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Your body is my canvas

This is an interesting video from TED about an innovative canvas for art – the human body.

Alexa Meade takes an innovative approach to art. Not for her a life of sketching and stretching canvases. Instead, she selects a topic and then paints it–literally.

She covers everything in a scene–people, chairs, food, you name it–in a mask of paint that mimics what’s below it. In this eye-opening talk Meade shows off photographs of some of the more outlandish results, and shares a new project involving people, paint and milk.

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What’s the definition of comedy?

This is a video from TedEd about the lack of definition of comedy.

What makes us giggle and guffaw?

The inability to define comedy is its very appeal; it is defined by its defiance of definition. Addison Anderson riffs on the philosophy of Henri Bergson and Aristotle to elucidate how a definition draws borders while comedy breaks them down.

DJ decks made of… paper

This is a video from TED about paper and technology.

“I love paper, and I love technology,” says physicist and former sheep herder Kate Stone, who’s spent the past decade working to unite the two. Her experiments combine regular paper with conductive inks and tiny circuit boards to offer a unique, magical experience. To date, applications include a newspaper embedded with audio and video, posters that display energy usage in real-time, and the extremely nifty paper drumkit and set of DJ decks she demonstrates on-stage.

Bitcoin. Sweat. Tide. Meet the future of branded currency.

This is an interesting video from TED about a new digital currency – bitcoin.

Currency — the bills and coins you carry in your wallet and in your bank account — is founded on marketing, on the belief that banks and governments are trustworthy.

Now, Paul Kemp-Robertson walks us through a new generation of currency, supported by that same marketing … but on behalf of a private brand. From Nike Sweat Points to bottles of Tide (which are finding an unexpected use in illegal markets), meet the non-bank future of currencies.

Exploring other dimensions

This is a very interesting video about the world of dimensions.

Imagine a two-dimensional world — you, your friends, everything is 2D. In his 1884 novella, Edwin Abbott invented this world and called it Flatland.

Alex Rosenthal and George Zaidan take the premise of Flatland one dimension further, imploring us to consider how we would see dimensions different from our own and why the exploration just may be worth it.

Gamification

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This is a an interesting TEDx video about gamification.

Gabe Zichermann is an entrepreneur, author, highly rated public speaker and gamification thought leader.
He is the chair of the Gamification Summit and Workshops, and is co-author of the book “Game-Based Marketing, where he makes a compelling case for the use of games and game mechanics in everyday life, the web and business.

Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man of Math

An interesting view into Da Vinci’s Vitruvian man.

What’s so special about Leonard da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man? With arms outstretched, the man fills the irreconcilable spaces of a circle and a square — symbolizing the Renaissance-era belief in the mutable nature of humankind.

James Earle explains the geometric, religious and philosophical significance of this deceptively simple drawing.

The infinite life of pi

This is a video about the number PI.

The ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter is always the same: 3.14159… and on and on (literally!) forever. This irrational number, pi, has an infinite number of digits, so we’ll never figure out its exact value no matter how close we seem to get.

Reynaldo Lopes explains pi’s vast applications to the study of music, financial models, and even the density of the universe.

The human and the honeybee

This is an interesting parallel from TedEd about humans and honeybees.

Both honeybees and humans originated in East Africa, and the connection between us has survived the ages. Some of your favorite delicacies — coffee, chocolate, mangoes — have the honeybee to thank for their hard work of pollination. Dino Martins encourages us to remember how much we owe to these magnificent insects

A tale of two political systems

This is an interesting TED video about political systems.

It’s a standard assumption in the West: As a society progresses, it eventually becomes a capitalist, multi-party democracy. Right?

Eric X. Li, a Chinese investor and political scientist, begs to differ. In this provocative, boundary-pushing talk, he asks his audience to consider that there’s more than one way to run a successful modern nation.