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Homeopath, forager, chemist, networker interested in many other diverse things like the sharing economy, travel, science, botany, green energy, mindfulness, reading, sewing and more.

TED-Ed Periodic Table

This is a brilliant TED-Ed resource for anyone interested in the Periodic Table or Chemistry. The Periodic Videos team at Nottingham University have done short videos for each element so far discovered.The teamAll these videos are created by video journalist Brady Haran, featuring real working chemists from the University of Nottingham. See Periodic Videos for more about the team behind the films.

Click on the periodic table below or http://ed.ted.com/periodic-videos to find out all sorts of chemistry facts!

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If you like this the Periodic Videos team have started a new series – The Molecular Videos which features their favourite molecules and compounds.

Top 100 documentaries from Films for Action

I discovered Films for Action a while ago and can spend hours on their site watching fascinating documentaries or reading thought provoking blogs. They describe Films for Action as a community-powered learning library for people who want to change the world viagra generique maroc.

Over the last 8 years, they have watched hundreds of social change documentaries and cataloged the best of them on the site. There’s now so many that they decided to create a list of the very best 100 fims hand-picked for their quality, insight and potential to inspire positive change. The films cover a wide range of topics including finance, permaculture and gardening, food, energy, democracy and politics, war, happiness, community, education, architecture, media and more.

All of the films have been selected because they are either free to watch online, or can be rented online.  Click on the image below to see the list of 100 films.

100 films for action

Philosophers Notes

I love these Philosophers Notes book summaries from Brian Johnson.  I came across them a few years ago and must confess I ‘tested’ Brian when I first discovered them. You used to get a free book of your choice to try and I deliberately picked one I knew well to see what he made of it.

I chose ‘Loving What Is’ by Bryon Katie as my freebie and was very pleasantly surpised. I first read the book when I was doing a course in Focused Mindfulness with Absolute Specialists and learned about ‘The Work’ which is a very powerful technique she uses.

When I read the book there were several key points that stood out, but when I heard Brian’s summary he also picked out something else which I hadn’t initially realised was so significant, but after using the techniques for a while it was clear to me how important it was.Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

So.. I decided I liked Brian, his notes, and how his mind worked and signed up for them all!

There is absolutely loads of  free stuff on the Philosphers Notes website including podcasts and short video summaries of the books. You can get 3 free notes for signing up to Brian’s daily or weekly  email dose of inspiration so why not give them a try.

If you want access to everything he offers a brilliant deal of $10 a month for all the Philosophers Notes, 10 new notes a month as well as Optimal Living 101 videos on all sorts of topics like Procrastination, Confidence, Action, Optimism and much more.

I do get a bit of commission if you become a paid up member and find his site through this page.. but I wholeheartedly recommend what he does.

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The Fragile Framework – Climate Change

The Climate talks in Paris are currently going on .. and I came across this cartoon by Richard Monastersky and Nick Sousanis  on the Nature site which summarises past talks and what they are debating.

I am writing this in a week when floods, rain and strong winds have devastated parts of Northern England. In Honister Pass in Cumbria 341.4 mm (13.4 inches) of rain fell in 24 hours. Floods are also affecting Chennai in India and parts of Norway.. but nobody seems to be making the link between this abnormal weather and the talks in Paris. Climate is already changing.

Click on the images below to go to the cartoon or see the Nature website.

The Ecstacy of Wilko Johnson

The Ecstacy of Wilko Johnson is a  film by Julien Temple updating the remarkable story of the Dr Feelgood musician. Reflecting on his impending death following his diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, Johnson muses on the transformative power of mortality. Determined to live out his remaining months playing music, he records an album with Roger Daltrey in a mere eight days and embarks on a series of farewell tours. Yet, there is an unexpected twist in the tale, captured here by Julien Temple and interwoven with remarkable archive footage and music.

You really don’t need to be a Dr Feelgood fan or even know anything about Wilko. This is an extraordinary film about acceptance, humility, gratitude and one of the most powerful things I have seen in recent years.

click on the photo above to go to the film

I called it The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson because Wilko was able to describe how he could see everything in a very revelatory way. It’s like the medieval saints when they have the revelation of God and eternity, but in the head of an atheist.  Julien Temple

It is available to watch on BBC iplayer until Christmas Day 2015  but if you miss it the DVD will be available soon.

See more about the film at the website http://www.ecstasyofwilkojohnson.com/

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David Tennant explains Einstein

This is a brilliant short animation explaining Einstein’s Theory of Relativity in a way that anyone can understand. Even better, it is narrated by none other than David Tennant a former Dr Who!

A short film celebrating the centennial of Einstein’s theory of General Relativity.
EOIN DUFFY – Animation (http://eoinduffy.me/)
DAVID TENNANT – Narrator
WESLEY SLOVER – Sound Design
ANAIS RASSAT – Writer / Science Outreach / Communication (https://twitter.com/anaisrassat)
JAMIE LOCHHEAD – Writer / Producer

A WINDFALL FILMS production for the SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY FACILITIES COUNCIL

Eyes as Big as Plates

Well.. Eyes as Big as Plates is an artistic venture which could also be called  Old People With Things On Their Heads .. that really is it.  A fantastically quirky and captivating set of pictures that I love.

Eyes as Big as Plates is the ongoing collaborative project between the Finnish-Norwegian artist duo Riitta Ikonen and Karoline Hjorth. Starting out as a play on characters from Nordic folklore, Eyes as Big as Plates has evolved into a continual search for modern human’s belonging to nature. The series is produced in collaboration with retired farmers, fishermen, zoologists, plumbers, opera singers, housewives, artists, academics and ninety year old parachutists. Since 2011 the artist duo has portrayed seniors in Norway, Finland, France, US, UK, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Sweden and Japan and Greenland added to the list in 2015.

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Eyes as Big as Plates # Bengt II (Norway 2011) © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

Each image in the series presents a solitary figure in a landscape, dressed in elements from surroundings that indicate neither time nor place. Here nature acts as both content and context: characters literally inhabit the landscape wearing sculptures they create in collaboration with the artists.

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Eyes as Big as Plates # Astrid II (Norway 2011) © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

As active participants in our contemporary society, these seniors encourage the rediscovery of a demographic group too often labelled as marginalized or even as a stereotypical cliché. It is in this light that the project aims to generate new perspectives on who we are and where we belong.

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Eyes as Big as Plates # Agnes II (Norway 2011) © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

Don’t know about you but I really love that picture of Agnes 🙂

To see more like this check out the carousel of images or the Eyes as Big as Plates blog for their latest adventures!

Dalek Meditation

I don’t know who created the original but a friend spotted this dalek relaxation meditation on Devour.com and it made me laugh.. hope you enjoy it too.Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

Be warned.. this is meditation as you have never experienced it before!
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Validation

Validation is a short film by Kurt Kuenne . A fable about the magic of free parking. All about a parking attendant who gives his customers REAL validation — dispensing both free parking and free compliments.

It is only 16 minutes long but a brilliant short film with a roller coaster of emotions. It will make you smile, laugh and probably cry.. so grab a coffee and sit down and watch!