20 Mystical Bridges That Will Take You To Another World Bridges lead Queens to their castles, Brooklyn to New York, and commuters on their everyday route to work. Without bridges our world would be a different place, although we rarely stop to think about a world without bridges. Back many years ago, the South American Inca civilization were among the first we know of to use bridges as a mode of transportation.
Want to be happy? SLOW DOWN In 1972, Matthieu Ricard had a promising career in biochemistry, trying to figure out the secrets of E. coli bacteria. A chance encounter with Buddhism led to an about turn, and Ricard has spent the past 40+ years living in the Himalayas, studying mindfulness and happiness. In this free-wheeling discussion at TED Global in October 2014, Ricard talked with journalist and writer Pico Iyer about some of the things they’ve learned over the years, not least the importance of being conscious about mental health and how to spend time meaningfully. The 300 Hours Spent Making “Patience & Discipline” Squeezed Into A Video A few months ago, I shared with you the artwork “Patience & Discipline”, an illustration that took Rémy Boiré and I 300 hours to complete. As we had a great feedback from it, we decided to share the making video of this piece, to show how we mixed my stippling technique with his linework in a single piece. Our friend Bastien Rossi filmed us and directed the creation of the video. Here are a few facts about the illustration: • 56×76 cm sheet (22×30″) • 300 hours of work • Millions of handmade dots & lines I hope you’ll like it :) More info: Xavier’s Facebook | Remy’s Facebook
Science Shows Something Surprising About People Who Love to Write DAVOS, Switzerland — In an exclusive interview on Friday, British Prime Minister David Cameron told Mic that defeating is "the battle of our generation." "For many in your audience, I think this is something people really need to understand, the scale of the threat that we face," Cameron said. "It's the battle of our time." In a wide-ranging foreign policy conversation with Mic at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, Cameron sketched out his vision on a series of issues, including the fight against global terrorism, the war in Syria and the refugee crisis.
How to give a persuasive presentations: A Q&A with Nancy Duarte Stepping onto the TED or TEDx stage — or speaking in front of any group of people, for that matter — is truly nerve-wracking. Will you remember everything you wanted to say, or get so discombobulated that you skip over major points? Will the audience be receptive to your ideas, or will you notice a guy in row three nodding off to sleep? Presentation expert Nancy Duarte, who gave the TED Talk “The secret structure of great talks,” has built her career helping people express their ideas in presentations. The author of Slide:ology and Resonate, Duarte has just released a new book through the Harvard Business Review: The HBR Guide to Persuasive Presentations. The TED Blog talked with Duarte in her California office about what makes a killer presentation, as well as about how giving her own TED Talk shaped her thoughts on presenting.
How to beat loneliness Loneliness is a subjective feeling. You may be surrounded by other people, friends, family, workmates — yet still feel emotionally or socially disconnected from those around you. Other people are not guaranteed to shield us against the raw emotional pain that loneliness inflicts. But raw emotional pain is only the beginning of the damage loneliness can cause. It has a huge impact on our physical health as well.
How To Improve Your Writing: 5 Secrets From Hollywood Thanks to the internet, people are reading and writing more than ever. But is it me, or does it seem like the quality of that writing has gotten worse? However, this can be a good thing. These days, solid writing really stands out. It can be a competitive advantage in anything you do. The unexpected math behind Van Gogh's "Starry Night" - Natalya St. Clair A few lesson plans exist for teaching visual arts and self-similarity (objects that have the same pattern) that could be used after showing this lesson. Shodor has some free lesson plans for students in grades 4 through 8. High school students can learn recursion algorithms to create the Koch curve using Scratch for free. Educational technologist Dylan Ryder has also written about creating fractals. A beautiful app worth checking out is Starry Night Interactive App by media artist Petros Vrellis.
Animated interview with Tom Waits / Boing Boing Rage Against the Machine bassist apologizes for Limp Bizkit Rage Against the Machine’s Tim Commerford: “I do apologize for Limp Bizkit. I really do. I feel really bad that we inspired such bullshit.” (Rolling Stone) Remember the MTV Video Music Awards in 2000 when Commerford climbed the backdrop and interrupted Limp Bizkit’s acceptance speech? Video below. Ten rules for writing fiction Elmore Leonard: Using adverbs is a mortal sin 1 Never open a book with weather. If it's only to create atmosphere, and not a character's reaction to the weather, you don't want to go on too long. The reader is apt to leaf ahead looking for people.
How to watch a presidential debate (or win it): Tips from Amy Cuddy Amy Cuddy’s TED Talk, Your body language shapes who you are, has millions of views for a reason — everyone who watched it understood a little bit more about themselves. But the flip side of her research is equally fascinating — how we can understand others through the body language they, consciously or unconsciously, choose to use. Back during the last U.S. presidential election in 2012, our writer Ben Lillie sat down to ask Dr.