Gheorghe Curelet-Balan Blog

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Celebrating the magic of the WORD.

It is said that the masters of the written word where venerated when the word was born due to its magic power. Having a national festival entirely dedicated to the magic of the written word is great. I'm eagerly waiting what tomorrow's The Word On The Street festival in Kitchener will bring. In the meantime I've posted few snapshots from the last year festival.

Enjoy it below.

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Blackberry goes Bold and Beautiful.

Faster, nicer and other good stuff. Read about it here, here and here.


Agility Primer.

On September 9th the Waterloo Region Technology Association, Communitech organized an agile software development event where Jeff Patton presented an interesting talk on building quality software with agility named: “Embrace Uncertainty, Strategies for on-time delivery in an uncertain world.”

He started his presentation with a concice and convincing introduction to the software development agility. As I was one of the over 200 lucky participants I couldn't resist not to witness the event with my new camera.

Below are the first part and the second part of my take of the Agility Primer by Jeff Patton.

Second part:

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Sexy Physics.

OK, being sexy requires a good physique but physics could be sexy too not only hot, hot, hot or cool.

The recent news craze related to LHC launch is proving this.

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Monday, September 08, 2008

Hot, hot, hot!

It was hot in the Waterloo Colegiate Institute lecture hall last Wednesday during the first Perimeter Institute (PI) public event of the new 2008-2009 season but for the audience of around 600 people the captivating Brian Greene's lecture "Black Holes and a Myth of Icarus" made the heat unnoticed.

Brian started the lecture with his passionate confession about the need to educate the public about science by telling the great stories behind scientific discoveries in the accessible form of storytelling.

Then, kind of similar with the main character of his new book "Icarus at the Edge of Time", Brian Greene took the audience into an exciting visual journey in the world of black holes. True to his reputation of great science popularizer he proved that understanding General Relativity, Black Holes, Event Horizon, etc. doesn't need to be complicated.

He elegantly ended the lecture with the mystery of what his fictional galactic Icarus finds after returning from the journey close to black hole's perimeter, suggesting that the answer is in the book.

Brian brilliantly demonstrated that science inspired stories could be really hot, hot, hot!

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