The Sandy River Flood

On January 16th, the Sandy River flooded, spilling over its banks in Oregon, and Tyler Malay and Alexandra Erickson captured it all. Nature's torrent rendered beautiful with a Canon 60d and Canon 7d...

Ira Glass, the Host of This American Life, Breaks Down the Fine Art of Storytelling

Since 1995, Ira Glass has hosted and produced This American Life (iTunesFeedWeb Site), the award-winning radio show that presents masterfully-crafted stories to almost 2 million listeners each week. What's the secret sauce that goes into making a great story, particularly one primed for radio or TV? Glass spells it out in four parts. Watch them all above.

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The Photography of The Sartorialist & Musings on the Creative Life

In the latest video appearing in Intel's Visual Life series, we get a look inside the creative approach of Scott Schuman, the editor of the very popular fashion photography blog The Sartorialist. On the surface, this is all about how an influential fashion photographer goes about his craft. But the message – it's more about doing and refining your personal approach, than formal schooling – easily extends to most any other artistic endeavor. Along similar lines, if you're looking for insight into the creative process, you will want to revisit comedian John Cleese talking about The Origins of Creativity itself...

“They Were There” — Errol Morris Finally Directs a Film for IBM

In the late 1990s, Errol Morris, the acclaimed director, was hired to make a film for an "in house" conference of IBM employees. Eventually IBM canceled the conference, and the film was scrapped. (Watch a clip of it here.) Now more than a decade later, IBM has brought Morris back, this time to direct a film meant to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the company's founding. The 30-minute film, They Were There, appears on IBM's YouTube Channel, and it notably features music by Philip Glass. As you will perhaps recall, Morris and Glass previously teamed up on the 2003 Oscar-winning documentary, The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara. Both films are listed in our collection, 1,150 Free Movies Online: Great Classics, Indies, Noir, Westerns, etc..

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Don’t You Eva Interrupt Me While I’m Reading a Book!

This is for every reader out there who gets the basic sentiment. A bit of random silliness, courtesy of YouTuber Julian Smith.

via The New Yorker

MIT’s Vintage 1970 Calculus Courses Now Online … And Still Handy

Long ago, long before MIT hatched plans for its OpenCourseWare initiative and later edX, the university taped a lecture series covering the equivalent of a freshman-level calculus course. Released in 1970, the introductory class taught by Herbert Gross was suited for any student brushing up on his/her calculus, or learning the subject for the first time. MIT has now revived the lecture series, called "Calculus Revisited: Single Variable Calculus," along with two more advanced courses. Although times have changed, calculus remains the same. And you'll still find the series to be quite handy.

The courses are also listed in the Math section of our Free Online Course collection (where you'll find many other calc courses)...

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Beyond the Still: The Largest Online Collaborative Film Contest

A year ago, Canon launched a contest called “The Story Beyond the Still,” which encouraged photographers to become filmmakers, and help viewers see "beyond the still" image. Fast forward twelve months and we have the final result: A collaborative film, now being premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, that stitches together "chapters" (or film sequences) created by six contest-winning artists, all under the direction of Vincent Laforet. Each chapter ends with a still image that creates the jumping-off point for the next chapter, giving one artist the chance to pick up where a previous artist left off. The complete collaborative film (above) runs 37 minutes. You can find more contest-winning video on Vimeo right here.

via @webacion

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