Yes, I’ve been quiet today.  Yesterday I hit a brick wall on an application I am working on so I needed to step away for a while, and do something else.  Part of that was watching the Cowboys beat Green Bay last night (Thanks, Eric!).  Part of it was spending a good part of my day watching TED videos.

I probably watched 15 of them today.  My favorite was Ron Eglash talking about fractals.  I know it sounds dry – but it wasn’t.

I also really enjoyed Larry Brilliant and his case for optimismSomehow his talk made me feel a little better about the world I will be leaving my children, and their children.

William Kamkwamba talks about building a windmill.

These are just a few examples of the free education that exists on the Internet.  I hope you watch some videos that are just a bit more meaningful and instructive than the average YouTube video. 

Anytime I feel a bit drained – emotionally or mentally, I find something new to learn.  I try to find out what others are doing to change their world.  When I see what they are doing my challenges seem so much smaller – so much easier to overcome.

So go watch Ron Eglash – and find out how computers were "invented" in Africa.  Learn about how building a windmill can change not only your life, but the lives of others.  And go find out why we should all be optimistic even if things sometimes seem bleak.

It makes me feel pretty good knowing that really smart, really passionate people are working on making our planet a better place for my kids.  And their kids.  And your kids.  Our kids.  Our Planet.

And yes, I do feel like I am back on track now – and tomorrow I will work on my application again.  And odds are I will look at it with a different perspective.  Odds are I will break through my brick wall.  It is, after all, just a mental barrier.