This 19 minute Planet Money audio podcast tells the story of a bet between a biologist and an economist about the future of humanity. The sad lesson seems to be that charisma and media reach often trumps quality of argument. The Stanford biologist was smooth and charismatic while the economist was a bit awkward. Guess who won public opinion?
I've spent a wonderful week in San Diego with educators from around the world. We went on adventures in nature and this is my favorite photo from the week.
Ben Foxall gave a very clever presentation in London in June about using multiple devices. Although it was given at a Meteor event it was mostly not about Meteor. I would not have seen this except for a tweet from Paul Dowman.
The nice folks at Common Craft just released this short explanation of programming.
At 2 minutes 41 seconds it is one of the shorter explanations .
Adobe has created a new presentation app for the iPad that creates 'videos' that can be viewed on an iPad or on the web. David Pogue explains here.
Creation is local to the iPad app. The app downloads needed media (icons and images) from the web. Playback on Chrome is in Flash. It also plays on a iPad in a browser so it does not always use Flash. It appears to be creating videos for display in non-Flash HTML5 browsers.
An underlying theme of some of my work these days is making things that are unseen more visible and obvious. Invisible things (like how well someone else hears you on a video conference) is helped when they are made more visible - maybe have a mic to pass around. This goes along with keeping things simple and therefore understandable.
This Penn & Teller video contrasts the seen and the unseen. Magic is meant to entertain but systems are meant to be understood and controlled easily. The first version of the trick is entertaining while the second takes away the mystery and is less entertaining except to marvel at how Teller moves.
If you are designing a system (video conference or web UI) you want it to be clearly and easily understood by those who run it and look like magic to those who observe it.
Lovely interview. She programmed the Mark 1 at Harvard.
A Google Glass user gets electrocuted while making a video of a thunder storm through Glass while the charging cable is plugged in... (Caution: As one might expect there is profanity.)
Don't try this at home...
After 69 years, the Tar Drop experiment at Trinity College Dublin's School of Physics finally had observed results on July 11, 2013. This 10 to 12 year event has been recorded and is available on YouTube:
Search Google for "tar drop" for more articles about this momentous event.
Public television and TED, the non-profit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, share a deep commitment to addressing the high school dropout crisis. The TED Talks Education one-hour program brings together a diverse group of teachers and education advocates delivering short, high-impact talks on the theme of teaching and learning. These original TED Talks are given by thought leaders including Geoffrey Canada, Bill Gates, Rita F. Pierson, Dr. Angela Lee Duckworth and Sir Ken Robinson. TED Talks Education is part of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s American Graduate initiative.
"to boldly advertise in ways no man has done before":
Bret Victor invents tools that enable people to understand and create. He has designed experimental UI concepts at Apple, interactive data graphics for Al Gore, and musical instruments at Alesis.
This is an inspirational video. There are many good ideas and demonstrations in this video. At around 29:25, Bret shows the creation of an animation sequence both with Flash and an iPad app that shows some remarkable insights into a possible animation UI.
Bret's personal site is here.