Peter Sellers Presents The Complete Guide To Accents of The British Isles

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“There was no Peter Sellers,” author Bruce Jay Friedman once wrote. “He was close to panic as himself and came alive only when he was impersonating someone else.”
While Sellers might have been a curiously detached and deeply insecure person in real life, he was a striking, memorable figure on the silver screen.


Play “Space War!,” One of the Earliest Video Games, on Your Computer (1962)

≡ Category: Video Games |1 Comment”>one continues adding to its Historical Software collection. Last year, they made available Donkey Kong, Pac Man, Frogger & other video games from the Golden Age, not to mention some classic software programs like WordStar and Visi-Calc. Now, they present “Space War!”, a game that came out of MIT back in 1962.


Dylan Thomas’ “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night” Performed by John Cale (and Produced by Brian Eno)

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I’ve only known a few people of Welsh heritage, and most of them have, at one time or another, looked for a way to pay tribute to their comparatively exotic ancestral homeland. Some start going by their unusual vowel-intensive middle name; others simply start reading a lot of Dylan Thomas.


Watch Hand-Drawn Animations of 7 Stories & Essays by C.S. Lewis

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I can vividly recall the first time I read C.S. Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters. I was fourteen, and I was prepared to be terrified by the book, knowing of its demonic subject matter and believing at the time in invisible malevolence.


Carl Sagan Writes a Letter to 17-Year-Old Neil deGrasse Tyson (1975)

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Carl Sagan, the turtleneck-sporting astrophysicist from Cornell, was the greatest communicator of science of his generation.


Watch “Bottle,” an Award-Winning Stop Motion Animated Tale of Transoceanic Correspondence

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When I was in high school, my boyfriend showed me a film he had shot with his dad’s Super 8. It featured a pair of golf clubs escaping from the garage and hustling down the driveway. I was bedazzled by his technique, and amazed that that’s how he spent his weekends before he met me.


Listen to “Brian Eno Day,” a 12-Hour Radio Show Spent With Eno & His Music (Recorded in 1988)

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In early 1988, visual artist, rock producer, and “non-musician” musician Brian Eno came to San Francisco. He’d made the trip to put together “Latest Flames,” a “sound and light installation” using his own music and “television as a radiant light source” to “create a contemplative environment.


Hear Led Zeppelin’s First Recorded Concert Ever (1968)

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It’s December, 1968.


Animated Life Lesson from Auschwitz: Make Sure All of Your Words Could Be Your Very Last

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In 2008 composer Benjamin Zander gave a TED Talk called “The Transformative Power of Classical Music”. Despite the title, the talk ended with some thoughts on the power of words. Year later, those poignant remarks have been animated by Seesaw Studios. Just a little something to contemplate as you start your day.


J.R.R. Tolkien Snubs a German Publisher Asking for Proof of His “Aryan Descent” (1938)

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As you’d expect from a man who had to create, in painstaking detail, all the races that populate Middle-Earth, J.R.R. Tolkien had little time for simple racism.


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