A bookstore dream come true 📚
A stunning video of the nervous system of a zebrafish over a 16 hour period.
The imperative is to grow into somebody.
Taped in June 1997, the founder of Amazon Jeff Bezos outlines his vision for his company’s music and books webstore model.
Flash forward 21 years later, and the company is not only corroding the retail sector by selling everything online, it also owns everything from grocery stores, newspapers, its own web services, to who know’s what next.
“Inventing and pioneering requires being misunderstood for long periods of time.”Jeff Bezos
What’s your vision?
Tara Strong is a voice actor for cartoons like “The Powerpuff Girls,” “Rugrats” and “The Fairly OddParents.” In this video, she talks about her process in coming up with the character voices for babies, villains, and teens.
It’s absolutely fascinating how she can convert the director’s body language into actionable sounds such as a character tumbling off a cliff or fighting bad guys. Cool nugget: she uses her own original voice as the voice of Batgirl.
What a talent!
This video of human face pies is a nightmare. The teeth and pies with hair may be the scariest of the lot, while the fact that you can get these customized is haunting.
I know we are still 3 months away from Halloween so apologies in advance.
“The pencil is a very perfect object,” says pencil obsessed Caroline Weaver in this TED video where she
explainsthe history of the pencil.
The origin of the pencil goes back to the innovative applications of graphite. Farmers and shepherds used graphite sticks wrapped in sheepskin and paper to mark their animals.
In 1795, French painter Nicolas-Jacques Conté grounded graphite, mixed it with clay and water to make a paste that was then burned in a kiln to be inserted two cylinders of wood. This is the same method for making pencils we still use to this day!
The #2 Pencil
In the mid-American philosopher, Henry David Thoreau came up with the graphite grading scale for hardness in pencils, most notably the number 2 pencil. Number 2 pencils were thought to be the perfect balance of graphite and color. Conversely, Number 4 pencils were firmer — they contained more clay and thus wrote finer lines.
Years later, America’s Joseph Dixon is widely credited for using machines to produce the first standard hexagonal-shaped pencils.
The Attached Eraser and Yellow Pencil
Before the eraser, people used bread crumbs and rubber to get rid of marks. In 1858, American stationer Hymen Lipman patented the first pencil with an attached eraser. In 1889, the World’s Fair in Paris introduced the first yellow pencil called the Koh-I-Noor which had 14 coats of yellow paint with the end dipped in 14ct gold. Showing off the original plain wood grains quickly went out of style the iconic yellow pencil we know today was born.
What an absolute fascinating video!
Susy Jackson is one of the narrators behind Audible’s audiobooks.
In this video, she shares some of the tips and trick she uses to record audiobooks, like underlining character names and noting places where she might need to alter her voice to match the verb (e.g. ‘whispering’).
“It’s this weird mental trick of staying really present and always kind of reading a little bit ahead.”
Take a look into her process for making audiobooks below.
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If you want to understand a complicated device like a brain, you should build one…The brain’s a big neural network.
Geoff Hinton has been trying to make computers think like humans for over 40 years. In our time, before our time, Hinton the pariah kept pushing the idea that computers could think. The 21st-century rise of the internet and machine learning vindicate his work.
According to Harvard psychologist Shawn Achor’s book The Happiness Advantage, it is happiness that begets success and not the other way around.
And one of the quickest ways to boost your mood is to start by sending someone a quick email every morning.
The simplest thing you can do is a two-minute email praising or thanking one person that you know. We’ve done this at Facebook, at US Foods, we’ve done this at Microsoft. We had them write a two-minute email praising or thanking one person they know, and a different person each day for 21 days in a row. That’s it. What we find is this dramatically increases their social connection which is the greatest predictor of happiness we have in organizations. It also improves teamwork. We’ve measured the collective IQ of teams and the collective years of experience of teams but both of those metrics are trumped by social cohesion.
For a longer-term impact on happiness, Achor advises checking your attitude, sociability, and how you choose to view challenges.
Read New Harvard Research Reveals How to Be More Successful and watch Shawn’s TED Talk below