Way of Adventure Course

If you are interested in a non-traditional course that could be pretty fun and interesting, I just saw this course, The Way of Adventure posted by Blake Boles. I will just copy and paste the front page for you to read:

How do you want to live your life?
The default path is to pursue safety, comfort, and approval.

To obtain a degree, a job, a car, a house, a spouse.

To follow others. To question little. To play nice. To work hard. To not rock the boat. To compromise when necessary. (And it’s often necessary.)

To retire with a big savings account, excellent health benefits, and a sinking sense that you’ve spent your life fulfilling someone else’s dreams.
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There is another way.

A way that prioritizes personal freedom, meaningful work, and never-ending exploration.
This is the way of adventure.

Adventure isn’t always about climbing mountains or traveling the world. At its core, adventure is about intentionally putting yourself into uncomfortable situations that lead to growth.

It’s about designing a life instead of accepting the one you’re handed.

It’s about living in such a way that, whether you die next week or at age 90, you will not regret your choices.

You can still have safety, comfort, and approval with a life of adventure. Same with degrees, jobs, cars, houses, and spouses. But they’re byproducts of a life well-lived—not its ultimate purpose.
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Here’s the rub: you’ve got to start young.
“Young” means sometime between age 13 and 23: when you can think for yourself but adult responsibilities haven’t really piled up.

If you spend your entire youth doing exactly what you’re told—pursuing safety, comfort, and approval—you handicap your ability to build an adventurous life. Jobs, leases, mortgages, and kids only make things harder. Before you know it, you might look back and see how little you’ve actually lived.

This is your golden window. Don’t waste it.

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The Way of Adventure is an advanced leadership course created by me, Blake Boles.
The course is free, self-paced, and designed for anyone with basic English reading, writing, and googling skills. You can participate from anywhere in the world. It’s meant for 13- to 23-year-olds, but people of all ages are welcome to participate.

This isn’t your typical online course—it’s more like a scavenger hunt packed with twelve hands-on, real-world challenges. Completing this course is really, really hard. Most who start don’t finish it. There’s nothing to gain from finishing this course—no certificate, no diploma, nada—except the experience of the challenges themselves.

It’s fine to just browse, poke around, and do some of the challenges. But if you do finish every challenge—which no one has yet done—I’ll invite you to join the private online community of course graduates, where together we will make plans to take over the world.

Are you ready?

Let’s begin.

Edit My Junk Mail

I mentioned this in Meta the other day…

It might be a fun exercise to copy edit or rewrite for clarity a classic piece of phishing junk mail. I copied a few particularly egregious phishing-style mail messages out of my SPAM folder and shared them below. This activity would probably be a good fit for a Copy Editing badge or Editing or Word Choice and Grammar. I imagine it could also be the inspiration for a creative writing piece (Creative Non Fiction, Poetry, Dialogue/Skit, Satire, Short Story). You could use it to explore the Economics of phishing emails, the politics of Nigerian royal families,  Online Crime and Identity Theft.

My SPAM

League of Nations: Turkey Incident

Allegedly the Turkish government has begun launching bombing raids on areas of Kurdistan and Rojava. Reports suggest these attacks have been carried out by US built A-50 bombers. Though the extent to which the United States is possibly involved is unknown. President Erdogan denies these attacks have been targeted at the Kurds. They say any attacks they launch have been targeted at ISIS or Kurdish “terrorists.”

League of Nations: Israeli/Palestinian Conflict

A large, organized protest outside of the Israeli West Bank Barrier, commonly known as “the aparthied wall,” has escalated into a state of chaos. After roughly 3 hours of passionate protest, a minor scuffle broke out with riot police. It is unclear which party initially escalated force. Roughly 12 hours after the initial altercation with police, the protestors have become entreched and are resisting police attempts to break up the protest. Some reports have suggested makeshift camps are in the process of being set up. Though this is not confirmed. We know very little for certain about the efficacy or longevity of this protest. Some say this is an inevitable response to the Israeli’s treatment of the Palistinians, others say that violence is an inevitable measure to keep the peace. But one thing’s for sure, this problem runs far deeper than simply this protest
The NAU has been supporting the protesters on  state sponsored media, and intends to send them aid in the form of funds and supplies.

League of Nations: U.S. Something to Watch

First Bumblebee Declared Endangered in U.S.

The rusty patched bumblebee population has declined 87 percent over the past two decades.

“Bumblebees are among the most important pollinators of crops such as blueberries, cranberries, and clover and almost the only insect pollinators of tomatoes,” according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s rusty patched bumblebee profile. “The economic value of pollination services provided by native insects (mostly bees) is estimated at $3 billion per year in the United States.” (See seven intimate pictures that reveal the beauty of bees.)

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/01/bumblebees-endangered-species-rusty-patched/

Queen City Youth Summit

Queen City Youth Leadership Summit 2017 
The 1st Annual Queen City Youth Leadership Summit will be held April 22, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Drury University in the Finley Student Center Ballroom. This year’s Summit is FREE and open to all students in Middle and High School students in Springfield and the surrounding area. The Keynote Speaker for this event is Steph Perkins, Executive Director of PROMO. The event will also feature an afternoon double workshop presented by Andre Perez, oral historian, educator, filmmaker, and community organizer. All registered participants will receive a Certificate of Completion. Breakfast and lunch is included. The registration deadline is April 16th at midnight.

Registration Form