July 29, 2011 Royal De Luxe Giant Marionettes Royal de Luxe is a French mechanical marionette street theatre company. They were founded in 1979 by Jean Luc Courcoult. Based in Nantes, the company has performed in France, Belgium, England, Germany, Iceland, Chile, Australia and Mexico.
July 28, 2011 Kevin Slavin: How Algorithms Shape Our World Kevin Slavin argues that we're living in a world designed for -- and increasingly controlled by -- algorithms. In this riveting talk from TEDGlobal, he shows how these complex computer programs determine: espionage tactics, stock prices, movie scripts, and architecture. And he warns that we are writing code we can't understand, with implications we can't control.
July 22, 2011 Obama and the "Gang Of Six" James K. Galbraith shows why the "Gang Of Six" Plan is all about cuts not increased taxes, and that Obama represents the Wall Street faction of Democratic party
July 21, 2011 How Green Is Your Internet? When you use the internet have you thought just how much energy you're using? This story may give you some idea of just how much energy the wired world sucks down.
July 20, 2011 Franken Fracks Focus on the Family At a hearing on the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, Sen. Al Franken destroyed the testimony of Tom Minnery, the head of Focus on the Family’s political arm, CitizenLink. After Minnery cited a government study he said showed that the children of married gay and lesbian couples fared worse than married opposite-sex couples, Franken flatly stated that Minnery was wrong and called into question any further testimony from Minnery.
July 19, 2011 The Government's War on Cameras Who will watch the watchers? In a world of ubiquitous, hand-held digital cameras, that's not an abstract philosophical question. Police everywhere are cracking down on citizens using cameras to capture breaking news and law enforcement in action. In 2009, police arrested blogger and freelance photographer Antonio Musumeci on the steps of a New York federal courthouse. His alleged crime? Unauthorized photography on federal property. Police cuffed and arrested Musumeci, ultimately issuing him a citation. With the help of the New York Civil Liberties Union, he forced a settlement in which the federal government agreed to issue a memo acknowledging that it is totally legal to film or photograph on federal property.
July 15, 2011 Dyslexie is a Typeface for Dyslectics The University of Twente did research on the typeface. Hereby a part of their conclusion: "The dyslectics made fewer errors, than the normal readers, on the EMT with the font "Dyslexie". This is an indication that reading with the font "Dyslexie" decreases the amount of reading errors."
July 14, 2011 Theo Jansen's Strandbeests Kinetic sculptor and artist Theo Jansen builds 'strandbeests' from yellow plastic tubing that is readily available in his native Holland. The graceful creatures evolve over time as Theo adapts their designs to harness the wind more efficiently. They are powered only by the wind and even store some of the wind's energy in plastic bottle 'stomachs' to be used when there is no wind.
July 12, 2011 Patricia Ryan: Don't insist on English At TEDxDubai, longtime English teacher Patricia Ryan asks a provocative question: Is the world's focus on English preventing the spread of great ideas in other languages? (For instance: what if Einstein had to pass the TOEFL?) It's a passionate defense of translating and sharing ideas.
July 8, 2011 Professor Sherry Turkle: Alone Together MIT technology and society specialist Professor Sherry Turkle presents the results of a fifteen year exploration of the colossal impact technology has had on our lives and communities.
July 7, 2011 War-Toys: Proof of Concept Using Brian McCarty's unique toy photography and principles of play and art therapy, the project explores firsthand accounts of war from the perspective of children living in its day-to-day reality. Working through local humanitarian organizations in Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank, Brian's WAR-TOYS project focuses on the latest generation of Israelis and Palestinians that has never known an existence without the constant threat of rocket attacks, air strikes, gunfire, explosions, and incursions.