Time Travel Back to 1926 and Watch Wassily Kandinsky Create an Abstract Composition

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel back in time and look over the shoulder of one of the early 20th century’s greatest artists to watch him work? In this brief film from 1926, we get to see the Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky as he turns a blank canvas into one of his distinctive abstract compositions.


Sonny Rollins Plays Jazz on the Brooklyn Bridge in 1977 Pioneer Electronics Ad

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In this 1977 television ad for Pioneer Electronics, jazz saxophone great Sonny Rollins wails into the New York City night air while standing on the Brooklyn Bridge. A voice-over announcer tells viewers of Rollins’ 1959-61 hiatus from the jazz scene, when he took his sound to the streets to rediscover himself musically.


Science Behind the Bike: Four Videos from the Open University on the Eve of the Tour de France

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Right in time for the Tour de France (which gets underway tomorrow) the Open University has released a new video series called Science Behind the Bike. During the past two decades, science has taken cycling to new places — sometimes good, sometimes bad.


Two Vintage Films by Salvador Dalí and Luis Buñuel: Un Chien Andalou and L’Age d’Or

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While studying at the University of Madrid in the late 1910s, a young Luis Buñuel befriended an even younger Salvador Dalí. The first fruit of their association, a short film called Un Chien Andalou, appeared a decade later, in 1929, and quickly achieved the international renown it still has today.


Jason Silva Preaches the Gospel of “Radical Openness” in Espresso-Fueled Video (at TEDGlobal 2012)

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The TEDGlobal 2012 conference kicked off this week in Edinburgh, Scotland, with “Radical Openness” being its main theme. How do we learn from one another and relate to one another in an interconnected world? And how do ideas spread, as TED would say, in our global community? Those are the basic questions at hand.


The Spanish Earth: Ernest Hemingway’s 1937 Film on The Spanish Civil War

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German warplanes cross the sky. Explosions flash. Shell-shocked villagers stagger out of their damaged homes and begin to grieve. “Before,” says Ernest Hemingway in his flat Midwestern accent, “death came when you were old or sick. But now it comes to all this village.


Stanford Launches iPhone/iPad App Course on iTunesU (with New Peer-to-Peer Learning Features)

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Just about everybody these days is developing an app, right? A few lucky coders might see their work up in lights if they act fast.
Apps designed by the first 1,000 developers to register for Stanford’s new online course on iTunesU will be considered for showcasing on the university’s iTunes site.


Discovered: Conversation with John Lennon, Yoko Ono, and Timothy Leary at Montreal Bed-In (1969)

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On May 26, 1969, John Lennon and Yoko One began their second “Bed-In,” a form of anti-Vietnam War protest that combined the media impact of a press conference with the comfort of hotel sheets.


Jean-Luc Godard Takes Cannes’ Rejection of Breathless in Stride in 1960 Interview

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It will surprise no one familiar with Jean-Luc Godard and his masterpiece Breathless (À bout de souffle) that the film and its director were invited to the Cannes Film Festival in 1960, months after the movie’s release.


Bruce Springsteen Singin’ in the Rain in Italy, and How He Creates Powerful Imaginary Worlds

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David Brooks, the sage New York Times op-ed writer, begins yesterday’s thought piece, The Power of the Particular, with these lines:
They say you’ve never really seen a Bruce Springsteen concert until you’ve seen one in Europe, so some friends and I threw financial sanity to the winds and went to follow him around Spain and France.


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