Dick Tracy: The Original Film Series Online

Chester Gould first intro­duced Dick Tra­cy, the leg­endary police detec­tive, to the Amer­i­can pub­lic in 1931, back when he launched his syn­di­cat­ed com­ic strip — a strip that he would con­tin­ue writ­ing until 1977. The char­ac­ter res­onat­ed imme­di­ate­ly, and soon enough, Dick Tra­cy took to the air­waves (lis­ten to radio episodes here) and then even­tu­al­ly the sil­ver screen. In 1937, Repub­lic Pic­tures released a Dick Tra­cy film series com­prised of 15 episodes/chapters, each run­ning about 22 min­utes on aver­age. And, thanks to Film Annex, you can now revis­it them (for free) online at DickTracyTV.com. Above we have fea­tured a video that gives you the entire series in one handy clip. It runs rough­ly 4 and a half hours (got an after­noon to spare?), and, please note, the large file takes some time to load. You can also watch, or even down­load, this file at The Inter­net Archive.

If you’re look­ing for more vin­tage movies, def­i­nite­ly vis­it our big col­lec­tion Free Movies Online: Great Clas­sics, Indies, Film Noir, Doc­u­men­taries & More

Stairway to Heaven

With­out these guys, you would­n’t have broad­cast radio or TV. It’s hard to watch beyond the 1:30 mark. Thanks Ian for send­ing along…

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The Money Tree

It’s not the first time a tree offers a win­dow into human­i­ty. Any­one who has read Shel Sil­ver­stein’s clas­sic knows that. But, even so, this lit­tle video by Amy Krouse Rosen­thal says a lit­tle some­thing about what we see and what we actu­al­ly notice. It was filmed this past sum­mer in Chica­go…

via Michael Wesch

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John Cleese on the Origin of Creativity

British actor John Cleese is best known for his comedic tal­ent as one of the found­ing mem­bers of Mon­ty Python, which makes his intel­lec­tu­al insights on the ori­gin of cre­ativ­i­ty par­tic­u­lar­ly fas­ci­nat­ing. This talk from the 2009 Cre­ativ­i­ty World Forum in Ger­many is part cri­tique of moder­ni­ty’s hus­tle-and-bus­tle, part hand­book for cre­at­ing the right con­di­tions for cre­ativ­i­ty.

“We get our ideas from what I’m going to call for a moment our uncon­scious — the part of our mind that goes on work­ing, for exam­ple, when we’re asleep. So what I’m say­ing is that if you get into the right mood, then your mode of think­ing will become much more cre­ative. But if you’re rac­ing around all day, tick­ing things off a list, look­ing at your watch, mak­ing phone calls and gen­er­al­ly just keep­ing all the balls in the air, you are not going to have any cre­ative ideas.” ~ John Cleese

Cleese advo­cates cre­at­ing an “oasis” amidst the dai­ly stress where the ner­vous crea­ture that is your cre­ative mind can safe­ly come out and play, with the oasis being guard­ed by bound­aries of space and bound­aries of time.

Anoth­er inter­est­ing point Cleese makes is that know­ing you are good at some­thing requires pre­cise­ly the same skills you need to be good at it, so peo­ple who are hor­ri­ble at some­thing tend to have no idea they are hor­ri­ble at all. This echoes pre­cise­ly what film­mak­er Errol Mor­ris dis­cuss­es in “The Anosog­nosic’s Dilem­ma,” arguably one of the most fas­ci­nat­ing psy­chol­o­gy reads in The New York Times this year.

Curi­ous­ly, Cleese’s for­mu­la for cre­ativ­i­ty some­what con­tra­dicts anoth­er recent the­o­ry put forth by his­to­ri­an Steven John­son who, while dis­cussing where good ideas come from, makes a case for the con­nect­ed mind rather than the fenced off cre­ative oasis as the true source of cre­ativ­i­ty.

This video per­ma­nent­ly resides in Open Cul­ture’s col­lec­tion of Cul­tur­al Icons.

Maria Popo­va is the founder and edi­tor in chief of Brain Pick­ings, a curat­ed inven­to­ry of eclec­tic inter­est­ing­ness and indis­crim­i­nate curios­i­ty. She writes for Wired UK, GOOD Mag­a­zine, Big­Think and Huff­in­g­ton Post, and spends a dis­turb­ing amount of time on Twit­ter.

Where Do Good Ideas Come From?

Where do good ideas come from? Places that put us togeth­er. Places that allow good hunch­es to col­lide with oth­er good hunch­es, some­times cre­at­ing big break­throughs and inno­va­tions. Dur­ing the Enlight­en­ment, this all hap­pened in Parisian salons and cof­fee hous­es. Nowa­days, it’s hap­pen­ing on the web, in places that defy your ordi­nary def­i­n­i­tion of “place.” In four ani­mat­ed min­utes, Steven John­son out­lines the argu­ment that he makes more ful­ly in his soon-to-be-pub­lished book, Where Good Ideas Come From: The Nat­ur­al His­to­ry of Inno­va­tion. The video is the lat­est from the RSAn­i­mate series.

PS: Last week, I wrote a guest post on 5 cap­ti­vat­ing RSA videos that mull over the flaws run­ning through mod­ern cap­i­tal­ism. You can find it on Brain Pick­ings.

Relat­ed Con­tent:

Ira Glass on Why Cre­ative Excel­lence Takes Time

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David Bowie Standup

For a brief moment yes­ter­day, the inter­net was abuzz. David Bowie? Now doing standup com­e­dy? Bowie him­self seemed to con­firm it on Twit­ter. But then the truth came out. It was all a hoax, the work of come­di­an Ed Schrad­er. Lis­ten below:

Relat­ed: Don’t miss lit­tle this video of a 3 year old hav­ing a “Want David Bowie” melt­down. Watch video here, and stay with it until the 1:30 mark…

The Paris Review Interviews Now Online

The Paris Review, the great lit­er­ary jour­nal co-found­ed by George Plimp­ton, unveiled last week a new web site and a big archive of inter­views with famous lit­er­ary fig­ures. Span­ning five decades, the inter­views often talk about the “how” of lit­er­a­ture (to bor­row a phrase from Salman Rushdie) – that is, how writ­ers go about writ­ing. Rum­mag­ing through the archive, you will encounter con­ver­sa­tions with TS Eliot, William Faulkn­er, Ralph Elli­son, Ernest Hem­ing­way, Simone de Beau­voirSaul Bel­low, Jorge Luis BorgesNor­man Mail­er, Mary McCarthyVladimir Nabokov, John Stein­beck, Joan Did­ion, Kurt Von­negut, Eudo­ra Wel­tyRay­mond Carv­er, Rus­sell Banks, Don DeLil­lo, Toni Mor­ri­son, Paul Auster, etc. And, amaz­ing­ly, this list only scratch­es the sur­face of what’s avail­able.

Note: These inter­views are sep­a­rate­ly avail­able in book for­mat: The Paris Review Inter­views, Vol­umes 1–4.

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Ok Go & the Open Video Conference

This week, OK Go released a new video sup­port­ing its lat­est sin­gle “White Knuck­les.” It’s the first since they released two viral videos (here and here) accom­pa­ny­ing “This Too Shall Pass.” Give the video a watch (above) and take into account these stats.

  • The video gen­er­at­ed more than 1 mil­lion views on Mon­day alone (its first day on the web),
  • It appar­ent­ly took 124 takes to make the video, and the video you see is actu­al­ly the 72nd take,
  • 4 lbs of dog treats were used each day dur­ing the mak­ing of the video,
  • There were 3–4 cof­fee runs per day for the humans involved, and
  • The video will gen­er­ate dona­tions for the ASPCA.

Now this very relat­ed plug: Ok Go’s lead singer, Dami­an Kulash, will be a head­line speak­er at the Open Video Con­fer­ence tak­ing place in New York City on Octo­ber 1st & 2nd. He’s just one of 100 speak­ers tak­ing part in the con­fer­ence, and tick­ets start at $35. For more infor­ma­tion, vis­it the Open Video Con­fer­ence web site.

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