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TED talk notes #1, James Cameron: Before Avatar…a curious boy

I’m adding more TED talk notes to my master list. The talks themselves are rather dated by TED standards (circa 2015 and earlier), but I just discovered them while going through some old files…so they’re new to the blog 🙂

Thành công ấn tượng của Việt Nam trước thềm Đại hội XIII
Tuesday January 12, 2021

Trước thềm Đại hội lần thứ XIII, báo chí nước ngoài liên tục đăng tải nhiều bài viết ca ngợi những thành công của Việt Nam trong năm 2020, trong đó đặc biệt nhấn mạnh vai trò lãnh đạo của Đảng Cộng sản Việt Nam. Báo Nga: Dấu mốc thể hiện sự phát triển của […]

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NOTES
grew up in Canada, then California
as a boy, he liked to draw, loved sci-fi, wanted to scuba dive
lifelong love of the ocean
got into filmmaking to put pictures and stories together
Arthur Clarke: “any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic”
wrote Avatar to push film state of art (with tech as lead, instead of the story/narrative), but when he first wrote it, it was too early and so he shelved it to make Titanic!
…which he also made because he secretly wanted to dive to wreck
fell in love with deep sea exploration, combining science and discovery
the most important bond between people is a respect that’s earned through tough times

Paul Tudor Jones: A magical moment in a great documentary
Saturday November 21, 2020

The documentary is a fascinating and brief slice in the work life of Paul Tudor Jones, one of America’s all time great macro traders. There’s this one moment that really stands out to me, where Jones, after losing about 5% of his portfolio in a single terrible trading day (at that time, ~$6M dollars), says […]

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