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Ellis Paul - Woody Guthrie, Working Man - Steve Earle - Steve's Hammer (For Pete) - Arlo Guthrie & Pete Seeger - This Land is Your Land - Wintergreen - Across the Great Divide - Oh Susanna - Pretty Blue Eyes - Deana Carter - The Boxer - We Aeronauts - The Boatswain's Cry - First Aid Kit - The Lion's Roar - Yusuf Islam (Formerly Cat Stevens) & Friends - Peace Train - Wolf People - Black Water - Ramrods - May The Road Rise To Meet You - Amy Rigby - Sleepin' With The Moon - Scott Holstein - The Spell - Steve Earle - Red Is The Color - First Aid Kit - Emmylou - Scott Holstein - Black Water - Levon Helm - The Mountain - Kevin Closs - O Canada
Club Roundup - The Personal Benefits of Volunteer Work - Small Biz Net - Counterproductive Employee Recognition Programs: What Not to Do - On Air Book Blog - Outliers: The Story of Success - Malcolm Gladwell - Science Rules - Has Dark Matter Gone Missing? - Move Over DNA: Six New Molecules Can Carry Genes - Polar Bears Older Than Previously Thought - Trail Head - Urban Hiking: Exploring Your Local Terrain
1 Foxhole Morse Code Special C morse_letter_c.mp3 Foxhole IDs 0:02
2 Foxhole 15th Troop ID scouts15th_foggyMountainBreakdown stationId 5:20
3 Ellis Paul Woody Guthrie, Working Man The Hero in You 3:37
4 Steve Earle Steve's Hammer (For Pete) Washington Square Serenade 3:15
5 Arlo Guthrie & Pete Seeger This Land is Your Land More Together Again (remastered 2007) 2:57
6 Alex Koren ak_StationId_foxhole_theDancing foxhole 0:27
7 Wintergreen Across the Great Divide Potluck 3:35
8 Oh Susanna Pretty Blue Eyes Soon The Birds 4:01
9 Deana Carter The Boxer The Chain 6:13
10 Foxhole IDs AR arno_cklu_foxhole_id_wildwoodflower1.mp3 Foxhole IDs 0:23
11 We Aeronauts The Boatswain's Cry Chalon Valley EP 4:32
12 First Aid Kit The Lion's Roar The Lion's Roar 5:07
13 Yusuf Islam (Formerly Cat Stevens) & Friends Peace Train Footsteps In The Light 5:10
14 Sarah Koren (Murray Mclauchlin - Farmers Song) Station ID The Foxhole The Foxhole 0:10
15 Wolf People Black Water Tidings 4:35
16 Ramrods May The Road Rise To Meet You Love Is The Answer 3:35
17 Amy Rigby Sleepin' With The Moon The Sugar Tree 4:10
18 Foxhole ID AK ak_StationId_foxhole_righteousHeart foxhole 0:15
19 Scott Holstein The Spell Cold Coal Town 3:14
20 Steve Earle Red Is The Color Washington Square Serenade 4:20
21 Alex Koren ak_foxhole_id_payTheMan foxhole 0:20
22 First Aid Kit Emmylou The Lion's Roar 4:18
23 Scott Holstein Black Water Cold Coal Town 2:49
24 Sarah Koren (Murray Mclauchlin - Never Did Like that Train) Station ID The Foxhole The Foxhole 0:23
25 Levon Helm The Mountain Dirt Farmer 3:35
26 Foxhole ID JP jp_cooCooBird_BeGoodTanyas_stationID_foxhole stationId 1:00
27 Sound Effects Coyote Sounds of Birds and Other Animals 0:14
28 Foxhole Morse Code cklu_morse_code.mp3 [Unknown] Foxhole Morse Special CKLU 0:05
29 Kevin Closs O Canada Homecoming 1:26
Reginald Aubrey Fessenden (October 6, 1866 – July 22, 1932) was a Canadian inventor who performed pioneering experiments in radio, including early—possibly the first— transmissions of voice and music. In his later career he received hundreds of patents for devices in fields such as high-powered transmitting, sonar, and television. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reginald_Fessenden
Have you ever felt the desire to help your community, but wondered how you would find the time for others? While altruism is arguably the best motivator for enlisting with a charitable organization, there are many tangible personal advantages to giving your time for nonprofit work. Whether you are a student, a working professional or a stay-at-home mom, volunteering is an excellent way to gain work experience and broaden your social network.
For one, volunteer work will flesh out your resume and set you apart from the crowd. Past charity work says a lot about your character, giving you a multi-dimensional personality and highlighting your good nature. Even more importantly, volunteer positions show future employers your drive and dedication. Such accomplishments demonstrate initiative, personal will, leadership skills and the ability to work hard.
Sandra H., a successful young woman from Toronto, has experienced first-hand what charity work can do for your career. She has a Masters degree from the University of Oxford and was recently offered a job with a global IT consulting firm. When she was 18, Sandra volunteered for a Big Sister program in her hometown, which she says was not only an immensely fulfilling experience - it also gave her an edge career-wise. "People are really impressed by long-term volunteer commitments and activities," she explains. "This volunteer position has helped me endlessly with job applications and interviews. I'm pretty sure it's the reason I got my summer job at a law firm, and having had that job in conjunction with the Big Sister project has certainly helped me in my achievements."
Another motivation for volunteering is to broaden your horizons and develop new skills that could be beneficial to your career. You may discover interests you were unaware of, learn more about a subject that appeals to you, or even choose a new career path!
A nonprofit job opens the door to meeting many interesting and diverse people that can have an impact on your life, in one way or another.
Surveys show most people feel they have benefited from meeting volunteer contacts and developed better interpersonal and communication skills while participating in charity work. Keep in mind that social contacts are also a potential career investment: an acquaintance could very well be the key to a new career opportunity. Networking is a valuable tool to increasing your business prospects. And don't forget, a philanthropic group activity is the perfect setting in which to impress others and show off your abilities.
If nothing else, volunteer work offers the opportunity to meet people who share your interests. Many adults find it difficult to meet new people outside of the work or home environment. Volunteering at a local organization can be a good way to make new friends - or even new romantic interests!
Feeling under the weather? Try volunteering! Research shows there may be health benefits to volunteering. For example, an improved sense of well-being and higher self-esteem may lower certain health risks associated with anxiety and depression.
Perhaps the most important of all reasons to volunteer is to experience the sense of achievement and personal fulfillment that volunteering can bring. Joanna C. is a preschool teacher from Vancouver whose past volunteer work helped her land the teaching position she currently holds. Now that she's working full-time, she continues to volunteer for young children with learning disabilities because of the personal joy it brings her to reach out to others. " I truly love all the families and children I have met while doing this and I always look forward to it," she says. The appreciation Joanna feels for these families and the feeling of giving back to her community are immeasurably gratifying. Volunteering can give you self-confidence and self-worth that will reflect on all aspects of your life.
To find a volunteer job that is right for you, first consider your interests and determine which causes you are most passionate about. Do you enjoy working directly with people? Is caring for animals or wildlife more your style? Once you have determined the general type of work that inspires you, you can contact local organizations to find out if they are in need of volunteers. For a broad view of some of the positions that are available, check out www.volunteermatch.org orwww.volunteersolutions.org: these websites have listings of volunteer positions by zip code and will undoubtedly have a diverse list of opportunities near you.
Now you can set aside the time for volunteering, knowing you will be helping others as well as yourself!
Counterproductive Employee Recognition Programs: What Not to Do
Written by: Vikas Vij • Edited by: Jean Scheid
Published Mar 14, 2011 • Related Guides: Motivation
Looking to develop a good program to motivate your workforce? Be wary of counterproductive employee recognition programs that can result in less motivation all around than actual motivation.
Rewards as a Tool of Employee Motivation
Recognizing and rewarding employees for their efforts and achievements is crucial to maintaining the motivation levels within the organization. However, any such reward and recognition programs are a double-edged sword, which must be handled with care. Counterproductive employee recognition programs can result in more harm than good for the motivation of the workforce. Top management as well as the HR department should manage such programs with objectivity and sensitivity to ensure they serve the desired purpose effectively.
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Don't Indulge in Favoritism
Knowingly or unknowingly, managers may fall into the trap of giving undue recognition to an employee who may be a personal favorite. This can lead to decreased motivation of other employees who believe they are more deserving compared to the employee who received the reward. Therefore, the managers must take utmost care to ensure that their personal choices and emotions do not cloud their objectivity in such situations. Fairness and equity must be an integral part of all employee recognition initiatives otherwise they will fail to serve the purpose.
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Don't Publicly Discourage Weaker Employees
Rewards and recognition for the exceptional performers must not come at the cost of those who lag behind. Such motivational tools require sensitivity, and a skillful manager can achieve the best results from such tools without causing any damage on the other side. The employees who fail to perform up to the mark should be addressed in private, and given a chance to improve their performance. If necessary, they should be re-trained or posted in other departments where they might be able to perform to the best of their ability.
Don't Highlight Individuals When it is a Team Effort
There are situations where the entire team is responsible for achieving good results. In such cases, the entire team should be recognized or rewarded in order to maintain the team spirit and continued high performance of the group. Counterproductive employee recognition programs tend to focus too much on selected individuals even where it is the entire team that deserves to be rewarded. This can dishearten the team or create ill will in the group that was otherwise functioning very successfully.
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Don't Use an Inconsistent Approach to Rewards
It is very important to have a clear and unambiguous written policy in place regarding the system of awards and recognitions of employees. This helps to ensure that consistency is maintained at all times, and there is little or no room for personal biases or other considerations to influence the decisions. A written policy helps to maintain objectivity and a scientific process of identifying or selecting deserving employees for rewards.
Devise a Comprehensive Performance Appraisal System
Performance can be a very subjective issue in many job roles and situations. Therefore, it can be difficult to appraise the performance of each individual employee accurately and fairly, unless there is a scientific performance appraisal system in place. The appraisal system should be comprehensive and take multiple aspects and factors into consideration. This helps to ensure that the recognitions are given out in a most fair and just manner, and create a positive environment of employee motivation within the organization.
Harvard Business School, "Why your Employees are Losing Motivation" (2006) retrieved at: http://hbswk.hbs.edu/archive/5289.html
INS AND OUTS OF EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION PROGRAMS
In this series of articles, we explore how to develop an employee recognition program that really works. Get great ideas and advice – and also learn what to avoid.
1. Understanding the Pros and Cons of Employee Recognition Programs
2. Recognize Employees With These 10 Creative Ideas
3. A Simple Letter Goes a Long Way: Employee Recognition Tips
4. Counterproductive Employee Recognition Programs: What Not to Do
5. Employee Recognition and Reward Ideas That Won't Break Your Budget
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Malcolm Gladwell (Author)
Now that he's gotten us talking about the viral life of ideas and the power of gut reactions, Malcolm Gladwell poses a more provocative question in Outliers: why do some people succeed, living remarkably productive and impactful lives, while so many more never reach their potential? Challenging our cherished belief of the "self-made man," he makes the democratic assertion that superstars don't arise out of nowhere, propelled by genius and talent: "they are invariably the beneficiaries of hidden advantages and extraordinary opportunities and cultural legacies that allow them to learn and work hard and make sense of the world in ways others cannot." Examining the lives of outliers from Mozart to Bill Gates, he builds a convincing case for how successful people rise on a tide of advantages, "some deserved, some not, some earned, some just plain lucky."
Outliers can be enjoyed for its bits of trivia, like why most pro hockey players were born in January, how many hours of practice it takes to master a skill, why the descendents of Jewish immigrant garment workers became the most powerful lawyers in New York, how a pilots' culture impacts their crash record, how a centuries-old culture of rice farming helps Asian kids master math. But there's more to it than that. Throughout all of these examples--and in more that delve into the social benefits of lighter skin color, and the reasons for school achievement gaps--Gladwell invites conversations about the complex ways privilege manifests in our culture. He leaves us pondering the gifts of our own history, and how the world could benefit if more of our kids were granted the opportunities to fulfill their remarkable potential. --Mari Malcolm
Outliers seems, initially, to be an inadvisable pairing of author and subject. Malcolm Gladwell, staff writer for that august cultural magazine, The New Yorker, and author of two exemplary pop-science bestsellers, The Tipping Point and Blink, goes and writes a book on success – thus entering a subgenre whose foul-smelling precincts are overrun with charlatans, profiteers, and New Age fakirs. But, happily for him and us, he’s skirted ignominy by having written not some exhortative how-to guide, but a sober and far-ranging investigation of human achievement that rebuts some received wisdom on the subject. Gladwell begins by arguing that those “self-made” individuals we romanticize, who come from nothing and rise to the pinnacle of their chosen vocations on merit alone, simply don’t exist. Instead, he insists, high achievers “are invariably the beneficiaries of hidden advantages and extraordinary opportunities and cultural legacies” that ultimately determine their status. Moreover, these same people who capitalize on their early good luck work much harder than their rivals; mastery in any calling, apparently, only arrives after 10,000 hours of training and study (a rather less appealing prospect than the wish-yourself-wealthy-and-fabulous strategy promulgated by The Secret). While it’s hardly a revelation that toil and connections and serendipity beget professional reward, Gladwell provides a surfeit of curious, even alarming, examples to prop up his thesis. In the course of his discussion, we learn that 40% of elite hockey players are born between January and March; that off-the-chart geniuses, collectively, accomplish no more in life than their randomly sampled peers; that contentious and irreverent flight crews are less likely to crash planes than deferential ones; that Asian students’ excellence in mathematics owes much to rice-based agriculture. Gladwell’s writing is clear and colloquial throughout, and his chapters are deftly structured, each one introducing new material while simultaneously reiterating and amplifying what came before. But after plowing through the dramatic anecdotes and gee-whiz factoids, adult readers are left to contend with the desolating assertion that the quality of their lives was determined decades ago by ancestral migration patterns or a summertime birthday or skipped piano lessons. In the end, I was yearning for some consoling piffle about, say, dream analysis or Mayan numerology, to convince me, however briefly, that the world could still be mine for the taking.
If a new study is true, then the search for dark matter just got a lot weirder. Our little corner of the Milky Way contains no observable concentration of the mysterious stuff whose gravity binds the galaxy, claims one team of astronomers. That finding would present a major problem for models of how galaxies form and may undermine the whole notion of dark matter, the researchers claim. But some scientists doubt the reliability of the team's method for measuring the elusive substance.
"This is not just some piddling little detail," says Frederic Hessman, an astronomer at the University of Göttingen in Germany who was not involved in the work. "If this is right, it turns everything totally upside-down." But that's a big if, says Julio Navarro, an astrophysicist at the University of Victoria in Canada: "The argument is provocative, but it remains inconclusive, in my opinion."
According to standard cosmology, we should be swimming in dark matter. Measurements of the afterglow of the big bang--the so-called cosmic microwave background--and of the distribution of the galaxies suggest that 85% of all matter in the universe is dark matter. What's more, decades of astronomical observations show that the stars within galaxies swirl about faster than they could if only the gravity of the others stars were holding them in. In fact, the speed with which the sun goes around the center of our galaxy suggests that dark matter ought to be about as abundant as ordinary matter at our distance from the galactic center, about 27,000 light-years.
from New Scientist
All of a sudden, DNA has no reason to feel special. For decades it seemed that only a handful of molecules could store genetic information and pass it on. But now synthetic biologists have discovered that six others can pull off the same trick, and there may be many more to find.
The ability to copy information from one molecule to another is fundamental to all life. Organisms pass their genes to their descendants, often with small changes, and as a result life can evolve over the generations. Barring a few exceptions, all known organisms use DNA as the information carrier.
A host of alternative nucleic acids have been made in labs over the years, but no one has made them work like DNA.
from Science News
Polar bears might have originated about 600,000 years ago, an international team reports April 20 in Science.
Previously, studies suggested that the polar bear, Ursus maritimus, emerged much later, about 150,000 years back. But many of these estimates were based on analyzing limited genetic information that's passed down only through the maternal bloodline called mitochondrial DNA.
In the new study, researchers partially decoded DNA inherited from both parents from 45 bears, including polar, brown and black bears. Called nuclear DNA, this type of DNA carries the majority of an organism's genetic instructions. A comparison of the various species' nuclear DNA indicates that polar bears are much older than previously thought. This means that populations likely survived through several glacial periods and the warmer times between.
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The concept of hiking for most people conjures visions of dirt paths, rocky trails, mountain passes, or grassy river banks. But what about metropolitan skylines, side streets, bridge passes, and old rail yards? We Grokkers are a variable mix of urbanites, suburbanites, and country folk. When it comes to talk of hitting the trails and enjoying an outdoor workout, those of us in cities can occasionally feel boxed in. Sure, there are the parks, city beaches, and lake shore routes, but the opportunity for wilderness immersion is likely lacking. If we can’t take in a natural vista, we’re often inclined to just hit the gym. At that point, we might ask, what difference does it make? I’d argue we’re majorly missing out. Though many of us live in dense, heavily human terrain, there’s plenty of adventure to be had, ample chance for discovery, and abundant opportunity for the rich, contemplative experience we often seek in the most secluded wood. It’s all about embracing the whole of the world just outside our doors – and journeying into it with new eyes and an open mind.
Urban hiking first garnered major attention with the story of Dan Koeppel as told in the famous Backpacker article. Through his own explorations through L.A.‘s Echo Park and Silver Lake areas, Koeppel designed an elaborate urban trek connecting staircases in the city. In all, Koeppel’s trek included nearly 5,000 steps as well as forays into intimate neighborhood nooks and unexpected natural havens. With the Backpacker article, the L.A. Times follow-up, and Koeppel’s own website detailing his adventures, urban hiking took root as a movement.
National Geographic did a “Best U.S. Hiking Cities” spread a while back. Though it focused on the natural “escapes” within easy reach of the cities themselves, the treks include experience of the cities themselves, even if it’s the trail’s end “return.” Every metropolitan area offers incredible routes, and many cities now boast active urban trekking communities. Local groups across the country offer up maps and events that vary from the casual rag tag to the urban “walking poem performance.”
For the solitary journeymen and women out there, you can find best urban hike suggestions and reviews on sites like Yelp and your local trail association. Others begin with the “seminal” routes promoted by cities (e.g. the Grand Rounds of Minneapolis or the Freedom Trail in Boston) or by the natural bounds of their areas (e.g. the perimeter of Manhattan). Still others, the do-it-yourselfers, chart their own courses in true wayfaring style. Any way you undertake it, you’ll find no shortage of possibilities.
As urban hiking enthusiasts will tell you, the advantages of urban treks include the ready availability of any necessary supplies and facilities along the way. Hungry? Stop in at a fun-looking (and Primal friendly) cafe. Nature calls (the other kind)? Duck into a public building or convenience store. Bring only what you want to bring rather than what you need. Without the massive water bottle, you can bring an extra lens for the camera.
Most of all, however, the ready access calls urban hikers. As those of us who don’t live in far flung settings know, we don’t always have time (or inclination) to drive into the wilderness. If we limited our explorations to the get-out-of-Dodge escapes, we’d be sad souls. We all yearn for the expedition and need the benefit of regular retreat. Although a wholly natural setting offers a kind of unique and essential nourishment, there’s plenty of sustenance to be had roaming the urban landscape.
An urban hike gives us the chance to explore the terrain we live in, to contemplate how we live and interact with the urban space we call home. We break out of the limitations of our daily agendas and how they circumscribe our perception of where we live. I think we’re more likely to give nature its due as independent, animated space. How do we perceive the shape and spirit of the cities we live in? We too often disconnect from our urban spaces, but in doing so we forget that we’re always creatures of habitat. Whatever place we reside, we learn to “be” in that place – survive, thrive – just as our ancestors did. What can change in our “being” (or being there) when we come to know the city we call home?
Likewise, urban hiking can help us reclaim our own natural wayfaring instincts. As with nature hiking, we can explore our urban environments with the trekking mindset. Urban hiking isn’t just a walk after all: like any hike, it’s a journey we undertake, a physical and sensory passage we retreat within. We engage with a place by acting within it, moving within it, taking it into our senses and imagination – not as isolated landmarks but as a full and continuous terrain. As much help and assurance as cells phones and GPS can be, take it in on your own terms. See where your whim takes you, where the landscape of people and activity and architecture lead you. Absorb the chance for deep, contemplative solitude or relish the opportunities for new acquaintance and conversation. Lose yourself for a fall afternoon in the complex configurations and meanderings of the place you’ll never see the same way again.