16 TED Talks that are perfect for procrastination

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The few days before a holiday are brutal. It doesn’t matter if you have a lot of work on your plate or have midterms to study for — your mind just wants to be distracted from it all. And so, we bring you the best TED Talks for procrastinating, so you don’t have to feel completely guilty for not doing what you are supposed to be doing. After all, you are learning.

This post is partially inspired by this Reddit user, who asked for great talks to get him/her over the desire to procrastinate. But we say: what’s the fun in that? Though do check out the thread for ideas, as some good talks are suggested.

[ted_talkteaser id=1841]Andrew Fitzgerald: Adventures in Twitter fiction
Social media wormholes: incredible for procrastination. So enjoy this talk all about how people are using Twitter as a space for creative storytelling. Bonus:…

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Tech-addiction. What is the real Legacy of Mobile Media?

The issue of when children should be exposed to multi-media is getting swept so far under the carpet it’s now bordering the eye-achingly ridiculous.

According to a new report found on Mashable Today “Nearly two in five children have used a tablet or smartphone before they could speak in full sentences” 

As I was lucky enough to spend my early years in the outdoors (running over wildlife with my bike, illegal fishing and exploding things) I feel that modern offspring are missing out. – This is a trailer for a new documentary film following the efforts of David Bond to reverse the seemingly unstoppable trend of modern youth spending untold hours behind apple screens. David does a sterling job of highlighting what the tech revolution could really be giving to the next generation.

Need some motivation? check this Shocking statistic and full article posted on Mashable: www.mashable.com/2013/10/28/children-under-2-mobile-media-study/?utm_cid=mash-com-Tw-main-link

www.projectwildthing.com check out David Bond’s ‘Project Wild Thing’ campaign here

Archive: Was life better before the iPhone?

This is a little nugget of tech resistance I wrote when I still had principles, (before I became another iPhone drone). Hope you enjoy!

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Our species is becoming ever-more engulfed in technology and the endless possibilities promised through the internet. We are now in trance, attracted like moths to a flame, destined to spend many hours bumping our tired faces against the blue screens of our smartphones.  The internet juggernauts seem to endlessly expand, with more users, content and tactics ( bank of Facebook out of the question?) It seems we are powerless to resist…. 

Firstly one point that I feel needs making is just how much information the tech savvy generation feels comfortable sharing, just stop and think about how much information YOU might have gleefully punched onto facebook, twitter , tumblr and left the imprint …  forever.

Consider the up-roar Identity cards kicked up, thinking about how important privacy is (supposedly) aren’t you surprised at the exuberance with which people pour all their personal data into their phones. Happily and pro actively we now hand over a running history of everything we do, think, create, the places we’ve been in a  narcissistic wave of Instagram filters, all tagged and begging to found. #everyonemustknowwhati’mdoing ALLTHETIME! even our finger prints aren’t safe any more.

I admit..  Recently I’ve been thinking how convenient it would be to have that camera when I need it or that GPS, email on the move or funny cat video at the touch of a button.  And I’m currently considering buying a smartphone.. But Slow down! Do I really want to become another iPone douchebag? when I think of all I would lose if I just did everything on an iPhone,  I don’t think people really realise what they are giving up. Once converted to the church of Android they are doomed to an eternity gawping into their personal gateway…. Taken to another world of shiny mass media and cat videos.

Not to mention how lazy modern technology has made us. I remember having to use my brain to store important information I needed. Like phone numbers, addresses or what I was doing, but now I can release my brain from any real tasks  .. winning!

Maybe it is time to retire my brain, it’s done enough so far.. It deserves a break.  Would this take us closer to the sci-fi visions of a synthetic future, that occupied the Brains of many a 20th century science fiction writer? – The tech probably knows best, and will probably do a better job of my life than me alone…. But why do I feel a bit like John Connor? …..  F@#k the machines!

Telephones once were wondrous devices, allowing people to hold conversations across Globe. Ironic that smart phones are now responsible for killing the art of conversation in pubs across the land. 

The idea of just a conventional telephone is now so outdated it conjures images of big black handsets not exactly holding a thrill fro the new generation; weaned from baby hanger to iPad.  Old hardware like a land line will belong in sepia-saturated old photographs or buried deep in the back room, kept as a relic.

I will sign off with this, for all of you smart phone users (pretty much everyone)When you’re in the pub, restaurant, out with friends and you feel your fingers creeping towards your smart phone, just ask yourself this: Is whatever you’re about to do on your phone more important than the real people and moments all around you? What are you missing as the world moves past you in the blurry mid-distance? It’s hard to see past the bright logos and updating statuses but let’s not lose touch with reality. And if you are that guy who can’t leave his phone alone you will also become a rude, conversationally stunted douchebag. However I probably will still buy a smart phone soon.

Are you addicted to your smart phone? You can find help by cathartically sharing this article (try to resist the craving to use your phone)


Smiling Ivy – The Music Video

Courtesy of Smiling Ivy boys

Courtesy of Smiling Ivy

You may have seen in my previous post on the genius music video workings of Ham Pocket, now retired undefeated in the realm of irreverent dirty music humour. After this success there is now a new beacon of music video light emerging from dark underbelly of Sheffield’s SKA Dub scene: Sheffield boys Smiling Ivy will be releasing their first Music Video for One of the biggest and full flavoured tracks on the new EP: Gagging Order –

The mix of  creative, pure debauched stylings of the band folded into the creamy, professionally led – shoot – cut – edit to follow is something much like having Charlie Sheen organise your friday night – ridiculous, stimulating and inevitably dangerous, which has my mouth watering at the thought of it.

This new video offering is eagerly anticipated, not least because it has been shot, produced and cut under the careful eye of James Roberts, now a Lead Techie at one of Danny Boyle’s Visual FX companies in Soho. James or ‘Kneyhi’ is a long time friend and fan of the band and his expertise comes as a welcome addition to their first debut Vid.

Find their new Video October 19th at smilingivy.co.uk and be sure to get all the updates on ff https://www.facebook.com/SmilingIvyUK and twatter @smilingivy