Education

Too Cool For School?

Forget going back to school. Our world is wired to be lazy and seek instant gratification. Make something to satisfy it instead.

Superstition Ain’t Bad Till it Fools You

We don't have a four or a thirteen in our building. Elevator buttons, I mean. The elevator panel doesn't have them. And before you yawn and say, "yeah, so what?" think about this for just a second...

Don’t (Strategically) Throw Out Your Vote, Alberta

I'm seeing several left-leaning Albertans considering a vote for the right-wing Progressive Conservative Party just to stop the insane but popular, ultra-right-wing Wild Rose Party from winning the upcoming Alberta provincial election.

Nashville. The Equation.

Day 161 What makes a city worth settling in? We pondered that question in Nashville. We spent two days (in the rain no less) pondering that question and here’s what we came up with.1. A city worth settling in has…

Thoughts on the Creative Career

Thank the universe that Ze Frank is around to remind us how untameable the creative beast is and how to deal with it. I'm keeping this video close by.

Ash Beckham Takes Back The Word “Gay”

A poignant lesson about how, "that's so gay" when something is not homosexual, is pretty dumb. I mean stupid. I mean--god damn, are there any words I can use that didn't originate as pejoratives?

Compliance

Frank Bruni published a column on this interesting new independent film based on real-life-events. It's not exactly a review, but digs into the film's underlying message. "People routinely buy into outlandish claims that calm particular anxieties, fill given needs or…

Journalists Frame The Language of Truth

Jim Harris of the Huffington Post has something to say. And what we hear depends on just how he says it. We know journalists shape the message they wish to convey using the complexity of language: nuance, innuendo, critical tone,…

Neil DeGrasse Tyson at the 28th National Space Symposium

Neil DeGrasse Tyson's inspiring call to reignite the hearts and minds of America through space exploration. One of the greatest speakers of our time at his very finest. Found via the Fight For Space Kickstarter project. This documentary looks fantastic.…

Learn A Language in 90 Days

What's crazy about learning a language is that we think we can simply read some words on a page, spell them a few times, and then know the language.

Colour Me Impressed: Chromatic E. Coli

We've all stared into the toilet bowl with pride a time or two, but imagine you could actually get something useful out of that riveting experience.

What Happens When You Mention Sexism & Video Games?

Sure, Youtube comments can get pretty nasty. Yes, tweets can be cold, but never in my life have I seen the kind of backlash Anita Sarkeesian, feminist and recent Kickstarter success story received after launching her campaign to illuminate sexist…

Measuring the Universe

The simplest explanation of measuring just how fucking far the rest of the universe is from us.

Girls: Why Religious Men Fear You

A razor sharp article reinforcing fear of women's power as the thing that keeps religious men attempting to subvert them. Will stop your breath.

Please Vote For Me

With the Alberta election only heartbeats away, it felt bittersweet to post this 2007 trailer. I first saw Please Vote For Me, a film about third-graders in China voting for their first class monitor ever, while finishing a World Education…

Mr. Rogers Has A Documentary??

Mr. Rogers, the loveable hipster-before-hipsters-even-existed; a cardigan-wearing child entertainer who after years in the biz has left us behind with a legacy. Even though he always frightened me as a child—his sick-sweet voice gave me the prickles—I’d still see this…

Vic Toews; Public Safety Minister. Liar.

Open Media has been backing up Canada’s public interest regarding online and cellular communications since these concerns started heating our country up. They keep us informed and expose the latest tele-debacles on their site and via online campaigns. This particular…

ReCivilization with CBC’s Don Tapscott

Don Tapscott walks us through the death of industrialization in an excellent four part series Here’s the first of four. Turning The Media Inside Out Our systems are failing: from the death of printed media, to our broken financial system,…

Project Unbreakable *Trigger Warning*

This site is truly heart wrenching. Victims of sexual violence display the words that their attackers used on them during their abuse. I was surprised and uplifted by the number of men that chose to take part of this. Sadly,…

Changing Education Paradigms

The fundamental structure of our education system is so out of touch with modern society, that sometimes I find it astonishing that we’re still able to progress as a civilization. Maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration… I’m not so…

The Story of Stuff Podcast

Our favourite environmental vigilantes, The Story of Stuff, now have a podcast. We’ve posted a couple of their videos in the past, and are huge fans. You’d be hard pressed to find another organization that manages to communicate complex social…