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TEDxTucson George Land The Failure Of Success

The theme of the TEDxTucson December 2011 event was “Innovating Our Green Economy. In his talk “The Failure Of Success”, Dr. George Land gives us a brief history of human innovation and talks about the importance of creativity.

Nic Marks: 5 Things You Can Do To Make Your Day Happier

“You can do an experiment where you give two groups of people a hundred dollars in the morning. You tell one of them to spend it on themselves, and one on other people. You measure their happiness at the end of the day. Those who spent on other people are much happier than those who spent it on themselves.” – Nic Marks

Spencer Wells: The Human Journey

“DNA ties us all together; we share ancestry with barracuda and bacteria and mushrooms, if you go far enough back.” — Spencer Wells

Daniel Goldstein: The battle between your present and future self

http://www.ted.com Every day, we make decisions that have good or bad consequences for our future selves. (Can I skip flossing just this one time?) Daniel Goldstein makes tools that help us imagine ourselves over time, so that we make smart choices for Future Us.

How Simple Ideas Lead to Scientific Discoveries

Adam Savage walks through two spectacular examples of profound scientific discoveries that came from simple, creative methods anyone could have followed — Eratosthenes’ calculation of the Earth’s circumference around 200 BC and Hippolyte Fizeau’s measurement of the speed of light in 1849. (Launching a series on Inventions that Shaped History)

“How Simple Ideas Lead to Scientific Discoveries” was animated by the TED-Ed Animation Team (Jeremiah Dickey, Biljana Labovic, Celeste Lai, Kari Mulholland and Franz Palomares)

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Remixing, mashups and sampling have all been with us for many years now but the saturation of high-speed broadband has seen an explosion in the access to media and its inevitable resampling and subsequent sharing, where the process begins over again. From established names in music (DJ Danger Mouse, Girl Talk) and video (Eclectic Method, Additive TV) to ‘amateur’ YouTube remixes and mashups (Charlie Bit Me — Remix, Christian Bale takes David to the Dentist (NSFW)) the remix is here and no amount of litigation is going to make it go away.

Everything is a Remix isn’t by any means the first film to tackle this subject, coming as it does on the heels of films such as RiP: A Remix Manifesto, Walking On Eggshells: Borrowing Culture in the Remix Age and The Evolution of Remix Cultures, but Ferguson brings a methodical, example-led approach to the arguments he presents—traveling from William Burroughs to Blues to Folk to RnB to Hip-Hop—in a compelling graphical and auditory style that prevents the delivery from becoming too dryly academic. His filmmaking deftness honed from the hours he’s put into his video back catalogue over at GoodieBag.tv.