Sherry Turkle - Connected, but alone

As we expect more from technology, do we expect less from each other? Sherry Turkle studies how our devices and online personas are redefining human connection and communication -- and asks us to think deeply about the new kinds of connection we want to have.


Consciousness - Explored and Explained

Consciousness is a terrible curse. Or so says a character in screenwriter/director Charlie Kaufman’s Being John Malkovich. Part theater of the absurd and part neuroscience fiction, the Oscar-winning filmmaker’s work captures the splintering between what we perceive and what we feel as our brains grapple with multiple layers of reality. Neuroscientist Giulio Tononi, one of the world’s leading sleep researchers, casts new light on the science of the mind, probing where and how consciousness is generated in the brain. Watch this spellbinding conversation between Kaufman, Tononi, and moderator Alan Alda as they explore and explain the art, science, and mystery of consciousness.
Recorded June 2010; Posted March 2011


PLOINK: Internal Dread - Don't kill the fly - Tom ”Internal Dread” Hofwander är död, bara 58 år gammal

PLOINK: Internal Dread - Don't kill the fly - Tom ”Internal Dread” Hofwander är död, bara 58 år gammal


a simple yes or no

Natalie Merchant är underbar underbar underbar

Rob Legato - The art of creating awe

Rob Legato - The art of creating awe

Rob Legato creates movie effects so good they (sometimes) trump the real thing.
In this warm and funny talk, he shares his vision for enhancing reality on-screen in movies like Apollo 13, Titanic and Hugo

Pre-Computer Newspaper Publishing Process 'Newspaper Story' 1950

"Steps in the completion of a newspaper story from recording the incident through the taking & finishing of pictures, writing, editing, setting in type, printing the paper & distributing it are depicted. Produced by Encyclopedia Britannica Films, Inc. in collaboration with Kenneth E. Olson, LL.D, Northwestern University."

Public domain film from the Library of Congress Prelinger Archive, slightly cropped to remove uneven edges, with the aspect ratio corrected, and mild video noise reduction applied.
The soundtrack was also processed with volume normalization, noise reduction, clipping reduction, and/or equalization (the resulting sound, though not perfect, is far less noisy than the original).


A newspaper is a scheduled publication containing news of current events, informative articles, diverse features, editorials, and advertising. It usually is printed on relatively inexpensive, low-grade paper such as newsprint. By 2007, there were 6,580 daily newspapers in the world selling 395 million copies a day...

General-interest newspapers typically publish stories on local and national political events and personalities, crime, business, entertainment, society and sports. Most traditional papers also feature an editorial page...

A wide variety of material has been published in newspapers, including editorial opinions, criticism, persuasion and op-eds; obituaries; entertainment features such as crosswords, sudoku and horoscopes; weather news and forecasts; advice, food and other columns; reviews of radio, movies, television, plays and restaurants; classified ads; display ads, radio and television listings, inserts from local merchants, editorial cartoons, gag cartoons and comic strips...

Stockholm, Sweden 'Venice of the North' 1936 RKO World on Parade

Stockholm, Sweden  "Venice of the North" 1936

Stockholm is the capital and the largest city of Sweden and constitutes the most populated urban area in Scandinavia. Stockholm is the most populous city in Sweden, with a population of 864,324 in the municipality (2010), 1.4 million in the urban area (2010), and around 2.1 million in the 6,519 km2 (2,517.00 sq mi) metropolitan area (2010). As of 2010, the Stockholm metropolitan area is home to approximately 22% of Sweden's population.

Founded no later than c. 1250, possibly as early as 1187, Stockholm has long been one of Sweden's cultural, media, political, and economic centres. Its strategic location on 14 islands on the coast in the south-east of Sweden at the mouth of Lake Mälaren, by the Stockholm archipelago, has been historically important. Stockholm has been nominated by GaWC as a global city, with a ranking of Beta+. In The 2008 Global Cities Index, Stockholm ranked 24th in the world, 10th in Europe, and first in Scandinavia. Stockholm is known for its beauty, its buildings and architecture, its abundant clean and open water, and its many parks. It is sometimes referred to as Venice of the North.

Stockholm is the site of the national Swedish government, the Parliament of Sweden (riksdagen), the Supreme Court of Sweden (Högsta domstolen), and the official residence of the Swedish monarch as well as the prime minister. Since 1980, the monarch has resided at Drottningholm Palace in Ekerö Municipality outside of Stockholm and uses the Stockholm Palace as his workplace and official residence. The government has its seat in Rosenbad and the parliament in the Parliament House...

Light Physics and Headlights 'White Magic' 1940 General Motors


Public domain film from the Library of Congress Prelinger Archive, 
slightly cropped to remove 
uneven edges, with the aspect ratio corrected, and mild video noise reduction 
The soundtrack was also processed with volume normalization, noise reduction,
clipping reduction, and equalization:
The earliest headlamps were fuelled by acetylene or oil and were introduced in the late 1880s. 
Acetylene lamps were popular because the flame was resistant to wind and rain. The first electric headlamps were introduced in 1898 on the Columbia Electric Car from the Electric Vehicle Company 
of Hartford, Connecticut, and were optional. Two factors limited the widespread use of electric 
headlamps: the short life of filaments in the harsh automotive environment, and the difficulty of 
producing dynamos small enough, yet powerful enough to produce sufficient current.

Rube Goldberg 'Something for Nothing' 1940 GM How Gasoline is Converted to Engine Power

"Cartoonist Rube Goldberg creates a little animation to explain how fuel is converted to 
power in the modern automobile engine."

Public domain film from the Library of Congress Prelinger Archive, slightly cropped to 
remove uneven edges, with the aspect ratio corrected, and mild video noise reduction 
The soundtrack was also processed with volume normalization, noise reduction, clipping 
reduction, and equalization.

Reuben Garrett Lucius Goldberg (July 4, 1883 -- December 7, 1970) was an American 
cartoonist, sculptor, author, engineer and inventor.
He is best known for a series of popular cartoons depicting complex gadgets that perform 
simple tasks in indirect, convoluted ways. These devices, now known as Rube Goldberg 
machines, are similar to those drawn by W. Heath Robinson in the UK and Storm P in 
Denmark. Goldberg received many honors in his lifetime, including a Pulitzer Prize for his 
political cartooning in 1948 and the Banshees' Silver Lady Award 1959.
Goldberg was a founding member and the first president of the National Cartoonists 
Society, and he is the namesake of the Reuben Award, which the organization awards to 
the Cartoonist of the Year. He is the inspiration for various international competitions, 
known as Rube Goldberg Machine Contests, which challenge participants to make a 
complex machine to perform a simple task.

Thanksgiving Prayer 28/11 -1986 - William Burroughs - Directed by Gus Van Sant

Thanksgiving Prayer - William Burroughs - Dir. Gus Van Sant from Cinema del Mar on Vimeo.

Pattie Maes and Pranav Mistry demo SixthSense

This demo  from Pattie Maes' lab at MIT, spearheaded by Pranav Mistry, was the buzz of TED. It's a wearable device with a projector that paves the way for profound interaction with our environment. 


Pranav Mistry is a PhD student in the Fluid Interfaces Group at MIT's Media Lab. Before his studies at MIT, he worked with Microsoft as a UX researcher; he's a graduate of IIT. Mistry is passionate about integrating the digital informational experience with our real-world interactions.
Some previous projects from Mistry's work at MIT includes intelligent sticky notes, Quickies, that can be searched and can send reminders; a pen that draws in 3D; and TaPuMa, a tangible public map that can act as Google of physical world. His research interests also include Gestural and Tangible Interaction, Ubiquitous Computing, AI, Machine Vision, Collective Intelligence and Robotics.


Pattie Maes was the key architect behind what was once called "collaborative filtering" and has become a key to Web 2.0: the immense engine of recommendations -- or "things like this" -- fueled by other users. In the 1990s, Maes' Software Agents program at MIT created Firefly, a technology (and then a startup) that let users choose songs they liked, and find similar songs they'd never heard of, by taking cues from others with similar taste. This brought a sea change in the way we interact with software, with culture and with one another.

Now Maes is working on a similarly boundary-breaking initiative. Her newly founded Fluid Interfaces Group, also part of the MIT Media Lab, aims to rethink the ways in which humans and computers interact, partially by redefining both human and computer. In Maes' world (and really, in all of ours), the computer is no longer a distinct object, but a source of intelligence that's embedded in our environment. By outfitting ourselves with digital accessories, we can continually learn from (and teach) our surroundings. The uses of this tech -- from healthcare to home furnishings, warfare to supermarkets -- are powerful and increasingly real.

"We like to invent new disciplines or look at new problems, and invent bandwagons rather than jump on them."
Pattie Maes, Digital Journal

Mr. Burns Endorses Romney | The Simpsons |

An election eve appeal from Montgomery Burns. 

Mr. Burns puts Shamus the dog to the test of choosing 

between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

Pratshowen 3

PRATSHOWEN Nytt avsnitt av Debatts pratshow. 

I dag om hur meningsfull m an egentligen måste vara på twitter. 

Var det närvaron på nätet som gjorde att Obama vann valet? 

Och hur personliga får poliser och andra officiella människor vara på twitter? 

P3:s Morgan Larsson och GT:s Frida Boisen diskuterar snacket om 

snackisarna snackisarna med programledare Sara Wennerblom Arén.



Maria Bamford from Gallow's Humor May

Larry King interviewing Jon Stewart

400 Kronor i timmen För Att Gosa - Det handlar INTE om SEX!

Messianska villfarelsen

Messianska villfarelsen

vi kallade honom pastorn.


han var uppfylld av den mycket vanliga
messianska villfarelsen.
att i psykosen erfara
genomskinlig brinnande
och behov att förmedla denna.
och han hade ännu inte trillat ur himlen. 
men var på god väg.


fast nu stod han och skrek rakt in
i ett galler framför en avsomnad ventilationen 
i rökrummet på M-86.


patientradion med sina analoga knapprader 
levererade två varianter:
dels P1-prat.
dels P3. 
och ovanpå dess musik låg 
sjukhusets pratkanal.


denna gav olika seminarier typ:
'Betablockerare inom geriatrisk thoraxterapi'.
'Budgetårets flöde inom slso'.
'farmakaterapi kombinerat med KBT inom Psykiatri Sydväst'.

blandat med 'morronpasset' eller 'kvart-i-fem ekot'.


det är vanligt att 'höra röster' vid psyk.insuf.
att radion la till två ytterligare gjorde 
ingenting bättre.
att pasorn ville höra musiken och inte rösterna 
var väl begripligt.
'tyst' skrek han 'tyyst'.
varför han trodde dessa kom ur 
ventilationen är okänt.


vad vi skrattade.
skönt att få vila från hans frälsningsatacker medan
han befallde mörkret i ventilationen
att tiga.


sedan var det mat.
eller medicin.
i övrigt ingenting.
att åtsagd bädda sängen i sitt tomma rum
utan anledning.


lösningen för alla dårar stavas
s t r u k t u r. 
men det är nog mer för de vårdande.
hålla ordning på dårarna är viktigt.
men då svaret på bönen om lättnad
från plågan oftast blev
'bädda sängen'
i olika tappningar
slutade åtminstone jag fråga.


'dom är på jobbet'
försökte jag förklara för pastorn 
men han tyckte de borde vara till 
nytta för patienterna.
vid sidan om mat och medicin.
det skulle han frälsa dom till.
dom hade redan hört allt.


P3-skval mixat med rengöringsrutiner inom
hörde jag då jag rökte en cigg för mig själv.
jag stängde av:
klick klicketi klick.


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Cartoon by Dave Walker. Find more cartoons you can freely re-use on your blog at We Blog Cartoons.


Toni Holgersson - Några droppar regn

Toni Holgersson - Några droppar regn (Fred Neil) Third-Story-Music/BMG Rights Scandinavia

Just a little bit of rain i svensk översättning av Toni Holgersson.

Från skivan Sentimentalsjukhuset, Amigo 2012, en del av Cosmos Music Group.