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Posts Tagged ‘sciencey stuff’

something that makes you happy makes me happy (and vice versa I hope!)

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 1:48 PM

The other day, I followed (with white ninja’s twitter @ninjatimes) Sara Avant Stover who runs this great blog which I found through another great blog run by Tara Sophia Mohr. I like positive psychology stuff;) Anyways, she sent me a note of thanks for following her which I presume she sends all her new followers. It said;

“Thanks for following me! I hope that you do (at least) one thing today that makes you happy 🙂 With blessings, Sara”.

Sweet! Thank you Sara. It was actually a totally cool thing to read first thing in the morning! And while I walked to work in the PERFECTLY misty weather which reminded me happily of when I lived in London, I wondered what I would do to make me happy. Could be anything really. Generally most things make me happy. Even bad stuff ends up serving a purpose and that purpose shows you something which eventually makes you happy. Hm. So I decided to find something which could make all of YOU happy. Which makes me happy. Because that is the way I think true happiness works – it’s only worth it if you share it and that’s the only way it changes the world. And so here is a (distilled) article via the great-and-good psfk about a 72 year old study into happiness and some five points on what you can do to make your life awesome. Which in turn (I guarantee you!) will make everyone else around you who’s ready for it, happy as well.

(the original article is linked within the psfk blogpost. It’s pretty interesting although even I didn’t get through. Need much more time than my lunchbreak for that!)

busy bee (and more data visualisation)

In Uncategorized on September 30, 2010 at 11:54 PM

Aye. The blog posts will be few and far between for a bit I think. Busy times, folio month. So much practice, so much study. It’s all so great though. Only wish wish wish I had more funded time to do it in!

Still, I’m still finding awesome things in the course of my uni research and my downtime. Like this great vid about Journalism in the Age of Data. At one hour it might be a bit long (and possibly boring) for anyone who’s not into data visualisation but………..surely you are! 😉 Infographics and all those other sites I mentioned once before are what I’m talking about and they create visual snapshots of our behavioural world that are so beautiful. Anyone who can turn raw and often dull, dry and/or boring data like financial, political or other info into works of graceful, understandable artwork, gets my vote! And most of these people are in this doco talking about the very thing that is their passion. See below the really great in-depth doco on the field of journalism and data visualisation and how all that’s stretching the limits of our investigative imaginations in the changing light of new technology (or our new uses of technology). Pretty cool.

(click on the pic to jump)

(ps. Thank you swissmiss for the original inspiration)

LOVE TED

In Uncategorized on September 28, 2010 at 10:02 PM

And so love this ted.com video of Simon Sinek speaking about WHY innovators are the innovators and how we can think more like them. So brilliant.

(youtube vid below. ted.com vids via the links above)

Beauty in data (not as crazy as it sounds)

In Uncategorized on September 7, 2010 at 11:34 AM

Am in love with data visualisation at the moment. It seems like the most beautiful, intuitive and intelligent way to translate raw and other data for the other half of the world that doesn’t think in pure text and figures. There’s several blogs and sites which document this stuff, amongst them;

Information Is Beautiful

The Infographics Showcase and

Cool Infographics

But check out this talk on TED.com by David McCandless. McCandless founded and runs the Information is Beautiful site I listed above. He offers an intro to data visualisation which will probably make you fall in love with it too. And I’m SURE it’s not just his velvety chocolate voice which is somehow reminiscent of Jarvis Cocker’s (oh Jarvis..)

Oh wow…

In Uncategorized on September 6, 2010 at 12:02 AM

Data visualising 30 years worth of asteroid discovery. Cool Infographics has more here about how the video ‘map’ was done and how to read it. So cool.

Isabella Rossellini + eco = Green Porno and AWESOME

In Uncategorized on September 1, 2010 at 4:09 PM

Weird, bizarre and many mentions of the word ‘penis’. Also truly, truly awesome.

(Thanks Kristy!)

See also this for more – http://www.sundancechannel.com/greenporno

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