September inspirations

by PRITeam

Each month at PRI's The Works, we each share our thoughts on something new (or just new to us) that we find inspirational, thought-provoking, or just plain cool.

I’m inspired by banana bread and cupcakes! A few weeks ago, my family and I moved to a new house in a cute new town. Our new neighbors all dropped by to welcome us to the block. And they brought baked goods! It was wonderful to be welcomed so kindly. In a fast-paced, technology-driven world, it’s lovely to be reminded that flour, eggs, sugar, and an old-fashioned conversation on your front steps can be so heartwarming.
Analog meets digital. I have always struggled with trying to find a good balance between writing notes on a piece of paper and typing them out on a computer. I know it is convenient to type up a note and save, share it with others. But the feel of pen and paper always drives me back to my notebook. Evernote, which is the leading note-taking application in the market, has declared a “cease-fire” on pen and paper. They launched a new smart notebook which lets you import your paper notes from your moleskine notebooks over to the Evernote app.
In a past inspiration post I shared a picture of a black bear. It was taken from inside our house, from pretty far away (a nice safe distance). But, I was recently walking near our house, along our private road, when only 100 ft. in front of me (I measured it later), walking toward me, nose down to the ground, sniffing, was a huge black bear. I turned, and I ran. Never saw him again. So, what should you do if you're ever in this situation? I guess I did OK, according to the Center for Wildlife, though they don’t mention running! And what inspires me about this? I would love to see him again!
My new guilty pleasure is Unf* Your Habitat (yes, it has another name, but for the sake of email filters let’s just go with this). With a family of five including young kids, our habitat needs cleaning pretty much all the time, so I love this! This site offers no-nonsense advice and support to get you off your butt, a how-to on breaking up big jobs into manageable chunks, and why it's a good idea to celebrate small successes instead of only seeing the big (and sometimes overwhelming) picture. The before and after pictures are incredibly inspiring!
Zero G. A stunning example of compassion + customer service. “Thank you for supporting Zero G. Hope this helps, Zero G staff.” A week earlier, I had ended my Cape Cod vacation by rolling over my titanium eyeglasses in the parking lot at Young’s Fish Market with my 3,785-pound car. POP! That evening, a Sunday, I sent an email off to the company. “Help, please.” I received an almost immediate reply. That night. From the CEO. And, a gratis pair of replacement frames arrived a week later. Why do I love these frames? For their classic design and elegance. Which goes to the core of the company. I’m inspired.
I am inspired by the birds . . . Angry Birds that is. Founding company Rovio continues to stretch this franchise as far as it can go and has even ventured into theme parks. With their Angry Birds spinoff Bad Piggies, it’s inspiring to see how a small idea can lead to a money-making franchise.
I am inspired with a recent book that I stumbled upon. Thunder Dog is the 9/11 story of a blind man who was led from the 78th floor of Tower One by his guide dog. Down 1,463 steps and amidst the chaos in the streets, this amazing creature managed to save his loving caretaker by guiding him through one of the most horrific days in U.S. history. A touching reminder of the anniversary that is looming and what amazing feats were carried out on that day. is an initiative launched by major search engine providers (Google, Bing, and Yahoo!) to rely on markup to improve search results. The goal is to create a common set of schemas for HTML data markup. These schemas will be recognized by search engine parsers. Webmasters can use this collection of vocabularies on their web pages to get maximum benefit for their efforts.
I pride myself on being a nerd, and in my book, there isn’t a more inspiring nerd than Nicolo Tesla. I’m excited this month to see Matthew Inman (aka the Oatmeal) and the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe (formerly known as Friends of Science East) starting a crowdfunded campaign to build a Nicolo Tesla Science Museum. The goal was to raise $850,000 by the end of September, but in less than a week, the campaign had raised over $875,000 (averaging $145,00 a day according to the infographic by IndieGogo). Since then, the project has earned well over $1.1 million, and there’s still 26 days left to support the fundraiser!
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