stefan sagmeister on design and happiness [video]

the tedtalks are always inspriring and a great watch, (as i’vee said before…), but this one from stefan sagmeister has some more to it.

in his 15-minutes-talk he reveals a lot of stuff that makes him happy, culminating in some points that make him more happy than before.
seems that there are some very good points in this list.
i’ll try to stick to those for a moment, the points seem noteworthy!

– Complaining is silly. Either act or forget.
– Thinking life will be better in the future is stupid. I have to live now.
– Being not truthful works against me.
– Helping other people helps me.
– Organizing a charity group is surprisingly easy.
– Everything I do always comes back to me.
– Drugs feel great in the beginning and become a drag later on.
– Over time I get used to everything and start taking if for granted.
– Money does not make me happy.
– Traveling alone is helpful for a new perspective on life.
– Assuming is stifling.
– Keeping a diary supports my personal development.
– Trying to look good limits my life.
– Worrying solves nothing.
– Material luxuries are best enjoyed in small doses.
– Having guts always works out for me.


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microsoft photosynth [video]

the ted-talks are always a good source for inspiration and sometimes are just pure eyecandy and droolworthy innovations.
i’ve added them to my democracy-player but seldom take my time to watch all of them. the demo of photosynth and seadragon by Blaise Aguera y Arcas from microsoft research is amazing. now this should be combined with jeff hans multi-touch interface, and i’ll never leave my desk again…
sometimes even microsoft manages to do impressive stuff!

i couldn’t embed the original talk from, so i linked to the youtube-version. if you want to see the full eyecandy, go here:

microsoft provides a demo, so you can play with photosynth. unfortunately, the demo only on windos, so i might need to reboot to boot camp or see if [kju:] is capable of doing it…

[via basic thinking]

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the future of interfaces

jeff han [1] is a researcher at the new york university. he gave a talk at the ted-conference. if you’re a bit interested in the – possible – future of interface design, you have to watch the ~9 minute-long video below. it nearly blew my socks of, when i imagined how i could swipe through my 7000+ images on my hd like that. handling of big chunks of date seems to be really fun with that kind of interface.

and i also found mr. han quite entertaining. he has to talk really fast to get all the ideas and thoughts out quick enough, or his brain is gonna explode (pun intended…)

[1] bummer: while searching for his homepage, i found out, that i’ve already blogged him with with the same project… yeah well, talk about short attention span. but if you want, you can watch some other talks here.

[via democracys]