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  • November 4, 2012

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  • November 3, 2012

According to Zentall, an activ­ity that uses a sense other than that required for the pri­mary task — lis­ten­ing to music while read­ing a social stud­ies text­book — can enhance per­for­mance in chil­dren with ADHD. Doing two things at once, she found, focuses the brain on the pri­mary task.

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  • October 21, 2012

Know that it is OK to do two things at once: carry on a con­ver­sa­tion and knit, or take a shower and do your best think­ing, or jog and plan a busi­ness meet­ing. Often peo­ple with ADD need to be doing sev­eral things at once in order to get any­thing done at all.

Ratey, John J. Md; Hallowell, Edward M. Md.
Driven to Distraction (Revised): Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder, (p. 311).
c. 1994, Random House, Inc. (via adhdisme)
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  • September 17, 2012

Awesome way to start the new year. Shanah Tovah. (Taken with Instagram at 7-Eleven)

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  • July 11, 2012

No one can deny the pop­u­lar­ity of the Farmer John pork-laden Dodger Dog, or its all-beef, but still non-kosher, alter­na­tive. A report from the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council, a project of the American Meat Institute, which pro­vides data, research and recipes to food man­u­fac­tur­ers and reporters, states that the Dodger Dog was the No. 1 best-selling Major League Baseball ball­park hot dog in 2011, and it is expected to be the fourth-highest-selling this year.

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  • July 10, 2012

Now, if it is true that indi­vid­u­als develop a sense of con­nec­tion to and con­cern for a larger col­lec­tiv­ity in the ways that I’ve described – through the prac­tices of story, lan­guage, and love – then we should notice that peo­ple­hood edu­ca­tion does not con­flict with other sub­stan­tive, content-rich Jewish edu­ca­tional efforts but rather com­fort­ably co-exists with them.

Jon A. Levisohn, “Pursuing the Pedagogy of Peoplehood: More than Mifgash” in The Peoplehood Papers, Volume 8: Nurturing Jewish Peoplehood in the 21st Century — What Should We Do Differently? (Center for Jewish Peoplehood Education, 2012)
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  • June 14, 2012

Smarter Stand is my friend Dotan’s project on Kickstarter. Simple, bril­liant, insanely use­ful.

Check it out.

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  • June 10, 2012

Spotted in the ele­va­tor on June 9
(Taken with Instagram)

Today, a new orga­ni­za­tion called B’nai Mitzvah Revolution announced itself to the world.

I’ve been priv­i­leged to serve as the webmaster/tech-guru on the project. Working with the team behind BMR — notably the co-directors and their col­leagues at HUC-JIR/RHSOE/ECE and the URJ — has been an amaz­ingly ful­fill­ing and insight­ful expe­ri­ence. I’m thank­ful to Isa for giv­ing me the oppor­tu­nity.

Check the site out. I’m incred­i­bly proud of it (though, truth be told, a lot of the con­cep­tu­al­iza­tion and tweak­ing came from the entire team).

Viva la rev­o­lu­tion!

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  • May 21, 2012

Just thought I’d help get the mes­sage out there… (Taken with Instagram)

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  • May 8, 2012

Seth Godin:

When peo­ple say, “The tip­ping point,” they often mis­un­der­stand the con­cept in Malcolm’s book. They’re actu­ally talk­ing about the flip­ping point.

The tip­ping point is the sum total of many indi­vid­u­als buzzing about some­thing. But for an indi­vid­ual to start buzzing, some­thing has to change in that person’s mind. Something flips from bore­dom or igno­rance to excite­ment or anger.

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  • March 12, 2012

Sinbad on March 16. Who’s in?
(Taken with Instagram)

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  • March 6, 2012

Remember when you used to read MAD Magazine?

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  • March 2, 2012

Brilliance from Seth Godin:

When I played clar­inet in high school, I never prac­ticed. I blamed it on my dog, who howled, but basi­cally I was a lousy music stu­dent.

At my weekly les­son, though, the teacher would scold me, guess­ing that I’d only prac­ticed three or four hours the week before. I was so good at sight read­ing that while I was truly mediocre at the clar­inet, I was way bet­ter than any­one who had never prac­ticed had any right to be.

We often test sight read­ing skills, par­tic­u­larly in job inter­views. In that highly-charged encounter, we test the applicant’s abil­ity to think on her feet. That’s a great idea if the job involves a lot of feet think­ing, but oth­er­wise, you’re inspect­ing for the wrong thing, aren’t you? Same with a first date. Marketing your­self to a new per­son often involves being charis­matic, clever and quick—but most jobs and most rela­tion­ships are about being con­sis­tent, per­sis­tent and brave, no?

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  • March 1, 2012

Beverly Hills Purim Ball
(Taken with Instagram at Beverly Wilshire Beverly Hills — A Four Seasons Hotel)