Bad Blood and Good Eyes

15th June 2018

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners!

Books of the Week

  • We’ve just discovered that Barb’s book Mindshift: Break Through Obstacles to Learning and Discover Your Hidden Potential is on sale for $1.99 on Kindle.  If you’ve been meaning to read it, this is a great price (and very temporary), so get it now!
  • Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup, by John Carreyrou. This was such a riveting book that we finished it all in one evening. There’s something so alluring about Silicon Valley would-be geniuses who claim world-changing technology.  The upshot of our salacious Silicon salivation is this cautionary tale featuring world-class frauds and utterly ruthless, no-bounds-of-human-decency litigators. John Carreyrou and the Wall Street Journal deserve kudos for this edge-of-the-seat investigative reporting. See also Nick Gillespie’s interview with John Carreyrou.  Also a great book for audio.
  • Macular Degeneration: A guide to help someone you love, by Paul Wallis. It’s easy to get all excited about a great new biography, or entertaining, insightful books on subjects like octopuses or trees. But who would have ever thought that a book on macular degeneration could be both entertaining and enlightening? Entertaining, that is, even if you know no one with macular degeneration, and even if (perhaps especially if) you’ve never known anything before about macular degeneration?  Yes, Macular Degeneration: A guide to help someone you love is a delightful, informative, and upbeat book about a condition that most know little about.  Chapters 1 through 9 in particular give a nice overview of the topic. Paul Wallis is a good writer, whose use of analogies and examples makes the whole book sing—this book is the culmination of his career’s work. Dr. Wallis’s book is well worth reading if you’re generally interested in unusual subjects, if you’d like to learn a little about a subject that might save your own eyesight someday, and if you enjoy taking a literary walk with a good writer who has valuable insights on life. (And yes, it has an audio version.)

2018 World CupAmaze Your Friends by Telling Them All the World Cup Winners!

4-Time US Memory Champion Nelson Dellis is back with another great memory tip video—this one gives great tips for remembering all the world cup winners, evuh!  If you’re a soccer fan, you will love this video. And even if you’re not a soccer fan, you’ll find much to learn in this great video, which gives a sense of how you can make memorizing fun!

Barb the Opening Keynote for Homeschoolers July 13 in Atlanta: Special Discount for LHTLers

If you’re at all interested in homeschooling—or in meeting Barb—please come to the SEA Homeschoolers Conference at the Marriott Marquis in downtown Atlanta for Barb’s keynote on the afternoon of July 13. SEA is now offering one-day convention tickets for families who can’t attend the whole weekend. There are special rates for the hotel rooms for those traveling from out of town.

The convention is family-friendly, secular-oriented, and inclusive. It will feature a wide variety of workshops and talks for parents, as well as a full weekend of activities for kids and teens. There will be a vendor hall showcasing the best in secular homeschool materials, opportunities to network, and more. Open to homeschoolers,  anyone interested in homeschooling, or anyone who would just like to come out on Friday for the keynote on learning! Tickets are on sale now—the coupon code for 20% off is “BarbAtSEA.”

We should note that the recommended course book, A Mind for Numbers, is very popular with homeschoolers, and Barb and Terry’s upcoming book Learning How to Learn: How to Succeed in School Without Spending All Your Time Studying; A Guide for Kids and Teens, is ideal for homeschoolers as well as regular students—and their parents.

A Survey on Lifelong Learning in the Workplace

Barb’s friends at the Digital Learning Consortium are collecting (completely anonymous) information about lifelong learning in the workplace.  If you’d like to help them out in making an impact on the future of digital learning in the workplace, please take the survey.  We took the survey ourselves, just because we find it fascinating to learn what questions are of interest in lifelong learning.

That’s all for this week. Have a happy week in Learning How to Learn!

Barb, Terry, and the entire Learning How to Learn team

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