Thursday, September 15, 2016

TED Radio Hour - Big Data Revolution

Once invisible details of our lives can now be tracked and turned into data. Will this make life easier or more complicated?

Kenneth Cukier: How Will Big Data Change The Way We Live?

Riccardo Sabatini: Can New Technology Decode The Biggest Data Set Of All?

Susan Etlinger: How Do We Approach Big Data With A Critical Eye?

Andrew Connolly: What Data Will Be Discovered By The World's Most Powerful Telescope?

Monday, September 12, 2016

Walden Pond

The Walden Pond Reservation is located in Concord and Lincoln, Massachusetts. The reservation's principal feature is Walden Pond, a 64.5-acre fresh body of water.

The writer, transcendentalist, and philosopher Henry David Thoreau lived on the northern shore of the pond for two years starting in the summer of 1845. His account of the experience was recorded in Walden; or, Life in the Woods, and made the pond famous. 

Boston's "Ice King," Frederic Tudor, harvested ice yearly on Walden Pond for export to the Caribbean, Europe, and India. In his journal, Thoreau philosophized upon the wintry sight of Tudor's ice harvesters: "The sweltering inhabitants of Charleston and New Orleans, of Madras and Bombay and Calcutta, drink at my well ... The pure Walden water is mingled with the sacred water of the Ganges."

In addition to being a popular swimming destination in the summer, Walden Pond State Reservation provides opportunities for boating, baptizing, hiking, picnicking, and fishing.

Henry David Thoreau
Thoreau's Walden Pond Cabin

Friday, September 09, 2016

Nichiren Buddism

Nichiren Daishonin

Nichiren Daishonin, a Japanese Buddhist priest who lived during the Kamakura period (1185–1333). Nichiren is known for his sole devotion to the Lotus Sutra, asserting that its ultimate teachings are the exclusive method to attain enlightenment.
Lotus Sutra

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Wow and then some. Simone Biles!

Tough to find inspiration these days. But I found one. She is flying high. A small woman, Simone Biles is bigger than life.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Obama Hiroshima Ceremony and Speech

Barack Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to visit the site of the Hiroshima atomic bombing. 

Some 140,000 people were killed when the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on the city on Aug. 6, 1945.

Obama called for a world without nuclear weapons after visiting Hiroshima Peace Park Memorial, where he spent a short time in the site's museum and then solemnly placed a wreath at the arched monument.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

A Year in Space

A Year in Space
March 2, 2016

"Follow astronaut Scott Kelly’s record-breaking 12-month mission on the International Space Station, from launch to landing, as NASA charts the effects of long-duration spaceflight."

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

American Experience: Spacemen

American Experience: Spacemen
March 1, 2016

"Before the days of NASA, scientists and researchers at the U.S. Air Force were testing the limits of how high man could fly. Though largely forgotten today, balloonists were the first to venture into the frozen near-vacuum on the edge of our world, exploring the very limits of human physiology and human ingenuity in this lethal realm."

Sunday, February 28, 2016

American Masters: Fats Domino and the Birth of Rock 'n Roll

The one-hour documentary traces how Fats Domino’s brand of New Orleans rhythm and blues morphed into rock and roll, appealing to black and white audiences alike. Fats Domino was one of the most popular rockers of the 1950s and early 60s. His achievements and record sales during that time were rivaled only by Elvis Presley. With his boogie-woogie piano playing rooted in blues, rhythm & blues, and jazz, he became one of the inventors, along with Presley, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard of a revolutionary genre of music, rock ‘n’ roll.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Monday, February 22, 2016

It's Your Universe - Jeffrey Kluger

"About It’s Your Universe

Space is humanity’s great fever dream. It’s a place that’s unfathomably beautiful, yet lethally dangerous, a place that’s been beckoning us to visit for millions of years but that we have only recently begun to touch..."

Saturday, January 30, 2016

NOVA: Life's Rocky Start

"Program Description
Four and a half billion years ago, the young Earth was a hellish place—a seething chaos of meteorite impacts, volcanoes belching noxious gases, and lightning flashing through a thin, torrid atmosphere. Then, in a process that has puzzled scientists for decades, life emerged. But how?"

Friday, November 27, 2015

American Experience: The Pilgrims

November 24, 2015

The converging forces, circumstances, personalities and events that propelled a group of English men and women west across the Atlantic in 1620. The challenges they faced in making new lives for themselves still resonate almost 400 years later: the tensions of faith and freedom in American society, the separation of Church and State, and cultural encounters resulting from immigration.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

NOVA: Cyberwar Threat

PBS NOVA: Cyberwar Threat
Oct 14, 2015

"NOVA examines the science and technology behind cyber warfare and asks if we are already in the midst of a deadly new arms race."

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

PBS In Their Own Words: Muhammed Ali

The film follows Ali’s rise from the Columbia Gym in Louisville to international fame, as he transcended his great athletic achievements to become one of the most influential Americans of his time: how this once polarizing figure ultimately became a beloved and honored national hero.

Key events include Ali’s stunning Islamic conversion and name change, his dramatic stand against the Vietnam-era draft, his 3-year exile from the ring, his legendary comeback fights, his battle with Parkinson’s disease, and his inspirational reemergence on the world stage at the Atlanta Olympics.

Monday, September 14, 2015

TED Radio Hour - Screen Time

Screen Time
TED Radio Hour

Part 1
September 11, 2015

It's normal for us to always be glued to our screens. So how are they changing us, and how will they shape our future? This hour, TED speakers explore our ambivalent relationships with our screens.

How Are Our Screens Changing Us Now?

Amber Case: Are Our Devices Turning Us Into A New Kind Of Human?

Rana El Kaliouby: Will Our Screens Soon Be Able To Read Our Emotions?

Dimitri Christakis: When It Comes To Kids, Is All Screen Time Equal?

P.W. Singer: How Are Screens Changing The Face Of War?

Chris Milk: What Happens When We Step Inside The Screen?

Part 2
September 18, 2015

When we go online, we present a digital version of ourselves. How do we transform when we interact inside our screens? In this episode, TED speakers explore the expanding role of our "second selves."

Jon Ronson: How Can Our Real Lives Be Ruined By Our Digital Ones?

Philip Rosedale: Why Build A Virtual World?

Jennifer Golbeck: What Can Companies Predict From Your Digital Trail?

Adam Ostrow: After You Die, What Happens To The Digital You?

Abha Dawesar: How Do Our Screens Distort Our Sense of Time?

Sunday, September 13, 2015

American Masters - Althea Gibson

The story of Althea Gibson (1927-2003), a truant from the rough streets of Harlem, who emerged as the unlikely queen of the highly segregated tennis world in the 1950s. She was the first African American to play and win at Wimbledon and the U.S. Nationals (precursor of the U.S. Open) — a decade before Arthur Ashe.

Friday, September 11, 2015

NOVA: Dawn of Humanity

Program Description

NOVA and National Geographic present exclusive access to a unique discovery of ancient remains. Located in an almost inaccessible chamber deep in a South African cave, the site required recruiting a special team of experts slender enough to wriggle down a vertical, pitch-dark, seven-inch-wide passage. Most fossil discoveries of human relatives consist of just a handful of bones. But down in this hidden chamber, the team uncovered an unprecedented trove—so far, over 1,500 bones—with the potential to rewrite the story of our origins. They may help fill in a crucial gap in the fossil record and tell us how Homo, the first member of the human family, emerged from ape-like ancestors like the famous Lucy. But how did hundreds of bones end up in the remote chamber? The experts are considering every mind-boggling possibility. Join NOVA on the treacherous descent into this cave of spectacular and enigmatic finds, and discover their startling implications for the saga of what made us human.

Monday, August 31, 2015

The Faith Instinct - Nicolas Wade

The Faith Instinct by Nicolas Wade

NPR book summary: "Draws on a broad range of scientific evidence to theorize an evolutionary basis for religion, considering how religion may have served as an essential component of early society survival and that the brain may be inherently inclined toward religious behavior."