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Link: Award to Artist Who Gives Slums a Human Face (TED Prize)

“One of my concerns at first was that he wasn’t going to be accessible or available, which could be off-putting when you’re trying to get partners to get excited about a project,” she added. And, in fact, the first time prize officials had a Skype conversation with the artist, he appeared in sunglasses with a hat pulled low over his forehead.“

But then he said, ‘You know, I trust you guys,’ and he took them off,” Ms. Novogratz said, “and we just had a regular old conversation.”

Fascinating, but a weird decision. We’ll see how this plays out come March. I wonder how successful previous TED winners projects have been, statistics anyone?

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Link: My Top 5 Artists (Week Ending 2010-10-17)

  1. Ben Folds & Nick Hornby (16)
  2. Tame Impala (11)
  3. Christ. (10)
  4. Lil Wayne (10)
  5. Air (10)

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“Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo.” is a grammatically valid sentence in the English language, used as an example of how homonyms and homophones can be used to create complicated linguistic constructs.

via Patrick

Link: The Other Other 67.5: Usher and Man Goat

Usher-Papers lyrics vs. Man Goat by VJ Ann O’Nymous

Link: Been playing some Weiqi (Go) in my free time.

Go (Japanese:碁?), known in Chinese as weiqi (simplified Chinesetraditional Chinesepinyin: wéiqí; Wade-Giles: wei ch’i) and in Korean as baduk (hangul바둑), is an ancient board game for two players that is noted for being rich in strategy despite its simplerules.

The game is played by two players who alternately place black and white stones on the vacant intersections of a grid of 19×19 lines. Once placed on the board, stones cannot be moved elsewhere, unless they are surrounded and captured by the opponent’s stones. The object of the game is to control (surround) a larger portion of the board than the opponent.

Placing stones close together helps them support each other and avoid capture. On the other hand, placing stones far apart creates influence across more of the board. Part of the strategic difficulty of the game stems from finding a balance between such conflicting interests. Players strive to serve both defensive and offensive purposes and choose between tactical urgency and strategic plans.

Go originated in ancient China more than 2,500 years ago. Although it is not known exactly when the game was invented, by the 3rd century BC it was already a popular pastime, as indicated by a reference to the game in the Analects of Confucius. Archaeological evidence shows that the early game was played on a board with a 17×17 grid, but by the time that the game spread to Korea and Japan in about the 7th century, boards with a 19×19 grid had become standard.

The game is most popular in East Asia. A conservative estimate places the number of Go players worldwide at approximately 27 million.[2] Go reached the West through Japan, which is why it is commonly known internationally by its Japanese name.[nb 1]

Link: My Top 5 Artists (Week Ending 2010-10-10)

  1. Passion Pit (14)
  2. Here We Go Magic (9)
  3. Deerhoof (9)
  4. Christ. (8)
  5. Mux Mool (6)

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Link: My Top 5 Artists (Week Ending 2010-10-3)

  1. Amon Tobin (20)
  2. Deerhoof (18)
  3. Ben Folds & Nick Hornby (13)
  4. Sufjan Stevens (11)
  5. Four Tet (10)

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Link: Brainfeeder

This record label has some choice electronic musicians: Daedelus (an old favorite of mine, who got my into electronic music), Flying Lotus, Lorn, The Gaslamp Killer, and well, if you check the site you’ll see more.

Link: Long Talks

The Long Now Foundation was established in 01996 to creatively foster long-term thinking and responsibility in the framework of the next 10,000 years.

Link: Your Mind Blown: It’s illegal to be fat in Japan

sirmitchell:

yourmindblown:

Thanks to an anti-obesity law passed last year, Japanese salarymen across the nation are pulling up their shirts to have their guts measured… and if they’re overweight, they face consequences. If you’re male and your waist is over 33.5 inches, you’re considered fat. If you’re female, the…

Whether you want to believe it or not, this is a big reason why health care is retardedly expensive in the US.