DAY 167: What do maths and music have in common?

What do maths and music have in common? TED speaker Clayton Cameron uses him time at TEDYouth to demonstrate the answer. I dislike maths but I love drum beats. Ahh the corundum when presented with a TED talk that explains maths behind the rhythm. This TED talk was part of the TEDYouth lineup, hence the emphasis on "A-rhythm-etic” I love how Clayton explains to the audience that maths is the backbone of music.  Okay so Clayton is a drummer and not a maths teacher, but if I would have had a maths teacher that broke it down for me like that, then I might of had a better appreciation for maths. When students in my maths  class in primary school groaned “why do we need to learn maths anyway?” answering “to create music” would have been a whole lot more effective than “because it’s in the curriculum" The truth is when I started to teach myself to read music I learnt the connection between maths and rhythm and this made me made dislike … [Read more...]

DAY 173: I have a confession to make about pickpocketing

For today's instalment of my 365 Days of TED challenge I watched a TED talk by Apollo Robbins on the art of misdirection demonstrated by pickpocketing a member of the audience! I first heard of Apollo Robbins when I was watching the National Geographic show Brain Games which he is a part of as co-producer and appears on as a deception specialist. Can you imagine introducing yourself to people, "Hi I'm a deception specialist" How awkward would that be! I have a confession to make. I am fascinated by pickpocketing. Okay so firstly let me clear one thing up. I am not fascinated by the crime aspect of pick-pocketing, not at all, I think that aspect of it is really low and I have no respect for anyway who thinks that it’s okay to take another person’s belonging just because they decide they want to. What does fascinate me though is that a pickpocketer can remove another person’s watch without them even realising. I mean how is that … [Read more...]

DAY 168: I had no idea the underwater world was so awesome until I watched this TED talk

Have you ever seen a photograph or video that kind of reminds you, or makes you realise, just  how awesome the Earth really is? Well today I watched the Ted talk Underwater Astonishments by TED speaker Ted Gallo that did just that. What I really love about this TED talk (and the videos that David shares with the audience) is that it shows that despite society being so wrapped up and absorbed in the digital age we can still be in awe and fasciated by mother nature. The video David shared showed some really cool stuff and he also shared a pretty interesting statistic; the world has only explored 3% of the underwater world.   That blew me away - there’s still 97% of the underwater world that is a mystery.  That's a big deal but to be honest I kind of hope it remains unexplored.  The world needs a little mystery in it. If you haven’t watched David’s TED talk hit the play button and let me know what you think. Were you awe struck? … [Read more...]

Day 155: Could you ban yourself from the internet for an entire year?

Imagine banning yourself from the internet for a whole year. Could you do it? Paul Miller decided that he needed to learn who he was away from the internet and distractions that are bundled with being online  and decided that  unplugging himself from the web world would be the way to go. This is the second time I have watched Paul Miller’s ted talk, “A year offline, what have I learnt.” The first time I watched it I remember being pretty disappointed.  I was expecting to hear a TED talk littered with profound nuggets of wisdom that could only be learnt from spending a year disconnected from the grasps of  the digital world. I expected to see a changed-man beckoning for us all to join him in this post-digital movement.   A new reality that offers liberation from notification beeps and instant messaging.  I expected him to be giddy with excitement and enthusiasm for his new lifestyle. This was not the reality that Paul … [Read more...]

Day 147: The beat of my own bucket drum

One of my favourite playlists on Spotify contains nothing but drum solos.  It's my get-up-and-go music. (I know , I know that was pretty corny)  I find drum solos  so powerful and commanding that it stops you in your tracks and makes you take notice, as did this drum  solo  by Choclattjared "The beat of my own bucket drum." What I love most about this performance is that there is not a "drum set" in sight.  I usually only listen to drum solos and not actually watch them, however watching Choclattjared play drums is something pretty special. It engulfs him. It's as if he and the drum beats become one. It's a beautiful thing to watch. Talking is limited to one line in this performance that comes right at the end of the piece, " Hello my name is Choclattjared and thank-you for that great conversation" What did you think of   "The beat of my own bucket drum."  I'd love to hear about it in the comment box below … [Read more...]

Day 146: Meet the mom who started the Ice Bucket Challenge

Have you heard of the ALS Ice-Bucket challenge? Chances are that unless you have been living under a rock your answer would have been yes. In 2014 the ALS Ice-bucket challenge exploded all over social media. Nancy Frates is the mom who started the ice bucket challenge and in her Ted talk she delivers a heartwarming and inspiring story about her son Pete What is the ice bucket challenge? The ice-bucket challenge involves participants pouring cold icy-water over them to give them an idea what ALS sufferers go through. What exactly is ALS? ALS stands for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. In Nancy's Ted talk she shares with us that  when her son hurt his wrist playing baseball it turned out to be ASL. Nancy takes us through the days and month following his diagnosis and it's heartbreaking to hear that her once athletic son's body is … [Read more...]

Day 145: Do you have the same values that you had 10 years ago?

Can Iask you a question? It might be a little personal.  Do you have the same values that you had ten years ago?  Have you changed? I'm guessing, for better or worse  the answer is yes. Who you are right now in this very moment is most probably not the same person you were ten years ago and is very likely not who you will be in ten years time. This was the topic of Dan Gilbert’s Ted talk “The psychology of your future self." The rate of change   Kids seem to change by the minute where as parents seem to change by the year. It is well known and understood that the youth will change quite a lot in ten years. A lot can happen between being eighteen and twenty-eight.   I remember when I was ten I wrote a letter to my eighteen year old-self. I read the letter when I was about nineteen and it was quite clear that my thirteen year old self thought being eighteen was more like being twenty-eight! The thing is that people assume that as we … [Read more...]

Day 144: Doodlers Unite. Mr Squiggle was onto something

I am a doodler. I have been one since as long as I can remember. The pages of my school books were lined with doodles that perhaps made no sense to anyone but myself. To be honest, I have never really put much thought into doodles but Ted speaker Sunni Brown has. In her Ted talk Doodlers, Unite Sunni wants to break down the myths that doodling is bad thing. The negativity around doodling is something that we can thank history for as the word was used to define fools or to ridicule someone. These days doodling is associated with wasting time, acting thoughtlessly and making meaningless marks. Doodling is a powerful tool Sunni want everyone to recognise  the doodling  is not mindless scribbling but it can actually be pretty powerful stuff. According to Sunni  "it is a preemptive measure to stop you from losing focus. Additionally, it has a profound effect on creative problem-solving and deep information processing." and "People who … [Read more...]

Day 143: A song about “ceaseless yearning and never-ending want”

Ted speaker and muso Nora York brings to the Ted stage a musical number about "ceaseless yearning and never-ending want." Let's face it's something that we have all gone through at some stage. "I want what I can't have, need what I can't want " These were the core lyrics being repeated, so simple, yet so easy to resonate with. "Sick and tired of the "Later, maybe" What I took from this number is that we are never going to be satisfied if we get stuck in this loop of always wanting more. There is a flipside to this. I think that we need to strike a healthy balance between want and appreciation. I think that we should always thrive for growth and never stand still, but I think that we do need to learn to appreciate the things that we already have. Maybe what we have is enough. "I gotta just claim it I gotta just seize" I guess it comes down to the motive behind our "want." If it's just to out-do our neighbours and keep up with … [Read more...]

Day 142: Frugality Innovation – Problem-solving inside the box

Are limitations really limiting? Navi Radjou doesn’t believe so and in his Ted talk Creative problem-solving in the face of extreme limits, Navi talks about a concept called Frugal Innovation. What is Frugal Innovation? Frugal Innovation basically means “doing more with less.” it’s about creating solutions within limited resources. Why this matters it’s quite easy to fall into this mindset trap of needing more or requiring that missing link before we can come up with an innovative solution, but perhaps we could find that innovation within our constraints. This is a concept I have discussed before after watching ……. Ted talk. On a personal level I am staring to see the benefits of frugal innovation on small scale stuff. Choices can be so darn overwhelming and with a large supply of choices comes a large supply of solutions that often we end up over-engineering the small stuff that shouldn’t really consume a whole lot of our … [Read more...]