What We’re Reading: Sept. 28 – Oct. 4

Shutdown or ‘slimdown’ (HA!), it’s what we’re reading

Extra time on your hands if you’ve been furloughed? Here are some ideas to pass the time.

First see if you should actually be at work: CNN has a comprehensive list of what’s open, what’s closed in the government. My frustration: US Census.

Maybe some online education? Online open courses have taken off in recent years, but not all of them are the greatest. If you want to dip your toe in the water to see how it goes, here are 15 Free Online Courses That Are Actually Worth Your Time.

Today is National Vodka Day. I can’t think of a better time to celebrate…

Need an alternative to Netflix to keep costs down until you head back to work? Libraries are trying out a new service that allows patrons to check out streaming movies, music, TV shows and audiobooks from anywhere they want.

and in other news…

Ever want to see the 1.2 billion people on Facebook?  Natalia Rojas compiled all the public profile pictures in to one site. It doesn’t look like much at first, but you can see everyone from Mark Zuckerberg to the latest person who joined.  Why, you ask.  Why not?

You talk to Siri daily.  Would you like to meet her? Susan Bennett, the human voice of Siri, thinks she sounds kind of snippy. “There are some people that just can read hour upon hour upon hour, and it’s not a problem. For me, I get extremely bored … So I just take breaks. That’s one of the reasons why Siri might sometimes sound like she has a bit of an attitude. Those sounds might have been recorded the last 15 minutes of those four hours.”

This actually might work: how to make a perfect mason jar salad. It’s all in the layering, just don’t tip the jar over on the bus.


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  1. OMG!!! Trying to find MY face on that facebook website….LOL! Insane!