Education

Here's one of the most disgusting things you can do in a movie theater.

Are you all geared up for your next trip to your local cinema? Going to make sure you show up early enough, grab some popcorn, and get a solid seat in the middle so you can wrap your eyeballs around the latest Michael Bay flick?
What would you do if you did all that work and then, suddenly, a dude takes his shoes off and then puts his feet up … right next to your face?
That’s what happened yesterday at a showing of X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Source: Imgur

Source: Imgur


Personally, I’d immediately tell the guy that he should put his feet down because this isn’t his living room. Seriously.

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Education

US vs British military surf competition? Seems a bit unfair.

What better way to celebrate a Bank Holiday in England and Memorial Day in the US than to have a US vs British military surf competition? Well, okay, there’s like a million better ways to celebrate it.
But seriously, I don’t like the chances of the Brits on this one. No offense. I live in California and see surfers every darn day. People here in southern California start surfing as soon as they’re born, it seems. I know there’s some surfing in England (I think?) but it doesn’t seem like a fair fight.

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Work

The iWatch is nearly here. Only Apple isn’t the company making it.

Never one to let a poorly selling idea die, Samsung is apparently opening up a huge can of worms and getting ready to launch a ‘phone-watch.’

At least that’s what I’m calling it.

If Apple made it, it’d be the ‘iWatch’ or something. But Samsung is making it so there.

In any case, Samsung has been cranking out innovative products over the past several decades but this is the first time, in recent memory at least, they’re first to market with something that Apple was expected to announce already.

Will it flop? Probably. Will it get an expensive advertising campaign? Definitely. Will Apple be playing catch-up? Too late.

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Education

This shape-shifting table top is the design equivalent 'to the invention of painting'

It might make breakfast a little tricky, but designers from MIT Media Lab’s Tangible Media Group have created a shape-shifting table, that alters its shape in reaction to human presence.
The table, named ‘Transform’ is divided into three separate surfaces, with more than 1,000 small squares attached to individual motors that are hidden from view. When a user passes their hand across the surface, the individual squares rise up in sequence and create a ripple effect.
The table can also create abstract shapes on its own, and transfer objects across the surface, thanks to a series of pre-programmed animation sequences.
Transform was created by Daniel Leithinger and Sean Follmer and overseen by their professor Hiroshi Ishii, who said:“It’s a completely new form of physical and digital computational material. This is equivalent to the invention of a new medium like painting, music, plastic or computer graphics.”
 

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Education

What happens when a dolphin wants to have sex with you?

It’s one of the stranger experiments – even of an experimental age.
In the early 1960s, American neuroscientist John Lilly began attempts to communicate with dolphins, by teaching them to speak English, and he built purpose-built Dolphin House in the US Virgins Islands with a sea-pool underneath it where his researcher studied three dolphins.
One of the researchers, Margaret Howe, was charged with teaching them to talk through their blowholes (not a euphemism). For two years, up to 1966, she gave her ‘pupil’, an adolescent male called Peter, concentrated language coaching, in an attempt to accelerate his ability to speak English.
But what started with Sixties idealism would end in the way of many a Sixties dream. The experiment would end in tragedy, and for years after there would be rumours of the dolphins suffering drug abuse and scandal over the nature of Margaret’s relationship with Peter…
A BBC TV documentary will reveal what did happen when the dolphin made its clumsy adolescent advances. For now, we get some pretty broad hints …
 

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Education

How to escape education's Death Valley

It seems that if you want the Big Picture on education, and you want a side order of Revolutionary Change, then the man you turn to is Sir Ken Robinson. With good reason, he’s a clear-minded thinker who recognises that the education model we’re all used to is born out of the Industrial Revolution – and may not be suited to the Digital Age. In this Ted talk, Sir Ken outlines, entertainingly as ever, three principles crucial for the human mind to flourish — and how current education culture works against them. He tells us how to get out of the educational “death valley” we now face, and how to nurture our youngest generations with a climate of possibility. It’s where talking about education is an education in itself.

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Education

How to make your own animated movie

‘If I knew where ideas come from, I could bottle it up and sell it’
While he’s afraid of the cliche and he’s certainly not going to give you the inspiration for what your Oscar-winning animated movie is going to be about, but Steve Smith, of animation studio Beakus does kindly walk you through the process after that.