Newly-Released Thelonious Monk Live Recording, ‘Paris 1969,’ Now Streaming Free for a Limited Time

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A quick heads up: Last week we told you all about how Thelonious Monk flubbed his first concert in Paris in 1954 and then made a triumphant return in 1969. The ’69 concert has just been released as a new CD, but, for a limited time, you can hear it streaming online,  from start to finish, for free.

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Culture Writer Wanted!

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Open Culture is looking for a freelance writer to cover all things cultural and help bring more intelligent media to our global audience. Here is an overview of what we have in mind.

The writer will contribute 5 posts per week (not less) on a very reliable schedule and will receive compensation for each post.

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The “Most Amazing [Borrowed] College Welcome Speech Ever”

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Georgia Tech sophomore and Mechanical Engineering major Nick Selby gave a rousing welcome speech at the 2013 Freshman Convocation. It didn’t take long for the speech to go viral. Or for Gawker to realize that the speech had been borrowed from a 2008 speech given by Andy Stone, once the debate team champion at Arizona State.

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Support The Public Domain Review

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The Public Domain Review is a not-for-profit project dedicated to showcasing the most interesting and unusual artefacts in the history of art, literature and ideas – all of which have fallen into the public domain and so are free for everyone to enjoy, reuse and share.

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The Great Courses (Formerly The Teaching Company) Offers 70% Off Every Course Today

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Here’s a holiday season deal worth mentioning. The Great Courses (formerly The Teaching Company) is offering 70% off every course today — Cyber Monday. If you’re not familiar with it, the company provides an amazing service. They travel across the U.S.

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3D Rome Was Built in a Day

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Computer scientists at UNC-Chapel Hill and colleagues at the Swiss university, ETH-Zurich, have created an algorithm that searches through millions of photos on Flickr, then uses them to build a 3D model of landmarks and geographical locations. Case in point, the video above.

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Stanford Online Writing Courses (Fall)

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A quick fyi: Stanford Continuing Studies opened up registration this Monday for its fall lineup of online writing courses.

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Stanford Online Writing Courses (Summer)

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A quick fyi: Stanford Continuing Studies will open up registration Monday morning (8:30 am California time) for its summer lineup of online writing courses.

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We Are as Gods

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Between 1968 and 1972, Stewart Brand published The Whole Earth Catalog. For Steve Jobs, it was a “Bible” of his generation, a kind of Google 35 years before Google came along (see the excellent commencement speech where Jobs makes these comments.

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