LA County Museum Makes 20,000 Artistic Images Available for Free Download

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The Los Angeles County Museum of Art houses the largest American collection of art west of Chicago. Developed as an “encyclopedic” museum—its collections represent nearly every human civilization since recorded time—LACMA’s eclectic holdings span from art of the ancient world to video installations.


A Gallery of Stanley Kubrick Cinemagraphs: Iconic Moments Briefly Animated

≡ Category: Animation, Film, Technology, Web/Tech |Leave a Comment

Type “stupid animated gif“—or words to that effect—into your preferred search engine and you’ll be rewarded with an abundance of germane material.
Meanwhile a search on “animated gif of Stanley Kubrick rolling in his grave” fails to yield anything of significance.


Artist Robbie Cooper’s Video Project Immersion Stares Back at Gamers and YouTubers

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What if that screen you’re peering at was something akin to a one-way mirror? There’s a definite aspect of dressing room horror, viewing artist Robbie Cooper’s Immersion project, a video collection of the alternately grotesque and dull expressions appearing on people’s faces as they play video games and watch YouTube.


Where Your Web Searches, Emails, and Videos Live: A Tour Inside Google’s Data Centers

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So much of what we experience as digital is intangible. The color and texture of the Internet exists only for the time we have that particular site loaded. With just a click of the mouse, the lushness disappears.
Except that it doesn’t, really.


Codecademy’s Free Courses Democratize Computer Programming

≡ Category: Education, Online Courses, Technology, Web/Tech |7 Comments

There are good and bad online instructional platforms for everything: some language courses work better than others and some approaches to teaching music are more effective than others.


University Presses & Libraries Turn to Pinterest to Promote Books

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I’ll admit it: I’m not a big Pinterest user. Until very recently I thought the social networking site was a bit twee—too much about cute clothes and crafts, not enough about ideas.
Turns out the web’s 15th largest site has a lot more to offer.
Open Culture has its own embryonic Pinterest page.


Out My Window: An Interactive Documentary

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Out My Window – it’s a new interactive documentary, a film unlike any you have seen before. Katerina Cizek, the director, put it together over the course of years, and the award-winning film uses its novel approach to explore life, as it goes on, within highrises – the most commonly built structures during the past century.


Harvard Releases OpenScholar 2.0

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Harvard University has now released version 2.0 of OpenScholar, an open source software package that lets scholars build personal and project-oriented web sites in a matter of minutes.


Making the Case Against Laptops … With Liquid Nitrogen

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Professors are increasingly souring on students bringing their laptops to class. Some are banning them. (The Washington Post has more on that.) And some are banning them emphatically. Like the physics professor from the University of Oklahoma. (Watch the video above.) What’s the solution? Maybe this student has the right idea (said in jest).


Where Is Technology Taking Us?

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A recent Frontline documentary, Digital Nation: A Life on the Virtual Frontier, asks just this question–particularly with regard to education. Subjects include attention span, multi-tasking, and the doubts of one-time technology evangelist Douglas Rushkoff.


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