Before I start talking about January, I feel like I owe y'all an explanation about what happened to #reverb10. In case you didn't notice, I stopped posting about half way through the month. If I'm being honest? The prompts started to bore me. They were all asking (essentially) the same thing and it's not even a thing I was interested in answering once. I know some people enjoyed it, but it wasn't for me.
But it's a new year and (more importantly!) a new month and I hereby declare January to be:
If you don't know what TED is, you should probably get over to the website right now. Go ahead; I'll wait. If you've been reading my blog for a while you've probably seen one of my favorite TED videos: The Web as Random Acts of Kindness.
So each day this month, I'll watch a TED video. I'll be watching a few extras until I get caught up for the five days I missed at the beginning of the year. Some of them I'll post here and talk about them and I'd love to hear some of your thoughts as well!
Yesterday I opened up my TED mobile app to look for a video. I have a new project that I've been doing some research on Arabic and Muslim culture for, so I was thrilled to see one of the top videos from Lesley Hazleton (a Jewish Brit), who discusses her experience with reading the Koran (four translations side by side with the original Arabic). Some of her observations will probably (sadly) surprise you.
As a catch up for January 1st, I also watched a short video from Jessa Gamble. I've always been pretty fascinated by the subject of sleep cycles (I never said I was normal), so I watched this quick (4 minutes) video:
Quick update: If you're viewing this in Google Reader, the videos don't show up so you have to click through for them.