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Hi. I'm Penny. I love penguins, books, yarn, stationary, technology, and muddy trail running. Not necessarily in that order and not always every day.

On my main site I post weekly about one of my interests and Fridays feature photos of my cats Shadow (adopted 2009) and Buddy (adopted 2013) or of any kittens we're fostering.

Shorter and more varied postings occur here through the magic of scheduled posts.

How We’re Working Isn’t Working | WIRED →
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npr:

Musical training doesn’t just improve your ear for music, it also helps your ear for speech. That’s the takeaway from an unusual new study published in The Journal of Neuroscience. Researchers found that kids who took music lessons for two years didn’t just get better at playing the trombone or violin. They found that playing music also helped kids’ brains process language.

This Is Your Brain. This Is Your Brain On Music
Photo credit: Annie Tritt for NPR

npr:

Musical training doesn’t just improve your ear for music, it also helps your ear for speech. That’s the takeaway from an unusual new study published in The Journal of Neuroscience. Researchers found that kids who took music lessons for two years didn’t just get better at playing the trombone or violin. They found that playing music also helped kids’ brains process language.

This Is Your Brain. This Is Your Brain On Music

Photo credit: Annie Tritt for NPR

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#music education 
#Neuroscience 
#language learning 
What Happens When WordPress Is Updated With 100 Plugins Activated? →
— 1 week ago
#wordpress 
"The Internet may have started out as a Defense Department project, but it has since become one of the world’s greatest forces for political, economic, and social change. That dual history should make it unsurprising that cyberspace will play a central role in the future of global conflict, but it should also make us a bit sad. War, even one fought with zeros and ones, will still remain a bitter waste of resources."
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explore-blog:

Such an unsettling, thoughtful, and important episode of WNYC’s New Tech City on how the social web changed eating disorders – a phenomenon that belongs with the 100 ideas that changed the web.

A striking factoid from the story – anorexia has the highest mortality rate of all mental disorders. 

— 1 week ago with 151 notes
#technology and society 

Experience the power of a bookbook™

— 1 week ago
#ikea 
#book technology 
Scientists agree: Coffee naps are better than coffee or naps alone →
— 1 week ago
#coffee 
#naps 
#more coffee 
#power of naps 
Why Social Engineering Should Be Your Biggest Security Concern →
— 2 weeks ago
#security 
#social engineering 
When You Flip Through an IKEA Catalog, 75% of the 'Photography' You See is CGI →
— 2 weeks ago
#ikea 
#computer graphics