Pie of Sauron

Great article here about how to make your Halloween a little more geeky. The pic above is my fav, the "Pie of Sauron." Greatness.

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TED stands for Technlology, Entertainment, and Design - but it means much more than that. TED is a conference where the organizers invite the most insightful thought-leaders, the movers and shakers of our society to come and just talk. To exchange their ideas with an audience and inspire or intrigue. The organizer, Chris Anderson, calls it a "preview of Heaven," because part of what will make Heaven so interesting will be the chance to talk to and interact with the most interesting people of all time. Well, while they haven't put Gallileo up on the stage for this thing yet, they've still managed to pull together some amazing minds.

Now, you probably don't have a plane ticket to Monterrey, Cali, or the money to get a ticket to this thing. BUT, you've obviously got an internet connection, so you can watch the TEDTalks in their audio/video section! I was easily entertained and intrigued for a day with this, and I subscribed to their email list to be notified when they post new talks. Each one's about 20 minutes, so it's great content in a good small package.

Here's some of my favorites:

  • Aubrey De Grey - biogerentologist, and the man that may have the cure for aging.

  • Malcom Gladwell - author: The Tipping Point and Blink. Also wins my award for best hair at the conference. He's got some lessons for you that we can learn from spaghetti sauce.

  • Steven Levitt - economics professor at the University of Chicago, and author of Freakonomics. His lessons come from analyzing the books of a gang during the height of crack cocaine sales.

  • Ze Frank - rose to fame with the internet video "How to Dance Properly." Genius comedian with an online twist.

  • Jimmy Wales - founder: Wikipedia

  • Ross Lovegrove - industrial designer that created the Sony Walkman and the Apple iMac.

  • Rick Warren - author: The Purpose-Driven Life, pastor of the Saddleback Church. Best presentation without PowerPoint that I've ever seen.

Go watch one now and be inspired today!

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Yes, I mean that Dallas Observer.  It's a weird concept, I know, because nobody thinks of the Dallas Observer as being a bastion of anything remotely religious, much less Christian.

And yet, in the middle of their very snarky and very fun blog, Unfair Park, I found a little column called "Bible Girl."

It's written by what may be the most rare creature on Earth - an evangelical Christian working in the alternative press. If this isn't "in the world but not of the world," then I don't know what is. I read, re-read, and memorized parts of her post on her struggle with homosexuality entitled The Mystery of Sexual Orientation.

My favorite quote:

My “deliverance” from depression and a broken sexual identity did involve choices. I ultimately wanted to obey God more than I wanted to sin.

If you're using an RSS reader, I encourage you to check in on Bible Girl every chance you get. Actually, even if you don't, you should.

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YOU KNOW YOU WANTED TO: Check out what I'm reading

Just wanted to let you all know that I've started posting my del.icio.us bookmarks to the site, so you can see what my favorite links of the day are. If you don't know what del.icio.us is, take a gander over here, and enjoy the bathing warmth of net-geek greatness.

For all you others, just check out that sidebar to the right to see what's been crossing my browser lately. If you find somethng cool, let me know!

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QUICK POST: 20 things you didn't know about The Nobel Prizes

This article hooked me, because The Nobel Prizes have always been interesting, and wrapped in mystery. My favorite nugget of interest is at the bottom:

20 Last year's winners include Claire Rind and Peter Simmons of the University of Newcastle in England, who won the peace prize for monitoring the brain of a locust while it watched scenes from Star Wars.

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