Arthur C. Clarke Predicts the Internet & PC in 1974

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In 1974, the futurist/science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke described for Jonathan, a little boy about five years old, what his life will look like in 2001. And boy did he get it right. Of course, these thoughts weren’t particularly new for Clarke. A decade earlier, in 1964, he predicted pretty much the same thing.

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Making Paper in L.A., Pianos in Paris: Old Craftsmen Hanging on in a Changing World

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In a world of accelerating obsolescence, of plastic products and digital information, a few old-school craftsman are still hanging on. But they’re getting harder and harder to find. In this pair of short films we meet a few craftsmen on both sides of the Atlantic who are stubbornly persisting while the world changes around them.

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Hunter S. Thompson and Franz Kafka Inspire Animation for a Bookstore Benefiting Oxfam

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The online bookseller Good Books donates 100 percent of its retail profit to Oxfam’s charity projects, which tells you the sense of moral “good” their name means to evoke.

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Orson Welles’ Last Interview and Final Moments Captured on Film

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The clip brings you back to the final interview and moments of the great filmmaker Orson Welles. On October 10, 1985, Welles appeared on The Merv Griffin Show. He had just turned 70 and, rather ominously, the conversation brought Welles to take stock of his life.

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Steve Martin on the Legendary Bluegrass Musician Earl Scruggs

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The great bluegrass banjo player Earl Scruggs died Wednesday at the age of 88. Shortly afterward, Steve Martin sent out a tweet calling Scruggs the most important banjo player who ever lived.

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The Alan Lomax Sound Archive Now Online: Features 17,000 Blues & Folk Recordings

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A huge treasure trove of songs and interviews recorded by the legendary folklorist Alan Lomax from the 1940s into the 1990s have been digitized and made available online for free listening. The Association for Cultural Equity, a nonprofit organization founded by Lomax in the 1980s, has posted some 17,000 recordings.

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The Wondrous Night When Glen Hansard Met Van Morrison

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Depending on which circles you run in, you might have first spotted singer-songwriter-actor Glen Hansard as the leader of the rock band The Frames, as an actor in Alan Parker’s film The Commitments, or, more recently, as one half of the folk-rock duo The Swell Season.

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Nelson Mandela Archive Goes Online (With Help From Google)

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Last week, the Albert Einstein Archive went online, bringing thousands of the physicist’s papers and letters to the web.

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The Bayeux Tapestry Animated

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We had to do it. We had to bring back a wonderful little animation of The Bayeux Tapestry — you know, the famous embroidery that offers a pictorial interpretation of the Norman Conquest of England (1066) and the events leading up to this pivotal moment in medieval history.

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Art in the Era of the Internet (and Why Open Education Matters)

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During the late 1990s, when the internet first boomed, we talked a lot about creative destruction — about how old businesses would collapse, making way for new ones to emerge. And, indeed, companies like Amazon, Dell.com, and eBay changed the way we buy our books, computers and everyday items.

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