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Old 09-06-08, 12:13 AM   #1
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My New Favorite Website - Get off of BF for a while schmucks!

I just thought I'd share this website. It's only been mentioned in one post on all of BF before. I don't think it got enough recognition at the time. (Dec 07')

www.ted.com




It's a site that hosts a collection of lectures by very intelligent people about all sorts of topics. Here are some of the topic categories:

* Technology
* Entertainment
* Design
* Business
* Science
* Culture
* Arts
* Global issues

They're more special presentation lectures than your typical college lecture. They're very interesting and well done. There are some big name intellectuals and some more eclectic unknowns. Their speeches are all worth listening to.

Spend some time and browse a little. Make yourself think instead of reading another 'which bike should I get' thread.

Enjoy!
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Old 09-06-08, 01:19 AM   #2
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Here's an example of an interesting lecture

"The Best Stats You've Ever Seen"
given by Hans Rosling

An amazing lecture that tracks countries and their populations by life expectancy and family size, and several other ways of measuring the human population.

Wait till you see how much we have changed as a human race since 1962.
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Old 09-06-08, 01:50 AM   #3
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It's a site that hosts a collection of lectures by very intelligent people...
You realize this is BF? Why would we want to listen to such people?
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Old 09-06-08, 06:57 AM   #4
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We have P & R.
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Old 09-06-08, 08:11 AM   #5
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what's intelligent mean?
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MY only beef with the TED talks is that they are all about 50 to 20 minutes long. They're pretty short. It seems odd to ask some neurologist or whatever, "Hey, do you think you could boil your life's work down to about 15 minutes"?

It just makes me want to learn more, but then, maybe that's partly the point.
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Old 09-06-08, 08:24 AM   #7
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Get off of BF for a while schmucks!
Hey, I visit Youtube sometimes too.
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Old 09-06-08, 08:45 AM   #8
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meh....I deal w/ intelligent **** everyday. BF is an escape from that kind of thing. WTH would I want to go to a site dedicated to such?
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Old 09-06-08, 08:46 AM   #9
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Dammit, I have to be an intellectual at school...I use BF to rest!
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Old 09-06-08, 10:18 AM   #10
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I think www.ted.c.bags.com would've been a cooler name.
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I might just check that out. But first I need to know whether bicycles are categorized under "Technology" or "Global Issues"?
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THX for that link man! I love that stuff. I'm watching it now...

I just finished this one, very interesting at 3:17... what is the most lighted up carribean island? Gee we really need more of those "turn off the light" stickers!
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I'm glad some of you are enjoying it.

I just perused the 'Top 10 Tedtalks' this evening and really enjoyed the following. You computer and video game geeks will as well.

http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/johnny_lee_demos_wii_remote_hacks.html

-In this lecture a guy has used the already existing technology in Wii remotes and a few cheap parts from radioshack/home depot to really explode the capabilities of the Wii. He wrote some key software which he has released for free on the web. This one is for the video game geeks. This will push gaming to new heights in short time.

http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/b...hotosynth.html
- This one is for the computer geeks, but with real world application for everyone that views the world through pictures. The technology is so revolutionary that Microsoft has bought the guys company. He has two software programs. The first is Seadragon, which allows you to view an infinite number of pictures of infinite size on your computer at once with no lag. It's amazing to see him flipping through the images in the demo.

The second software is called Photosynth which essentially builds the world. The software is capable of compiling and aligning images of any format, size, and quality to build one complete image. What I mean is say I take a picture of a house. Then 40 other people take pictures of the same house but from varying angles and proximity. The software can categorize all the pictures to not only walk around the house from one distance, but also zoom in on the house to view the other picture someone may have taken of just the door. It's difficult to explain how it operates, but once you see it you'll be amazed.

http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/k...reativity.html
This is just a very well given talk about schools and society killing creativity, as you can deduce from the hyperlink. He has several important points about how we raise children. A bigger point is even what this does to society as a whole. He touches on the devaluing college degree and offers other examples of education underperforming. It's a well given speach worth 20 minutes of your time to listen to.

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Old 09-08-08, 11:29 AM   #14
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I just thought I'd share this website. It's only been mentioned in one post on all of BF before. I don't think it got enough recognition at the time. (Dec 07')

www.ted.com
I had never seen that before, but it looks waaaay cool. It may soon be my new fave website too.
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