Touch-Tone Fun

August 3, 2008

I definitely feel that this performance was phoned in.

He’s a bit of a phony.

Ok I’m done.

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Ideas Worth Spreading, Connecting

July 24, 2008

Got about an hour? How’s this for inspiration:

If you haven’t heard of it, check out TED and all it has to offer. Started in 1984, TED was a closed conference (for those who could afford it) presenting the most forward-thinking, edgy, globally-aware, and advanced personalities, brilliant or witty. They spoke on Technology, Entertainment, and Design but it has since then expanded to a far-reaching scope of fields, perspectives, and cultures.

In 2007, they launched their website to make these talks available. Given about 20 minutes to speak their mind and share what they will, the videos give you a glimpse into a packed field of nuggets, sweet, sweet nuggets from these presenters.

I started exploring and began tagging in my mind the connectivity that is spurred on my these speakers. They all found that connectivity. Connectivity that associates all the disciplines in our world together. There’s a peculiar link between the three talks I watched, see if you find anything.

  1. Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity? With remarkable wit and humor, he gives his social mandate in response to the backwards society-induced need to squeeze creativity out of priority in most education systems today.
  2. Jill Bolte Taylor: My stroke of insight This one ends up a bit ‘out-there’. But listen and observe what she observed as she experienced a stroke with full consciousness. Again, she reveals quite a different worldview as she gets into her talk. But take a listen.
  3. Finally, Benjamin Zander: Classical music with shining eyes a charming speaker and musician gives us a final push into the personal side, whether classical musician/listener or not.

These three talks are a great revelation into the multitudinous fascets of how our minds were made to work. What a brilliant Creator.


Look ma’… no hands!

April 3, 2008

Human ingenuity, or rather… A.I. ingenuity.

I just found, what might seem rather boring for most, a video from NASA that shows the Jules Verne Ecliptic Sunfighter Spaceship (ok. sounds way better than Automated Space Transfer Vessel, huh?!) The cool part is that the vessel is unmanned. No driver… why is that cool? This caught my attention, quoted from Gizmodo.com:

anything with an automated system that can track down an object that is moving at 16,777 miles per hour and attach itself with just a 2-centimeter leeway, is pretty damn awesome in Giz’s book.

Just reminds us what’s coming in the years ahead. The last part of the video has the mission control people announcing the vessel docking to the Internation Space Station. What an age we’re in now,… the video almost has an uncanny regularity to it, no?

The risk taken by these visionaries, engineers, and control room technicians alike… could have failed. What happens if it had missed the mark just outside of the 2-centimeter target? Bumped it the wrong way? Rolled out of its trajectory with a crucial 3.5 ton payload? But no, the risk is taken, committed to. I can see it now. Practical space travel progressing leaps and bounds from this little, but successful accomplishment.

Ok, maybe not, but at least if an Imperial Star Destroyer ever does a fly-by, we’ll know how to take on a little tractor-beam interception, and do it well.