PBS LearningMedia

I just came across PBS LearningMedia, a very cool website partnership between PBS and WGBH Boston. They’re taking free PBS media content and adding a great discovery and filtering layer on the web that allows educators (or anyone, for that matter) to find compelling assets to compliment or supplement academic learning. The dorky side of me gets excited about this because I like PBS and I love learning. … Continue reading PBS LearningMedia

1 World Trade Center’s amazing elevator

I was reading the New York Times and came across this video of the elevator to the observation deck at the top of 1 World Trade Center. As the carriage rises (at 2,000 feet per minute!), the interior walls display a computer-generated view of the city of New York that rises in perspective. Not only does the CG vantage travel up in space to mimic … Continue reading 1 World Trade Center’s amazing elevator

Houston’s Memorial Day flood

It’s been surreal watching national news coverage of Texas’s flooding from the Memorial Day weekend. My hometown of Houston was hard-hit, especially the southwest side of the 610 Loop. Using Google and Twitter searching, I was able to find some pretty incredible photos and videos of flooding taken by local residents. Here’s a small sampling of what I found.

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Nick Hanauer: Inequality is bad for the rich

Check out this quite compelling TED talk from Nick Hanauer, an entrepreneur, investor, capitalist, and self-described plutocrat. Hanauer is a billionaire, but makes the case that trickle-down economics and rising inequality are especially bad for the rich. One claim he makes: Some inequality is necessary for a high-functioning capitalist democracy. The problem is that inequality is at historic highs today and it’s getting worse every day. And … Continue reading Nick Hanauer: Inequality is bad for the rich