The Mystery Box

The Mystery Box
TEd Talks: J.J. Abrams
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J.J. Abrams traces his love for the unseen mystery – a passion thats evident in his films and TV shows, including Cloverfield, Lost and Alias — back to its magical beginnings.

Great clips. Humourous speaker. Fascinaing. Magic of film making. Talks about Grandfather, Talks about Mystery Box.

J.J. Abrams — The Mystery Box TED Talk


“The first step – especially for young people with energy and drive and talent, but not money – the first step to controlling your world is to control your culture. To model and demonstrate the kind of world you demand to live in. To write the books. Make the music. Shoot the films. Paint the art.” ― Chuck Palahniuk

“Watching television is like taking black spray paint to your third eye.” ― Bill Hicks

“You know,” Gabriel said, “there was once a time I thought we could be friends, Will.”
“There was a time I thought I was a ferret,” Will said, “but that turned out to be the opium haze.” ― Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel

The 4 a.m. Mystery

The 4 a.m. Mystery
TED Talks: Rives
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Poet Rives does 8 minutes of lyrical origami, folding history into a series of coincidences surrounding that most surreal of hours, 4 o’clock in the morning.

Very funny guy. A curious phenomenon the 4 a.m. Mystery. So many things happen at 4 in the Morning. Rives gives a great talk about all the relevancy and coincidental occurrences and the significance of 4 in the Morning. You will love this. Fascinating. Humourous. What happens to Presidents at 4 in the Morning.

The 4 a.m. Mystery — Rives — TED Talks


“My experience in Amsterdam is that cyclists ride where the hell they like and aim in a state of rage at all pedestrians while ringing their bell loudly, the concept of avoiding people being foreign to them.
My dream holiday would be a) a ticket to Amsterdam b) immunity from prosecution and c) a baseball bat.”
― Terry Pratchett

“The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery.” — Anaïs Nin

“We do not create our destiny; we participate in its unfolding. Synchronicity works as a catalyst toward the working out of that destiny.” ― David Richo, The Power of Coincidence: How Life Shows Us What We Need to Know

Brain Magic

Brain Magic
TED Talk: Keith Barry
Mind Magician
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First, Keith Barry shows us how our brains can fool our bodies — in a trick that works via podcast too. Then he involves the audience in some jaw-dropping (and even a bit dangerous) feats of brain magic.

Very humourous. Mesmerizing. Enjoyable. Now, how exactly does he do those things?

Keith Barry: Brain Magic TED TALK Mind Magician


“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” ― Roald Dahl

“I consider that a man’s brain originally is like a little empty attic, and you have to stock it with such furniture as you choose. A fool takes in all the lumber of every sort that he comes across, so that the knowledge which might be useful to him gets crowded out, or at best is jumbled up with a lot of other things, so that he has a difficulty in laying his hands upon it. Now the skillful workman is very careful indeed as to what he takes into his brain-attic. He will have nothing but the tools which may help him in doing his work, but of these he has a large assortment, and all in the most perfect order. It is a mistake to think that that little room has elastic walls and can distend to any extent. Depend upon it there comes a time when for every addition of knowledge you forget something that you knew before. It is of the highest importance, therefore, not to have useless facts elbowing out the useful ones.” ― Arthur Conan Doyle, A Study in Scarlet

“And I think that it is certainly possible that the objective universe can be affected by the poet. I mean, you recall Orpheus made the trees and the stones dance and so forth, and this is something which is in almost all primitive cultures. I think it has some definite basis to it. I’m not sure what. It’s like telekinesis, which I know very well on a pinball machine is perfectly possible.” ― Jack Spicer, The House That Jack Built: The Collected Lectures

Laws That Choke Creativity

Laws That Choke Creativity
TED Talk: Larry Lessig
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Larry Lessig, the Nets most celebrated lawyer, cites John Philip Sousa, celestial copyrights and the “ASCAP cartel” in his argument for reviving our creative culture.

Intelligent. Creative. Hysterical in some of the content. Insightful. Has technology improved creativity or hindered it? Thought Provoking.

Larry Lessig: Laws that choke Creativity TED Talk

QUOTATIONS: Creativity. Law. Technology.

“I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.” ― Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

“I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.”
― Robert A. Heinlein

“We are stuck with technology when what we really want is just stuff that works.” ― Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt