Archive for: July, 2015

Perpetual Motion

I’m sure we all have memories of events that had a large impact on our lives.   I have one memory of being seven or eight playing with a small electric motor which my Dad showed me could also generate electricity by spinning it. I wanted to connect two motors together and make them run…

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How is it possible?

The closer we came to starting 1MillionMinutes, the more friends and colleagues started to wonder how we were going to take two years off work without a pay cheque. Now, as we meet new people through this adventure, the topic is coming up again in subtle ways. So we thought, what the heck, let’s share…

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A Boy’s Nature

You can take the boy out of nature but you can’t take nature out of the boy. The idea of being able to catch (and release) an animal with a piece of bread and a few crab apples in a homemade trap was too much excitement to bear. Please note that no animals were harmed…

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Great Grandpa? Is that you?

The earliest signs of life on our planet would have been simple chemical reactions that created reproductions of themselves. We’re not sure which one or ones resulted in the evolution of life because there are billions of possibilities and its difficult to simulate the conditions and millions of years it took. The one thing we…

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Pretend Tea

Making pretend tea for Great Grandma and Grandpa has been a lovely way to spend some of our ‪#1MillionMinutes‬.

Grand Designs

More than a few people have drawn parallels between the TV show ‘Grand Designs’ and what we’re up to with our build (…/shelter-construction/). At the insistence of some influential people in my life (my mother) we recently watched a few episodes. I’m beginning to wish I hadn’t for the same reason “Funniest Home Videos” is…

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Why are Men and Women Different?

For those who haven’t read the 368 pages of “Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus”, allow me to offer an engineer’s ultra-synopsis. At a basic level, men like to know they’re capable. When they start to doubt this, they retreat into isolation to work things out for themselves. Women like to know they’re…

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Be Yourself

In an effort to keep this blog from getting too technical or, more specifically, nerdy and to balance out the musings of my very rational and logical husband, allow me to offer the following advice….. “Always be yourself. Unless you can be a unicorn. Then always be a unicorn”.

Do it Now

“One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it Now.” -Paulo Coelho

What Makes us Happy – A Reason for Living

What Makes us Happy – A Reason for Living   Engineers aren’t renowned for relying on their intuition or radiating love and compassion. We don’t typically spend our weekends spinning in fields with daisies in our hair proclaiming “we’re all connected”, “it’s all about the energy” and giving “thanks to the universe”. So it may…

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