Karen Sharin'

Random stuff I find interesting and/or humorous

May 23
motherjones:

Is this t-shirt too offensive to wear on a plane? American Airlines thought so, and told a woman wearing it that she had to change her clothes. What say you, Tumblr?

motherjones:

Is this t-shirt too offensive to wear on a plane? American Airlines thought so, and told a woman wearing it that she had to change her clothes. What say you, Tumblr?


May 6
“Every really good creative person…whom I have ever known has always had two noticeable characteristics. First, there was no subject under the sun in which he could not easily get interested-from, say, Egyptian burial customs to modern art. Every facet of life had fascination for him. Second, he was an extensive browser in all sorts of fields of information. For it is with the [creative] man as with the cow: no browsing, no milk.” James Webb Young, writing in his 1939 guide to producing ideas, articulates a timeless truth about the relationship between curiosity and creativity. (via explore-blog)

(via explore-blog)


ilovecharts:

It never ends…

ilovecharts:

It never ends…


Apr 24

Mar 9

explore-blog:

Stanford neuroscientists host the world’s first love competition, asking contestants between the ages of 10 and 75 to spend 5 minutes in an fMRI machine thinking deeply about the person they love. The results are certain to bring a tear to your eye.

Complementary reading: 5 essential books on the psychology of love.


Mar 4
“Introversion — along with its cousins sensitivity, seriousness, and shyness — is now a second-class personality trait, somewhere between a disappointment and a pathology. Introverts living under the Extrovert Ideal are like women living in a man’s world, discounted because it goes to the core of who they are. Extroversion is an enormously appealing personality trait, but we’ve turned it into an oppressive standard to which most of us feel we must conform.” Susan Cain in Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, one of 7 great books by TED 2012 speakers (via explore-blog)

Jan 4
This reminds me of a anecdote I heard of a high-security office where the sky in the atrium was a simulation like this because the structure of the building formed an enormous Faraday cage to prevent any EM emissions from escaping.
curiositycounts:

German engineers create virtual sky for office ceilings, using 34,560 LEDs to simulate the changing lighting conditions of a cloudy sky

This reminds me of a anecdote I heard of a high-security office where the sky in the atrium was a simulation like this because the structure of the building formed an enormous Faraday cage to prevent any EM emissions from escaping.

curiositycounts:

German engineers create virtual sky for office ceilings, using 34,560 LEDs to simulate the changing lighting conditions of a cloudy sky

(via curiositycounts)


Jan 2
“Beyond giving writers a spur to eloquence, what the historian Elizabeth Eisenstein calls “typographical fixity” served as a cultural preservative. It helped to protect original documents from corruption, providing a more solid foundation for the writing of history. It established a reliable record of knowledge… Once digitized, a page of words loses its fixity…. That’s an attractive development in many ways… But as is often the case with digitization, the boon carries a bane. The ability to alter the contents of a book will be easy to abuse. School boards may come to exert even greater influence over what students read.” Nicholas Carr, whose previous claims to techno-dystopian fame include the much-contested book The Shallowson ebooks (via curiositycounts)

(via curiositycounts)


Dec 13
Funny (and a little bit true)!
marrypotter:

I’m a bit shy

Funny (and a little bit true)!

marrypotter:

I’m a bit shy


Dec 11

Fascinating!  (I can’t credit the source because I can’t remember how I stumbled on this video.)

TEDxAlamo - David Eagleman, PhD - 10/29/09 (by TEDxTalks)


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