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Why All Good, and Some Bad, Research Is Improbable: Marc Abrahams

Why All Good, and Some Bad, Research Is Improbable: Marc Abrahams

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Marc Abrahams, MC of the infamous Ig Nobel Awards and editor of the Annals of Improbable Research, focusses on research that makes you laugh, and then think! You’re never going to look at science research quite the same after his talk.

Becoming Your Own Banker, The Infinite Banking Concept

Becoming Your Own Banker, The Infinite Banking Concept

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Justin Bieber: Budding Venture Capitalist

Justin Bieber: Budding Venture Capitalist

The pop star is putting his money into tech startups like Spotify.

Rob Legato: The art of creating awe

Rob Legato: The art of creating awe

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Rob Legato creates movie effects so good they (sometimes) trump the real thing. In this warm and funny talk, he shares his vision for enhancing reality on-screen in movies like Apollo 13, Titanic and Hugo.

Rob Legato creates surprising and creative visual illusions for movies.

WHY YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO HIM?

Did we really see what we thought we saw? Rob Legato creates visual illusions for movies — thinking deeply both about vfx’s expanding tech power and the truly new creative processes that can result. Legato won his first Oscar in 1998 for his work on James Cameron’s Titanic, after several years in television supervising effects on two Star Trek series. His 2012 Oscar win for Hugo, the 3D film about a boy who lives alone in a Paris train station, underscores his fascinating partnership with Martin Scorsese — doing digital effects on documentaries and new classics like The Departed.

He’s worked with the big effects houses like Sony Imageworks and Digital Domain, but is now fascinated with the nimble new workflows made possible with digital tools. He designed the “virtual cinematography pipeline” that let James Cameron shoot Avatar like a feature film, not a software project. We know that fx can create new worlds — but how can these tools unlock new creativity?

This Is Your Life Laurel & Hardy

This Is Your Life Laurel & Hardy

A rare candid look at the two giants of movie comedy on the 1954 “reality” type television program, “This Is Your Life” with Ralph Edwards.

How Michael Jackson’s death unfolded

How Michael Jackson’s death unfolded

CNN’s Randi Kaye reports on the death of entertainer Michael Jackson and the ensuing investigation.

Stephen Voltz and Fritz Grobe: “The Viral Video Manifesto”, Talks at Google

Stephen Voltz and Fritz Grobe: “The Viral Video Manifesto”, Talks at Google

Our speakers are best known as the Coke & Mentos guys, but their specialty is finding creative ways to turn everyday objects into extraordinary things.

They’ve won four Webby Awards, two Emmy nominations, and their videos have been seen over 150 million times.

The New York Times called them “Hilarious,” and Rolling Stone called them “Wizards.”

They’ve written a new book, just released by McGraw-Hill, titled “The Viral Video Manifesto: Why Everything You Know is Wrong and How to Do What Really Works.”

 

My laugh must never be the reason for somebody’s pain – Charlie Chaplin

My laugh must never be the reason for somebody’s pain – Charlie Chaplin

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Colin Stokes: How movies teach manhood

Colin Stokes: How movies teach manhood

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When Colin Stokes’ 3-year-old son caught a glimpse ofStar Wars, he was instantly obsessed. But what messages did he absorb from the sci-fi classic? Stokes asks for more movies that send positive messages to boys: that cooperation is heroic, and respecting women is as manly as defeating the villain.

The director of communications for the non-profit Citizen Schools, Colin Stokes thinks deeply about the media he shares with his two young children.

WHY YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO HIM?

Colin Stokes divides his time between parenting and building the brand of Citizen Schools, a non-profit that reimagines the school day for middle school students in low-income communities in eight states. As Managing Director of Brand & Communications, Colin helps people within the organization find the ideas, words and stories that will connect with more and more people. He believes that understanding the human mind is a force that can be used for good and seeks to take advantage of our innate and learned tendencies to bring out the best in each other and our culture.

Before starting a family, Colin was an actor and graphic designer in New York City. He starred in the long-running off-Broadway musical I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, as well is in several musicals and Shakespeare stagings. But he jokes that he seems to have achieved more renown (and considerably more revenue) for his brief appearances on two Law & Orderepisodes.

 

Bloomberg – Charly Rose meets DAVID LETTERMAN

Bloomberg – Charly Rose meets DAVID LETTERMAN