Archive for February, 2010

Bill Davenhall: Your health depends on where you live

Where you live: It impacts your health as much as diet and genes do, but it’s not part of your medical records. At TEDMED, Bill Davenhall shows how overlooked government geo-data (from local heart-attack rates to toxic dumpsite info) can mesh with mobile GPS apps to keep doctors in the loop. Call it “geo-medicine.”

Bill Davenhall wants to improve physicians’ diagnostic techniques by collecting each patient’s geographic and environmental data, and merging it with their medical records.


How I’m Setting My Intention & Goals for 2010 – Episode #19

Here’s a quick look at how Brian Johnson, founder of is setting his intention, rituals, creative production goals and letting the outcomes take care of themselves!


Coco before Chanel

Coco found her passion and lived it.


The Happiness Hat

“I must warn you. We have ways of making you happy.” 🙂

The Happiness Hat is a wearable device that detects if you’re smiling and provides pain feedback if you’re not. An enclosed bend sensor attaches to the cheek and measures smile size, a servo motor moves a metal spike into the head inversely proportional to the degree of smile. Through repeated use of this conditioning device you can train your brain to smile all the time. This is the first in a series of Tools for Improved Social Interacting.

The Happiness Hat – created by Lauren McCarthy.


Days with my father

Days with my father.

A heartfelt photo-essay about one man’s father.


Tom Shannon’s anti-gravity sculpture

Tom Shannon shows off his gravity-defying, otherworldly sculpture — made of simple, earthly materials — that floats and spins like planets on magnets and suspension wire.


Coping and Resilience

This Emotional Life – PBS show on Happiness, Resilience, and Connecting
This three-part series represents what television does best. It opens a window into real lives, exploring ways to improve our social relationships, cope with emotional issues, and become more positive, resilient individuals. Hosted by Daniel Gilbert, Harvard psychologist and best-selling author of Stumbling on Happiness.




Dr. Sandra Parker – Coping and Resilience
The ability to bounce back from stress is called resilience. Since stress is an inevitable part of life, we need to familiarize ourselves with the signals that tell us we are being affected by it, and be able to take care of the situation and ourselves. Resilience means we are able to effectively manage both our external environment, and our internal experience. When we are resilient we are confident about our ability to recover from stressors. We can see problems as opportunities. We feel more hopeful, can take more risks, and have a bigger life.One key factor associated with good coping is the capacity to manage strong feelings and impulses. We need to be able to tune in early and take care quickly. We need to be able to identify the felt sense of vulnerability inside us, not deny it, and be able to tolerate what that actually feels like in the body. That feels like signal anxiety. Our confidence that we can stay with ourselves in the discomfort of our human vulnerability is the foundation for resilience.




Resilience in People and Ecosystems
Stockholm whiteboard seminar: Brian Walker explains what is resilience in people and ecosystems.




How to Find Your Passion #1

Notice what inspires you.
Be aware of your response to life.
Be present in the moment.
Listen to your small voice.
Write down things that inspire you. Keep a list.
Give yourself permission to revisit those things/experiences that inspire you.
You never know where that one action base on slowing down and paying attention will lead you.
I recently did this and found inspiration from watching documentaries/biographies of artists.
One of the most recent documentaries I saw was about the life and works of Keith Haring.
I love his style. Many elements of what he created are primitive/minimal.
They open my eyes to want to find more art of that style.
I look at web sites that featured Hawaiian petroglyphs.
I then read a wonderful book called “Color: The Natural History of Pallette”
This book has a chapter on the influence that Ocher had on Aborigines in Australia.
I then looked for examples of Aboriginal art on the web.
My jaw dropped when I found web sites that feature a wide variety of art by Aborigines.
It was an art form that spoke to me in a language I did not know I knew.

This is just one small example of a zig-zag journey, a step-by-step journey into the unknown.
A journey to find my passion.
A journey that started with listening to and noticing what inspires me and having the trust to follow that voice.


Education and the Future of Technology

This video shows the progression of information technology, researched by Karl Fisch, Scott McLeod, and Jeff Brenman, remixed.