OK Go Forth and Conquer

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For those not yet familiar with OK Go, they’re an alternative rock band who exploded onto my radar a number of years ago as a result of their absurdly complex, gleefully imaginative music videos. “This Too Shall Pass,” for example, is a masterpiece of Goldbergian, single-take extravagance that must be seen to be believed — and [Read More...]

A World Without Traffic Lights

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This short, Poynton Regenerated, recounts the counterintuitive adventures of Poynton, ”a town within the civil parish of Poynton-with-Worth, and the unitary authority area of Cheshire East, England.” Frustrated by ever-growing gridlock, city planners embraced something radical in an attempt to revitalize their downtown center: They removed their traffic lights: …Engineers completely reconfigured the intersection at the center [Read More...]

The Soothing Genius of Leo Kottke

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I can still vividly remember the first time I heard Kottke play. It was during those early college days, as my roommate and I were just starting to feel each other out. Discovering how much we had in common (and also, not); what we liked and disliked (musically, ideologically, liturgically, snack-food-wise, etc.); negotiating how to [Read More...]

Tomaso Albinoni and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad “One-Hit Wonder” Moniker

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For years, I’ve been fascinated by Tomaso Albinoni, the Baroque composer whose presence in the public “eye” is tied almost exclusively to a single piece: the bleak and ubiquitous Adagio in G minor, which he didn’t really even write. In 1945, Remo Giazotto, a Milanese musicologist traveled to Dresden to complete his biography of Albinoni and his [Read More...]

No Commentary Necessary — Renan Ozturk Edition

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This, folks, is what a “sizzle reel” should look like; an amazing visual feast. Renan Ozturk was a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year in 2013, and his Vimeo page contains some of the most mesmerizing, visually resplendent things I’ve seen in a long time. Like that plane-and-ice-flow shot from his 2013 reel. Wow! (Also, some of [Read More...]

Vacillating Between Gnathonic Schwarmerei and Weltzchmerz

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It’s hard to know what one could possibly say about this Mental Floss article on “13 Words That Knocked Out Scripps National Spelling Bee Finalists” other than to admit that it makes me feel stupid — an unpleasant (but common enough) occurrence. My favorite example of a word I could never spell (and that I [Read More...]

Prejudice-Free Soundtrack Listening

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Several weeks ago, I stumbled across a promotional featurette involving A Film That Shall Remain Temporarily Nameless But Which I Have No Intention Of Watching Any Time Soon. While the details are hazy to me at the moment — tabbed browsing can get a bit crazy at times — the Trailer in Question somehow ended [Read More...]

Winnie-the-Pooh Finds His Original Voice

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Ever since I was a little child, the name “Winnie-the-Pooh” has conjured up two instantaneous and incredibly powerful associations: E.H. Shepard and Sterling Holloway. Now, thanks to OpenCulture, I can add another to the list: Pooh’s creator, A.A. Milne himself. Here’s a rare recording from 1929 of the British writer A.A. Milne reading a chapter of his beloved [Read More...]

A Sacred Charge Upon a Nation’s Gratitude

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We are organized, comrades, as our regulations tell us, for the purpose among other things, “of preserving and strengthening those kind and fraternal feelings which have bound together the soldiers, sailors, and marines who united to suppress the late rebellion.” What can aid more to assure this result than cherishing tenderly the memory of our [Read More...]

The Absent-Minded Professor – Family Movie Night

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The Story: Ned Brainard, a chronically absent-minded chemistry professor at cash-strapped Medfield College, stumbles across an anti-gravity substance that he believes can save his beloved institution. While his bumbling effort to monetize the discovery prove ineffective, he does manage to attract the attention of the powerful Alonzo Hawk, a corrupt businessman who vows to steal [Read More...]


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