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Do schools kill creativity?

Sir Ken Robinson: “Do schools kill creativity?” Still the best TED talk ever.

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The Holstee Manifesto

The Holstee Manifesto

The Holstee Manifesto. Get it here.

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The Just World Hypothesis

“Deep down, we believe this world is essentially just, which is why we look away when it’s not.”

Jonah Lehrer

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Quote for the Day

Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.

Elizabeth Stone (1803-1881)

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Steve Jobs introduces the “Think Different” campaign

Steve Jobs introduces the “Think Different” campaign in 1997. To put this video in perspective, remember where Apple was in 1997. In terms of market share, the company had only about 3% of the personal computer market, bottoming out at 2.8% in July 1997. Its stock traded at around $4 or $5 a share, also bottoming in July 1997 when it sank below $3.50 a share. In its previous fiscal year the company had lost $1 billion.

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San Francisco, 1906

San Francisco after the quake

San Francisco after the earthquake and fire of April 18, 1906 (via Shorpy).

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How to Tie Your Shoes

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New York, 1902

Flatiron Building

The Flatiron Building under construction, ca. 1902. (Via Library of Congress.)

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Golden Gate Bridge under construction

Golden Gate Bridge worker

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The Ignorance of Voters

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Why working people vote Republican

A helpful if unsurprising explanation of a question that vexes liberals: why do ordinary working people consistently seem to vote against their own economic interests by voting for Republicans? At the Edge, psychologist Jonathan Haidt explains:

… the second rule of moral psychology is that morality is not just about how we treat each other (as most liberals think); it is also about binding groups together, supporting essential institutions, and living in a sanctified and noble way. When Republicans say that Democrats “just don’t get it,” this is the “it” to which they refer.

Check out the discussion of Haidt’s ideas as well.

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Quote of the Day

Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.

Dr. Seuss (possibly a misattribution, but a great quote whoever said it) (via Garr Reynolds)

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The price of coal


“For every person killed by nuclear power generation, 4,000 die due to coal, adjusted for the same amount of power produced.”

— Seth Godin, The Triumph of Coal Marketing

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How to Balance Work and Family

Nigel Marsh: How to Balance Work and Family

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Pale Blue Dot


Earth — the tiny blue dot about halfway down the shaft of light on the right — as seen from the Voyager 1 in 1990, at a distance of nearly 4 billion miles. Via.

Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there—on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

Carl Sagan

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Quote of the Day

Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.

Albert Einstein (via)

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Mannahatta, 1609

Manahatta 1609

Mannahatta, 1609, as Henry Hudson found it. Reminds me of this:

Most of the big shore places were closed now and there were hardly any lights except the shadowy, moving glow of a ferryboat across the Sound. And as the moon rose higher the inessential houses began to melt away until gradually I became aware of the old island here that flowered once for Dutch sailors’ eyes — a fresh, green breast of the new world. Its vanished trees, the trees that had made way for Gatsby’s house, had once pandered in whispers to the last and greatest of all human dreams; for a transitory enchanted moment man must have held his breath in the presence of this continent, compelled into an aesthetic contemplation he neither understood nor desired, face to face for the last time in history with something commensurate to his capacity for wonder.

More about The Mannahatta Project here and here.

JFK, 1960


New York City. October 19, 1960. (via)

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Shanghai 1990 vs. Shanghai 2010

Shanghai 1990 and 2010

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How to give a TED talk

A short documentary about what it takes to give a TED Talk.

“The thing is not to get self-conscious. It’s just like playing the piano. If you play the piano and suddenly start looking at your fingers … the music will stop.”
— Sir Ken Robinson

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