I also love Jones’ incredibly dry descriptions, like when he just nonchalantly says “This is atropa belladonna. Four berries are enough to kill a child.”
Thanks to Liz, I found out about this great TEDxBoston talk by Andrew McAffee on robots and jobs. It’s a nice companion piece to the recent news/announcement about the automated Amazon Go grocery store.
Whenever we’re at the grocery store, I would oftentimes mention to Liz how inefficient the checkout lines were. I mean – there we are, standing there clutching our food, waiting for someone to manually scan each and every item.
Over the weekend, I got to participate in 20×2 Chicago – an event where 20 creatives are all given the same question. Each participant can answer however they like (presentation, reciting a poem, singing a song), so long as they do so in two minutes or less.
“Each image from the Microsculpture project is created from around 8000 individual photographs […] From start to finish, a final photograph will take around 3 weeks to shoot, process and retouch.”
Somm is a fantastic documentary, following four candidates who are working towards passing the incredibly difficult and demanding Master Sommelier exam. Since its inception about 40 years ago, there are less than 200 have ever passed. Liz and I were watching this on Netflix, and by the time the actual exam rolled around… it was absolutely gripping. It was a…
Today, I happened across a post titled Game Theory is Really Counterintuitive, and found myself returning to the examples throughout the day.
With those two pieces, you should now be able to set up a pretty sweet (and relaxing) screensaver. Watching your computer slip into standby mode has never been this relaxing! And I’m guessing you’ll be so mesmerized by the footage… you might never want to wake your computer up ever again.
“You can’t just be a good ice climber. You can’t just be good at altitude. You can’t just be a good rock climber. It’s defeated so many good climbers and maybe will defeat everybody for all time. Meru isn’t Everest. On Everest you can hire Sherpas to take most of the risks. This is a whole different kind of climbing.”
Musician Martin Molin (a member of the band Wintergatan) created a fantastic device that’s powered by 2000 marbles. The device handles percussion, xylophone, and bass, all the while recycling a torrent of marbles that makes the machine seem less like an instrument… and more like an entity with its own circulation.
Usually when someone yells out the name of a famous person at me, it’s done out of provocation: Bruce Lee, Mr. Miyagi, that sort of thing. When someone yells a name at me, I immediately tense up and prepare myself for some kind of altercation. But somewhere around 2013… strangers started coming up to me thinking I was Steve Aoki.
“We also need a murder robot that can drive and kill… all the cats and dogs that are pooping all over your nice, Scandinavian, white floors.”
On arriving, we met the newest addition to my sister’s family: Layla. She tended to bark a lot when first meeting us, but warmed up soon after. She was super sweet and got a lot of attention from me and Liz during our stay.