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The Mind-blowing Strandbeest of Theo Jansen

I stumbled across this amazing invention by Theo Jansen called the Strandbeest.  (Dutch: strand=beach; beest=beast). In 1990, he began what he is known for today: building large mechanisms out of PVC that are able to move on their own, known as Strandbeest. His animated works are a fusion of art and engineering. Constructed as intricate assemblages of piping, wood, and wing-like sails, Jansen’s creations are constantly being improved and have become excellently (…) Read more

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Khan Academy’s New Entrepreneurship Interview Series

Ever wonder how Richard Branson got started? Turns out he used the profits from his student magazine to fund an unknown rock ‘n’ roll album! This is just one interview of many from the new Khan Academy entrepreneurship interview series produced by the Kauffman Foundation. The new tutorial includes twenty-two videos and features a range of tips, anecdotes, and personal characteristics from twelve entrepreneurs. Check out the video here:

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The Boy Genius of Ulan Bator, Mongolia

How does a student from a country in which a third of the population is nomadic, living in round white felt tents…ace an M.I.T. course even though nothing like this is typically taught in Mongolian schools?” That’s the question posed by Laura Pappano, an education journalist and the writer in residence at Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College in her New York Times article. Thanks to The Next Draft for (…) Read more

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Our Stay At Spices Residence – Georgetown, Penang

Looking for a great place to stay in Penang? How would you like to spend quality time with your family and/or friends, visiting old Penang Heritage, enjoy local cuisine and not have to drive all over town? My wife discovered this place in Georgetown called “Spices”. It’s a boutique hotel in the heart of the city. Lovely location and service. One of the main reasons we loved this place even more (…) Read more

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Lost Over France: Malaysia’s Unsung Hero, Remembering the Talalla Brothers

I stumbled across this interesting article in New Sunday Times today on the Talalla brothers. It was about a documentary to be aired on History Channel today in conjunction with Malaysia Day. It tells the story of two pilot brothers — Henry and Cyril Talalla — who to this day were among the very few known Malaysians to fly for the Royal British Air force during World War II. Excerpt (…) Read more

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#IkonEveryday: A Day With A Road Sweeper

I just watched this video on YouTube under the #IkonEveryday series. #IkonEveryday started its life as a Twitter hashtag. But this time they have taken to the ground to explore the gritty reality of the unseen people who do the jobs that are unappreciated in Malaysian society. This particular video features the road sweeper and the journalist, Sharmila Nair was my former class mate. Really inspiring and hopefully more people will (…) Read more

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