Sangria. A staple at many Vancouver summer barbecues (or winter anything), trips to Whistler, Sayulita, and wherever else drinkers enjoy the magic of transforming a cheap liter bottle of red wine into a delicious cocktail. There is no wrong way to prepare Sangria, but there is a best way
[Ray] Kurzweil believes that we’re approaching a moment when computers will become intelligent, and not just intelligent but more intelligent than humans. When that happens, humanity — our bodies, our minds, our civilization — will be completely and irreversibly transformed. He believes that this moment is not only inevitable but imminent. According to his calculations, the end of human civilization as we know it is about 35 years away.
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Like many new things in Bloomingdale, the plan to create a neighborhood-wide free wireless Internet cloud involves Big Bear Café at 1st and R streets NW. The problem: Though Big Bear hosts laptop-toting hordes, many neighbors lack home Internet access. The relatively simple fix: With a few dozen routers at $60 apiece—and access to the city’s fiber optic network—Youngblood et al could create a Wi-Fi cloud around 1st Street NW. “We just said, let’s start giving away free Internet,” Youngblood remembers.
When XM Satellite Radio went on air for the first time back in fall of 2001, it opened up the sonic floodgates to a vast array of unique and alternative music programming. One of those programs, Subsoniq, has since become a highly listened to and followed show. Satellite listeners relied on Subsoniq over the years to get their weekly fix of progressive hip-hop.
Open Source Ecology is a network of farmers, engineers, and supporters that for the last four years has been creating the Global Village Construction Set – an open source, low-cost, high performance technological platform that allows for the easy, DIY (Do It Yourself) fabrication of the 50 different Industrial Machines that it takes to build a sustainable civilization with modern comforts.
More broadly, the biggest change that I think will come is the ability to grow new tissues and organs, combined with the ability to implant machines in people. That’s something we’re seeing already, with people getting deep brain-stimulating implants to deal with epilepsy and with the installation of heart defibrilators. This combination – advances in biological tissues and further integration of humans with machines – has the potential to really change things over the next few decades. It could transform the way people look at life and aging.
From TED: Work-life balance, says Nigel Marsh, is too important to be left in the hands of your employer. At TEDxSydney, Marsh lays out an ideal day balanced between family time, personal time and productivity — and offers some stirring encouragement to make it happen.