Free NASA eBook Theorizes How We Will Communicate with Aliens

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During the past few years, NASA has released a series of free ebooks, including NASA Earth As Art and various interactive texts focusing on the Webb and Hubble space telescopes. Last week, they added a new, curious book to the collection, Archaeology, Anthropology, and Interstellar Communication. Edited by Douglas A.


Patti Smith Presents Top Webby Award to Banksy; He Accepts with Self-Mocking Video

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Presenting at the 18th annual Webby Awards last week, Godmother of Punk Patti Smith managed to Adele Dazeem street art provocateur Banksy not once, but twice. Banksky? Ban-ski? It’s a measure of the lady’s august standing that emcee Patton Oswalt passed on the comic opportunities of this giant blunder.


Thank You, Mask Man: Lenny Bruce’s Lone Ranger Comedy Routine Becomes a NSFW Animated Film (1968)

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If you ever really wanted to know what was the deal between The Lone Ranger and Tonto, the above video of Thank You, Mask Man might answer a few questions. Warning: it’s seriously NSFW.


19th Century Caricatures of Charles Darwin, Mark Twain, H.M. Stanley & Other Famous Victorians (1873)

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Students and lovers of Victoriana, we have a treat for you. The 1873 book above, Cartoon Portraits and Biographical Sketches of Men of the Day, offers caricatures of forty-nine prominent men, and one woman, of the 19th century, some of them less-than-famous now and some still veritable giants of their respective fields.


Protect and Survive: 1970s British Instructional Films on How to Live Through a Nuclear Attack

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In Walking in Ruins, novelist and adventurous pedestrian Geoff Nicholson’s book about the on-foot exploration of England and America’s disused places, the author devotes a fascinating section to an Essex “secret nuclear bunker.


Fear and Desire: Stanley Kubrick’s First and Least-Seen Feature Film (1953)

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Ask filmgoers to name their favorite Stanley Kubrick pictures, and you’ll hear many of the same titles over and over again: Spartacus, Dr. Strangelove, 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange.


Designer Massimo Vignelli Revisits and Defends His Iconic 1972 New York City Subway Map

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Most every dweller of a city with a robust public transit system comes to identify their boundaries with the lines, angles, and colors of its subway map. This is true of my hometown, Washington, DC, at least since the popular adoption of its Metro system in the 80s.


Watch William S. Burroughs’ Ah Pook is Here as an Animated Film, with Music By John Cale

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The work of William S. Burroughs can be by turns hilarious, opaque and profane – filled with images of drugs, insects and other oddities. Though it might be fascinating, if difficult, on the page, his work really comes alive when read aloud, preferably in Burroughs’s signature deadpan drawl.


A Master List of 1,000 Free Courses From Top Universities: 30,000 Hours of Audio/Video Lectures

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We reached a little milestone this week. Our big list of Free Online Courses now features 1,000 courses from top universities. Let’s quickly break things down for you: The list lets you download audio & video lectures from schools like Stanford, Yale, MIT, Oxford and Harvard.


Maya Angelou Reads “Still I Rise” and “On the Pulse of the Morning”

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As we mourn Maya Angelou on the day after her death, it’s heartening to remember that she lived several more lifetimes than most in her 86 years, some filled with pain and struggle, some with great joy.


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