Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Life On Other Planets And The Future Of Human Civilization


 When I was a kid, while naturally I did get my fair dose of animation, and science fiction (... like "Dr. Who"),... I also, secretly, loved watching shows on real world and theoretical science.

 I came across this great TED talk that "District 9" director Neill Blomkamp recently gave at TEDxVancouver and I thought I'd share.  

 For those of you who don't know about TED talks, and of TEDx, the independently-organized TED events around the world. They had one recently in Vancouver, where Neill Blomkamp was a speaker. The video of his talk went up recently, and regardless of whether it contains the direction of his next/a future film that he’s going to do (which it feels like it does), it’s a pretty captivating, theoretical science-driven vision of our universe, life on other planets, and the future of human civilization in a way that most of us probably haven’t ever thought of. (It is a little "Earth" bias, but still AWESOME).  I think you’ll love it.

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Cartoons for Designers

From the Amazing Lunchbreath of Core77

Monday, February 15, 2010

A little something for your Monday morning

From the folks at "Social Bling"

Energy is Contagious – Why I Want to Live my Life in a Happy Flash Mob.

 There are thousands of studies about the power of energy. Our thoughts and feeling shape our lives and create the overall energy we stay in, if you want to increase positive energy you have to consciously make the decision to think positive thoughts. You have to treat negative thoughts like weeds growing in a garden pull them out at the root and get rid of them!! Remove Judgment, Anger, Fear and Sadness.

 One of the most powerful examples of contagious good vibes is the work of director Michael Gracey. He has staged and recorded huge flash mob/impromptu performances that capture the capabilities of human hearts connecting in purest form. I can’t watch these videos without smiling, shedding a tear of joy or getting goose bumps. Note: if you wondering how these events happen know that there is a group that is “in the know” to inspire the energy yet the majority of the people participating join in on their own.

 Four samples of Michael Gracey’s videos: Oprah’s Kick Off Party with the Black Eyed Peas, Sound of Music Central Station Belgium, Hey Jude Sing a Long, Liverpool Street Station Dance and Sing.

(CHECK IT OUT) (I promise it will perk you up)