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Please Visit: My Daily Digest

In Please Visit! on April 25, 2013 at 8:36 pm

 

Please Visit: Philosophy Bites

In Please Visit! on April 24, 2013 at 7:39 am

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Interested in philosophy? Well, then you need to check out philosophybites.com, a podcast series featuring the worlds top philosophers being interviewed for about 15–20 minutes on a specific topic. Philosophy Bites is hosted by Nigel Warburton and David Edmonds, both philosophers themselves!

Some of my favorite episodes:

Please Visit: My daily Digest

In Please Visit! on April 23, 2013 at 6:07 pm

“The Internet has reshaped how humanity communicates. Big data is different: it marks a transformation in how society processes information. In time, big data might change our way of thinking about the world. As we tap ever more data to understand events and make decisions, we are likely to discover that many aspects of life are probabilistic, rather than certain.”

Please Visit: My Second Daily Digest

In Please Visit! on April 16, 2013 at 5:39 pm

The last thing I wrote at work yesterday considered the Boston Marathon Bombs, so I started the day checking out what new information about the events was out there. This article from WSJ is very informative.  I wrote my own piece just before the closing bell at Wall Street and the information by that time was very scarce. Interesting to notice that CNBC had just reported “around 20 people injured”, compared to today’s “killing at least three people and injuring about 140”.  Here is a picture slideshow from Bloomberg. Read a related article for Foreign Policy claiming that “the terror bombing of the Boston Marathon is yet one more item in a bloody skein of evidence that has emerged over the past decade proving that war is now, more than ever, the province of “the few.”

Found this also at WSJ: Pulitzer-Winning Breaking-News Photography. Intense.

One minute on the topic “very rich people”:  The World’s Highest Paid Hedge Fund Managers. Absurd. But, at least they got (some) skin in the game. Even more absurd: while the British economy and job market overall is collapsing the job market for Butlers is booming!

Visited Discover Magazine and came across this article by a scientist named Kate Green who will participate in a 120-days experiment simulating life on Mars. “We will eat, sleep, work, exercise and relax inside a two-story dome that offers a little less than 1000 square feet of floor space. When we go outside, we will wear mock spacesuits. There will be very little sunshine, no fresh fruit, and no ocean breeze.”  He will keep writing about the experience once a week.

The environmental development keeps scaring the shit out of me. These recent posts by ImaGeo doesn’t calm me down.

Reminds me of this video I posted on Facebook a while ago which nobody gave a fuck about: Watch 62 years of Global Warming in 13 Seconds

Revisited Big think! Wow. This site is such an epic source of intelligent information, I wonder why it was such a long time since I last visited. Please Visit (!) this website immediately. Sometime in the near future I will do a separate post on my favorite videos on this site. Anyway, watched this interview with Howard Gardner from 2009 and oh my goodness, great stuff! Probably the most inspirational information in my stream today. Gardner is an enormously ethical educator with very interesting views. I especially liked the way he answered the question “If you had 90 seconds with president Obama, what would you say?” (15:01) The quote from Derek Bok is also definitively thoughtful:

“If you think education is expensive, try estimating ignorance.”

Also watched these videos on genetics from Bryan Sykes. Nothing new, but never heard of him before and seems like he has written some interesting books which I need to check up on.

That’s it for today…

Please Visit: My Daily Digest

In Please Visit! on April 15, 2013 at 6:38 pm

 

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Space nerd? Well, I am anyway. Was screening Wired when I observed that they had an “Astrology Picture of the Day”, which I hadn’t noticed before. While your at it, NASA also have a “Picture of the Day” which always is accompanied with a explanation of the phenomena. Today’s beautiful picture shows stars forming in the Soul of the Queen of Aethopia” (the picture above). Epic!

Started out today’s Internet session with a visit to two of my favorites sites, edited by Maria Popovaexp.lore and Brainpickings. Also paid a visit to Visual News which always gets my aesthetic vibes going. Found my way to some cool websites I have never visited before. One tasteful blogg, swiss-miss, with a lot of inspirational videos, pictures, quotes etc. Also found Ustream, “the easiest and most powerful way to stream live video”, a really fun website with a lot of interesting video streams. For instance, check out these streams from a wolf den or this eagle nest!

Browsed The Browser and came across this article by Adam Gopnik: A Point of View: Science, magic and madness. Suits my taste.

Also. I just recently got my new Chromebook (!) and hence I’m constantly on the lookout for new apps and extensions for Chrome. I  searched Lifehacker and found some terrific articles. If your are a Chrome like me, you should check them out.

Last but not least. Came across some beautiful photos of Audrey Hepburn in Rome  which steered my interest into an endless stream of the magnificent photography from LIFE. You could spend all day long at this website.

That’s it for now. Back to a more boring stream of information. Work…

Please Visit: The Most Mind-Blowing TED-Talks About the Future

In Please Visit! on April 13, 2013 at 8:17 pm

“TED has broken the mould of what one expects from a speech. Speakers do not explain how to configure a bit of kit nor why one product is superior or inferior to another. Rather, they try to reconfigure listeners’ minds.”

– The Economist, 2012

The following four videos will change your view about the future. Each in its own way. They all made a huge impact on myself. Please check them out!

Please Visit: a Couple of New Interesting Websites in My Stream

In Please Visit! on April 9, 2013 at 10:06 pm

Just updated my stream with some interesting new websites which I will keep returning  to. I don’t have time to review them right now but eventually I will post some favorite links and discuss the material in detail! Check them out. Bye for now.

Please Visit: Five Videos That Trigger Scientific Exploration and Understanding

In Please Visit! on April 7, 2013 at 2:02 pm

I am a passionate advocate of science and scientific epistemology! I often find it difficult to reach (ignorant) people who oppose this worldview. Here follows five short videos which I find do a much better job than myself explaining the beauty of scientific understanding.

Please Visit: The Best International News Sites On The Internet?

In Please visits on April 6, 2013 at 10:49 pm

One should avoid big media as far as possible. I was very amused and delighted when Taleb proclaimed in The Black Swan that he had stopped reading newspapers entirely since it added nothing of value  to his knowledge. However, with this stance in mind, if one wants to stay updated on global events, there are better News Sites than others. These are my five top picks, not sorted in any special order.

PS. Avoid any tabloid of any sort. Anywhere. Anytime.

Please Visit: Brainpickings.org

In Please visits on April 6, 2013 at 10:34 pm

“Brain Pickings is a human-powered discovery engine for interestingness, a subjective lens on what matters in the world and why, bringing you things you didn’t know you were interested in — until you are.”

I usually don’t read many blogs, and I’m not sure that Brainpickings fairly can be described as one. Anyways! Please check out this magnificent website full of intellectual and creative inspiration.

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