Archive | January 2013

How Maths Illuminates Our Lives

An interesting video about the love of mathematics and it’s place in our reality from RSA.

Acclaimed author and one of the world’s most extraordinary minds, Daniel Tammet visits the RSA to give us a unique perspective on how mathematics can help us to make sense of the world and our place in it.

More informations are found on the event page :

How does mathematics shape our lives and give our experiences meaning? Can mathematical modelling predict human behaviour, and how can equations help us to make sense of the people we love?

Acclaimed author of Born on a Blue Day, Daniel Tammet is hailed the world over for his extraordinary mind and unique intelligence.  A high-functioning autistic savant and synaesthete, Tammet perceives words and numbers as shapes, colours, and emotions, and holds the European record for reciting the mathematical constant Pi to 22,514 decimal places.

Daniel Tammet visits the RSA to give us a unique glimpse at the extraordinary and misunderstood language that governs our world, and to explain the infinite mathematical possibilities that surround us.

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Do the green thing

This is an interesting short post from TED about creativity.

Andy Hobsbawm shares a fresh ad campaign about going green — and some of the fringe benefits.

But, first, why you should listen to Andy Hobsbawm (from his TED Speaker page):

Internet advertising pioneer Andy Hobsbawm is the European chair of Agency.com. He founded the first international Internet agency in 1994, and was a founder of Online Magic, a firm that merged with Agency.com in 1997.

Merging his passions for ads and the environment, he’s a cofounder of the website Green Thing, which shares seven fun, punchy little (and big) ways to go green, using clever video and graphics to get across a message of accessible greening. He also keeps an interesting, if a bit sleepy, blog around a book project called Small Is the Next Big Thing.

Versatile Blogger Award

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Versatile Blogger Award

Although a bit late, I would like to thank Eric Sazer for nominating my blog for Versatile Blogger Award.

Thank you again.

Full article here : http://esazer.wordpress.com/2013/01/26/versatile-blogger-award

Making DIY Look Easy

Can we use make DIY electronics using open source hardware ?

The founder of Adafruit Industries offers insights into how she managed to build an empire from castaway altoid tins and other common household items.

More information in the next video from Rockefeller Foundation Innovation Forum 2012

Limor Fried, Founder of Adafruit Industries, discusses the power and potential of DIY electronics at the 2012 Innovation Forum.

Slowing down time (in writing & film)

This is a post from TEDEd about slowing down time in writing.

Certain moments in our lives seem to last forever. Whether it is a first kiss or a car crash, time can can seem to stretch…or even stop. Aaron Sitze explains how this sensation is conveyed in cinema and how the same conventions can be used to slow down time in your writing.

Unclutter Your Brain Attic Like Sherlock Holmes

This is an interesting post about thinking like Sherlock Holmes.

How can we train our brains to think like Sherlock Holmes?

This question occupies Konnikova’s book, “Mastermind: How To Think Like Sherlock Holmes” [http://goo.gl/t3puL]. Her answer can be summed up in one word: mindfulness. Mindfulness is “staying in the present moment and learning how to concentrate and how to focus your mind so that it really can avoid any distractions, can avoid anything that might kind of get it off track, Konnikova tells us.

This “scientific method of mind” makes use of the brain as an “attic” in the sense that the space in the brain is a finite resource. To think like Sherlock you need to optimize your mental resources and then figure out how you can take the things you’ve stored and access them in a way where you can “see the bigger picture and not just these random components” that you put there.

3D Printed Robot InMoov Open Source

In this interesting video we can find out more about a robot built using a 3D printer.

Inmoov Robo

Inmoov Robot

You can follow the progress of this project and download the printable parts on:

 

Image Credit: http://inmoov.blogspot.com

Quantum Mechanics

This is an interesting post about what is quantum mechanics, after so many years after discovering it.

Even the professional understanding of quantum mechanics is “embarrassing”, says cosmologist Sean Carroll.
Read Sean’s blog on this subject at http://bit.ly/V1SUpV and the full paper at http://arxiv.org/abs/1301.1069

Enjoy The Ride

This is a commercial from Australia about enjoying the ride in this busy world.

Enjoy the Ride is a Road Safety Council of Western Australia initiative, brought to you by the Office of Road Safety. Our aim is to show Western Australian drivers that there is an alternative to speeding — on the road and in life. And it’s a better way.

Write your story, change history

Can one man change the future ?

This is a story about changing the future changing the way we think, we dream and work and overcoming failures.

The idea that youth is wasted on the young? Wrong. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the creators of Superman were all under 30 when they wrote themselves into history. In this inspirational TEDYouth 2011 Talk, Brad Meltzer encourages us to dream big, work hard, and stay humble.