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Somewhat weekly-ish round-up of cool stuff

  • First of all, get a load of this woman (Amy Walker). Talk about a talent!

  • This site should be your only source for your hamsters in a 12-pack (Ready to Eat), your koala bears and your baby seals:

    PetsOrFood

  • If you want to have a better university educational experience, encourage your professor to lie. Huh?

    Well, read this post on the Overcoming Bias blog. Essentially an economics professor would lie to his students at least once a lecture, and they were responsible for discovering it. He started out with easy lies, but they got harder and harder as the term went on. Because students were looking out for errors, they were MUCH more engaged than they would have been otherwise, and had a much better experience.

  • Earlier this week I caught a documentary on Richard Rogers, a Pritzker Prize-winning architect. His famous buildings include the Lloyd’s of London building, the Millenium Dome, and Heathrow’s new Terminal 5. He’s a fascinating person, and strangely enough I’m just two degrees of separation from him. (Friend of a friend/colleague.) Plus, I row past his practice’s headquarters every time I’m out on the river; it’s on the riverbank near Hammersmith Bridge.

    Anyway, I found one particular project of his that I had never seen before: the Bordeaux Law Courts. The building looks completely and totally unsuited for a courthouse, yet when they dug into it, the building really did make sense. Take a look at it here:

    BordeauxLawCourts-Blog.jpg

    Check out more photos in this article and more on the project at the firm’s website. Very cool!