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TED Quotes: Facts, insight and humor from TEDTalks — in shareable bites

TED Quotes: Facts, insight and humor from TEDTalks — in shareable bites
TED Quotes are made possible by Allianz SE Facts, insight and humor —in shareable bites TED Quotes brings you salient bits of TEDTalks, on everything from activism to storytelling, from chemistry to curiosity. Have thoughts about TED Quotes? Want to suggest a quote? Share your ideas with us. Follow us on Twitter: @TEDQuote About Allianz SE Allianz provides singular insight and expertise to help people manage new risks and opportunities. Learn more about Allianz SE. Related:  Thoughts

Suomi ilman henkilöautoja - olisiko se mahdollista? Miksi käytämme yhä henkilöautoa? Siksi, että joukkoliikenne ei toimi: vuorotiheys on liian harva eikä palvelu ole riittävän hyvää. Suomen kaltaisessa harvaan asutussa maassa henkilöauto on useimmille välttämätön. Mutta entäpä, jos peltilehmillä olisi siivet? Helsingin seudun liikenne -kuntayhtymän HSL:n havainnekuva tulevaisuuden johdinautosta Helsingissä. Joukkoliikenteeseen siirtyminen vähentäisi Suomen liikennekuolemat neljännekseen nykyisestä. Joukkoliikenteeseen siirtyminen lisäisi maahenkilöliikenteen työpaikat noin 31 000:sta noin 55 000:een ja säästäisi Suomessa yhdessä vuodessa satojatuhansia henkilötyövuosia palkatonta talkootyötä. Kansa liikkeelle Ennen sotia suomalaiset liikkuivat vähän: yleensä liikuttiin vain kotipaikkakunnilla kävelyyn tai pyöräilyyn soveltuvia matkoja. Meillä ei koskaan ole ollut tilannetta, jossa liikkumisen kokonaismäärä olisi ollut lähelläkään nykyistä ja liikkuminen olisi rakentunut joukkoliikenteelle. Kokonaan henkilöautoton Suomi ei ole realismia.

The Kid Should See This. A New Paradigm of Happiness From the rise of Buddhism, the positive psychology movement and critical thinking of the extreme ways humans look for pleasure nowadays comes new ways of thinking about happiness. If you want to find out what the latest scientific findings have in common with old wisdom regarding happiness, don’t look any further. These books provide all the answers you are looking for. 1) The Art of Happiness He grew out of a culture that studied the art of happiness for thousands of years. “Happiness is not something ready-made. 2) Genuine Happiness: Meditation as the Path to Fulfillment He is the founder of the Santa Barbara for Consciousness Studies and after he trained for ten years in Buddhist monasteries he decided to take up physics and philosophy in which he graduated summa cum laude. 3) The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt is another wonderful book on happiness. 4) Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill

ARE YOU A REAL PILOT? from Joe Burton An old Marine Pilot sat down at the Starbucks, still wearing his old USMC flight suit and leather jacket and ordered a cup of coffee. As he sat sipping his coffee, a young woman sat down next to him. She turned to the pilot and asked, 'Are you a real pilot?' He replied, 'Well, I've spent my whole life flying planes, first Stearmans, then the early Grummans... flew a Wildcat and Corsair in WWII, and later in the Korean conflict, Banshees and Cougars. I've taught more than 260 people to fly and given rides to hundreds, so I guess I am a pilot, and you, what are you? She said, 'I'm a lesbian. The two sat sipping in silence. A little while later, a young man sat down on the other side of the old pilot and asked: "are you a real pilot?" He replied, 'I always thought I was, but I just found out I'm a lesbian.'

50 Lessons I wish I had learned earlier | Family on Bikes Welcome to our blog! Here you'll find bits and pieces of wisdom learned from cycling 17,000 miles from Alaska to Argentina together as a family. Hope it inspires you to live your dream! Now that I’m old and gray (but not quite in my rocker yet!) You’re stronger than you think you are.Mistakes teach you important lessons. What lies before us and behind us are tiny matters when compared to what lies within us.Don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines.It’s not about getting a chance, it’s about taking a chance.If it were easy everyone would do it.Be vulnerable.A problem is a chance for you to learn.Regardless of the situation, life goes on. If you enjoyed these inspirational quotes and feel they would be beneficial for others, we would appreciate it if you would take a moment to share it with your friends via Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest or email. Wondering who this crazy family is who would spend three years riding bikes from one end of the world to the other?

Paljonko maksaa yksi kolarissa kuollut ihminen? Kuvitus Janne Tervamäki. Mikä ihmisen elämän hinta, kuka mittaisi sen. Lause kuulostaa hieman keskimääräistä kankeammalta tangosanoitukselta. Näinkin hankalaan kysymykseen löytyy kuitenkin vastaus. Ihmisen elämän hinta oli 1 918 809 euroa vuonna 2010 ja sen mittaa Liikennevirasto Helsingin Pasilassa. Ajatus ihmiselämän hinnan arvioimisesta kuulostaa kolkolta ja sitä se onkin. Taloustieteilijät ja vakuutusmatemaatikot ovat jo kymmenien vuosien ajan arvioineet yhden ihmishengen hintaa. Nykyään pelkästä dollarien ynnäilystä on siirrytty käyttämään hienostuneempia menetelmiä, esimerkiksi Liikennevirasto ottaa laskelmassaan huomioon ihmisen kuolemasta aiheutuvien ”tuotannollisten menetysten” lisäksi myös ”inhimillisen hyvinvoinnin menetykset”. Kaiteita vai kännivalistusta? Ihmishengen hinta kiinnostaa, koska sen perusteella viranomaiset voivat rakentaa laskelmia esimerkiksi uuden lainsäädännön kustannustehokkuudesta. Voidaan myös lisätä rattijuoppouden vastaista tiedotustyötä.

"You should have your tongue ripped out": the reality of sexist abuse online You always remember the first time someone calls you ugly on the internet. I imagine -- although it hasn't happened to me -- you always remember the first time someone threatens to rape you, or kill you, or urinate on you. The sheer volume of sexist abuse thrown at female bloggers is the internet's festering sore: if you talk to any woman who writes online, the chances are she will instantly be able to reel off a greatest hits of insults. But it's very rarely spoken about, for both sound and unsound reasons. No one likes to look like a whiner -- particularly a woman writing in male-dominated fields such as politics, economics or computer games. Others are reluctant to give trolls the "satisfaction" of knowing they're emotionally affected by the abuse or are afraid of incurring more by speaking out. Both are understandable reasons but there's another, less convincing one: doesn't everyone get abuse on the internet? Kate Smurthwaite Feminist activist and comedienne, author of Cruellablog

A Simple Guide to Being Yourself Instead of People Pleasing To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself. ~Thich Nhat Hanh Many people I talk with feel that they have no joy in their life. As a result, they feel drained, anxious, and resentful. So what do we do? The answer is to live consciously. Saying yes when we mean no often causes us not to trust ourselves. So why do we do it? From a young age, we are conditioned to act in certain ways in order to feel loved and accepted. In order to create change, we will need to recondition our beliefs by discovering what is really true for us. These are the questions I ask myself to become aware of any patterns and beliefs that no longer work for me. Ask yourself: “Why am I doing this? I will feel guilty if I don’t? If you have said “yes” to any of the above questions, you are cheating yourself out of the things that bring you happiness and joy! What will you choose? The choice is yours. Photo by daz smith

How Apple and Amazon Security Flaws Led to My Epic Hacking | Gadget Lab In the space of one hour, my entire digital life was destroyed. First my Google account was taken over, then deleted. Next my Twitter account was compromised, and used as a platform to broadcast racist and homophobic messages. In many ways, this was all my fault. Had I been regularly backing up the data on my MacBook, I wouldn’t have had to worry about losing more than a year’s worth of photos, covering the entire lifespan of my daughter, or documents and e-mails that I had stored in no other location. Those security lapses are my fault, and I deeply, deeply regret them. But what happened to me exposes vital security flaws in several customer service systems, most notably Apple’s and Amazon’s. This isn’t just my problem. ‬The very four digits that Amazon considers unimportant enough to display in the clear on the Web are precisely the same ones that Apple considers secure enough to perform identity verification.‪ I realized something was wrong at about 5 p.m. on Friday. Lulz. “Wait. “Mr.

Anthro-Inspired Mirror & Flamingo Toes You all know we love a good Anthropologie knockoff around here – so a couple of days ago when I was browsing online I came across this mirror. Oh I definitely need that. Hold the presses – did that say $498??? So after scouring the thrift shops, cutting myself on mirror glass, and overcoming an unreasonable fear of Mod Podge, here is my version! (Bear with me here – taking a picture of a mirror is a bit tricky. Ready for the tutorial? You’ll need: A MirrorEasy Off Oven CleanerFabric (enough to cover the frame and the back of the mirror)Mod PodgeA Staple Gun or other framing tool I went searching for a method to removing silvering and came across a great tutorial at Mitzi’s Collectibles. I started with a frame that I found at the thrift store. Obviously not clean. We actually had to ask on this one – because it just said 1951. $19.51 seemed way to high – and it was. Start by taking your mirror out of the frame. Lay your mirror down on a protected surface. Now walk away. Keep scrubbing.

Gandhi’s Top 10 Fundamentals for Changing the World “You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” “The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problem.” “If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide.” Mahatma Gandhi needs no long introduction. So let’s just move on to some of my favourite tips from Mahatma Gandhi. 1. “You must be the change you want to see in the world.” “As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves.” If you change yourself you will change your world. And the problem with changing your outer world without changing yourself is that you will still be you when you reach that change you have strived for. And so in this new situation you will still not find what you hoped for since your mind is still seeping with that negative stuff. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Reading "Steve Jobs": The Upside Of Unreasonable Demands | Co. Design [Steve Jobs is the most consequential figure in the history of design. So I’ve been taking it slow with Walter Isaacson’s definitive biography of the man, hoping for insights into how Jobs’s personality, timing, and influences managed to produce so much innovation--and what the rest of us might learn from his example. I wanted to share those thoughts with you, in a regular series. I hope you enjoy, and, if you’re reading the book as well, I hope you’ll add your own thoughts in the comments below. Steve Jobs was an exceptionally unreasonable man. It’s a testament to his vision and other virtues that so many around him continued working for him--and even loved him, despite all those failings. One day Jobs barged into the cubicle of one of the Atkinson’s engineers and uttered his usual "This is shit." This struck me for a couple of reasons. That’s simply how most managers are taught: The ideal line manager in a typical company oversees a process that is, first and foremost, predictable.

Need Some Motivation Right Now? Read This IMMEDIATELY If you’re in desperate need of some motivation, we’re going to fix that problem, right here, right now. Prepare yourself. WARNING: I’m going to swear and yell a little in this post. Desperate times call for desperate measures. You said you needed motivation. If this isn’t the kind of motivation you need, leave now. Alright. Here goes. Do you want some motherfucking motivation right now? I SAID, do you want some MOTHERFUCKING MOTIVATION RIGHT NOW? Do you want to get some seriously useful shit done today? Do you want to get off your ass and start producing instead of wallowing in despair, depression, self pity, fear, doubt or whatever is holding you back? Are you sick of not getting anything done? Let’s DO THIS. The point of this exercise is to give you motivation to do something right now. Follow the steps below carefully. 1. The world doesn’t care. And if you’re feeling depressed or down, stop feeling sorry for yourself while you’re at it. We all face obstacles. Did you catch that? Period. 2. 3. 4.

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