Robot Apocalypse Comic

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January 21, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , . Comics. Leave a comment.

The History of American Political Opinion

Seems like a good time to post this.

From the video’s creator:

Using county-level data, I spatially and temporally interpolated presidential vote returns for the two major party candidates in each election from 1920-2008. The result illuminates the sometimes gradual, sometimes rapid change in the geographic basis of presidential partisanship.

[via Morgan Clendaniel @ GOOD]

January 14, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Video. Leave a comment.

Thars Gold in them Watches

Bill Hammack is one of my favorite explainers.  Keep it up, Engineer Guy.

[via Make Magazine]

January 12, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Smarts. Leave a comment.

Busy Day at the Airport

[via Fogonazos]

January 11, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Video. Leave a comment.

Conan O’Brien Stunt Reel

[via Gconnect]

January 3, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Video. Leave a comment.

Aaron Merritt’s Year In Review

I’ve mentioned Aaron in this space before, but that was a furtively self-serving moment wasn’t it?  Today’s post isn’t about me.  As Aaron explains, it’s…

For me specifically.

But then, teachers in general.

But- also- everbody.

This post isn’t like the others, but then, neither is Aaron.

Enough of this.  LESS WORDS, MORE PICTURES.

December 29, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Crowdsourcing. Leave a comment.

Bill Gate’s Favorite Teacher Does It for Free

[image via azstarnet]

We really shouldn’t care what Bill Gates thinks since he’s the quintessential black swan, but I wanted to catch your eye with a Sully lede.

It is true though.  Bill Gates sits there with his kids and watches the screen as the disembodied voice of Sal Khan explains almost anything.

In short, Khan is a genius (three degrees from MIT and a Harvard MBA).  He retired early to teach math, chemistry, biology, physics, history, etc. to any interested party.  The format couldn’t be simpler.

What’s remarkable about Khan Academy, aside from its nonpareil word of mouth and burgeoning growth, is that it’s free and prizes brevity. Remember your mumbling macroeconomics teacher whose 50-minute monologue in a large auditorium could bore the dead? That isn’t Khan. He rarely cracks wise — if you want shtick, check out Darth Vader trying to teach Euclidean geometry on YouTube (“The Pythagorean theorem is your destiny!”) — but in less than 15 minutes Khan gets to the essence of the topics he’s carved out.

My favorite part is the knowledge map (powered by Google maps) which auto-updates as you complete competency exercises in various disciplines:

Khan is up to 1800+ lectures and I’ll let him explain his ambition:

My goal really is to keep making videos until the day I die (which will hopefully not be for at least another 50 or 60 years). Should give me time to make several tens of thousands of videos in pretty much every subject.

Go on. Let him teach you something already.

[David A. Kaplan @ Fortune via the Browser]

December 2, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Reading. 1 comment.

Two Square Meters of Sunlight = Death Ray

Maybe not a death ray actually, but definitely a death spot.

[BBC’s Bang Goes the Theory via Sean Michael Ragan @ Make Magazine]

November 26, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Video. Leave a comment.

Universal Coffee Gripper

Coffee grinds, a bag, and a vacuum.

Feeling increasingly worried about the inevitable war between man and machine.

[via Rockstar (cyborg?) Athlete Matt Baldwin]

November 14, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Video. Leave a comment.

New Hazard Discovered Involving Moving Walkways

[via Nedroid]

November 12, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Comics. Leave a comment.

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