Lynda Barry’s Illustrated Syllabus & Homework Assignments from Her New UW-Madison Course, “Making Comics”

≡ Category: Art, Comics/Cartoons, Education, K-12, Online Courses |5 Comments

Cartoonist turned educator Lynda Barry is again permitting the world at large to freely audit one of her fascinating University of Wisconsin-Madison classes via her Tumblr. (To get to the start of the class, click here and then scroll down the page until you reach the syllabus, then start working your way backwards.

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Classic Blues Songs By John Lee Hooker, B.B. King & Muddy Waters Played on the Gayageum, a Traditional Korean Instrument

≡ Category: Music |2 Comments

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To say that most political discussions on social media lack nuance seems tantamount to pointing out that most pornography lacks romance. The thrusts, parries, and asides of the Facebook comment skirmish and the Twitterfight generally constitute performative acts rather than thoughtful interpersonal engagement.

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Stream a Free 65-Hour Playlist of John Cage Music and Discover the Full Scope of His Avant-Garde Compositions

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We might as well get the self-writing joke about a 65-hour John Cage playlist out of the way up front: that’s a whole lot of silence! But of course, such a joke about the work of John Cage inevitably ends up as a joke about how little so many of us know about the work of John Cage.

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People of Nowhere: Short, Powerful Film Captures the Human Dimension of the Syrian Refugee Crisis

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“The propagandist’s purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human.”
–Aldous Huxley (1936)
Lior Sperandeo, who has previously directed short films called People of Mumbai, People of Nepal, and People of Senegal, returns with a film that resists focusing on a sense of place.

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300 Kate Bush Impersonators Pay Tribute to Kate Bush’s Iconic “Wuthering Heights” Video

≡ Category: Comedy, Literature, Music |26 Comments

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Heathcliff, it’s me–Cathy.
(and 300 Kate Bush impersonators…)
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I will never forget my first hearing of singer-songwriter Kate Bush’s “ Wuthering Heights.” My college boyfriend was a fan, but nothing he told me in advance prepared me for the shocking lunatic squeak of that voice.

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Learn to Code with Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Minecraft

≡ Category: Computer Science, K-12, Online Courses |Leave a Comment

Code.org, a non-profit dedicated to expanding access to computer science, has created a fun way for students to learn the basics of coding.

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Albert Einstein On God: “Nothing More Than the Expression and Product of Human Weakness”

≡ Category: Physics, Religion |4 Comments

With dependable frequency, the religious views of Albert Einstein get revised and re-revised according to some re-discovered or re-interpreted quotation from his scientific work or personal correspondence. It’s not especially surprising that Einstein had a few things to say on the subject.

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Portland, the City in Cinema: See the City of Roses as it Appears in 20 Different Films

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Last year, I posted about The City in Cinema, my series of video essays exploring cities as revealed and re-imagined by the films set in them — or rather, at that time, about one city in particular: Los Angeles, birthplace of Hollywood cinema and endlessly fascinating urban phenomenon in its own right.

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A Rollicking French Animation on the Perils of Drinking a Little Too Much Coffee

≡ Category: Animation, Food & Drink |1 Comment

Moderate coffee consumption may decrease your risk of dying prematurely from cardiovascular disease, reduce your risk of letting colon cancer take you to the grave, possibly help you stave off dementia, and maybe, writes The New York Times, dodge a number of other bullets–“Type 2 diabetes, basal cell carcinoma (the most common skin

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Terry Gilliam on the Difference Between Kubrick & Spielberg: Kubrick Makes You Think, Spielberg Wraps Everything Up with Neat Little Bows

≡ Category: Film |8 Comments

Fitting, I suppose, that the only creative meeting of the minds between two of the twentieth century’s best-known film directors took place on a project about the problem of nonhuman intelligence and the dangerous excesses of human ingenuity.

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