penguingirl's tumbling thoughts

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.

It’s embarrassing, while I try to find them first, I have published more typos over the years than I care to admit. I love having text-to-speech read back to me and I try to get a spare set of fresh eyes to look things over, but I hadn’t yet tried a different font to help try to catch them. Good ideas!


Why Proofreading is Cuter Than a Kitten

The Internet is a war zone. You are competing for the ultimate prize of your audience’s attention. Don’t let those cute kitten videos win out over your business’s message!

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— 3 weeks ago with 1 note

"The typical sci-fi conundrum asks whether humans can trust robots. But HitchBOT asks the inverse. Can a robot travel thousands of miles based solely on strangers’ good will and not end up vandalized, stolen, or kicked into a ditch?"


Meet the Robot That’s Hitchhiking Its Way Across Canada

A four-foot tall, 11-pound robot is hitchhiking across Canada, tweeting all the way, in an experiment in human-machine interaction.

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— 3 weeks ago

"And. Just. Wow."


Website Security Analysis: A “simple” piece of malware

For regular readers of this blog, there is one constant that pops up over and over: malware gets more complex. When malware researchers, like myself, unlock new

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— 3 weeks ago

A nice chart (translated to english) of (CC) licenses.


Understand Creative Commons Licensing With This Chart

Creative Commons is an ideal way to share your creations with others and find art for personal projects. Some of us, though, don’t always understand the rules. This chart helps you understand the key differences among licenses.

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— 3 weeks ago

This is a brilliant! I would love to see supermarkets here in the state do this.


This Supermarket Came Up With A Brilliant Way To Keep Food From Going To Waste

Instead of tossing out spoiled-looking fruits and vegetables people refuse to buy at supermarkets, the company decided to transform these batches into soups and fruit juices.

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— 3 weeks ago

"To eat well on [$4/day], you have to be canny and creative. Most of all, though, you have to know how to cook—not showily, Food Network style, but thriftily, from dried beans and root vegetables and the bony bits of meat. It’s the sort of thing that our grandmothers and great-grandmothers knew, but that most of us never had to learn."


A Cookbook to Help Food Stamp Recipients Cook Cheaply Becomes a Massive Viral Hit

I think anyone who cares about food realizes that we’ve started to engage, as a society, with problems of unequal access.  There are conversations happening all over the country about “food deserts…

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— 3 weeks ago

"The daily routines of creative people are nothing new, but Sontag manages to set rules for herself, while still giving herself plenty of outs when things don’t go right. Regardless of how hard we try, we’re all prone to break habits now and again, and accepting that you’ll fail sometimes is crucial to success." My personal favourite: "I will try to confine my reading to the evening. (I read too much — as an escape from writing.)"


Susan Sontag’s Best Productivity Tricks

Susan Sontag was a woman of many hats. She was a writer, critic, filmmaker, and a teacher. She got a lot done before she died in 2004. Let’s take a look at how she did it all.

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— 3 weeks ago

Five easy tips to help prevent and manage late blight.


Preventing Late Blight

How to Prevent Late Blight

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— 3 weeks ago

. Thank you!


25 creative ways to help animal shelters

Short or time or money (or both) but still want to help your local animal shelter? Here are smart ways that you can make a big difference.

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— 3 weeks ago

"Encouraging gender diversity in your leadership pool means greater diversity of thought, which, in turn, leads to improved problem solving and greater business benefits."


Why The Most Successful Organizations Have Women And Millennials In Charge

A new global study shows that when women and twenty-somethings lead, big things follow.

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— 3 weeks ago

the whys of shower problem solving:


What’s Up With That: Your Best Thinking Seems to Happen in the Shower | Science | WIRED

You’re in the shower. The water sounds like a gentle, rainy static, and feels like a Plinko massage. You’ve just started to lather up and suddenly, you’re hit with a flash of brilliance. Maybe it’s the answer to a vexing problem at work, the location of your lost USB drive, or perhaps it’s just a ra…

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— 3 weeks ago