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    OT: TED Talks

    Has anyone been watching these? Can you post couple of the best ones you've seen?

    Here are a couple of mine:

    http://www.ted.com/talks/john_hunter...eace_game.html

    http://www.ted.com/talks/kathryn_sch...ing_wrong.html
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    This one stuck out as one of the more interesting talks I've seen:

    http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/jo..._of_crows.html

    Lots of good stuff on the site.
    Now with more vitriol!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Godzilla
    This one stuck out as one of the more interesting talks I've seen:

    http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/jo..._of_crows.html

    Lots of good stuff on the site.
    Pretty sweet!

    One thing I notice is a lot of these talks are based on ideas gleaned from game theory. I think I need to look into that (game theory)...
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    This one has always been a great one.

    http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/pa...the_world.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by gearwhine
    This one has always been a great one.

    http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/pa...the_world.html
    Thank you! The hydrocarbon breakdown is cool, and may have applications to where I work. I noticed this talk is from '08. Here's something that was JUST posted (05/11) that's simiar:
    http://www.ted.com/talks/fiorenzo_om...he_future.html
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    JR's TED Prize wish: Use art to turn the world inside out
    http://www.ted.com/talks/jr_s_ted_pr...nside_out.html


    ...and this one, on topic even, ain't too bad either:

    Shimon Schocken's rides of hope
    http://www.ted.com/talks/shimon_scho...s_of_hope.html
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    .And following our will and wind . . .
    . . .We'll ride the spiral to the end
    and may just go where no one's been.

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    I love most of these talks. Some of the speakers come across as pretentious hipsters though. Reminds me too much of Boulder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MCS5280
    I love most of these talks. Some of the speakers come across as pretentious hipsters though. Reminds me too much of Boulder.

    So you love the content but hate the style? What place would you prefer the talks remind you of and in what style would you prefer it be presented in?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MCS5280
    I love most of these talks. Some of the speakers come across as pretentious hipsters though. Reminds me too much of Boulder.
    We, as people, seem like we're taking the turn that when someone is excited about what they do, and want to tell everyone about it...they're pretentious.

    Get over yourself and listen....especially if you like the content. We seem to worry more about presentation than content anymore.

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    Here's another one of those "pretentious" people from Boulder, talking about energy (my personal area of interest): http://www.ted.com/talks/juan_enriqu...ow_energy.html

    I had NO idea we left 2/3 of the oil in a reservoir...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pau11y
    The hydrocarbon breakdown is cool, and may have applications to where I work.
    Curious where you work. I work in the energy industry as well. I've worked in Denver for MarkWest Hydrocarbon, currently working in Casper, WY for a privately held company up there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jdub
    Curious where you work. I work in the energy industry as well. I've worked in Denver for MarkWest Hydrocarbon, currently working in Casper, WY for a privately held company up there.
    I work for an outfit that gets rid of chemical weapons...VX, HD, GA, etc. All of these are hydrocarbon variants...pesticides derivatives. When heat is applied (as in incineration), the C and H bonds fall apart and the material returns to its constituents and inert.
    The presentation suggest that fungus can also do the job and can, ironically, turn some of the deadliest chemicals ever conceived by humans into "islands for life." This intrigues me to no end!
    I was talking to my co-workers and they cite the only drawback...time.

    Edit: now, if there's a way to inject these fungi into the containers of these chemicals and turn them into giant flower pots...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jdub
    Curious where you work. I work in the energy industry as well. I've worked in Denver for MarkWest Hydrocarbon, currently working in Casper, WY for a privately held company up there.

    Interesting...I'm currently working on a project for MarkWest right now. Do they still have a Denver office?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gearwhine
    Interesting...I'm currently working on a project for MarkWest right now. Do they still have a Denver office?
    Yes, HQ is downtown Denver still.

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