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TED Talks

ted logoStarted with a focus on technology, entertainment and design (TED), TED Talks (or presentations) now encompass a variety of subjects and topics by innovative, forward-thinking speakers who share their ideas with the world.

View more than 1500 talks that can spark ideas and start a dialog at work, school or home.

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No Excuse List

no excuse listStart the new year by learning something new with the NoExcuseList free resource directory. Take a free online class from Yale or Stanford (no credit), learn how cook from the Reluctant Gourmet, build a bookshelf and more with Instructables, or write computer code courtesy of Codeacademy. Visit the NoExcuseList and discover more than 50 free online resources.

 Remember, it's all FREE. So, no excuses, it's time to get started.

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Name that Tune!

tv pictureDo you ever find yourself watching a television show when suddenly you hear a great song playing in the background or you hear a new song on the radio and you keep driving around the block to discover the artist?

Well, the next time that happens, check out a few free apps and websites that will find the song and artist in just a few clicks. You can even find songs you hear in advertisements.  

 

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Safe Sleep for Baby

According to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, "On average, almost 400 Texas babies die in their sleep each year - suddenly, unexpectedly, and without a clear explanation or due to accidental suffocation or strangulation. That's why it is so important to always give babies "Room to Breathe."

There are several simple steps that parents can take that will help ensure the safety of their infant. Additional information can be found on the links below.  

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Organize Your Digital Life with Evernote

evernote graphicTame the web and organize your digital life with Evernote, a free software program that lets you save, sort, and share websites, documents, pictures, emails, voice memos and more. You can download the free program to your computer and the free app to your smartphone or tablet. Watch a short video about Evernote.

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The Food in My Beard

the food in the beard design logo"The Food in My Beard"  That's right, besides having the most awesome title ever, this "food lovers" blog serves up tasty recipes from the bearded one himself, Dan Whelan.  Seriously, how do you not love a cooking site that has a "Stubble" section (where Whalen focuses on basic cooking skills and dishes)? Check out the recipe for Lasagna Timpano, where Whelan gives step-by-step directions for making a mouthwatering multi-layered, "multi-flavored" lasagna.

Visit the website, The Food in My Beard, or Facebook page.

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Flower Power and Plasma Tree

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Do you find yourself sitting at the computer thinking, "You know what would be great, an interactive website where I can draw pictures and designs composed completely of iridescent flowers, or perhaps grow my own plasma tree in a matter of seconds." Well, wait no more.  Check out two fun websites fit for the whole family at FlowerPower and PlasmaTree, both courtesy of OpenRise.com, a Swiss website management company.

 

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Learn About The Presidential Campaigns and Election

Race to the Ballot: The Our White House Presidential Campaign and Election Kit for Kids!
The National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance has created this Presidential Campaign and Election Kit to help parents and teachers encourage children to actively learn more about the political process in America. 

To get an easy-to-print PDF version of this Kit, click here.

 

 

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Houston Housing Choice Voucher Program

keysFor one week from Monday, August 20 to Sunday, August 26, 2012, the Houston Housing Authority will for the first time in 6 years be accepting applications to get onto the waiting list for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program. The voucher program helps low-income families, senior citizens and persons with disabilities rent safe, affordable homes in and around Houston. 

Houston Housing Authority’s online application for the Housing Choice Voucher Program is available at www.housingforhouston.com.   Complete an application to sign up for an online lottery for the housing assistance waiting list.  The application is offered in English and Spanish.

The program begins on August 20th at 8 a.m. and ends August 26th at midnight

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