TV : Idiot Box no more – TED is Coming

If you did not know about the TED initiative, its a good way and time to find out about it. The TED foundation is a non profit organization that believes that the great minds and ideas should be accessible to all. It aims to provide a platform for the world’s smartest thinkers, greatest visionaries and most-inspiring teachers, so that millions of people can gain a better understanding of the biggest issues faced by the world, and a desire to help create a better future. Core to this goal is a belief that there is no greater force for changing the world than a powerful idea. Consider:

  • An idea can be created out of nothing except an inspired imagination.
  • An idea weighs nothing.
  • It can be transferred across the world at the speed of light for virtually zero cost.
  • And yet an idea, when received by a prepared mind, can have extraordinary impact.
  • It can reshape that mind’s view of the world.
  • It can dramatically alter the behavior of the mind’s owner.
  • It can cause the mind to pass on the idea to others.

Today, I’m thrilled to write about TED’s newest initative in sharing great ideas with the world: theOpen TV Project, which will bring TEDTalks to broadcast TV networks around the globe. Launched in May 2010, the TED Open TV Project allows broadcasters worldwide to air TEDtalks for free, provided they follow basic guidelines (no editing, interrupting or showing commercials during the talks). Licensed broadcasters will have permission not only to air the talks, but also create programs around them — for example, using local hosts to introduce or wrap up the talks. It’s truly open-source TV.

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Its Magic !!

What happens to a bunch of grown up engineers when a magician comes along and sweeps them off their feet. Well guess what ? They get thinking logically how does that trick work and debate over it. Thats exactly what happened when we guys from work, had an outing to the Mall of the Emirates this Saturday.
Rather than enjoying the show we were endlessly wondering of the abilities and the how did he do that. Atleast i know i did. Seeing the video, the strongest voice is mine, cos i recorded the whole thing on my N80. Well as interesting as it may seem, there seems to be a trick somewhere ! This is exactly what we were thinking.
Guess some things are better left alone without thinking how. this is one of them.

One Laptop Per Child (OLPC)

This is definitely one of the defining moments in the Human Evolution. People are able to produce something extraordinary from computers once they spend enough time with it. Imagine what it would do to a child’s way of thinking, not bound by the shackles of society and stereotypical thinking, One Word, Miracle. I remember the first time I saw a computer it was when I was in 9th grade. I would walk up and sand outside the computer lab for hours, fantasizing about the computer and the computer teacher. Some of my weirdest dreams at that time included both of them in it. Anyway, it was a black screen with a cursor and some text spewing when a person keyed in something into the typewriter attached to it. I was hooked.

Through the years, I have used computers for a lot, even learnt software authoring and the likes. It always used to make me wonder, from the time I saw my first computer to this day its about 8 years and I should say I have learned quite a bit, if not all of it. What would a young man come up with who has been with computers for about 25 years or more. He would have a lot of answers to our questions. Increasingly popular internet resources and knowledge bases online have forced every sort of educational institution around the world to provide internet and computers as part of their learning process. I think to find the answers to such a question the team at MIT Labs took fourth the mission of providing a laptop to all children in about 100$, maybe eventually even free. This especially in the developing countries.

This weeks tribute goes into the OLPC Foundation for trying to achieve the impossible, burning the flame of knowledge………….

Pressure to relax

Being in the mechanical world or the concrete jungle, we often tend to forget the smaller and various joys of life. We tend to be into the race for the first, most successful, most wealthy etc. And for sure I know there are hundreds of people who have written about this. What I am going to write is the pressure associated with the fact that we should relax. Initially when I started writing this blog, I used to always think that it’s a way to just indulge in me for that moment of time. Excited about the fact that I am writing, I actually started to tell close friends and associates about the blog. They have been reading it and telling me to update it, cos they think it’s interesting. Well it would be cos it’s a story, it’s MY story. Well not drifting away from the discussion at hand, well I have not been able to find time or not able to rack the brains enough to find a decent topic to write about. Well of course I have now moved into the new home (will post pics soon) and have had a few interesting dinner encounters but nothing out of the ordinary.

Well for one the fact that I am not writing about the events can be termed as apathy or actually lack of time to jolt down the emotions floating inside the head. It’s a point of view, I would say. Either way, the fact of the matter is that I have not blogged for about a week now, and strangely I am feeling pressurized. I though that I will make a point to blog at least once in a day, this seems vaguely impossible at the moment. Anyways, I will be trying to keep up with myself to update this. I did not think that relaxing would be such a pressure.

It is not fear that grips him. Only a heightened sense of things.

I long wondered why the term “Greek Gods” was used to describe the well built metro sexual man, well i got my answer. Extremely well sculpted bodied men in near to naked clothes would actually prompt any guy to think twice when he takes his fiance along, its a different issue that the gore in the movie would naturally prompt her to give him a hammer on the head lol.

Something about the movie:

300 is a 2007 film adaptation of the graphic novel 300 by Frank Miller, itself partly inspired by another film, The 300 Spartans,[1] and is an a semi-historical account of the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 BC. The film is directed by Zack Snyder with Frank Miller attached as an executive producer and consultant, and was shot mostly with blue screen to duplicate the imagery of the original comic book. An amazing similarity exists between the comic strip and the movie i terms of visual presence, its as if the director has added life into the comic strip. Available on Flickr here.

Spartan King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) and 300 Spartans fight to the last man against Persian King Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) and his army of more than one million soldiers, while in Sparta, Queen Gorgo (Lena Headey) attempts to rally support for her husband. The story is framed by a voice-over narrative by the Spartan soldier Dilios (David Wenham). Through this narrative technique, all manner of fantastical creatures are introduced, placing 300 within the genre of historical fantasy.

Have also heard reports that the movie is been banned in Iran(modern day Persia) ….. well though i think miller has taken the liberty of portraying the Persians as monsters, The movie and comic more to do with the courage, strength and integrity shown by the 300 Free Spartans on the field to achieve.

One thing i did not like in the movie ? well Dude- ity. These are Greek times, when there were a lot of naked women around. And there are some naked women in this film, but almost every naked woman scene has a muscular dude giving the screen an ass show. Well apart from that i thought the movie would be one of the best movies of 2007.

Very symbolic is the last message of Leonidas to the Spartans “Remember Us !!”.