Friday Links Roundup

Posted on November 9, 2012 by

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This is what we at the TLG blog have been reading this week. Well, this and election coverage.

The Uses of Difficulty – We all know that overcoming challenges feels rewarding, but can obstacles in our way actually improve the outcome of our work? This article argues that difficulty can inspire us to do better in ways we don’t even consciously register.

In the moonlight a worm silently drills through a chestnut – A guide to teaching Haiku, to primary school children, in the spirit of its inventor, Master Basho.

Ethiopian kids hack laptops in 5 months with zero instruction – The One Laptop Per Child program was designed to provide laptops to poor children in developing countries to enable them to get an education that will let them participate in the world economy. Now it turns out that with the right software, the kids can teach themselves English and computer skills without a teacher! I guess we’ll all be replaced by computers pretty soon…

World’s fastest number game wows spectators and scientists – “Performing arithmetic using an imaginary abacus is the fastest way to perform mental calculations.” Yes, you read that right: thanks to an ancient device and the power of imagination, these Japanese children can add three-digit numbers together faster than I can read them.

Mind-Blowing Photorealistic Pencil Drawing – This is just cool.

This cartoon is mildly educational – It’s almost like they’re doing it on purpose!

Uncle Kracker – Follow Me – this song has been going around the TLG main office, getting stuck in everyone’s head. At least it’s not LMFAO!