Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Nick Offerman's "Super Genius" Thoughts

I have been super busy lately and have not had the time to create one of my typical posts.

That said, for ABCWedesnday's "O Week" I'd like to offer the following thoughts of genius by Nick Offerman. Offerman is an actor, writer and carpenter.  In the video above he is playing off his breakout role as Ron Swanson from the comedy series, "Parks and Recreation" beginning a new season this fall on NBC.

Want more Nick Offerman? Visit the following links:

Thank you for your time and your visit. 
Please leave your reactions or your own "super genius" offerings in the comments below.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

New York Comic Convention 2014

This past week, New York City hosted the New York Comic Convention (NYCC) and it was quite a show.  IF you missed it, here are some nifty facts and highlights:

  • The crowds this year at NYCC (which began in 2006) surpassed those of San Diego Comic Con for the first time. What used to be the second largest pop culture convention now vies with  San Diego as largest. In 2013, over 130,000 people attended NYCC, about the same number as San Diego Comic Con.  This year over 150,000 people attended NYCC.
  • It cost an estimated $20 million to put on the 2014 show.
  • This year 14,000 new jobs were created at the Javits Center where NYCC was held.
  • The estimated economic impact of NYCC on New York City is an estimated $70-80 million.
  • The average ticket price for NYCC was $50 (there were day passes, weekend passes, VIP, Press and Professional passes - all at different prices).
  • NYCC 2014 had 900 exhibitors contained within 200,000 square feet of showroom.
  • NYCC 2014 hosted 2000 speakers and presenters.
  • NYCC had 27 major film and television studios exhibiting this year.
For additional video links and information, please see:

mr freeze nycc 2014
Mister Freeze and Poison Ivy (Image found at Business Insider)
Alyssa King poses as Harlequin. Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images (Image found at Business Insider)
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Doctor Who favorites (Image found at Business Insider)
Venom - Briana Torres
Briana Torres as Venom from "Spider-Man" (Image from mtv.com

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Our favorite Power Rangers (Image found at Business Insider)
Spaceballs 'Heroes" (Image found at Business Insider)
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Frank (from Donnie Darko) - Julio Atehortua
Julio Atehortua as Frank from "Donnie Darko" (Image from mtv.com)
Superman vs Lex Luthor (Image from mtv.com)
Meet McThor, winner of the most creative Friday cosplay (Image found at Business Insider)
"Super Saiyan Deadpool - a Dragon Ball Z and Spider-Man comics hybrid (Image found at Business Insider)
For even more cosplay images please go to:

Transformer meets Chevy's Camaro....(Image found at Business Insider)
Robotics startup Megabots Inc. brought the beginnings of a 15-foot tall, 15,000-pound humanoid robot capable of firing paint-filled projectiles at speeds of 120 mph or more. (Found at Business Insider)
The dragon, Smaug from "The Hobbit" franchise - with eyes that glowed and blinked. (Found at Business Insider)
Artist C J Draden (and others) started with a plain piece of glass, painted it white, and then used an X-Acto knife to etch out a portrait of Groot. (Found at Business Insider)
Special-effects company, Smooth-On, exhibited its foam movie props. (Found at Business Insider)
While I find this image somewhat frightening, Skylanders booth invited young (and not so young) gamers to try their fourth installment of "Trap Team" which hit the shelves October 2nd. (Found at Business Insider)
Dreamworks and Oculus Rift offered users an opportunity to strap on an Oculus virtual reality headset and enter the world of "How to Train Your Dragon 2" and fly Toothless through the clouds. (Found at Business Insider)
The Geico booth offered the lucky ones karaoke, virtual pinball and this 3-D imaging  photo studio, using technology from PictureU. Eight cameras took simultaneous shots to produce a panoramic image of the subjects as superheros fighting against a New York City backdrop. (Found at Business Insider)
Here's an example. The images were then emailed to the subjects along with Geico advertisements. (Found at Business Insider)

 For even more exhibit images please go to http://www.businessinsider.com/best-exhibits-at-new-york-comic-con-2014-10

And, in case you missed my panel...
 "Super Girls: Using Comics to Engage Female Students in the Classroom" with Josh Elder, Eric Kallenborn, Michael Gianfrancesco, and Ronnell Whitaker - HERE'S A SYNOPSIS:http://www.bleedingcool.com/2014/10/10/nycc-super-girls-using-comics-to-engage-female-students-in-the-classroom/

And if THAT isn't educational enough for you, here's a blog post on 150 Things We Learned at New York Comic Con 2014  posted on October 13, 2014 by Rich Johnston.

For those thinking of next year, another comic con or even Halloween, here are some infographics on which superhero is "you."
Infographic created by Lemon.ly and found at http://blog.visual.ly/20-super-infographics-about-superheroes/

Superheroes and Superpowers
"Superheroes and Superpowers" published by Content Gladiator and found at http://visual.ly/superheroes-and-superpowers?utm_source=visually_embed

And, if you still want more, here's a link to 20 "Super Infographics About Superheroes" Finally, for those thinking of next year, another comic con or even Halloween, here are some infographics on which superhero is "you."

That's about it for this post.
Thank you as always for your visit.
What did you find most interesting? What did you find most frightening?
Please share your thoughts and reactions in the comments.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Music and Why we Need It ...Everywhere

Found at wallpaperscraft.com
As our schools fight over budgets and programs, here's why music may be a mistake to cut...OR conversely, here's why as teachers, educators and parents we need
to find a way to put music into our lives and our kids lives:

Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything. ~Plato
Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons. You will find it is to the sour what a water bath is to the body. ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes
If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to say it in music. ~Gustav Mahler
Music is the universal language of mankind. ~Henry Wadworth Longfellow, Outre-Mer
Music doesn't lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music. ~Jimi Hendrix
 All music is folk music. I ain't never heard a horse sing a song. ~Louis Armstrong
The neuroscience of music:

The infographic below shows us the areas of the brain that process and are affected by music:
Found at: http://www.fastcompany.com/3022942/work-smart/the-surprising-science-behind-what-music-does-to-our-brains

Finally, some fun facts about music:
From: http://dailyinfographic.com/
As always, thanks for your visit.

IF you're at New York Comic Convention 2014, please come to my panel on Thursday:

And, if you can't make it....
Please say hello in the comments below

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

About Lying...

Disney's Pinocchio
From small fibs to huge, Hollywood-worthy tales of deception, lying is an enormous part of our lives. And there are many shades of lying.  There is outright lying - telling something we clearly know not to be true, there are 'white lies' and then there in simply not telling all that should be told. Not only do we have to teach our kids not to lie, we have to teach them how to recognize lying.  Not an easy feat.

According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, children and adults lie for similar reasons: for personal gain, to get out of trouble, to impress others, to protect someone (including themselves), to make people feel better ("of course I love you," "you look great in that dress"...), or to soften bad news.. They also note that at a young age, children experiment with the truth and this experimentation continues with increased sophistication and elaboration as their cognitive abilities continue to develop. When a child lies, it doesn't mean they're bad or delinquent - they're learning about social cues, social interactions and limit setting.

How to respond to lies? This in part, depends on the age of your child. It also, often, depends on your culture.

Some parents even ask if they should discipline their child for lying. Most, however, that it depends on the nature and reason for that lie.

Psychologists agree, however, that punishing a young children for lying is ineffective. The better approach is to diplomatically doubt them ("Really? But if you didn't eat the cookie, what are those crumbs on your chin?"). As they get older, your responses can become firmer, letting them know it is not okay to lie and that with lying come unpleasant consequences. 

That said, for those who want to discipline or control their child's lying here are some suggestions:
  • One way to get kids not to lie is to avoid setting them up to lie. 
  • Another way is to not get mad at them when they tell the truth. 
  • Point out and consider "consequences" to your child's without getting angry. 
  • One final preventative suggestion is to provide them with positive, role models. I realize that is often easier said, than done.
Please use the links below to learn more about how to respond when your child lies.

The Psychology of Lying

While we've been lying since recorded time, it has only recently been studied by psychologists. Neitzche asserted that the lie is a condition of life. Freud wrote next to nothing about lying, and
the 1500+page Encyclopedia of Psychology, published in 1984 mentions lies in a brief entry on how to detect them.

Psychologists are now finding that most of us receive conflicting messages about lying. While we're socialized and told to always tell the truth, in reality (at work, in relationships, in history and in fiction), we see that many are rewarded for their lies, half-truths and deceptions.

Below is an  infographic by Full Tilt Poker that examines exactly how we lie — and how we feel about it afterward. It was developed for poker players but is interesting and informative for just about anyone. I have to say, though, that I find their numbers and statistics a bit high. That said, it is food for thought.
The Psychology of Lying
By Dr, Paul Seager at Full Tilt Poker found at http://visual.ly/psychology-lying
For more on lying, please check out the resources below. 
In the meantime, thank you for your visit.
Please leave your own opinions and suggestions in the comments below.

BOOKS  ABOUT LYING you might want to read with your kids:
  •  Not Me by Nicola Killen (Preschool)
  • The Boy Who Cried Wolf  by B.G Hennessy, illustrated by  Boris Kulikov (Preschool)
  • The Berenstain Bears and the Truth by Stan and Jan Berenstain (ages 3-8)
  • My Big Lie by Bill Cosby, illustrated by Varnette P. Honeywood (ages 3-8)
  • The Honest to Goodness Truth by Patricia McKissack illustrated by Giselle Potter (ages 3-8)
  • Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire by Diane deGroat (ages 3-8)
  • Ruthie and the (Not So) Teeny Tiny Lie by Laura Rankin (ages 3-8)
  • Be Honest and Tell the Truth by Cheri J. Meiners (ages 5-8)
  • Babymouse for President graphic novel by Jennifer Holm and Matthew Holm (ages 3 +)
  • Giants Beware graphic novel byRafael Rosado and Jorge Aguirre (ages 5+)
  • Edwurd Fudwupper Fibbed Big by Berkely Breathed (ages 5+)
  • Don't Tell a Whopper on Friday written by Adolph Moser Ed.D., illustrated by David Melton (ages 9+)