This is Water. David Foster Wallace Commencement Speech

In this moving and inspirational talk, David Foster Wallace puts forward that the freedom awareness provides is the freedom to decide how to interpret your surroundings. The freedom not to be a slave to the default settings forced on us by what is around us.

This is water. I am learning.

David Foster Wallace Speech – This Is Water.

2005 graduating class of Kenyon College.

What Makes Us Feel Good About Our Work

Dan Ariely gave a TED talk on the effects of motivation and rejection and the effect that this has on how we feel about the work we do.

It turns out that people feel a sense of ownership over pretty much anything they do, regardless of how menial the task is. Using some interesting experiments, Ariely is able to provide some very easy to understand insight on how people work and the value they assign to the things they do.

Here is the Youtube link to the talk:

Dan Ariely – What Makes Us Feel Good About Our Work

Another interesting take-away is that when something is too simple or easy, people have no sense of ownership. An example he provides dates back to the invention of cake mix, or what he calls the Ikea Effect.

“It turns out, they were very unpopular.[…] What they figured out was there was not enough effort involved. It was so easy nobody could serve cake to their guest and say ‘here is my cake.’ […] It didn’t really feel like their own.

So they took out the eggs and the milk. Now it was their cake.”

If you enjoy this talk, you should read Predictably Irrational, a book by Dan Ariely.

Bloody Brilliant, Extremely Scary Ghost In The Elevator Prank

I love a good prank, especially one that scares the bejesus out of the person on the receiving end. In this stunt, an unsuspecting visitor boards an elevator in an office building. A few seconds in to the ascent, the lights flicker and the elevator prank gets underway. The lights go out for a short time and the occupant is plunged into darkness. When the lights come back on, the victim finds that they are no longer alone….

Ghost In The Elevator Prank

The prank was commissioned by a Brazilian TV station.

7 minutes of terror for NASA’s Curiosity Rover

If you haven’t heard, NASA is sending a beach buggy to Mars. Well, ok, it’s a little more complicated than the Kokomo cart. The rover will need 7 minutes to descend from the top of the Martian atmosphere to the surface of the planet. Signals from Mars take 14 minutes to make it back to mission control, which mean that there will 7 minutes during which the fate of the little car that could is unknown; it could be fine, it could be smashed in to Mars dust. These are called the 7 Minutes OF Terror. Creepy, right?

Watch as engineers, scientists and other smart people from NASA explain the perils of the landing, all set to sufficiently dramatic music that would make Christoper Nolan proud.

7 Minutes Of Terror

The Curiosity Rover
The Curiosity Rover

Awesome Halloween Light show. Michael Jackson is a House. LMFAO has a mortgage.

Halloween has just passed us by. Thankfully. I’m not usually much for the dressing up and the candy. I do like the drinking. And pumkins are kind of cool, but nowhere near as cool as the videos below.

These are lightshows put together by the world’s most amazing neighbour. The 2011 theme is LMFAO’s Party Rock and the 2010 showcase is Michael Jackson’s Thriller like you’ve never seen it before.

 

LMFAO – Party Rock Halloween Light Show

Michael Jackson – Thriller Halloween Light Show.

I can’t wait to see what this dude does for Christmas…

The Golden Globes with Ricky Gervais… again?

Last year Ricky Gervais caused quite the stir at the Golden Globes by pretty much saying what everyone was thinking. Jabs were laid out to Angelina Jolie, Johnny Depp, Hugh Hefner and a few more pretty big names. The result was hilarious.

If you haven’t seen the footage, watch it here:

As you an imagine, invitations to come back and host the event again this year have not been sent. There is, however, hope. Mr G thang has posted on his blog that he would like to do a live commentary of the ceremony. Essentially you could flip your boob tube to mute and then get the real goodies from Ricky’s comments. Good times

 

Here’s the quote from his blog:

What do you think of this?

A live 3 hour podcast during The Golden Globes. Me and a few chums (like Louis CK, Chris Rock, Karl Pilkington, John Stewart, Larry David popping in and out) doing our own alternative commentary.

People at home can have the telly on with the sound down listening to us online say things that no broadcaster could get away with.

No one could do a fucking thing.

The biggest live webcast ever? Who knows? Who cares? What’s fun is the shit we might come out with. No money. No sponsor. No guide lines. Fuck me I can’t wait.

http://www.rickygervais.com/thissideofthetruth.php

Jeremy Ellis performs on Mikro. Calculators everywhere cower in fear

My favourite gear manufacturer Native Instruments have just outed another new toy. The Maschine Mikro is a smaller version of it’s big brother, the epic Maschine Groove Machine.

Here to demostrate just what the little guy can do and how responsive the pads are is pad thumber Jeremy Ellis

I’m willing to bet that calculators everywhere cower in fear when he walks in the room. All I keep thinking is that THIS is the guy I want working the till when I go shopping. I’ll be out in no time…

“Phenomena” DJ Routine on Traktor Kontrol S4 – Golden Oldie

After watching this video of Ean Golden doing his thing with Traktor Pro and the Kontrol S4, I was itching to get my ears on some, so here it is.

This routine is called Phenemena and while it may be short, it’s definitely sweet.

Ean Golden Phenomena DJ Mix

check out more at http://www.djtechtools.com/

If you like the Phenomena DJ Routine on Traktor Kontrol S4 by Ean Golden, you should have a look at the other Ean Golden DJ Mixes on the blog.

Dear God

After hearing this for the first time a couple of weeks ago, I’ve been finding more and more meaning in this song as every day goes by. Sometimes it helps to have someone else’s words to help you find your own.

[Into]
Dear God, I’m trying hard to reach you
Dear God, I see your face in all I do
Sometimes, it’s so hard to believe it…
But God, I know you have your reasons
(Uh huh)

[Verse 1]

They said he’s busy hold the line please
Call me crazy, I thought maybe he could mind read
Who does the blind lead?
Show me a sign please
If everything is made in China, are we Chinese?

And why do haters separate us like we siamese?
Technology turning the planet into zombies
Everybody all in everybody’s dirty laundry
Acid rain, earthquakes, hurricane, tsunamis

Terrorist, crime sprees, assaults, and robberies
Cops yellin’ stop, freeze
Shoot him before he try to leave
Air quality so foul, I gotta try to breath
Endangered species
And we runnin’ out of trees

If I could hold the world in the palm of these
Hands, I would probably do away with these anomalies
Everybody checkin’ for the new award nominee
Wars and atrocities
Look at all the poverty

Ignoring the prophecies
More beef than broccoli
Corporate monopoly
Weak world economy
Stock market topplin’
Mad marijuana oxycotton and klonopin
Everybody out of it?

[Hook]

Well I’ve been thinkin’ about
And I’ve been breakin’ it down
Without an answer

I know I’m thinking out loud
http://www.elyricsworld.com/dear_god_2.0_lyrics_the_roots.html
But if you’re lost and around
Why do we suffer?
Why do we suffer?
(Uh huh)

[Verse 2]

Yeah… It’s still me, one of your biggest fans
I get off work
Right back to work again
I probably need to go ahead and have my head exam
Look at how they got me on the Def Jam payment plan

Well, I’m in the world of entertainment and
Trying to keep a singing man sane for the paying fans
If I don’t make it through the night, slight change of plans
Harp strings, angel wings, and praying hands

Lord, forgive me for my shortcomings
For going on tour and ignoring the court summons
All I’m trying to do is live life to the fullest
They sent my daddy to you in a barrage of bullets

Why is the world ugly when you made it in your image?
And why is livin’ life such a fight to the finish?
For this high percentage
When the sky’s the limit
A second is a minute, every hour’s infinite

[Outro]

Dear God, I’m trying hard to reach you
Dear God, I see your face in all I do
Sometimes, it’s so hard to believe it..