Category Archives: Fascinating

The differences between Humans and Animals

duck slideI love this video of ducks riding down a water slide.

 

And then recently, I saw a story about research with rats.  When one rat is trapped in an uncomfortable trap, a second rat will learn to free the trapped rat.  They will do this generous act even before enjoying a tasty chocolate treat.  Not only that, they will share the chocolate rather than hoard it for themselves.  I have not clearly defined the word compassion for myself, but I think this is a decent example of animals showing compassion for each other and another one’s suffering.

And what can we learn from monkeys about how we use money, how we view equality,   ?  See this short video reaction of monkeys getting unfair trade values, or listen to this TED Talk by Laurie Santos for a more detailed description of this research.

So what makes us different?  The only thing I have heard of being different so far, human’s have the ability to recognize their weaknesses and create a tool to overcome them.  But I wouldn’t say we have mastered that yet.

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Couture Fashionista, or just Dressup by this 4 Year Old?

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click on the photo for more dresses included in the Huffington Post article

I love the idea of making dresses from colored construction paper.  This mother-daughter duo teams has some genuine originality, but also expertly imitates the masters of the red carpet.

What really makes these dresses look amazing is the model’s poses and demure expressions.  The photographer really knows how to capture her beauty.

Unphotoshopped Photos

Three young women are asking people to sign a petition to Teen vogue, asking them to stop photoshopping photos in the magazine.  One girl has convinced Seventeen Magazine to stop doctoring photos for their magazine.  Unrealistic photos of men and women has an effect on our self perception and how we define the level of normal to which we compares ourselves.  Even the most conscientious person can be affected by viewing so many unrealistic pictures.

Sure, make-up and lighting can still do a lot.  But look at the extent of Photoshopping in this documentary video, and how easy it is to change the image with the click of a button.  “How does it feel to try to keep up with the impossible?”  It makes us feel out of control…

Well at least someone is making a new version of the Barbie doll that resembles actual human proportions.  I really hope they change the name, Lammily is surely to fail with such a homely sounding name.

Yay!!!!!!  Verily magazine has promised not to retouch photos before printing.  Some celebs out there have expressed outrage when their images are modified to show an unrealistic portrayal of the bodies and features (scroll down this article to see the extent that Photoshopping changes how the clothes fit on women).  Men are also changed, and scroll that page down to see the before and after of a photo ad of Britney Spears.  This collection gives are non-modified images of some celebrities.  Check out the step by step process of making a model in this video.

Two photos of Kelly Clarkson taken about the same time frame, yes, that's Kelly.
Two photos of Kelly Clarkson taken about the same time frame, yes, that’s Kelly.

Please vote for the Best Design

Your help is needed, vote by the end of Oct 15th

Enhance The Human Experience

CANstruction is a cool event where people design something out of canned food.  My company participates in the Boston event, you can see all the photos and vote by the end of Oct 15th.  When looking at the page of photos, click on the photo to see the name of the company and the name of the design to see who you want to vote for.

And go find a CANstruction event in your city…

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Moving Beyond Capitalism

The world is changing. I feel we are making great strides of improvement and we are focused on how to help each other, bring out the best in people, and provide equal opportunity for all.  But the archaic systems of government, education, and especially corporations and wall street have us trapped in the 20th century.iphone-presidential-election-economy-somewhat-topical-ecards-someecardsWill we create something better than capitalism?  This RSA video gives a great summary of capitalism, and the current problems we face with development in this system.  Capitalism helped the world achieve what we have today, but it’s limited in the capacity to move forward with development.

We need dramatic changes in education.  Ken Robinson has several TED Talks, but this RSA video really challenges us to invent a new education system geared for today’s needs.

Dan Pallotta explains in this TED Talk part of the challenge, our current thinking on Charity fundraising is limiting our capacity for fundraising.