My mom is a rock star!

Me_and_my_mom_1979.jpgWhen I was a kid, I didn’t really realize what it takes to be a mom.  Everything my mom did for my brother and I seemed to be automatic.  Dinner just appeared and clothes were all of a sudden washed and put away.  I never put any thought into how I got new school clothes or why there was food in the cupboards.  It just happened.

Now that I am older and have children of my own I have an appreciation for all that my mom did when I was growing up.  I have to admit, I feel terrible that it took this long to really understand what she went through to make sure Adam and I were properly taken care of and loved.  (I had a great dad too that I will write about next month.)  

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Happy Mother's Day from Smart Girl Politics

Many thanks to Anna Nantz, Clickity Split Photography.
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Zero Steps Forward, 10 Steps Back for Breastfeeding Moms?

Ah, it seems the mommy-wars will never end! Whether were talking about working moms, disciplining kids, homeschool vs. public, there is conflict on every level.

In a way, it makes perfect sense. There isn’t a more important job in the world than to raise a human being. But now, another battle is brewing, seemingly over whether or not public breastfeeding is appropriate.

Apparently, students at the University of Texas helped inspire the recent outcry by creating a new ad campaign. It features young moms hiding in bathroom stalls to nurse their babies.

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Movie Review: Transcendence

Transcendence.jpgPINN: "Can you prove you are self-aware?"

Transcendence features the performances of Johnny Depp and Rebecca Hall. It explores the questions that arise from the development of true artificial intelligence (AI). It's a thought provoking movie, but I believe you need an interest in the philosophical ramifications and theoretical possibility of AI to derive enjoyment from the experience.

I must forewarn you, this review is a bit of a spoiler. However, I won't ruin the end for you.

Transcendence is about the creation of AI by utilizing an already sentient piece of hardware - the human brain. Johnny Depp's character, Dr. Will Castor, is wounded by a member of a murderous group of AI conspiracy theorists and burnouts. Will's wound is only superficial but the bullet is contaminated with a lethal uranium isotope. This group coordinated attacks all over the country, nearly wiping out America's AI research capability. Will's wife, Evelyn Castor, embarks on a desperate attempt to preserve Will's consciousness by uploading his neural pattern into several "quantum processors." She hopes to transmute her terminally ill husband's self into a digital consciousness.

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Cuba, Iran, North Korea......and New Jersey?

My husband took a great photo of my son Dylan last weekend while camping in New Jersey.  It was such a great picture he considered entering it into a photo contest, so he Googled to see what contests were open.  He found a traveler photo contest sponsored by National Geographic.  He was shocked to find out that even if he had wanted to, he could not have submitted the photo into the contest.

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