Inspiration and Superstition on Friday the 13th

So, today is the ominous Friday the 13th. I find it interesting how certain memes are borne and become culturally significant over time.

There are a few different theories about how Friday the 13th became associated with bad luck. One suggests that it is actually a combination of two separate superstitions (the day Friday and the number 13.) Another theory points to Norse Mythology as the possible origin. Others suggest that it is related to the Knights Templar or a combination of pagan, Christian and the Battle of Hastings [delve deeper if you dare]

But rather than get swept up by the superstitious mantra of the day, I kept busy in the same way that I do on Mondays or Tuesdays or any other day of the week. Here are some interesting and inspirational links that I encountered on this Friday the 13th.

In Search of Dolphin Leather – Seth Godin

Text and Narration on Screen (with a twist) – Garr Reynolds

2009 Readiness (Part 3) – Steve Yastrow

Paraplegic Man Suffers Spider Bite, Walks Again – Mike Dello Stritto for CBS

Patti Maes (MIT) demos wearable tech at TED

If you are superstitious, I wish you luck today. If not, I hope that you find some inspiration in the links above.

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