TED and a Cold Beer

All is quiet on the homebrewing front, save for the cold Session Ale I am drinking this evening. While enjoying the cold one I was reading one of the blogs I subscribe to and they suggested looking at the 20 Most Popular Talks on TED…..What is TED? I am sure a few of you may be in the dark so let me share. From the “About” tab on the website;

Our mission: Spreading ideas.

We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. So we’re building here a clearinghouse that offers free knowledge and inspiration from the world’s most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other. This site, launched April 2007, is an ever-evolving work in progress, and you’re an important part of it. Have an idea? We want to hear from you.

The Twenty Talks link;
I listened to # 10 and # 14 – surprise, surprise and started # 11 – dry humor but I do intend to finish it.

From education to brain function to inspiring messages to techno-possibilities, this list represents quite a breadth of topics.
1.Sir Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity (2006): 14,850,200 views
2.Jill Bolte Taylor‘s stroke of insight (2008): 11,225,783
3.Pranav Mistry on the thrilling potential of SixthSense (2009): 9,897,347
4.David Gallo‘s underwater astonishments (2007): 8,204,051
5.Pattie Maes and Pranav Mistry demo SixthSense (2009): 7,747,690
6.Tony Robbins asks Why we do what we do (2006): 7,564,235
7.Simon Sinek on how great leaders inspire action (2010): 7,539,516
8.Brene Brown talks about the power of vulnerability (2010): 5,861,510
9.Steve Jobs on how to live before you die (2005): 5,444,022
10.Daniel Pink on the surprising science of motivation (2009): 5,534,123
11.Hans Rosling shows the best stats you’ve ever seen (2006): 5,249,928
12.Elizabeth Gilbert on nurturing your creative genius (2009): 5,020,869
13.Arthur Benjamin does mathemagic (2005): 4,951,918
14.Mary Roach on 10 things you didn’t know about orgasm (2009): 4,793,334
15.Dan Gilbert asks: Why are we happy? (2004): 4,759,217
16.Keith Barry does brain magic (2004): 4,475,303
17.Stephen Hawking asks big questions about the universe (2008): 4,470,236
18.Johnny Lee shows Wii Remote hacks for educators (2008): 3,997,174
19.Jeff Han demos his breakthrough multi-touchscreen (2006): 3,982,775
20.Barry Schwartz explores the paradox of choice (2005): 3,836,350

So, here is the deal, beer drinkers get a bad rap in some circles as being crass louts! I know differently – my suggestion, drink another very good craft beer or better yet, a homebrew and fuel the mind with interesting “stuff”!

Drink Local and Drink Responsibly


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