So what has the washing machine done for us?
"Like other household appliances, it has liberated women from doing household work or doing tedious jobs as a domestic servant. A century ago, 10 percent of the labor force worked in other people’s households. Today, very few people do. Apart from the Industrial Revolution, which decreased the number of farmers substantially, I don’t know of a technology that has almost abolished a whole profession on such a scale, in such short time. In short, the washing machine has allowed women to get into the labor market so that we have nearly doubled the work force."
What else did it do for society?
"Women started having fewer children, gained more bargaining power in their relationships and enjoyed a higher status. This liberation of women has done more for democracy than the Internet. The washing machine is a symbol of a fundamental change in how we look at women. It has changed society more than the Internet."
This is the way kids these days think. My administration calls it "the millennial student" and apparently we are supposed to cater to their habits. Fully half of my 60 person general physics class this semester sits in the back of the room on either phone or laptop. They’re not taking notes. The good ones are working on assignments for other classes (as if being present in mine causes the information to enter their pores). The bad are giggling at Facebook comments.
….But here’s the thing: there is convincing evidence that this inveterate multitasking has a serious, measurable and long lasting negative effect on cognitive function. Look up Stanford psychologist Clifford Nass sometime. There’s a lovely episode of Frontline from a year or so ago featuring him. He has shown that multitaskers are not only bad at multitasking, but they are also worse than nonmultitaskers on every individual one of the tasks.
That’s the millennial student and it isn’t something to be catered to. Put the damn iPhone down before you make yourself stupid. (Source)
After a few sessions my coach made, what I felt was, an outrageously untrue, and unfair, statement "Liri you have to get out of your comfort zone". "Me out of my comfort zone?" I answered, "I have packed my bags and started a new life almost a dozen times, I have constantly changed jobs and taken on new challenges, I have always done what I think is right, even if it gets me fired, I have taken more risks in my life than you can shake a stick at, and you’re telling me I have to get out of my comfort zone?!!!".
My coach just smiled, and calmly said "But Liri, that is your comfort zone."
It usually takes us much longer to change our moods than we’d like it to take. Here are ten things you can do in ten minutes or less that will have a positive emotional effect on you and those you love. (Source)
A couple of students learn about social entrepreneurship and mushroom farming on coffee grounds and share at TEDxPresidio: