Adrian David Cheok at DMC International Symposium

Adrian David Cheok (Professor of Graduate School of Media Design, Keio University) visited Korea on an invitation from the host of DMC 10th International Symposium on 13 September 2012.

This symposium invited renowned media artist and scholars to discuss the near future of emerging cities, and question values and conditions of media technology in new cities.

The audience was excited by his speech with interesting video clips.

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Conducting a life audit. All human systems tilt towards messiness. In the same way that our desks get cluttered without us ever trying to make them cluttered, so our lives get cluttered as well-intended ideas from the past pile up. Most of these efforts didn’t come with an expiration date. Once adopted, they live on in perpetuity. Figure out which ideas from the past are important and pursue those. Throw out the rest.

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Phase 1: When we really have clarity of purpose, it leads to success. Phase 2: When we have success, it leads to more options and opportunities. Phase 3: When we have increased options and opportunities, it leads to diffused efforts. Phase 4: Diffused efforts undermine the very clarity that led to our success in the first place.

Professor Adrian David Cheok from Keio University, Japan attempts to reduce the gap of tacit knowledge transfer and defy the law of geographical separation with his ground breaking sensory research on E-Tasting, E-Hugging, E-Kisses, E-Lunches, E-writing (by activating senors embedded in electronic paper). Impressive video demonstrations at the Keynote Address — at Il Canale dell’Almanacco della Scienza, del Cnr.

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Sal Khan’s 2012 MIT commencement address

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Remember that real success is maximizing your internally derived happiness. It will not come from external status or money or praise. It will come from a feeling of contribution. A feeling that you are using your gifts in the best way possible.

Khan Academy founder Sal Khan’s 2012 MIT commencement address, a fine addition to the season’s best and a complement to some of the most timeless graduation speeches in modern history, including David Foster Wallace, Ellen DeGeneres, Aaron Sorkin, Barack Obama, Ray Bradbury, J. K. Rowling, Steve Jobs, Robert Krulwich, Meryl Streep, and Jeff Bezos.

Start every morning with a smile — even a forced one — it will make you happier. Replace the words “I have to” with “I get to” in your vocabulary. Smile with your mouth, your eyes, your ears, your face, your body at every living thing you see. Be a source of energy and optimism. Surround yourself with people that make you better. Realize or even rationalize that the grass is truly greener on your side of the fence. Just the belief that it is becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

View stressful, political interactions as nothing more than a deeply immersive strategy game. One that can be won if you stay focused on what matters most and your emotions and ego are not tied to your argument. 

If you find yourself arguing with someone whom you respect and love, try to surrender your own ego to the shared identity you have with that person. In the heat of an argument, do the opposite of what your pride tells you to do. If you have the self-control, stop talking and give your opponent a random, intense minute-long hug.

Make people feel that you care about them. And here’s, a well, a little secret, the best way to do this is to actually care about them.

Make people feel that you are listening to them. Another little secret, the best way to do this is to actually listen.

When you gain or lose material things, remember how silly they really are. How little they mean relative to your health and relationships.

When you feel stressed, look up at the night sky and ponder the distance to the next star and the age of the universe. Think of all the other stressed sentient creatures from other star systems and galaxies looking out in the vastness of space in wonder and awe and take comfort in your shared experience. 

When you feel overwhelmed, walk alone through the woods and forget your name, your title, your education and view yourself for what you really are — another mammal wondering why it is here but appreciating the fact that your civilization has not as yet been evaporated by a supernova. 

Try to build true empathy. Regardless of your actual spiritual beliefs, it is sometimes helpful to imagine that time is not linear; that in past or future, or I guess parallel life, you literally are, have been or will be every person. That after this life, you will go back in time and be reincarnated as the person you are arguing with, or passing judgment on (and will then have to put up with the current version of you). 

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ACE 2012 Keynote Speaker David Levy

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There are almost no limits to the potential of digital technology in the field of entertainment. Releasing all this potential will ultimately create robots who will be our friends, lovers and lifelong companions. The ACE Conference will help to push forward the frontiers of knowledge in this enormously exciting area of scientific research.

ACE 2012 Keynote Speaker David Levy (via aceconference)

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Download all YouTube playlist videos in one step using a free software.

Recently I wanted to download YouTube videos for playing in a lecture. I found software which could do it one by one. However to download a playlist would take a long time. I came across a free tool which does the job very nicely. It is Free YouTube Downloader at this site:

I tried it and it worked very easily and could output mp4 files and also automatically create an iTunes playlist of the downloaded video files. There is also an entire suite of free video, mp3 and image tools by the same company – this is also very handy to have. I often find I have to spend time to find a tool to convert from one format to another and this suite could save a lot of time.

Here is a nice desktop tool that can download entire video playlists as well as individual Youtube videos in your computer in MP4, AVI and FLV format. You have to just paste the playlist Url and it will auto fetch all the videos in the playlist and save the videos in your computer in the format you want. (also read : Youtube Tricks ) Here are the complete steps involved to download an entire YouTube video playlist : 1. First Download and Install FreeYoutubeDownload. 2. Run the application and just paste the playlist url. 3. Select the folder where you would want to download the videos and hit the download button. All the videos in the playlist will be fetched one by one and then downloaded in your computer. The best thing about this free utility is that you can select the file formats (AVI, FLV and MP4).The only downside is that you cannot resume your download if you quit in the middle. Written by Amit Banerjee on Friday, November 6th, 2009

Download All the Videos of a YouTube Playlist

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Intaxication: n. euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.

Derek Abbott, Dictionary of Funny Neologisms
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