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Introduction to Blackphone

Silent Circle and Geeksphone have partnered to combine best-of-breed hardware with all the skills and experience necessary to offer BLACKPHONE, the world’s first smartphone which prioritizes the user’s privacy and control.

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The game that can give you 10 extra years of life (Jane McGonigal)

“A traumatic event doesn’t doom us to suffer indefinitely. Instead, we can use it as a springboard to unleash our best qualities and lead happier lives.”

The top 5 things that people with Post Traumatic Growth say:
1. My priorities have changed, I’m not afraid to do what makes me happy.
2. I feel closer to my friends and family.
3. I know my self better, I know who I am now.
4. I have a new sense of meaning and purpose in life.
5. I’m better able to focus on my goals and dreams.

The top 5 quotes of those with Post Traumatic Growth are directly opposite of the top 5 regrets of the dying. It seems a traumatic event can unlock our ability to lead a life with fewer regrets.

When game designer Jane McGonigal found herself bedridden and suicidal following a severe concussion, she had a fascinating idea for how to get better. She dove into the scientific research and created the healing game, SuperBetter. In this moving talk, McGonigal explains how a game can boost resilience — and promises to add 7.5 minutes to your life.

Reality is broken, says Jane McGonigal, and we need to make it work more like a game. Her work shows us how.

“If you can manage to experience three positive emotions for every one negative emotion … you dramatically improve your health and your ability to successfully tackle any problem you’re facing.”
– Jane McGonigal

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Songwriting with Pat Pattison at Berklee

I just signed up for two song writing classes taught at Berklee. They are free. The course below starts in 5 days. You don’t have to read music or play an instrument for this class. Works for me. “Yay!” he says as he jumps off the cliff hoping to learn how to fly as he is falling.

More about that course at: https://www.coursera.org/course/songwriting

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DLD14 – Against Solutionism (Evgeny Morozov)

Here is a very interesting view of where we are headed. He covers topics such as:
> Against Solutionism
> Surveillance Economies
> Disappearance of “we”

Why doesn’t society talk about this half as much as we talk about celebrities or sports?
Where are we headed?
What kind of future do we want?

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The key to success? Grit (Angela Lee Duckworth)

Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn’t the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of “grit” as a predictor of success.

Grit is passion and perseverance for very long term goals.
Grit is having stamina.
Grit is sticking with you future, day in day out for years.
And working really hard to make that future a reality.
Grit is living life likes its a marathon not a sprint.

— Angela Lee Duckworth

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Kim Dotcom: The Man Behind Megaupload

In October 2013, VICE News was invited to visit the infamous tech mogul and creator of Megaupload, Kim Dotcom, at his palatial property in New Zealand.

Even though Kim is under house arrest—since he’s at the center of history’s largest copyright case—he’s still able to visit a recording studio in Auckland.

So check out this brand new documentary we made at Kim’s mega-mansion and in the studio where our host, Tim Pool, got to lay down some backup vocals for Kim’s upcoming EDM album while talking about online surveillance, file-sharing, and Kim’s controversial case.

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What happens when you mix freedom, privacy, technology, and power?

Does government serve the people or do people serve the government?

Here is one man’s experience of power gone wild.

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Best way to pack your van ever

About PUSH:
Seeing award winning PUSH Physical Theatre is like watching a live action-movie. This talented group of performers inspires awe with physical illusions and gravity-defying, dance-infused, acrobatic high-jinx. PUSH Physical Theatre, the masters of physical storytelling, grab hold of audiences’ emotions and “push” the boundaries of traditional theatre.

PUSH’s Website: http://www.pushtheatre.org

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Marina Abramovi: The Artist is Present – Trailer

This documentary is a beautiful look into one person’s passion for performance art.

What she did at the MoMA was magical.

This documentary is available on Netflix.

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