01
Feb, 2014


The dance cast of the Carnival Dream raised $1,914.84 in additional onboard funds toward helping the families of fellow crew members affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

Long before the Typhoon had hit, during a bootcamp session, the cast had joked that by six months–the length of their contract–they would be able to do 1000 push ups for charity.

They gave playful idea serious attention after the Typhoon. They trained for six weeks to accomplish the feat of performing 100 push ups in an effort to raise funds for the tragedy.

Bonus: Blooper Reel

09
Jul, 2013

From io9:

Jabari Johnson’s rap, titled “Quest for Joulelry,” is the winner of this year’s Science Genius Rap B.A.T.T.L.E.S., held last month at Columbia University. The competition is the product of a collaboration between Rap Genius, Columbia math professor and urban science education pioneer Christopher Emdin and Wu Tang Clan’s GZA:

B.A.T.T.L.E.S. (Bringing Attention to Transforming, Teaching and Learning Science) was conceived as a way to keep students engaged in school and in science… GZA and Jeremy Dean of Rap Genius were among the six judges who watched as teens ages 14 to 20 strode the stage at TC’s Joyce B. Cowin Conference Center and “spat” lyrics that ran a gamut of topics from rock science, natural selection and genetics to how materials freeze or melt.

Johnson’s rhymes are more than just scientific, they’ve also got rhythm and tight, clever lyrics, presented in their entirety here (click through for line-by-line annotations at Rap Genius):

This concept is applied to all lives
We stride times distance
Ill let you be a witness to the prize.
Be a man, understand
You comprehending this is vital, work = FD
The equation for survival;
Your only rival is friction don’t get caught up in the drag
So you better prepare cuz obstacles fight back

When you get knocked down though don’t please don’t cry,
Just get up and apply more force next time

One day I was dreaming with a really strong hope
That I’ll make it but to make it takes more than just believing,
These resistance slash demons were kinda holding me back,
And I let’em but the simple way to get me on track was,

Force times displace, Is work no debate
I’ll take that concept apply it to my mistakes,

And now I’m progressing a natural Rap Genius
And I’ma get an A if I see this on the regent

[Hook]

Here’s the lesson, I know it kinda hurts but if you truly want to work than there must be progression cause,
FD=W the rule and the unit measurement for the product is called joules, Cool.
I did the work I’ma try to let it flow the more people I know kinetic energy grows so,
I’ma go to work convert all of my potential, and as my speed increases then I’ma grow exponential.

[Verse 2: Kinetic Energy]

The work has been applied if my equations are correct
The energy that is left creates a domino effect

My mass is what I’m bringing to the table underestimate
You’ll wish that you had brought a bigger dinner plate.

Separate me from the fakes let me educate
Velocity’s my following and that’s I’ma generate
Through these shows and gigs and just overcoming all the friction

To the point where friction doesn’t even make a difference.
I feed my interest with the laws of physics
When m and v multiply the picture is painted vivid,
The work was just something that got me inside the door,
Now we, squaring the v and it’s exponentially more.
I got a lot in store the v’s
Cuz I’m progressin’ my m
And when you multiply them
There’s no end to the kinetic energy
You better be prepared
Cause I’m fillin’ you up with envy with my ½ m v2

[Hook]

Here’s the lesson, I know it kinda hurts but if you truly want to work than there must be progression cause,
FD=W the tool and the unit measurement for the product is called joules, Cool.
I did the work I’ma try to let it flow the more people I know kinetic energy grows so,
I’ma go to work convert all of my potential, and as my speed increases then I’ma grow exponential.

Link to the rest, including a video interview featuring Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson and GZA, at io9.

09
Jul, 2013


A mysterious flying man hovers over a city and has unknown intentions in this ambiguous short film. The flying man’s actions spark a panic throughout the city as its citizens wonder whether he is a hero or not.

Official Website
malqueres.com/The-Flying-Man
Facebook
facebook.com/TFMshort

Director/Producer/Editor/Writer
Marcus Alqueres
Twitter: @marcusalqueres

Sound/Score
Roger Lima at whitenoiselab.com

Additional Credits at The Flying Man on Vimeo

23
Jun, 2013

Here’s a great video pondering the objective reality of mathematics, and running down all the different schools of thought on where mathematical truth comes from — does it exist outside of systems of codification by intelligent beings, as an eternal part of the universe; or is it something that we invent through codification?

ORIGINAL: Is Math a Feature of the Universe or a Feature of Human Creation? | Idea Channel | PBS [via Boing Boing]

11
May, 2013

Cameron Russell admits she won “a genetic lottery”: she’s tall, pretty and an underwear model. But don’t judge her by her looks. In this fearless talk, she takes a wry look at the industry that had her looking highly seductive at barely 16-years-old.

0:40 – The first outfit change ever on the TED stage!
1:50 – Russell transforms our perception of what we think of her.
2:41 – The truth about how girls become models.
3:11 – Russell shines a light on the the deficiency of non-white models.
3:52 – She asks why do girls even want to be models?
4:32 – The reality of a girls’ likelihood of ever becoming a model.
5:27 – Models don’t have a voice and aren’t taking seriously in society. They are to be seen and not heard.
5:52 – Side by side images effectively demonstrates how the modeling industry sexualizes young girls and women in general.
6:44 – Russell acknowledges her privilege.
7:00 – The cost people pay who exist outside of her privilege.
7:30 – How young girls feel about their bodies.
8:03 – Russell admits something she has never said on camera until now.

ORIGINAL by Cameron Russell in a talk on the TED stage. [via The Huffington Post]

More info about Cameron Russell:

Twitter: @CameronCRussell
Agency: Elite
Blog: ArtRoots
Website: Big Bad Lab

09
May, 2013

Jackson Katz, Phd, is an anti-sexist activist and expert on violence, media and masculinities. An author, filmmaker, educator and social theorist, Katz has worked in gender violence prevention work with diverse groups of men and boys in sports culture and the military, and has pioneered work in critical media literacy. Katz is the creator and co-founder of the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program, which advocates the ‘bystander approach’ to sexual and domestic violence prevention. You’ve also seen him in the award winning documentary “MissRepresentation.”

To learn more about TEDxFiDiWomen, whether to attend, volunteer, speak or sponsor, please click on the following link! tedxfidiwomen.herokuapp.com

To learn more about Jackson Katz, please visit: jacksonkatz.com

[via UpWorthy]