Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

Lindsay Stirling's Halloween bit'o'fun:


Classic animated fun:

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

From Data to Mind Control

When you get past the accent ("an electronic faahk-book", lol), the CIO of Proctor & Gamble has some intriguing things to say about the data and analytics needs & wants of a company with greater than 70% market penetration of the world.

Digitize. Visualize. Simulate. In real time.

(Thanks to Fritz Nelson of Information Week for pointing this out.)

Saturday, October 27, 2012


Short video of how easy it is to make crepes:

The full episode, featuring OMG orange souffle crepes with Gran Marnier (!) is here.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

TMI: Leamur's Christmas present will make her cry

Still makes me cry every time:

*Sigh* Only 2 months to go...

Greg (Wall Street's Conscientious Objector) Smith: The Book

Book review in WSJ. (Apparently the book is more of a memoir than an expose.)

60 Minutes interview:

The resignation-by-op-ed.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

In Keeping with the Theme of Too-Rich People Behaving Stupidly...

One of my fav movies from back-when...

Henry Kravis: "Debt can be an asset. Debt tightens a company."
Ross Johnson: "Does wonders for the sphincter, too."

PBS Author Interview: Sheila Bair (Bull by the Horns)

She probably wasn't allowed to title it "Bullshit by the Horns". ;)

Watch Former Regulator Bair Recounts Stories of Financial Crisis on PBS. See more from PBS NewsHour.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Zeitgeist '12 was not all butterflies and rainbows...

Van Jones had some not-all-that-positive stuff to say, too...about politics, what else?

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Finding the future with Google's Larry Page

Dude's voice is almost too mellow, but he has some interesting things to say (that aren't all self-promotion):

Friday, October 19, 2012

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Finding Hidden Art

In light of the recent theft of some great and famous artworks, I think this TED Talk by Maurizio Seracini about hte use of science by art historians is somewhat comforting:

Saturday, October 13, 2012

The instrument unchained: Nina Simone

How It Feels to Be Free:

Interview on BBC:


Thursday, October 11, 2012

Attack of the Halloween Movies

I'm not into scary movies, myself, except maybe the sf ones, but Angelina loves them.

This one's got Ethan Hawke:

Silent Hill Revelation:

The Possession:

Arcane symbolds, spooky children, and wide-eyed women, oh my!

This one coming out in the Spring or so is more my speed:

Friday, October 5, 2012

Publication Bias, Fraud, and Other Systematic Lies in the Name of "Science"

"This is a disaster. We cannot know the true effects of the medicines that we prescribe if we do not have access to all of the information."

A misled doctor's TED Talk seems timely in light of the new study from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (New York Times article link).

Here's Ben Goldacre's previous TED Talk ("intellectual S&M activity" lol ):

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The Implications of Posing

Soial psychologist Amy Cuddy on the politics of body language: