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The day the world changed

There is a moment in life when everything changes – not only for you but for the whole world. Sometimes you can call up the exact moment when it did happen but sometimes you have to think hard to recall the day. But it is there. The day that the world changed.

James Burke, the brilliant historian TV presenter, produced a series of videos to remind us of the memorable days in history that changed, well, just about everything for everyone. It is called The Day The Universe Changed.

Early on Burke suggested that “a forthcoming revolution in communication and computer technology would allow people all over the world to exchange ideas and opinions instantaneously.” Read more…

The bubbles

Recessions should be easy to remember because they hit so hard and so often. How many recessions do you remember? 2? 10? 20?

There have been hundreds of recessions and a number of depressions throughout history. In the United States, there have been 47 recessions since 1790.

The causes for recession are war or greed or both. The biggest culprits are private bankers speculating irresponsibly with other people’s money, as can be seen in the list of recessions. Economists Hyman Minsky and Richard Koo point the finger to debt accumulation by the non-government sector. Minsky put these culprits into three types: hedge borrowers, speculative borrowers, and Ponzi borrowers. Read more…

The Third Dog

While two dogs are fighting for a bone, a third runs away with it. Nowhere in the corporate world is this more true than with Monsanto, the multinational agricultural biotech giant. While the authorities and the public debate the ethical and health complications of Monsanto products the company is reaping profits. In the words of Phil Angell, Monsanto’s former director of corporate communications, “Monsanto should not have to vouchsafe the safety of biotech food. Our interest is in selling as much of it as possible. Assuring its safety is the F.D.A.’s job.” Read more…

Predictions by modern prophets

Some people predict future happenings with such accuracy that it is chilling. The predictions of Nostradamus, Mother Shipton, Siener van Rensburg, Edgar Casey and others still have the world talking. Mostly because most of their predictions – as are the prophesies of the Bible Books of Daniel and Revelations – are still to come to fruition.

Unfortunately, most predictions are about damnation, destruction and downfall. Thus, when recently made predictions became true within a very short while – a year or two – even the naysayer had to sit up and listen. Read more…

The story of Google

Some funny-sounding brand names have made it into history but not many got there because of misspelling. As was Google, which is named after the scientific word that refers to extremely large numbers, googol. The name was suggested by Sean Anderson – as googolplex – to Larry Page – who decided on googol – but looking up on the availability of the domain name Sean misspelled it as google. This interesting bit of history can be read on David Koller’s page at Standford University, where it all first began as BackRub way back in 1995. Read more…

History of oil

“Drill for oil? You mean drill into the ground to try and find oil? You’re crazy.”  Thus said the associates of Edwin L. Drake, refusing his suggestion to drill for oil in 1859. In that same year his 69-foot-deep oil well in Titusville, Pennsylvania delivered 15 barrels of oil per day.

Edwin Drake did not discover oil. Oil has been used in many places around the world since ancient times. Drake did, however, start the oil rush, a market which today is worth more in futures than it’s actual value. (A barrel of oil is traded some 27 times before it reaches its destination.) None – actual or futures – from which Drake would benefit; he died penniless in 1880. Neither would he be called The father of oil. That title went to Major Frank Holmes, the colorful New Zealander who established the first oil industries of the Middle East. Read more…

Did you know? video 4

Are you ready for the future? That is what educators Karl Fisch and Dr. Scott McLeod asked when they launched their first presentation of the “Did you know? Shift Happens” series of videos in 2006. Since, more than 30 million people have seen the videos, fascinated by the facts and figures about the fast changing media world and left thinking how the new world might influence us.

Did you know? 4.0, released in September 2009, presents some jaw-dropping statistics. Nokia produces 13 phones per second. More video material was uploaded to YouTube in 2 months in 2009 than if all the major US television networks have been airing new content continually since 1948. Credit for research on this video is given to Laura Bestler. Watch now. Know now! Read more…

Did you know? video 3

There are hundreds of “Did you know?” videos – many of which you can view on the didyouknow magnify channel. The most watched of those were produced by Xplane, a bunch of clever guys that used moving image media very effectively to explain how quickly the world of media changes. The “Did you know? Shift Happens” video series originated from the excellent project by educators Karl Fisch and Dr. Scott McLeod.

The video is food for thought. Watch it and consider your own position in the world at this moment. Are you moving with the times? Read more…

Did you know? video

“Did you know?” Say the phrase and you will catch an ear. It is one of the most used phrases in any language. And one of the most watched series of radio snippets and videos.

The first-mentioned was one of the world’s most syndicated radio prep shows, supplied by the producer of the didyouknow web site, the partner to (about). The “Did you know?” series of videos, produced equally marvelously by xplane, has been watched millions of times on their YouTube channel. The videos are thought-provoking; fun and serious at the same time. Simple but effective. Simply “Did you know?Read more…

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