TED talks and I’m listening

Are you familiar with TED talks? I know I wasn’t aware of them until one of the book podcasts I follow, Books on the Nightstand, mentioned them in connection with something bookish. That made the book nerd inside of me, finally look them up on the internet, and realize how much I was missing out on! TED is an acronym for Technology, Education and Design, and when the first conference was held in 1984 in Silicon Valley, those three areas were the basis for the talks and the conference, but things have changed a lot since then. TED’s scope is broader and more global now and since 2006 when free access to their videos became available online, there have been over 500 million views of these talks!

Quoting from their website, “The two annual TED conferences, in Long Beach/Palm Springs and Edinburgh, Scotland, bring together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes or less). “

There really is something for everyone, and what I really appreciate is the time constraint put on the speaker. This forces them to be succinct and grab your attention quickly. Not an easy feat I’m sure, but one that forces them to make every word count.

Recently my daughter made me aware that they have an app. It worked perfectly for my last long flight up to Alaska, because I was able to download half a dozen talks and then watch them on my Ipad with no wifi connection.

One of my favorite book related talks is this one by book jacket designer Chip Kidd,

and one of the most popular talks was by author Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that can’t stop Talking,

But I think my favorite (so far) is this one by Social Psychologist Amy Cuddy,

So, if you ever find yourself surfing the web and have 18 minutes or less to spare, you might just want to visit the TED site and see what they’re talking about!

Book Odds and Ends

Some Book Love on the web this week~~

Amazing book cupcakes by Victoria’s Kitchen!  Too bad they are located in the UK. By the number of hits and comments on their Facebook page, I’m not the only one that’s disappointed!

Bookshelf Porn is a photoblog loaded with amazing images of books. Books in libraries, books in bookstores and books on bookshelves. Check them out if you want to ooh, aah and drool over some pulp!

Book Dishes…they speak for themselves!

Book Fetish on Pinterest

English: Red Pinterest logo

My latest obsession is Pinterest. Another great internet time waster and a whole lot of fun! Another subject for another post!  Book Fetish is a board loaded with unusual book stuff from jewelry to clothing and everything in between.

So even though I’m going through a bit of a reading dry spell I still haven’t lost my love of books!

Underground New York Public Library

Underground New York Public Library

"The Art of Loving," by Erich Fromm

I just found this totally innovative bookish website today and I love it!  Created by photographer Ourit Ben-Haim,  she describes Underground New York Public Library this way:

The Underground New York Public Library is a visual library featuring the Reading-Riders of the NYC subways. This library freely lends out a reminder that we’re capable of traveling to great depths within ourselves and as a whole.

I’m Ourit. This is my current photography project. I’m fascinated by how we apply ourselves to stories and discourse. In so doing, we shape who we understand ourselves to be.
I’m just pleased to see that she is able to find so many riders reading the real McCoy and it gives me hope that e-readers haven’t taken over the world!

Takes the Cake!

Cake Wrecks

I spend a lot of time reading but I also spend way too much perusing the internet. During this time-wasting activity I’ve come across some pretty darn funny websites. One of the most delightful is cakewrecks.com. Basically it consists of pictures of totally ugly, messed up cake disasters crafted by supermarkets and discount chains.

Who ever thought cake could be so darn hysterical?