New technologies often have unintended uses. Take the Ipod as a case in point. It was developed with the intention of playing music (and later videos), but its applications now go well beyond that. Here are 10 rather unforeseen, even surprising, uses:
More good news for book fans: Google has launched a new collection of videos called Authors@Google. The videos feature talks by authors, writing across many genres (literary fiction to science fiction, sociology to technology, politics to business) who have made recent visits to Google campuses.[...]
Here’s a quick recap of features from this past week:
David Halberstam’s Last Speech and Supper
Richard Dawkins on Bill O’Reilly: How It Went Down
Rare Ezra Pound Recordings Now Online
A Better Way to Read News and Blogs
The Pirates of Silicon Valley Courtesy (?) of Google Video
Stanford Rolls Out Another Podcast Course and a New iTune
As many know by now, David Halberstam, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, was killed in a car accidenton Monday just a few short miles from the Stanford campus. As the obits were all quick to point out, Halberstam made his name during an era that paralleled our own, during the Vietnam War.
Whenever you put atheism’s most prominent spokesperson on Fox News, you’d expect the fur to fly. But that’s not how it turned out. The fur ended up staying on the cats when Bill O’Reilly interviewed Richard Dawkins, author of the bestselling The God Delusion, this week, as you can see above.[...]
Here’s a quick fyi for poetry fans: PennSound has released on its site rare audio recordings by modernist poet, Ezra Pound (October 30, 1885 – November 1, 1972) and, along with them, a helpful essay called The Sound of Pound: A Listener’s Guide by Richard Sieburth.[...]
These days, if you spend enough time on the web, you’ll inevitably hear talk about RSS feeds, feed readers, and subscribing to feeds – talk that can seem fairly obscure and off-putting if you’re not already familiar with these terms.
If this has been your experience, then you should really watch this short video below.
One of the most bookmarked items this weekend on del.icio.us was a streamed version of The Pirates of Silicon Valley. It’s a well-regarded television movie, based on the book Fire in the Valley, which looks at the early days of Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, the respective founders of Microsoft and Apple Computer. The video promoted by del.icio.[...]
Stanford re-launched its iTunes site last week, rolling out a new sleek look and a host of new podcasts.
Among the new releases, you’ll find the latest in a series of full-fledged courses ready to be downloaded to your iPod for free. (See the previous courses we’ve mentioned here, here and here.
As we’ll mention in an upcoming piece, European languages dominate the list of most popular educational podcasts. So we thought that we’d highlight the key podcasts that will teach you the major European languages — Spanish, French, Italian and German. Meanwhile, if you want to learn English online, please see our piece below. Bonne chance.[...]