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TEDxFIU “Reimagine Possible”

I’M GOING TO A TEDxTALK ON NOVEMBER 7TH!!!!!

OH OH OH OHHHHHH YEAH. THAT’S RIGHT. ME. I’M GOING. THAT WOULD BE ME GOING TO A TEDTALK. Is this real life? It better be.

I AM ECSTATIC. 

I LITERALLY CAN’T CONTAIN MYSELF.

I’VE BEEN WALKING AROUND MY APARTMENT DOING VICTORY POSES FOR THE PAST TEN MINUTES.

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.

 

 

            


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E-readers are dyslexia friendly

Jenny Thomson, and a bunch of researchers from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, recently released findings from a study that say that people with dyslexia may start investing in e-readers!

Dylexic people, who weren’t reading for fun, started using smart phones and e-readers got them into reading! What started as word-of-mouth from different people with dyslexia ended up being seriously investigated.

Apparently, those who were involved in the study, were able to read faster and retain more information when reading off of an ipad as compared to traditional paper media. The researchers are saying that the text customization of the electronic devices may be the key. Users are able to enlarge text, allowing fewer, larger letters visible at a time.

Keep in mind though, not all dyslexia is the same! The study does make mention that dylexics who had high VA Span Scores did just fine with paper media.

If you are like me, and asked yourself “WTF is a VA Span Score?” then you probably just googled it. If you didnt, I’ll save you some time. VA stands for visual acuity, so basically, a VA Span is how well they can keep their “gaze” or “visual attention” on the text. Therefore a low VA Span score suggests that the person has issues keeping their eyes on the lines of text, while a high score means they can keep that level of focus.

Nevertheless, this is a great discovery!

“It’s great news… Our study shows that you don’t have to create a new device, you can use the technology many people already have to help people read better. It’s such an easy thing you could do.” – Jenny Thomson

Since I’ve seen several great TEDTalks who make mention of dyslexia, I thought I’d share some of them here as well, since we’re on the topic! Enjoy.

 

 

 

 

 

            


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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.

 

 

 

 

 

            


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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.