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Weekend Reading: Autumnal Equinox Edition

Despite the fact that for many of us at ProfHacker, the fall semester started weeks ago, the season officially began this morning at 5:05 AM (Eastern Time). Hopefully the last few weeks of summer have been productive ones for you as you have gotten into the swing of the semester and settled into your classes and committees and research.

While Mother Nature seems to have eased up on tropical storms for the time being (knock on wooden surface now, please), it’s been a busy week for us on a number of fronts: the week opened for many of us with a bizarre email from Jeff Reed announcing Qwikster, developments in Google+, the Kindle Library Lending possibilities, ever-continuing changes in Facebook protocols and settings, persistant rumblings about the iPhone 5 . . .

On to the links:

  • For those of you wondering about the Autumnal Equinox, here’s an informative article from National Geographic, which among other things, disabuses the notion that the hours of day and night are equal on the date of the autumn equinox.
  • If you are considering a flu shot this year, you might take a look at this article at WebMD, which suggests that if you are planning to get the vaccination, “now is a good time to do it.”
  • Amazon announced this week that it had enabled a library lending feature for Kindle.  We’ll return to this feature on ProfHacker soon, but for now, all I have to say is this: It’s about time!
  • Harry McCracken muses on the possible variations of Qwikster (yes, that’s how it is spelled) in this post for Technologizer. My favorite is Quik Star (as in that bunny from Nestle Quik.

And last, but not least: a tribute to one of my favorite bands, R. E. M., who announced that they were calling it quits this week after more than thirty years and fifteen albums.

[Creative Commons licensed image by Flickr user mrhayata]

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