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If this is anything remotely close to what computers begin to do within the next five years… I’ll be quite the happy camper. Notice the potential for advancements in teaching games for young children! I’m just trying to wrap my head around an updated version of my generation’s games like Where is Carmen Sandiego or Reader Rabbit!
And in other fantastic tech innovation news…
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Gloria Steinem is an American journalist, best-selling author, and political activist who was strongly involved in the women’s liberation movement of the 1960’s and 1970’s. She was a prominent columnist and founded her own publication, Ms. Magazine. As an outspoken leader for the advancement of women’s rights, Ms. Steinem heavily advocated for the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment and founded the National Women’s Political Caucus.
“Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.”
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Since Halloween is right around the corner, I thought it might be helpful to provide some possible options for costumes this year.
Albert Einstein – crazy white hair.. white apron
Leonardo Da Vinci – paint brush, old clothes from renaissance era, maybe have coffee stained plans for inventions in your back pocket?
Michelangelo – paint smock and paint brush, you get the idea…
Thomas Edison – era appropriate clothing with a light bulb
Pablo Picasso – (see Da Vinci and Michelangelo) maybe try the one ear thing
Louis Pasteur – something with milk?
Any philosophers – I know it’s general but… wear a toga?
Other Individuals to consider:
Nikola Tesla, Immanuel Kant, Aristotle, Thomas Jefferson, Plato, Marie Curie, Elizabeth I, Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, Golda Meir, Jane Adams, Winston Churchill, Benjamin Franklin, William Shakespeare, Wolfgang Amadeus, Mozart, Socrates, Sir Isaac Newton, Martin Luther, John Locke, Charles Darwin, Salvador Dali, Sigmund Freud, Napoleon Bonaparte, George Washington, Rumi, , The Wright Brothers, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Jim Henson
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Writer and humorist, Mark Twain was a master of his craft. The picture above is pretty spectacular in that it captures Serbian-American Inventor Nicola Tesla, alongside Twain, and one of his scientific experiments. Tesla is generally known for his groundbreaking work with electricity and the Tesla Coil.
According to an article posted back in June by Afflictor.com,
“As the story goes, Mr. Twain stood on a platform of the machine while Tesla set the oscillator into operation. Twain was enjoying himself greatly and exclaimed: ‘This gives you vigour and vitality.’ After some time Tesla warned the writer that he should come down, but Twain was having fun and he refused. Tesla again insisted, but Twain stayed on the machine for several minutes more until, suddenly, he exclaimed: ‘Quick, Tesla. Where is it?’ Tesla directed his friend to the restroom. Twain had experienced first hand what had been known to the laboratory workers for some time: the laxative effect of the machine’s vibrations.”
What I would give to have spent the day with those two! Anyways, Twain was a non-stop quotable. Here’s one of my favorite,
“‘Classic.’ A book which people praise and don’t read.”
And now for the only known video footage of Mark Twain. It’s a film taken by Thomas Edison in 1909. According to the uploader,
“Silent film footage taken in 1909 by Thomas Edison at Stormfield (CT) at Mark Twain’s estate. Twain is shown walking around his home and playing cards with his daughters Clara and Jean. The flickering is due to film deterioration, but this is the only known footage of the great author.”
In other Twain-related news, Actor Will Ferrell was just awarded the Kennedy Center’s 2011 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. For additional reading visit, the Huff Post article.
YouTube is a very strange, beautiful place. Anyone can get lost for hours just roaming it’s endless flow of videos. Sometimes out of all the anarchy, you can find some pretty amazing content like the Feynman and Sagan Series. If you haven’t had a chance to check them out, I strongly encourage you spend a few minutes of your day to view these great homages to very brilliant gentlemen. So far, the first episode of the Sagan Series has garnered 1.3 million views. If everyone on Earth viewed it, I feel humanity would be in a much better place.
Below, is the first installment of the Feynman Series. Richard Feynman was a famous American Physicist who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1965. According to the creator of the series,
“The Feynman Series is a companion project of The Sagan Series working in the hopes of promoting scientific education and scientific literacy in the general population.”
Imagine if these were played as commercials on television! Hope you enjoyed the video and have a great Sunday!
The leaves are falling and it’s that time of the year again, Halloween. Halloween is easily one of my favorite annual traditions I choose to embrace. Regardless of what you have typically done in the past, I strongly recommend thrifting! I went yesterday afternoon and found some pretty good stuff.
I’m going as Patrick Bateman from the classic book and movie, American Psycho. If you havn’t heard of it; Get it in the know! It’s a classic. Interestingly enough, Christian Bale was warned if he did the role his career would be over… guess they were wrong! My costume below. Tie $2 at Goodwill. All other accessories were not procured thrifting but actually found for under $1 at the local Dollar Tree (except the paint smock).
Note: I was going to post the scene from the movie I am taking my costume from, but it’s pretty explicit. So, if you are still curious just YouTube, “American Psycho Paul Allen Scene.” Screen Cap Below.
Anyways thrifting is a great way to get your costume materials on the cheap and maybe just maybe; build up your personal library? All the books you see posted below I got for only $14 at my local Goodwill.
I have been steadily building up my personal library through this strategy and encourage you to get your Philosophical Swag on in a similar fashion! Hope you have a great time thrifting and finding your Halloween essentials!
Extra: If you are interested… Interview with Charlie Rose, Christian Bale, Director Mary Harron, and Bret Easton Ellis.
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I was fortunate enough to hear Dr. Michio Kaku speak last night and all I can say is he is an extremely entertaining, intelligent human being. Many have called him one of the best “popularizers” of science since Carl Sagan, and for good reason! After seeing him give an hour and a half long lecture on the future of technology in the next 20 years; I really can’t deny it.
Dr. Kaku spoke about a variety of cool technology we should all be excited about, but his lecture mainly focused on Moore’s Law and how as time progresses computer processing and technology (in general) gets cheaper and cheaper. He had one particular point that was really wild, about the little computer chips in a birthday card that sings to you, you know the kind that is disposable these days, yet is still more advanced than what all the Allied forces were using during WWII! He also explained that technology will be layered into almost everything, so we will have products like a tech-enhanced toilet that will allow us to find out if we have cancer cells in our body ten years earlier than currently possible. The possibilities are mind-boggling.
I have also posted a video of Dr. Kaku explaining how America manages to compete in the scientific community, even though our public school system is failing to produce a high enough volume of competitive, scientific minds these days.
I will post a much more in-depth look at Dr. Kaku in the near future. Thanks for reading!
Jermaine Lamarr Cole, known better as hip-hop artist, J. Cole, was the first artist signed to Jay-Z’s label, Roc Nation. This up-and-coming artist has blown up since his freshman album dropped, mainly because his music actually makes a comment on social ills in society in a potent, poetic way.
One of my favorite songs off Cole World: The Sideline Story, is titled, “Daddy’s Little Girl.” I’ve included the video below as well as some stand out lyrics. Warning: song contains EXPLICIT lyrics.
“Mama couldn’t never reach her
Brother tried his best to teach her
She thinks she’s ready for the world
Just look at daddy’s little girl”
J. Cole is not only amazingly creative but he is also very, very, SMART. This 26-year-old, graduated from St. John’s University on an academic scholarship, where he graduated magna cum laude with a major in communication and a minor in business. I can’t press you enough to check out J. Cole in more depth and support him by buying his album or downloading any of his great mixtapes (The Come Up, The Warm Up, or Friday Night Lights). I hope more artists try to emulate J. Cole and take on the more important topics in society.
Alright, you’ve got “Tea Partiers,” “Occupy Wall Streeters,” “Environmentalists,” “Joe the Plumbers,” and everyone in-between. What is going on right now? I’d like to try to explain in laymen terms. So if you want to drop some knowledge bombs in your next random conversation… I urge you to read on.
One of the best minds to look to when trying to figure out these crazy times is New York Times columnist and best-selling author, Thomas Friedman. He wrote “The World is Flat: A Brief History of the 21st Century.” < SYNOPSIS: It’s all about globalization (national, cultural lines are becoming irrelevant in the 21st century, mainly because we are all so interconnected via technology, inter-webs, high-speed … everything.)
Anyways, he just did a fantastic column where he seemed to stray from allying with any particular movement and instead simply choose to play neutral. He describes two other brilliant guys’ takes on what is going on in the world. Of course they must have catchy names so we sound legitimate when dropping them at… wherever you drop these sorts of things. The two theories on what is going on are titled, “THE GREAT DISRUPTION” and “THE BIG SHIFT.” So here is my Spark Notes version for you busy kids that don’t care for fluff. (remember my interpretation)
THE GREAT DISRUPTION – Current system is too off balanced and breaking down. Examples: debt crisis, climate change, inequality… all products of this integrated system in which everything is overloaded and its “eating itself alive.” We let pollution go unchecked along with corporate cronyism and reckless speculation.
it’s a theory that is threat-based
THE BIG SHIFT – Right now we are in the beginning of a new era, where globalization and the Internet are fundamentally shifting everything in our culture and seriously affecting how we perform. New stress, new opportunities; yet the playing field is leveling. The monopoly on once hidden avenues of information is deteriorating. The global flow of ideas, resources, and people will win out or at least seriously compete with the corporations that once had all the power.
it’s a theory that is opportunity-based
So Friedman says both… yes the system is overloaded; things are going unchecked and a lot of people… A LOT of people are feeling cheated. Yet, in this new era where we have iPads, Broadband, and access to almost anything, the people may still prevail. It’s feasible that we may re-align with the world we find ourselves living in, without it collapsing.
I’m still deciding on which theory is more accurate. Either way I hope you enjoyed my spark notes version on the analysis of the 21st century transformation.