Archive for November, 2009

Jonathan Miller

Jonathan Miller is one of my heroes.

Five minutes with Jonathan Miller

On the Dick Cavett Show 1980

The Body in Question

PART ONE – Naming of the parts – Part 1 (1/6)

PART TWO – Try a little tenderness – Part 2 (1/6)

PART THREE – How do you feel? – Part 3 (1/6)

PART FOUR – Breathless – Part 4 (1/6)

PART FIVE – Blood relations – Part 5 (1/6)

PART SIX – Heart of the matter – Part 6 (1/6)

PART SEVEN – Shaping the future – Part 7 (1/6)

PART EIGHT – Sleight of hand – Part 8 (1/6)

PART NINE – Native medicine – Part 9 (1/6)

PART TEN – Balancing act – Part 10 (1/6)

PART ELEVEN – Brute machine – Part 11 (1/6)

PART TWELVE – Heads and tails – Part 12 (1/6)

PART THIRTEEN – Perishable goods – Part 13 (1/6)


Marc Koska: 1.3m reasons to re-invent the syringe

Reuse and recycle are good for most products but NOT syringes.

Reuse of syringes, all too common in under-funded clinics, kills 1.3 million each year. Marc Koska clues us in to this devastating global problem with facts, photos and hidden-camera footage. He shares his solution: a low-cost syringe that can’t be used twice.


The Short but Powerful Guide to Finding Your Passion

Following your passion can be a tough thing. But figuring out what that passion is can be even more elusive.

I’m lucky — I’ve found my passion, and I’m living it. I can testify that it’s the most wonderful thing, to be able to make a living doing what you love.

And so, in this little guide, I’d like to help you get started figuring out what you’d love doing.

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We Don’t See Things as They Are…

We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.

– Anais Nin


Look Around You – Ghosts

Time for your daily laugh.

Good ole dry British humor.


Strange Seas of Thought

A journey into Wordsworth’s mind and the process of creation.

We know about the experiments that have led to great scientific discoveries. But how much do we understand about the same processes in the arts?

When the poet William Wordsworth died in 1850, few if none of the thousands of lines of poetry he left had escaped constant revision and alteration, and many of his most famous poems were never published.

Cambridge researcher Ruth Abbott draws on the notebooks in which he left behind to investigate the creative processes, attempts, and failures that go into making great works of art.

It takes a long time to create.


People in an office don’t want to help you…


Clever – but wait for the end. Wait for it…


Why we do what we do

Tony Robbins discusses the “invisible forces” that motivate everyone’s actions.


The desire and the challenge to connect with others…

Hello World! or: How I Learned to Stop Listening and Love the Noise from Christopher Baker

An immersive video installation featuring over 5000 video diaries found on the internet.

Hello World! is a large-scale audio visual installation comprised of thousands of unique video diaries gathered from the internet. The project is a meditation on the contemporary plight of democratic, participative media and the fundamental human desire to be heard.

On one hand, new media technologies like YouTube have enabled new speakers at an alarming rate. On the other hand, no new technologies have emerged that allow us to listen to all of these new public speakers. Each video consists of a single lone individual speaking candidly to a (potentially massive) imagined audience from a private space such as a bedroom, kitchen, or dorm room. The multi-channel sound composition glides between individuals and the group, allowing viewers to listen in on unique speakers or become immersed in the cacophony. Viewers are encouraged to dwell in the space.

From Christopher Baker’s website