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Live from TED2014

Celebrate the sacred cave: Frans Lanting at TED2014Celebrate the sacred cave: Frans Lanting at TED2014

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

Photographer Frans Lanting returns to TED for a short reminder of what’s happening outside the walls of our beautiful glass box. “Humanity,” he says, “takes center stage at TED, but I’d like to add a voice for the animals.” Lanting retells a story he once heard from a tribal elder not far from Vancouver, about […]

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No really, why? Jason Webley at TED2014No really, why? Jason Webley at TED2014

Posted By Helen Walters

Armed with an accordion and wearing a fetching chocolate brown pork pie hat, musician Jason Webley is here. Or as he puts it, an “unknown hairy guy who plays the accordion” is here. Having navigated some technical difficulties, Webley brings the audience firmly on side with his self-deprecating humor and folksy blend of charming cod philosophy. With […]

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We’re all in the same boat: Sting at TED2014We’re all in the same boat: Sting at TED2014

Posted By Helen Walters

Here’s a moment that a certain formerly absurdly hormonal teenage girl had been looking forward to for some time. As had many others in the audience, to judge from the rapturous applause that greets Sting as he takes the TED stage. He plays some songs from his upcoming Broadway musical, The Last Ship. It’s the story […]

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Well La Di Da (Di): Mark Ronson at TED2014Well La Di Da (Di): Mark Ronson at TED2014

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

At the end of Session 1: Liftoff! at TED2014, DJ and producer Mark Ronson drops the TED Talk intro into a million tiny little pieces. Hair slicked to one side, Ronson mutters self-disparagingly about following Nicholas Negroponte, Chris Hadfield and Ziauddin Yousafzai: “Now I know what it feels like to follow Led Zeppelin, the Stones […]

Live from TED2014

Puppetry in the age of technology: Brian Henson on creatures, CGI and spontaneityPuppetry in the age of technology: Brian Henson on creatures, CGI and spontaneity

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

“Spontaneity is the most delicious part,” says Brian Henson in a master class at TED2014, hosted by Syfy. “There’s something about letting a moment happen. Your best-laid plans cannot exceed what happens spontaneously.” Henson, a master puppeteer and the chair of The Jim Henson Company, says that a love of spontaneity deeply infused his father’s […]

Entertainment

The daily battles of life, cut from paper and animated in 3DThe daily battles of life, cut from paper and animated in 3D

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Béatrice Coron doesn’t so much tell stories, as cut them. At TED2011, the French-born artist shared how she creates intricate, fantastical worlds by slashing paper into beautiful silhouettes. During a party at TED, held in the rotunda of Long Beach’s Aquarium of the Pacific, Coron ran into James Stewart, the Canadian film director who pioneered digital […]

Q&A

DJ prodigy Cole Plante: “Music is always there for you”DJ prodigy Cole Plante: “Music is always there for you”

Posted By Nadia Goodman

When Cole Plante starts to DJ, you’d never guess he’s only 17. His hands move over the mixing board with the confidence of someone older, purposefully weaving over the knobs that adjust the sounds and beats. On some of the adjustments, his grip holds a few beats, while others are so fleeting his reflex gives […]

Entertainment

David Blaine shares the last magic trick that boggled his mindDavid Blaine shares the last magic trick that boggled his mind

Posted By Alison Prato

David Blaine, the magician, illusionist and endurance artist, is back on prime time TV tonight with the special, David Blaine: Real or Magic. Traveling around the world, the TED speaker (watch his talk, “How I held my breath for 17 minutes“) performs magic and elicits astonished reactions from people on the street — as well as from […]

Entertainment

The next evolutions of thumb wrestlingThe next evolutions of thumb wrestling

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

No one is exactly sure who invented thumb wrestling. According to Wikipedia, Julian Koenig — the advertising copywriter who helped coin the slogan “It takes a licking and keeps on ticking” for Timex — claimed to have invented the game in 1936 while at summer camp. Meanwhile, author Paul Davidson says that his grandfather was […]

Design

How to tell a great story, visualizedHow to tell a great story, visualized

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

A good story can make a campfire that much eerier. A good story can flip a conversation at a party from completely awkward to wonderful. A good story can glue your nose to a book. And, on screen, a good story can rivet generation after generation. So, uh, how do you tell one? Andrew Stanton, […]