Beyoncé samples Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TEDx message on surprise album

TED Blog

Beyoncé must love surprises. Because late last night, she unexpectedly dropped her fifth studio album, Beyoncé, on iTunes. It’s what she’s calling a “visual album,” and it features 14 songs and 17 music videos — including a song about her daughter, Blue Ivy, and guest appearances from husband Jay-Z, pals Justin Timberlake and Frank Ocean and her Destiny’s Child compadres Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland. But the highlight of the album (and yes, we are biased): The song “***Flawless,” which samples the message author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie delivered in a talk at TEDxEuston called “We should all be feminists.”

The song starts out with a sample of Ed McMahon of Star Search, announcing Beyoncé and her friends in the female rap group Girl’s Tyme back in 1992. From there, Beyonce croons — with strong language that will likely be objectionable to some — on the pressure women feel…

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Ode to Freud

Psychology in Photos

Sigmund_Freud_LIFEThe conscious mind may be compared to a fountain playing in the sun and falling back into the great subterranean pool from which it rises.

I would like my first post to be one from the father of modern psychology, Professor Sigmund Freud. Not only does this evoke images of beauty and serenity but it also alludes to the depth of the unconscious.

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the whole is only the sum of its parts

“I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.” 

Helen Keller

Road Trip Brain

renting a jeep & spending next summer doing this 💭

The Squeaky Robot

We sailed through California, Nevada, Idaho, Wyoming, and Utah, clipping Montana and Arizona along the way. No mind-numbing traffic, rolls of hay for days (each scene could’ve had its own frame, entitled The Great American Landscape), blocks of bright green surrounded by seas of waterless yellow, decrepit road-side shacks, small places with big stories, ordinary towns at the base of extraordinary mountains, deep red and pink. This was the America I hadn’t known.

We ended up spinning over 3700 miles of road in twelve days. Exponential tire rotations. Twelve tanks of gas. From San Francisco to DC, then practically back again. And yet it feels like nothing. One hundred miles pales to 1000. Before, as many as fifty would’ve been a big affair. Three hours in a car would’ve been a dozen lifetimes, now it’s cake.

They say comparison is the thief of joy. Not for road trip brain. Time…

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A Real and Lasting Peace

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Seems as if supplying Syrian rebels with arms just isn’t enough. The United States government and its Western allies are about to use military force in the small Middle Eastern country. We have heard the drums of war for a long time – now as early as Thursday bombs may start falling on Syria.

Instead of a regime change, we are told, US military forces are just sending a strong message to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to (apparently) stop using chemical weapons. A humble, non-interventionist, foreign policy is no good – to be humanitarian we must bomb other populations. This rhetoric is being championed by a number of war hawks on the Republican side of congress as well, namely John McCain, Lindsey Graham and the newest war mongerer: senator Bob Corker.

What is being under reported in the US media, however, and what is likewise being pushed under…

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