Category: Village

Everything You Need to Know about Success Is in the Hunger Games

What does it take to become a huge success? Apparently it takes a whole lot of work – and not just any kind of work, but the tough work of self-examination. To put a finer point on it, it takes something called Double Loop Learning.

Most of us probably think of the path to success in the terms of “try, try again.” Think of an archer facing a target, shooting, falling short of the bulls-eye, making an adjustment and shooting again. This is what Chris Argyris identified “single loop learning,” a simple servomechanism approach to fixing what ain’t working.

The second loop adds a lot of complexity. Here you must explore your values, assumptions and your blind spots.

This is where The Hunger Games comes in. If heroine Katniss approached the gladiator-style teen-on-teen combat using single loop learning she would have used a pretty simple decision block:


Fortunately Katniss goes for the double loop. The assumption behind the Hunger Games is that only one combatant could emerge as the winner. But if you have to sacrifice your core values to survive, are you really a winner? Maybe there are no winners. Or maybe the State is the only winner. Read the book, it will all make more sense.

And if you want to get ahead, go back and question everything.

[Via Swiss Miss]

Finding the Ultimate Road Trip Mix


Road trips need music. Some songs are better for the long open road than others and if you can string together a playlist that harmonizes with the emotional tenor of your adventure then you’ve got a winner. To this day I can’t think of Mendocino without hearing Van Morrison’s No Guru, No Master.

Amanda Arnold at the How Stuff Works blog posts reader’s picks for the 25 Travel Tunes for Your Next Trip. Some of he picks are obvious – John Denver’s “Leaving on a Jet Plane” and Steppenwolf’s “Born to Be Wild.” Other’s not so much, like Abba’s “Dancing Queen.” All in all a great list for starting a new mix.

Two songs I’d add to the mix, Jerry Garcia Band’s “Lonsome and a Long Way From Home” or Jimmy Cliff’s “Sitting Here in Limbo” – both great tunes for the long drive to Tonopah Nevada.

Boy Scouts of America: Helping Robots Cross the Street Since 2011

The Boy Scouts of America has joined with NASA to introduce a Robotics Merit Badge, part of the BSA’s emphasis on science and technology.

The Robotics merit badge is part of the BSA’s new curriculum emphasis on STEM: science, technology, engineering, and math. The BSA focus on STEM takes a fun, adventurous approach to helping Scouts develop critical skills that are relevant and needed in today’s competitive world. The new merit badge is one of 31 STEM-related merit badges that Scouts can earn.

While Scouts can still get badges for archetypal scouting behaviors like bugling, other traditional Scouting badges like Carpentry, Pathfinding and Tracking have been retired in favor of badges that tend more toward book knowledge like Architecture, Composites, and Nuclear Science.

The Scouts have come a long way since the days when the Boy Scout Handbook encouraged boys to consider that “many gorgeous toadstools are wholesome food.” (Scaredy Scouts: Today’s mollycoddled troops need a dose of the original Scout handbook, Aaron Rowe, Wired Magazine April 2011)

NASA and BSA introduce robotics merit badge via Make Online

Before I Die…Urban Art

Urban art installation by Candy Chang

Candy Chang’s installation project “Before I Die” transforms an abandoned house in New Orleans into a place for people to dream about what could be.

Before I Die – Candy Chang\’s installation collects dreams

Do-It-Yourself Hasselblad Medium Format Pinhole

medium format pinhole camera

Photo by Kelly Angood

The irony here is that Hasselblad cameras are known for their amazing Carl Zeiss lenses, coupled with precision leaf shutters. But now for considerably less money you can craft your own Hasselblad that has neither.

Treehugger has links to the downloadable PDF plus an instructional video. The creator of this project, Kelly Angood, also has a tumblr gallery of pinhole images where DIYers can submit their own photos.

Free Stock Photography – From the Smithsonian!


Good news for lazy bloggers like me! Now the Wikimedia Commons is not the only source for FREE PHOTOGRAPHY you can put on your blog! Thanks to the U.S. Federal government you can have access to almost 7,000 high quality pictures that you already paid for with your tax dollars.

These photos, with a watermark, are easily available through this flickr site. You can download high resolution copies of the images here. But before you download, read the fine print – Smithsonian has a copyright notice on their site, even though “works of the United States Government are in the public domain.” In any case, this looks like a wonderful resource.

Previously: Library of Congress photography archive