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Coffee: The Greatest Addiction Ever

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Ted Talk: Visualizing Humanity with Aaron Koblin

[HT Infosthetics]

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On the distinction between work and play

A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always appears to be doing both.
-Lawrence Pearsall Jacks 

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Good artists borrow, great artists steal

[HT Nancy Prager]

One of the surest tests [of the superiority or inferiority of a poet] is the way in which a poet borrows. Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better, or at least something different. The good poet welds his theft into a whole of feeling which is unique, utterly different than that from which it is torn; the bad poet throws it into something which has no cohesion. A good poet will usually borrow from authors remote in time, or alien in language, or diverse in interest.

-T.S. Eliot.

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Khan: Use video to ‘flip’ education

[HT Joanne Jacobs]

The Khan Academy is an excellent online resource that many luminaries, including Bill Gates, have endorsed as either an educational supplement (which was its initial purpose) or a harbinger of a profoundly new way of “doing” education.

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Visualizing WiFi

[HT Information Aesthetics]

Immaterials: Light painting WiFi from Timo on Vimeo.

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Jeopardy and Hadoop

[HT Alex Popescu]

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The Beauty of Data Visualization

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MySQL at Facebook with Mark Callaghan

[HT NoSQL]

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Using Kinect to browse the web with DepthJS

[HT DownloadSquad]

DepthJS from Fluid Interfaces on Vimeo.

We are long overdue for a change in the way we interact with our machines, I hope this is more than a passing fad.

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