Peter Thiel’s Stanford Course on Startups: Read the Lecture Notes Free Online

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Peter Thiel has many claims to fame in Silicon Valley. He co-founded PayPal in 1998, before selling it to eBay for $1.5 billion in 2002. He later launched various hedge funds, and made early investments in Facebook.

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Watch the First Animations of Peanuts: Commercials for the Ford Motor Company (1959-1961)

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Bill Watterson, creator of arguably the last great comic strip, Calvin and Hobbes, wrote the following about perhaps the greatest comic strip ever. “Peanuts pretty much defines the modern comic strip, so even now it’s hard to see it with fresh eyes. The clean, minimalist drawings, the sarcastic humor, the unflinching emotional honesty….

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Puts Bill Gates’ Wealth into Funny Perspective

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Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has a way of putting things into perspective. Usually he’s looking at where we — our planet, our civilization — sit in relationship to the larger cosmos.

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Jonathan Safran Foer, Toni Morrison & Steven Pinker Cultivate Thought on Chipotle’s Cups and Bags

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If you walk into Chipotle, order a drink, and look at the cup, you might see the following literary text:
TWO-MINUTE SEDUCTION
by TONI MORRISON
I took my heart out and gave it to a writer made heartless by fame, someone who needed it to pump blood into veins desiccated by the suck and roar of crowds slobbering or poisoning or licking up the red fr

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Vi Hart Explains & Defends Net Neutrality in a New Doodle-Filled Video

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Vi Hart is back at it again. Hart has a knack for demystifying complex concepts with her visually-rich mathematical videos. She has previously tackled Stravinsky and Schoenberg’s 12-Tone Compositions and the Space-Time Continuum. This week, she’s taking on the concept of Net Neutrality.

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Slavoj Žižek on the Feel-Good Ideology of Starbucks

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Back in 2010, we presented an animated video where Slavoj Žižek, our favorite Slovenian theorist, identified a new trend in modern capitalism. Nowadays, marketers have found a crafty way to rework Max Weber’s Protestant Ethic.

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Steve Jobs on the Rise of the Personal Computer: A Rare 1990 Interview

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In early 1990 Steve Jobs granted a very rare interview to the makers of a PBS NOVA miniseries called The Machine that Changed the World.
The producers of the series had a tough time getting Jobs to talk with them.

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Dewars Channels the Ghost of Charles Bukowski to Sell Scotch

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In 1993, the GAP used the ghost of Jack Kerouac to help sell khakis to desk jockeys across the nation. That was odd. 20 years later, Dewars has called upon Charles Bukowski, dead since 1994, to peddle Scotch. That makes complete sense.

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Death of An Adjunct: A Sobering, True Story

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The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ran a sad and galling story yesterday about Mary Margaret Vojtko who died of a heart attack at the age of 83.

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LinkedIn Rolls Out Pages for Universities

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As part of a larger effort to attract a younger demographic, LinkedIn announced this week the launch of University Pages.

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