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Amazon’s NYC educational investments will continue, despite cancellation of New York HQ2

Amazon’s plans to invest in New York area engineering training programs and other local educational initiatives are not being canceled, despite Amazon’s announcement today that it will no longer open one of its HQ2 locations in New York City. The retailer decided to end its plans for the New York headquarters after significant backlash from local politicians and citizens alike who, as Amazon put it, “have made it clear that they oppose our presence.” The deal Amazon had brokered with New York po...
Tags: Amazon, New York, Education, Cloud Computing, New York City, Tech, Queens, Aws, Nashville, Staten Island, East Coast, Northern Virginia, Advanced Placement AP, Brooklyn Manhattan, City University of New York CUNY, Specifically Amazon


#3quotes from Holt

Image from Wikimedia Commons In this series called #3quotes I have been citing directly from the texts of education thinkers, because it is important to apply ideas within context. Too often, writers cite from theorists without delving into the original texts. In this post I feature the American educator John Holt. Holt was best known for his progressive approach to education, and his criticisms of state-funded school systems. I have drawn three quotes from his 1983 classic How Children...
Tags: New York, Learning, Education, Teaching, Schools, eLearning, Lisa, Holt, John Holt, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Progressive Education, John Holt Holt, De Capo Press Previous


You Are Never Too Good to Stop Learning

--> I once read an article in Wired magazine about a guy who had developed an airplane with foldable wings that you can tow behind a car. It was a long article, and I was very interested in this airplane because at one point in my life I was studying to be a pilot. As I read the article I realized that this particular guy was having a ton of fun. He was trying to develop something that would revolutionize aviation and was really trying to change the world with his airplane. It was an exciting ar...
Tags: New York, Featured, Education, Marketing, Careers, Sales, Los Angeles, Hawaii, Life Lessons, Aviation, Job Search, Career Advice, Boeing, Hopkins, Kauai, Maui


Forbes Offers Reasons to Avoid Reverse Mortgages

There are at least four major reasons that potential borrowers should avoid taking a reverse mortgage, according to economics professor Teresa Ghilarducci of The New School based in New York, N.Y. in a new column at Forbes. While admitting that reverse mortgages may work for some, she says that is not true of everyone. However, at least one reverse mortgage expert finds flaws in the reasoning behind some of the stated points. The first of her stated reasons to avoid reverse mortgages revolves...
Tags: New York, Featured, Education, Finance, Data, Forbes, New School, Teresa Ghilarducci, John Lunde, Lunde, The New School, Reverse Market Insight, Ghilarducci, Forbes While


A Short History of Punk: From Late 50s Rockabilly and Garage Rock to The Ramones & Sex Pistols

Seems there was a time when the dominant story of punk was the story of British punk. If you knew nothing else, you knew the name Sid Vicious, and that seemed to sum it up. Maybe it was only in the mid-nineties, around the time Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain released Please Kill Me: the Uncensored Oral History of Punk that more people began to popularly understand the lineage of late sixties garage rock, the Velvet Underground, Detroit’s Iggy and the Stooges, and the early CBGB scene in ...
Tags: Google, Music, New York, College, Atlantic, Britain, Patti Smith, Detroit, Elvis, Iggy, David Byrne, Cbgb, Wray, Iggy Pop, Ramones, Facebook Twitter


NYC launches partnership network, “The Grid”, to help grow urban tech ecosystem

The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and  CIV:LAB – a nonprofit dedicated to connecting urban tech leaders – have announced the launch of The Grid, a member-based partnership network for New York’s urban tech community. The goal of the network is to link organizations, academia and local tech leaders, in order to promote collaboration and the sharing of knowledge and resources. In addition to connecting member companies and talent, The Grid will host various events, e...
Tags: Security, Startups, TC, Internet Of Things, Accelerator, Real Estate, New York, Networking, Education, NYC, Finance, Government, New York City, Samsung, Tech, Policy


Watch The Journey, the New Ridley Scott Short Film Teased During the Super Bowl

Established in 1933, Turkish Airlines celebrated its 85th anniversary last year with a higher profile than ever before. Born in 1937, Ridley Scott turned 81 last year and has shown no decline whatsoever in his enthusiasm for filmmaking. This year found those two institutions brought together by another, the Super Bowl, which offered the occasion to air a thirty-second teaser for The Journey, a six-minute film commissioned by Turkish Airlines and directed by Scott. (The same game also, Op...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, England, New York, Television, Film, Bali, College, Andy Warhol, Ridley Scott, Seoul, Istanbul, Turkish Airlines, Scott, Facebook Twitter


The Beginning of a Digital Revolution?

It’s hard for me to believe that we’re finally here, but my new book, Digital Minimalism, comes out on Tuesday. The early buzz about the book has exceeded my expectations, which helps validate a trend that I’ve been noticing over the past year or so: people seem like they’re finally ready to consider serious changes to their relationship with digital tools. To help get you as excited as I am, I’ve included below a sampling of some of the early press on the book. (Also remember, as ...
Tags: New York, College, Uncategorized, New York Times, Ezra Klein, Mike Allen, Times of London, Tim Hartford, Digital Minimalism Buzz Steve Jobs, Wall Street Journal Cal Newport, Times of London Calls, Financial Times Writing, Melissa Muller


CBGB’s Heyday: Watch The Ramones, The Dead Boys, Bad Brains, Talking Heads & Blondie Perform Live (1974-1982)

There are, I guess, still many things people can do these days to tap into the legacy of CBGB, but I wouldn’t recommend going near most of them. The merchandising empire (do, however, new parents, get your tot a CBGB bib and onesie); the “thuddingly banal” 2013 film version, which… the less said about it the better; yes, and CBGB, the restaurant, in the Newark Airport Terminal C—proceed at your own risk. We must sadly also mention this past summer’s “Potemkin village from hell,” a pop-up...
Tags: Google, New York Post, Music, New York, College, History, Punk, Washington Dc, Manhattan, Starbucks, Newark, Patti Smith, Cleveland, Cbgb, Judy, Blondie


Amazon partners with New York colleges on a cloud computing job training program

A day after Amazon detailed plans to fund computer science classes in New York area high schools, in an effort to expand its tech pipeline for its new HQ2 location in Queens, the company this morning announced a second educational initiative that sees it teaming up with New York City and state colleges. Amazon says it will work with LaGuardia Community College (LAGCC), the City University of New York (CUNY), and the State University of New York (SUNY) to create a cloud computing certificate prog...
Tags: Amazon, New York, Education, College, Cloud Computing, New York City, Tech, Williams, Queens, Aws, SUNY, CUNY, City University of New York CUNY, State University of New York SUNY, HQ2, New York Department of Labor


Amazon to fund computer science classes in over 130 NYC high schools

Following Amazon’s decision to set up one of its new headquarters in Long Island City, Queens, the company announced this morning a plan to fund computer science classes in over 130 New York City area high schools. Specifically, Amazon will fund both introductory and Advanced Placement (AP) classes across all five NYC boroughs, including over 30 schools in Queens, near its new headquarters. The courses will be supported by the Amazon Future Engineer program, whose stated goal is to bring over...
Tags: Amazon, Ecommerce, New York, Education, NYC, New York City, Tech, Engineering, Queens, Schools, Arlington VA, Advanced Placement AP, Long Island City Queens, Specifically Amazon, Instead Amazon, HQ2


Making Sense of White Paintings: A Short Art History Lesson on Minimalism and the All-White Painting

“I could do that” goes the refrain of philistines at modern art galleries, sometimes followed by a “Hell, my dog/cat/baby/elephant could do that!” Sophisticates smirk knowing smirks. Oh no, sir or madam, they most certainly could not. But maybe everyone, at some level, comes across Agnes Martin’s White Stone or Jo Baer’s Untitled (White Square Lavender) and thinks it looks like someone “just took a tube of white paint and spread it on a canvas.” It's tempting to imagine, notes Vox in the...
Tags: Google, Art, New York, College, Harvard, Vox, Sherman, Whitney Museum, Frank Stella, Facebook Twitter, Josef Albers, White Stone, Josh Jones, Agnes Martin, Delacroix, Yasmina Reza


The Artistry Behind an All-White Painting: A Short Art History Lesson on Minimalism and the All-White Painting

“I could do that” goes the refrain of philistines at modern art galleries, sometimes followed by a “Hell, my dog/cat/baby/elephant could do that!” Sophisticates smirk knowing smirks. Oh no, sir or madam, they most certainly could not. But maybe everyone, at some level, comes across Agnes Martin’s White Stone or Jo Baer’s Untitled (White Square Lavender) and thinks it looks like someone “just took a tube of white paint and spread it on a canvas.” It's tempting to imagine, notes Vox in the...
Tags: Google, Art, New York, College, Harvard, Vox, Sherman, Whitney Museum, Frank Stella, Facebook Twitter, Josef Albers, White Stone, Josh Jones, Agnes Martin, Delacroix, Yasmina Reza


LAUSD teachers get paid less than big-city peers, but a 6 percent raise would bring them closer

A typical teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District makes roughly $80,000 a year, but those wages are still below counterparts in major cities in California and other states, according to an analysis of 2017 pay records. United Teachers Los Angeles is asking for higher pay, among other demands, ahead of a planned strike Monday. The district and the union have struggled to come to an agreement on new contract for the last two years. UTLA’s request for a 6.5 percent raise, effective July ...
Tags: New York, News, Education, California, New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Chicago, Soccer, San Diego, Long Beach, Union, Lausd, Local News, Chicago Public Schools


The rise of (societal) resilience tech

If you follow millennials on Twitter (and god help you), then you know that Anne Helen Petersen’s piece this past weekend “How Millennials Became The Burnout Generation” struck a deep chord for many. It’s longform and detailed, but Petersen’s primary thesis is that my generation has been dumped into one of the worst moments for economic and social mobility in recent memory (global financial crisis, etc.), which has led us to massively over-optimize our lives to try to extract any value we can. B...
Tags: Startups, New York, Education, Climate Change, Finance, China, Tech, Policy, Morton, Petersen, Danny, Gremlin, Dan Abramov, Arman, Anne Helen Petersen, Even


Watch Four Daring Films by Lois Weber, “the Most Important Female Director the American Film Industry Has Known” (1913-1921)

These days, every cinephile can name more than a few women among their favorite living filmmakers: Sofia Coppola, Ava DuVernay, Kathryn Bigelow, Jane Campion, Agnès Varda — the list goes on. But if we look farther back into cinema history, coming up with examples becomes much more difficult. There's Ida Lupino, previously featured here on Open Culture, whose The Hitch-Hiker made her the only female director of a 1950s film noir, but before her? No name from that early era is more importa...
Tags: Google, New York, Film, College, Wikipedia, History, Seoul, Pittsburgh, Gretel, Weber, Facebook Twitter, Griffith, Ida Lupino, Colin Marshall, Alice Guy Blaché, Lotte Reiniger


The Bustling Streets of Mumbai, India Captured with Early Sound Cameras in 1929

“Though hardly a cinematic masterpiece,” film critic Andre Soares writes, “or even a good film,” Al Jolson’s 1927 The Jazz Singer will forever bear the distinction of “the first time in a feature film that synchronized sound and voices could be heard in musical numbers and talking segments.” What usually goes unremarked in film history is that Indian cinema was never far behind its U.S. counterpart. The country’s first feature sound film appeared just four years after The Jazz Singer. No...
Tags: Google, New York, Hollywood, Film, College, India, New York City, Fox, Broadway, Mumbai, St Louis, Bombay, Charles Lindbergh, Al Jolson, Facebook Twitter, Josh Jones


The Largest J.R.R. Tolkien Exhibit in Generations Is Coming to the U.S.: Original Drawings, Manuscripts, Maps & More

"I first took on The Lord of the Rings at the age of eleven or twelve," writes The New Yorker's Anthony Lane. "It was, and remains, not a book that you happen to read, like any other, but a book that happens to you: a chunk bitten out of your life." The preteen years may remain the most opportune ones in which to pick up the work of J.R.R. Tolkien, but whatever the period in life at which they find their way in, most readers who make the journey through Middle-earth never really leave th...
Tags: Google, Art, Books, Maps, New York, College, America, Seoul, Middle Earth, Robert Louis Stevenson, Tolkien, Morgan, Facebook Twitter, Anthony Lane, Lane, May


David Bowie and Bing Crosby’s “Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy” Gets Psychedelically Covered by The Flaming Lips

By now, you've hopefully seen David Bowie and Bing Crosby's unlikely encounter in 1977, where they sang a hastily prepared medley of "Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy." It's a curious Christmas classic, and now the subject of a tribute by The Flaming Lips. Above, watch their psychedelic take on the mashup. And if you need to revisit the original, just head here. Follow Open Culture on Facebook and   Twitter and  share intelligent media with your friends. Or better yet, sign up f...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Music, New York, College, David Bowie, David Byrne, Facebook Twitter, Bing Crosby, Pogues, Colonial Massachusetts


When Christmas Was Legally Banned for 22 Years by the Puritans in Colonial Massachusetts

Complaints about the commercial-age corruption of Christmas miss one critical fact: as a mass public celebration, the holiday is a rather recent invention. Whether we credit Charles Dickens, Bing Crosby, or Frank Capra—men not opposed to marketing—we must reckon with Christmas as a product of modernity. That includes the sacred ideas about family, piety, and gratitude we attach to the season. The Puritans of the Massachusetts Bay Colony “despised Christmas,” notes Boing Boing. They assoc...
Tags: Google, New York, College, Massachusetts, History, David Lynch, Frank Capra, New England, Brooks, Facebook Twitter, Josh Jones, Pogues, Durham NC Follow, Massachusetts Bay Colony, Colonial Massachusetts, Charles Dickens Bing Crosby


New Digital Archive Will Feature the Complete Works of Egon Schiele: Start with 419 Paintings, Drawings & Sculptures

If you’ve ever mistaken an Egon Schiele for a Gustav Klimt, you can surely be forgiven—the Austrian modernist don served as a North Star for Schiele, who sought out Klimt, apprenticed himself, and received a great deal of encouragement from his elder. But he would soon strike out on his own, developing a grotesque, exaggerated, yet elegantly sensual style that shocked his contemporaries and made him a leading figure of Austrian Expressionism. Now, a century after his death in 1918 at age 28, a ...
Tags: Google, Art, New York, College, Paul Klee, Archives, Martinique, Edvard Munch, Facebook Twitter, Josh Jones, Gustav Klimt, Klimt, Schiele, Durham NC Follow, Galerie St Etienne, Meilan Solly


'90s Fashion Icons: Jennifer Aniston

Here's how to copy Jennifer's style from 'Friends'! '90s nostalgia is real. Twisted chokers are back in stores. Aladdin is going back to theaters. Netflix just paid $100 million dollars to keep Friends streaming another year. And people can't get enough! To celebrate, we've chosen '90s fashion icons that you need to know about to get on board with this '90s revival. Last week we looked at Hollywood's reigning monarch Julia Roberts. This week, we are a taking a trip to Central Perk and copying t...
Tags: New York, Hollywood, College, Friends, Inspiration, Earth, Julia Roberts, Netflix, Jennifer Aniston, Asos, 1990s, Jen, Golden Globe, Rachel, Jennifer, Rachel Green


Listen to a Heartfelt Musical Retelling of O. Henry’s “Gift of the Magi” with Hanky in Hand

It’s that time of year when certain songs conspire with certain moods to hit you right in the ol’ brisket. The feeling is voluptuous, and not necessarily unpleasant, provided there’s a bathroom stall or spare bedroom should you need to flee a party like Cinderella, as some old chestnut threatens to turn you into a blubbering mess. Let the kiddies deck the halls, jingle bells, and prance about with Rudolph and Frosty. The best secular songs for grown ups are the ones with a thick current of long...
Tags: Google, Music, New York, Taylor Swift, College, Life, New York City, Christopher Lee, Gold, James Brown, Paul Mccartney, Literature, Coldplay, Cinderella, Joni Mitchell, Romeo


Take a Virtual Tour of Brazil’s National Museum & Its Artifacts: Google Digitized the Museum’s Collection Before the Fateful Fire

How to describe the magnitude of the loss when Brazil's Museu Nacional caught fire in September? The New Yorker's Alejandro Chacoff ventured an analogy that would resonate with readers of that magazine: "It’s as if, in New York, the American Museum of Natural History and the New School, or a part of the Columbia campus, had been built on the same spot, and then was reduced to ashes." The 200-year-old museum lost an estimated 92.5 percent of its 20-million-item archive, one of the largest collec...
Tags: Google, Amazon, New York, College, Americas, Museums, Brazil, American Museum of Natural History, Seoul, Columbia, Facebook Twitter, New School, LUZIA, Colin Marshall, Alejandro Chacoff, 21st Century Los Angeles


The Beastie Boys Release a New Freewheeling Memoir, and a Star-Studded 13-Hour Audiobook Featuring Snoop Dogg, Elvis Costello, Bette Midler, John Stewart & Dozens More

Quick way to date yourself: name the first Beastie Boys album you bought (or heard). If you somehow got your hands on an original pressing of their first single “Cooky Puss”—released in 1981 when the then-foursome was a New York hardcore band—congratulations, you’re a legend. If you first bought 1986’s Licensed to Ill—their major label debut and coming-out as a crude rap-rock parody threesome (minus fired drummer Kate Schellenbach), precision-engineered to freak your parents out—congrats...
Tags: Google, Books, Music, New York, Bruce Springsteen, College, Brooklyn, Amy Poehler, Rolling Stone, Rosie Perez, Bette Midler, Kim Gordon, DMC, Mike, PAUL, Facebook Twitter


The Revolutionary Title Sequences and Trailers Created by Pablo Ferro: Dr. Strangelove, A Clockwork Orange, Stop Making Sense, Bullitt & Other Films

Pablo Ferro, who died last month after more than 60 years in graphic design, had such an impact on cinema that we've all felt it at one time or another, despite the fact that he never directed a single feature himself. Rather, he made his mark with title sequences and trailers, each of them exuding no small amount of then-revolutionary and still difficult-to-imitate style. Having emigrated from Cuba to New York at the age of twelve, Ferro taught himself to animate before finding his firs...
Tags: Google, New York, Film, College, Animation, Beethoven, Stanley Kubrick, Kubrick, Steve McQueen, Cuba, Seoul, Alfred Hitchcock, Saul Bass, Facebook Twitter, Strangelove, Ferro


A Beautiful Short Documentary Takes You Inside New York City’s Last Great Chess Store

Chess Forum in Greenwich Village is, like Gramercy Typewriter and the Upper East Side’s Tender Buttons, the sort of shop New Yorkers feel protective of, even if they’ve never actually crossed the threshold. “How can it still exist?” is a question left unanswered by "King of the Night," Lonely Leap’s lovely short profile of Chess Forum’s owner, Imad Khachan, above, but no matter. We're just glad it does. The store, located a block and a half south of Washington Square, looks older than it...
Tags: Travel, Google, Games, New York, College, Life, New York City, Harvard, Philosophy, Upper East Side, Kubrick, Lebanon, Nyu, Facebook Twitter, Greenwich Village, Leningrad


A little help from my friends

Image from Maxpixel My grandest project of 2018 has been writing a new book, which was commissioned by Kogan Page in January. Anyone who has authored a book will know how compelling, and also how lonely it can be. Throughout the year, the book has continuously exercised my mind, and I have spent countless hours of planning, thinking, researching, writing and editing.I decided to call the book 'Digital Learning in Organisations' from the outset because my expertise lies in learning techn...
Tags: Amazon, Usa, UK, New York, Learning, Education, Social Media, Development, Change, David, Italy, Mobile Devices, eLearning, David Kelly, Julian, Kogan Page


Take a Close Look at Basquiat’s Revolutionary Art in a New 500-Page, 14-Pound, Large Format Book by TASCHEN

At many a bookstore and art gallery gift shop, you will find copies of writer and artist Javaka Steptoe’s Radiant Child, a young person’s introduction to Jean-Michel Basquiat. The book has deservedly won a Caldecott Medal and the praise of adult readers who find as much or more to admire in it as their kids do. A surprisingly moving short biography, it hits many of the major notes in Basquiat’s formative years: His Brooklyn childhood and Haitian and Puerto Rican heritage; his love for his encou...
Tags: Google, Art, Books, New York, College, Brooklyn, Andy Warhol, Facebook Twitter, Jean Michel Basquiat, Josh Jones, Basquiat, Taschen, Durham NC Follow, Eleanor Nairne, Javaka Steptoe, Hans Werner Holzwarth


Watch Andy Warhol Eat an Entire Burger King Whopper–While Wishing the Burger Came from McDonald’s (1981)

In the early 1980s, Danish experimental filmmaker Jørgen Leth came to America intent on capturing it live as it was actually lived across that vast, still-new, and often strange country. The result, 66 Scenes from America, offers images of roadside motels and diners, desert landscapes, the Manhattan skyline, miles of lonely highway, and stars and stripes aplenty. Halfway through it all comes the longest, and perhaps most American, scene of all: Andy Warhol eating a fast-food hamburger. A...
Tags: Google, Art, New York, Film, College, America, Food & Drink, Manhattan, Andy Warhol, Warhol, Seoul, Burger King, Coca Cola, Stanford University, Coke, Ernest Hemingway



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