To my Tumblr friends, family, and supporters:
I’m pleased to announce that I’ve been selected by the XPRIZE Foundation to be a part of a community - the XPRIZE Vanguards - with the sole purpose of stimulating innovation toward solving one of humanity’s grandest challenges: education and literacy.
Wait…WHAT IS the XPRIZE Foundation?
It’s a non-profit that incentivizes problem-solving by placing a bounty on the task itself. By designing public competitions intended to encourage technological development, the XPRIZE is working on some of the most difficult problems of our time.
WHO ARE the XPRIZE Foundation?
Among many others, notables on the XPRIZE Board of Trustees include Elon Musk, James Cameron, Larry Page, Arianna Huffington, Ratan Tata…with the founders of the organization being Robert K. Weiss and Peter Diamandis.
Avatar Director/Producer James Cameron floats weightless in Zero G along with X PRIZE Trustees in a flight to raise funds for the X PRIZE Foundation. Left to right: Rob McEwen (Chairman, US Gold), James Cameron, Peter H. Diamandis (Chairman/CEO, X PRIZE), Elon Musk (Chairman/CEO, SpaceX), Jim Gianopulos (Chairman/CEO, Fox Filmed Entertainment). Photo credit: Steve Boxall [source]
Don’t know who some of these people are? That’s ok. Browse my archive of Peter Diamandis posts and you’ll quickly understand that the people involved are the industry leaders of tomorrow who our children and grandchildren will be revering as pioneers whom helped set a revolutionary course for human civilization, our planet, and our spacefaring future.
Governments and large corporations are just…not working out. Private companies and entrepreneurs are currently doing what the societal titans of old have had their shot at doing. It’s time for a radical shift in how we approach tomorrow, today.
HOW CAN YOU BECOME INVOLVED in the Global Learning XPRIZE (GLXP)?
Launched on September 20, the current focus is on directing everyone to the Indiegogo crowdfunding site - yes, another crowdfunding campaign - to donate and pay it forward by sharing this with others for the benefit of literally hundreds of millions of lives…especially those who haven’t yet been born.
The campaign ends on November 6. Until then, I’ll be sharing avatars, banners, headers, videos, and PDF presentations provided to me through the XPRIZE Vanguard Community so that everyone can participate however you wish.
Crows are scary
- use tools
- Can be taught to speak (like parrots)
- Have huge brains for birds
- like seriously their brain-to-body size ratio is equal to that of a chimpanzee
- They vocalize anger, sadness, or happiness in response to things
- they are scary smart at solving puzzles
- some ravens stay with their mates until one of them dies
- they can remember faces
- SIDENOTE HERE BECAUSE HOLY SHIT. They did an experiment where these guys wore masks and some of them fucked with crows. Pretty soon the crows recognized the masks = douchebag. But the nice guys with masks they left alone. THEN, OH WE’RE NOT DONE, NO SIR crows that WEREN’T EVEN IN THE EXPERIMENT AND NEVER SAW THE MASK BEFORE knew about mask-dudes and attacked them on sight. THEY PASSED ON THE FUCKING INFORMATION TO THEIR CROW BUDDIES.
- They remember places where crows were killed by farmers and change their migration patterns.
Guys I’m really scared of crows now.
Yeah but have you seen this
YEAH! THEY ALSO PLAY FOR NO EVIDENT REASON OTHER THAN FUN AND THEY LOVE THE SNOW!
Crows are seriously the coolest birbs ever.
Hello Amanda, is there going to be music involved in this next tour??”
YES, indeed there is, and thank you for asking. i’ve been meaning to clarify.
every book-concert tour date is going to have a piano (which I will play), a ukulele (which i will attempt to play) and i’m also going to be chatting with the audience and with a special guest in every city. the idea is partly to promote the book…but also to play music, which is (we forget sometimes) what i actually *do*. i have a handful of new songs i’ll be playing. they’re frighteningly personal, which makes me scared to play them, which is always good. and i’ll probably come up with some crazy last-minute shit to do that is going to confuse everybody, because that’s just how i roll. i may re-enact the “bathroom confessional”, a stunt i very much enjoyed during tours past when i asked people to meet me in the bathroom stalls for private chats.
almost every special guest has been announced….here’s the list so far:
Nov 10 – boston, Porter Square Books MIDNIGHT BOOK SIGNING!!!
Nov 11 – boston, royale | OFFICIAL BOOK LAUNCH PARTY!!! special guests – Neil Gaiman,Amy Cuddy, Jason Webley, and MORE SECRETS.
Nov 12 – washington, dc, sixth & i synagogue | special guest: Thomas Dolby
Nov 13 – philadelphia, first unitarian church | special guest: kyle cassidy
Nov 14 – nyc, barnes & noble union square | special guest: brandon stanton of Humans of New York
Nov 15 – chicago, thalia hall | special guest: peter sagal from NPR
Nov 16 – minneapolis, cedar cultural center - special guest: kevin kling
Nov 18 – seattle, town hall (guest TBA!)
Nov 19 – portland, or, wonder ballroom (guest TBA!)
Nov 20 – san francisco, jcc - speical guest: Armistead Maupin
Nov 21 – berkeley, freight & salvage (guest TBA!!)
Nov 22 – los angeles, first unitarian church | special guest – Bob Lefsetz
Nov 23 – denver, tattered cover book store (guest TBA!)
Nov 24 – austin, book people (guest TBA!)
Nov 25 – toronto, ont, lee’s palace | special guest – Jian Ghomeshi
all the tour dates are on sale HERE, some are almost sold out, some have a fair number of tickets left because the venues are giant:
i’ll be signing books (which will be for sale) at ALL THE shows. i will stay at the venue as long as it takes to sign every book. and that’s the way-low down.