In the course of getting a job done, we all end up doing a bit of research. Here are some of the projects I’ve contributed to, from artificial intelligence to aircraft design, tissue simulation, human-machine interfaces and Lego Mindstorms! Feel free to check it out. Wherever possible, I’ve added the presentation versions, which are a bit more visual and a lot less text!

play it!Great fun! Check it out and remind yourself of all the oddball selectors are out there in a nice gamified format

What If, Randall Monroe

What If, Randall Monroe

If you have not come across XKCD yet, I envy and pity you. Pity, because you have been missing out, and envy, because you will get to see it all for the very first time. XKCD is in the Spirit of the Pulitzer prize winning book Godel, Escher, Bach, but more of a stick man version thereof. The author of XKCD, Randall Monroe, is releasing a book, “What If” that takes his format into the realm of stupid questions – the best kind – to find some surprising answers. Curiosity is not smart, curiosity is curiosity. It kills cats, it causes nuclear cold-wars and internets, and helps you pop bubble wrap with rolly chairs in the office. What If doesn’t even exist yet, but what if it did? (i.e. it’s on preorder) I hope they can print enough DRM’s e-book editions.

Science in mainstream culture is benefiting from the fragmentation of broadcast and upstarts looking for new content. The low production overhead of blogging will be moving up-budget, though the format has not been announced.

The unabashed enthusiasm for curiosity and the love shown for the curious people behind it are what makes IFLS stand out. I hope they can have some associated interactive content to go along with the production budget.

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NPR’s Radiolab is much CBC’s DNTO in that it addresses topics connected by a theme. The themes are seemingly broad and at first, and the stories in each cast are connected are connected laterally. Is it science, society, psychology? It’s all these things and most of all it starts with a question – the more simple, the more innocent, the sharper and deeper they seem to cut into the subject. Having multiple hosts and heavily edited interviews makes for a stream of consciousness production style, quick to turn, tricky to predict or take for granted; it is an ear perking experience.

What makes it realtable is not just the subject, but that it is a result of curiosity followed-through, something we too often ignore for lack of time.

"Black Box" – what goes on in the places where you can’t look

"What’s Left When You’re Right" – Is being right the wrong thing?

"Inheritance" – What part of you is predetermined?

This is a nice step-by-step guide on how to um, think… like a GIT.

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