Interesting Websites, Blog Posts and Other Tidbits
Every so often, I do a post on interesting websites, blog posts, tools and resources. I realized that I haven’t done one in a long time. I decided to rectify that. It’s good to try new things, because you never know where they might lead you to.
‘The library of things’ now lends a lot more than just books: I love this article on the Mother Nature Network website. To remain relevant, many libraries have transformed themselves. Imagine borrowing a pair of snow shoes from the library? How about a drill? Click through to read this fun, but insightful article by Lloyd Alter. At the Metropolitan Reference Library that’s close to where I live, they have a Digital Innovation Hub 3-D printer. This article references it.
Maegan: How you ever been at an event that you host at a restaurant, where there is one bill, and participants leave without paying, or forget to add on the tax. “maegan™ takes orders and processes check payments from your guests, whether they sit at the table, take-out their meal or order delivery.” I haven’t tried this technology yet, but it’s pretty nifty.
Curious.com: I first learned about this website while reading Non-Obvious. Looking to become more curious? Their Curious Learning Engine helps you build your Curious Quotient or CQ. This is also bite-sized learning at its finest. There are many topics for you to choose from. Once you figure out your learning goals, you’re set. There is a quiz to help you figure out your learning goals. As someone who has a lot of research experience, the questions are sometimes not well constructed, so you find yourself having to choose an answer that’s not quite right for you. The best choice for you is not there. After you’ve completed the test, Curious.com creates your personalized CQ Wheel. If you want to move forward, to get your daily dose of snackable content, it costs $90 a year. The concept is a great idea. This is appropriate for people who are not self-directed learners.
Happify.com: Quite a great name, don’t you think? My friend told me about this website. According to the description on the website, “Happify is the single destination for effective, evidence-based solutions for better emotional health and wellbeing in the 21st century.” Who doesn’t want to be happier in life? As with Curious.com, you have to take a test, then you receive a recommendation on which track to work through to become happier.
Stanford Persuasive Tech Lab: I learned about the Stanford Persuasive Tech Lab while reading Non-Obvious. I read this book to get a more well-rounded view of how ideas spread. “The purpose of the Persuasive Technology Lab is to create insight into how computing products–from websites to mobile phone software–can be designed to change people’s beliefs and behaviors. Our major projects include technology for creating health habits, mobile persuasion, and the psychology of Facebook.” What would your life be like, if you were able to develop products and services that positively transformed people’s lives? There is lots of great information at this website.
Screencast-o-matic: This is a great option to create a video of your computer screen. This is a great option for introverts who feel uncomfortable with traditional video recordings.
Uncollege: I learned about this website while reading The Misfit Economy. It has been down for over a day, but I hope it’s not gone for good. I checked out Uncollege last week and it’s a really great concept. the traditional college system is not for everyone. Uncollege offers a curriculum for self-directed learners.
I hope that you check out these interesting websites, blog posts and other resources mentioned above.
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