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The Beastie Boys & Rick Rubin Reunite and Revisit Their Formative Time Together in 1980s NYC

The Beastie Boys’ record-shattering Licensed to Ill is thirty-four years old. This fact might mean nothing to you, or it might mean that you are thirty-four years older than the moment the album came out in November of 1986, and suburban parents around the country, maybe even your parents, freaked out in unison. The album was a stroke of genius from producer Rick Rubin, delivering hip-hop safe for white kids while also giving them permission to be as obnoxious as possible. Ostensibly a r...
Tags: Google, Music, College, Brooklyn, Slayer, Ill, Spike Jonze, Nme, Nyu, Kerry King, PAUL, Zeppelin, Facebook Twitter, Perry, Rick Rubin, Josh Jones


Mister Rogers Makes a List of His 10 Favorite Books

In 1991, Fred Rogers received a letter from an author working on a book about others' favorite books. More than likely, it was a book about famous people's favorite books. But you wouldn’t know it from Mister Rogers’ characteristically gracious typed reply, above. He opens by apologizing for his late reply and expresses his honor at being included in a “book about what people read.” What did the most unassuming and neighborly person on television read? You can see Rogers’ list of ten books tran...
Tags: Google, Books, College, William Shakespeare, Npr, Rogers, Facebook Twitter, Fred Rogers, Antoine de Saint Exupéry, Roger, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Josh Jones, Kamenetz, Rubin, Erik Erikson, Robert Frost


Every Possible Melody Has Been Copyrighted, and They’re Now Released into the Public Domain

When Helen Keller was only twelve years old, she stood accused of plagiarizing a short story. A tribunal acquitted her of the charges, but when her dear friend Mark Twain read about the incident years later, he strenuously protested, exclaiming in a 1903 letter, “the kernel, the soul—let us go further and say the substance, the bulk, the actual and valuable material of all human utterance—is plagiarism.” Given the finite number of possible narratives, and combinations of phrases, words, ...
Tags: Google, Music, Technology, Law, Minneapolis, College, George Harrison, Woody Guthrie, Atlantic, Katy Perry, Mark Twain, Soundcloud, First Time, Public Domain, Zeppelin, Facebook Twitter


The Danger of Exaggerating the Political Importance of Social Media

Photo by Matthew G. The Pew Research Center on American Twitter use. As Jennifer Rubin reported in the Washington Post, one of the most striking findings from the report is that only 2.2% of the population currently produces 97% of political tweets. As Rubin notes, these findings run counter to the core belief held in media and political circles that these services play a critical role in our democracy. She describes the fact that campaigns and reporters take Twitter so seriously as ...
Tags: Washington Post, College, Uncategorized, Rubin, Jennifer Rubin, The Pew Research Center, Matthew G, Political Importance of Social Media


Meet Ellen Rubin (aka The Popuplady) and Her Collection of 9,000 Pop-Up Books

It’s unusual to encounter a pop-up book for sale in a thrift store. Their enthusiastic child owners tend to work them so hard, that eventually even sentimental value is trashed. Stuck slider bars and torn flaps scotch the element of surprise. Scenes that once sprang to crisp attention can barely manage a flaccid 45° angle. One good yank and Cinderella’s coach gives way forever, leaving an unsightly crust of dried glue. Their natural tendency toward obsolescence only serves to make au...
Tags: Google, Art, Books, Design, College, Edgar Allan Poe, History, Yale, Smithsonian, Cinderella, Atlas Obscura, Facebook Twitter, Rubin, Ayun Halliday, Ellen Rubin, Literary Arts


IBM: Where Corporate Responsibility is Not a Trend, but a Lifestyle

Latinitas Austin and El Paso chapters together at last for our strategic planning session with IBM. Coffee and pink cake helped with the process. If you looked at just the business pages in American newspapers, you’d think corporations working with nonprofits and delivering global responsibility was a new trend. However, global companies like IBM have been modeling social impact for decades now and Latinitas can attest to their commitment.Last month, Latinitas had the pleasure and benefit of a...
Tags: Startups, News, Education, Diversity, Austin, Arkansas, Ibm, Lenovo, Nonprofit, El Paso, United Way, Rubin, Latina, East Austin, Texas Louisiana, Austin Startups


Hear a 4 Hour Playlist of Great Protest Songs: Bob Dylan, Nina Simone, Bob Marley, Public Enemy, Billy Bragg & More

When I was growing up, protest music meant Public Enemy, Rage Against the Machine, and—for some few Americans and very many Brits—Billy Bragg: an artist “at home with both socialist politics and heartbreak,” writes Allmusic, “styled on the solo attack of early Dylan and the passion of the Clash.” Known for his pro-labor, anti-Thatcher, anti-war, pro “Sexuality” stances, Bragg has been a stalwart campaigner for peace and justice since the 1980s. A veteran activist who made appearances at ...
Tags: Google, Spotify, Music, Politics, Beyonce, College, Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Neil Young, Nelson Mandela, Bob Dylan, Pussy Riot, Solange, Billy Bragg, Marvin Gaye, Black Sabbath


Modern Intermediate Full Power Calibers 018: The 7.62x54mmR Russian

Modern? Sure, but let’s take a step back… Way back. It’s 1890 and smokeless powder has just been invented. There’s this guy named Rubin going around and spreading the gospel of the small caliber, high velocity .30″ bore round. You’re in Imperial Russia; what’s your country to do to keep up with this new tide […] Read More … The post Modern Intermediate Full Power Calibers 018: The 7.62x54mmR Russian appeared first on The Firearm Blog.
Tags: News, Guns, Education, Russia, Afghanistan, Nato, Russian, Soviet, Warsaw, Rubin, PKM, SVD, Rifle, Rifles, Other Gear & Gadgets, Guns & Gear


10 Books on Happiness & Success for Your Reading List

Being an entrepreneur is stressful work. You pour blood, sweat, and tears into making your business work. Even though it can test you down to your last nerve, there’s nothing more rewarding than starting your own company. While it can be challenging to successfully balance your workload plus family, friends, fitness and some personal time, there are few things that rings true for most successful entrepreneurs. It’s their unwavering commitment to continuous self-improvement in all areas of their ...
Tags: Psychology, Books, Family, General, Students, College, Relationships, Friends, Failure, Habits, Happiness, Book Reviews, Stress, Personal, Mindfulness, Self-help



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