A little piece of classic Americana TV. We take you back to the 1950s and Sid Caesar’s comic work. It’s hard to imagine someone working Beethoven’s 5th into comic material, but Caesar did it. In the meantime, if you want something a little more serious, I give you this rare footage of Herbert von Karajan conducting the same symphony in 1966. An old gem. Lastly, get lots of free classical music from our Music Podcast Collection.
Freudianism may no longer be in vogue. But, even so, Sigmund Freud remains one of the most envelope-pushing thinkers of the past century, someone still worth getting to know. In this lecture, Yale psychology professor Paul Bloom offers a primer on Freud and Freudian thought. The lecture is part of a larger free course (20 lectures in total) called “Introduction to Psychology.” You can access the course via the Yale Open Course web site, YouTube and iTunesU.
This podcast (get it here) presents the thoughts of Scott Sigler–media maven, NY Times Bestselling Author of INFECTED and CONTAGIOUS (both available free as podcasts), podiobook dynamo, and social networking mastermind–on none other than “how will people read books in the near future?”
In this repodcast of his keynote speech at this year’s Balticon conference, Scott talks about how he built a HUGE online fan base for his fiction, landed a major publishing deal with Crown Books, reached NY Times bestseller status, and why he insists that giving his fiction away for free is the best marketing around.
He presents his thoughts on Big Publishing, small publishing, smart-phones vs. the Kindle, and perhaps most importantly, lays out the methods by which he pre-sold 1,500 copies of his new, self-published novel THE ROOKIE this April via his own website, scottsigler.com. That’s right: Forget print-on-demand and its higher cost-per-book. Scott breaks down how he pre-sold enough books to pay for an entire print run before THE ROOKIE ever went to press! It’s a model so far ahead of everyone else that we’ve got to take notes!
Even though we sometimes give Amazon’s Kindle a hard time, the device is undoubtedly handy for reading e‑books. The Kindle lets you seamlessly download books straight from Amazon in a matter of seconds. And, even better, you can load the Kindle with thousands of free e‑books from sources such as Project Gutenberg. (Few people know this.) This guide will show you how to download a free book from Project Gutenberg, and then read it on your Kindle. You can also find many free ebooks for the Kindle in our Free eBook collection.
How can the web advance the progress of science? It’s a big question, obviously. And some smart folks have something to say about it. Here we have Tim O’Reilly (founder of O’Reilly Media, one of the leading tech publishers), Jimmy Wales (Wikipedia Founder), Stephen Friend (founder of Rosetta Inpharmatics and former EVP at Merck Research Laboratories) and John Willbanks (VP and head of the Science Commons project at Creative Commons) offering their thoughts. The conversation was held on July 28th at the The Commonwealth Club of California.
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