Take a Free Online Course on Making Comic Books, Compliments of the California College of the Arts

≡ Category: Art, Comics/Cartoons, K-12, Literature, MOOCs |4 Comments

Gather round, children and listen to Grandma reminiscin’ ‘bout the days when studying comics meant changing out of your pajamas and showing up at the bursar’s office, check in hand.
Actually, Grandma’s full of it.

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Samuel Beckett Play Brought to Life in an Eerie Short Film Starring Alan Rickman & Kristin Scott Thomas

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Here at Open Culture, when we think of authors who write work made for the movies, we do, of course, think of names like Dan Brown, J.K. Rowling, and Robert Ludlum — but even more so of names like Samuel Beckett, whose pushing of aesthetic and intellectual boundaries on the stage we welcome now more than ever on the screen.

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85 Compelling Films Starring and/or Directed By Women of Color: A List Created by Director Ava DuVernay & Friends on Twitter

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Image by Marie Maye, via Wikimedia Commons
If you follow film news—or really, just news—you’re well aware of the controversy surrounding the current crop of Academy Award nominees.

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The Art from David Bowie’s Final Album, Blackstar, is Now Free for Fans to Download and Reuse

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Jonathan Barnbrook, the British graphic designer who created the cover art for several of David Bowie’s more recent albums, had his creative studio issue an announcement on Facebook today, one which will surely please many:
Barnbrook loved working with David Bowie, he was simply one of the most inspirational, kind people we have met.

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An Animated Introduction to Goethe, Germany’s “Renaissance Man”

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We all know the name Goethe — some of us even know the full name, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

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Stephen Hawking & Actor Paul Rudd Play an Epic Game of Quantum Chess, Narrated by Keanu Reeves

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The Institute for Quantum Information and Matter (IQIM) at Caltech posted on its YouTube channel today a fun little video called “Anyone Can Quantum”–the “Anyone” probably referring to actor Paul Rudd, who takes on Stephen Hawking in a game of Quantum Chess, narrated by Keanu Reeves.

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Rare Video Captures 29-Year-Old Luciano Pavarotti in One of His Earliest Recorded Performances (1964)

≡ Category: Music, Opera |1 Comment

Sometimes it’s hard to believe that certain entertainers did not arrive fully formed with their famous look already part of the act. It’s still weird to me, for example, to see very early George Carlin, looking like a nephew to the button-down comedy of Bob Newhart.

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Stephen Hawking’s New Lecture, “Do Black Holes Have No Hair?,” Animated with Chalkboard Illustrations

≡ Category: Physics, Radio |2 Comments

You can now hear in full on the BBC’s website the first part of Stephen Hawking‘s 2016 Reith Lecture—“Do Black Holes Have No Hair?” Just above, listen to Hawking’s lecture while you follow along with an animated chalkboard on which artist Andrew Park sketches out the key points in helpful images and diagrams.

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Discover Europeana Collections, a Portal of 48 Million Free Artworks, Books, Videos, Artifacts & Sounds from Across Europe

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“Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?,” asked T.S. Eliot in lines from his play “The Rock.” His prescient description of the dawning information age has inspired data scientists and their dissenters for decades.

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The Society of Mind: A Free Online Course from Marvin Minsky, Pioneer of Artificial Intelligence

≡ Category: Computer Science, Online Courses |2 Comments

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This past weekend, Marvin Minksy, one of the founding fathers of computer science, passed away at the age of 88.

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