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The Power of Empathy: A Quick Animated Lesson from Brené Brown

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Evwgu369Jw Several years back, the RSA (Royal Society of the Arts) created a series of distinctive animated shorts where well-known intellectuals presented big ideas, and a talented artist rapidly illustrated them on a whiteboard. Some of those talks featured the likes of Slavoj Zizek, Carol Dweck, Steven Pinker and Barbara Ehrenreich. Now RSA presents a video series created in an entirely different aesthetic. Above, you can watch the first of many “espre...
Tags: Psychology, Google, Facebook, College, Brene Brown, Brown, Facebook Twitter, Barbara Ehrenreich, RSA Royal Society of the Arts, Slavoj Zizek Carol Dweck Steven Pinker


A 1913 Children’s Book Lampoons Duchamp, Picasso & Other Avant-Garde Artists: Read The Cubies’ ABC Online

Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring premiered in 1913, and its violent break from musical and choreographic tradition, so the story goes, pushed the genteel Parisian audience to violent rebellion. That tale may have grown taller over the past century, but public distaste for then-novel trends in all forms of “modern art” has left a paper trail. Here we have a particularly amusing exhibit, and long an obscure one: The Cubies’ ABC, a picture book by a couple named Mary Mills and Earl Harvey Lyal...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, Books, Abc, College, America, History, Seoul, Wassily Kandinsky, Gertrude Stein, United States of America, Facebook Twitter, Igor Stravinsky, Duchamp, Kandinsky


When Sun Ra Went to Egypt in 1971: See Film & Hear Recordings from the Legendary Afrofuturist’s First Visit to Cairo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DZXNe6Wuj0 Sun Ra died in 1993 (or he returned to his home planet of Saturn, one or the other). Twenty-seven years later his Arkestra is still going strong. “No group in jazz history has embodied the communal spirit like the Arkestra,” writes Peter Margasak at The Quietus. “Their hardcore fans are the closest thing jazz has to Deadheads.” We could further compare Sun Ra and Jerry Garcia as bandleaders—their embrace of extended free form playing against a ...
Tags: Google, Music, College, America, Nasa, Egypt, Cairo, Black Panthers, Garcia, Facebook Twitter, Jerry, Birmingham Alabama, Josh Jones, Bandcamp, Jerry Garcia, RA


An Introduction to Rap Battles: Pretty Much Pop: A Culture Podcast #71

https://podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/traffic.libsyn.com/secure/partiallyexaminedlife/PMP_71_11-15-20.mp3 Pretty Much Pop hosts Mark Linsenmayer, Erica Spyres, and Brian Hirt are rejoined by our audio editor and resident rapper Tyler Hislop (rap name: “Sacrifice”) to discuss a form of entertainment close to his heart: Two people staring each other in the face in front of a crowd and taking lengthy turns insulting each other in a loud voice using intricate rhymes, references, jokes and even s...
Tags: Google, Music, England, Comedy, Podcasts, College, Poetry, Eminem, Trump, Tony, Facebook Twitter, Tyler, Alex Larsen, Roxanne Roxanne, Roxanne Shante, Jake Hall


The Internet Archive is Saving Classic Flash Animations & Games from Extinction: Explore Them Online

Flash is finally dead, and the world… does not mourn. Because the announcement of its end actually came three years ago, “like a guillotine in a crowded town square,” writes Rhett Jones at Gizmodo. It was a slow execution, but it was just. So useful in Web 1.0 days for making animations, games, and serious presentations, Flash had become a vulnerability, a viral carrier that couldn’t be patched fast enough to keep the hackers out. “Adobe’s Flash died many deaths, but we can truly throw some dir...
Tags: Google, Technology, College, Software, Animation, Internet Archive, Gizmodo, Archives, Scott, Facebook Twitter, Edison, Josh Jones, Jason Scott, Rhett Jones, Macromedia, Durham NC Follow


What Ancient Egyptian Sounded Like & How We Know It

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-K5OjAkiEA If you’ve seen any Hollywood movie set in ancient Egypt, you already know how its language sounded: just like English, but spoken with a more formal diction and a range of broadly Middle-Eastern accents. But then there are many competing theories about life that long ago, and perhaps you’d prefer to believe the linguistic-historical take provided in the video above. A production of Joshua Rudder’s NativLang, a Youtube channel previously feature...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Hollywood, College, History, Egypt, Ethiopia, Seoul, Napoleon, Facebook Twitter, Colin Marshall, Jean François Champollion, 21st Century Los Angeles, Proto Indo European Language Based, Joshua Rudder, NativLang


Japanese Art Installation Lets People Play Erik Satie’s “Gymnopédie No. 1” As They Walk on Socially-Distanced Notes on the Floor

The global pandemic has revealed the depths of systematic cruelty in certain places in the world that have refused to commit resources to protecting people from the virus or refused to even acknowledge its existence. Other responses show a different way forward, one in which everyone contributes meaningfully through the principled actions of wearing masks and social distancing or the principled non-action of staying home to slow the spread. Then there’s the critical role of art, design, and mus...
Tags: Google, Art, Music, College, Life, Italy, Nintendo, Tokyo, Kubrick, Facebook Twitter, Erik Satie, Josh Jones, Super Mario Brothers, Satie, Durham NC Follow, Spoon Tamago


Quentin Tarantino’s Copycat Cinema: How the Postmodern Filmmaker Perfected the Art of the Steal

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9I1J36rdoc You can call Quentin Tarantino a thief. Call him unoriginal, a copycat, whatever, he doesn’t care. But if you really want to get him going, call him a tribute artist. This, he insists, is the last thing he has ever been: great directors, Tarantino declares, “don’t do homages.” They outright steal, from anyone, anywhere, without regard to intellectual property or hurt feelings. But great directors don’t plagiarize in the Tarantino school of film...
Tags: Google, Hollywood, Film, College, Quentin Tarantino, Tarantino, Facebook Twitter, Godard, Josh Jones, Pauline Kael, Sgt Pepper 's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Durham NC Follow, Sgt Pepper, Quentin Tarantino Quentin Tarantino, Lewis Michael Bond


Salvador Dalí Gets Surreal with 1950s America: Watch His Appearances on What’s My Line? (1952) and The Mike Wallace Interview (1958)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXT2E9Ccc8A When was the last time you saw a Surrealist (or even just a surrealist) painter appear on national television? If such a figure did appear on national television today, for that matter, who would know? Perhaps surrealist painting does not, in our time, make the impact it once did, but nor does national television. So imagine what a spectacle it must have been in 1950s America, cradle of the “mass media” as we once knew them, when Salvador Dalí ...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, Television, College, America, Cbs, Salvador Dalí, Dick Cavett, Seoul, Frank Lloyd Wright, Eleanor Roosevelt, Facebook Twitter, Wallace, Mike Wallace, Dali


88 Philosophy Podcasts to Help You Answer the Big Questions in Life

The big questions of philosophy, simmering since antiquity, still press upon us as they did the Athenians of old (and all ancient people who have philosophized): what obligations do we really owe to family, friends, or strangers? Do we live as free agents or beings controlled by fate or the gods (or genes or a computer simulation)? What is a good life? How do we create societies that maximize freedom and happiness (or whatever ultimate values we hold dear)? What is language, what is art, and wh...
Tags: Google, Podcasts, College, Philosophy, Facebook Twitter, Russell, Cicero, Socrates, Josh Jones, John Perry, Bertrand Russell, David Pizarro, Durham NC Follow, Peter Adamson, Barry Lam, Daily Nous


Learn How to Play Chess Online: Free Chess Lessons for Beginners, Intermediate Players & Beyond

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SM2fcenx7KU The most desired Christmas gift of 2020? A chess set. It’s certainly desired, at any rate, by the rapt viewers of The Queen’s Gambit, the acclaimed Netflix miniseries that debuted in October. Created by screenwriter-producers Scott Frank and Allan Scott, its seven episodes tell the story of Beth Harmon, an orphan in 1950s Kentucky who turns out to be a chess prodigy, then goes on to become a world-class player. During the Cold War, the intellec...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Games, College, Kentucky, New York City, Earth, Netflix, Seoul, Magnus Carlsen, Vladimir Nabokov, Facebook Twitter, Walter Tevis, Allan Scott, Garry Kasparov, Bobby Fischer


The Great Courses Offers Every Course on Sale for $60 or Less (Until December 1)

Here’s a holiday season deal worth mentioning. For Cyber Monday, The Great Courses (formerly The Teaching Company) is offering every course for $60 in digital format or less. The sale lasts through the end of December 1. If you’re not familiar with it, the Great Courses provides a very nice service. They travel across the U.S., recording great professors lecturing on great topics that will appeal to any lifelong learner. They then make the courses available to customers in different formats (DV...
Tags: Google, Deals, College, Facebook Twitter, Teaching Company


Learn How to Play Chess Free Online: Tutorials for Beginners, Intermediate Players & Beyond

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SM2fcenx7KU The most desired Christmas gift of 2020? A chess set. It’s certainly desired, at any rate, by the rapt viewers of The Queen’s Gambit, the acclaimed Netflix miniseries that debuted in October. Created by screenwriter-producers Scott Frank and Allan Scott, its seven episodes tell the story of Beth Harmon, an orphan in 1950s Kentucky who turns out to be a chess prodigy, then goes on to become a world-class player. During the Cold War, the intellec...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Games, College, Kentucky, New York City, Earth, Netflix, Seoul, Magnus Carlsen, Vladimir Nabokov, Facebook Twitter, Walter Tevis, Allan Scott, Garry Kasparov, Bobby Fischer


Watch Digital Dancers Electrify the Streets of Istanbul

Are you open to the idea of otherworldly beings moving amongst us, benign but unseen? Director Gökalp Gönen seems to be in the above video for jazz innovator Ilhan Ersahin’s “Hurri-Mitanni” (Good News). Things kick off in a decidedly low key manner—a young woman sets off for a nighttime stroll through the streets of Istanbul, her face deliberately obscured by a snugly tied black and white cloth. Turning a corner, she passes an anonymous figure, wrapped head to toe in similar stripes. Do...
Tags: Travel, Google, Technology, Instagram, College, Dance, Animation, Istanbul, Harlem, Facebook Twitter, Ayun Halliday, İlhan Erşahin, Gonen, Gökalp Gönen, Sophia Topkaki


An Animated Stan Lee Explains Why the F-Word Is “the Most Useful Word in the English Language” (NSFW)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DScnnorHEuw FYI. The language in this video is not safe for work. And now, on to our post. In the last couple years of his life, Stan Lee was ill, his health failing, but he stayed engaged and remained his old wisecracking self. His handpicked successor for editor-in-chief at Marvel, Roy Thomas, tells the story of the last time he saw Lee and showed him his then-new biography of the comics legend, The Stan Lee Story. They talked about the Spider-Man comic ...
Tags: Google, Film, California, College, Marvel, Disney, George Carlin, Stan Lee, Thomas, James Whitbrook, Lee, Facebook Twitter, George R R Martin, Stan, Josh Jones, Roy Thomas


Hear 11-Year-Old Björk Sing “I Love to Love”: Her First Recorded Song (1976)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rujxXOmYLUU Several years back, we featured an eleven-year-old Björk reading a nativity story in her native Icelandic, backed by unsmiling older kids from the Children’s Music School in Reykjavík. In this new find, also dating from 1976, you can hear that same eleven-year-old Björk singing in English, in what marks her first recording. Above, she sings the Tina Charles song “I Love to Love” for a school recital. According to Laughing Squid, the “teachers w...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Music, College, Bjork, Reykjavik, Facebook Twitter, Tina Charles, Children 's Music School


Masterclass Is Running a “Buy One, Give One Free” Deal (Until November 30)

FYI: Masterclass is running  until November 30. Here’s the gist: If you buy  , you will receive another All-Access Pass to give to someone else at no additional charge. An  costs $180 (or $15 per month), and lasts one year. For that fee, you–and a family member or friend–can watch courses created by Annie Leibovitz, Neil Gaiman, Malcolm Gladwell, Werner Herzog, Martin Scorsese, David Mamet, Jane Goodall, Margaret Atwood, Helen Mirren, Herbie Hancock, Alice Waters, Billy Collins and so many mo...
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The Great Courses Offers Every Course for $40 Until Midnight Tonight

Here’s a holiday season deal worth mentioning. The Great Courses (formerly The Teaching Company) is offering every course for $40 in digital format (or $60 in DVD format). The deal lasts through midnight on Black Friday. If you’re not familiar with it, the Great Courses provides a very nice service. They travel across the U.S., recording great professors lecturing on great topics that will appeal to any lifelong learner. They then make the courses available to customers in different formats (DV...
Tags: Google, Deals, College, Facebook Twitter, Teaching Company


With 9,036 Pieces, the Roman Colosseum Is the Largest Lego Set Ever

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OpdRFuqVjU “For a normal person back in the day,” says LEGO designer/architect Rok Kobe about the Colosseum in Rome, “You had never seen a building that was over a story high. And to be confronted with such an amazing piece of engineering that’s almost 200-meters wide and 50 meters tall, it was unprecedented.” Similarly, any LEGO fan might feel this awe while greeting this month’s debut of the LEGO Colosseum. At 9036 pieces it has broken the record as the...
Tags: Google, College, Rome, Lego, Architecture, Slovenia, Ljubljana, Taj Mahal, Falcon, Great Wall Of China, Colosseum, Facebook Twitter, KCRW, Ted Mills, Vespasian, Rok Kobe


Toni Morrison’s 1,200 Volume Personal Library is Going on Sale: Get a Glimpse of the Books on Her Tribeca Condo Shelves

Images by Brown Harris Stevens I will tell you how I began to be a writer. I was a reader. —Toni Morrison Those of us who might have grown up harboring literary ambitions may have been humbled and inspired when we first read Toni Morrison. She proves over and again, in novels, essays, and otherwise, the courage and dedication that serious writing requires. She has also shown us the courage it takes to be a serious reader. “Delving into literature is not escape,” she said in a 2002 interview. It...
Tags: Google, Books, College, Stephen King, America, Barack Obama, Literature, Sherlock Holmes, Paul Robeson, Mark Twain, Toni Morrison, Angela Davis, Tribeca, Morrison, Facebook Twitter, Obamas


A Free 700-Page Chess Manual Explains 1,000 Chess Tactics in Straightforward English

Image by Michael Maggs, via Wikimedia Commons FYI: In 2011, Ward Farnsworth published a two-volume collection called Predator at The Chessboard: A Field Guide To Chess Tactics (Volume 1 – Volume 2) where he explains countless chess tactics in plain English. In this 700-page collection, “there are 20 chapters, about 200 topics within them, and over 1,000 [chess] positions discussed.” Now for the even better part: Farnsworth has also made these volumes available free online. Just visit chesstact...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Games, College, New York City, Netflix, Kubrick, Facebook Twitter, Leningrad, Farnsworth, Marcel Duchamp, Ward Farnsworth, Michael Maggs


Famed New Orleans Music Producer Mark Bingham Discusses His Songs and Collaborations: A Nakedly Examined Music Conversation (#136)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpAowE542Eo You’re most likely to know Mark’s work from the string introduction to REM’s “Shiny Happy People,” but he’s been a staple of the New Orleans recording scene since he moved there in 1982, producing groups like Flat Duo Jets, Glenn Branca, John Scofield, Marianne Faithful, and the Rebirth Brass Band. He and his studio were also featured on the HBO show Treme. He had a whole lifetime of musical development before then, though, first getting signed...
Tags: Google, Music, Hbo, Podcasts, College, New York City, Los Angeles, Indiana, New Orleans, Ed, Mark, Facebook Twitter, Aaron Neville, Mark Bingham, Kurt Weil, Allen Ginsberg


Russia Wants To Ban Social Media Sites Discriminating Against Russian News Outlets

The Russian government is working on a new law to block foreign social media sites inside Russia's territory as repercussions for "discriminating" against Russian news outlets operating abroad. From a report: Sites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube are specifically mentioned in "explanatory notes" (Word document) accompanying the new draft bill, submitted last week for debate in the Russian Duma (state parliament). Russian lawmakers say that since April 2020, state authorities had received com...
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The Story Behind “Alice’s Restaurant,” Arlo Guthrie’s Song That’s Now a Thanksgiving Tradition

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5_8U4j51lI Around the country today, along with a food-coma inducing serving of turkey, ham, stuffing and all the trimmings, a great many of you will be following another tradition: listening to Arlo Guthrie’s 1968 song “Alice’s Restaurant.” According to one YouTuber, when her kids were young, she’d “sit them down together and play this/torture them with it from beginning to end.” The replies suggest she’s not alone. Somewhere a child has now grown up and...
Tags: Google, Music, Mississippi, College, Massachusetts, New York City, Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Vw, Rolling Stone, John Hurt, Alice, Facebook Twitter, Scott Fitzgerald, Guthrie, Arlo Guthrie


A Flying Car Took to the Skies in Back 1949: See the Taylor Aerocar in Action

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Erj_mz30SDI “A secret question hovers over us, a sense of disappointment, a broken promise we were given as children about what our adult world was supposed to be like,” the late anthropologist David Graeber once wrote in the Baffler. This refers to “a particular generational promise — given to those who were children in the fifties, sixties, seventies, or eighties — one that was never quite articulated as a promise but rather as a set of assumptions about...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Technology, College, History, Nasa, Albert Einstein, Seattle, Seoul, Taylor, Civil Aviation Authority, Berry, Facebook Twitter, Roland Barthes, New Jersey Turnpike, Chuck Berry


A Flying Car Took to the Skies Back in 1949: See the Taylor Aerocar in Action

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Erj_mz30SDI “A secret question hovers over us, a sense of disappointment, a broken promise we were given as children about what our adult world was supposed to be like,” the late anthropologist David Graeber once wrote in the Baffler. This refers to “a particular generational promise — given to those who were children in the fifties, sixties, seventies, or eighties — one that was never quite articulated as a promise but rather as a set of assumptions about...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Technology, College, History, Nasa, Albert Einstein, Seattle, Seoul, Taylor, Civil Aviation Authority, Berry, Facebook Twitter, Roland Barthes, New Jersey Turnpike, Chuck Berry


The Beatles Create an Abstract Collaborative Painting, Images of a Woman, During Three Days of Lockdown in Japan (1966)

One of the earliest known non-human visual artists, Congo the chimpanzee, learned to draw in 1956 at the age of two. Moody, fiercely protective of his work, and particular about his process, he made around 400 drawings and paintings in a style described as “lyrical abstract impressionism.” He appeared several times on British television before his death in 1964. He counted Picasso among his fans and, in a 2005 auction, outsold Warhol and Renoir. One wonders if whoever gave the four-headed beast...
Tags: Google, Art, Music, Japan, England, London, College, Congo, Tokyo, Warhol, John, Candlestick Park, Ringo, Monterrey, Picasso, George


Nikon Offers Free Online Photography Courses During the Holidays

A quick heads up. From November 23rd through December 31st, you can stream for free all classes offered by Nikon School Online. Normally priced at $15-$50 per course, this 10-course offering covers Fundamentals of Photography, Dynamic Landscape Photography, Macro Photography, Photographing Children and Pets, and more. Finding the courses on the Nikon site is not very intuitive. To access the courses, click here and then scroll down the page until you see a yellow button that says “Watch Full Ve...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Photography, College, Digital Photography, Harvard University, Online Courses, Annie Leibovitz, Nikon, Facebook Twitter, Petapixel Related Content, Stanford Prof Marc Levoy Learn Digital Photography, Nikon School Online Normally


Stevie Ray Vaughan Gives a Blistering Demonstration of His Guitar Technique

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZoX6Q0UK8A What made Stevie Ray Vaughan such a great guitarist? If you ask Metallica’s Kirk Hammett, a devoted student of the blues, it’s “his timing, his tone, his feel, his vibrato, his phrasing–everything. Some people are just born to play guitar, and Stevie was definitely one of them.” This may come as disappointing news to guitar players who want to sound like SRV but weren’t born with his genes. Hammett assures them it’s possible to approximate his ...
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A Mysterious Monolith Appears in the Utah Desert, Channeling Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FU0i9VvPmoY People do weird things in the desert. A spokesman for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources acknowledges that widely understood truth in a recent New York Times article about a mysterious monolith discovered in Red Rock Country. “A team that was counting bighorn sheep by helicopter spotted something odd and landed to take a closer look,” writes Alan Yuhas. “It was a three-sided metal monolith, about 10 to 12 feet tall, planted firmly in the g...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, Utah, London, College, United States, New York Times, Stanley Kubrick, New Mexico, Cia, Seoul, Indiana Jones, Death Valley, Facebook Twitter, Utah Department of Public Safety