Wednesday, September 28, 2016

SpaceX Interplanetary Transport System

Published on Sep 27, 2016

SpaceX Founder, CEO, and Lead Designer Elon Musk will discuss the long-term technical challenges that need to be solved to support the creation of a permanent, self-sustaining human presence on Mars. The technical presentation will focus on potential architectures for sustaining humans on the Red Planet that industry, government and the scientific community can collaborate on in the years ahead.

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