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Culture Tweets of the Week — March 13

Guar­an­teed to make you smarter, or your mon­ey back. You can fol­low us on Twit­ter here. (Or become a Face­book fan.) Here they go:

A Day in the Life of New York City

My old home town in time lapse video. Thanks Ian for the excel­lent find. Have a good week­end all.

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Christopher Hitchens Revises the Ten Commandments

Christo­pher Hitchens — he’s an irri­tant to the left (a big defend­er of the bun­gled Iraq war) and to the right (an athe­ist who wrote the con­tro­ver­sial best­seller God is Not Great). He’s an equal oppor­tu­ni­ty polemi­cist. Now, in the April edi­tion of Van­i­ty Fair, he’s back. This time, he’s decon­struct­ing the Ten Com­mand­ments and offer­ing his own updat­ed set of com­mand­ments for our mod­ern times. I’m nor­mal­ly not the biggest Hitchens fan. But, I’m on board with the gist of his guid­ing prin­ci­ples.

via @KirstinButler

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Twilight Zone Radio: Download Free Episodes

The Twi­light Zone aired between 1959 and 1964, and it became one of Amer­i­ca’s icon­ic tele­vi­sion shows. Although the pro­gram end­ed long ago, the show lives on today … on the radio. Air­ing on 200 sta­tions across the US, Twi­light Zone Radio dra­ma­tizes Rod Ser­ling’s clas­sic scripts for today’s radio audi­ences. And it does it with help of actor Sta­cy Keach, the show’s host, and celebri­ties (Jason Alexan­der, Ed Beg­ley Jr., etc.) play­ing lead roles in the dra­mas. You can catch the show on the radio (find your local radio sta­tion here). Or, right now, you can down­load three free episodes of past shows. Each runs about 40 min­utes, and, if you find your­self hun­ger­ing for more, you can always pur­chase indi­vid­ual episodes from the Twi­light Zone Radio archive for $1.95.

On a relat­ed note, be sure to see our pre­vi­ous post: Orson Welles Vin­tage Radio

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Logorama: The Oscar Winning Animated Short Now Online

Note: Some lan­guage is NOT safe for work…

This past week­end, François Alaux and Herve de Cre­cy’s 17 minute film, Logo­ra­ma, won the Oscar for the best Short Film (Ani­mat­ed). The plot comes basi­cal­ly boils down to this: “In a world made up entire­ly of trade­marks and brand names, Miche­lin Man cops pur­sue a crim­i­nal Ronald McDon­ald.” Obvi­ous­ly, there is some com­men­tary here on how cor­po­ra­tions per­me­ate Amer­i­can soci­ety. The film has been brought online by GarageTV. For more films, check out our col­lec­tion of Free Movies Online.

via @dylanschenkler and

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Avant-Garde Media: The UbuWeb Collection

Fans of avant-garde art, take note. UbuWeb hosts a vast archive of online avant-garde media, and they’ve been doing it since 1996.  The site fea­tures a large mp3 sound archive, along­side an exten­sive film/video col­lec­tion where you’ll find some vin­tage clips. Take these items for exam­ple:

  • Four Amer­i­can Com­posers: Philip Glass — Peter Green­away’s doc­u­men­tary from 1983 takes you inside the work of John Cage, Philip Glass, Mered­ith Monk, & Robert Ash­ley. The clip here fea­tures the Glass seg­ment.
  • Jorge Luis Borges: The Mir­ror Man — This 47 minute doc­u­men­tary focus­es on Argenti­na’s beloved author. As UBU writes, the doc­u­men­tary is a bit of every­thing — “part biog­ra­phy, part lit­er­ary crit­i­cism, part hero-wor­ship, part book read­ing, and part psy­chol­o­gy.”
  • La vil­la San­to Sospir — Jean Cocteau, the French poet, nov­el­ist and drama­tist, also shot a movie or two. Here’s his 35-minute col­or film from 1952…
  • Scenes from Allen’s Last Three Days on Earth as a Spir­it — A video diary of beat writer Allen Gins­berg’s final days before death, and the days fol­low­ing.
  • The Vio­lence of the Image — Jean Bau­drillard lec­tures at the Euro­pean Grad­u­ate School.
  • Un Chant d’Amour — French writer Jean Genet’s only film from 1950. Because of its explic­it (though artis­ti­cal­ly pre­sent­ed) homo­sex­u­al con­tent, the 26-minute movie was banned and dis­owned by Genet lat­er in his life, says UBU.
  • Warhol’s Cin­e­ma — A Mir­ror for the Six­ties — A 64-minute doc­u­men­tary on Andy Warhol’s cin­e­ma of the six­ties, made in asso­ci­a­tion with The Fac­to­ry, MOMA and the Whit­ney Muse­um of Art.

This is just a quick sam­ple of what UBU has to offer. You can dig deep­er into their avant-garde media col­lec­tion here. As you’ll see, the video qual­i­ty can be a lit­tle uneven. But if you can’t get to a real arts cin­e­ma, then this is not a bad fall­back resource.

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Making the Case Against Laptops … With Liquid Nitrogen

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).

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