I stumbled onto TED about 4 years ago. For those of you that don’t know, TED stands for Technology, Entertainment & Design. To quote from them: “It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from those three worlds. Since then its scope has become ever broader.” The premise of TED is to give speakers 20 minutes to share their ideas, talents or findings with the world. I have watched hours of TED videos in the past 4 years.
The other day I watched a talk by Barry Schwartz on the Loss of our Wisdom. It’s a great talk and speaks volumes about the state of our society. It’s well worth the 20 minutes.
Just tonight while flipping through TED talks on Tivo, I watched a great one by Larry Lessig: How creativity is being strangled by the law. As someone trying to put creative content out there, I think that it’s especially interesting. (He even references John Philip Sousa, so that makes it cool on it’s own right.)
One of my favorite all time TED talks is: Hans Rosling: Debunking third-world myths with the best stats you’ve ever seen
Maybe all it took was for me to officially close the door on 2008 for things to start looking up. People all over Illinois are dancing for joy as our nimrod of a Governor got arrested on federal corruption charges. See the details here: Rob says the f-bomb.
After reading most of the details of what he did, he makes George Ryan look like an amateur. But in all fairness, let’s look at all the good things he’s done for Illinois. He’s increased the income tax base of every state that surrounds Illinois as people and business’ have moved. He’s been successful in pissing off his own party more than the republicans ever could. And, boy, can the guy ever drop the f-word when he needs to.
After being in local politics and seeing the lack of support that his office gave to the citizens of Illinois, this could not have been better karma. I have still not yet found anyone that actually voted for him 2 years ago. I will continue to look.
In the meantime, good luck, Rod. As an asshole, you are number one with me!