Your Favorite TED Talk Ever?

What's the best TED Talk ever? That's the little debate taking place on Reddit.com, and the answer is not obvious, seeing that TED now has over 500 talks available in its archive. (You can find a constantly updated list of every TED Talk in a Google spreadsheet here.)

Now, what are some of the Reddit favorites? Here are five talks that get frequent mentions.

Meanwhile, it's worth mentioning that TED keeps its own running list of its 10 most popular talks. Some good ones here. And now your turn. Tell us your favorites in the comments below, and don't be shy.

Get $3 in MP3s from Amazon.com

A quick freebie mention: Amazon.com is currently giving away $3 worth of MP3's until November 30th. That amounts essentially to three free songs. Just click to this page, follow a few easy steps (including using the code code MP34FREE), and you'll be on your way.

via Lifehacker

Contemporary American Literature: An Open Yale Course

The talk above is the first of 26 lectures making up a free Yale course called "The American Novel Since 1945." Taught by Amy Hungerford, the course introduces you to the novels of America's finest post-war writers - Nabokov (émigré), Salinger, Kerouac, and Pynchon, and also Philip Roth, Toni Morrison, Cormac McCarthy and Jonathan Safran Foer. You can watch all lectures in the following formats: YouTube – iTunes Audio – iTunes Video. Yale also offers the files as mp3s/movs here. For more full-fledged courses from other top universities (including many others from Yale), visit our collection of Free Online Courses whenever you want, wherever you want.

The Big NASA Image Archive

The Internet Archive has done it again. The San Francisco non-profit has teamed up with NASA to give you access to NASA's image, video, and audio collections. The content is all available in one single, searchable resource, which makes it the largest collection of NASA's media on the web. When you enter NasaImages.org, you'll see that the media is nicely divided into the following sections. Universe, Solar System, Earth, Aeronautics, and Astronauts. Now please help get the word out.

Kindle the Answer? For Author J.A. Konrath It Is

With six published novels under his belt, you might think J.A. Konrath has it made. But, if you know much about the current publishing market, you could certainly question that. Made or not, JA made a very interesting discovery recently when he sat down and compared his Hyperion ebook royalty statements with the proceeds he's brought in by putting up four novels on Amazon's Kindle store all by himself.

What did he learn? That self-publishing ebooks can be a lucrative and very real option for known authors! You've got to read the whole post here to get a full sense of the figures involved and why this has been working for him.

While we're at it, if you want more writers disclosing their royalty statements in blogs, have a look at what Lynn Viehl has to say about the proceeds from her NY Times Bestselling books at Genreality.com. Thanks to April Hamilton at  Publetariat for bringing this to my eye.

You can find out more about Seth’s work (including his latest book Jack Wakes Up) at SethHarwood.com.

100 Great, Free Movies Online

Two weeks ago, we presented a list of 35 sites where you can watch free movies online. Now, we've taken the next step and added 100 high-quality films to our list. Some films are contemporary, but many are classics created by legendary directors, actors & actresses. And they're frequently made available by the great Internet Archive. (Note: you can usually stream or download their films. It's your choice.) Below I have listed 15 films, but you can find the complete list here. Finally, if you want to forward a short link to friends, here's one that you can use: http://bit.ly/freeonlinemovies

Get the full list of 100 free online movies here. And remember to follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Jimi Hendrix Breaks Out in America, Covers Bob Dylan

We take you back to 1967, to the three-day Monterey Pop Festival in California, which was kind of a precursor to the Woodstock Festival held in 1969. Monterey marked, among other things, the first major American appearances by Jimi Hendrix and The Who. Above, we give you Hendrix covering Bob Dylan's anthem Like a Rolling Stone. And here, we have Wild Thing, which ends famously in Hendrix adding fire to his best imitation of Pete Townshend. Great vintage clips which you'll find in our YouTube favorites.

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