Klingon for English Speakers: Sign Up for a Free Course Coming Soon

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Duolingo provides free educational resources that will help you learn a whole host of terrestrial languages — languages like Spanish, French, German, and Italian. But now they’re expanding into extraterrestrial languages too, like Klingon.

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George Orwell and Christopher Hitchens’ Ironclad Rules for Making a Good Cup of Tea

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It’s not that I don’t appreciate good coffee—I consider it a delicacy. But at the end and the beginning of the day, coffee mostly functions as a caffeine delivery system. But not tea. Tea must be savored, and it must be good. Americans’ enthusiasm for tea does not come naturally. What passes for tea in the U.S.

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Take a Virtual Tour of Robben Island Where Nelson Mandela and Other Apartheid Opponents Were Jailed

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Ted Mills recently told you all about the Google-powered virtual tour of Abbey Road Studios. What shouldn’t go without mention is the new, Google-powered virtual tour of Robben Island — “the island where Nelson Mandela and many of South Africa’s freedom fighters were imprisoned during their quest for equality.

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John Green’s Crash Course in U.S. History: From Colonialism to Obama in 47 Videos

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Those who cannot remember the past, said George Santayana, are condemned to repeat it. Luckily, if you learn about the past from John Green’s Crash Course video series, you can play them on repeat as many times as you like until you do remember it.

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Hear What is Jazz?: Leonard Bernstein’s Introduction to the Great American Art Form (1956)

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By 1956, jazz was entering its hard bop phase, far from its New Orleans birthplace. At the same time, it was fracturing into several international genres, with the influence of Latin rhythms and the south sea breezes of lounge.

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Four Franz Kafka Animations: Enjoy Creative Animated Shorts from Poland, Japan, Russia & Canada

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Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari thought of Kafka as an international writer, in solidarity with minority groups worldwide. Other scholars have characterized his work—and Kafka himself wrote as much—as literature concerned with national identity.

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110 Drawings and Paintings by J.R.R. Tolkien: Of Middle-Earth and Beyond

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A few years ago, we featured J.R.R. Tolkien’s personal cover designs for the Lord of the Rings trilogy, a series of novels that justifiably made his name as a world-builder in prose (and occasional verse), but rather overshadowed his output as an illustrator. He didn’t just do covers for his own books, either.

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The Poetry of the Cherry Blossoms Comes to Life in a One Minute Time Lapse Video

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Are we to look at cherry blossoms only in full bloom, the moon only when it is cloudless? To long for the moon while looking on the rain, to lower the blinds and be unaware of the passing of spring—these are even more deeply moving. Branches about to blossom or gardens strewn with faded flowers are worthier of our admiration.

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John Cleese Explores the Health Benefits of Laughter

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If you live in a big city like Los Angeles or San Francisco, you’ll discover that there are just a bewildering variety of yoga styles out there – there’s Ashtanga Yoga if you want a real work out, there’s Yin Yoga if you want to chill out and there’s Bikram Hot Yoga if you want heat stroke. Add to this list Laughter Yoga.

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An Animated Ray Bradbury Explains Why It Takes Being a “Dedicated Madman” to Be a Writer

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The good folks at Blank on Blank have been breathing new life into long-lost recorded interviews with cultural icons by turning them into animated shorts. In the past, they have made films featuring the likes of Janis Joplin, David Foster Wallace, Jim Morrison and Dave Brubeck.

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