Live TV Coverage of the Apollo 11 Landing and Moon Walk

You've heard by now that it's the 50th anniversary of the first humans landing on the Moon. On July 20, 1969, 50 years ago today | Continue reading


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The Simpsons has never exactly portrayed its characters in a flattering light, but this version of the show's title sequence rei | Continue reading


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Highlights from In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson

You may know of Erik Larson from his excellent book on the 1893 World's Fair, The Devil in the White City. Larson's In the Garden | Continue reading


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Winners of the 2019 Audubon Photography Awards

The National Audubon Society has announced the winners of the 2019 Audubon Photography Awards competition. Photo credits fro | Continue reading


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Neil and Buzz Barely Got Out of the Infield

With the 50th anniversary of the first crewed landing on the Moon fast approaching, I thought I'd share one of my favorite views | Continue reading


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Disco’s Revenge: the Birth of House Music

In this episode of Earworm, Estelle Caswell and the gang explore the elements of a classic house track -- the disco diva samples | Continue reading


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Video of the Complete Descent of the Apollo 11 Lunar Module

The Apollo Flight Journal has put together a 20-minute video of the full descent and landing of the Apollo 11 Lunar Module conta | Continue reading


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How Alfonso Cuarón Uses Long Takes in His Films

Filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón has become the modern director most associated with the long take. In this video, The Royal | Continue reading


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Simulating Natural Selection

The YouTube channel Primer is running a series on evolution and how it works. Topics include mutations, selfish genes, and altruis | Continue reading


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Artemisia Gentileschi’s Judith Slaying Holofernes

From the Book of Judith comes the tale of Judith beheading Holofernes.In the story, Judith, a beautiful widow, is able to enter | Continue reading


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Relax to the Sounds of Tibetan Singing Bowl Music

I don't know who needs to hear this, but if you're in need of some relaxing sounds, a meditative moment, or a chill work soundtrac | Continue reading


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Green Screen Tattoos

In order to create the illusion of motion, tattoo artists are creating tattoos with large green areas to use them as green screens | Continue reading


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A Demonstration of 16 Levels of Piano Playing Complexity

Watch, listen, and learn as pianist and composer Nahre Sol plays what you might think of as a very simple song, Happy Birthday, | Continue reading


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Rating vs Ranking and the Forced Scarcity of American Excellence

In an expanded version of his NY Times' piece Why Can't Everyone Get A's?, Alfie Kohn asks Can Everyone Be Excellent? In the piece | Continue reading


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19th Century Chart of Cities’ Distances from Washington DC

As you should know by now, I am a sucker for 19th century infographics. This "compendious chart" from the Library of C | Continue reading


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25 Essential Artworks of the Past 50 Years

The NY Times convened a group of curators and artists to decide on a list of the 25 artworks made since 1970 "that define the | Continue reading


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Character Routing Maps of Famous Films

Illustrator Andrew DeGraff makes what he calls Cinemaps, maps of movies and their plots in the style of the dotted-line wanderings | Continue reading


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The Highest Resolution MRI Scan of a Human Brain

A team of researchers at the Laboratory for NeuroImaging of Coma and Consciousness have done an ultra-high resolution MRI scan o | Continue reading


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The Shining Starring Jim Carrey

Taking advantage of inexpensive and easy-to-use software, deepfake artist Ctrl Shift Face has replaced Jack Nicholson's face wit | Continue reading


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Want to Buy a Bob Ross Painting? You Can’t. (And Here’s Why.)

During the course of his television career, Bob Ross painted more than 1000 paintings. But you never see them for sale. You can | Continue reading


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Reading Krazy Kat in the Public Domain

Krazy Kat is a legendary comic strip by cartoonist George Herriman. It was published from 1913 to 1944. This means that some of | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 8 days ago

Only One of the World Cup-winning US Women’s National Team Is a Mom. That’s Not An Accident.

It's pretty well-known now that the US Women's National Team for soccer is wildly underpaid, particularly relative to their male | Continue reading


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Deflating the Black Director Boom of the 1990s

In the early 1990s, there was a mini-boom of films made by black filmmakers. Spike Lee and John Singleton led the way, but there | Continue reading


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Favorite NYC Spots Lovingly Illustrated

The Downtown Collective is a project by illustrator Kelli Ercolano in which she is drawing & painting all of the NYC cafes | Continue reading


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The Possible Link Between Seasonal Allergies and Anxiety & Depression

Olga Khazan on The Reason Anxious People Often Have Allergies:"There is good circumstantial evidence that's growing that a | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 9 days ago

A Small, Simple Hive Designed for Urban Beekeeping

B-box is a beehive designed for use in close proximity to humans, like near your house or in an urban environment. It does this by | Continue reading


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Posters of STEM Role Models

The folks behind the Nevertheless podcast commissioned a set of seven posters of STEM role models, people who have made signif | Continue reading


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Climate Stripes

Using temperature data from around the world, climate scientist Ed Hawkins has built a tool for viewing the "climate stripes& | Continue reading


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The Atlas of Moons

From National Geographic comes The Atlas of Moons, an interactive reference to all of the major moons in our solar system, from | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 9 days ago

The Most Influential Black Americans in History

The Undefeated has complied a list of some of the most influential black Americans -- 44 African Americans Who Shook Up the Worl | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 10 days ago

The Great Wave by Katsushika Hokusai

One of the world's great art masterpieces is Katsushika Hokusai's woodblock print Kanagawa oki nami ura, popularly known as | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 10 days ago

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in Conversation with Greta Thunberg

Late last month, US Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and climate activist Greta Thunberg had a lengthy conversation over v | Continue reading


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Photo Requests from Solitary Confinement

Photo Requests from Solitary is a project that takes photo requests from prisoners being held in solitary confinement and invites | Continue reading


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The Korean Invention of the Printing Press, Almost 200 Years Before Gutenberg

M. Sophia Newman writing for Literary Hub: So, Gutenberg Didn't Actually Invent the Printing Press.It is important to recogniz | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 11 days ago

Christopher Walken Can Dance

This is an older clip so maybe you've seen it before, but if you need something a little bit fun & joyful today, you can't d | Continue reading


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The Simpsons Intro Reimagined as a Russian Art Film

The Simpsons has never exactly portrayed its characters in a flattering light, but this version of the show's title sequence rei | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 11 days ago

The Forgotten Women Pioneers of Rock & Roll

Women in Rock & Roll's First Wave is a project by Leah Branstetter that uncovers and highlights the women who pioneered rock & | Continue reading


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America’s Cars Are Heavily Subsidized, Dangerous, and Mandatory

This is a fascinating & provocative article from law professor Gregory Shill: Americans Shouldn't Have to Drive, but the Law I | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 12 days ago

“Sir Duke” Deconstructed: Stevie Wonder’s Ode to Jazz

In the latest episode of Earworm, Estelle Caswell and Jacob Collier break down Stevie Wonder's Sir Duke, in which he pays tribut | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 12 days ago

The Strangest Person in the World

I bet this resonates with more than a few of you.I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought ther | Continue reading


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Is Your Phone’s Electromagnetic Pollution Making You Ill?

According this video by Kurzgesagt (and their extensive list of sources), the answer to that question for now is: no, our electron | Continue reading


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10 Years with Hayao Miyazaki

Japanese public broadcaster NHK has produced a four-part documentary on legendary animator Hayao Miyazaki called 10 Years with Hay | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 12 days ago

The Art and Science of Tripping Up the Stairs

This is a short video of a set of subway stairs in Brooklyn where one of the steps is juuuust a bit taller than the rest, which ma | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 17 days ago

The Forgotten Power of Government

David Remnick recently interviewed Robert Caro and if you've read Caro's book, Working, or the New Yorker article based on the boo | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 18 days ago

Hoi Toider, an American Dialect that Doesn’t Sound American

Hoi Toider is a dialect spoken by long-time residents of Ocracoke, North Carolina. It sometimes sounds more Australian, Scottish, | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 18 days ago

How to Watch the South American Solar Eclipse

Today, July 2, 2019, just after 4:30pm ET, a total solar eclipse will be visible in parts of Chile and Argentina. Because most of | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 18 days ago

Building Belonging at Summer Camp

My kids are lucky enough to be at sleep-away summer camp this year. It's their fourth year, and I was a little skeptical about t | Continue reading


@kottke.org | 18 days ago

The Otherworldly Sounds of a Giant Gong

Listen in as "Gong Master Sven" plays a gong that's 7 feet across. (No seriously, listen...it's wild. Headphones recomme | Continue reading


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