amazing speech: neuroanatomist describes her stroke [video]

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you have to listen to this amazing speech from this year’s TED (a really cool conference with presentations from the world’s foremost experts on a wide variety of things).


in it, this woman recounts the experience of her stroke, talks about the nature of the brain and nirvana. it is truly awe-inspiring.
seriously. i almost cried. at work.

watch it now: http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/229

update: now on youtube:

futurama’s back!


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after being canceled by the [late] fox executives, the show is returning with this awesome new epic movie (which will be later chopped into 4 episodes and aired on comedy central, kicking off an entirely new season on their new network).

After the show got a green light, Cohen assembled the geekiest writing staff television had ever seen: one MA in math, one MA in computer science, one MA in philosophy, one PhD in chemistry, one PhD in applied math, and some normals to balance things out. “I went from Home Improvement, where people earnestly pitched jokes about farting and table saws, to a place where there were discussions about nanophysics and string theory and quantum mechanics,” writer Eric Horsted says. “I could only follow the conversation for a few minutes before my brain would start sweating and I’d have to reach for a copy of People.”

check out this awesome 4-page article and interview with the creators and writers of futurama, matt groening and david x. cohen.

awesome, long stephen colbert interview

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if you’re like me, you can’t wait for stephen colbert to announce his candidacy for lord and savior of both the known and unknown universe.

well he hasn’t done it here, but this interview is thoroughly entertaining.

the interviewer (npr’s terry gross) is one of the best interviewers ever (imho), and even she reveals herself to be a giddy fan of the illustrious mr.colbert. perhaps that’s why he granted an interview where he appeared out of character and answered questions about his family and catholic beliefs? at any rate, i love it.

click here to listen.