TED Blog

John Boswell

John Boswell, who makes those wonderful Symphony of Science mashups, came to Long Beach with a mission: to auto-tune TED2012. Watch what he created: “It’s Time for TED.”

The TED Blog asked John how he did it — how he compressed three days (and a few extra years) of TED onstage into this catchy number starring Peter Diamandis, Paul Gilding, Kathryn Schulz and a galaxy of TEDTalks stars.

Did you come to TED with a general idea of what you were going to create, or was it more about listening for moments and working freely?

I’ve never been to a TED event before, so I came with an open mind hoping to soak in as much information as possible. In this way I was guided by my experience over the week in choosing the clips and themes of the video.

What led you to choose the talks you…

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Rocker 50.2

ROCKER 50.2 —————– And it wasn’t until she really tried to stop sniffing white that things really got out of hand. Even though she always had that ‘I just saw the devil peering at me from behind a tree expression’ while under the influence, she really was a talented skinny little junkie. So yeah, she died as was destined. Or maybe she, like all the other dead 27 year old rockstars, did make a crossroads deal with the devil.  Who knows…  So here is what I think the deal with this is: that if we all use our talents, that kind of thing doesn’t affect us. It doesn’t matter what evil plots, forces, or even self sabotage attempts come into play. What’s ours is ours alive … or dead.  So, did the young dead fulfill their destinies? I believe so. Just don’t go sniffing glue to try and make someone else’s destiny the story of your life. Unto each, his own.

Rocker 50

ROCKER 50.1 —————– Ever wonder what it would be like if you lost the one thing that makes you who you are?  So as it turns out, love of my life John Mayer had throat surgery a while back and I keep worrying that he won’t sound the same anymore. Like his voice won’t be as smoky smooth; something, I believe made him so goshdarn attractive – musically speaking of course. Would Pavarotti have had that boom of a voice had he lost about a hundred kilos? Would Barry White or Susan Boyle for that matter?   And B.B. King, what would the world of blues have become if – God forbid – arthritis or a grim finger snatcher had afflicted the darling guy?  And I bet that if Buble stopped smoking, he’d sound like a girly version of Dean Martin, from whom he gets so much inspiration.  For some, maybe, losing everything is what gets them to where destiny intended them to be. Take other love of my life Jimi Hendrix for example; he had to die before he got the recognotion he trully deserved. I mean, nothing beats a posthumuous rock n roll hall of fame induction. And as they say imitation is the highest form of flattery. I agree because Jimi is by far one of the most covered musicians of all time. Talk about a musical poltergeist invasion.  Now let’s talk Whinehouse. I gather that the absence of drugs in her life really messed things up for her. It affected her performances, the way she looked, her marriage even.

About Jimi

ABOUT JIMI AND BEING DEAD  It is too bad that I can’t die and go the stoney heaven … or hell in which all rockstars reside, jam with them for a while, ask them if they died intentionally. Ask what it’s really like up there, and what was so bad down here that they would rather die young and miss out on all that life had to offer them. Ask Jimi what it felt like to be so worshipped for his tormented lyrics and left hand-up side down playing technique? Because we all know it was not the voice that got him recognized. He had things to say. He said them. But his guitar had a lot more to do with his making it through. But what if I could. I would write a story that started thus; my day with the ghost of Jimi Hendrix.  It was back when black men would get killed just for being black. And this one, he showed the world that talent had nothing to do with skin color.  This one created work that transcended race. His work was more spiritual than any church hyme I ever heard sang by a choir of prepubescent boys. He showed the world what being a Zeus was of the musical genre was.

The insanity of Humanity

All of humanity is psychologically disturbed…Every last one of us. Some more than others.

What does insanity make you do?

For example, what makes a matatu tout look you up and down to determine your worth; does he maybe feel wealthy by association, cool by association. Or is he ‘calling the wealth’ by being around the wealthy-looking, and ‘kicking poverty to the curb’ by keeping the ordinary and down-right poor at arm’s length? If he does this for 20 years but remains the same old tout trying to be something he’s not, then is it really working?

It’s insanity. He’ll never get what he doesn’t work for.

What is it that makes me want to slaughter a stranger, his entire family and everyone he’s ever spoken to because of a highly innappropriate pat he gave to my back? It might have been unconscious but it’s effect wasn’t dulled nonetheless. And the answer to that is – because I’m insane.

What makes a murder committed by a Pregnant Woman a non-crime. The imbalance of chemical secretions; especially those that make the monster in the mother take over to protect her offspring.

What makes you help a total stranger, take his hand, invite him into your house, feed him and send him on his way knowing very well he might be the death of you? it’s that part of insanity that makes you hear voices – when there are none – telling you that doing this particular good deed will bring you good fortune.

What makes one want to guard their lives from hurt and danger when they’re going to die anyway?

Gibi Fire Claims 30 human lives and destroys harvests


Photo | AFP - Gibi Village in the aftermath of a fire that killed 30 people , destroyed homes and harvests. Gibi is in Gibo East's Kala Province.

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A fire yesterday spread through the Gibi Village of Kala Province, killing thirty people and injuring more than 100.

The badly injured were rushed to Kala Referral Hospital, while those with minor injuries were nursed on site by Red Cross Medical Personnel.

“We have at least 30 survivors of the fire admitted here,” said the Hospital Chief Resident, Raul Molopa, “But most of them are in stable condition.”

More than 20 of the Village’s thatched homes were also destroyed in the blaze, along with maize and sorghum harvests that the villagers had stored in silos.

The fire, according to Kala Fire Department Chief Alan Miruki began when a gas leak occurred within the village biogas project, and was exacerbated by a nearby open wood fire.

Mr Miruki insists that had it not been for Gibo East’s bad roads, his firemen would have quelled the fire before it could do any serious damage.

Gibo East president Mwalulu Mwalala has sent his condolences to the bereaved and declared a three day mourning period.

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YESTERDAY’S (TIMELINES

A fire yesterday spread through the Gibi Village of Kala District, killing thirty people and injuring sixty.

11:00amLatest reports say that at least 40 injured have arrived at Kala Referral Hospital in 7 Police Land Rovers. More Details to follow

10:50amKala Fire Department Chief Alan Miruki  insists that had it not been for Gibo’s bad roads, their trucks would have been there ten minutes after the outbreak of the fire

10:45amA call to the K

ala Police Boss Stephen Owenguni reveals that the problem is even bigger. 30 people confirmed dead, 10 among them children and the elderly. At least ten thatched residences have been razed. The fire department is yet to arrive but Mr Ownguni confirms on hist two-way that the firetrucks are on their way.The injured are being rushed to the Kala Referral Hospital. The fire, says Mr Owenguni  is suspected to have started when gas leaked from the village biogas project, and was exacerbated by an open wood fire, also at Gibo’s communal kitchen.

10:40am – Reports from Eastern Gibo say that at least ten people are feared dead in a freak morning fire in Gibi a remote village of Kala, Eastern Gibo republic. .