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What You’re Missing at TED2012 Right Now

As you and I sit here like dopes in front of our computers, a swarm of alpha nerds are basking in the Long Beach sun and enjoying TED2012. Only two talks from the show have been released so far, and they have somewhat differing messages: Abundance is Our Future (by Peter Diamandis) and [...]

Peter Weyland at TED2023

(TED link) The latest marketing stunt for the Alien prequel Prometheus is a TED Talk from the year 2023. Peter Weyland is the founder of Weyland Industries, which will later become the Weyland-Yutani Corporation, referred to as simply “the company” by the crew of the Nostromo in the 1979 movie Alien. The movie Prometheus is scheduled [...]

Space Stallions Would Have Made A Sweet Saturday Morning Cartoon

(YouTube Link) This trailer for imaginary animated series Space Stallions would have fit right in with the rest of the Saturday morning cartoon lineup in the 1980s, and considering that the creators were clearly going for a retro cartoon feel, that’s definitely a compliment. Created as a senior film project by students at The Animation Workshop in [...]

Lectures for a New Year: A Brain Scientist Studies Her Own Stroke

Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor is a neuroanatomist (or “brain scientist”) from Indiana. In 1996 she experienced a major stroke, out of the blue, at age 37. As a scientist deeply involved with brain function, she was ideally situated to understand the stroke as it happened (as much as anyone can during a frickin’ [...]

Lectures for a New Year: Being a Genius vs. Having a Genius

Welcome to the second day of our new lecture series. Are we having fun yet? Up today, a short lecture you can definitely fit in during your lunch break. Liz Gilbert is best known for writing Eat, Pray, Love, which (unlike apparently ever other person in the country) I still haven’t read. But [...]

The King of Dudes (Hint: It’s Not Jeff Bridges)

Once upon a time, a long time ago, there was a man they called the King of Dudes. Not “dude” in the sense that we use the word today – the King would certainly have been appalled by Bill S. Preston, Esq., and “Ted” Theodore Logan. Back in the 1800s, “dude” referred to a man who [...]

Shemp: The Forgotten Stooge

Samuel “Shemp” Horwitz was born on March 17, 1895. He was the third in the line of five consecutive brothers born to Sol and Jennie Horwitz. The name “Shemp” was derived from a mispronunciation (as so many family nicknames seem to be). Sam’s mother would call for him in her heavy Lithuanian accent, saying “Sam! [...]

People and Their Fish Twins

Ted Sabarese had a great idea for a photoshoot: people paired with fish that look like them. There are four more at the link. Now when you tell someone that he has a face like a fish, you’ll have to be more specific. Link -via Kottke | Photographer’s Website

Human Brain

(YouTube link) The Dutch National Ballet rehearses for a performance at TEDxAmsterdam 2011, an independently organized TED event, November 25th in the Netherlands. Narrated by Rutger Hauer. -via Everlasting Blort

The Most Excellent Halloween

How do you make costumes designed around a 20-year-old movie work? You get all of your friends involved! The gang at Intense Individuals did just that last year, and dressed as almost the entire cast of Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. See more pictures at their site. Link -via Buzzfeed