Archive | December 2012

2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,400 times in 2012. If it were a Dreamliner, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

See Yemen through my eyes

In this interesting video from TEDEd we see Yemen through the eyes of a woman.

As political turmoil in Yemen continues, the editor-in-chief of the Yemen Times, Nadia Al-Sakkaf, talks at TEDGlobal with host Pat Mitchell. Al-Sakkaf’s independent, English-language paper is vital for sharing news — and for sharing a new vision of Yemen and of that country’s women as equal partners in work and change.

The Happiness Advantage: Linking Positive Brains to Performance

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In this interesting video from TEDx we get more informations about positive psychology and the link to happiness.

In Shawn’s TEDxBloomington presentation, he says that most modern research focuses on the average, but that “if we focus on the average, we will remain merely average.” He wants to study the positive outliers, and learn how not only to bring people up to the average, but to move the entire average up.

Can Money Buy Happiness?

In this video from AsapSCIENCE we get an answer to the question whether money can buy happiness.

We often hear it, but how true is the phrase ‘Money can’t buy happiness’? Is there a correlation between the two, and if so, what can we learn from it? It turns out, if you think money and happiness are exclusive, you simply aren’t spending it right.

The power of introverts

An interesting video from TEDEd about being an introvert in our modern culture.

In a culture where being social and outgoing are prized above all else, it can be difficult, even shameful, to be an introvert. But, as Susan Cain argues in this passionate talk, introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and they should be encouraged and celebrated. Susan Cain makes a case for the quiet and contemplative.

Breaking the illusion of skin color

This an interesting video from TEDEd about the different skin colors and the mechanism behind that.

Nina Jablonski says that differing skin colors are simply our bodies’ adaptation to varied climates and levels of UV exposure. Charles Darwin disagreed with this theory, however, as Jablonski explains, Darwin did not have access to NASA. Nina Jablonski is author of Skin: A Natural History, a close look at human skin’s many remarkable traits: its colors, its sweatiness, the fact that we decorate it.

Rethinking Solutions for the City

In an interesting post from Design Mind we get an insight into the urban transport for the next century.

Principal Designer Michael McDaniel believes that in order to adapt urban transportation infrastructure to the changing needs of the 21st century, we must take a radically new approach. At the PSFK Conference in San Francisco, Michael introduced a proposal developed at frog to update existing urban transportation networks with a system of gondolas that could inexpensively and efficiently replace our current model of public transport.

Schrödinger’s Cat

This video from minutephysics we get an explanation about Schrödinger’s cat problem.

In this episode we discuss Schrödinger’s cat, quantum entanglement, and our perception of reality.

Is it Better to Walk or Run in the Rain?

This is an interesting video from minutephysics about the question if you should walk or run in the rain, from a physics point of view.

3D Printed Record

This is an interesting video about a 3D printed record that you can actually play.

I’ve created a technique for converting digital audio files into 3D printable 33rpm records and printed some functional prototypes over the weekend. These records play on regular turntables, with regular needles, at regular speeds, just like any vinyl record. The audio on the records is very low resolution (as you can hear), it has a sampling rate of 11kHz (a quarter of typical mp3 audio) and 5-6bit resolution (mp3 audio is 16 bit).

More information about this technique:

The record playing: