Salman Khan's TED Talk About Video Education

Finally! Here’s Salman’s Khan’s 2011 TED talk about Khan Academy and video learning in general:

This is the beginning of the next generation of education.

Profound Men in Black

Who would have thought the segment below came from the action movie Men in Black?

Humans, for the most part, don’t have a clue. They don’t want or need one, either. They’re happy. They think they have a good bead on things.

Why the big secret? People are smart. They can handle it.

A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky, dangerous animals, and you know it.

Fifteen hundred years ago, everybody knew the Earth was the center of the universe. Five hundred years ago, everybody knew the Earth was flat. And fifteen minutes ago, you knew that people were alone on this planet.

Imagine what you’ll know tomorrow.

Michael Moore: America is Not Broke

I’m on the other side of the planet, but I can’t help but take an interest in what’s going on in Madison, Wisconsin. Michael Moore just held a great speech there which aptly characterizes a sentiment that could well spark protests all over the country:

Wisconsin’s governor, Scott Walker, recently proposed a budget repair bill that, practically, would hurt only the working class. From Wikipedia:

Walker proposed a budget repair bill on February 11, 2011 that would save the state an estimated $30 million in the current fiscal year, and $300 million over the next two years. The bill would require additional contributions by state and local government workers to their health care plans and pensions, amounting to roughly an 8 percent decrease in the average worker’s take home pay. The bill also would eliminate most collective bargaining rights except for wages. Unions would be unable to seek pay increases above the rate of inflation, unless approved by a voter referendum. Under the bill, unions would have to win yearly votes to continue representing the workers, and could no longer have dues deducted from workers’ paychecks. Law enforcement personnel and firefighters would be exempt from the bargaining changes.

How infectious it is to see the betrodden yell, “We have had it!”, in response.

Have a Bit of Escapism

I’ve finished a new project called Have a Bit which is a site compiling the most profound and inspiring quotes, images or videos I can find.

From the description:

Have A Bit compiles the most profound, inspiring, insightful, controversial, and sometimes humorous quotations, images and video footage of the world’s most esteemed scientists, philosophers, activists, and other freethinkers. Our mission is to share with you the thoughts of some of the greatest men and women who have walked this planet; people who dared contemplate the Universe’s deepest questions, with little regard to the status quo or any retaliation from their peers, authority, or otherwise.

Have a Bit is not a quotations page, per se — a “Bit” of a person may be anything from a quote to images or video. We also do not try to gather as many quotes of possible — only the ones we think (as objectively as we can) are the most awe-inspiring, witty or true.

Here are some examples:

Take a look :)

We The People

This is what happens when you take away the basic rights of your people, attempt to stop protests by shutting down communication nation-wide, and force subordinates to resign but try to stay in power yourself:

“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.” — John F. Kennedy