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Episode 160 – TED Talking – 2/28/2013

This week, Will and Norm talk about the TED conference, Mobile World Congress, Norm’s new Canon 6D, and bottle warmers. Enjoy!

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  1. The easiest way to warm a refrigerated bottle of breast milk is to fill a coffee cup with water, microwave it for a minute or two, set the cup in the sink, then put the unsealed bottle in the cup. There’s enough heat in the water to warm the milk quickly but not enough to make it hot. Take the bottle out, seal it, shake it, and you’re good. This technique works very well with Dr Bronner’s bottles, which are the best.

  2. Fudge to the microwave, just the hot water coming out of your tap is plenty hot. (Mine’s not cranked anyway). Well, our bottles weren’t in the fridge, so maybe you’d need that extra oomph. Supplemented powder milk to make up for lack of pumped, long story, don’t jump on me, but yeah, coffee cup of hot-ish water.

    You’ll look back on that 10 minutes of dad talk and stroller stuff and realize you’re over thinking tons of shit and thinking you need more than you do, but you need to roll through this to get to that point. And don’t stroller through the grocery store, just strap that puppy to your tummy or back and you’re set. I guess we all think our way is best, so grain of salt and all. Source: My son’s 5.

  3. Re: Hardee’s/ Carl’s Jr. in Canada

    One of the major burger chains in Canada is Harvey’s (probably who you were thinking of), so to prevent brand confusion Harvey’s won’t let the Hardee’s name be used in Canada. They have to use Carl’s Jr, or make up another one. So if there’s a Carl’s Jr. in Kelona, and it’s the only one in Canada. It’s the only one.

  4. I agree with Will about how people should go about learning. It is much better to teach concepts than it is to teach memorization. Memorization should end with multiplication tables in the 3rd or 4th grade. Test students on whether or not they understand the meaning of events in history and the meaning of mathematical equations as they apply to life.

    Unlike Will I took college calculus classes before I took college physics. I had a lot of trouble memorizing theorems and proofs and I did not do will on tests because I could not remember the many transformations in trigonometry or the many transformations of functions. I could however, use those rules to find an answer if I had the transformations in front of me.

    Also, the Nook is likely gonna die without Barnes, Google glasses need some time to prove themselves as socially acceptable, and I hope 3D printing continues to grow. Bluetooth still seems awkward to me and the suggestion that HP get involved with 3D printing is a good one.

    TED is close to a saturation point. Lately I have only been watching the short TEDEducation videos on Youtube and avoiding the major talks. Too much nonsense going on there.

  5. I have a Nook HD that I picked up cheap off of eBay. It’s a really great device from a hardware perspective. The larger bezel makes it way nicer to hold than the Nexus 7. The unfortunate part is the Nook ecosystem is poor, although the UI is nice. Once you get the Play Store on there it’s a great little tablet, though many apps don’t like to install. If they were to drop the proprietary ecosystem and really push this as a reader friendly tablet they would probably have better luck.

  6. I can easily see daily ways I would use google glass, and none of them involve recording anything “extreme” or even interesting. Throughout my day there are times where my phone just isn’t readily accessible and I want to google search for something, or I’ll want to take a picture of something for future reference. I think those four primary uses you guys listed are all that’s needed to sell the idea of glass. My only reservation is that I’m not sure I would want to wear them out publicly.

  7. If Glasses were made by Apple, Norm would be all over them.

    Yup, was thinking the same thing.

    Glad I wasn’t the only one who thought this.

    I was surprised to hear how down he was on them.

  8. I agree with Will about how people should go about learning. It is much better to teach concepts than it is to teach memorization. Memorization should end with multiplication tables in the 3rd or 4th grade. Test students on whether or not they understand the meaning of events in history and the meaning of mathematical equations as they apply to life.

    Couldn’t have said it any better. Hell isn’t one of the points of science is not to prove something correct. It’s to do everything one can to prove it to be incorrect. I would hate to think of where the world would be if Copernicus memorized that the Earth was the center of the solar system.

  9. The baby market is a terrible racket! The prices on everything are high and then they do everything they can to destroy the secondary market.

  10. Kindles aren’t widespread? Ride a train. They’re everywhere.

    The verge article made it sound like the guy had it for weeks not an hour. That bums me out.

    The product recommendations on this podcast are only for people who hate money. So ridiculous.

  11. Fudge to the microwave, just the hot water coming out of your tap is plenty hot. (Mine’s not cranked anyway). Well, our bottles weren’t in the fridge, so maybe you’d need that extra oomph. Supplemented powder milk to make up for lack of pumped, long story, don’t jump on me, but yeah, coffee cup of hot-ish water.

    You’ll look back on that 10 minutes of dad talk and stroller stuff and realize you’re over thinking tons of shit and thinking you need more than you do, but you need to roll through this to get to that point. And don’t stroller through the grocery store, just strap that puppy to your tummy or back and you’re set. I guess we all think our way is best, so grain of salt and all. Source: My son’s 5.

    When the milk has been refrigerated you really do need the water to be at boiling temperature to get it up to warm inside a coffee cup. Once you’ve put the bottle in there’s really only about a centimeter or so of water around it, so the temperature has to be pretty high to deliver that amount of heat.

    You’re absolutely right about the over-thinking. Figuring stuff out for the first kid is stressful, and it’s easy to feel like you’re going to make a tiny mistake with devastating consequences. That’s how it was for my first one, but for the second one 2 years later everything was routine and minimalist. $20 umbrella strollers work great for kids old enough to hold their heads up. Just remember that babies survived in the bronze age, so the level of technology you actually need is pretty limited.

  12. Also, there’s nothing wrong with people supplementing breast milk when necessary, up to and including full formula if there’s an issue. There’s reason to believe that breast milk is generally preferable, but the level of FUD spread by nursing advocates is out of control. It’s a weird fundamentalism that manifests as undue shame for stressed-out new parents and a blizzard of odd, unprovable claims. They’re like vegans.

  13. The baby shaming is a good point. Looking back I think the baby class I went to did more harm than good. I went in ready to learn and fundamentals and left feeling guilted for what might be. It eventually wore off, but it left me shaky and ready to make poor buying decisions as a result.

  14. Well put. I had a very similar experience in college as you did. The first two weeks of classes in my electronics math class we learned about transposing equations. At that point I realized how lucky I was to have my the science teacher in high school. He cared more about what you can do with the information than remember it.

    The last paragraph was spot on with the hipsters. Someone who actually cares about “Why” will dig to find the information, thus hopefully making an more informed discussion about the topic.

  15. Hearing Norm talk about camera spending made me curious what I’ve dropped on lenses in the course of owning DSLRs and MAN it’s a lot but not as much as I thought… Over 6 lenses I’ve spent about $9k which actually works out to what Norm said (3x the cost of the body).

    Also props to the Kelowna (home town, woo). I’m not sure if it holds true anymore but Kelowna had the most churches per capital in Canada at one point.

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