Sunday, August 29, 2010

Khan Academy

Just read this Slashdot article about how Bill Gates has been signing the praises of the Khan Academy free learning website to the point of enrolling his own kids. Here is the description from the website itself:
The Khan Academy is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) with the mission of providing a world-class education to anyone, anywhere. Despite being the work of one man, Salman Khan, this 1600+ video library is the most-used educational video resource as measured by YouTube video views per day and unique users per month. We are complementing this ever-growing library with user-paced exercises--developed as an open source project--allowing the Khan Academy to become the free classroom for the World.
The overview of the library in the video below is really impressive. You can even sign in with your google account to participate.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

It's grippin' time

I just received a confirmation of shipment from MEC that my Delire Red Point Hang Station is on its way.  I can't wait to mount this thing in the basement and start working up my grip strength.  I found this cool video of the workout you can do with the board.  These guys aren't amateurs and it killed them.  I'll be lucky if I can get through the first set...

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Gone & Forgotten

As I walked in to work this morning, as per my usual route along the Lachine canal, I was listening to the latest This American Life podcast which was centered around the theme of super powers.  Act three of the show featured this great blog called Gone & Forgotten that focuses on failed comic book characters. I cruised the site for a few minutes this morning and it seems like there is some potential for some entertaining posts.  Wonder if anyone like Morrison would be inspired to try to revive any of these characters like he did with Animal Man?

Saturday, August 7, 2010

2010 Toronto Parkour Summer Jam

Awesome footage of the 2010 Toronto Parkour summer jam.  Ahh to be young again.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

The Yes Men Fix the World

I just watched this documentary film a few days ago and decided to digest it a bit before writing something up.  The reason why?  I'm a little ambiguous about the effectiveness of the yes men's method of using identity correction as a means of shaming government and corporations into action.  On the other hand, most of the issues brought to light through these stunts are issues I would know very little about if it wasn't for this film. Additionally the final stunt in the movie featuring a special edition of the New York Times is truly inspiring.

from their website:
THE YES MEN FIX THE WORLD is a screwball true story about two gonzo political activists who, posing as top executives of giant corporations, lie their way into big business conferences and pull off the world's most outrageous pranks. This peer-to-peer special edition of the film is unique: it is preceded by an EXCLUSIVE VIDEO of the Yes Men impersonating the United States Chamber of Commerce. Because the Yes Men are being sued for this stunt, p2p is the only way that this film will get seen. Please spread the word!
The movie is legally available for free via torrent