Strands of Genius: September 9th
Curated by @rosiesiman + @faris.
- The DOTS conference was delightful - all great, short, talks, and, it was observed, almost every speaker has a newsletter, which is a thing nowadays, apparently. You can read live blog posts for each talk here - don't miss the Great Ormand Street professor who stole from F1 to save babies' lives.
- We met loads of nice people and learned interesting things [at DOTS], including the fact that 95% of the world's ATM / cash machines [we are bi-lingual] still run on WINDOWS XP.
- Abbey Road studios livestreams the famous road crossing the Beatles used for an album cover - because people are constantly trying to recreate it.
- We know a surprisingly small amount about how smell works. A new theory suggests that the olfactory bulbs use quantum mechanical tunneling effects to recognize smells. Yes, really. This and many other awesome ideas from At the Edge of Uncertainty - 11 Discoveries Taking Science by Surprise by Michael Brooks are all, well, quite surprising.
- Apparently Ghost Sex [having sex with ghosts] is a thing, and Kesha has done it. WHAT?!
- In other surprising news, it turns out that someone has bested Jimmy Fallon's talent of musical impressions! If you didn't catch Adam Levine on the show, you have to check this out. Amazeballs.
- We've just discovered Russell Brand's #Trews daily media analysis show on Youtube and it's rather good. He's certainly a figure who continues to evolve his thinking in the public eye, which is very admirable. [We met him at a party in Brooklyn once. He was really nice, despite Faris being a bit drunk and patronizing to him.]
- End the tyranny of email! This company allows employees to set their vacation dates and offer alternate people to reach out to with questions. Once in holiday mode, the sender of the email is notified and then - get this - the email is deleted, so that the recipient doesn't stress when he/she comes back from vacation. (Thanks, Bill Werde for sharing!)
- If you don't work at Daimler and/or your place of employment isn't into upgrading their email policy, might we recommend AwayFind? You can set important people or topics, and get real time alerts via SMS or push notifications or even via the Chrome browser. Here's why it works: Part of the stress of email is worrying you'll miss something important. (But then you check your email 5 bajillion times a day.) With AwayFind, you know all the important emails will find you ASAP.
- Apple is live streaming its own, as always highly anticipated live event, today. Such an obvious, and smart, thing to do.
- Umair Haque wrote a rather lovely essay about the difference between living and 'selfing' called YOUTOPIA.
- With the unfortunate celeb pic leak, and upcoming movie Sex Tape, the Daily Mail clears up some confusion about what the cloud is, by making it even more confusing and being incredibly patronizing at the same time.