This clip from Charlie Brooker’s “Newswipe” breaks down the absurd sensationalism of news coverage in the wake of mass tragedies like Columbine, Aurora, and Newtown. A forensic psychiatrist lays out some rules for the media to follow when reporting on such incidences … and the media proceeds to break pretty much all of them.
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Frank William Abagnale, Jr. is an American security consultant known for his history as a former confidence trickster, check forger, impostor, and escape artist. Here he is telling his story.
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Brilliant commentary on religion.
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I enjoy playing Chess, but I have never before thought this in-depth about the strategy and the the terms of the game. This right here is a master lesson in the ultimate game of strategy. “Now if you came up with this move… I don’t believe you!”
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The “father of the atomic bomb,” scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer, talks about the moral quandary of inventing weapons of mass destruction…
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This is beyond amazing. I feel really privileged to watch this.
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An interesting anomoly among animals is the path of the laryngeal nerve — a long nerve which connects the brain to the voicebox. While the two organs are only inches apart, and a direct path between the two would make far more sense from a design or engineering perspective, the nerve actually goes down the entire length of the animal’s neck, loops around a blood vessel near the heart, and then runs all the way back up to the larynx (voice box). This odd path can be explained by evolution — as Richard Dawkins demonstrates in this video clip, with a dissection of a giraffe and then a discussion of how this oddity evolved.
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A guy I met through Rental Car Rally a few months ago named Cesar Kuriyama is doing an interesting project — he’s taking one second of video of his life every day for one year, documenting his experience and point of view in micro-moments. He has gotten a bit of attention already, because he got into the audition rounds to give a TED Talk on the project. This video here is the trailer that got him selected by the TED Talks committee.
Cesar says he’s planning to launch a website where others join him in recording their own one-second-a-day videos. (Seems like something that would be right up a few Pie Heaven readers’ alley.)
Also…I happen to be in one of the shots in this promo video. I’m the guy dressed as a scientist standing next to the bicycle-riding robot — who is another Pie Heaven contributor, Tim Reese. It’s a quick glimpse of a 2am desert bicycle joust from Rental Car Rally: LA to Tahoe this past February.
Anyway, I wish Cesar luck with the project, and I look forward to seeing the finished 365 second video!
PS: Since we’re on the subject of Rental Car Rally, here’s a video that Cesar put together with footage from the LA to Tahoe rally. There’s another rally coming up at the end of June, LA to Vegas, and I encourage all of you in the SoCal area to sign up. It’s a blast.
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Mike Rowe talks about the alarming issue that the U.S. is shifting to a services based industry, where almost nobody knows how to build stuff or fix stuff. All of us are going off to get four year college degrees in soft theoretical/services/entertainment industries but don’t know how stuff is made or how stuff works. Sad, really. I agree with him 100%…and acknowledge that I am part of the problem.
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Not good, America. Not good at all.
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I’ve seen things like this before, but not from a 102 year old who performs like a fucking boss. You tell ’em, Ed!
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Four of the funniest people on the planet discuss stand-up comedy for 50 minutes, talking about how they got started, comparing and contrasting their styles, and discussing what makes things funny. This is a master class in stand-up. Extremely revealing and enlightening. Definitely a must-see if you have the time.
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Interviews with random strangers on the New York City subway.
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This is a message most people don’t want to hear, but it’s true. Our biggest environmental problem is there are too many fucking people on this here planet. Adding one additional person to the population is an order of magnitude more environmentally damaging than the combined efforts of every other “green”/”eco-friendly” thing you will do in your lifetime.
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