by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster.

Releasing October 25th
Available to pre-order from ...

Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers 
Coming Soon!
Nights at Seaside (releasing December 13th)
Seized by Love at Seaside 
Embraced at Seaside 
Lovers at Seaside 
Whispers at Seaside


About the author
SIGN UP for ADDISON'S Sweet with Heat newsletter. Fun, flirty romance with a dash of heat. www.AddisonCole.com/Newsletter

DOWNLOAD the first book in Addison's Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers series free: READ, WRITE, LOVE AT SEASIDE

Addison Cole is the sweet alter ego of New York Times and USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster. She writes humorous and emotional sweet contemporary romance. Her books do not include explicit sex scenes or harsh language. Addison spends her summers on Cape Cod, where she dreams up wonderful love stories in her house overlooking Cape Cod Bay.

Addison enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups and welcomes an invitation to your event.

Addison’s books are available in paperback, digital, and audio formats.

Find Addison on the following sites....
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          Book Review - Just Three Dates by David Burnett        

Book Review
Just Three Dates
by David Burnett
NEW RELEASE...
When their mothers become matchmakers, entangling them in a series of dates with each other, Karen and Mark must each decide whether to entertain the idea of a “marriage of convenience,” or to hold out for an increasingly unlikely marriage based on love. 

Since breaking with her last boyfriend, Karen has refused to trust any man her age. For the past three years, she has not dated the same one twice, and only one in ten has received even a goodnight kiss as she turned him away. Karen is an artist. She follows her feelings, lives in a cluttered loft, and gushes over vivid sunsets.

Mark still dreams about his almost-fiancée, and his date book has been empty since he threw her out a week before he’d planned to ask for her hand. His friends call him the “Ice Man,” since he seldom smiles, especially at a woman. A math professor at the College, logic guides his behavior, he loves order, and an elegant proof is a thing of beauty.

Both Karen and Mark have all but abandoned hope of ever falling in love, and, left on their own, these opposites would never attract. So, their mothers become matchmakers, entangling them in a series of dates by extracting promises that Karen and Mark will go out together three times, suggesting that, in the absence of love, a “marriage of convenience” is a live option.

If you enjoy heartwarming stories based on true-to-life behaviors, with complicated relationships and a less-than-certain outcome, this book is for you.

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Our Review
Both Karen and Mark find themselves at a time of life where they would have loved to be settled down with a family, yet through past heartbreaks they both remain single to the annoyance of their parents or should I say mothers!  So what does a mother do when their child can't move forward into a relationship after so long, they feel the need to press the fast forward button and play the blind date host of course!

After being hammered by his mother so many times of the need to find a wife, Mark gives in to her crazy blind date request with her friends daughter Karen, with the promise that they just have to have three dates, and then the whole idea will be forgotten about.  Poor Karen is also put into the same predicament and reluctantly agrees.  They set out, under duress, to meet for their three dates, but the path of true love never runs smoothly so  how will it work out?

David's wonderful writing style has you there in the moment, along with Karen and Mark, it feels like you are reading a true story and the characters are your friends, I even felt frustrated with Mark at times for his stubborn ways just like you would in reality.  You get to relive the new relationship emotions, the awkwardness, the stress and anticipation, getting to know each other, searching for clues within each other and perhaps reading the wrong signals. Yet for Karen and Mark they have the added pressure of knowing their mothers expect wedding bells to chime!

I really enjoyed their story and it did leave me thinking about the idea of an agreed marriage against the loneliness of being on your own, the pros and the cons, quite thought provoking. Which is why I love this author so much, a simple, gentle, realistic story that flows in to the readers mind and has you thinking long after you have read the book.

Our Rating

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About the author
David Burnett lives in Columbia South Carolina, with his wife and their blue-eyed cat, Bonnie. The Reunion, his first novel, is set in nearby Charleston.

David enjoys traveling, photography, baking bread, and the Carolina beaches. He has photographed subjects as varied as prehistoric ruins on the islands of Scotland, star trails, sea gulls, a Native American powwow, and his grandson, Jack. David and his wife have traveled widely in the United States and the United Kingdom. During one trip to Scotland, they visited Crathes Castle, the ancestral home of the Burnett family near Aberdeen. In The Reunion, Michael's journey through England and Scotland allows him to sketch many places they have visited.

David has graduate degrees in psychology and education and previously was Director of Research for the South Carolina Department of Education. He and his wife have two daughters.

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          Hearts at Seaside (Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers Book 3) by Addison Cole plus Giveaway!!        


NEW RELEASE........ 

Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers features a group of fun, flirty, and emotional friends who gather each summer at their Cape Cod cottages. They're sassy, flawed, and so easy to relate to, you'll be begging to enter their circle of friends!  All books can be read as stand-alone novels.

Hearts at Seaside by Addison Cole is the sweet edition of New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster's steamy romance novel Seaside Hearts. The stories and characters remain the same and convey all of the passion you expect between two people in love, without any explicit scenes or harsh language.

In HEARTS at SEASIDE… 
Jenna Ward is vivacious, spontaneous, and confident—except when she’s around the man who stole her heart years earlier, strikingly handsome, quiet, and reliable Pete Lacroux. After years of trying to get his attention and overwhelmed from dealing with her mother’s new cougar lifestyle, Jenna’s giving up on Peter—and is ready to explore other men. 

As the eldest of five siblings, with an alcoholic father to care for, boat craftsman Pete Lacroux always does the right thing and has no time for a real relationship. He’s looking forward to seeing his friend Jenna, a welcome distraction who’s so sexy and painfully shy that she equally entertains and confuses him. 

When Jenna picks up a hard-bodied construction worker, jealousy ignites Pete’s true feelings, and he’s unable to ignore the desires for Jenna he never realized he had. But Pete’s not the quiet guy he appears to be, and his life is anything but conducive to a relationship. Can Jenna handle the real Pete Lacroux—the most alpha male she’s ever seen—or will she crack under pressure? And can Pete reclaim the life he once had without tearing apart his family? 

Hearts at Seaside is the sweet edition of the steamy romance novel Seaside Hearts by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster.

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Read, Write, Love at Seaside (Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers Book 1)
Bestselling author Kurt Remington lives to write. He spends twelve hours a day in front of his computer, rarely leaving the seclusion of his beach-front property, where he’s come to finish his latest thriller — that is, until free-spirited Leanna Bray nearly drowns in the ocean trying to save her dog. Kurt’s best-laid plans are shot to hell when he comes to their rescue. Kurt’s as irritated as he is intrigued by the sexy, hot mess of a woman who lives life on a whim, forgets everything, and doesn’t even know the definition of the word organized.

Leanna’s come to the Cape hoping to find a fulfilling career in the jam-making business, and until she figures out her own life, a man is not on the menu. But Leanna can’t get the six-two, deliciously muscled and tragically neat Kurt out of her mind. She tells herself she’s just stopping by to say thank you, but the heart-warming afternoon sparks an emotional and unexpectedly sweet ride as Kurt and Leanna test the powers of Chemistry 101: Opposites Attract.

Read, Write, Love at Seaside is the sweet edition of steamy romance novel Read, Write, Love by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster.

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Dreaming at Seaside (Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers Book 2)
Bella Abbascia has returned to Seaside Cottages in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, as she does every summer. Only this year, Bella has more on her mind than sunbathing and skinny-dipping with her girlfriends. She’s quit her job, put her house on the market, and sworn off relationships while she builds a new life in her favorite place on earth. That is, until good-time Bella’s prank takes a bad turn and a handsome police officer appears on the scene.

Single father and police officer Caden Grant left Boston with his fourteen-year-old son, Evan, after his partner was killed in the line of duty. He hopes to find a safer life in the small resort town of Wellfleet, and when he meets Bella during a night patrol shift, he realizes he’s found the one thing he’d never allowed himself to hope for—or even realized he was missing.

After fourteen years of focusing solely on his son, Caden cannot resist the intense attraction he feels toward beautiful Bella, and Bella’s powerless to fight the heat of their budding romance. But starting over proves more difficult than either of them imagined, and when Evan gets mixed up with the wrong kids, Caden’s loyalty is put to the test. Will he give up everything to protect his son—even Bella?

Dreaming at Seaside is the sweet edition of the steamy romance novel Seaside Dreams by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster.

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Sunsets at Seaside (Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers Book 4)
Jessica Ayers has lived a sheltered life with little more than cello lessons and practices taking up her day. Now a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, she escapes the prim and proper symphony to vacation in the Seaside community in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, to determine if she is living life to the fullest or missing it altogether.

For the first time since developing the second largest search engine in the world, billionaire Jamie Reed is taking the summer off. He plans to work from the Cape and spend time with his elderly grandmother—and falling in love is not in his plans.

From the moment Jamie and Jessica meet, the attraction is white-hot. Once-overly-focused Jamie can think of little else than sweet, smart, and alluring Jessica, and Jessica discovers a side of herself she never knew existed. But when Jamie’s business encounters trouble and his attorney and best friend intervenes, he proves that the brown-haired beauty is too distracting for Jamie. To make matters worse, it appears that Jessica might not be who she says she is, turning Jamie’s life—and his heart—upside down. In a world where personal information is always one click away, Jamie must decide if he should trust his heart or watch the woman he loves walk away. 

Sunsets at Seaside is the sweet edition of the steamy romance novel Seaside Sunsets by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster.

Releasing August 23rd
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Secrets at Seaside (Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers Book 5)
Tony Black is the hottest surfer on the planet. He travels the world throughout the year and spends his summers on Cape Cod with his friends, at the Seaside cottages in Wellfleet, Massachusetts. He’s got his choice of women, but Amy Maples is the one he wants. Fourteen years ago she was his for an entire summer, until a devastating accident changed everything, and what they had seemed like it had never existed—at least for her.

Amy Maples is as consistent as the day is long. She’s spent summers on Cape Cod forever, she always does the right thing, and she’s spent years trying to reclaim the heart of Tony Black, the only man she’s ever loved. She’s back for a summer of fun with her friends at Seaside, only this year she’s been offered the opportunity of a lifetime thousands of miles away, and she’s decided to try one last time to reconnect with Tony. But having a relationship with Tony means dealing with her past—and dealing with her past may knock her to her knees.

Secrets at Seaside is the sweet edition of the steamy romance novel Seaside Secrets by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster.

Releasing October 25th
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Coming Soon!
Nights at Seaside (releasing December 13th)
Seized by Love at Seaside 
Embraced at Seaside 
Lovers at Seaside 
Whispers at Seaside


About the author
SIGN UP for ADDISON'S Sweet with Heat newsletter. Fun, flirty romance with a dash of heat. www.AddisonCole.com/Newsletter

DOWNLOAD the first book in Addison's Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers series free: READ, WRITE, LOVE AT SEASIDE

Addison Cole is the sweet alter ego of New York Times and USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster. She writes humorous and emotional sweet contemporary romance. Her books do not include explicit sex scenes or harsh language. Addison spends her summers on Cape Cod, where she dreams up wonderful love stories in her house overlooking Cape Cod Bay.

Addison enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups and welcomes an invitation to your event.

Addison’s books are available in paperback, digital, and audio formats.

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          BOOK TOUR - Best Day Ever: A gripping psychological thriller with a twist you won’t see coming! by Kaira Rouda        
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A loving husband. The perfect killer?

‘I wonder if Mia thinks I have a dark side. Most likely as far as she knows, I am just her dear loving husband.’ 

Paul Strom has spent years building his perfect life: glittering career, beautiful wife, two healthy boys and a big house in the suburbs.

But he also has his secrets. That’s why Paul has promised his wife a romantic weekend getaway. He proclaims this day, a warm Friday in May, will be the best day ever.

Paul loves his wife, really, he does. But he also wants to get rid of her. And with every hour that passes, Paul ticks off another stage in his elaborately laid plan…

Behind Closed Doors meets Liane Moriarty in this creepy, fast-paced psychological thriller with aYour Goodreads name

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‘A tensely written, shocking book that will hold readers on the edge of their seats to the very last page.’  Publishers Weekly 

‘Fast-paced, dark, and slightly disturbing, you won’t be able to put this book down until its jaw-dropping ending… Absolutely brilliant!’Kerry Lonsdale, Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Everything We Keep 

‘Through self-conscious charm and a chilling wit, Rouda’s narrator creates laugh-out-loud moments that will feel like guilty pleasures. This may well be the most entertaining read of your year.’  Kathryn Craft, award-winning author of The Far End of Happy, on Best Day Ever

'Deliciously diabolical and highly readable, BEST DAY EVER kept me flipping the pages with anticipation and fascination. Unputdownable!' A. J. Banner, USA Today bestselling author of The Twilight Wife


About the Author
Kaira Rouda is a USA Today bestselling, multiple award-winning author of contemporary women's fiction and sexy modern romance novels that sparkle with humor and heart. Her women's fiction titles include HERE, HOME, HOPE, ALL THE DIFFERENCE, IN THE MIRROR and THE GOODBYE YEAR (April 2016). Her bestselling short story is titled, A MOTHER'S DAY. Kaira's work has won the Indie Excellence Award, USA Book Awards, the Reader's Choice Awards and honorable mention in the Writer's Digest International Book Awards. Her books have been widely reviewed and featured in leading magazines. 

Her sexy contemporary romance series set on INDIGO ISLAND includes: WEEKEND WITH THE TYCOON, Book 1; HER FORBIDDEN LOVE, Book 2; THE TROUBLE WITH CHRISTMAS, Book 3; and THE BILLIONAIRE'S BID, Book 4. Each of these novellas can be read as a stand alone, or enjoyed as a series. Her new series is set in LAGUNA BEACH and includes: LAGUNA NIGHTS, Book 1; LAGUNA HEIGHTS, Book 2; and LAGUNA LIGHTS, Book 3, and LAGUNA SIGHTS, coming winter 2016. She also helped launch Melissa Foster's The Remington's Kindle World with her bestselling novella, SPOTLIGHT ON LOVE and in the Dare to Love Kindle World, THE CELEBRITY DARE. 

Her nonfiction titles, REAL YOU INCORPORATED: 8 Essentials for Women Entrepreneurs, and REAL YOU FOR AUTHORS: 8 Essentials for Women Writers, continue to inspire. 

She lives in Southern California with her husband and four almost-grown kids, and is at work on her next novel.

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          NEW BOOK TOUR SIGN UPS - SEPT IN Control (An Ivy Nash Thriller, Book 5) (Redemption Thriller Series) by John W Mefford         
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IN Control (An Ivy Nash Thriller, Book 5) (Redemption Thriller Series) by John W Mefford

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A child is kidnapped, sending a mother into a panicked frenzy. It’s one of a dozen such crimes across central Texas, targeting those who live behind the pristine brick walls of master planned communities.

Ivy Nash hunts the kidnappers, but she quickly sees this case morph into something else entirely different…more dangerous, more twisted than anyone could imagine.

At the same time, the father of Ivy’s long-time friend pleads with her to do what no friend would ever want. But what she learns could shatter their worlds. An international drug trafficking ring. A professional hit. And one cover-up after another.

Secrets from the past are exposed, but how can Ivy separate reality from a smokescreen of falsehoods? With lives on the line, she can’t fail. The clock is ticking…

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          Book Excerpt - Rebel in a Small Town by Kristina Knight plus giveaway!        
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Rebel in a Small Town
(Slippery Rock #2)
Kristina Knight
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
July 1st 2017 by Harlequin Superromance

He's not giving up his family without a fight

James Calhoun has never been able to resist Mara Tyler, or her knack for mischief. Her reputation as a reckless teenager drove Mara from their hometown. So Slippery Rock is the last place James ever expected to see her, and Mara's timing couldn't be worse. With the upcoming election for sheriff, she threatens the squeaky-clean image James needs to win. Because Mara has brought with her the result of their steamy affair: his two-year-old son, Zeke. After the initial shock, James is determined to have both his family and career. He just needs to convince Mara that her home is where it's always been. With him.


Book Excerpt
“Not that you have a friend. That you have a friend,” he said, emphasizing the word. “I always

wondered what made you walk away like that. Now I know. It wasn’t me.”

Mara’s eyes widened and her mouth dropped open. Not a friend. A friend. James thought she

was, what, bisexual, and that made her walking out on him okay? “I don’t know what you think

you understand, but you are completely and totally off base—”

“It’s okay to be a lesbian—”

“I’m not a lesbian.”

“Okay, a bisexual—”

“If that look means you think you might be joining in a little three-way action now that I’m back

in town, think again, Deputy Doofus. I’m not bisexual and I’m not a lesbian. I am a straight,

CIS-gendered female who likes men.”

James blinked. “But she’s… And you’re… You said she was here to hook up with you.”

“I didn’t mean hook up hook up. God, why do men assume women can be friends with one

another only if they’re also hooking up?”

“It was a natural assumption from the way you introduced her.”

“Are you sure you passed that police academy test? Your deductive reasoning could use a little

work.”

“Yes, I’m sure I passed it, and my deductive reasoning isn’t flawed. You insinuated—”

“—that she was my friend. She’s also my employee, and no, that doesn’t mean I pay her for

sex.” Mara intentionally lowered her voice even though there were no other people on the

sidewalk. “There is no sex between Cheryl and me. I thought you’d already gotten the memo that

my preferences lean toward men.”

“I didn’t know friends randomly meet up with other friends in strange towns where one or the

other of them is working.”

“Then you obviously don’t have very good friends.” Mara crossed her arms over her chest. “Or

you live in a town with a single stoplight, and so do all your friends.”

“Touché.” James put his hands in his pockets. “You look good.”

“So now that I’m not an attached lesbian-slash- bisexual, you’re going straight into hook-up

mode?”

James grinned. “It was a statement of fact,” he said, “not an invitation for either of us to go


jumping into whatever lake we were swimming in up until two years ago.”

Other Books in the Series

Famous in a Small Town
(Slippery Rock #1)
Kristina Knight
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
May 1st 2017 by Harlequin Superromance

Lifestyles of the small-town famous

Forced to leave Nashville after a scandal, Savannah Walters has come home to Slippery Rock, Missouri, with a bruised ego and her singing career in jeopardy. As if that isn't humiliating enough, on her way into town she's rescued by her swoon-worthy childhood crush, Collin Tyler.

His hands are full running the family orchard and dealing with his delinquent teen sister, so Collin doesn't need to get involved with someone as fiery and unpredictable as Savannah. But the intense attraction between them can't be denied. And when disaster strikes, they'll both be surprised by who's still standing when the dust settles.

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Breakup in a Small Town
(Slippery Rock #3)
Kristina Knight
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
September 1st 2017 by Harlequin Superromance

This isn't the man she married… 

Jenny Buchanan never considered what "for better or for worse" meant when she married Adam Buchanan at nineteen. Six years and two little boys later, "for worse" arrives in the form of a tornado that ravages Slippery Rock and injures Adam. Now he's a stranger to his family…and love won't be enough to bring him back. 

Only when Jenny asks him to move out does Adam become the husband she needs…but Adam isn't the only one who's changed. As their attraction sparks back to life, Jenny and Adam must learn what it is to grow up—and grow together—before this small-town breakup lasts forever.


About the Author


Once upon a time, Kristina Knight spent her days running from car crash to fire to meetings with local police--no, she wasn't a troublemaker, she was a journalist. Her career took her all over the United States, writing about everything from a serial killer's capture to the National Finals Rodeo. Along the way, she found her very own Knight in Shining Cowboy Boots and an abiding love for romance novels. And just like the characters from her favorite books, she's living her own happily ever after.

Kristina writes sassy contemporary romance novels; her books have appeared on Kindle Best Seller Lists. She loves hearing from readers, so drop her a line!

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          Entrega de bolsas del corredor        

Ya tenemos las bolsas de los corredores preparadas. Los corredores de la comarca de Campoo pasarán a recogerlas en el Ayuntamiento de Campoo de Yuso, en Barrio La Costana, n. 1, 39292, Campoo de Yuso, en horario de 09:00 a 15:00 horas de lunes a viernes. Los corredores de fuera de la comarca pasarán a recogerlas en horario de 09:00 a 14:00 de la mañana, en la sede de ALCER CANTABRIA, sita en la Plaza Rubén Darío, 0 S/N, 39005 Santander (Cantabria). A continuación os dejamos el listado de inscritos con el Dorsal asignado y lugar de entrega. No obstante, las bolsa del corredor que no se entreguen anticipadamente podrán recogerse el mismo día de la carrera en el stand habilitado al efecto en el pabellón municipal. Igualmente, los corredores que os apuntéis a partir de hoy, pasaréis a recoger vuestra bolsa el día de la carrera en el stand del pabellón municipal. Gracias a todos.


          Suplemento El Diario Montañés        

Suplemento de El Diario Montañés del 12 de julio de 2015. Gracias a la gente de Vive Campoo por prestarnos su apoyo para la difusión de la noticias de Campoo de Yuso. Pincha AQUÍ para descargar la noticia.

          Drupal GTD on Drupal 8 - 18 March, 2017        
Start: 
2017-03-18 10:00 - 17:00 Asia/Kolkata
Organizers: 
Jayaprada
Sivaji
SenthilMohith
lakshminp
Anishnirmal
karthikeyan-manivasagam
kannan@kiluvai.com
arunkumark
Event type: 
Training (free or commercial)

Chennai Drupal Community is back with another Drupal GTD!

We are glad to announce a Drupal Global Training Day on March 18, 2017 i.e, Saturday exclusively on Drupal 8. The speakers confirmed as of now are:

  1. Anish Nirmal on "Headless Drupal cordova app using Drupal 8 and Ionic 2"
  2. Karthikeyan Manivasagam
  3. Lakshmi NP on "RESTful services in Drupal 8
  4. Arun Kumar K on "Drupal and Security: Advice for Site Builders and Coders"
  5. Girish V on "Migration of data using Migration module and Comparison with feeds module"
  6. Kiruba & Praveen on "Why Drupal Commerce?"

Register early so that you can book a seat before the opportunity is lost.

The charge for the training program is 250 INR (for operational cost). Seats are available on a First Come First Serve basis. Bank details will be sent to registered participants through mail.

If more than 4 members participate from same organization, charge will be 150 INR each as Special offer.

Lunch, Parking at your own cost.
Venue: IIT Research Park ( Any changes will be updated)
Please BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) for the session. We will provide the Internet Connection.

Register Now!!

Schedule will be updated by March 12.


          Drupal GTD exclusively on Drupal 8 - 3 Dec 2016         
Start: 
2016-12-03 (All day) Asia/Kolkata
Organizers: 
Shyamala
Jayaprada
Sivaji
arunkumark
Anishnirmal
Mandakini_Kumari
kannan@kiluvai.com
Event type: 
Training (free or commercial)

Chennai Drupal Community Team announces Drupal 8 workshop on 3 December, 2016 Drupal Global Training Day in Chennai. This is a half day event with 4 sessions.

The schedule is given below.
1. Mr. Praveen from kiluvai Tech solutions private limited on Managing libraries at 10:00 A.M.
2. Mr. Lakshmi Narasimhan Parthasarathy from Axelerant on Composer with Drupal 8 at 10:30 A.M.
3. Mrs. Mandakini from Equitas Bank on Custom pages, forms, elements creation at 11:00 A.M.
4. Mr. Nandha Kumar from kiluvai Tech solutions private limited on Debug twig template in Drupal 8 at 11:30 A.M.

Venue:
UniMity Solutions Pvt Ltd
3, 5th Floor, "Kasi Arcade"
116, Thyagaraya Road
T.Nagar, Chennai
Ph: 91-44-43923800

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          More Spring reading        

Hi folks, here's a nice, juicy reading list for that rainy Saturday afternoon. Well... it has stopped raining here but that should not stop you from reading!

Java

Slightly more hard core Java

Java in the future

A little bit of non-Java

Kubernetes

Systems, data stores and more

Time series

Some fun stuff

Until next time! Ashwin.

          Spring 2016 tech reading        

Hello, Spring is here and so is another set of links that I've bookmarked for your reading pleasure.

Java

Cassandra and other distributed systems

Network

Systems

Functional programming

Some DevOps

Misc tech

Until next time!
Ashwin.

          Tendencias de integración de las TIC en Educación: Documento INTEF        
En este documento del INTEF se recogen una serie de tendencias para la mejor integración de las TIC en el curriculum escolar.




          Tall Latte at Half-Price - Rush Hour Special 6:00 a.m. to 7:30 a.m        
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Freebie 2.0 download of the day. If you are like me, as you work at your computer, either on the web or while writing, you run into stuff that you want to save for later or merely want to have around for later use (like a software key, an address or a phone number). If you use gmail, you could email it to yourself but that has its limits. Well there is a tremendous freeware download called Evernote that allows you to record, save, copy and generally memorialize anything on your PC and best of all it syncs with all your computers so if you save something on your laptop while surfing at Cafe Rozella it will be in your Evernote clipboard in your home desktop. The download can be found at: Evernote download. Here's a screen shot.






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Upcoming Events

La Vida Nueva – Zapotec women’s weaving collective visits Seattle
Monday, September 29th 6pm – 9pm
(9th House: for more info 206.323.4483 or bikewitch@yahoo.com )
Tuesday, September 30th 3pm – 9pm
(Café Rozella: 9434 Delridge Way SW 206.763.5805 www.caferozella.com
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La Vida Nueva is a women’s weaving collective in Teotitlan del Valle , Oaxaca Mexico . These Zapotec artisans are continuing their traditional methods of dying, spinning, and weaving wool tapetes (rugs) all by hand. Their work and homeland are internationally acclaimed for the quality of weaving.
Pastora Gutierrez will be representing the 14 women of the collective on this 2008 West Coast Tour. Each stop is an opportunity to create cultural ties with the Zapotec women, as well as learning about the work and community of their cooperative. All the women of La Vida Nueva are independently supporting themselves and their children through the work of the collective.
There are two opportunities in Seattle to meet Pastora and her friend and translator Juanita Rodriguez. These are also opportunities to purchase heirloom quality traditional Zapotec tapetes. This annual selling tour is the main source of income for La Vida Nueva.
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La Vida Nueva - la colectividad que teje de las mujeres de Zapotec visita Seattle
Lunes, 29 de septiembre de 6 P.M. - 9pm
(residencia privada: para más Info 206.323.4483 o bikewitch@yahoo.com
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Martes 30 de septiembre de 3 P.M. - 9pm
(Café Rozella: 9434 Delridge Way SW 206.763.5805 www.caferozella.com
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La Vida Nueva es una colectividad que teje de las mujeres en el del Valle, Oaxaca México de Teotitlan. Estos artesanos de Zapotec están continuando sus métodos tradicionales de teňido, de giro, y de tapetes de las lanas que tejen todas a mano. Su trabajo y patria internacionalmente se aclaman para la calidad de tejer.
Pastora Gutiérrez representará a las 14 mujeres de la colectividad en este viaje 2008 de la costa oeste. Cada parada es una oportunidad de crear lazos culturales con las mujeres de Zapotec, así como el aprendizaje sobre el trabajo y la comunidad de su cooperativa. Todas las mujeres del La Vida Nueva se están apoyando independientemente y a sus niños a través del trabajo de la colectividad.
Hay dos oportunidades en Seattle de resolver Pastora y su amigo y traductor Juanita Rodriguez. Éstas son también oportunidades de comprar los tapetes tradicionales de Zapotec de la calidad de la herencia. Esta publicación anual que vende viaje es la fuente de ingresos principal para el La Vida Nueva.


          Apply To Be a KCPR DJ!         
Do you like music? Do you like sharing it with the [FM] world? Do you like acknowledging your music taste and expanding it while exploring the library of over 15,000 albums KCPR has at its fingertips? Do you already have a sweet DJ name picked out?!*

Well print out an application right here or swing by the station and pick up a blank app and turn it in by THIS FRIDAY, 5pm! 

If you'd like more info, want to learn about the station, or have any questions, come to the information session this wednesday, January 16th, 6 pm at KCPR! (building 26, room 301, on cal poly campus)



*not mandatory
          DJ Application Form        

Click here!


There is some incorrect information on it: The Info Meeting / Q&A is on the 3rd of October at 6PM, not the 26th. Other than that, it's good for you to turn out and fill in. It's due October 5th at 5 pm SHARP!

Good luck!
          New Trip to IoM        
I haven't posted in a while since not a lot has been going on but I wanted to post this and get some input from you guys out there reading my blog.

I have been invited to the second 2012 meeting with Stars on the Isle of Man and have accepted the offer this time. I am not going as a player rep and don't plan on participating in any sort of forum flame war when I return. I'm simply going as an unelected individual player.

However I would really appreciate input from everyone on what your issues and struggles are as well as any ideas for improving yours or others' experience playing on the site. Anything and everything from software to VIP program to game function etc is more than welcome. I do think the individual rake per stake issue has been talked to death and unlikely to change in the near future, but I would still more than welcome any comments or ideas on the overall rake and VIP structures as a whole.

You can use the Google Docs form I created to leave your comments.


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          Neuroplasticity with Michael Merzenich        
A friend and fellow PT, Jon Newman, recently sent me a link to a TED video released for public viewing only in April, it seems - Michael Merzenich on rewiring the brain. If you have ever wondered what neuroplasticity is, check this out. It runs about 23 minutes and I guarantee you'll come away with a deeper grasp of what the brain is and does.

Here is an excerpt I thought was particularly interesting:
"Now, one of the characteristics of this change process is that information is always related to other inputs or other information that's occurring in immediate time, in context. And that's because the brain is constructing representations of things that are correlated in little moments of time, and that relate to one another in little moments of successive time. The brain is recording all information and driving all change in temporal context.

Now, overwhelmingly, the most powerful context that occurred in your brain, is "you". Billions of events occurred in history that are related in time to your "self" as the receiver, your "self" as the actor, your "self" as the thinker, your "self" as the mover.

Billions of times, little pieces of sensation have come in from the surface of your body, that are always associated with "you," the receiver, and result in the embodiment of "you". "You" are constructed. Your "self" is constructed from these billions of events; it's constructed, it's created in your brain and it's created in the brain by physical change. This is the marvelously constructed thing that results in individual form, because each one of us has vastly different histories, and vastly different experiences, that drive into us this marvelous differentiation of self, of personhood."


I love this video. It makes me glad I picked the sort of work I did. I quite like the idea that when I put my hands on someone else, I'm helping them learn more about who they are, helping that brain add to its construction of "self" outside of a pain construction (if I'm careful, and I am). I like that I'm adding more "little pieces of sensation" to their temporally correlated process of embodied self, minus nociceptive input, i.e., more "danger" signals. Yeah, I can live with that.

I also like the idea that I learn more about/add to my own self-construct at the same time, as "little pieces of sensation" from my own skin (on my hands) enters my brain and is temporally correlated to what is already in there.

What is already in there? Circuitry routes, billions of neurons, receptor sites on them (lots and lots of receptors that can change to different ones, alter what they are sensitive to, thanks to "synaptic plasticity") and transmitters. There are convergence zones and arborizations, ascending and descending fibers, switchback and feed forward stations, and lots of somatotopic representational areas (brain maps of body parts). There is brain behaviour, and parts or areas that light up for pain as well as for other functions on fMRI, a vastly complex ecosystem, embedded within another outer ecosystem called the "body," with which it is completely integrated, both of which must exist co-mingled and learn to help each other within the greater outer planetary ecosystem, via a construct called "self."


Additional Reading

1. Michael Merzenich's TED bio
2. A page from my website, About Pain


Older blogposts on Neuroplasticity

1. Neuroplasticity (Dec 11, 2007)
2. Learning (Dec 12, 2007)
3. History of Neuroplasticity (Dec 12/2007)
4. Paradigm (Dec 16, 2007)
5. About mirror therapy (Dec 16, 2007)
6. Get your game on, ease your pain (Dec 17, 2007)
7. The devil is in the details (Dec 18, 2007)
8. A few types of Learning (Dec 18, 2007)
9. Cart ruts: More about UN-doing something (Dec 29, 2007)
10. And it's about brain parts: like hippocampus (Dec 30, 2007)
11. Function only (January 15 2008)
12. Smart prosthetics, smart nerves, smart brains (February 10, 2008)
13. Nervous System Basics VIII: PLASTICITY (May 10, 2008)
14. More about neurogenesis (June 7, 2008)
15. "Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience" online (August 23, 2008)
          The ABCDEFGHI of Persisting Pain        
Here is a link to a write-up I did recently on the topic:

The ABCDEFGHI of Persisting Pain.

I hope it is helpful to anyone who has any.
          L'educació a l'antiga Roma        

Com bona part del patrimoni cultural que tenim, la nostra educació també s’ha nodrit durant segles de les arrels clàssiques i, malgrat hagi passat el temps, som hereus del que grecs i romans van deixar gravat en la nostra memòria. A Roma, no podem iniciar l’estudi de l’educació abans del segle IV a.C. per manca de fonts fidels.  Com és evident, aquesta no era la mateixa que ara, ja que hi ha hagut avenços en les eines, en les tècniques i en la matèria d’estudi, i de la mateixa manera que molt ha canviat tot plegat, tanmateix en època romana la finalitat de l’educació perseguia allò que li és universal: desenvolupar les virtuts de l’home ideal romà a través de la gravitas (“responsabilitat”), la severitas (“austeritat”), la pietas (“respecte”) i la bona fides (“lleialtat”).
Els nens, fins als set anys,  rebien una educació donada per la mare (materfamilias), que els ensenyava els primers costums i la puresa de la llengua. En la segona infantesa, fins als dotze anys, depenien de l’autoritat del pare (paterfamilias), que els  ensenyava a comptar, nedar o fer servir l’espasa... però les nenes encara seguien depenent de la mare. El pare portava el fill amb ell, perquè aprengués mitjançant la seva experiència i el seu exemple, atès que imitar els grans (recordant el respecte al mos maiorum, el costum dels avantpassats) era el tractament pedagògic fonamental. Als setze anys, el ritual de la presa de la toga viril donava per acabada l’educació familiar, encara que els nens encara no tenien la suficient maduresa.
Durant un any, per tant, havien de passar per l’anomenat tirocinium fori, un any on aprenien de la política, dels afers polítics i d’oratòria, tot i que no s’haguessin desprès encara de les ensenyances donades per la família, ja que era un període de temps passat al costat dels pares o un tutor. Acabat aquest aprenentatge, els nois adolescents s’iniciaven en el tirocinium militiae, la vida militar, per iniciar a posteriorila carrera política o cursus honorum, i no en tots els casos. Aquesta era una educació específica, però simultàniament  anaven a l’escola.
La jornada escolar començava a l’alba, després es feia una parada al migdia i es tornava un altre cop a  l’escola. Les matèries que s’estudiaven eren reduïdes gairebé a la lectura i l’escriptura. L’escola era per nens i nenes, encara que sembla que pel que fa a les nenes es preferia que anessin a una de privada.

Hi havia tres estadis de l’ensenyament romà:

El ludus litterarius (dels set fins als onze o dotze anys). El professor era el primus magister ludi, que era l’encarregat d’ensenyar-los a llegir (legere), escriure (scribere) i comptar (calculare). Les lliçons s'impartien en locals molt humils, galeries sota els porxos del fòrum (pergulae) o tabernae llogades per a aquest fi, separades del carrer per una cortina (velum). També podien fer-se a l'aire lliure amb la bonança del temps. Als espais que feien d'aula (de l'antic terme llatí homònim amb el significat de 'palau'), els alumnes s'asseien en bancs sense respatller o tamborets (subsellia) al voltant del mestre, que ho feia en una cadira amb respatller (cathedra). Aquesta era l’educació més bàsica perquè després passaven a l’escola de ludus grammaticus.
          El ludus grammaticus (dels dotze als setze anys). Eren estudis reservats per a nens de famílies amb recursos i, per tant, el nombre d'assistents era molt més reduït i personalitzat. També els locals eren de més qualitat i, fins i tot, decorats amb retrats d'escriptors, artistes o polítics i mapes pintats a les parets. Aquest nivell servia per iniciar-se en el món dels negocis i per preparar-se per a un nivell superior (ludus rhetoris). El professor d’aquest nivell (magister grammaticus) tenia més prestigi i estava més ben pagat. Els coneixements apresos pels joves en aquesta etapa educativa eren els equivalents als que s’ensenyaven a l’escola grega: fonamentalment una iniciació al domini del llenguatge i la interpretació de la literatura poètica. Les matèries impartides anaven des de la història o la geografia a l'aritmètica passant per la mitologia o l'astronomia.
 El ludus rhetoricus. En aquesta etapa se’ls preparava per a la vida pública, per a ser advocats o fer la carrera política (cursus honorum). S’estudiava, essencialment, oratòria (l’art de parlar en públic, a través de suasoriae -discursos per convèncer l'auditori- i controuersiae -debats amb continguts jurídics-), la retòrica grega i la llatina, tot i que predominava més la grega. Assistien alumnes de disset a vint anys. En finalitzar aquesta etapa, l'educació d'un jove romà es donava per acabada. Els romans més benestants, però, solien enviar els seus fills a escoles de prestigi de fora d'Itàlia, especialment a Grècia, bressol de la civilització occidental, on podien completar i aprofundir els seus coneixements com a deixebles d'algun orador o filòsof de fama.

Fins a finals de l’època republicana no es comença a anar a l’escola en el marc d’una política educativa d’Estat. Fins aleshores els nois i algunes noies aprenien d’un mestre professional. Es tractava, per tant, d’escoles privades on cada alumne pagava una quantitat al mes. Durant l’època imperial es van crear escoles públiques a Roma. Igual que la metodologia, basada en la memòria i en la imitació, és molt diferent a l’actual, el material també ho era; utilitzaven papyrus, que era un pergamí on apuntaven el que deia el magister, la seva pissarra s’anomenava tabula o tabella cerata (semblant, això sí, fins i tot en el nom a les actuals tablets!) i tenien uns stili o punxons amb què escrivien. Per comptar utilitzaven un abacus, estri que encara ara podem trobar a l’actualitat. L’atramenti receptaculum era el pot que contenia la tinta per escriure al papyrus i també feien ús de les pennae, que eren les plomes amb què escrivien, o el càlam (calamus), una espècie de canya amb punxa. Per guardar i transportar aquests estris els alumnes duien una mena de motxilla o capsa. A més de les tauletes també tenien llibres (libri), que podien ser de tipus: el volumen, una tira d'uns vint fulls de papir, encolats l'un al costat de l'altre, que s'enrotllaven, i el codex, un quadern de fulls de pergamí cosits en plecs a la manera dels nostres llibres actuals.

Per acabar, i després de tot el que hem après cercant informació sobre l’educació romana, pensem que cal agrair-los el fet d’haver creat un sistema educatiu que, mutatis mutandis, ens ha fet com som. Nosaltres, a la propera edició de la Magna Celebratio que se celebrarà el proper cap de setmana a Badalona, intentarem estar a l’alçada!

Alba Segura i Anna Martínez
2n batxillerat humanístic





          Referències clàssiques als clicks de Playmobil        

Qui no ha jugat alguna vegada als clicks de Playmobil fent volar la seva imaginació? Jo us proposo hic et nunc un recorregut pel món clàssic de la mà d'aquests entranyables ninotets. A veure si sou capaços de reconèixer qui o què s'hi representa en les 32 imatges d'aquesta presentació que consta de diferents sèries. La primera, força significativa, fa referència a l'àmbit diví i al d'algunes criatures fantàstiques molt conegudes. A continuació, en segueix una que compta amb la presència de 3 herois i 3 famosos episodis mitològics i, per acabar, deixem el món de la ficció per aterrar en dos aspectes fonamentals del món antic: el temps de la guerra i la milícia i el dels espectacles públics. 
Això sí, heu d'explicar i argumentar el perquè de la vostra tria. Atributs, objectes, animals, ubicació, qualsevol detall que us cridi l'atenció. Bonam fortunam i bona observació!

Jordi






                  

Les deuxièmes journées franco-espagnoles de la géographie 

auront lieu  les 23 et 24 juin à l'Université Paris 8 

en partenariat avec le CNFG, l'AGE (association des géographes espagnols),
le laboratoire LADYSS et le Zango.

Une session sera dédiée à la didactique. Pour vous consulter le programme temporaire, cliquez ici
Pour vous inscrire, télécharger la fiche d'inscription ici



          Se oss spela i SkellefteÃ¥!        


För första gÃ¥ngen nÃ¥gonsin kommer en träningsmatch (ett sÃ¥ kallat scrimmage) att hÃ¥llas i SkellefteÃ¥. Detta blir en eftermiddag där spelare frÃ¥n Norrlands alla derbyligor mixas till tvÃ¥ lag för att drabba samman i en hÃ¥rd kamp framför publik! 

Vill ni spela? Vara ref eller NSO? ANMÄL ER HÄR SNARAST!
Annars dyk som publik kl. 15.00 för att ta del av nÃ¥got historiskt! 

Plats: Campushallen 
Datum: Lördagen den 6 september
Pris: Frivillig entré vid dörren, finns däremot fika och merch till salu. Cash is Queen!


          6th Grade--Op Art        

          5th grade--Chinese Dragons        

          3rd Grade--Georgia O'Keefe Flowers        
Third grade students will view this slideshow:

They will discuss what they see in the various Georgia O'Keefe flower paintings.  They'll also view this slideshow to get inspiration:


          1st Grade--Piet Mondrian Style Abstract Geometric Paintings        
Students will get inspiration from this slide show of Mondrian abstract paintings.
They will use black construction paper strips and primary color paints to complete their work.

          5th Grade--Inca Inspired Mask Medallions        
5th graders will learn about the artwork of the Incas.  We will look particularly at mask design done by the Incas.

          Aboriginal Art--4th grade        
Fourth grade students will be creating their own aboriginal style dot paintings.
They will be seeing this slide show in class:



Students will brainstorm various Australian animals and sketch out ideas before beginning to paint, using q-tips.  Students may want to check this list to find out about animals they may not have known about.  Bonus points for sketching at home and bringing it in next week!
          6th Grade-Egyptian Sarcophagus Design        
Students will be creating their own Egyptian Style Sarcophagus designs including their own face to be entombed! Students will use the slideshow as inspiration and design help when making their sarcophagus.



          Tecuán        

En el marco de las fiestas patronales en honor a San Francisco de Asís, el atrio de la iglesia  se transformó en el reino del tecuán (el que come o devora, en náhuatl), ese omnipresente tigre mesoamericano -el jaguar- que en la danza de los Tecuanes es perseguido y cazado por varios viejos asistidos por perros, para después ser banquete de zopilotes. Una danza festiva, donde no faltan los golpes del combate, el humor e incluso un funambulismo singular propiciado por los altos árboles en el atrio. Con música de tambor y flauta de carrizo, los danzantes interpretan el drama... ¡uy, que se come al venadito! (un minúsculo niño de unos tres-cuatro años que en cuclillas daba saltitos buscando esconderse); ¡ya hay un cazador herido, vienen a socorrerlo los médicos!; el tigre se contonea, se echa al suelo, da saltos de acróbata, vuelve al ataque… me divertí como una niña. Hubo, después de todo, fiesta, máscara y sacrificio.


          BBI Share The Love 2017: Giveaway!!        

Halo teman - teman semua.. di penghujung event BBI Share The Love 2017 ini, saya dan Nova akan mengadakan giveaway di blog kami masing - masing :D. Karena tak lengkap tanpa  giveaway untuk sebuah event dengan kata "share" hehehe.

Nah, untuk hadiahnya dulu:

# Satu pemenang akan mendapatkan voucher RP 150.000 untuk dibelanjakan di online book shop
# Satu pemenang akan mendapatkan 1 (satu) paket buku kolpri oleh Nova



# Dua pemenang akan mendapatkan masing - masing 1(satu) paket buku kolpri (satu paket berisi buku Impor, satu paket buku terjemahan) oleh Ren

 Paket Kolpri Terjemahan

Paket Kolpri Buku Impor

# Satu pemenang akan mendapatkan hadiah 1 (satu) buku dari judul - judul buku yang pernah direview Ren (bisa lihat listnya di Review Index Ren's Little Corner)

Syaratnya? Cukup mudah kok! Tinggal follow blog saya dan blog Nova (bisa via GFC atau email), tinggalkan komentar di salah satu guest post kami (sila klik label BBI Share The Love 2017 di blog Ren's Little Corner dan Absurd Reader, atau ke Master Post untuk tahu semua artikelnya)  dan isi google formnya. Easy as cake :D. Google forms ini akan ada di blog saya dan blog Nova, dan untuk memenuhi persyaratan giveaway, wajib diisi keduanya. 

Giveaway ini berlaku mulai dari tanggal 22 - 28 Februari 2017. Pemenang akan diumumkan paling lambat seminggu setelah giveaway berakhir.

Sila diisi google form berikut y :):




Untuk giveaway di blog Nova, silakan klik link ini: BBI Share The Love Giveaway

Semua entry akan saya dan Nova cek, dan yang memenuhi persyaratannya akan kami undi nantinya untuk jadi pemenang. Ditunggu partisipasinya ya kawan - kawan!

          A Arte Da Vida - Zygmunt Bauman        

          CIRCULARES CICLO ESCOLAR 2011-2012 DE LA 42 A LA ...        
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          CIRCULARES CICLO ESCOLAR 2011-2012 DE LA 25 A LA 41        
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https://docs.google.com/document/d/1nwXeIcq2TpRjdPgCoA3_PXgLdEcfhKn6DXiesAVV-iY/edit
          CIRCULARES CICLO ESCOLAR 2011-2012 DE LA 11 A LA 22        
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SjaXjNqoFpMD7PRz3GDEGuXCzepQmfNshxov5fv78ec/edit
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https://docs.google.com/document/d/1GsIxm3h_GAfoT_HD_m5jGcF1Ya9gJOS7ADTD_d4Qs0k/edit
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          CIRCULARES CICLO ESCOLAR 2011-2012 DE LA 001 A LA 10        
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          Ley de Educación del Estado de México        
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          Trouble on the left        
Just as it is the duty of every patriotic historian to be harder on his own country than any other--a tradition that began with Thucydides the Athenian--it behooves every politically active person to be critical of his own side.  This is not especially difficult for me today, since the academic left and the ideology it has espoused for at least 30 years is so foreign to my own beliefs, but some may wonder why I am taking the trouble to do it.  One reason is the increasing evidence that that ideology is now firmly established in the nation's newsrooms and plays in important role within the Democratic Party.  Yet it has been politically disastrous and is increasingly at odds with the fundamentals of our civilization as I have always understood them.  If there is not a change on the Left, the Democrats will have great difficulty ever returning to power and will not be able to do much good if they do.

As David Brooks reminded us all this morning, the tradition of western civilization included universal principles of law, justice, and increasingly since the 18th century, of equality.  (To paraphrase Orwell, since I seldom agree with David Brooks, it gives me all the greater pleasure to record my agreement with him on this occasion. It believed that both natural and human science could improve life on earth.  Here in the United States, western civilization, having corrupted itself by importing African slavery, fought a huge civil war in the 19th century to abolish it and established legal equality among the races--even though it took a century to make legal equality a reality.  Women also received political rights in the first half of the twentieth century.  In the middle of the century the world fought a titanic ideological war among liberalism, Communism, and Fascism. The imperial powers retreated from colonialism in the second half of the century.  By then, aspects of western civilization--the rule of law, equal rights for citizens, and attempts to raise the general standard of living--had become a model for virtually the entire world.  The initial post-independence regimes in previously colonial territories were based on some form of western ideology, from liberalism through communism.

The new ideology that now dominates academia was developed by men and women who were children during the great crisis of the 1940s, but spread more widely by my own generation.  It denies the autonomy of ideas and really denies their importance as a motive force in civilization.  Instead, it sees civilization--and ideas--as nothing but a power struggle among different groups, defined by race, by gender, and by sexual preference.  And thus--to get immediately to the heart of the matter--rather than portray western civilization as a triumph of certain ideas that was, to be sure, mostly invented by white men, it portrays western civilization as an instrument used by white men to establish and maintain their domination over other groups--and which, therefore, has to be undone, in fundamental respects, to create real justice.

Let me take another paragraphs to introduce my own perspective.  I became a comparative historian at an early age, not only comparing different countries in the same period of history, but comparing different periods of modern European history.  A comparative perspective, it seem to me, is a good antidote to overly positive or negative views of human nature, since its judgments can be based upon reality.  Now unless one returns to the most primitive hunter-gatherer societies, there seems to be little doubt that western civilization has been less oppressive, on the whole, than any other developed civilization.  That is why movements for racial equality, equality between men and women, and, most recently, gay rights, originated in western civilization, and why such ideas have advanced the most in the most westernized countries.

Now let us go to the new orthodoxy.

The new orthodoxy holds that any attempt to see ourselves as equal citizens in a civic realm is at bottom a fiction designed to preserve the hegemony of white males.  It argues that every one of us is defined by our membership in either a dominant group (straight white males), or an oppressed or "marginalized" one (including all white women, all gays, and all nonwhites.)  Not only that, but everyone of us is morally and emotionally linked to the perceived historical role of those groups. Every straight white male, bears the guilt for the oppression of all other groups, whatever his personal history may be, and every woman and every nonwhite actively suffers from the scars of oppression.  And such oppression is expressed not only, and not merely, through specific, identifiable disadvantages in wealth, income, and opportunity, but through language and culture.

Last week, students a Claremont McKenna University in southern California successfully blocked the audience from hearing a talk by the conservative commentator Heather MacDonald, who is a critic of the Black Lives Matter.  The letter a black students' group wrote to the President of Claremont McKenna moved me to do this post, because it stemmed logically from the ideology whose origins I have just described   The letter replied to a critical statement by the President of Claremont McKenna, arguing that however one felt about Heather MacDonald's views (and I personally disagree very strongly with some of them myself), the Enlightenment value of free speech had to respected.  Here are a few excerpts from that letter.

"Your statement contains unnuanced views surrounding the academy and a belief in searching for some venerated truth. Historically, white supremacy has venerated the idea of objectivity, and wielded a dichotomy of ‘subjectivity vs. objectivity’ as a means of silencing oppressed peoples. The idea that there is a single truth--’the Truth’--is a construct of the Euro-West that is deeply rooted in the Enlightenment, which was a movement that also described Black and Brown people as both subhuman and impervious to pain. This construction is a myth and white supremacy, imperialism, colonization, capitalism, and the United States of America are all of its progeny. The idea that the truth is an entity for which we must search, in matters that endanger our abilities to exist in open spaces, is an attempt to silence oppressed peoples. We, Black students, exist with a myriad of different identities. We are queer, trans, differently-abled, poor/low-income, undocumented, Muslim, first-generation and/or immigrant, and positioned in different spaces across Africa and the African diaspora. The idea that we must subject ourselves routinely to the hate speech of fascists who want for us not to exist plays on the same Eurocentric constructs that believed Black people to be impervious to pain and apathetic to the brutal and violent conditions of white supremacy.

"The idea that the search for this truth involves entertaining Heather Mac Donald’s hate speech is illogical. If engaged, Heather Mac Donald would not be debating on mere difference of opinion, but the right of Black people to exist. Heather Mac Donald is a fascist, a white supremacist, a warhawk, a transphobe, a queerphobe, a classist, and ignorant of interlocking systems of domination that produce the lethal conditions under which oppressed peoples are forced to live. Why are you, and other persons in positions of power at these institutions, protecting a fascist and her hate speech and not students that are directly affected by her presence?

"Advocating for white supremacy and giving white supremacists platforms wherefrom their toxic and deadly illogic may be disseminated is condoning violence against Black people. Heather Mac Donald does not have the right to an audience at the Athenaeum, a private venue wherefrom she received compensation. Dictating and condemning non-respectable forms of protest while parroting the phrase that “protest has a celebrated” place on campus is contradictory at best and anti-Black at worst."

Now I am not suggesting--as the authors of this letter probably would--that this letter expressed the views of most black students at Claremont McKenna, much less elsewhere.  While few black people (and few white people) regard the United States as perfect, many of us are still proud to be Americans.  What makes this letter important is that it expresses an extreme version of what has become mainstream ideology on campus.  Humanity, according to this ideology, is divided into oppressors and oppressed who are defined by race, gender and sexual orientation.  (Class occasionally gets a reference, but economic status is not treated as equally important to these three.)  The oppressors are constantly inflicting great emotional pain on the oppressed, and this must stop.  "Eurocentric values"--that is, the values of western civilization--have always been, and remain, oppressive and suspect.  And those ideas are either the implicit or explicit premise of many thousands of pages of academic writing about "oppressed" or "marginalized" groups that has appeared over the last few decades.

This post is already too long, and I will confine myself to a few fundamental counterpropositions.

1.  The new ideology has sprouted in universities because they are safe spaces whose white male administrators adopted diversity and inclusion as their mission 20-30 years ago.  That mission has become more important than any purely intellectual function, certainly in the humanities and social sciences.  University administrations spend a great deal of time worrying about their facilities (which will affect their U.S. News ranking), their diversity, and the happiness of their minority students.  They spent almost no time trying to develop the best humanities curriculum, and they have given up preserving the heritage of western civilization as a major goal.  

2.   The new ideology has, as I have said, become very powerful in the mainstream media, which accepts the idea, in practice if not in theory, that the problems of "marginalized" groups are more important than anyone else's.  But it has obviously alienated more than 100 million Americans who do not live on the East and West Coasts (and a non-trivial number of those who do.)  After 30 years of political correctness in the universities, we have a self-identified sexual harasser as President and a very traditional white southerner as Attorney General.  Hillary Rodham Clinton in her campaign took pains to make clear that she took the concerns of marginalized groups more seriously than anyone else's.  Quite a few Democratic consultants and commentators look forward eagerly to the day when whites will constitute a minority of the electorate.  The reaction against all of this has been devastating and it was inevitable.



3.  The constant emphasis on the thoughts and feelings of "maringalized" groups--again, everyone but straight white males--is, among other things, a denial of any common value system that unites us all.  When I appeared on radioopensource.org a couple of weeks ago, I was immediately followed by a female historian named Arianne Chernok. As you can here, she peremptorily dismissed everything I had to say about Strauss, Howe, and the crisis that the US is obviously going through on the grounds that "there were no women" in the story I had told. This was, to begin with, false:  Hillary Clinton had not only come up in my conversation with host Chris Lydon, but he had played a clip from her famous 1969 commencement speech.  Professor Chernok was repeating the most common claim of postmodernist historians: that traditional "narratives" of history left out women and nonwhites because they focused on political leaders, who were (in the Atlantic world, anyway) white men.  But whether or not that is true, it remains true that we are ALL political beings who live subject to laws and must inevitably be affected by the great political changes that occur every eighty years. Yes, some will in some ways be affected differently than others, but all of us will be affected in the same way by some of the changes that took place.  We do share a common experience that is very important to us all.

And that leaves me to a last, more tentative point.  The emphasis not only on marginalized groups and identities also denies that there is such a thing as "normal" human behavior.  The concept of "heteronormativity" was originally defined as the idea that heterosexuality was the only proper form of human sexual behavior.  I certainly join in rejecting that idea.  But in many instances, I believe, the concept has gone further, so as to deny that there is any biological or other significance to the heterosexuality of most human beings.  15 or 20 years ago, the American Historical Association cautioned teachers not to assume that their students with either heterosexual or homosexual.  This is connected to the postmodern idea that the heterosexuality of most human beings (a statistical fact) is not biologically determined, but culturally imposed.  Now to repeat, it is vitally important to respect the feelings and rights of those whose sexual orientation is different from that of the majority of their fellow human beings.  But I honestly wonder whether a society can hold together, in the long run, if it does not include some ideas of what constitutes normal behavior, in  a statistical rather than a moral sense, even if we recognize that there will always be people who behave differently and whom we must respect all the same.  One of the biggest functions of crises or fourth turnings as identified by Strauss and Howe is indeed to create or reaffirm a value system, both politically and personally, according to which most of us--never all--will live.  And historically, when societies cannot do this by consensus, some one does it by force.


In my opinion, the constant encouragement of young people in particular to define themselves by race, gender and sexual preference is making it much harder not only to find common ground across these barriers--which I regard as essential to our national survival--but also much harder for them to discover the most important thing about themselves.  Many of us have become obsessed with electing a female President--but no one was ever obsessed with electing a male President, because that was a given.  Because it was a given, the citizenry (male and female) could focus on the difference between the men they might elect, a difference defined by their party affiliation, their views, and what they might accomplish.  The emphasis on race and gender as qualifications for anything implies that there is nothing wrong with our institutions that could not be fixed by redistributing the rewards they offer along gender and racial lines. But there is, in fact, a great deal wrong with all our institutions that cannot be cured that way, but will require leadership that sees things more broadly.  And there is very little evidence indeed that simply increasing diversity at or near the top of powerful institutions actually changes the behavior of those institutions.

Great historians, I like to say, do not argue with history.  What has happened over the last few decades ot left wing thought must have been in some sense inevitable--but that does not make it right.  We need a rebirth of a vital center that can call on everyone.  Events, I think, will eventually force us to move in that direction.  The question is when.

          2017 Theme: Energy + Emissions Contest        
Monday, December 04, 2017 to Friday, December 08, 2017
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8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
University of MIchigan, Duderstadt Gallery, 2281 Bonisteel Blvd., Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Energy + Contest Guidelines

2017 Theme: Energy + Emissions

Do you want to be a contest sponsor? Got other questions? Contact Bruno at brunov@umich.edu (link sends e-mail) to get involved. 

Enter the contest here (link is external). (You don't need your full project details right away!) 
Download a poster here.

 

Student Challenge: Create a tangible visualization of the amount of carbon emissions created by the University of Michigan in the year 2016: 641,000 metric tons, or 1,413,161,420 pounds, of carbon dioxide. This represents approximately 30% of Ann Arbor’s total emissions footprint. (For more detail about U-M’s GHG emissions, see this report.)

Background information: The America of 120 years ago made its transportation and manufacturing emissions starkly visible. Communities around New England factories saw, smelled and breathed the byproducts of the energy consumption around them. In New York City, horses produced 2.5 million pounds of horse manure and 200,000 liters of urine a day. The resultant health and safety hazards galvanized residents and city planners into holding some of the first modern environmental conferences, though the invention of the automobile quickly and effectively solved the problem— and then cars created problems of their own. Prior to the passage of the Clean Air Act of 1970, cities were choked by smog levels that today we associate with urban areas in developing countries.

At the University of Michigan, the energy used to keep the lights on and the buses running goes largely unseen.  This  Energy + challenge, using the Duderstadt Center gallery or the North Campus quad, aims to make the university’s emissions visible to those who contribute to them directly or indirectly.

The Project: Each student team will receive a fact sheet, drawn from U-M’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions Report, containing details about the University of Michigan’s emissions footprint. Students may use any medium to create their emissions experience- visual, audio, spatial, etc. The technology team at Duderstadt will make resources available for use in the contest, including recording and video studios, large-format video recording, the virtual reality laboratory, the Michigan immersive digital experience nexus, several maker spaces, 3D printing resources, etc. A full list of available Duderstadt Media Commons resources is available here. Funding for supplies and other needed resources will be made available by request.

Prize: The prize money available to context winners will total $15,000, split among a winning team and two runners-up. First prize is $7,500, second prize is $5,000, and third prize is $2,500.

Contest dates:

Spring 2017: Contest Announcement

Late September 2017: Project signup window closes

Week of December 4: Project entries displayed and judged

Contest requirements:

Contest teams may consist of any number of students. Both undergraduates and graduate students who will be enrolled at U-M during the Fall 2017 semester may participate. Depending on the nature of the team project, teams may be paired with a mentor from Duderstadt Media Commons. At least one member of each team must tour the Media Commons before the project period begins.

Organizers:

This contest is organized by the University of Michigan Energy Institute in partnership with the Duderstadt Media Commons.  

About Energy +

The  Energy + Challenge is organized by the University of Michigan Energy Institute and is open to students of any academic discipline. The Challenge seeks to demonstrate to students the interconnectedness of energy with the built environment, the climate, and the centrality of energy in society. This year’s theme is pegged to the launch of our Beyond Carbon Neutral project; learn more at beyondcarbonneutral.org (link is external).


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          Release Day Blitz for Becoming Bonnie by Jenni L. Walsh         
​Book Summary: 
From debut historical novelist Jenni L. Walsh comes the untold story of how wholesome Bonnelyn Parker became half of the infamous Bonnie and Clyde duo.
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The summer of 1927 might be the height of the Roaring Twenties, but Bonnelyn Parker is more likely to belt out a church hymn than sling drinks at an illicit juice joint. She’s a sharp girl with plans to overcome her family's poverty, provide for herself, and maybe someday marry her boyfriend, Roy Thornton. But when Roy springs a proposal on her and financial woes jeopardize her ambitions, Bonnelyn finds salvation in an unlikely place: Dallas's newest speakeasy, Doc's.

Living the life of a moll at night, Bonnie remains a wholesome girl by day, engaged to Roy, attending school and working toward a steady future. When Roy discovers her secret life, and embraces it—perhaps too much, especially when it comes to booze and gambling—Bonnie tries to make the pieces fit. Maybe she can have it all: the American Dream, the husband, and the intoxicating allure of jazz music. What she doesn't know is that her life—like her country—is headed for a crash.

She’s about to meet Clyde Barrow.

Few details are known about Bonnie's life prior to meeting her infamous partner. In Becoming Bonnie, Jenni L. Walsh shows a young woman promised the American dream and given the Great Depression, and offers a compelling account of why she fell so hard for a convicted felon—and turned to crime herself.


Publisher and Publication Date: Tor/Forge (Macmillan) | May 9, 2017.
Pages: 304. 

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​Jenni L. Walsh spent her early years chasing around cats, dogs, and chickens in Philadelphia's countryside, before dividing time between a soccer field and a classroom at Villanova University. She put her marketing degree to good use as an advertising copywriter, zip-code hopping with her husband to DC, NYC, NJ, and not surprisingly, back to Philly. There, Jenni's passion for words continued, adding author to her resume. She now balances her laptop with a kid on each hip, and a four-legged child at her feet.

For the mamas, Becoming Bonnie is her debut novel that tells the untold story of how church-going Bonnelyn Parker becomes half of the infamous Bonnie and Clyde duo during the 1920s. The sequel Being Bonnie will be released in the summer of 2018.

For the kiddos, the Brave Like Me series is her middle grade debut that features true stories from heroic women who, at a young age, accomplished daring feats of perseverance and bravery.

​Website: www.jennilwalsh.com
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