Archive for April, 2009

Genius. what’s that? Creative, what’s that.

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

Have you ever wondered what’s the origin of the word “genius”? Or how can someone write a poem, compose a piece of music? Elizabeth Gilbert gives you a brief insight in the subject. I hear she is a good writer, well, may be so. I haven’t read any of her books. But she sure is a good speaker. Enjoy.

Dropbox, drop dead gorgeous

Monday, April 13th, 2009

As a teacher and IT-addict, I use several PCs and Macs during a week. This makes it uneasy to access the
same documents and files. You might argue that today’s USB-sticks solves the problem. I will say they don’t solve, but minimize the issue. I don’t want to carry my USB penn all the time, risking to forget it somewhere. I often forget my books.
What I prefer is some sort of Remote Desktop (but I find the VPN solutions too heavy), and the best solution for this is Dropbox, from getdropbox.com. In addition to being a “Remote desktop” and “USB stick”, it also is your server for sharing documents with colleagues and friends.

Anyway, here is my impression of dropbox.

 

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Bacteria and Chemistry language

Friday, April 10th, 2009

This ted.com talk is very interessting to me from my point of view. As a chemistry teacher, my experience is that chemists and microbioligogists don’t talk that well together. That was before I saw this talk. I stand corrected.

More from Rosling on poverty and magic

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

This is the second talk (reposted here) from Hans Rosling on ted.com. As the prevoius one, the presentaion is outstanding, the points clear and the final unbelievable.

Hans Rosling on statistics, poverty and databases.

Monday, April 6th, 2009

I saw this video on Ted.com last year, but forgot the name of the presenter. A friend of mine sent me the link in Facebook, and I believe every student and teacher should see lectures like this.  So here I share it with you.