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Dear Microsoft... Dear Microsoft, I hate to do this in a letter, but I feel I'm better with the written word than I am speaking face to face.

Dear Microsoft...

I'm going to just say it. I'm breaking up with you. I know you might seem surprised, but if you look at our relationship recently, it's been heading this way for a while and I had no choice. I'm leaving you for Google. You have tried so hard to keep me interested and I have waited patiently for you to blow my mind, but it hasn't happened. I love the fact that Google is always looking to try things out. I'm not going to lie, the fact that Google plays well with others is another reason I'm making the move. The most recent event that had me make this tough decision is Google just opened up more space in their house for me. Wal-Mart heirs worth as much as bottom 41.5% of American families. The Walton family, heirs to the founders of the Wal-Mart Stores Inc. superchain, are worth nearly as much as the bottom half of American households combined.

Wal-Mart heirs worth as much as bottom 41.5% of American families

The Waltons' value -- $89.5 billion in 2010 – is equal to the worth of the 41.5% of families at the lower end of the income ladder, according to an analysis by Josh Bivens of the Economic Policy Institute. That comes out to 48.8 million households. And as the mid-point of family net worth fell 38.8% in the U.S. between 2007 and 2010 to $77,300, the Waltons’ fortune grew an inflation-adjusted $16.2 billion. To match such a pot would require 1.16 million households with the median wealth, according to Bivens. That’s roughly the population of San Diego. Last year, a researcher from UC Berkeley concluded that the six children of Sam and James Walton – who launched Wal-Mart in the 1960s – were as wealthy in 2007 as the bottom 30% of Americans combined. Pay raise in 2012? Household net worth slides 35%, Census Bureau says. ISTE 2013. Dear friends, Thank you for attending ISTE 2013 in San Antonio.

ISTE 2013

We appreciate the extraordinary efforts you make to participate in the world’s most comprehensive ed tech event. Your presence here makes the experience richer for all. Over the coming week, our community will focus on sharing, learning and discovering the best ways to prepare today’s students for tomorrow’s challenges. We hope you’ll participate in as many conference activities—formal and informal—as possible. You will find: Inspiring and provocative keynotes More than 800 concurrent sessions chosen from more than 2,300 submissions (with dozens in every available time slot) Scores of interactive options, including poster sessions, playgrounds, themed lounges and hands-on activities A vibrant expo with hundreds of vendors, products and learning experiences Countless opportunities for “finding your tribe”—whether via social channels, informal meetups or serendipitous connections Warmly,

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Our Animals. Inspirational Personal Change. Our Diet. Minimalism. Our Drugs. Our technology. Our government. Our music. Cool words & Art. What percentage of your brain do you use? - Richard E. Cytowic. This article from snopes.com explains the origins of the 10% myth.

What percentage of your brain do you use? - Richard E. Cytowic

HowStuffWorks published an article about the top 10 brain myths. In the same way, this article by Neuroscience for Kids talks about the 10% myth. The brain is what makes us function, yet we understand so little about how it works. We are learning more about the brain by using new technology to monitor epilepsy patients during surgery. Moran Cerf explains the process doctors use to explore the brain further.

Zombies eat brains. What does your brain react to sugar intake? See Richard's lesson on synesthesia here.