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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

6min 49sec @thersaorg clip - does human solidarity exist? moral #globalisation? Michael Ignatieff

Some headlines

Since 1945 we have become a post imperial world 

- no group assumes the right to rule others - that they are "Born to rule"

- self determination is a given

- democratic revolution - sovereignty of people - as a guiding principle whether democratic or not

- human rights revolution -  on sexual orientation of racial background

This is an epic change

Michael isn't saying the world is more fair

But in moral expectations that is what people expect - and so gap between reality and expectation is if anything larger than it was

Sunday, 19 November 2017

5min 43sex #TEDEd clip - 5 sources for the 1000 new #English #words p.a. - like #meme - by Marcel Danesi

Excerpts from the you tube transcript

Every year, about 1,000 new words are added to the Oxford English Dictionary.

1) One way is to absorb a word from another language - like naïveté, machismo or schadenfreude.(nearly half of English vocabulary comes directly from other languages)

2) Or by combining existing words that each convey part of the new concept - like airport

3) Or by clipping and blending parts of words together - like spork,

4) Obsolete words gain new life by adopting new meanings - A geek went from being a carnival performer 
to any strange person to a specific type of awkward genius.

5) And other times, words come to mean their opposite through irony, metaphor, or misuse - like when sick or wicked are used to describe something literally amazing.

6) And sometimes new words appear when scientists or companies give an official name to a new discovery or technology - Take the word meme, coined in the 1970s by sociobiologist Richard Dawkins from the Ancient Greek for imitation.  He used it to describe how ideas and symbols propagate through a culture like genes through a population.  With the advent of the Internet, the process became directly observable in how jokes and images were popularized at lightning speed.  And soon, the word came to refer to a certain kind of image.  So meme not only describes how words become part of language, the word is a meme itself.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

2min animated @TEDEd clip - the hidden history of #surfing by Scott Laderman

Text from youtube 

"Today, surfing is a multi-billion-dollar global industry, with tens of millions of enthusiasts worldwide. For some it’s a serious sport; for others, just a way to let loose. But despite its casual association with fun and sun, surfing has a richer and deeper history than many realize. Scott Laderman shares the hidden history of surfing. 

Lesson by Scott Laderman, directed by Silvia Prietov."

Friday, 17 November 2017

1min animated clip by @ScienceNews - predicted spread of #humans around the #world

found via a @wef tweet 

Text from you tube 

Earth wobbles on its axis, causing major climate shifts. Some of those shifts turned the Arabian Peninsula into lush grassland that ancient humans could have traversed as they migrated out of Africa. Researchers at the University of Hawaii at Manoa simulated climate conditions over the last 125,000 years and predicted how those changes would have allowed humans to spread around the globe (increasing intensity of red shows greater predicted migration). 

 Read more: Credit: Tobias Friedrich

Monday, 13 November 2017

3min 28sec @TheRSA clip - Simon Sinek on Intensity vs #Consistency in #corporate culture

text from you tube 

"Sick of endless ‘re-orgs’, lay-offs and away days? Why do workplaces always go for quick wins and flashy paint jobs over steady, consistent change? Award-winning animator Jocie Juritz brings her trademark wit and creativity to the second animation extracted from Simon Sinek’s acclaimed RSA talk on organisational culture. 

 Voice: Simon Sinek, Global bestselling author and leadership guru 
Animation: Jocie Juritz"

Sunday, 12 November 2017

4min clip - the #lavalamps that keep 10% of the internet #safe

Text from you tube

At the headquarters of Cloudflare, in San Francisco, there's a wall of lava lamps: the Entropy Wall. They're used to generate random numbers and keep a good bit of the internet secure: here's how. Thanks to the team at Cloudflare - this is not a sponsored video, they just had interesting lava lamps! 

There's a technical rundown of the system on their blog here 

Edited by Michelle Martin, @mrsmmartin" found via laughingsquid