The story of the relationship between Sigmund Freud and his American nephew, Edward Bernays. Bernays invented the public relations profession in the 1920s and was the first person to take Freud’s ideas to manipulate the masses.

It’s called The Century Of The Self and was done by Adam Curtis.

It’s over four parts on Google video. Watch the firt part here.

George Carlin’s last wish

February 24th, 2009

Respect to this great comedian.

Some great links of 2008

January 10th, 2009

A list of best sites of 2008 from kottke.org.

I haven’t gone through all of these yet. So far my favourites are the scary ‘Big Dog’ robot and the skateboarding video directed by Spike Jonze.

Check these out here.

A visual guide (from blog.mint.com) to help you understand the events leading up to the bailout.

Marjane Satrapi was born in Rasht, Iran. She now lives in Paris, where she is a regular contributor to magazines and newspapers throughout the world, including The New Yorker, and The New York Times. She is the author of Embroideries, Chicken with Plums, and several children’s books. She cowrote and codirected the animated feature film version of Persepolis.

Check out her books published by Random House

Link to Persepolis the movie released by Sony Pictures

The NeoCube

April 29th, 2008

The NeoCube is composed of 216 individual high-energy rare-earth magnets.

This allows you to create and recreate an outrageous number of shapes and patterns.

Link (this link was broken at the time of writing this)

#1 Buy Macintosh computers, save money on an IT department

#2 Buy second monitors for everyone, they will save at least 30 minutes a day, which is 100 hours a year… which is at least $2,000 a year…. which is $6,000 over three years. A second monitor cost $300-500 depending on which one you get. That means you’re getting 10-20x return on your investment… and you’ve got a happy team member.

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The Smell of Space

February 3rd, 2008

Few people have experienced traveling into space. Even fewer have experienced the smell of space. Now this sounds strange, that a vacuum could have a smell and that a human being could live to smell that smell.

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By: ISS Science Officer Don Pettit

World War II $3.2 trillion
Iraq and Afghanistan To Date $695.7 billion
Vietnam War $670 billion
World War I $364 billion
Korean War $295 billion
Persian Gulf War $94 billion
Civil War (both Union and Confederate costs) $81 billion
Spanish-American War $7 billion
American Revolution $4 billion
Mexican War $2 billion
War of 1812 $1 billion

From cryptogon.com who got this data from here on armscontrolcenter.org.

Both of the above sites are good sources of news and info.

Pretty a fascinating blog on time travel – hard to believe so much research went into this.

Time travel is a subject of great interest to me – not the actual, you know, nuts and bolts physics of it, but the various possible models that can be imagined. I’ve written a variety of fiction based around these. The most important thing, I find, when coming up with a new theory, is to try to trip it up in every way imaginable and make sure it still works.

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