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TEDxFIU 2013 – Exploring FIU

This is my follow up post to my TEDxFIU 2013 – Reimagine Possible post.

Some more pictures (in a slideshow) of TEDxFIU have been posted, for those interested. Also FIU’s Flicker has behind the scenes, and the event itself.

TEDxFIU was so insanely fun that I have to dedicate two posts to it! Consider this to be a more behind the scenes kind of deal, well…behind the scenes from my perspective. I’d like to share with you my adventure around the FIU campus as well as the cool stuff before and after the TEDxFIU event!

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TEDxFIU Speakers and Innovative Shark Ideas!

For those who may remember, I recently perchased my ticket to go to this year’s TEDxFIU Reimagine Possible eventThe tickets to which sold out in a matter of minutes, and I was able to get my hands on one. The ticket camp-out processes is one that I had never done before and provoked a family value-sized amount of anxiety. The sweat on my palms alone could have filled the Red Sea.

Words cannot describe how excited I am to go to my FIRST EVER TED talk. Seriously. Like, the words…I don’t have any.

At the time of purchasing my ticket, I didn’t actually know WHO was speaking at the TEDxFIU event, but nowww THE SPEAKERS HAVE JUST BEEN ANNOUNCED. 


Innovation and new ideas are something that everyone can use.

Even better is taking negative stigmas and turning them into positives.

Take for example, this supernatural shark phenomenon. So I don’t know if you’ve heard about Sharknado…but its basically showcasing the already feared shark as a diabolical, flying death machine. WHAT?

There’s also Ghost Shark, which I caught on the Sy-Fi channel… It’s about a shark so evil that it kills you after it’s already died. And yes, this shark also flies at you in the land.  Really???

What I’m trying to say is that if we are going to make sharks do stuff that they normally don’t do – why do we have to make their tasks things that are violent – and always flying?  Why not have sharks save the world?

TED has inspired me to reimagine new innovative ways that we can use sharks that relieves them from this flying death trap stigma.

I present to you, Shartato. This shark is half potato, and grows back its body parts – so infinite potatoes for the world to feast on!

I got another idea: Sharktenna. Sharktenna is a new, innovative way to improve your cellphone reception.

I know that I could definitely use this next invention: Shark.S.B. The USB that swims your way when you’ve lost your own USB or desperately need to back up some documents!

But lets think on a global scale, how about repairing our OZONE LAYER? Thanks to sharks, we can. Its a little idea that I call SHARKZONING.

I even have an idea to help local communities get more into physical fitness! Just institute the EXSHARKCISE program!

Help give scientists around the world a new perspective on their research, a shark’s perspective. That’s what the SHARKINEERING is for:

Is your government shut down because of irrational convoluted political drama? Send in the GOVERNMENT SHARKDOWN! All problems will be solved within hours, or no one leaves Washington alive.

So with that last one I seem to have failed at providing a non-violent representation of sharks…sorry. I think I’ve just made my whole argument invalid at this point.

Guess I’ll end it here.

What kind of shark innovation would you invent to better the world?


Talk about Depression.

As a student nurse, I feel like I should really be mentioning a lot more posts about health promotion and awareness.

That’s why I’m going to do a Mental Health related post because its Mental Illness Awareness Week!

More specifically, today (October 10th) is National Depression Screening Day! So if you, or someone you know, has had an inkling that something is a bit off in their lives and that feeling doesn’t seem to resolve, there’s free screenings offered through the website “Help yourself. Help others.”

I’m not sure why there is such a stigma about depression, although no one can deny that it exists. People go through so much in their life times, its no wonder that the statistics for depression are so high.

I’d like to leave some of these statistics with you all so that you can become more aware of how problematic this health issue is, and why it needs to be talked about.

  • 3 million men are affected by depression in the United States
  • Men are 4 times as likely to die by suicide
  • Women 18 to 45 years of age account for the largest proportion of people suffering from depression
  • 10 percent to 15 percent of women experience a clinical depression during pregnancy or after the birth of a baby
  • Latinos are more likely to present “somatic” symptoms of depression, like body aches and nervousness
  • One out of four young adults will experience a depressive episode by age 24
  • Suicide is the third leading cause of death for those aged 15-24 and the second leading cause of death of college students
  • Depression affects more than 6.5 million of the 35 million Americans who are 65 years or older

The CDC has some more statistics and information about depression.

Depression can be caused by a variety or combination of different factors. No one chooses to be depressed. Start talking about it. Seek out resources about depression, especially those in your local community.

I recommend that you give Kevin Breel’s TED talk, “Confessions of a depressed comic” a listen as well.


TEDxFIU “Reimagine Possible”






I am officially going to TEDxFIU!

I was really worried when I found out that student tickets sold out in like five minutes. So today I decided to camp out in front of my computer for 10:00am when the general admission tickets would become available. 

I’m not even sure who the guest speakers are going to be, but last year’s TEDxFIU was a huge success, and I didn’t even know it happened. To be honest, the fact that I get to participate as an audience member in any TEDTalk is mind-blowing. I have been a fan of TED and watched numerous speakers inspire and educate me on a variety of topics. I think I’ve even blogged about a few of my favorite speakers. I plan on continuing to do so as well. I will be periodically checking their webpage for updates. I am just so excited, you have no idea.

That being said. I just had the most terrible anxiety building up as I was refreshing the ticket page.

Has anyone ever done this before?

I have to admit, though I have in the past bought tickets the same day they were made available, I never had to camp out for tickets. I mean, I’ve camped out for various other things (Black Friday deals!), but never for an online purchase.

It’s kind of a nail biting experience. All you do is sit there and wait for the website to start selling the tickets, you’re compulsively clicking refresh again and again. Your palms get all sweaty. Your heart starts to pound like crazy within five minutes before the time they become available, mostly because you realize that maybe your computer or cell phone clock isn’t in sync with whatever the website’s clock is. Not to mention my crappy internet connection. Why do I pay so much money for below average connection speeds? I digress. So, around 9:55am I was in full refresh-click-mode.

But when my computer clock changed to 10am, a fiery motivation took over my body and right index finger. THIS IS IT. THE TIME IS NOW.

BUT NOTHING HAPPENED WHEN I CLICKED REFRESH! So, naturally, I panic. I focus all my energy on keeping my eye on the prize. I WILL CLICK THIS REFRESH BUTTON FOREVER. I WILL GET MY TED TALK TICKET!

See you guys there.





I’m naming the man in my head Frank.

So, if you haven’t watched Apollo Robin’s TEDTalk, then the title of this post means nothing to you. I suggest you watch it, I have made it super easy and available for you down below, so you have no excuses!

Robins is the founder of Whizmob Incorporated, which is a company that educates military and law enforcement in fraud and scam tactics. The real kicker of his company is that it does include a bunch of “criminals” who have since decided to change sides and use their knowledge for good!  You can’t make that up man. Robins himself is a pickpocket, and shows off these skills numerous times, but the core of his work surrounds manipulation. Manipulation in this particular case is misdirecting people’s attention.

This all immediately reminded me of Darren Brown. For those who may not know Brown, he is a pretty well known British…uh, I want to say trickster? But that may be downplaying his work. Brown has done numerous television specials on the topic of misdirection, illusions and “mentalism”.  It’s easier for me to show you rather than continue explaining.  Below are some clips.

If you have some time, there’s a great special he did called Darren Brown’s “The System”, its about 47 minutes so it is a bit lengthy. But, if you have some time, you should watch it.








You thought you knew how to tie shoes, but you’re living a lie.

So, upon returning to my humble abode, because Barnes and Noble’s Cafe was jam packed full of fucking a million people (all of whom had lap tops and were hogging the outlets) I received an email from my Argentinian Lover: Naty Cakes. I’m going to make a cartoon of her very soon.

It seems that she has discovered a TEDTalk that I have not yet seen. Even more so, this particular TEDTalk, led by Terry Moore, has completely punched my childhood directly in the face and proven that I have been living a lie.

I thought I knew how to tie my shoe laces, but  I was so damn wrong…

WHY WOULD ANYONE TEACH PEOPLE A WEAK KNOT ? SERIOUSLY??? All those times I tripped because my shoe laces were untied, they could have all been avoided!!! O GOD WHY.

Terry Moore is the director of the New York based Radius Foundation, which seeks “to create better understanding of traditional, classical, and modern worldviews.” It’s got some interesting stuff on their site if you have a few minutes to snoop around on it.

Anyway, now you know how to tie your shoes the sturdy way. You’re welcome.








TEDTalks – my favs

As you may know, I talk about TEDTalks basically all the time. Pretty sure if you cut me I bleed inspirational/innovative speakers. I love that shit. I’m going to discuss some of my favorite ones, because…YES!

The first TEDTalk  I want to discuss is about body language, you can watch it here. Amy Cuddy is a fucking great speaker, and she made me leak from my eye faucets the first time I watched it. I have also shared/showed this TEDTalk with more people than any other, probably because it can pertain to just about any human being on this planet.

Cuddy holds a PhD in Social Psychology and has done extensive research, over several years, on the topic of nonverbal expressions of power.

Cuddy covers a variety of power dynamics that your body language controls, specifically the release of particular hormones in correlation with “power” or “submissive” body positions.

Cuddy’s research also uncovered that naturally non-alpha/submissive people can achieve the same release of hormones and behavioral affects by “faking it.” What she explains is that a person whose body language and behavior are more submissive can actually change to become more powerful or dominant by forcing themselves to assume powerful positions – since these poses will still release dominate hormones. When I first heard this I was like “oh, shit!” Naturally, I immediately started to incorporate these power poses into my every day activities – since my anxiety already releases substantial amounts of cortisol, I feel like any little bit can help!

My favorite discovery from this TEDTalk is the “Pride” pose, which I have come to refer to as the “VICTORY” pose! Studies have shown that even the visually impaired take on the pride pose in times of accomplishment or joy, true story. This is a natural and universal body position that just so happens to decrease cortisol production and increase the release of testosterone. I’ll let Epke Zonderland show you here:

Epke the “flying Dutchman,” for those who don’t know, is a gold medalist on the horizontal bar and recently has been honored via a wax replica of himself. He was also my desk top background for several months, because he is hella nice to look at is great athletic inspiration.

I have been incorporating the pride/victory pose in daily life, similarly as I practice positive thought reinforcement in the mornings. I just pop my arms up and hold that shit for two minutes, then go about my merry way.  I even did this last semester prior to taking my maternal and newborn nursing exams!  I feel like I wasn’t aware of what my body language cues were doing prior to listening to Cuddy’s talk. I would always be in slouched positions, and I think that I still continue to do so out of habit. Similarly I was all about the “taking as little space as possible” with my body language without even understanding why, but it correlates with my anxious feelings as well. SCIENCE! I love it. I’ve forced myself to assume the “wonder woman pose” whenever I am standing now (you can see it in the top picture), and I must say it makes me feel GLOOOOORIOUS.

Have you seen this talk? What was your favorite part? What kind of positions do you naturally assume and are you aware of your own body language? Yeah, that’s right, I’m engaging in a conversation. Mad? Feel free to answer back.