China 2010, Ep 67

- Christine Lu

China 2010, Ep 67

The one-child policies of China has had some profound impacts on the country. Each child has two parents and four grandparents just to themselves. Christine brings us up to speed with some staggering numbers about China as of 2010.

Bio:

An entrepreneur working on a Chinese luxury, travel and social network. Follow her on Twitter at @christinelu.


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Do Your Friends Make You Fat?

- James Fowler

Do Your Friends Make You Fat?

YES! Using multiple real world networks such as the Framingham Heart Study, James has been studying collective health behaviors. He and a partner came up with hard data showing that friends can have a strong influence on health behaviors and emotional outcomes. In this talk James explains how we can use that same power of influence for positive results. Distributed by Tubemogul.

Bio:

James Fowler is a Professor in the School of Medicine and the Division of Social Sciences at the University of California, San Diego. For 2010-2011 he has been named a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation.

James's work lies at the intersection of the natural and social sciences. His primary areas of research are social networks, behavioral economics, evolutionary game theory, political participation, cooperation, and genopolitics (the study of the genetic basis of political behavior). His CV is here.


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THE GREAT CIRCLE OF COSMIC WEIRDNESS

- Matt Harding

THE GREAT CIRCLE OF COSMIC WEIRDNESS

Matt (AKA Where The Hell Is Matt) uses a combination of Jim Alison's research on Great Circles and the Piri Reis Map to propose his theory on a possible location of Atlantis.

Bio:

Matt is a 32-year-old deadbeat from Connecticut who used to think that all he ever wanted to do in life was make and play videogames. Matt achieved this goal pretty early and enjoyed it for a while, but eventually realized there might be other stuff he was missing out on. In February of 2003, he quit his job in Brisbane, Australia and used the money he'd saved to wander around Asia until it ran out. He made this site so he could keep his family and friends updated about where he is.
Matt later made several videos of himself dancing around the world. They are pretty awesome.


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Ignite Portland 8

Why Wikipedians are the Weirdest People on the Internet

- Steven Walling

Why Wikipedians are the Weirdest People on the Internet

Wikipedians. They're the people who actually write that free online encyclopedia you use every day. But who are they?

Wikipedia isn't written by the staff of a company or paid experts. It's written by thousands of unpaid volunteers.

Though anyone and everyone can make an edit to the site, there's an elite (read: obsessed) cadre of people who regularly give up their free time to write an encyclopedia. If you thought 4chan was weird, wait till you meet the Wikipedians.

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Ignite Portland 8

5 Behaviors That Will Keep My Hot, Smart Friends From Dating You

- Beverly Fields

5 Behaviors That Will Keep My Hot, Smart Friends From Dating You

Exactly what the title says. Approximately one minute each on such things as:
1. Thinking you are smarter than she is
2. Believing your great personality will make a supermodel love you.
3. Asking 14 times after she has said no for the 27th.
4. Failure to comprehend "consensual"
5. Being a complete asshat

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Ignite Portland 8

How to Write Sketch Comedy

- Scott Rogers and Bob Ladewig

How to Write Sketch Comedy

Bob and Scott will provide instruction on how to write sketch comedy from brainstorming a premise, putting it through its paces with improv and finding the right POV for the sketch to setting up the jokes, finding the characters and knowing when to drop the curtain. They will do this without the benefit of a licensed pyrotechnican or pants.

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THE POMODORO TECHNIQUE, Ep 61

- Greg Head

THE POMODORO TECHNIQUE, Ep 61

Greg explains how he uses this technique to enable short bursts of useful concentration amidst his busy, distracted and multitasking life. Distributed by Tubemogul.

Bio:

Greg Head consults with entrepreneurs and CEOs of growing companies to create successful marketing and growth strategies for their businesses. He has grown two startup companies into successful businesses and global brands. He lives in Scottsdale, AZ where he advises and invests in promising technology companies.


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My, Your, Their Data SUCKS by Paul Ramsey, Ep 60

- Paul Ramsey

My, Your, Their Data SUCKS by Paul Ramsey, Ep 60

Where is here? That place on a map is relative to a road line, which was digitized on a 5-years-ago satellite image, which was ground referenced to an existing road intersection, which was captured 35 years ago from an aerial photo, which was ground referenced to a control point, which was optically sighted relative to mountain-top control points, which were first occupied 150 years ago. Distributed by Tubemogul.

Bio:

Paul is an internationally known geodata expert. You can follow his musings at Clever Elephant.


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Wednesday, August 4, 2010 - 19:00
Neighborhood Theatre, 511 East 36th Street, Charlotte, NC, 28205, US,

Do You Think While You Drink?

- Tom Mansell

Do You Think While You Drink?

Tom helps us appreciate the science of wine and proves that even 2 buck chuck can pass as a $50 bottle.

Bio:

I’m a PhD candidate in Chemical Engineering at Cornell University. When I came to Ithaca, I promised myself that I would take this unique opportunity to learn as much as I could about wine in the heart of the 3rd biggest wine-producing state in the US. He writes about wine at Ithacacork.


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