Would the real Sherlock Holmes please stand up?

More than a century after first emerging into the fogbound, gaslit streets of Victorian London, Sherlock Holmes is universally recognizable. And yet many of his most recognizable features don’t appear in Arthur Conan Doyle’s original stories. Sherlock is a cultural text, repeatedly altered over time as each new interpretation becomes superimposed over those that proceed it. This means that Sherlock continually evolves, embodying ideas and values often far removed from those found in Conan Doyle. And after each particular story ends, Sherlock rises again, a little changed, perhaps, with a new face and fresh mannerisms or turns of phrase, but still essentially Sherlock, our Sherlock.

For a peek into the evolution of Sherlock, watch the TED-Ed Lesson Who IS Sherlock Holmes? - Neil McCaw

Animation by Lasse Rützou Bruntse


Tonight this was kind of funny
I’m a mixture of Ed (but I have daddy issues), Aileen, Jeff, and Ricardo haha


How polarity makes water behave strangely

Polarity can be a bad thing when we’re talking about politics or family drama, but it’s essential to the workings of the chemical world.

That’s especially true for water, whose uneven distribution of positive and negative charges is quite literally the reason that life exists in Earth. It makes everything from our DNA to proteins stay soluble, it helps balance the salts and minerals that are essential to our most core functions, and it’s a sidekick to almost every biochemical reaction.

And it’s not just essential on the smallest scale! Insects use surface tension to walk across its surface, and fish survive frozen winters thanks to its density. It’s no coincidence that water is the key ingredient for life. And it’s polarity that made it so.

Enjoy this lesson by Christina Kleinberg by TEDEducation. Try to overlook the fact that she says “wooter” :)


In 125 Years, Millions Of People Have Looked At This Painting. No One Really Saw It Until Now.


A quick history of smallpox – and its defeat.


“What happens in the brain that makes sugary foods so hard to resist?” An animated answer from TED-Ed and Nicole Avena, author of Why Diets Fail

Pair with a look at how long it takes to form a new habit and how to rewire your habit loops

(via NPR)


Three anti-social skills to improve your writing

Well, we know that many great writers of bygone eras were famously anti-social (I’m looking at you, Hemingway), so it should come as no surprise that anti-social skills could come in handy for the modern scribe.

By Nadia Kalman, full lesson at TED-Ed.


Via TED-ed:

Lilian Chen grew up playing Super Smash Brothers Melee. But when her love of the game led her to compete in national tournaments, she noticed a big gender imbalance that brought with it a troubling social dynamic. In this TEDYouth talk, Lilian details her experiences with sexism in the Smash community and how she is now aiming to raise awareness for this topic in a way that doesn’t shame male gamers.


TED Ed | Four sisters in Ancient Rome - Ray Laurence

Rome viewed through the eyes of young girls. (Much more on point than the last video I posted).



We Throw Around The Phrase ‘I’m So Dyslexic!’ Often. But What Does It Really Mean To Have Dyslexia?

A lot of people have this condition, yet we don’t understand it that well. This informative video explains it. Bonus: Fun graphics!


Why can’t we see evidence of alien life?

Chris Anderson explores the question of Fermi’s Paradox for TED-Ed. Some of the answers are frightening, and some are hopeful. Perhaps intelligent life, in quest to increase efficiency, tends toward smaller scales that are, ultimately, much harder for us to detect?

Goes hand-in-hand with my episode “The Odds of Finding Life and Love”, which has a Carl Sagan cameo in it and explores the most modern exoplanet stats.

After you’ve aimed your mental radio telescopes at both of those, check out this SETI/TED collab video from Jill Tarter and learn more about how the odds of intelligent life are calculated.


How to read music - Tim Hansen


Yeah! This video is so cool! Definitely recommended if you’re a history buff on top of being a GoT fan.

“All the killings are going to be blamed on me.”

“Big deal, death comes with the territory……see you in Disneyland.”

“Even psychopaths have emotions. Then again, maybe not.”

“Give me your gun, I’ll take care of myself. You know I’m a killer, so shoot me, I deserve to die. You can see Satan on my arm.”

“I believe that most humans have within them the capacity to commit murder. ”

“I gave up love and happiness a long time ago.”

“I love to kill people. I love watching them die. I would shoot them in the head and they would wiggle and squirm all over the place, and then just stop. Or I would cut them with a knife and
watch their faces turn real white. I love all that blood. I told one lady to give me all her money. She said no. So I cut her and pulled her eyes out.”

~Richard Ramirez