Machines should work and people should think.

There’s so much to notice and comment on in this short video, made by Jim Henson for IBM back in 1967. Yes, the same Jim Henson who created the Muppets. This video was made two years before Sesame Street debuted on TV.

A few things I thought while watching this:

  • I wonder if Henson intended to make the people seem robotic in their delivery.
  • When the types of professions are listed, why is it that the only profession represented by a woman is teacher?
  • Did IBM not think that this video seemed a bit insidious?

Read a little more about this video: “Jim Henson Wanted to Free Us From Paperwork” (from Atlas Obscura)

And the video has an IMDb page.

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To do

Two things I found that I hope will inspire students as we move into longer research projects in many classes. You can be more than you think you can; you can do more than you think you can. Be curious.

From Open Culture: Leonardo da Vinci’s “To Do” list is amazing. At first it might make you feel lazy, even if you’re as busy as I think you all are. But I hope it also inspires. His intellectual curiosity is boundless. And he knows what he knows and what he doesn’t know, and he’s not afraid to ask experts. I want you to do the same.

From Mental Floss: 8 musicians who are brilliant in other fields, too. Talk about “renaissance men”! (I do wish they’d highlight some women in this list, too. Maybe that can be a research project idea for someone? Find some female musicians or athletes and also scientists, for example).

Anyway, these men continue to write and play music, while at the same time studying other things.

This is Brian May, the guitarist from Queen. 10 years ago he got his PhD, and he’s since written two books about space and helped NASA when they sent a probe to Pluto.

This is the lead singer/songwriter of The Offspring (remember them? Saw them in concert in Tokyo ages ago). He just got a PhD in molecular biology and he’s doing research into HIV and AIDS.

“The saddest saddo sailing on the sea of sadness”

There are tons of articles and videos and books that tell us how we can be happier, and regular lists of the “happiest countries in the world”. But as I heard someone say the other day, it’s often easier to avoid things that make us unhappy than it is to pursue things that supposedly make us happy.

So here’s a video from CGP Gray about how you can be miserable. How many can you avoid?

Funny:

  • “Be the equivalent of a human pile of laundry.”

A good acronym / mnemonic device:

  • VAPID goals vs. SMART goals

To help you study

Here’s a purring cat to help you study for your exams.

A couple of comments some of you may relate to:

“This is so nice to listen to at work when I miss my cat. It really helps me focus, too; it’s white noise without being too “white noise-y.”

“I’m a freshman in college who isn’t allowed to have my cat on campus. Back home, my cat really helped calm me down after a panic attack. Sadly, that happened a few times since I’ve started college, and it has taken me much longer than it should have to calm down. Now, I’m crying listening to this purring cat, because I finally have a way to calm down after a hard day!”

🐱Have a purrrrrfect weekend 🐱