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TEDxManitoba Analogies

Last month I had the opportunity to attend TEDxManitoba, an independently organized TED event at the Park Theatre. It was a day of inspiration drawn from the various speakers and the conversations with fellow attendees.

During each of the seventeen talks I scribbled down my thoughts in a notepad. During the week that followed, I tried to distill each talk down to one compelling analogy. These seventeen analogies are presented below (in italics), along with links to each video (follow the arrows).

Some of the analogies are direct quotes, others are summaries of what I personally took away from a talk. Out of context these analogies may have little meaning, so watch the videos. I’ve marked my favourite talks with a star (★).

Len Brownlie

Helping the Swiftest Be Swifter

Luck as preparation plus opportunity.

Frank Plummer

Is There Natural Immunity to HIV?

Sleepy immune systems as HIV immunity.

Shaun Loney

Poverty, Crime & Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Employment as transformative opportunity.

Phil Doucette

Between You, Me and Liberation

Forgiveness as freedom.

Rick Van Eck

How Video Games May Transform Education

Engagement as cognitive effort.

John Weigelt

Enabling Canada’s Economy Digitally

Prosperity gap as innovation gap.

Leslee Silverman and Columpa Bobb

The Moving Gallery @ the Edge of the Screen

Children as empathy glue.

Scott Stirton

Intelligent Buildings

The Manitoba Hydro building as camel.

Hannah Taylor

A Cold Walk in Shoes Without a Home

Change as caring in action.

Terry MacLeod et al.

Finding Life Beyond the Gang

Gang life as MPR (Money, Power and Respect).

Les Foltos

Peer Coaching: 21st Century Teacher Skills

Colleagues as co-learners.

Bernard McCoy

Social Entrepreneurism for the 21st Century

Love as seeking the good of others.

Terry Godwaldt

DeforestAction: Global Project Based Learning

Authentic tasks as education.

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The following talks (the first four of the day) are not available due to an internet hiccup.

Robert Sawyer - Creating the Future ★

Consciousness as networked complexity.

Nicole Buckley - Canada Alive in Space

Space research as aging research.

Kerry Stevenson - How 3D Printing Will Change the Way You Think

3D printing as slow motion teleportation.

Karen Letourneau - A Breakthrough in Prenatal Ultrasound ★

Simplicity as the other side of complexity.

2011-03-15 11:24:51

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The Kirkbride plan for mental hospitals consists of sets of enormous, symmetrical, staggered wings, like a bat made out of lego. Men are on the left and women on the right in sections that radiate from the main entrance for increasingly violent or incurable patients.

Early mental institutions where patients had to pay for their own incarceration would also vary in class (rich to poor) on the y axis. The staggering of the wings ensured the flow of air through each, purging them of diseased vapors perhaps, such was the Victorian obsession with fresh air.

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Thermostat Wiring Protip

When upgrading an old 2-wire mercury-switch thermostat to a digital one, connect the existing wires running from your furnace to the W and RH wiring posts in the new thermostat.

For two wire systems, the thermostat is simply acting as a relay. This means you don’t need to worry about the polarity. However, convention states that you should connect the white/red wire to W and the black wire to RH.

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“EXIST” by Kelly Mark

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Portage Avenue looking West. Winnipeg.

Via: Old Winnipeg Postcards

Also: Unusual Manitoba, 70s Manitoba, 1950 Flood, Manitoba Heritage Sites

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Winnipeg Quiz: Where was this 1950’s 1909 photo taken?

Update: Correct answer submitted by AH.

The location is McDermot Avenue, west from Main Street.

Photo Source: The Rise and Sprawl

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Everything is a Remix: Part One, Part Two

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Winnipeg From Space

This photo was taken on January 11th by astronaut Paolo Nespoli on the International Space Station. There are many more amazing photos in Paolo’s Flickr Stream.

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Wally Glutton - A Chilly Draft

This is a track I started in 2004 but never finished. All the drum programming and synth work was done using Reason. The sample at the start is from the movie Donnie Darko.

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There Is No Movement Without Rhythm

Warning: This video is highly rhythmic. It may cause happiness and spontaneous dancing.

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This is happening right now inside every one of your trillions of cells. The replication and transcription of DNA/RNA reminds me of a Turning Machine with the DNA/RNA as the tape.

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