"When I get new evidence I change my mind. What do you do?" John Maynard Keynes
- Teaching Cartoon: Two On ‘Timing’ & a Tale
- THE VOID (trailer)
- Humberto Maturana & Heinz von Foerster: Meta-Science, Reflection
- Visual Experiment: On the Trail (ARK)
- Teaching Cartoons: Instrumentality 1 & 2
- Mandorla: Trailer
- A Hidden ‘Meta’
- Who Are Your Luminaries?
- Everyone is going one place or the other, ‘cept corporations
- Kippie’s Ekaya
- Free Play Softball League: Ludic Aspirations & the Blue Men Group
- Symmetry Visual Experiment
- Teaching cartoon: Preparation
- Africa, the Original Home of Every Single Racist
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- If, during the long course of ages and under varying conditions of life, organic beings vary at all in the several parts of their organization, and I think this cannot be disputed; if there be, owing to the high geometric powers of increase of each species, at some age, season or year, a severe struggle for life, and this certainly cannot be disputed; then, considering the infinite complexity of the relations of all organic beings to each other and to their conditions of existence, causing an infinite variety in structure, constitution, and habits, to be advantageous to them, I think it would be a most extraordinary fact if no variation ever had occurred useful to each being’s own welfare, in the same way as so many variations have occurred useful to man. But if variations useful to any organic being do occur, assuredly individuals thus characterized will have the best chance of being preserved in the struggle for life; and from the strong principle of inheritance they will tend to produce offspring similarly characterized. This principle of preservation, I have called, for the sake of brevity, Natural Selection. [Charles Darwin (1859) On the Origin of Species]
- “It is essential to such a government, that it be derived from the great body of the society, not from an inconsiderable proportion, or a favored class of it; otherwise a handful of tyrannical nobles, exercising their oppressions by a delegation of their powers, might aspire to the rank of republicans, and claim for their government the honorable title of republic.” James Madison
- All the property that is necessary to a Man, for the Conservation of the Individual and the Propagation of the Species, is his natural Right, which none can justly deprive him of: But all Property superfluous to such purposes is the Property of the Publick, who, by their Laws, have created it, and who may therefore by other laws dispose of it, whenever the Welfare of the Publick shall demand such Disposition. He that does not like civil Society on these Terms, let him retire and live among Savages. He can have no right to the benefits of Society, who will not pay his Club towards the Support of it. -Benjamin Franklin
Thinking Outside the Agora
- I'm enjoying The Originals but I still don't know why this is a TV show December 4, 2013The Originals doesn't really have a single relatable main character, or a single storyline that I'm invested in the outcome of, or a central relationship or conceit. Or anything you'd expect a TV show to have. But it's still really fun, in a "gorgeous people making dumb decisions" way. Why is this a TV show, exactly?Read more... […]
- OK you got us, The Hobbit totally works as Mean Girls December 4, 2013We did not think this mash-up of The Hobbit and Mean Girls would work. But oh my god, does it ever. Thranduil is SUCH a bitch. Read more... […]
- Colorful Photos of Terrifying Viruses December 4, 2013We're living in a strange world, barely protected against the infectious, replicating agents called viruses. They may have gruesome effects on our bodies, but these viruses' microscopic world looks beautiful from close up — especially because researchers often add color to the images in order to study them more easily.Read more... […]
- At Last, Some Down-and-Dirty Badassery from Castiel, on Supernatural December 4, 2013When Castiel finally stops moping and feeling guilty for everything, he gets back to being the ass-kicker we know and love. Last night's scene of Castiel kicking ass was the highlight of the Supernatural midseason finale. The whole episode was highly entertaining, but also felt very much like a re-run.Read more... […]
- A sensor that will constantly monitor your blood for drugs December 4, 2013It's either a medical miracle, or the ultimate surveillance device, depending on your perspective. This incredible new sensor can monitor drug levels in your blood in real-time, and has already been shown to work in mice. This video shows how it functions.Read more...
- I'm enjoying The Originals but I still don't know why this is a TV show December 4, 2013
- Teaching Programming Logic to the Ultimate Beginners: Children December 4, 2013
- Crowdfund Roundup: STEAMy projects in Science, Tech, Engineering, Art & Math December 4, 2013
- Skill Builder: Arduino 101 December 4, 2013
- Wicked Cool Education from NarwhalEdu December 4, 2013
- Pi Overload: New Raspberry Pi Products in the Maker Shed December 4, 2013
Daily Archives: January 18, 2009
Sitting at the local coffee shop, waiting for a business partner to arrive so that we could discuss a project, I decided to kill time by opening my laptop to check my email. In my email was a post from a friend and in his email was a link to a youtube video of a Congolese musician.
A few minutes into the video, I feel a gentle tap on my shoulder. A stranger interrupts me to ask about the video I’m watching and listening to on ear buds. This person saw the video playing on my screen from their spot at an adjacent table.
As it turns out the stranger is interested in the african dancers that are part of the video. Inviting the stranger to join me, I share a replay of the video with her.
We strike up a conversation. It ranges over our shared interest in music and the arts. After telling her I have collected a wide variety of music resources over many years, she mentions that she is an artist for whom music and dance is a key source of inspiration. We set up a future engagement to audition media resources and to continue getting to know each other. Perhaps we will become friends.
In fact, a friendship develops and it eventually alters the course of both of our lives. There will come a time when both the once-a-stranger, and myself, having become colleagues and having undertaken together and separately further life changing projects, travels, and learning, realize almost all of what unfolded was contingent upon the pivot provided by the original encounter in the coffee shop.
What would you, the researcher have to know to determine what was necessary to have happened in the lives of both parties to this encounter in the coffee shop prior to its occurrence, so as to guarantee its occurrence?