Friday, March 15, 2013

Ear Bud Headphones Causing Deafness

Ear Bud Headphones Causing Deafness
Because the tiny phones inserted into the ears are not as efficient at blocking outside sounds as the cushioned headsets, users tend to crank up the volume to compensate.

“I have an audiologist friend at Wichita State University who actually pulls off earphones of students he sees and asks, in the interest of science, if he could measure the output of the signal going into their heads,” Garstecki said. Often he finds students listening at 110 to 120 decibels.

“That’s a sound level equivalent to measures that are made at rock concerts,” said Garstecki. “And it’s enough to cause hearing loss after only about an hour and 15 minutes.”

Take a look at the following articles from some of the most respected news sources on the planet. What do they have to say about hearing loss and earphones? What are the most alarming facts, in your opinion, from the articles linked below?,8599,1881130,00.html

Do you know someone who has suffered hearing loss due to prolonged exposure to loud noise? Is this an issue that we should take more seriously? What are your thoughts?

The Blogspot Top 100 of 2012

The Blogspot 100 - Top Blogger Sites of 2012
September 27, 2012 /

In order of total score, here are the most popular Blogger powered sites for 2012:

Which ones are your favorite off this list?  Pick your choices for the top 5 blogs on the list.  Then copy and paste the links into a comment below, along with a brief explanation of your choices. 

Monday, March 11, 2013

Favorite Quotes...,or.r_cp.r_qf.&bvm=bv.43287494,d.eWU&fp=a2ec104b022b507a&biw=1280&bih=643

Douglas Adams, "Last Chance to See"

Today's Google Doodle is an interactive illustration based on the works of legendary author Douglas Adams (whose works include "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" and "So Long, and Thanks for all the Fish," among others).  

What are some of your favorite quotes?  Post your responses in a comment below.  

To get started, click on the link above to see more quotes from Adams.  Then take a look at the following link to get more ideas.  

You can choose a quote from the examples I've provided, or use Google to find your own.  

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Youngest Billionaires of 2013

The Youngest Billionaires Of 2013

The Youngest Billionaires Of 2013

These 29 billionaires are all under 40 years old.

How many of these people made their fortune in a tech-related field?  What does that imply for your future, in terms of the changing economy, your future job choices, training, etc.?  Should this influence your decisions in terms of a career path down the road?  Or the classes you choose to take in college?

How did the rest of the billionaires make their money?
What industries were making the most money 100 years ago?  50 years ago?  How do you think things changed since then?