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by Darla Lindauer Modified: August 16, 2013 at 9:55 am •  Published: August 16, 2013

1. 360 Cities

By: The site is maintained by many contributors. This panorama is from Jeffrey Martin.

What blog is about – “We collect, organize and promote the largest and fastest-growing collection of awesome 360° panoramic images on the web.”

Featured post – Tokyo Tower Gigapixel Panorama

I was completely mesmerized by this site. I could not seem to stop looking around! How do they do this? Again, technology has amazed me. I have never stopped to do any research on Tokyo. All I knew was what other people had told me or how movies made it seem and that was that the city was very busy and has an overabundance of people. This panoramic view confirmed the whole city is one big downtown! Where are the suburbs? Just a sea of massive buildings everywhere. Even when you look off in the distance, you see high rises there, too. Seeing this makes me grateful for growing up and having a big backyard to play in, my grandparents’ garden and my great-grandparents’ farm to just be in nature! I wonder how many people in Tokyo have never been camping, fishing or hiking. What a stressful thought!Darla Lindauer

 

2. The Salt, What’s on your plate?

By: The site is a part of NPR’s food coverage. This post was by Amy Guttman.

What blog is about – Eating, health, recipes, food for thought.

Featured post – Three Ways Cooking Has Changed Over the Last 300 Years

So, when I read the title, I took it to mean there were only three ways it has changed, and I thought there is no way only three. I was right; this is just talking about three of the many. Very good read, though. I, for one, am very glad times have changed. My goodness, cooking was hard. No wonder there is a saying “slaving over a hot stove!” If it took all that work today, my kids would starve to death. I am all for not wasting food, but I do not think I would eat every part of an animal. However, I might change my mind if I was stranded on an island and needed food. I do not plan on going to one anytime soon, so I think I am OK. Ha-ha. The carrots sound kind of good, and I might just try them. But, the eggs being whipped for an hour? I am out on that. One thing I found fascinating is the amount of preparation that used to go into each meal long ago: How they dressed for dinner and how this was a time of bonding for families and a way to impress special guests. Something about me loves the proper ways of the times, but I also see how it would be an all-day thing, just dressing for each meal. Again, I must admit I may be too lazy to have lived in those times. – Darla Lindauer

 

3. Co. Create

By: The site has many contributors. Jennifer Miller posted this one.

What blog is about – “We explore creativity in the converging worlds of entertainment, advertising and tech.”

Featured post – Science Explains What The State Of Your Desk Says About You

I always find it interesting that studies performed by an institution that gets paid money to publish findings of human behavior choose topics that can be observed for free by everyone everyday. Basically, they are using nice words to say people who clean their desks make the right choice even when eating foods, and those who have a messy desk make poor choices? Ha-ha. I think there is truth in some of it, but I hope this “study” does not make someone judge a person by the cover. Worst mistake you can ever make. I am OCD, and I do like a clean desk, but if I am given a choice of fruit or chocolate, I will be choosing chocolate most of the time. Actually, I would want both, so does that mean I am messy sometimes and clean the rest? Is money really spent on these studies? To be honest, as I read this post, I saw quite a few stereotypical references used in a very proper way as to not offend, but if you read it close, you will see them. I wonder, if I messed up my desk, would my creative juices flow?  Ha-ha.Darla Lindauer

 

4. USGS

By: The site has a staff of contributors; Post was last updated by Jessica Robertson and Randall Orndorff

What blog is about – “A science organization that provides impartial information on the health of our ecosystems and environment, the natural hazards that threaten us, the natural resources we rely on, the impacts of climate and land-use change, and the core science systems that help us provide timely, relevant, and useable information.”

Featured post – The Science of Sinkholes

I think this is so interesting but scary! Have sinkholes always happened? If not, what is happening to cause more of them lately? I guess I could ask the same questions of why so many earthquakes have been in Oklahoma, too. As I do research, I notice a trend and I am not sure I am on target with any one group. Some say all the natural disasters happening lately are from man messing or damaging our earth and it is the earth’s way of fighting back. I am not sure how they think we control tornados or where rain decides to go once it soaks in the ground, but OK. Another group says it is the sign of the end of the world, that total destruction is coming. Maybe there is truth in both. Facts are, they are happening, and according to the report, there is no way to know when or where is next. I remember my mom telling me a story when I was very young about when she lived in Alaska. They had a 9.2 magnitude earthquake in 1964. I remember her saying the earth opened up and swallowed buildings and cars, and even a friend she knew dropped his trumpet in an opening in the ground and when he reached down to get it, the earth closed back up on him. I am not sure she knows this, but for a very long time after she told that story I did not understand it was the earthquake that caused it. I thought it just randomly happened. I was scared to death every time we got in the car to go anywhere. – Darla Lindauer

 

5. Eating Well, Where good taste meets good health

By: A staff of contributors. Credit goes to Eating Well Media Group

What blog is about – “Inspiration and information people need to make healthy eating a way of life.”

Featured post – Back to School: Healthy Dinners for Kids

I think this list might be one of the better ones I have found out there for foods kids will eat. I always find it so funny when I look for kid-friendly recipes and you end up with some gourmet meal you might only find in the upper class restaurants of a large city. Honestly, a lot of them look quite scary to me! Could it be I grew up with good ol’ southern cooking and a lot of casseroles, so I am just not accustomed to other foods. I love trying new food, but it really needs to look appetizing to me. I do question a few recipes in here, but maybe it will give you some ideas on what you can make. With me having a full-time job and being a mom, I try to focus on food groups. Dinner could be grilled chicken (which was grilled over the weekend for the whole week), green beans and pineapple, or it could be noodles with peas, a spoon of peanut butter and grapes. That, to me, is a simple dinner: protein, fruit, veggie and mini yogurt cup for a snack. On the weekends, though, I love to really cook. I am not bad either.Darla Lindauer

 

Compiled by Darla Lindauer. If you would like your or someone else’s blog to be considered for this column, email dlindauer@opubco.com


by Darla Lindauer
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Darla Lindauer, Data Team Manager of the News and Information Center, has been with OPUBCO Communications Group for six years. During this time, she has been successful in developing and implementing multiple strategic operations leading to a...
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