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Magnus Carlsen’s Mind-Blowing Memory of Historic Chess Matches

How many historic chess games can Magnus Carlsen recognize just by looking at the placement of chess pieces on the board? It turns out a lot. And that’s partly what makes him the reigning World Chess Champion. Would you like to support the mission of Open Culture? Please consider making a donation to our site. It’s hard to rely 100% on ads, and your contributions will help us continue providing the best free cultural and educational materials to learners everywhere. Also consider foll...
Tags: Facebook, College, New York City, Uncategorized, Magnus Carlsen, Vladimir Nabokov, Kottke, Garry Kasparov


BirdCast: You Can Now Forecast the Migration of Birds Across the U.S. Just Like the Weather

We talk about the weather more often than we talk about most things, other natural phenomena included. We certainly talk about the weather more often than we talk about birds, much to the disappointment of ornithological enthusiasts. This could be down to the comparative robustness of weather prediction, both as a tradition and as a daily technological presence in our lives. We can hardly avoid seeing the weather forecast, but when was the last time you checked the bird forecast? Such a thing d...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Maps, College, US, Nature, United States, Seoul, Facebook Twitter, Colorado State University, Kottke, Colin Marshall, 21st Century Los Angeles, Adriaan Dokter, Cornell Lab of Ornithology BirdCast, BirdCast


A Finnish Astrophotographer Spent 12 Years Creating a 1.7 Gigapixel Panoramic Photo of the Entire Milky Way

In the final, climactic scene of Japanese novelist Yasunari Kawabata’s Snow Country, the Milky Way engulfs the protagonist — an aesthete who keeps himself detached from the world, a universal perspective overtaking an insignificant individual. We now know the Milky Way itself to be a minuscule part of the whole, just one of 100 to 200 billion galaxies. But until Edwin Hubble’s observations in 1924, it was thought to contain all the stars in existence. The Milky Way-as-universe is a powerful im...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Asia, Photography, Astronomy, College, Nasa, Facebook Twitter, Cygnus, Josh Jones, Hera, Kottke, PetaPixel, Edwin Hubble, Durham NC Follow, Michael Zhang


A Spellbinding Drone Journey Through a Bowling Alley

A now for something that’s right up your alley… Using an FPV drone, YouTuber “jaybyrdfilms” takes you on a somewhat dizzying tour of Bryant Lake Bowl, a vintage bowling alley in Minneapolis. As CNET puts it, “It’s an impressive bit of filmmaking as the … drone flies down bowling lanes, nuzzles close to the pins and then soars back toward the bowlers. Crisp, atmospheric audio — of people chatting, bowling balls rolling on wood, pins clanging, glasses clinking — adds to the immediacy.” Enj...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Minneapolis, College, Cnet, Pompeii, Random, Facebook Twitter, Kottke, Bryant Lake Bowl, Egypt Sudan


PBS American Masters Archive Releases 1,000+ Hours of Uncut, Never-Before-Seen Interviews: Patti Smith, David Bowie, Neil Young & More

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4kUmYoc1rE When we think of American masters, we don’t think of David Bowie, who despite being a master was also the most English rock star ever to live. But an interview with Bowie, never before seen in full, nonetheless appears in the newly opened American Masters archive, having been shot for the long-running PBS series’ 1997 documentary on Lou Reed — if not the most American rock star ever to live, then surely the most New York one. “For me, New Yor...
Tags: Google, New York, Television, College, History, Neil Young, David Bowie, South London, Patti Smith, Smith, Archives, Lou Reed, Dick Cavett, Seoul, Jeff Bridges, Mel Brooks


20 Lessons from the 20th Century About How to Defend Democracy from Authoritarianism: A Timely List from Yale Historian Timothy Snyder

Image by Rob Kall, via Flickr Commons Timothy Snyder, Housum Professor of History at Yale University, is one of the foremost scholars in the U.S. and Europe on the rise and fall of totalitarianism during the 1930s and 40s. Among his long list of appointments and publications, he has won multiple awards for his recent international bestsellers Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin and last year’s Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning. That book in part makes the argument that...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Europe, Putin, College, Russia, America, Ukraine, History, Power, George Orwell, Yale, The Guardian, Hitler, Albert Camus, Peter Pomerantsev


Former Ballerina with Dementia Gracefully Comes Alive to Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owb1uWDg3QM According to dance/movement therapist Erica Hornthal, “dance/movement therapy operates on the premise that our life experiences are held in the body, and that through the use of movement, memories and emotions can be recalled and re-experienced despite cognitive, psychological, or physical impairment.” The video above of former dancer Marta C. González shows in effect how music might activate those muscle memories, as a recording of Tchaikovsky...
Tags: Google, Music, College, Washington, Russia, Neuroscience, Dance, New York Times, Tokyo, Npr, Swan Lake, Cuba, Valencia Spain, Facebook Twitter, Tchaikovsky, Gonzalez


Watch this head-stabilized video of a champion hurdler

Grant Holloway is the world champion in the 110 meter hurdles. Watch the fascinating video above in which his head is digitally stabilized. From Kottke: In this view, you can clearly see how expert hurdlers don't jump their whole bodies over the hurdle (like Super Mario or something) — it's more that they just bring their lower bodies up over the hurdles while their heads & shoulders remain more or less the same height from the ground. — Read the rest
Tags: Video, News, Sports, Kottke, Grant Holloway, Hurdles, Stabilized Videos


The Meticulous, Elegant Illustrations of the Nature Observed in England’s Countryside

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmAbh5ZkDEo If you happen to have grown up in the English countryside, you probably retain a certain sensitivity to and affinity for nature. This can express itself in any number of ways, most often by a compulsion to garden, no matter how urban the setting in which you now live. But Jo Brown has shown how to base a career on it: an artist and illustrator — and “birder wildlifer mushroomer,” according to her Twitter bio — she has long kept a “nature journa...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, Europe, Books, England, College, Nature, Devon, Seoul, Brown, Jo, Facebook Twitter, Flora, Kottke, Ernst Haeckel


Werner Herzog Lists All the Languages He Knows–and Why He Only Speaks French If (Literally) a Gun’s Pointed at His Head

If you’ve explored the filmography of Werner Herzog, you’ve heard him speak not just his signature Teutonically inflected English — often imitated in recent years, though never quite equaled — but German as well. What else does he speak? In the clip above, the Bavarian-born director of Aguirre, the Wrath of God and Fitzcarraldo responds thus to the question of exactly how many languages he has: “Not too many. I mean, Spanish, English, German… and then I spoke modern Greek better than Eng...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Film, College, Africa, Akira Kurosawa, Seoul, Tolstoy, Werner Herzog, Facebook Twitter, Herzog, Kottke, Aguirre, Colin Marshall, Language Lessons, Fitzcarraldo


Jazz Typefaces Capture the Essence of 100 Iconic Jazz Musicians

In the 1950s and 60s, one record label stood “like a beacon,” writes Robin Kinross at Eye, among a host of Civil Rights era independents that helped jazz “escape the racial-commercial constraints applied by White Americans, and find its own place, unpatronised and relatively free of exploitation.” That label, Blue Note, ushered in the birth of the cool—both cool jazz and its many hip signifiers—as much through graphic design as through its meticulous approach to recording. Blue Note album cover...
Tags: Google, Music, Design, College, Jazz, Ray, Facebook Twitter, Reid, Josh Jones, Francis Wolff, Reid Miles, Kottke, Milton Glaser, Durham NC Follow, Blue Note, White Americans


Must Watch Nature Documentary Film 'My Octopus Teacher' Trailer

"I realized I was changing…" Netflix has released the incredible nature documentary titled My Octopus Teacher, and it's already available to watch streaming on the service right now. This groundbreaking, awe-inspiring film is about a South African filmmaker (named Craig Foster) who forges an unusual friendship with an octopus living in a South African kelp forest, learning as she shares the mysteries of her world. He befriends this octopus from the Atlantic, and visits her every single day f...
Tags: Movies, Trailer, Netflix, Atlantic, Documentaries, Kottke, Craig Foster, To Watch


Again with the "Blade Runner" Intro: This Time San Francisco

After viewing the terrifying photos revealing the West Coast's recently wildfire-altered sky……comes yet another rendition of the Blade Runner intro scene, this time of San Francisco, consisting of actual footage shot by drone: At this point in 2020, analogies to hell just seem facile.Kottke's put together a list of more photos, if your soul can take it.
Tags: Photography, Design, San Francisco, West Coast, Kottke


Sounds of the Forest: A Free Audio Archive Gathers the Sounds of Forests from All Over the World

Some of my fondest memories are of hiking the Olympia National Forest in Washington State and the forests of the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, seeking the kind of silence one can only find in busy ecosystems full of birds, insects, woodland creatures, rustling leaves, etc. This experience can be transformative, a full immersion in what acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton calls a “natural acoustic system,” the endless interplay of calls and responses that evolved to harmonize over millennia. Trag...
Tags: Google, Europe, UK, England, College, Life, Virginia, Russia, Nature, Ecuador, Washington State, Forest, Yellowstone National Park, Nelson Lakes National Park, Facebook Twitter, Shenandoah Valley


IKEA Digitizes & Puts Online 70 Years of Its Catalogs: Explore the Designs of the Swedish Furniture Giant

The timeless modernism of the IKEA catalog, its promise of tidiness, clean, economical lines, and excellent value belie a struggle ahead, an ordeal customers of the global Swedish build-it-yourself juggernaut know too well. Will the bulky, majorly-inconveniently shaped boxes fit in the car? Will the rebus-like instructions make sense? Will we assemble a bed with love and care, only to find ourselves in a pile of its broken parts come morning? Clearly outweighing such tragedies are the many happ...
Tags: Google, Business, Design, Sweden, College, Bloomberg, Ikea, Miami, Facebook Twitter, Josh Jones, Kottke, Ingvar Kamprad, Patino, Citylab, Durham NC Follow, Memphis Group


MIT Presents a Free Course on the COVID-19 Pandemic, Featuring Anthony Fauci & Other Experts

Most of us use the terms "coronavirus" and "COVID-19" to refer to the pandemic that has gone around the world this year. We do know, or can figure out, that the former term refers to a virus and the latter to the disease caused by that virus. But do we know the full name "severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2," or "SARS-CoV-2" for short? We will if we take the online course "COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2 and the Pandemic," which MIT is making available to the general public free online....
Tags: Health, Google, Facebook, Biology, College, America, Mit, Harvard, Current Affairs, Online Courses, Seoul, Anthony Fauci, Johns Hopkins, Facebook Twitter, Broad Institute, Richard Young


1940s anti-fascist cartoons updated with Trump as the dictator

Eric Godal's anti-fascist cartoons from the 1930s and 40s have been reimagined by Chris Piascik as anti-Trump cartoons. Piascik has left the captions mostly intact because history is repeating itself. From Kottke: Godal, a German Jew, had escaped the clutches of Nazi Germany in the 30s and labored to warn America and the world about the fate of the Jews in Europe.Godal's mother was able to get out of Germany on a boat but was denied entry to the United States as a refugee by the Roosevelt...
Tags: Europe, Post, News, Germany, America, United States, Trump, Roosevelt, Kottke, Chris Piascik, Fascism, Piascik, Eric Godal, Godal


An Interview with ‘Kottke Ride Home’ Host Jackson Bird

Last week, I told you about the launch of kottke.org’s new podcast, Kottke Ride Home. The podcast is a 15-minute show with smart news and info hosted by Jackson Bird. I recently “sat down” with Jackson to ask him some questions. In this (very) lightly edited interview, he talks about how the podcast comes together every weekday, provides some insider knowledge on TED Talks, suggests about how we might relate to Harry Potter given JK Rowling’s repeated airing of her anti-trans views, and shares s...
Tags: England, Texas, Youtube, New York City, America, Ted, Manhattan, Harry Potter, Jk Rowling, Brian, Parks and Recreation, John, Mars, Jackson, Donald Trump, Trump


Introducing the “Kottke Ride Home” Podcast

Hi folks, I’ve got some exciting news today. The newest addition to kottke.org’s tiny media empire debuted yesterday: the Kottke Ride Home podcast. It’s a bloggy daily podcast featuring some of the day’s most interesting news and links in just 15 minutes, and you can subscribe to it on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to your podcasts (more options). The cool thing is that the podcast is very much its own thing with its own engaging host. It’s not a recap of the site in audio form, but inst...
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Kid on bike performs classic drum fill from Phil Collins' "In The Air Tonight" by crashing into trash bins

Sure, the sound of the kid colliding into the trash bins is fake but it's still pretty funny! Previously: Deer performs classic drum fill from Phil Collins' "In The Air Tonight" (Kottke) screengrab via YouTube
Tags: Post, Video, News, Phil Collins, Kottke, In The Air Tonight, He meant to do that


Explore an Interactive, Online Version of the Beautifully Illustrated, 200-Year-Old British & Exotic Mineralogy

What if I said the problem with STEM education is that it doesn’t include nearly enough art? For one thing, I would only echo what STEAM proponents have said for years. This doesn't only mean that students should study the arts with the same seriousness as they do the sciences. But that science should be taught through the arts, as it was in the 19th century when Naturalists relied on fine art illustration. Maybe increasing complexity demands charts and graphs, but there are reasons other than ...
Tags: Google, Art, Science, Education, College, Great Britain, Facebook Twitter, Josh Jones, Euclid, Kottke, Werner, Durham NC Follow, Nicholas Rougeux, Rougeux, Biodiversity Heritage Library, James Sowerby


Ballerina Misty Copeland Recreates the Poses of Edgar Degas’ Ballet Dancers

#Repost @nycdanceproject ??? We are remembering the Misty Copeland Degas inspired photo shoot we did for Harper's Bazaar in March. The Degas exhibit that inspired this at @themuseumofmodernart is closing this Sunday - try to see it if you get a chance! Dress by @maisonvalentino @harpersbazaarus @mistyonpointe #theartofmovement #nycdanceproject #degas #mistycopeland #misty #harpersbazaar #moma Like another modernist artist, Edgar Degas, Copeland has revolutionized the image of the ballet dancer...
Tags: Google, Art, Photography, College, Dance, Paris, Edgar Degas, Misty Copeland, Harper, Harlem, Facebook Twitter, Josh Jones, Copeland, Degas, Kottke, Nijinsky


New footage from Mars rendered in stunning 4K resolution

ElderFox Documentaries brought the Red Planet to life by stitching together high-resolution photos of the surface of Mars to create a a quasi-video. From the YouTube description: A question often asked is: ‘Why don’t we actually have live video from Mars?’ Although the cameras are high quality, the rate at which the rovers can send data back to earth is the biggest challenge. Curiosity can only send data directly back to earth at 32 kilo-bits per second. Instead, when the rover can connect to...
Tags: Video, News, Mars, Red Planet, Kottke, ElderFox Documentaries


Icons of Art Wearing Masks: Frida Kahlo, Mona Lisa, Girl with the Pearl Earring & More

We hear the phrase “unprecedented times” every day now, but the truth is few calamities in human history are more precedented than plagues and pestilences. In Western history, at least, disease epidemics seem always to have been followed by Machiavellian opportunism and cultish conspiracy theories that only made things worse. During the 14th century, almost six hundred years before Naomi Klein defined the shock doctrine, the Black Death “strengthened the power of the state and accelerated the d...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Art, London, College, Current Affairs, Naomi Klein, Facebook Twitter, Defoe, Jill Lepore, Daniel Defoe, Frida Kahlo, Kottke, Blais, Durham NC Follow, Maria Popova


Recovered from coronavirus? Sick patients need your blood, and hospitals say supplies are low

As coronavirus cases surge and hospital beds fill throughout Southern California, one of the few tools that doctors have to treat the disease — plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients — is in alarmingly short supply. Hospitals and blood banks in Orange County, Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino beseech recovered patients to donate blood so their antibodies can help treat the sick. “Hoag Hospital is putting out an urgent request for plasma donors.” spokeswoman ​Chelsea Kottke said. “As the...
Tags: Health, News, California, Los Angeles, Research, Sport, Hospitals, Public Health, Soccer, San Diego, Nba, Orange County, Southern California, San Bernardino, Disney World, Brook


The Largest & Most Detailed Photograph of Rembrandt’s The Night Watch Is Now Online: Zoom In & See Every Brush Stroke

What makes great paintings great? Unless you can see them for yourself—and be awed, or not, by their physical presence—the answers will generally come second-hand, through the words of art historians, critics, curators, gallerists, etc. We can study art in reproduction, but seeing, for example, the paintings of Rembrandt van Rijn in the flesh presents an entirely different aesthetic experience than seeing them on the page or screen. Lately, however, the situation is changing, and the boundaries...
Tags: Google, Art, College, Rembrandt, Rembrandt Van Rijn, Facebook Twitter, Josh Jones, Kottke, Durham NC Follow, Surrealist Salvador Dalí Painting, Robert Erdmann, Complete Works of Vermeer, VR Salvador Dalí, Restoration of Rembrandt


Juilliard Students & the New York Philharmonic Perform Ravel’s Bolero While Social Distancing in Quarantine

Like everyone else in COVID-19 isolation, Juilliard students are itching to get out and play. For them, the desire is a little more of an imperative. Without meeting and rehearsing together, these dedicated artists at the beginning of their careers can’t hone their skills. “In normal times,” writes Benjamin Sosland at the Juilliard Journal, “Juilliard’s halls are buzzing with collaborations: string quartets, jazz ensembles, and singers rehearsing in practice rooms on the fourth floor; da...
Tags: Google, Music, College, Metallica, Bolero, Facebook Twitter, Juilliard, New York Philharmonic, Josh Jones, Ravel, Kottke, Itzhak Perlman, Maurice Ravel, Benjamin Sosland, Damian Woetzel, Durham NC Follow


Netflix Makes Documentaries Free to Stream: Design, Politics, Sports, Sir David Attenborough & More

Many of us kept indoors by the COVID-19 pandemic for days — or rather weeks, or perhaps months — have been imbued with a new sense of wonder about our world. Specifically, we're wondering what's going on in it. At the same time as the global scientific community struggles to determine the nature of the new and still poorly understood virus taking lives and immobilizing economies, we hear digital word of consequent phenomena also previously unknown in our lifetimes: wild animals, for inst...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Education, Film, College, Netflix, House, Bjork, David Attenborough, Vox, Ava Duvernay, Seoul, Jason Kottke, Facebook Twitter, Kottke, Colin Marshall


America Now Has Most COVID-19 Deaths in the World -- 20% of All Fatalities

An anonymous reader quotes Reuters: U.S. deaths due to the coronavirus surpassed 20,000 on Saturday, the highest reported number in the world, according to a Reuters tally, although there are signs the pandemic might be nearing a peak. Italy has the second most reported deaths at 19,468 and Spain is in third place with 16,353. The United States has five times the population of Italy and nearly seven times the population of Spain. The United States has seen its highest death tolls to date in th...
Tags: America, Tech, Spain, United States, Italy, Reuters, Jason Kottke, Imperial College, Kottke


15 books Steve Jobs always turned to for inspiration

Steve Jobs' lifelong interest in the humanities gave Apple a human touch. Some of the iconic CEO's favorite books included Herman Melville's "Moby Dick," Shunryu Suzuki's "Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind," and the poems of Dylan Thomas. Here are 15 books that inspired Steve Jobs. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Why did Apple "think different"? As Steve Jobs said while introducing the iPad, the Mac maker was never just a tech company.  "The reason that Apple is able to create pro...
Tags: Apple, Japan, Tibet, Jobs, California, Steve Jobs, India, America, Trends, Bloomberg, West, Dylan Thomas, Himalayas, William Shakespeare, Ashton Kutcher, Portland Oregon