"Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes." - Walt Whitman

Helping people think differently and read quicker for pay (and pleasure). Nearly killed in a car accident, being taught how to walk again. Always fascinated by science, compulsively learning. I love music and movies, and I'm addicted to coffee. Contradictions and all, this is some of the stuff I like, or that has made me think. It's here to help me find it again. It's here because it may make you smile, or think.

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Why It’s Time To Yet Again Reconsider The Death Penalty In America

After waiting 25 years on death row, when he is finally executed it takes him nearly two hours to die. Surely this is both cruel and inhuman. Why It’s Time To Yet Again Reconsider The Death Penalty In America Elite Daily Arizona’s execution of convicted killer Joseph Wood reignited the debate of capital punishment and […]

Matthew Carter: My life in typefaces

‘Pick up a book, magazine or screen, and more than likely you’ll come across some typography designed by Matthew Carter. In this charming talk, the man behind typefaces such as Verdana, Georgia and Bell Centennial (designed just for phone books — remember them?), takes us on a spin through a career focused on the very […]

Jackson Katz: Violence against women—it’s a men’s issue

‘Domestic violence and sexual abuse are often called “women’s issues.” But in this bold, blunt talk, Jackson Katz points out that these are intrinsically men’s issues — and shows how these violent behaviors are tied to definitions of manhood. A clarion call for us all — women and men — to call out unacceptable behavior […]

The art of choosing – Sheena Iyengar

Sheena Iyengar at TED Sheena Iyengar studies how we make choices — and how we feel about the choices we make. At TEDGlobal, she talks about both trivial choices (Coke v. Pepsi) and profound ones, and shares her groundbreaking research that has uncovered some surprising attitudes about our decisions.

Some reasons for not blogging

5 Reasons I Walked Away from the Blogosphere Reblogged from The Chaotic Bedhead “Once upon a time, I was the blogger behind The Quirky Martini, a college fashion and lifestyle blog. I received about 3,000 UMV, created and maintained relationships with other fashion bloggers, collaborated with some smaller labels, and signed each post with “xx, Sarah […]

A Crow Vending Machine | TED

Hacker and writer Joshua Klein is fascinated by crows. (Notice the gleam of intelligence in their little black eyes?) After a long amateur study of corvid behavior, he’s come up with an elegant thought experiment: a machine that could form a new bond between animal and human. Crows are common, we’ve all seen them. Well, […]

Hans Rosling: The best stats you’ve ever seen

You’ve never seen data presented like this. With the drama and urgency of a sportscaster, statistics guru Hans Rosling debunks myths about the so-called “developing world.”

On days like these – (or in cars like these?)

If you mention the Italian Job and cars, you’ll probably think of the Mini’s and the chase around the roof of the Fiat factory.  For me though it all about the cars at the beginning of the film. The Aston Martin that gets tipped down the mountain side is of course a victim of sacrilege, with its […]

Search inside yourself | Enlighten minds, open hearts and create world peace

Enlighten minds, open hearts and create world peace is the job description of Chade-Meng Tan. As Google’s 107th employee Chade-Meng Tan, or Meng, as he is known, has the archetypical software engineer’s logical mind. And yet, at the same time he has engaged with concepts around mindfulness and kindness, in a way that owes less […]