The New Yorker: Finger Drumming Keith Moon

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Somehow this flew below my radar. Back in November, James Wood, the Harvard lit professor and New Yorker staff writer, revisited his childhood idol – Keith Moon, the longtime (though now departed) drummer for The Who. In “The New Yorker Out Loud” podcast, Wood demonstrates – using his fingers – what makes Moon’s style so distinctive.


Alan Davies: How Long is a Piece of String?

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Yesterday’s lackluster Academy Awards ceremony may have afforded you some unexpected time for contemplating life’s more urgent questions, such as the one British comedian Alan Davies pursues above:  How long is a piece of string? Watch Davies, who is also a frequent panelist on the popular Stephen Fry-hosted quiz show Quite Interesting


Gay Talese: Drinking at New York Times Put Mad Men to Shame

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Mad Men brings us back to a bygone era, the early 60s, when alcohol flowed freely throughout the working day. (Watch this montage to get up to speed.) An act of historical revisionism, many might think. But, apparently not so. According to a piece in The New York Times, the show basically gets it right.


Discovery’s Final Launch Viewed from Airplane

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A rather different angle on the Discovery’s final launch. The view from 35,000 feet….


The Art of Making Movie Sounds

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Right in time for the Oscars. Gary Hecker is what you’d call a “Foley artist,” someone who specializes in creating everyday sounds for movies – the sound of horses galloping, swords being unsheathed, dirt crunching beneath cowboy boots. In short, the big and small sounds you hear (and take for granted) whenever you see a movie. Timing.


The Facebook Obsession

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Are we obsessed with Facebook? It’s hard to argue with the numbers presented visually in this artistic little video by Alex Trimpe. One data point that struck me (if true): 48% of young Americans learn about the news, about what’s happening in the world, through Facebook. A big shift in the way information gets into people’s hands.


Pete Eckert: Blind Photographer, Visual Artist

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Pete Eckert is blind, totally blind. But his disability (if you can call it that) hasn’t stopped him from expressing himself visually. As Pete explains in the video above, he has always been a visual person. And photography has become more than a creative outlet for Pete.


Bruce Lee’s Lost Interview

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Bruce Lee’s acting career began on television in 1966, when he landed a part in The Green Hornet. (Watch his amazing audition here). But it took another five years before he gave his first (and only) television interview. For 25 minutes in December 1971, the martial arts star sat down with Pierre Berton, a Canadian journalist, in Hong Kong.


Rauschenberg Erases De Kooning

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In 1953, Willem De Kooning was one of the world’s most revered living painters, and Robert Rauschenberg was a talented rising star, just a year out of art school.


Kasparov Talks Chess, Technology and a Little Life at Google

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Garry Kasparov, still the highest-rated player in the history of chess, pulled through Google late last year and fielded questions from the Googlers. (Don’t miss Conan O’Brien’s hilarious riff on that term.


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