Beyond the novelty of a “talking piano,” the science of how normal pianos work plus the science of how Chopsticks “talks” – as well as playing the world’s most complicated piano solo – is fascinating.
Here’s your fun science video for the day.
The video doesn’t mention it, but this is how Ironman does it.
I missed out on my usual DST rant, but found this lovely video, instead:
Very intriguing TED Talk. Dated September 2009, but still very relevant and relatable.
Takeaway: People don’t buy what you do, they buy WHY you do it.
Well worth the watch – One of my pet peeves is seeing “GMO- Free” on products that are nowhere near GMO on the production line.
The BEST way to be environmentally responsible is to PURCHASE LESS/USE LESS of the products that are harmful to the environment (think – no single-use water bottles).
The most recyclable and recycled packaging product. The past two years saw a jump in demand for cardboard boxes (due to COVID). The video below is an interesting history of the development of this product (16 minutes and a bit technical, but very interesting).
Conversation with a Treasure of Delphi, Dan McCain. I had the chance to catch up with him, recently, and we discussed Delphi history and the Wabash & Erie Canal history, which has been a life-long passion for him. He is only two generations removed from the Wabash & Erie Canal heyday, and was born and currently lives in his family home very near the restored section of the Canal. The importance of the Canal to the economic development of Delphi and Carroll County cannot be over-emphasized.
Please enjoy this 16-minute video about this important era in Carroll County and Delphi History.
I have always thought of myself as easily distracted – so much so, that I actually have implemented procedures into my life (particularly my work life) to help maintain (or, at least resume) focus. I am very aware of how technology (particularly portable devices) can pull my attention down a rabbit hole of lost time and productivity.
Check out the article by Johann Hari: Your Attention Didn’t Collapse – It was Stolen
This article from the Guardian dives into our society and increasing lack of focus. I certainly agree with his observations – everywhere I look, I see people immersed in their phones and disengaged from their environment. That’s not the sole problem, but it is certainly a compelling symptom.
On the flip side, I’m currently reading Extreme Productivity, by Robert C. Pozen. Perhaps I can find some more clues about focus to help me recapture and control my own attention span.