Author Archives: Sam Kornstein

The Center of People

Via Joost Bonsen, whose Development Ventures Class in the MIT Media Lab was among the best course decisions I made in grad school, a graphic that’s trending on reddit showing the world’s population by longitude and latitude: From the graphic … Continue reading

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How Do People Get New Ideas?

By chance I ended up coming across two pieces of content on the source of creativity today — both were very interesting and seemed worth sharing. The first is an NPR TED Radio Hour episode called ‘The Source of Creativity’ that … Continue reading

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The Tallest Cow in the World

6ft, 4in, from Illinois. Nothing else to add:

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Slo-Mo Dog Shake

After filming a bit the other day, I spent some time tonight experimenting with iPhone 6 slow motion video footage and the iOS video editor. I bring you the Slo-Mo Dog Shake: The music is Beck’s ‘Earthquake Weather (maybe)’.

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First Impressions of the iPhone 6 Camera: Callahan State Park

I’ve had my iPhone 6 for almost a month now, but hadn’t really tested out the camera in a meaningful way until today. With all the warm weather we’ve had this week, Laura and I decided to head out to … Continue reading

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Uhhhh. Who gave this to you? The King of Sweden.

I found this to be very funny. Via Chris Blattman, 2011 Nobel Prize winner Brian Schmidt shares his experience taking a Nobel Prize through airport security in Fargo: “When I won this, my grandma, who lives in Fargo, North Dakota, … Continue reading

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World Away

Jeff Tweedy and his son Spencer, who plays the drums, recently released a 20 song album, Sukierae. I just gave it a full listen last week. First reaction: much of it is awesome. I didn’t expect to enjoy it for … Continue reading

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A Few Thoughts on Rhinos

I just learned that yesterday was World Rhino Day, an annual initiative to raise awareness about Africa’s big poaching problem. National Geographic has a nice series of pictures and history, including a picture that’s clearly from a very different time of … Continue reading

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African Cat Rehabilitation Center

Continued from my previous post here. On our second day in South Africa, we took a ride about 10 miles up the road from our lodge to the Emdoneni Lodge Cat Rehabilitation Center. The center takes in injured and orphaned … Continue reading

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First Few Days in South Africa

Laura and I recently returned from a visit in South Africa, planned around a package we “accidentally” won in a charity auction. The Auction was for Girls’ Leap, an amazing organization Laura volunteers with that provides self defense and empowerment … Continue reading

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