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Best of Ted Talks II

I have spent another week watching Ted speakers, artists and musicians and once again, here I have to present to you the best of the Ted Talks which I have found.  Hope you enjoy.

5. Ahn Trio: A modern take on piano, violin, cello

The three Ahn sisters (cellist Maria, pianist Lucia, violinist Angella) breathe new life into the piano trio with their passionate musicmaking. At TEDWomen, they start with the bright and poppy “Skylife,” by David Balakrishnan, then play a gorgeous, slinky version of “Oblivion,” by Astor Piazzolla.

4. Jason Fried: Why work doesn’t happen at work

Jason Fried has a radical theory of working: that the office isn’t a good place to do it. At TEDxMidwest, he lays out the main problems (call them the M&Ms) and offers three suggestions to make work work.

3. Renny Gleeson on antisocial phone tricks

In this funny (and actually poignant) 3-minute talk, social strategist Renny Gleeson breaks down our always-on social world — where the experience we’re having right now is less interesting than what we’ll tweet about it later.

2. Jacqueline Novogratz: Inspiring a life of immersion

We each want to live a life of purpose, but where to start? In this luminous, wide-ranging talk, Jacqueline Novogratz introduces us to people she’s met in her work in “patient capital” — people who have immersed themselves in a cause, a community, a passion for justice. These human stories carry powerful moments of inspiration.

1. Jamie Oliver’s TED Prize wish: Teach every child about food

Sharing powerful stories from his anti-obesity project in Huntington, W. Va., TED Prize winner Jamie Oliver makes the case for an all-out assault on our ignorance of food.

If you liked this post and want to see others like it, read: The Best of Ted Talks I, and Ted Talks: Musicians


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I Like Cold Beverages!

S.C. Barrus, S. Cody Barrus, Away and Away It’s true.  I do like cold beverages!  And so, when I caught myself, while driving, thinking about how much I actually enjoy cold beverages, I decided to blog about this love for 500 words or so.  Why, you ask.  Heh, I got nothin’ better to do.  Before we begin, be sure you take your shoes off, go to the fridge, grab your self a cold beverage, and listen to this song carefully, it’s important.


My Top 5 Non-Alcoholic Cold Beverages:

Rules are, there are no rules (except it’s got to be good cold).

5. Honest Tea – Even without the clever name, Honest Tea is the best premade tea drink you can get your hands on.  “Just a tad sweet” is their motto, which is good because I hate too much sugar, or even worse, too much high fructose corn syrup (if it’s made in a lab, don’t put it inside me).  Honest Tea has a ton of choices too, so if you are a fan of tea, you’ll likely find something you like here.

4. Prometheus Springs –  Are you feeling daring?  Try Prometheus Springs, I gave a sip to a girl at work and she shouted saying “It’s too spicy!”  Yeah, you read that right, a spicy cold beverage!  It is chalk full of a chili pepper extract called Capsaicin, which they claim has amazing health benefits.  I don’t know if it does, but damn does it make a unique and tasty beverage, one that’s perfect for these long winter nights.

3.  Dry Soda – Light and refreshing, Dry Soda is some pretty great stuff for those of you who are not fans of sugar, like me.  In fact, Dry Soda only has something like 4 ingredients all together.  My favorite flavor is Lavender (don’t judge me), but my wife likes Vanilla Bean.  With other flavors like Juniper Berry, Cucumber, Lemongrass and more, you are bound to find flavors you never expected to find in a soda here.

2. Reed’s Ginger Brew – That’s right, they don’t call it a soda, they call it a brew, which is perfect for Reed’s.  I love Ginger Beer (Or Ginger Ale, whatever you prefer), and nothing has more ginger in their beer than Reed’s.  Powerful, yet oh so satisfying, get the Extra Ginger if you are suffering from the chills or need some excitement in your life.  When I’m feeling good, I go pick up a four pack (they don’t sell them in six) for me and my favorite coworkers, I cannot recommend Reed’s enough!

1. Kombucha Wonder Drink – Let me prefice this by saying, I don’t make a lot of money, and Kombucha Wonder Drink is roughly $3.50 a bottle, yet I buy this drink over any other I have ever had.  Kombucha Wonder Drink is a tea that has been fermented, for health reasons I guess, but the taste reasons are good enough for me.  I prefer the Ginger Pear over all others.  I’m serious when I say don’t let the smell of viniger push you away from this delicious beverage, Kombuhcha is wholly unique and dreadfully tasty.  A warning though, there are many imitators popping up as of late, but none of them match up to Wonder Drink, not even Honest Tea’s comes anywhere near close.  Do not buy an imitator, go for the real thing.

Where to find these drinks: The best place to go when looking for a good cold beverage is PCC Natural Markets, however QFC is also good.  Whole Foods is probably too, but I don’t go there because they take my whole paycheck.

Dishonorable Mention – SAFEWAY:  You want a good drink selection?  Well then, do not go to Safeway.  Other than Pepsi and Coke products, pickings are slim.

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A Quote by Stephen Colbert

“Don’t be afraid to be a fool. Remember, you cannot be both young and wise. Young people who pretend to be wise to the ways of the world are mostly just cynics. Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it. Because cynics don’t learn anything. Because cynicism is a self-imposed blindness, a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt us or disappoint us. Cynics always say no. But saying yes begins things. Saying yes is how things grow. Saying yes leads to knowledge. “Yes” is for young people. So for as long as you have the strength to, say yes.”

Stephen Colbert, via Dave

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Yale – Free Online Video Courses

S.C. Barrus, S. Cody Barrus, Away and AwayFor those of you who frequent this site, you may have noticed something about me.  I love to learn.  I love to learn because it expands my knowledge of this crazy world we live in.  I love to learn because now a days knowledge is literally power, and because knowledge is now available free to the every man, which means we the people, with only a little effort, can be truly powerful.

Here is an ironic fact, I have learned more on the internet than I ever learned in college.  And the what I find on the net is not increasing in price by 25% a year.

In the ’60’s people opened their minds with LSD, today people prefer that their minds remain closed while they watch television.  Be strange, be weird, turn off that damned TV now and then and learn something.

Here’s a good way to start.  Free Yale Courses. You don’t have to pay a penny, and you too can receive one of the greatest educations that this planet has to offer.  You wont get that expensive slip of paper, but that’s all bureaucracy anyway, it’s the learnin’ that’s important.

They have free courses in Astronomy , Biomedical Engineering , Chemistry , Classics , Ecology and Evolutionary Biology , Economics , English , History , History of Art , Italian Language and Literature , Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology , Music , Philosophy , Physics , Political Science , Psychology , and  Religious Studies .

My advice, take is slow and take one class at a time, one or two lectures a week.  No need to rush, but as long as you are even passively participating, you are progressing, and life is all about progression.

Related Posts: Ted Talks: Writers, Ted Talks: Musicians, Books Should Be Free, Book of the Month Club

Farewell from S.C.B.

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Ted Talks: Writers

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S.C. Barrus, S. Cody Barrus, Away and AwayLast week I highlighted a few musicians from Ted, my favorite web site on all of the internet, if you haven’t yet checked it out, be sure to.  Just watching one video from Ted a day will make you more educated, informed, cultured, and perhaps interesting in casual conversation.

Over the past week, I went back through some of my favorite ted talks by writers or about writing, and I have found the three best ones out there, one which was posted just this week.  These videos can be a bit long, so I’ll put them in order of length so that you can judge your time wisely.

This first video is of poet Suheir Hammad.  To describe the power of this video, allow me to share this brief anecdote.  While watching Ted Talks, I’m often doing other things at the same time, such as cleaning or doing the dishes, menial tasks so I can stay focused on the speaker but be productive at the same time.  While listening to Suheir Hammad, I literally stopped in my tracks because it took my breath away.  It was the feeling that you get when someone describes something perfectly that you’ve been feeling but were unable to articulate.  This video is special, heart breaking, and hopeful, all at once.  Don’t miss it.

This video is of the writer Elizabeth Gilbert, whom I have never read but I probably should.  She discusses the phenomenal success she achieved early in her career, and the stress involved in living up to that success.  She also discusses the idea of a genius in the ancient sense, which is facinating.

And last we have J.K Rowling talking about failure.  Ironic, I know, she having written the world wide movement that is Harry Potter.  For those of you who love her, this video will inspire you, she feels very down to earth and she goes into her past, back before she had more money than the Queen of England.  For those of you who don’t like her writing, I still suggest you listen.  She only discusses Harry Potter minimally, and her life before he success is fascinating.

Farewell from S.C.B.


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Ted Talks: Musicians

Let me preface this post by saying, if you have never been to Ted.com, what the hell are you doing here?  Go, now!  Ted is my favorite website on all of the internet, my home page when I open my browser, and there’s good reason for it.  Ted is nothing but videos of brilliant, passionate people talking about the things they love, be it science, education, research, music or literature.  If you’re up for it, here is a goal for you for the next week (I’m going to do it too): start your days off by watching just one video from Ted.  That’s it.  You will get smarter, you’ll become more cultured, more educated, and more entertained.

So, here in this post, I’ve decided to gather videos of many of my favorite ted musicians, and in future posts, I will gather a few of my favorite artists and writers, so be sure to check back for that.  Hope you enjoy yourself.


First we have Jake Shimabukuro who tries to convince us that “what the world needs now is ukulele” by playing Bohemian Rhapsody.


Next we have one of my favorite live musicians, Andrew Bird.  I mention live, because he uses a loop machine, which is fascinating to watch when used well by a talented musician, which he is, and he does.  Here we have three live songs and stories around them.  And believe me when I say, watching him run around stage picking up different instruments and whistling is supremely entertaining.

Now we are sliding closer to story telling as we have Robert Gupta, professional violinist and eloquent speaker.  He speaks of music as medicine, which it most certainly is.  He speaks of music as the catalyst which restores sanity, particularly the paranoid schizophrenic “charming, rugged, homeless” Nathanial Anthony Airs.

Now, there are many more musicians on Ted.com, most of them excellent.  If you find one you particularly like, be sure to share the link in the comments section below.  And, discussion on music ensue in 3,2,1….



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