Archive for June, 2010

My Daily Barometer (Three Questions)

I have a very active monkey mind.

I tend to chase a lot of rabbits.

My default mode is to chase rabbits.

At best, what I am chasing is a means to a means to a means to an end I’ve forgotten about.

To help me keep on track, this week I’ve come up with three questions to help me wake up and remind myself “What am I doing?”

The questions are:

  • Are you on the field of play?
  • Do you have a ball in play?
  • Are you taking real action to get a ball in play today?

Asking myself these questions is like checking my personal barometer. They help me remember to align my action to my passion.

What question do you ask yourself to make sure your actions are aligned to your passion?


The Secret Powers of Time

We’re all familiar with the concept of time seemingly moving faster when we’re having fun, and dragging when we’re bored. Professor Philip Zimbardo explains in this artfully presented video that it’s a lot more precise than that. Past-oriented vs. present or future-oriented personalities differ across many landscapes, and factors like religion, geography and culture greatly influence how individuals experience time.

For more on this topic read The Paradox of Time by Philip Zimbardo.


How to Wear Tarahumara Huarache Running Sandals

The Tarahumara Indians (Raramuri) of Northern Mexico are famous for their long-distance mountain running abilities. They run in seemingly simple sandals made out of old tire treads. I learned how to make and wear them. They are an excellent running shoe with ancient roots.

You can usually trust indigenous design when it comes to active footwear. These sandals and others similar have been around for 1000s of years, and I know why. They have no frills, just exactly what you need and not a bit more. Elegant design.


Children Full of Life

In the award-winning documentary Children Full of Life, a fourth-grade class in a primary school in Kanazawa, northwest of Tokyo, learn lessons about compassion from their homeroom teacher, Toshiro Kanamori. He instructs each to write their true inner feelings in a letter, and read it aloud in front of the class. By sharing their lives, the children begin to realize the importance of caring for their classmates.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5


Build Renewable Energy NOW.

Our desire to live comfortably on this planet does NOT give us the right to kill the oceans.

Offshore drilling is killing the oceans.

Our survival depends on healthy oceans.

We need to replace dirty energy with clean energy.

The amount of work required to replace dirty energy with clean energy is HUGE.

The effort to become a clean energy planet requires that we create 11.5 TW of new non-carbon based energy in the next 25 years.

To generate this much new energy, we will need to retool our global economy.

In chapter 9 of the video lecture below titled “Climate Change Recalculated,” Saul Griffith proposes a plan for what it would take to retool the world energy production.


Carl Sagan – ‘A Glorious Dawn’

A musical tribute to two great men of science. Carl Sagan and his cosmologist companion Stephen Hawking present: A Glorious Dawn – Cosmos remixed. Almost all samples and footage taken from Carl Sagan’s Cosmos and Stephen Hawking’s Universe series.



Richard Feynman – Fun to Imagine – Part 1: Jiggling Atoms

Physicist Richard Feynman thinks aloud about atoms and how they jiggle, and how we perceive that jiggling as ‘hot’ and ‘cold’. From the BBC TV series ‘Fun to Imagine'(1983)

Part 2: Fire

Part 3: Rubber Bands

Part 4: Magnets

Part 5: Bigger is Electricity

Part 6: The Mirror

Part 7: The Train

Part 8: Seeing Things

Part 9: Big Numbers and Stuff (Part One of Two)

Part 10: Big Numbers and Stuff (Part Two of  Two)

Part 11: Ways of Thinking (Part One of Two)

Part 12: Ways of Thinking (Part Two of Two)


Caleb Chung plays with Pleo

Pleo the robot dinosaur acts like a living pet — exploring, cuddling, playing, reacting and learning. Inventor Caleb Chung talks about Pleo and his wild toy career.

Caleb Chung dreams up toys that interact with children. He’s the inventor of Furby, a talking (and listening) robotic furball that sold some 50 million units in the late ’90s. His newest plaything: Pleo the adorable robot dinosaur.