Invisibilia

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My sister recently recommended I listen to the podcast called Invisibilia. It is being offered through NPR and is thought provoking. Plus, podcasts have been so beneficial during my commute to and from work.

From the NPR website: Invisibilia (Latin for invisible things) is about the invisible forces that control human behavior – ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions. Co-hosted by Lulu Miller, Hanna Rosin and Alix Spiegel, Invisibilia interweaves narrative storytelling with scientific research that will ultimately make you see your own life differently.

After listening to the first podcast it already has my thinking differently.

Take a listen, thanks Shell!

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http://www.npr.org/podcasts/510307/invisibilia

 

Originals

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Originals is a book by Adam Grant, and Organizational psychologist. First became aware of him through his TedTalk, “The Surprising Habits of Original Thinkers”. His approach to the suject matter is compelling and relatable. And he has the research to back it all up.

The book really digs into the concepts brought up in the talk, exploring a variety of aspects in discovering “originals” and they way they move about the world.

Often surprising, certainly unique. Word a listen and a read.

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Modern Romance

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Modern Romance, a book by Aziz Ansari, is a surprising look at love in the modern age of technology. At first glance I thought it was going to be a book about love from the perspective of a comedian. Instead, Ansari uses his humor and works with researchers on real data, relevant to the topic at hand.

Much more interesting, and funny, than originally expected. At times shocking, absurd, insightful, but also rings true.

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Originals

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This Ted Talk has caught my attention this week. It’s an interesting story that focuses on the traits of “originals”.

Adam Grant is an Organizational Psychologist who has been researching  “originals: thinkers who dream up new ideas and take action to put them into the world.”(from the TedTalks website)

Who knew the browser you use could be an indication of success and longevity in one’s job?  That there is a sweet spot for procrastination? Or, from the TedTalk website: “If you look across fields, the greatest originals are the ones who fail the most, because they’re the ones who try the most.”

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Projection Mapping

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According to projectionmapping.org: Projection Mapping uses everyday video projectors, but instead of projecting on a flat screen (e.g. to display a PowerPoint), light is mapped onto any surface, turning common objects of any 3D shape into interactive displays. More formally, projection mapping is “the display of an image on a non-flat or non-white surface”.

You may have seen projection mapping at a Disney Park, during Lady Gaga’s tribute to David Bowie during the Grammy’s this year, or perhaps Le Petit Chef. This newer, dynamic visual storytelling tool is the one of the latest advancements in entertainment technology.

Check out these samples below:

http://projection-mapping.org/le-petit-chef-projection-mapping-on-your-dinner-plate/

And a bonus 3D Animation with works by Van Gogh:

http://www.lucaagnani.com/van_gogh_3d_animation.php

http://projection-mapping.org/

 

Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover

Transit Authority PeopleMover is one of my favorite attractions at Walt Disney World. It opened on July 1, 1975. It’s really such a simple concept, a train that moves people around Tomorrowland. Open Cars that allow for 360 views. It runs automatically and has this smooth ride whcih lasts 10 minutes. There’s hardly ever a long wait as it continuously runs. And you can enjoy the area and an attraction, and sit down all at the same time.

Next time you happen to be visiting the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World check it out if you have the chance. Especially when your feet are tired and you just want to relax and take in the sites.

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World of Tomorrow

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World of Tomorrow is short animated film by Don Hertzfeldt. The story is about a little girl who is contacted by her future cloned self. In 16 minutes it delivers thoughts and concepts about the future we may live. Clones of ourselves, memories and how they are retained, progress and set backs.

With simple and yet amazing animation, this short little film connects. The voices, journey, and ambition somehow come together to create a poignant little gem. It will have you pondering about your current moments, living your life, dreaming of what lies ahead.

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Currently available on Netflix.