I hear some people have unnatural fears of unplugging while they are on vacation. They are so afraid they will miss something. During my week-long vacation to Israel, I rarely checked work email and felt no real responsibility to check in otherwise but occasionally took a few minutes during a long, quiet bus ride to check in thanks to the driver Saher turning his iPhone into a hotspot.
That’s when it happened. I’d check my email, Facebook & twitter mentions, and see if family or friends were on IM. I rarely scanned feeds to see what was happening, assuming someone would get in touch with me directly if something important was going on. And in fact they did!
- Jesse R. Bussard (Twitter & blog) was among the first. She alerted me to an NPR piece on cotton and the fact that maybe folks looking for a high tech job should think about cotton. The piece talks about while the Silicon Valley & Boston’s biotech businesses may get attention, working in a greenhouse with cotton is among the high tech jobs in the marketplace.
- Maru Whitmore (Twitter & blog) was nice enough to flag a CNN Mexico piece about cotton. Since it is in SPanish, I’m thankful for Maru’s explanation she gave me “More links!!! This is a good one! Talks about how GMO cotton seeds need less water to produce more cotton. ‘The dark side of organic cotton.'”
- Brent Boersma (Twitter & now blogging) highlighted the Wired article that gets a mention in the NPR piece. I love the graphic text that says “Blue collar jobs have taken a beating, but what remains of them is more sophisticated, more skilled. And cotton — spur to the first Industrial Revolution — is once again leading the way.
- Another friend has tempted me about having taken photos of a cotton koozie at the Indy 500…. I await the follow-up with great interest!