A Young Glenn Gould Plays Bach

≡ Category: Music |11 Comments

Great find by Robert B., who captions this clip: “the teenage Glenn Gould at his Canadian home.” Gould is playing here J.S.Bach’s Partita #2. Give this a minute to get going. It’s a pretty awesome display of Gould’s talents.

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Einstein is Money

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Newton, Copernicus, Galileo, Bohr and many other great scientists appear on paper currencies from around the world. Note that you can click on each image to see it in a higher resolution.

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The Open v. Closed Culture Smackdown

≡ Category: Media, Web/Tech |19 Comments

Nina Paley and Jaron Lanier are facing off in a friendly, public radio smackdown, debating the pros and cons of open/free culture. (Listen to the audio below).

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The iPad and Information’s Third Age

≡ Category: Amazon Kindle, Apple, Books, e-books |2 Comments

Today we have a guest post by William Rankin, director of educational innovation, associate professor of medieval literature, and Apple Distinguished Educator, Abilene Christian University.

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J.D. Salinger Dies at 91

≡ Category: Books, Life, Literature |1 Comment

More sad news. J.D. Salinger, who brought us The Catcher in the Rye, has died at 91. Here’s the initial news release.
Boy, when you’re dead, they really fix you up.  I hope to hell when I do die somebody has sense enough to just dump me in the river or something.  Anything except sticking me in a goddam cemetery.

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Hayek vs. Keynes Rap

≡ Category: Economics |3 Comments

Russ Roberts, the George Mason University economist and host of EconTalk (iTunes – RSS Feed – Web Site) recently teamed up with John Papola, a television exec, to produce “Fear the Boom and Bust.” It’s a rap song/video with intellectual substance that follows this premise:
John Maynard Keynes and F. A.

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The 2:30 A.M. Nobel Prize Call

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Apparently, the Swedes call when they know you’ll be home. Worth a listen.

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Howard Zinn Dies at 87

≡ Category: History |2 Comments

Sad news. Howard Zinn, the American historian best known for his book, A People’s History of the United States, died today of a heart attack at the age of 87. The Boston Herald has more on his life and passing here.

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First Glimpse of Apple’s New eReader

≡ Category: Amazon Kindle, Apple |2 Comments

Welcome the new Kindle competitor. Above, you’ll find some of the first pictures showing the ebook capabilities of Apple’s new iPad. We should have more thoughts on the iPad coming later today. Pictures come via gdgt.com, which has been providing excellent live coverage of the Apple event.

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A History of the World in 100 Objects

≡ Category: Art, History |6 Comments

Working with the BBC, Neil MacGregor, the Director of the British Museum, has launched a downright smart project. A History of the World in 100 Objects uses important pieces from the museum’s collections to recount the long history of humanity.

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