Ten Meter Tower is a fascinating, short documentary about decision and doubt. A part of the New York Times’s Op-Docs, the project found 67 people from an online ad, who had never been on a 10-meter (33 feet) diving tower before.
We noticed this thing with Daisy, though. When she starts eating, she grabs a big mouthful and just goes to town. She won’t try to pick out a modest piece – she’ll grab as much as she can manage, and then wrestle the whole thing in the air as she slowly chews it down.
Watching Adam and Norm create this machine from scratch was a delight. There is something great about watching nerds in their nerd zone, totally nerding it up. It’s amazing.
For two years, filmmaker Jennifer Crandall has crisscrossed this deep Southern state, inviting people to look into a camera and share a part of themselves through the words of Walt Whitman. The 19th century poet’s “Song of Myself” is a quintessential reflection of our American identities.
I happened across this short clip of Astro Teller, talking about failure. Teller, whose name wasn’t cool enough and so needed an even cooler job title, is currently “Captain of Moonshots” at X (which is a very cool company).
“All the entrants are people who neither have the technical expertise, determination, nor the focus it takes to build an actual robot. That is why the robots in this contest can barely even move forward, and why they put on stunningly crappy sumo matches.”
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.