January 7th, 2010


Exploratorium: Press Information: | Exploratorium After Dark — Resolution — January 2010

Examine the role resolution plays in how we see, hear, taste, and feel, and how our minds synthesize sensations into a coherent (if sometimes incorrect) understanding of the world. For one night only this After Dark event features a special installation of the Cubatron by Bay Area artist and engineer Mark Lottor. A visually stunning and surprising favorite of music and art festival audiences, the Cubatron is a 3D light sculpture made from 8×8 foot modular cubes, each containing 1000 individually programmable RGB LEDs. Viewed from any direction—even underneath—the Cubatron’s thousands of programmed pixels paint exquisite arrays of color that cascade in spectacularly dynamic patterns. It’s just one small part of Exploratorium After Dark – Resolution on Thursday evening, January 7, 6-10pm. This event is included in the price of admission to the Exploratorium.

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Andy Budd::Blogography: 7 Ways to Improve your Public Speaking

It’s all about preparation

Winston Churchill once said that for every minute of a speech he would spend one hour preparing. By those calculations a 45 minute presentation would have taken him around six and a half working days to complete. That may be long enough for a seasoned orator like Winston, but for most people I think you need a lot longer. It usually takes me around two weeks to prepare a new talk, pulling 12 hour days. So that’s easily two or even three hours per minute. If you haven’t done the research or put in the hours, it’ll show in the quality of your slides, the quality of your argument and the quality of your delivery. In short, the more time you put into your talk the more polished and professional it will be.

Via Jeff Lindsay.

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Suggestion for OKCupid

Dating sites should allow people to check what kind of contact they would a) like to receive b) like to give. For example, you might have a list on your profile page like this:

chat via IM
chat via phone
have coffee
have lunch
have dinner
have drinks
walk in the park
walk on the beach

You might also have a list for physical contact:

kiss on the cheek
kiss on the hand
kiss on the lips
hold hands
brief hug
long hug

Someone browsing your profile could see your list, and check those items that they would be willing to give to you. You would receive a notice that the person would like contact with you, and proffer up their list of ways they would like to be contacted. If you match, then those choices on which you both matched would be revealed. You might also allow people the ability to put up custom contact preferences. Of course, there should be a way to turn off or limit the number of notifications. I often browse through a lot of profiles, many of whom I wouldn't mind contacting in some fashion. But I only contact those few that seem highly likely to respond.

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