You Can Now Get a Master’s Degree in Samuel Beckett: Here’s How to Apply, and Maybe Get a Scholarship

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FYI: The University of Reading now offers students the chance to enroll in a new Master’s degree program focusing on the work of the avant-garde novelist, playwright, theater director & poet Samuel Beckett. He’s been the subject of many past posts here on Open Culture.

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Free Entertainment for Cats and Dogs: Videos of Birds, Squirrels & Other Thrills

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Before Friday, we had never managed to cover NASCAR, but we crossed that off the list when we featured Terry Gilliam’s mockumentary The Legend of Hallowdega. And now today we have another Open Culture first: yes, an archive of free, entertaining videos for cats and dogs.

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Brooklyn–Based Makers of Artisanal Water Let You Sip From America’s Great Cultural Waters

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The Timmy Brothers, based in Brooklyn, create handcrafted water. It’s not just any water. It’s water that lets you travel to different cultural times and places.

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New Animation: Hunter S. Thompson Talks with Studs Terkel About the Hell’s Angels & The Outlaw Life

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Blank on Blank returns with an animation of another lost interview from the Studs Terkel Radio Archive. This time, they’re breathing new life into a conversation Terkel had with Hunter S.

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Life and Death of an Espresso Shot: Choose Your Soundtrack

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Some YouTuber posted online a pretty nice clip of an espresso shot being pulled from a La Marzocco FB80 espresso machine at 120 frames per second. They recommend muting the sound, then putting on your own music. I gave it a quick shot with the famous soundtrack for Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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50% Off Criterion Films Until 2pm ET Today (October 10)

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A quick heads up for film buffs. For the next 12 hours — or until 2pm ET on Friday October 10 — you can get 50% off Blu-rays and DVDs in the Criterion Collection if you use the promo code SPIKE.
Criterion specializes in selling “important classic and contemporary films” to film aficionados.

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45 Massive Open Online Courses Getting Started in July: Enroll in a MOOC Today

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MOOCs on the beach? Why not. New MOOCs are getting started, even during the dog days of summer. You can find 45 courses getting going this month. They’re all captured on our complete and frequently-updated list of Massive Open Online Courses.

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Support Metafilter

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A couple of years ago, I was asked to name the first five sites I visit each day. Without pause, I rattled off Metafilter, a crowdsourced blog where intelligent contributors highlight interesting things and answer each other’s questions.

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Watch David Brenner (RIP) Make the First of His 158 Appearances on The Tonight Show in 1971

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News just hit the wires that comedian David Brenner (1936-2014) died at his home today at the age of 78. Cancer was apparently the cause.
Born in Philadelphia, Brenner started out a documentary filmmaker, but eventually launched a career as a comedian.

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