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Jay Z The Great Champagne Robbery

What goes along with Armand de Brignac is Jay-Z. The rapper put the flashy bottle on the map when he featured it in his 2006 music video for "Show Me What You Got." The video is typical of mainstream hip-hop, with one possible exception: toward the end, a waiter presents Jay-Z with a bottle of Cristal champagne, and Jay-Z declines with a sweep of his hand. In its place, he accepts a gold bottle of then-unknown Armand de Brignac. Coming from someone who'd been rapping Cristal's praises for years--and once bragged that he was "popping that Cristal when all y'all thought it was beer"--this marked a major departure.

Terry Pratchett

The only thing stopping me [signing them] is that I have made this film and I have a bloody book to finish," he said during a question-and-answer session following a screening at the Sheffield documentary festival Doc/Fest.He said that he decided to start the process after making the film Terry Pratchett: Choosing to Die, which shows the moment of death of a motor neurone sufferer, millionaire hotel owner Peter Smedley.

Mothballed Fleet

Over a two-year period, several close friends and I gained unprecedented access to the decaying ships, spending several days at a time photographing, documenting, and even sleeping aboard them--often in the luxury of the captain's quarters. Sneaking on-board required months of planning and coordination, and it involved taking significant risks. Of course, things did not always go as planned, but despite several close calls, we were successful in all of our attempts to infiltrate the ships while evading round-the-clock security patrols.

Mothballed Fleet

Mothballed Fleet

Risk, probability, and how our brains are easily misled

The funny thing is that this isn't the product of some mental weakness--Tenenbaum suggested that it's the product of an excellent built-in sense of what makes for a random pattern. If you graph the frequency of various possible results, it's possible to see a pattern of peaks at random-looking series and valleys at the ones that chance would seem to disfavor. Comparing the graph generated from our audience to one produced in the 1930s, and it was obvious that the pattern was nearly identical--what we think of as random appears to be quite stable.The one exception, he noted, was when he performed the experiment with a math-savvy audience. There, a part of the audience recognizes that any series is equally probable, so they are more likely to put down all heads or all tails.

I am a former Cirque Du Soleil Acrobat

It was nearly ten years ago, which seems far too recent to me, when I first thought of Cirque Du Soleil. Well, I had heard of their shows, mostly from friends of mine on the Cal team who suggested that the things they had seen at Cirque shows were "impossible", and I had never considered the idea of joining Cirque. The idea had literally never entered my mind because in my mind, I was a decent gymnast but never capable of doing the impossible.

Zuckerberg only eats what he kills

When he's not too busy connecting people across the universe, Mark Zuckerberg is pursuing a new "personal challenge," as he calls it. "The only meat I'm eating is from animals I've killed myself," says the Facebook founder and CEO.It's an odd dietary direction for the 27-year-old Internet billionaire, but since he has taken to killing goats, pigs and chickens, "I'm eating a lot healthier foods. And I've learned a lot about sustainable farming and raising of animals," he says. "It's easy to take the food we eat for granted when we can eat good things every day.

Effective Practice

If you distilled all the new science about talent development into two words of advice, they would be "practice better."That's it. Practice. Better.Forget everything else about your genes, your potential -- it's all just noise. The most basic truth is that if you practice better, you'll develop your talent -- and you won't develop your talent unless you practice better. Period.

Wikipedia And The Death Of The Expert

In a traditional encyclopedia, experts write articles that are permanently encased in authoritative editions. The writing and editing goes on behind the scenes, effectively hiding the process that produces the published article. Most people focus on the "finished piece," ie. the latest version of a Wikipedia article. In fact what is most illuminative is the back-and-forth that occurs between a topic's many author/editors. I think there is a lot to be learned by studying the points of dissent.