American in Ireland Goes to China to Learn Mandarin and do Stand-up

Back in 2007 Irish-American comedian, Des Bishop, spent a year learning the Irish language well enough to perform a successful stand-up routine in the language of his forebears. Understandable perhaps, given his background. But why on Earth would that same comedian travel all the way to China, learn Mandarin Chinese, and then not merely try to perform in Chinese, but actually help establish a stand-up comedy scene in a country where one barely existed? That’s just one of the questions Fergus Thompson has for this mold-breaking, multilingual man of comedy in this week’s episode of “On the Level”.

Before they were Famous ft Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, John Travolta and Farrah Fawcett

7 Actors and actresses (1960's & 1970's) in commercials before they were famous.
Before they became famous movie and TV stars, they were doing commercials and advertisements for various companies and products.

Most of these commercials are funny, and show the difference in the way commercials were written and directed compared with commercials now.

1: Robert De Niro for AMC Ambassador (1969)
2: Farrah Fawcett for Union 76 (1972)
3: Dustin Hoffman for Volkswagen (1966)
4: Kim Basinger for Bright Side Shampoo (1972)
5: Lindsay Wagner for Twice As Nice Shampoo (1967)
6: John Travolta for U.S. Army (1973)
7: Cybil Shepherd for Cover Girl Make-up (1969)

1996 Apple Promo Video

Once upon a time Apple computers were really cool, and their marketing was really really bad.

USB Type-C Works in Both Directions

No more "third time's a charm" when plugging in USB.

USB Type-C, one port for charging, data and display, now available with the new Chromebook Pixel.

Technological Determinism

Are we using the internet to conduct too much of our lives? Are we unknowingly eroding our "real-world" relationships of genuine meaning by maintaining them on Facebook? Philosopher Luciano Floridi explains why blaming technology for intellectual and social laziness is misguided. The notion that our machines will inevitably usurp control from us ignores a crucial fact: humans are the designers of technology. So what kind of role do we want technology to play in our lives? How do we accomplish this through design?

This program is part of The Big Idea Series, made possible with support from the John Templeton Foundation.

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