The Most Intimate Dance: Elinor Carucci’s Photos of Motherhood

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David, Goliath and the appeal of the underdog: A Q&A with Malcolm Gladwell on this often-misunderstood story

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MalcolmGladwell_Q&AFor 3000 years, the story of David and Goliath has seeped into our cultural consciousness. This is generally how the tale is told: a young shepherd does battle with a giant warrior and, using nothing but a slingshot, comes out victorious. But is this really what the Bible describes?

[ted_talkteaser id=1831]In today’s talk, Malcolm Gladwell — whose new book is titled David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants — takes a closer look at this classic story, digging into the details which are easily lost on a modern audience. Overall, he asks: was David really the underdog in this fight? It all begins with a closer look at that sling (which is not the toy slingshot we might picture), and at the five rocks David picked up to use in it.

“The term ‘David and Goliath’ has entered our language as a metaphor for improbable victories…

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22 Social Awesome! Mobile Friendly App For Facebook Users

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WOW!! loving this cool App I came across on 16th September 2013.  I was setting up a new Fanpage on Facebook and realising that the Static iFrame Tabs that anyone can insert into your Facebook Fanpages, were not been seen by users of Firefox browsers.  I just came across this App on a friend’s page and just wondered wondered what it did. So I did my research on YouTube and decided this was for me. I loved the video that I saw and have put here for you to watch.   So if you are a business who is using Facebook for selling your products 60% of Facebook mobile device users plus Firebox users will not see your product. So to me that was enough for me to look in depth at this product.  So many features excited me;

  • The  Social Relationship Manager where visitors who are interested in your offer…

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Enrique Meneses: On the Frontier of History

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11 fascinating funeral traditions from around the globe

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The funerals I’ve attended have all been very much the same. Relatives and friends arrive in all black and take seats in the church or synagogue pews for a somber ceremony where prayers are said, memories are shared and tears are shed. The attendees walk slowly out to their cars and form a single file line a behind the hearse, arriving at the graveyard where they place roses on the casket just before it’s lowered into the ground. Then, they proceed to the immediate family’s home, where the doorbell rings with a steady stream of loved ones — casserole dishes in hand — since, in the days ahead, people often forget to eat.

[ted_talkteaser id=1832]In her TED talk, cultural anthropologist Kelli Swazey shares with us a different approach to memorializing the dead. In Tana Toraja in eastern Indonesia, funerals are raucous affairs involving the whole village that can last…

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Becoming Tom Clancy: Letters from Tom – Part 1

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(Updated Oct. 6, 2013)


“The odds against becoming the next Frederick Forsythe are, of course, somewhere between merely exponential and astronomical-incredible. I’ll settle for a book-jacket with my name on it.”
Tom Clancy, 1983, a year before his first novel was published


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Word came this morning that author Tom Clancy died yesterday in a Baltimore hospital. He was only 66 years old. My son called early to break the news, so I wouldn’t hear it first on television.

You see, Tom was an old family friend. My husband and I first met him and his wife Wanda back in Hartford, Conn., in the fall of 1969, when the guys were in an insurance management class together. When the class ended in the spring, Tom and Wanda went back to Towson, Md., and we were assigned to a company office in Philadelphia.

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The art of science: Stunning, psychedelic images from Fabian Oefner

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In today’s TED Talk, Fabian Oefner shares breathtaking images at the nexus of art and science, which beautifully capture unique moments of physical and chemical drama.

[ted_talkteaser id=1834]Formally trained in art and design, Oefner says that he has always been interested in science. Though he can’t pinpoint the exact moment when he became interested in pairing his two loves, he views both pursuits as inextricably linked by a crucial bond: “The most important quality of science or art is curiosity,” Oefner tells the TED Blog. “That’s what keeps me going and always finding something new.”

On the TED stage, Oefner demonstrates the science at work behind three of his photographs. As he explains his process, the mystical quality of the images gives way to understanding. But how important to him is it that the casual viewer of his artwork know the underlying scientific principles? Actually, not very. “I’m…

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