TED: Ideas Worth Spreading

TED Logo

I remember the first time I visited the a TED conference (it stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design) website.  Jarrett, a good friend who I blogged about, introduced me to a video from Aubrey de Grey called Why we age and how we can avoid it.   de Grey  has very interesting ideas regarding the disease called aging and what modern science and engineering can accomplish to minimize and prevent the causes and effects of aging and dying.  I instantly became hooked on TED!a

Since then I have become a regular visitor to the TED site, logging on and listening to talks ranging from evolution and god, to design and emerging technologies.  This is one of the few places that I can go and get inspired by the stories and the vision of incredible thinkers and doers.  TED expanded my view of the relationship between ideas, design, innovation, and the development of technology to benefit every part of humanity.

Jarrett Goetz – Entrepreneur Extraordinaire

I met Jarrett during my stint as Vice President of the MIT Graduate Student Council in the 2004-2005 school year.  He was in the MIT Sloan Fellows program and Harvard, John F. Kennedy School of Government (KSG) program and I was in the MIT Chemistry PhD program.  We hit it off extraordinarily well and have remained close friends ever since.

Jarrett is an incredible friend and a great business mentor.  He is very passionate about everything involving innovation, entrepreneurship, and startups (see his LinkedIn profile).  Jarrett is very active in the Boston community  providing his leadership and professional skills to many philanthropic and non-profit enterprises at home and around the world.

Variability in food caloric value

New Years Day I am having dinner with a good Jarrett at a chain restaurant eating one of their health conscious salads.  We were commenting on how the volume of the salad changed every time we went there to eat.  That led to the discussion of how many calories were actually in the salad vs. how many the restaurant advertised in the menu.  One thing led to another, bets were made, and now I am looking for access to a calorimeter which will allow us to measure the caloric content of said salad.  Now being in Boston and at MIT, you would think that it would not be hard to find such a machine.  It is now the 10th of January, and I am still looking for the calorimeter.  BTW, if you happen to have one just tucked away in the corner of your basement or your laboratory, drop me a line.