Anton Holzer

Vienna, Wien, Austria

About Anton

Languages

English, German

An idea worth spreading

TED needs one more E for Entertainment.

If education was fun and entertaining, it would spread like a wildfire. Turn lessons into a game, give students a highscore, turn them into explorers and maybe learning becomes a common hobby among people all over the world.

I'm passionate about

Education, Behaviourism, Comedy, Games, Movies, Writing

My TED story

Found TED on youtube while looking for educational videos and fell in love with it on first sight. The idea of spreading information and knowledge over the world, sharing without demanding and hoping to turn the world into a better place.

I dig it.

Comments & conversations

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Anton Holzer
Posted about 1 year ago
How does a person become sophisticated? Why do some people become it and others don't?
I meant that by choosing and selecting carefully and disregarding the rest, you run the risk of maybe missing out new experiences or new angles to a topic. For example, I like videogames and I'm pretty confident that I know which kind of games are good and worth my time and which ones are not. But from time to time, one the worse ones surprises me. Sometimes it's a story element, sometimes a mechanic that I've never seen before or that is used in a new and different way. Bottom line when you get to picky you might miss out on a lot of very interesting stuff and getting to focused on one thing let's you miss out a lot of others.
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Anton Holzer
Posted about 1 year ago
How does a person become sophisticated? Why do some people become it and others don't?
I think I used the wrong translation for sophisticated and ended up explaining an opinion about an other topic. I spent so much time on it, that I decide to post it anyway. I hope someone still manages to draw some kind of enlightenment from it. I think it has something to do with specialization. When you focus a lot on a single purpose you will get to the point when you are able to judge and separate things depending on their qualities. Once you understand that there are different kinds of qualities and that the amount of time you can spend on that certain topic is limited, you'll start to select carefully which requirements you demand from those kind of things in order to spend your resources like time, money and effort on them. Once you made that realization in one field you may start to use it on others. Or you maybe repeat the process a few times and get to the same result. It may takes few of those experiences to develop some kind of standard that has to be met in the end it helps us to save resources and allows us to achieve more. Or it costs us something because we lose an opportunity.
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Anton Holzer
Posted about 1 year ago
Video games = art?!?
What is art? I define art as something that can create feelings. So if you play or look at a video game and it succeeds at creating feelings, then it is art. Some games might be considered art by a lot of people, some might be art for a few, but that's not different from literature, paintings, music, films or any other kind of art. There are a few ways games used to convince me of them being art. Sometimes it's an amazing story, like for example the Final Fantasy Series, Dragon Age, Baldur's Gate, Half Life or Project Zero. With deep characters, unexpected but believable twists, an incredible narration and well hidden connections to our or previous times. Sometimes it's a new approach to narrating itself. For example interactive movies like Heavy Rain, Indigo Prophecy, Phoenix Wright or Steins Gate. Sometimes they do it with beautiful pictures like in Shadow of the Colossus, Flow or Oblivion. Occasionally it's a new game mechanic like in Sims, Portal or Crazy Machines. Or a different style for graphics like in Killer 7, XIII or Limbo. Art can be found in nearly everything and in my opinion a lot of games have earned the right to be called "art" a long time ago.
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Anton Holzer
Posted about 1 year ago
Replacement of all decorative plants with evergreen fruitful plants
The thing is, even those plants that create food for you are quite beautiful. Maybe not as much as flowers, but in their own way. Harvesting and eating something you planted and nursed is very rewarding. It's like doing and enjoying the same thing you already do and adding a new layer of happiness on top of it. It teaches us how much work and care is inside the food we consume every day and helps us to appreciate and value the efforts of a farmers work. Even when some of my plants don't yield any fruits, I still cherish the experiences I made in the process. And I think everyone who takes care of decorative plants, should at least try to harvest his own food once in his life, it's worth the effort.
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Anton Holzer
Posted about 1 year ago
Replacement of all decorative plants with evergreen fruitful plants
I tried onions, but failed with them. I've seen the plastic bottle idea before. You can cut a whole in the middle of a bottle, fill it up with earth and insert a plant. You can connect a couple of those bottles with a rope, drill a hole in the bottom and lose the top. If you water the top bottle, it will drip down the hole and water the lower bottles too. That way you can create a curtain of bottles with plants in them. Useful if you have limited space but can hang them up on the outer side of the balcony. You can plant on a shelf on the walls too, turning the pots towards the sun. It increases the amount of space for planting and your gain. Or you could fill up plastic bags with earth, cut small holes in the sides, place your plants and hang them up. There are quite a few nice ideas out there, maybe it's time to collect them and try to plant as much food on our available space as we can. I love my plants and being able to harvest something I've grown in my flat or on my balcony is an extremely rewarding experience. EDIT:Almost forgot, radish works too. Maybe you should start with your plants indoor and after they reached a certain size to move them outdoor. That way you can grow them to a certain size inside and give them the space and sunlight they need for fruits. Creating some kind of rotation where you are able to harvest more frequently by not planting at the same time and by moving plants from the inside to the outside at a specific time.
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Anton Holzer
Posted about 1 year ago
Why are we afraid to make mistakes?
In my opinion the reason we hide our failures is society, fame, greed, envy and pride. I think part of the reason why we don't want to admit mistakes or even risk making them, is losing face. When people know you make mistakes, you might lose your place in a hierarchy. Even if that is not the case, what people see and experience in their daily life is exactly that. People who fail are not celebrated or supported, they are made responsible for their mistakes and lose part of their honor for failing. We still blame people for failing instead of blaming them for not trying. For example surgeons have to watch their own success/fail statistic. If you fail to often your career is at risk. This results in declines of high risk or risk patients. Worse statistics mean worse career, so you don't take the risk and stick to the easier problems resulting in a lot of people who don't get a fighting chance because no one is willing to take the risk. In other lines of business people stick to the same routines for ages, because if a new method fails or doesn't show better results coworkers, employers or family might make fun of them or mob them. They might even lose their jobs. Often new ways are not better in the first place, because old ways are trained, learned, perfected and new ways still have those flaws that all new inventions have. ‘The nail that sticks out gets hammered down’. Doing something different might get you a lot of negative attention. Frequently inventors are treated like crazy people. More so if they fail frequently. It took Edison over 1.000 tries to create a working light bulb. After he made it people acknowledged his success, if he didn't people of his time would have called him a failure. And then there is the immediate danger of someone using your mistakes to have success. It's not nice to see someone learn out of your mistakes, save a lot of time and money and get what could have been yours. I think we need to change our opinion towards failure.
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Anton Holzer
Posted about 1 year ago
Replacement of all decorative plants with evergreen fruitful plants
I think it's a good idea to replace decorative plants with plants that you or your family can use. For example, I planted tomatoes, ball-peppers and herbs on my balcony and think I'll plant salad too. You can plant food for your animals or other vegetables. I think strawberries consume very little space and potatoes should be easy to grow if you have some space for them. I don't know which of those plants can be grown indoor in the shade. Would be really good if there were some suggestions which fruits or vegetables can be grown indoor and or on little space.