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Watch A Beatboxer Go Nuts With A Leap Motion

Pmmpt. Putuhchika pmmpt puh pmmpt. Is there any music more gutturally satisfying than that of a good beatboxer? A wind instrument might amplify and augment the vibrations of your mouth, but a beatboxer is a creator and amplifier in one.
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This is a really wonderful example of how awesome the gestural interface *could* be.

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Meet The Robot Turning Japanese Schoolchildren Into Master Calligraphers

Meet The Robot Turning Japanese Schoolchildren Into Master Calligraphers | Nerdism | Scoop.it
Nijiya Kurota's little hand grips a calligraphy brush dangling above a clean sheet of rice paper.The brush itself is being held dead straight, just as an expert who has spent years learning the art of "shodo" -- Japanese calligraphy -- would...
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Cool.

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Netflix Pulled Movie For The Nerdiest Reason Ever

Netflix Pulled Movie For The Nerdiest Reason Ever | Nerdism | Scoop.it
How do you say "whoops" in Klingon? Netflix removed "Star Trek III: The Search For Spock" from its site temporarily on Tuesday morning because there were issues with the translations of Vulcan and Klingon in the movie's subtitles, the company told...
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Definitely nerdy.

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Media for Thinking the Unthinkable

Presented at the MIT Media Lab on April 4, 2013. A personal preface: http://worrydream.com/MediaForThinkingTheUnthinkable/note.html For more information about…
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Bret Victor is brilliant. And so many of his ideas can be extrapolated into the realm of teaching pedagogy.

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Search Amazon Using Their New Pinterest-Like Interface, "Collections"

Search Amazon Using Their New Pinterest-Like Interface, "Collections" | Nerdism | Scoop.it

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Try searching Amazon using their new "Collections" interface.

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To Eat With Your Eyes: 40+ Delicious Food Typography Designs - noupe

To Eat With Your Eyes: 40+ Delicious Food Typography Designs - noupe | Nerdism | Scoop.it
Delicatessen and fabulous fonts are two sources of inspiration for me, and when they are combined, even better! In fact, it's really very clever to create beautiful typographical designs with food.

Via Rebeca Zuniga
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Food and typography = love.

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A Practical Chart Featuring Important Project Based Learning Terminology ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Practical Chart Featuring Important Project Based Learning Terminology ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Nerdism | Scoop.it

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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Interesting - quite a few different approaches to this learning format

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Mupeg's Project Notebook: T,E.D.

Mupeg's Project Notebook: T,E.D. | Nerdism | Scoop.it
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I am both completely creeped out by this and strangely excited. Be sure to watch the video at the bottom.

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Katie Salen on the Power of Game-Based Learning (Big Thinkers Series)

Katie Salen on the Power of Game-Based Learning (Big Thinkers Series) | Nerdism | Scoop.it
Katie Salen, executive director of nonprofit design studio Institute of Play, offers a look inside the ground-breaking school in New York City that she co-founded, Quest to Learn.
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I like it!

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7 Fascinating Maps Of The Internet

7 Fascinating Maps Of The Internet | Nerdism | Scoop.it
It may seem like the Internet is too enormous to try and map, but over the past few years, several parties have tried.
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Napoleon Dynamite - Kip's Wedding Song to Lafawnduh [HD]

But I still love technology... © FOX 2004 (RT @mbenzwaddupyall: http://t.co/u12HK55n3W i love technology)
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A classic.

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Gone Google Story Builder

Gone Google Story Builder | Nerdism | Scoop.it
Collaboration has gone Google. Create a story and then share your video.
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Not a very "big" tool, but it can be put to creative use.

 

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What You Need to Be an Innovative Educator

What You Need to Be an Innovative Educator | Nerdism | Scoop.it
Innovation isn't a matter of will.

Like most things worth creating, critical ingredients pre-exist the product. In the case of innovation in education, many of those necessary ingredients are simple
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A Bible Of Color Theory Is Now An App

A Bible Of Color Theory Is Now An App | Nerdism | Scoop.it
Josef Albers, one of the best-known painters and educators to emerge from the German Bauhaus, wrote The Interaction of Color in 1963, and it’s remained an art and design bible ever since.
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10-Year-Old Says 'Mario Kart' Helped Save His Grandma's Life

10-Year-Old Says 'Mario Kart' Helped Save His Grandma's Life | Nerdism | Scoop.it
Did "Mario Kart" save a Colorado family from disaster?
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"My first thought was actually, 'Is this a test or what?'" he said of the life-threatening experience.

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This Fun Tool Teaches Kids To Program With Pictures

This Fun Tool Teaches Kids To Program With Pictures | Nerdism | Scoop.it
Do you ever feel pressured to know how to code? With so much buzz surrounding DIY programming courses like Codecademy, Treehouse, and Code School, it’s easy to forget that the best way to learn something is to frame it as, y’know, fun.
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I'd teach everything with pictures if I could.

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How One Weird Trick Conquered the Internet

How One Weird Trick Conquered the Internet | Nerdism | Scoop.it
You’ve seen them. Peeking out from sidebars, jiggling and wiggling for your attention, popping up where you most expect them: those “One Weird Trick” ads.
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"The weirdest trick of all, of course, was getting anyone to click in the first place."

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How typeface influences the way we read and think

How typeface influences the way we read and think | Nerdism | Scoop.it

Last summer, CERN was on the verge of announcing a discovery so critical to understanding the basic building blocks of the universe that it had been given a divine name: The God particle.

 

The hunt for the Higgs boson was one of the most expensive and labor-intensive particle physics projects ever undertaken, and promised to answer the fundamental but elusive question of why our atoms stick together in the first place. And yet, when CERN researchers finally announced that they'd glimpsed the Higgs, the world's first reaction wasn't to cheer; it was to stifle collective laughter. The institution's scientists, cradling the most important scientific discovery of the decade, had chosen to present their findings to a breathless public using a peculiar font face: Comic Sans MS.

 


Via Daniel House
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Does this justify the time I spend choosing the right font?

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The Key to Cultural Innovation? Self-Love.

The Key to Cultural Innovation? Self-Love. | Nerdism | Scoop.it
Cultural Innovation can be defined as the process of moving ideas forward with the intention of seeing them manifest as operations, systems and/or platforms .
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How to Make the Perfect Hipster Logo in 6 Easy Steps | Wired Design | Wired.com

How to Make the Perfect Hipster Logo in 6 Easy Steps | Wired Design | Wired.com | Nerdism | Scoop.it
If you have an authentic, artisanal, handcrafted product, you'll need an authentic, artisanal, handcrafted logo to go along with it.
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Whoah. I have this one down pat.

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At Starbucks, AT&T is out and Google is in for Wi-Fi

At Starbucks, AT&T is out and Google is in for Wi-Fi | Nerdism | Scoop.it
The coffee chain operator has opted to use Google Wi-Fi to give U.S. customers up to 10-times faster network speeds. Read this article by Shara Tibken on CNET News.
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Thank goodness. AT&T is slow and I always feel violated when I realize how much I've paid for the data I use and how slowly I'm allowed to use it.

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Will the Leap Motion Controller change how we use computers? - The Guardian

Will the Leap Motion Controller change how we use computers? - The Guardian | Nerdism | Scoop.it
The Guardian
Will the Leap Motion Controller change how we use computers?
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One day.

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From Google Ventures: How To Hire The Best Designer For Your Team

From Google Ventures: How To Hire The Best Designer For Your Team | Nerdism | Scoop.it
Finding the perfect designer to join your team is tough--there’s no way around it. I’ve struggled for months searching for the right designer.
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I work with a team full of unicorns...

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