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How Does the Rorschach Inkblot Test Work?: An Animated Primer

A frightening monster? Two friendly bears? Say what!? As anybody with half a brain and the gift of sight knows, the black and red inkblot below resembles nothing so much as a pair of gnomes, gavotting so hard their knees bleed. ...or perhaps it’s open to interpretation. Back in 2013, when Open Culture celebrated psychologist Hermann Rorschach’s birthday by posting the ten blots that form the basis of his famous personality test, readers reported seeing all sorts of things in Card 2: A u...
Tags: Psychology, Google, College, Nazis, New York City, Neuroscience, Lewis Carroll, Alice, Yale University, Facebook Twitter, Searls, Hermann Rorschach, Rorschach, Ayun Halliday, Damion Searls, Rorshach


Leonard Bernstein Awkwardly Turns the Screws on Tenor Jose Carreras While Recording West Side Story (1984)

What have we here? Evidence that the Maestro is a monster? Or a behind the scenes reminder that Arrested Development’s wannabe actor Tobias Fünke is not too far off base when he says that to make it in “this business of show, you have to have the heart of an angel and the hide... of an elephant.” Both? Neither? Any way you slice it, the recording session above is not for your typical cast album. West Side Story, with a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, and lyrics b...
Tags: Google, Music, New York, College, New York City, Theatre, Vienna, Stephen Sondheim, Broadway, Opera, Verona, Maria, Public Domain, Bernstein, Tony, Natalie Wood


The Amazing Franz Kafka Workout!: Discover the 15-Minute Exercise Routine That Swept the World in 1904

Does your spare tire show no signs of deflating as bikini season looms? Is the fear of bullies kicking sand in your face beginning to outstrip the horror of transforming into a giant bug overnight? Do you long to experience lasting health benefits along with an impressively fit appearance? Friends, we make you this promise: The Amazing Franz Kafka Workout will transform your life along with your physique in just 15 minutes a day. That's right, just 15 minutes of daily calisthenics (and some ...
Tags: Health, Google, College, New York City, Sports, Literature, Kafka, Facebook Twitter, Müller, Walt Whitman, Franz Kafka, Sarah Wildman, Ayun Halliday, Unearthed Health Manual, Jørgen Peter Müller, Franz Kafka Workout


Here’s John Steinbeck Asking Marilyn Monroe for Her Autograph (1955)

When asking a celebrity for a special favor, it helps to be a bit of a celebrity yourself. As Keith Ferrell details in his biography, John Steinbeck: The Voice of the Land, the Nobel laureate had little patience for autograph seekers, pushy young writers seeking help getting published, and “people who never read books but enjoyed meeting authors.” The shoe went on the other foot when Mrs. Steinbeck let slip to her nephew that Uncle John had met the boy’s movie star crush, Marilyn Monroe. Sudden...
Tags: Google, Film, College, Life, New York City, Marilyn Monroe, Literature, John F Kennedy, Letters, Public Domain, Facebook Twitter, Jon, Julien, John Steinbeck, Steinbeck, Monroe


Watch Lin-Manuel Miranda Perform the Earliest Version of Hamilton at the White House, Six Years Before the Play Hit the Broadway Stage (2009)

Another immigrant comin' up from the bottom His enemies destroyed his rep, America forgot him…  Holler if you can remember a time when few Americans were well-versed enough in founding father Alexander Hamilton’s origin story to recite it in rhyme at the drop of a hat. Believe it or not, as recently as the summer of 2015, when Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Hamilton: An American Musical exploded on Broadway, Hamilton the man was, as the Tony award winning lyrics above sugges...
Tags: Google, Music, Politics, Obama, College, White House, New York City, Theatre, America, History, Broadway, James Earl Jones, Dc, Miranda, George Stephanopoulos, Dick Cheney


An Animated Introduction to the Chaotic Brilliance of Jean-Michel Basquiat: From Homeless Graffiti Artist to Internationally Renowned Painter

By the late 1970s, New York City had fallen into such a shambolic state that nobody could have been expected to notice the occasional streak of additional spray paint here and there. But somehow the repeated appearance of the word "SAMO" caught the attention of even jaded Lower Manhattanites. That tag signified the work of Al Diaz and Jean-Michel Basquiat, the latter of whom would create work that, four decades later, would sell for over $110 million at auction, a record-breaking number ...
Tags: Google, Art, New York, College, New York City, Animation, Andy Warhol, Seoul, University Of Maryland, Soho, Facebook Twitter, Jean Michel Basquiat, Basquiat, William S Burroughs, Taschen, William Burroughs


Jim Morrison Declares That “Fat is Beautiful” …. And Means It

There’s a bit of cognitive dissonance in a young rock god giving voice to the fat pride movement some four decades after his death. Years before social media amplified celebrity weight gain coverage to the realm of national news, The Doors’ lead singer, Lizard King Jim Morrison, was the subject of intense bodily scrutiny. The musician’s drug of choice—alcohol—swiftly added some extra cushioning to the sexy, shirtless young lion image photographer Joel Brodsky managed to capture in 1967. ...
Tags: Health, Google, Music, College, Life, New York City, Food & Drink, Animation, Paris, Village Voice, Smith, Morrison, Facebook Twitter, Greenwich Village, Jim Morrison, Patrick Smith


Discover the KattenKabinet: Amsterdam’s Museum Devoted to Works of Art Featuring Cats

Image by T_Marjorie, via Flickr Commons There’s been quite a bit of barking in the media lately to herald the reopening of the American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog, relocating from St. Louis to New York City’s Park Avenue. What’s a cat person to do? Perhaps decompress within Amsterdam’s KattenKabinet… In contrast to the Museum of the Dog’s glitzy, glass-fronted HQ, the Cat Cabinet maintains a fairly low profile inside a 17th-century canal house. (Several visitors have noted in their Trip Advi...
Tags: Travel, Google, Art, College, New York City, America, Bbc, Nature, Malaysia, Amsterdam, Rembrandt, St Louis, Morgan, Edward Gorey, Ken, Minsk


Why the school-college-job pathway is about to go extinct

The automation age will render the traditional concept of "jobs" obsolete. Human work is about to undergo an historic shift. Is the education system ready? Lumina Foundation is partnering with Big Think to unearth the next large-scale, rapid innovation in post-high school education. If you have an idea that could empower learning beyond high school, enter the Lumina Prize. You could win flights and accommodation for two nights in New York City, media training from Big Think's producers an...
Tags: Work, Sponsored, Technology, Education, New York City, Future, Innovation, Ai, Lumina Foundation


18 Classic Myths Explained with Animation: Pandora’s Box, Sisyphus & More

Greek myths have an incredible shelf life. We may not retain all the players’ names or the intricacies of the various plot lines, but the creative punishments the gods—Zeus, in particular—visited upon those who displeased them have provided modern mortals with an enduring shorthand for describing our own woes. Tempted to sneak a peek inside a lover’s diary? Take a teeny swig from the liquor cabinet whilst housesitting? Go snooping in your teenager’s Internet history? DON’T DO IT, PANDORA...
Tags: Google, College, Life, New York City, History, Pandora, Animation, K-12, Literature, Facebook Twitter, TED Ed, Sisyphean


Hear the First Musical Composition Created by a Computer: The Illiac Suite (1956)

Think “Generative Music” and what may come to mind is Brian Eno, pushing a button and letting music flow from his studio computer. But the idea is much older than that. The “Illiac Suite” from 1952 is named after the cash-register-looking ILLIAC computer on which it was composed, and is one of the first examples of bringing computer programming into the task of creating music within some well defined parameters. The resulting score was then played by humans. You can hear the first experi...
Tags: Google, Music, College, Virginia, New York City, Alan Turing, DuPont, John, Brian Eno, University Of Illinois, Facebook Twitter, Bach, Babbitt, KCRW, Hiller, Penderecki


A New Collection of Official, Authorized Prince GIFs!

Tech entrepreneur Anil Dash, podcaster, music historian, and advisor to the Obama White House’s Office of Digital Strategy, knows his way around Prince’s catalogue. Less than a year after the iconoclastic musician left the planet, Dash created a guide to help newbies and casual listeners become better acquainted with his oeuvre: The nice thing about Prince’s work is that there are no bad starting points; if you don’t like what you hear at first, he almost certainly made a song in the complete op...
Tags: Google, Music, College, New York City, Web/Tech, Anil Dash, Prince, Archives, Dash, Facebook Twitter, Maria Bartiromo, George Gershwin, Obama White House, Kottke, Redbone, ROGERS NELSON


Standardized tests: Finland’s education system vs. the U.S.

Imperial China developed the first standardized tests for bureaucratic hopefuls.Finland has all but done away with standardized tests, and its education system remains one of the best in the world.The United States relies heavily on these tests and scores lower than Finland in academic rigor, yet provides a more balanced educational system for boys and girls, as well as immigrantsImperial China developed the world's first standardized tests. During the country's Tang dynasty, bureaucratic hopefu...
Tags: Hong Kong, Europe, Florida, Texas, Education, California, China, Singapore, New York City, Society, Policy, Teaching, United States, Testing, Innovation, Finland


When Fred Rogers and Francois Clemmons Broke Down Race Barriers on a Historic Episode of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood (1969)

Last year’s Fred Rogers documentary, Won’t You Be My Neighbor, propelled François Clemmons—better known to generations of Mister Rogers Neighborhood viewers as Officer Clemmons—back into the international spotlight. One of the most striking anecdotes in the doc concerns a 1969 episode in which Mister Rogers, who was white, invited Officer Clemmons, who is black, to join him in soaking his bare feet in a backyard baby pool on a hot summer’s day. It was one of those giant leaps for ma...
Tags: Google, Television, College, Life, New York City, History, Pbs, Vanity Fair, Rogers, Pittsburgh, Facebook Twitter, Fred, Fred Rogers, Electric Company, Roger, Middlebury College


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


Neil Gaiman Reads His Manifesto on Making Art: Features the 10 Things He Wish He Knew As a Young Artist

I think you're absolutely allowed several minutes, possibly even half a day to feel very, very sorry for yourself indeed. And then just start making art. - Neil Gaiman It’s a bit early in the year for commencement speeches, but fortunately for lifelong learners who rely on a steady drip of inspiration and encouragement, author Neil Gaiman excels at putting old wine in new bottles. He repurposed his keynote address to Philadelphia's University of the Arts’ Class of 2012 for Art Matter...
Tags: Google, Art, Books, College, Life, New York City, Neil Gaiman, Literature, Philadelphia, Hackney, Ursula K Le Guin, Alice, East London, Waterstones, Facebook Twitter, Chris Riddell


Download Free Coloring Books from 113 Museums

One can only color so many floral-trimmed affirmations before one begins to crave something slightly more perverse. An emaciated, naked, anthropomorphized mandrake root, say or… Thy wish is our command, but be prepared to hustle, because today is the final day of Color Our Collections, a compellingly democratic initiative on the part of the New York Academy of Medicine. Since 2016, the Academy has made an annual practice of inviting other libraries, archives, and cultural institutions around th...
Tags: Google, Art, College, New York City, West Virginia, Museums, Vilnius, University Of Illinois, Villanova University, Facebook Twitter, Mutter Museum, Ayun Halliday, Patrick J Costello, Andover Harvard Theological Library, Franz Hogenberg


Minimalism Grows…

Me speaking about Digital Minimalism at Company HQ in New York City on Monday Night. I only rarely write administrative posts, but because this is the launch week for my new book, I figured I’m due a break on this rule. With this in mind, I want to share a few more interesting pieces of news coverage on Digital Minimalism. Before I do, two quick notes: First, if you live in the Washington, DC area, come see me at Politics & Prose at 3:30 on Saturday. I’ll be taking questions and sig...
Tags: Amazon, Usa, College, New York City, Time, Uncategorized, Washington Dc, Npr, Usa Today, Brian Johnson, Mark Hyman, Digital Minimalism at Company HQ, Tech News Weekly Written


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


Explore an Interactive Version of The Wall of Birds, a 2,500 Square-Foot Mural That Documents the Evolution of Birds Over 375 Million Years

Now, this avian Vatican also has its own Michelangelo. – Audubon Magazine And the Class of Aves has its very own avian Pantone chart, created by science illustrator Jane Kim in service of her 2,500 square-foot Wall of Birds mural at Cornell University’s Lab of Ornithology. The custom chart’s fifty-one colors comprise about 90 percent of the finished work. A palette of thirteen Golden Fluid Acrylics supplied the jewel-toned accents so thrilling to birdwatchers. Along the way, Kim absorbe...
Tags: Google, Science, Biology, College, New York City, Nature, Museums, Vatican, Kim, Cornell, Cornell University, Starling, Facebook Twitter, Michelangelo, Lilac, Jane Kim


LittleBits lays off employees as it shifts focus toward education

New York City open-source maker startup LittleBits began to lay off staff last month, TechCrunch has learned. The loss of jobs comes as the company looks to shift more focus toward the K-12 market. Education-specific offerings have been lucrative for the company in its eight-year existence, but recent products have found the company embracing licensed products, courtesy of its involvement with Disney’s hardware accelerator. LittleBits confirmed the layoffs as part of an internal restructu...
Tags: Layoffs, Education, New York City, Disney, Tech, Littlebits, Sphero, Personnel, DIY Co


A History of the Entire World in Less Than 20 Minutes

Thanks for watching history. I hope I mentioned everything. - Bill Wurtz Here at Open Culture, we happily acknowledge that learning is not a one-size-fits-all proposition. The internet may be doing a number on our attention spans, but as the world has grown smaller, the educational buffet has grown richer, more varied, and vastly more affordable. Take for example the History of the World. Geography fans can approach the subject via Ollie Bye's year-by-year animated map. John Green’s play...
Tags: Google, Japan, Technology, Microsoft, College, New York City, Time, History, World, Egypt, Animation, Vine, Columbia University, John Green, Facebook Twitter, Tigris


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


What’s the Lumina Prize? You could have the winning idea!

Lumina Foundation is partnering with Big Think to unearth the next large-scale, rapid innovation in post-high school education. Let's lift Americans up the economic ladder and redefine education and training for the new economy. Lumina Foundation is an independent, private foundation committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all. Its goal is to prepare people for informed citizenship and for success in a global economy. If you have an idea that could empo...
Tags: Sponsored, Learning, Education, New York City, Entrepreneur, Innovation, Social Change, Lumina Foundation


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


Hear Neil Gaiman Read a Beautiful, Profound Poem by Ursula K. Le Guin to His Cousin on Her 100th Birthday

It’s quite profound, isn’t it? - Helen Fagin, aged 100 Every time I open my laptop to discover a friend posting a vintage photo of their parent as a beaming bride or saucy sailor boy in lush black and white or gold-tinged Kodachrome, I know the deal. Another elder has left the building. With luck, I’ll have at least two or three decades before my kids start sniffing around in my shoe boxes of old snapshots. In the meantime, I’ll wonder how much of the emotion that’s packed into those memoria...
Tags: Google, College, Life, New York City, Poetry, Neil Gaiman, Palmer, Literature, Amanda Palmer, Ursula K Le Guin, Helen, Facebook Twitter, Gaiman, Popova, Helen Fagin, Palmer Helen


Watch the Meditative Cinepoem “H20”: A Landmark Avant-Garde Art Film from 1929

We all stand to benefit from a bit of hydrotherapy, but in these hectic, trying times, it's challenging to find the time for a bath, let alone come up with the dough for a tropical vacation or soothing spa experience. Given the circumstances, the nearly hundred-year-old experimental film above may be your best option. In 1929, photograher and filmmaker Ralph Steiner turned his camera on a number of watery subjects—hydrants, waterfalls, streams, raindrops disturbing placid puddled surface...
Tags: Google, Film, College, New York City, Environment, Orson Welles, Nature, New York Times, Poe, Facebook Twitter, Steiner, Man Ray, House of Usher, Walter Ruttmann, Lichtspiel Opus, Ralph Steiner


Librarian Honors a Dying Tree by Turning It Into a Little Free Library

And then she said to Annika, "Why don't you feel in that old tree stump? One practically always finds things in old tree stumps."  - Pippi Longstocking, Astrid Lindgren  Remember that other classic of children's literature, wherein a boy runs from the city to a secluded mountain, taking up residence in an old tree he hollows into a cozy shelter? Public librarian and artist Sharalee Armitage Howard’s Little Free Library is a bit like that, except there was no running involved. When the ve...
Tags: Google, Books, Design, College, New York City, Creativity, Idaho, K-12, Libraries, Reddit, Howard, Facebook Twitter, Beatrix Potter, Little Free Library, Pippi Longstocking, Pippi Longstocking Astrid Lindgren


Clear skies and a surprise performance boost striking teachers’ spirits in Rancho Palos Verdes

Teacher and students walk the picket line in front of Dodson Middle School during day 5 of the UTLA strike against LAUSD in Rancho Palos Verdes on Friday, January. 18, 2019. (Photo by Brittany Murray, Press-Telegram/SCNG) Teacher and students walk the picket line in front of Dodson Middle School during day 5 of the UTLA strike against LAUSD in Rancho Palos Verdes on Friday, January. 18, 2019. (Photo by Brittany Murray, Press-Telegram/SCNG) Sound The gallery will resume in seconds ...
Tags: Education, New York City, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Davidson, Rancho Palos Verdes, Newsies, UTLA, Top Stories Breeze, Brittany Murray Press, Brittany Murray Press Telegram, Dodson Middle School, Rachel Whitlow, John Barazza


Vintage Geological Maps Get Turned Into 3D Topographical Wonders

What good is an old-fashioned map in the age of apps? One need not be a mountaineer, geoscientist, or civil engineer to get the topographical lay of the land with a speed and accuracy that would have blown Lewis and Clark’s minds’ right through the top of the lynx and otter toppers they took to wearing after their standard issue army lids wore out. There’s still something to be said for the old ways, though. Graphic designer Scott Reinhard has all the latest technological advances at his di...
Tags: Google, Maps, Design, Technology, College, New York City, History, United States, K-12, Jason Kottke, Lewis, Facebook Twitter, Clark, U S Geological Survey USGS, U S Geological Survey, Hoosier State



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