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Posts Tagged ‘TED Talks’

Batman Stars in a TED-Ed Lesson About Bats

The TED-Ed team has created a science lesson starring The Dark Knight. It explores the role that bats play in the world’s ecosystem and how these creatures are both “widely misunderstood and vilified.” The animated video embedded above features both Batman and cameos from several of Gotham City’s most infamous villains such as the Joker, Two-Face, and Poison Ivy. What do you think?

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How Does One Create a Pop-Up Book?

What does it take to make a pop-up book? The TED-Ed team has created a video called “Bringing a Pop-Up Book to Life.” The book within the lesson focuses on the subject of tectonic plates. We’ve embedded the animated video above—what do you think?

International Trailer Unleashed For The Walk

The international teaser trailer for The Walk movie has been unleashed. The story focuses on Philippe Petit’s famous high-wire crossing between the the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center as told in Petit’s 2002 book, To Reach the Clouds.

The video embedded above offers glimpses of Joseph Gordon-Levitt starring as Petit. This film adaptation will hit theaters on October 02, 2015. (via The Gothamist)

How Can Stillness Help Writers?

Travel writer Pico Iyer gave a TED talk on “the art of stillness.” We’ve embedded a video showcasing the entire presentation above.

Simon & Schuster recently released Iyer’s new TED book, The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere. Follow this link to learn about the evolution of the cover design.

Here’s more from the TED blog: “In the book, Iyer shines a light on a fascinating phenomenon: how advances in technology are making us more likely to seek out spaces to retreat. [See 'why we need a secular sabbath' on ideas.ted.com.] And further, that the very people responsible for creating new technology are at the forefront of this new return to stillness.”

NaNoWriMo Tip #18: Use Strong Metaphors

Writers are often advised to “show, not tell.” That’s why metaphors can be so very helpful.

The animated video above features a TED-Ed lesson called “The Art of The Metaphor.” When it comes to crafting a strong metaphor, keep in mind that “a metaphor isn’t true or untrue in any ordinary sense; metaphors are art, not science.”

This is our eighteenth NaNoWriMo Tip of the Day. To help GalleyCat readers take on the challenge of writing a draft for a 50,000-word novel in 30 days, we will be offering advice throughout the entire month.

NaNoWriMo Tip #17: 3 Skills to Help With Writing Dialogue

What helps to bring characters to life? Dialogue!

The animated video above features a TED-Ed lesson called “Three Anti-Social Skills to Improve Your Writing.” Educator Nadia Kalman prescribes the following skills:

(1) Eavesdropping.

(2) Treat fake people (a.k.a. your characters) as though they were real human beings.

(3) Mutter to yourself.

This is our seventeenth NaNoWriMo Tip of the Day. To help GalleyCat readers take on the challenge of writing a draft for a 50,000-word novel in 30 days, we will be offering advice throughout the entire month.

NaNoWriMo Tip #13: Practice Positive Psychology

How well one maintains a positive outlook could make or break a NaNoWriMo project. Shawn Achor, a positive psychology expert, gave a TED talk called “The Happy Secret to Better Work.”

In the video embedded above, Achor recommends setting aside at least 20 minutes every day for the following five activities: identifying three reasons for gratitude, exercise, meditation, writing in a journal, and performing acts of kindness. What methods do you use to cultivate happiness?

This is our thirteenth NaNoWriMo Tip of the Day. To help GalleyCat readers take on the challenge of writing a draft for a 50,000-word novel in 30 days, we will be offering advice throughout the entire month.

NaNoWriMo Tip #12: Harness the Power of Simple Words

When a tight deadline looms, succinct writing may be the best way to reach one’s goal. NaNoWriMo participants must keep this in mind as they continue to work on their projects.

The animated video above features a TED-Ed lesson called “The Power of Simple Words.” Educator Terin Izil offers this bit of sage wisdom: “when it comes to words, bigger isn’t always better.”

This is our twelfth NaNoWriMo Tip of the Day. To help GalleyCat readers take on the challenge of writing a draft for a 50,000-word novel in 30 days, we will be offering advice throughout the entire month.

Amanda Palmer Stars in Book Trailer

Rock star Amanda Palmer unveiled a book trailer for The Art of Asking. She became inspired to write her new nonfiction book after she gave a TED talk in 2013. In the video embedded above, Palmer plays piano and shares her ideas on asking—do you have any regrets about not asking for something?

At the night of the book launch, she celebrated the publication with an event at Porter Square Books. Click here to listen to her lead the crowd in singing the “Happy Birthday” song to her husband Neil Gaiman. Do you predict that Gaiman and Palmer may collaborate on a writing project one day together?

NaNoWriMo Tip #11: 3 Ways to Use Dramatic Irony

Is your National Novel Writing Month plot stuck? Maybe you need to add in a little irony.

The TED-Ed team partnered with educator Christopher Warner to create videos about both verbal irony and dramatic irony (embedded above). Below, we’ve rounded up three tips on how to incorporate dramatic irony into a story.

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