For her birthday, Katy Perry tweets fans to support Transcendental Meditation for school kids, veterans

From our wonderful alumna, Heather Hartnett:

Katy Perry says that Transcendental Meditation changed her life and, for her October 25 birthday, she is asking her fans to donate to the David Lynch Foundation, a US-based charity that provides meditation instruction at no charge to inner-city school kids and veterans suffering from the traumatic stress of combat.

In a tweet today to her 27 million twitter followers, Perry writes:
“Transcendental Meditation changed my life. For my birthday I would love to pay it forward. In lieu of gifts, donate to”

Perry joins a growing number of leaders in the world of media who practice Transcendental Meditation, including Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Russell Simmons, Jerry Seinfeld, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Martin Scorsese, Clint Eastwood, Cheryl Crow, Moby, Ben Harper, and Laura Dern.

On the David Lynch Foundation donation webpage, Perry writes about her support for TM:
“I have been meditating for two years now, and it’s the best thing I have ever done to help bring more creativity, positive energy and peace to my life. When I’m tired, stressed, anxious or depressed, I meditate, and it clears my mind, and makes me feel relaxed and happier. I have shared the meditation experience with my friends, and recommend it to everyone I know.

“I support the David Lynch Foundation because it brings Transcendental Meditation to millions of adults and children all over the world who suffer from post-traumatic stress, such as veterans, inner-city school kids, and women and girls who are victims of violence.

“Please help me celebrate my birthday by making a donation to DLF. Your donation is not only special to me, but to all of the people whose lives you will help through the lifelong gift of meditation.”

Last year, Perry urged her fans to “pay it forward” with donations to the ASPCA to care for abused animals.

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We’re on Oprah!

Oprah Winfrey and her camera crew came to visit Maharishi University of Management, the Maharishi School, Fairfield, and Maharishi Vedic City recently. Oprah’s hour-long show about our community airs Sunday night, March 25, and I’m pretty excited about it. Here she is on campus:
Oprah videoFor more information about all that’s going on here, you might also enjoy checking out our special programs on campus in July:

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On Maharishi’s Global Family Chat

Today I had the pleasure of reporting some of our department’s news on the global daily Webcast Maharishi’s Global Family Chat. Here are links to some of the news items that I mentioned:

Saving the Disposable Ones, which was directed by our professor Stuart Tanner and is available now at

The nature photography of our professor Ken West.

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Wissile’s new iPad

Wissile, who is a terrific student in my Web design class, waited in line at the Apple Store in Des Moines for hours yesterday and succeeded in buying an iPad 2 before they sold out. He made a brief video of this adventure and promises to post more of his thoughts about his new iPad in the next few days on his YouTube channel.

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Creating Layers of Meaning with Color, Type, and Imagery

Today in class we’re exploring how you can build hierarchies of meaning that echo the theme of your Web site by orchestrating texture, tone, position, scale, and color to highlight the meanings of the type and imagery in the site. We’re looking at these sites to get insight into that:


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The Power of Rhythm

In class recently we looked at how important rhythm is in changing the meaning and feeling of what you want to show. In order to create balance, we need to keep in mind figure and ground, colors, layers, etc. Here are some pages we analyzed in class in terms of rhythm.

the day after tomorrow secret powers of time the story of stuff where the hell is matt
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Websites for Internships

This new site helps you look for internships in various fields all over the country:


The Sierra Club says this is the best internship on earth:
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Images, Copyright and Fair Use on the Web

Today in class we’re going to think about images, copyrights, fair use, and free software. Here are some links that I’ve found useful in that realm. I put them on our class wiki too.

Free Images

pd photo open clipart creative commons every stock photo uncle sam's public domain images wiki
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For my new class in Web Design

I’m starting a new class in Web Design and Web Animation today. Here are some Web sites we’ll explore to find examples of excellent Web design:
w3c sitesstyle vaultwebby awards6 revisions

And here are some free tools I like for writing HTML and CSS:
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In class recently we examined how we can use color to evoke feelings and emotions, and how the meaning of colors varies from culture to culture. Here are some websites we checked out:

Kirk Whalum Color LoversColor Wheels Cultural Meanings Website colors More website help Color Scheme Designer

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