Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Like, you know what I'm sayin'?... I'm just sayin'...

Here are a few clips by Taylor Mali, one of my favorite new poets. This one is on the most aggressively inarticulate generation.
The poem, "Like, you know"

A few other choice poems of his:
"What Teachers Make"

"The The Impotence of Proofreading"

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Bill Harley - Stories Out Loud

As a teacher, keeping students from falling asleep while you're talking is a craft... But getting them to remember your points intuitively is a fine art known by the best storytellers...

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Chris Sharma Climbing "Pachamama" 5.15

Climbing grades generally start at 5.5 (which is as easy as climbing a ladder) and get more difficult as the holds get smaller and fewer...
I currently climb at about a 5.10 grade and my climbing gym bolts routes that go up to 5.13 in difficulty as its most strenuous climbs. This might give you some idea as to how insanely difficult a 5.15 climb is... And by the way, the there is no such thing as a 5.16 climb... At least not yet....

Friday, August 10, 2012

Alchemists Of Sound

The BBC's Radiophonic Workshop was set up in 1958, born out of a desire to create 'new kinds of sounds'. Alchemists of Sound looks at this creative group from its inception, through its golden age when it was supplying music and effects for cult classics like Doctor Who, Blake's Seven and Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, and charts its fading away in 1995 when, due to budget cuts, it was no longer able to survive.

There are interviews with composers from the Workshop, as well as musicians and writers who have been inspired by the output. Great archive footage of the Workshop and its machinery is accompanied by excerpts of the, now cult, TV programmes that featured these sounds.

RSA Animate - The Power of Networks

In this new RSA Animate, Manuel Lima, senior UX design lead at Microsoft Bing, explores the power of network visualisation to help navigate our complex modern world.

Soft Autonomous Earthworm Robot at MIT

Mr. Deity & The Marriage

Reinventing the Toilet

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is pouring lots of money into completely reinventing the design of the toilet, which has remained largely unchanged for 200 years. The toilet of the future would require no water or sewage infrastructure, no electricity and may actually generate energy or fertilizer.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Challenges of Getting to Mars: Curiosity's Seven Minutes of Terror

If this actually works it will be a gigantic milestone in human ingenuity.

Team members at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory share the challenges of the Curiosity Mars rover's final minutes to landing on the surface of Mars.