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I had the great fortune of being able to create space for my dear friend +lanny cordola so that he could express his take on this Van Morrison song.

Lanny and Gary Griffin produced and arranged a collection of spirituals we called, "Shades of Blue." 

He gathered great friends and fellow master musicians together for the project.

My art direction was simple; reflect the work of Blue Note and the great records that have inspired us throughout the years.

Recorded January/ February, 1994 in Panorama City CA, at the Hall of Supreme Harmony by Gary Griffin.

Sandra Stephens' vocal approach here is pure and powerful.
Lanny, 6 & 12 string guitars, balalaika
Gary, organ, indian harmonium, xylophone, bell lyre
Tony Murga, harmonica
Scott Breadman, bells, tambourine 
+John Stamos, congas
Richard Cook, uilleann pipes
David Enos, acoustic Bass
Scott Breadman, bells, tambourine

Twenty years later, this song still flows in my heart as a meditation to never stop 'Till We Get the Healing Done.'

Below is a free, full resolution play for you.

It is my hope that you'll take a moment and, with good speakers or headphones, listen to their work.

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Life 'not as we know it' possible on Saturn's moon Titan http://phys.org/news344279869.html for Spock
A new type of methane-based, oxygen-free life form that can metabolize and reproduce similar to life on Earth has been modeled by a team of Cornell University researchers.
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A mission to the Moon...together!

Big news, as +Astrobotic  and +ハクト/HAKUTO announce that they will be partnering for their Moon mission:

http://lunar.xprize.org/press-release/two-google-lunar-xprize-teams-announce-rideshare-partnership-mission-moon-2016

The Milestone Prize-winning robots of Hakuto will ride on Astrobotic's Milestone Prize-winning Moon lander in late 2016, where the robots of both teams will then race across the Moon's surface---and explore a never-before-seen lunar cave!

#GLXP  
#MoonMomentum  
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Stare In Awe At This Fiery Footage Of A Solar Eruption In Progress http://io9.com/stare-in-awe-at-this-fiery-footage-of-a-solar-eruption-1687310302
The Solar & Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) project satellite captured this dazzling, hypnotic footage of a solar eruption yesterday.
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This is a temporal, somewhat targeted reapplication of my twitter/ youtube stream. It's not as granular as I'd like it but +Paper.li offers a premium service that I'm considering upgrading to. It's taken me about a year to understand the tweaks required to have the best info flow without having to hand edit it everyday. I really like what they are doing. I've gone through several iterations of embedding, linking to and highlighting. My goal over the next few months is to deploy three 'papers' for various projects I'm involved with. While it's hard to get people to create the habit of reading your paper daily, I think it's worth the effort to present your pods with fresh, smart content. 
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Pen draws flexible circuits using half-meter long carbon nanotube fibers http://phys.org/news343632645.html
(Phys.org)—While it may look like researchers from Tsinghua University in Beijing are sketching out an idea for a circuit on a piece of paper, they're actually using a special pen that draws real circuits using carbon-nanotube-based ink.
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Less than half of US global aid goes to the world's poorest countries. It's time to change this. Sign our petition and tell President Obama to make sure at least 50% of our aid goes to the least developed countries.
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No Bucks... No Buck Rogers. How to Raise $$$ from the Crowd

In this next sequence of blogs I'm doing a "deep dive" into crowd funding best practices. I'll discuss what I've learned about the hottest, newest way to raise funds online. Stay tuned, this is great stuff!

I first met Slava Rubin about a year ago in Munich, Germany, at the DLD Conference (sort of the European version of TED). He's a big-hearted, driven entrepreneur who in 2008, along with two friends, started Indiegogo -- one of the very early, very successful crowd funding sites.

"Today crowd funding is one of the hottest things since social media: A person with a great idea can find people who are equally passionate who can help underwrite it," said Rubin. It's the liberation of capital, a mechanism to underwrite big and bold ideas. It's also a source of capital that is growing exponentially. By the end of 2012 there are expected to be over 500 crowd funding sites generating $2.8 billion in funding -- a fivefold increase in just four years.

"The idea of crowd funding isn't really new," explains Rubin. "I would even go so far as to say that the Statue of Liberty was crowd funded. Joseph Pulitzer in the late 1800s was able to use his New York World newspaper to raise the money needed for the statue's pedestal -- there was about a 50 percent gap in funding it, and in his paper, Pulitzer urged the American people to donate to the cause."

"They got an average of 83 cents per contribution," continued Rubin. "Pulitzer ended up raising over $100,000 in six months from 125,000 people, which more than covered the completion of the pedestal."

Interviewing Slava in Manhattan, where he spends 50 percent of his time (the other half in Silicon Valley), I asked him to fast forward to today and the earliest days of Indiegogo, why they built it and what made it work.

"On the heels of the social media revolution, we got really excited to try Indiegogo as a whole new way of doing crowd funding. We sent 18 months planning the site," said Rubin. "Right after launching, we had strangers signing up and getting funding. Not our friends, not people we were connected to, but strangers using the site within weeks of its being launched and getting fully funded. We had zero marketing, virtually no money, at the time a horrible website, and still people were able to accomplish what they set out to do. Clearly there was something there."

The first project funded on Indiegogo was a movie, The Lily Play. "They only wanted to raise $10,000," Rubin said, "and they did it. Those final days before they hit their goal, we were rooting for them -- it was incredible to send this money to them." Since then, several movies have been funded -- including two that were award winners at this year's Tribeca Film Festival.

A notable project of a very different sort was the first "crowd funded baby," Rubin says. A couple who needed in-vitro fertilization to have a baby and couldn't afford the medical bills, having been turned down by insurance companies, turned to Indiegogo. At first they had tweeted about their situation, and the Indiegogo team, which checks the web for certain terms, got in touch with them and suggested they try Indiegogo to find funding.

"They raised $8,000 and they broke their goal," Rubin said. "And over 50 percent of the funds were from strangers." That particular project has had, perhaps, the greatest possible impact: "one life," Rubin said.

I asked Slava to describe the benefits of raising money on a his site. "There's five specific benefits we can offer entrepreneurs, artists and bold thinkers," he said. Here's the list he offered me:

1. You get to gauge demand and you get to mitigate risk: Does the world care about your project or not? If they don't, you may not want to spend the time developing it.

2. You get to test your marketing: Is this for young girls or old women, young boys or old men? The results you get really tell you a lot about your market segmentation.

3. You get more promotion: "More promotion than you could ever get on your own," Rubin said. "We get millions of page views every month, and you can get lots more exposure through Indiegogo."

4. You get data: This is "probably [the] most valuable thing you can get," Rubin said. "You get people's names, email addresses, physical addresses when they're willing to provide them. This is part of creating a community and creating a relationship. Instead of a one-time transaction, this is part of an ongoing thing."

5. You get the money: You get the funding, of course, in addition to the valuable items above.

At this point Indiegogo has more than 7,000 active campaigns. It gets millions of pageviews every day. It distributes millions of dollars every week to people participating in campaigns. "We are funding projects in virtually every country in the world. We're totally global," Rubin said.

So if you've been hiding under a rock and haven't heard about crowd funding, stay tuned… there's a lot more exciting (and very useful) information coming your way.

In my next blog I'm going to provide you with Slava Rubin's top-secret advice on the best way to get your Indiegogo project funded to launch your boldest dreams.

NOTE: As always, I would love your help in co-creating BOLD, and will happily acknowledge you as a "contributing author" for your input. Please share with me (and the community) in the comments below what you specifically found most interesting, what you disagree with and any similar stories or examples that reinforce this blog that I might use as examples in writing BOLD. Thank you!
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This musician uses experiments that are almost unbelievable to create a visual representation of the relationship that science has to music. 
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Dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world's oceans, waves and beaches
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Is what you are creating any great? Over the years, I have watched many super-creative people with amazing taste quit. They didn't push through. They didn't keep at it. For as many great bloggers that I follow today, I have...
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  • Institute for Advanced Study
    Unified Theory, 2015 - present
    The Institute for Advanced Study is one of the world’s leading centers for theoretical research and intellectual inquiry. Online Open Coursework via World Science U
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Medicine
    Pre-med courses.
  • Stanford University
    Artificial Intellegence, 2011 - 2013
    Audited the "Introduction to Artificial Intelligence" open course experiment with Sebastian Thrun and Peter Norvig.
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Live documentary filmmaker. XPRIZE Vanguard
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Social Data Science moves me. Open Source empowers us. Music creates Films in our minds. Smart Nodes connect us. The films we make define us.

(Be) a force for good, real good - John Coltrane 

Founder, nicefishfilms
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Made the Dali Lama giggle when I said; " Ubuntu" to him via Google LIVE.
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Live Documentary Filmmaker, nicefishfilms | Vanguard, XPRIZE
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Filmmaking, Storytelling, Open Source, Advocacy, Science, Culture, Technologist
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  • XPRIZE
    Vanguard, 2014 - present
    Make the impossible possible.
  • nicefishfilms
    Director, 2004 - present
    Filmmaker, Cultural Data Scientist
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