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Discover the Artist Who Mentored Edward Hopper & Inspired “Nighthawks”

Every good teacher must be prepared for the students who surpass them. Such was the case with Martin Lewis, Edward Hopper's onetime teacher, an Australian-born printmaker who left rural Victoria at age 15 and traveled the world before settling in New York City in 1900 to make his fame and fortune. By the 1910s, Lewis had become a commercially successful illustrator, well-known for his etching skill. It was then that he took on Hopper as an apprentice. “Hopper asked that he might study alongside...
Tags: Google, Art, College, New York City, Edgar Degas, Victoria, Hopper, Edward Hopper, Martin Lewis, Lewis, Facebook Twitter, Josh Jones, Durham NC Follow, Pae, Messy Nessy, Ashcan School

How to Keep Safe from the 2019-nCoV

As our history reveals, the human population is no stranger to pandemics. The cholera, Black Death, and the HIV pandemic are just a handful of outbreaks that have swept across nations and even changed history. Currently, the 2019-nCoV is shaping up to be another unforgettable pandemic with over 40,000 confirmed cases and 1,000 deaths worldwide. Government-imposed regulations aside, an essential part of preventing the virus from spreading comes from people’s vigilance and prudence. Basic protecti...
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America’s First Drag Queen Was Also America’s First LGBTQ Activist and a Former Slave

Negro Dive Raided. Thirteen Black Men Dressed as Women Surprised at Supper and Arrested. —The Washington Post, April 13, 1888 Sometimes, when we are engaged as either participant in, or eyewitness to, the making of history, its easy to forget the history-makers who came earlier, who dug the trenches that allow our modern battles to be waged out in the open. Take America’s first self-appointed “queen of drag” and pioneering LGBTQ activist, William Dorsey Swann, born into slavery around 1858. 30 ...
Tags: Google, Gender, Washington Post, College, France, Life, New York City, America, History, Washington Dc, Columbia University, Swann, Dorsey, Joseph, Facebook Twitter, Ayun Halliday

Watch This Year’s Oscar-Winning Short The Neighbor’s Window, a Surprising Tale of Urban Voyeurism

As the last couple of generations to come of age have rediscovered, urban living has its benefits. One of those benefits is the ability to keep an eye on your neighbors — quite literally, given a situation of buildings in close proximity, sufficiently large windows, and minimal usage of drapes. Fortysomething Brooklyn couple Alli and Jacob find themselves turned into voyeurs by just such a situation in Marshall Curry's The Neighbor's Window, the Best Live Action Short Film at this year's...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Film, College, Brooklyn, Seoul, Facebook Twitter, Greg Keller, Jacob, Alli, Noah Baumbach, Colin Marshall, Maria Dizzia, 21st Century Los Angeles, Marshall Curry, New York Gen Xers

Moscow: Twitter and Facebook fined 4 million rubles each for refusing to store data on Russian citizens in Russia

A court in Moscow today issued fines of 4 million rubles each against Twitter and Facebook for the social media companies' refusal to store data about Russian citizens inside Russia. The fines of nearly $63,000 are, as the saying goes, barely a rounding error for either of those massive internet companies. But they're the largest fines Russia has levied against any tech company since president Vladimir Putin began tightening his grip on the internet starting around 2012, with a bunch of new law...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Post, Business, Technology, News, Internet, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Russia, World news, Tech News, Moscow, Facebook Twitter, Twitter Facebook, Twitter and Facebook

How the Brooklyn Bridge Was Built: The Story of One of the Greatest Engineering Feats in History

When Emily Roebling walked across the Brooklyn Bridge on May 24th, 1883, the first person to cross its entire span, she capped a family saga equal parts triumph and tragedy, a story that began sixteen years earlier when her father-in-law, German-American engineer John Augustus Roebling, began design work on the bridge. Roebling had already built suspension bridges over the Monongahela River in Pittsburgh, the Niagara River between New York and Canada, and the Kentucky River. But the brid...
Tags: Google, Europe, New York, College, Washington, New York City, History, Canada, Brooklyn Bridge, Gettysburg, Pittsburgh, Facebook Twitter, Emily, Barnum, East River, Union Army

Watch Footage from the Psychology Experiment That Shocked the World: Milgram’s Obedience Study (1961)

For decades following World War II,  the world was left wondering how the atrocities of the Holocaust could have been perpetrated in the midst of—and, most horrifically, by—a modern and civilized society. How did people come to engage in a willing and systematic extermination of their neighbors? Psychologists, whose field had grown into a grudgingly respected science by the midpoint of the 20th century, were eager to tackle the question. In 1961, Yale University’s Stanley Milgram began a...
Tags: Psychology, Google, College, Jerusalem, Montreal, Yale University, Facebook Twitter, Adolf Eichmann, Eichmann, Stanley Milgram, Milgram, Hermann Rorschach, Hannah Arendt, Carl Gustav Jung, Ilia Blinderman

Wes Anderson Releases the Official Trailer for His New Film, The French Dispatch: Watch It Online

James Pogue in the Baffler recently lamented the rise of "shareable writing," manifest in a now-common breed of article both "easy for publishers to reproduce" and for readers to absorb. Shareability requires, above all, that pieces "be simple to describe and package online." This in contrast to the writing published by, say, The New Yorker in decades past. "Every time I have a reason to pull up a piece from the archives, I am shocked at how strange and outré the older pieces read — less...
Tags: Google, Europe, Film, College, France, America, Wes Anderson, Bill Murray, Akira Kurosawa, Grand Budapest Hotel, Seoul, Rushmore, New Yorker, Adrien Brody, New England, Jeffrey Wright

The Importance of Offline Data in SHTF Situations?

Ok guys, it's been...easily almost 4 years since I posted here, but I guess I've re emerged after a few personal SHTFs that left me in some bad spots. Hardy har har oh well. I've of course been doing some digging on this WuTang flu and something I've noticed is (not to be Captain Obvious): Years ago, when Ebola was a huge thing and I lived in the Sierra Foothills, I'd drive home from the central valley every day and listen to various YouTube videos about the crisis on my commute. Alternative ...
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Robin Williams’ Celebrity Struggles: A Discussion with Dave Itzkoff by Pretty Much Pop: A Culture Podcast (ep. 31) New York Times culture reporter Dave Itzkoff joins your hosts Mark Linsenmayer, Erica Spyres, and Brian Hirt to consider issues raised by Dave's 2018 biography Robin: How do we make sense of our strange relation to celebrities, and what are strategies that celebrities use to deal with their asymmetric relationship to the world? While Robin Williams tried, in gratitude, to share himself with his ...
Tags: Google, Hbo, Podcasts, College, Robin Williams, Dave, New York Times, Joaquin Phoenix, Robin, Facebook Twitter, Bret Easton Ellis, Dave Itzkoff, Pretty Much Pop, Mark Linsenmayer Erica Spyres, Brian Hirt, Robin Dave

David Bowie Became Ziggy Stardust 48 Years Ago This Week: Watch Original Footage

For all the not-quite-believable material in the annals of 1970s rock history, is any more difficult to accept than the fact that Ziggy Stardust first materialized in the suburbs? Specifically, he materialized in Tolworth, greater London, at the Toby Jug pub, whose storied history as a live-music venue also includes performances by Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, Genesis, and King Crimson. There, on the night of February 10, 1972, David Bowie — until that point known, to the extent he was k...
Tags: Google, Music, London, College, History, David Bowie, Mars, Seoul, Santa Monica, Bowie, Ziggy Stardust, Facebook Twitter, Thin White Duke, Ziggy, Colin Marshall, 21st Century Los Angeles

An Archive of Handwritten Traditional Mexican Cookbooks Is Now Online

“The search for authentic Mexican food—or rather, the struggle to define what that meant—has been going on for two hundred years,” writes Jeffrey Pilcher at Guernica. Arguments over national cuisine first divided into factions along historical lines of conquest. Indigenous, corn-based cuisines were pitted against wheat-based European foods, while Tex-Mex cooking has been “industrialized and carried around the world,” its processed commodification posing an offense to both indigenous peoples and...
Tags: Google, Books, College, History, Food & Drink, Atlas Obscura, Facebook Twitter, UTSA, Josh Jones, Tex Mex, Durham NC Follow, Noell, Bernal Diaz del Castillo, Jeffrey Pilcher, Vintage Cookbooks Free, Guernica Arguments

The Experimental Abstract Films of Pioneering American Animator Mary Ellen Bute (1930s-1950s)

There’s been a lot of talk about the blurring of national and linguistic boundaries at the Academy Awards this year. Have we entered a new era of moviemaking internationalism? “History, that never-failing fount of irony,” writes Anthony Lane at The New Yorker, “may be of assistance at this point.” When Louis B. Mayer first proposed the Academy in 1927 at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, it was to be called the International Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. “The word ‘Inte...
Tags: Google, Film, College, Disney, America, Los Angeles, Bbc, Yale, Hitler, Houston, Academy, James Joyce, Walt Disney, Facebook Twitter, Fritz Lang, Anthony Lane

Old Book Illustrations: An Online Database Lets You Download Thousands of Illustrations from the 19th & 20th Centuries

The Golden Age of Illustration is typically dated between 1880 and the early decades of the 20th century. This was “a period of unprecedented excellence in book and magazine illustration,” writes Artcyclopedia; the time of artists like John Tenniel, Beatrix Potter (below), Arthur Rackham, and Aubrey Beardsley. Some of the most prominent illustrators, such as Beardsley and Harry Clarke (see one of his Poe illustrations above), also became internationally known artists in the Art Nouveau, Arts an...
Tags: Google, Art, Books, College, Edgar Allan Poe, Poe, Harry Clarke, Facebook Twitter, Tarkovsky, Jules Verne, Josh Jones, Kottke, Aubrey Beardsley, Gustave Doré, Beardsley, John Tenniel

When Miles Davis Discovered and Then Channeled the Musical Spirit of Jimi Hendrix

After the release of Bitches Brew in 1970, Columbia Records pushed Miles Davis to play a series of dates at the Fillmore West and East supporting major rock bands like Neil Young and Crazy Horse, the Grateful Dead, and the Steve Miller Band. Miles “went nuts,” Columbia’s Clive Davis later remembered. “He told me he had no interest in playing for ‘those fucking long-haired kids.’” The reaction does not reflect Miles’ attitude toward all the music enjoyed by long-haired kids, especially—it...
Tags: Google, Music, London, College, Jimi Hendrix, Neil Young, Paul Mccartney, Davis, Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman, Grateful Dead, Columbia, Columbia Records, Miles, East, Facebook Twitter

The Biodiversity Heritage Library Makes 150,000 High-Res Illustrations of the Natural World Free to Download

You may have heard of "plant blindness," a condition defined about 20 years ago that has started to get more press in recent years. As its name suggests, it refers to an inability to identify or even notice the many plant species around us in our everyday lives. Some have connected it to a potentially more widespread affliction they call "nature deficit disorder," which is also just what it sounds like: a set of impairments brought on by insufficient exposure to the natural world. One might als...
Tags: Google, Art, Europe, London, College, US, Bbc, Nature, United States, Archives, Seoul, Facebook Twitter, Henry David Thoreau, Flora, BHL, Joseph Wolf

In Amazon's Bookstore, No Second Chances for the Third Reich

Amazon is quietly canceling its Nazis. Over the past 18 months, the retailer has removed two books by David Duke, a former leader of the Ku Klux Klan, as well as several titles by George Lincoln Rockwell, the founder of the American Nazi Party. Amazon has also prohibited volumes like "The Ruling Elite: The Zionist Seizure of World Power" and "A History of Central Banking and the Enslavement of Mankind." From a report: While few may lament the disappearance of these hate-filled books, the increas...
Tags: Amazon, Tech, Ku Klux Klan, Facebook Twitter, David Duke, George Lincoln Rockwell, American Nazi Party Amazon, History of Central Banking

Jules Verne’s Most Famous Books Were Part of a 54-Volume Masterpiece, Featuring 4,000 Illustrations: See Them Online

Not many readers of the 21st century seek out the work of popular writers of the 19th century, but when they do, they often seek out the work of Jules Verne. Journey to the Center of the Earth, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Around the World in Eighty Days: fair to say that we all know the titles of these fantastical French tales from the 1860s and 70s, and more than a few of us have actually read them. But how many of us know that they all belong to a single series, the 54-volume Voyag...
Tags: Google, Art, Books, College, France, Earth, Paris, Sci Fi, Evans, Seoul, Facebook Twitter, Jules Verne, Hans, Rick Wakeman, Colin Marshall, Verne

Chick Corea’s 16 Pieces of “Cheap But Good Advice for Playing Music in a Group” (1985)

Jazz instrumentalists who “play the changes” have learned to make improvisation look easy. In live performance, the audience shouldn’t see the years of study and practice behind what Willie Thomas calls at Jazz Everyone, “a system that combines the basic jazz language with the important music theory concepts” and at the same time “allows a player to focus on how the music fits the tune and not the chord symbols and scales that often incumber performance.” That may seem like a wordy explanation,...
Tags: Google, Music, College, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Thomas, Berklee College of Music, Chick Corea, Wynton Marsalis, Facebook Twitter, Josh Jones, Corea, Durham NC Follow, Nate Chinen, Willie Thomas

The Woman Who Invented Rock n’ Roll: An Introduction to Sister Rosetta Tharpe

When people would ask her about her music, she would say, “Oh, these kids and rock and roll — this is just sped up rhythm and blues. I've been doing that forever.” - Gayle Wald, author of Shout, Sister, Shout!: The Untold Story of Rock-and-Roll Trailblazer Sister Rosetta Tharpe What do rock and roll pioneers Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, and Little Richard have in common, besides belonging to the inaugural (and all male) class of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees? They were all deeply i...
Tags: Google, Music, College, New York City, America, History, Chicago, Arkansas, Richard, Rock And Roll, Rosie, Berry, Facebook Twitter, Johnny Cash, Roll Hall of Fame, Duke Ellington

Fake News Hoax in Russia Tries Blaming the US For Coronavirus

"Russia's intelligence services are apparently behind a well-coordinated social media campaign to blame the U.S. for creating and unleashing the Wuhan coronavirus on the world," reports the International Business Times. That conclusion comes from the Atlantic Council think tank (founded in 1961), which established its Digital Forensic Research Lab in 2016. Eto Buziashvili, an analyst at the Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Lab, published a report detailing how Russia's state propa...
Tags: Youtube, China, Russia, US, Tech, Kremlin, Wuhan, Alex Jones, Mother Jones, Facebook Twitter, International Business Times, Atlantic Council, Izvestia, Pravda, Digital Forensic Research Lab, Atlantic Council s Digital Forensic Research Lab

California’s new privacy law is off to a rocky start

California’s new privacy law was years in the making. The law, California’s Consumer Privacy Act — or CCPA — became law on January 1, allowing state residents to reclaim their right to access and control their personal data. Inspired by Europe’s GDPR, the CCPA is the largest statewide privacy law change in a generation. The new law lets users request a copy of the data that tech companies have on them, delete the data when they no longer want a company to have it, and demand that their data isn’...
Tags: Security, Verizon, Twitter, Europe, Privacy, Law, California, Government, Tech, United States, Comcast, Davis, Data Protection, Facial Recognition, Data Security, Jean Yang

The controversial facial recognition tech from Clearview AI is also being used to identify child victims of sexual abuse

A software startup that scraped billions of images from major web services — including Facebook, Google, and YouTube — is selling its tool to law enforcement agencies across the United States. The point of the tool is to match unknown faces with publicly available photos, thus identifying crime suspects. But the startup, Clearview AI, has faced major criticism for the way it obtains images: By taking them without permission from major services like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. A new wrinkle...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Youtube, US, Trends, United States, New York Times, Cbs, Google Photos, Terms Of Service, Facebook Twitter, Facebook Google, YouTube Facebook, ClearView, Tor Ekeland, ALEX JOSEPH

An Artist Tricks Google Maps Into Creating a Virtual Traffic Jam, Using a Little Red Wagon & 99 Smartphones

Sometimes the miraculous time-saving conveniences we’ve come to depend on can have the opposite effect, as artist Simon Wickert recently demonstrated, ambling about the streets of Berlin at a Huck Finn-ish pace, towing a squeaky-wheeled red wagon loaded with 99 secondhand smartphones. Each phone had a SIM card, and all were running the Google Maps app. The result? A near-instantaneous "virtual traffic jam” on Google Maps, even though bicyclists seem to vastly outnumber motorists alon...
Tags: Travel, Google, Maps, Technology, Instagram, College, Life, Berlin, New York City, Earth, Rome, Egypt, Airbnb, Google Maps, Facebook Twitter, U S Geological Survey USGS

Daphne Oram Created the BBC’s First-Ever Piece of Electronic Music (1957)

To the question of who created electronic music, there can be no one answer. The form's emergence took decades, beginning with the earliest electronic instruments in the late 19th century, developing toward the first music produced solely from electronic sources in the early 1950s, and arriving at such artistic destinations as Wendy Carlos' 1968 album Switched-On Bach. Driving this evolutionary process were artists of a variety of nationalities and musical sensibilities, a group includin...
Tags: Google, Music, Television, College, History, Bbc, Kent, Seoul, Glenn Gould, Facebook Twitter, Bach, Oram, Wendy Carlos, Colin Marshall, Pauline Oliveros, Jean Giraudoux

Iconic Film from 1896 Restored with Artificial Intelligence: Watch an AI-Upscaled Version of the Lumière Brothers’ The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat Station

Machine learning keeps, well, learning in leaps and bounds, and at Open Culture we have watched developments with a fascinated, sometime wary eye. This latest advance checks off a lot of Open Culture boxes: traveling back in time through the power of film; homegrown ingenuity; and film history. YouTuber Denis Shiryaev took the latest advances in AI tech and turned them onto one of the earliest works of film: The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat Station, shot by the Lumière Brothers in 189...
Tags: Google, Film, College, Germany, Berlin, New York City, Paris, Facebook Twitter, KCRW, Gigapixel, Topaz Labs, Ted Mills, Lumiere Brothers, YouTuber Denis Shiryaev, Shiryaev, Lumière Brothers Immaculately Restored Film

Free Coloring Books from World-Class Libraries & Museums: Download & Color Hundreds of Free Images

There are many roads to wellness. Meditation, yoga, exercise, and healthy diet are all effective therapies for bringing down stress levels. But we shouldn’t discount an activity we once used to while hours away as children, and that adults by the millions have taken to in recent years. Coloring takes us out of ourselves, say experts like Doctor of Psychiatry Scott M. Bea, “it's very much like a meditative exercise.” It relaxes our brain by focusing our attention and pushing distracting and dist...
Tags: Google, Art, College, Museums, Libraries, Smithsonian, Tokyo, Facebook Twitter, Josh Jones, University of Barcelona, Katherine Wu, Durham NC Follow, Trinity Hall Cambridge, Met New York Public Library Smithsonian, Chester Nimitz, Pritzker Military Museum

The Graphic Novel Adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five, Coming Out This Year

Since its publication just over half a century ago, Slaughterhouse-Five has seen bans and , gone through various adaptations, and all the while held its place in the American literary canon. Something about Kurt Vonnegut's story of the involuntarily time-traveling optometrist Billy Pilgrim, who like his creator survived the firebombing of Dresden in the Second World War, continues to resonate with readers even as that war (and so very many novels about it) pass out of living memory. Vonnegut h...
Tags: Google, Books, College, Literature, Seoul, Dresden, James Joyce, Anne Frank, Kurt Vonnegut, Mary, Facebook Twitter, O Hare, George Roy Hill, Vonnegut, Colin Marshall, Comics/Cartoons

42 Hours of Ambient Sounds from Blade Runner, Alien, Star Trek and Doctor Who Will Help You Relax & Sleep

Back in 2009, the musician who goes by the name "Cheesy Nirvosa" began experimenting with ambient music, before eventually launching a YouTube channel where he "composes longform space and scifi ambience." Or what he otherwise calls "ambient geek sleep aids." Click on the video above, and you can get lulled to sleep listening to the ambient droning sound--get ready Blade Runner fans!-- heard in Rich Deckard's apartment. It runs a good continuous 12 hours. You're more a Star T...
Tags: Health, Google, Facebook, College, Sci Fi, Facebook Twitter, Rich Deckard, Nirvosa, Max Richter Pop Phenom Ed Sheeran

Why Every Nominated Film Will Win the 2020 Oscar: A Pretty Much Pop Podcast Debate (ep. 30) The 2020 Academy Awards are nearly upon us! Realistically, most of you will find this episode well after the winners have already been announced, but seriously, that should not affect your enjoyment of this discussion. Your intrepid non-film-critic Pretty Much Pop: A Culture Podcast hosts have each been randomly assigned three of the best picture nominees to argue for either for why it should wit...
Tags: Google, Hollywood, Podcasts, Film, College, Ford, Academy Awards, Joaquin Phoenix, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Mark, Facebook Twitter, Erica, Matt Murray, Richard Brody, Oscar nominees, Erica Spyres

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