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How Did This ‘Jeopardy’ Winner Become A Cultural Critic And An ‘Ombudsman’ To Nerds?

20 hours agoArts : Modern Art Notes

After his win streak, Arthur Chu called publicists and PR firms “and said straight up, ‘Hey, do you work with viral celebrities?’ Then I’d ask, ‘If you were me, how would you hang on to the fame, how would you monetize it?'”

Independent Bookshops Strike Back!

According to a recent New York Times article, the number of independent booksellers in the U.S. has increased by 27% since 2009. According to Oren Teicher, Chief Executive of the American Booksellers Association (the organization that collected this data), the rise in numbers can be attributed to indie booksellers rushing to fill the void left […]

Talking Pictures with a Film Curator of 45 Years

21 hours agoArts : Hyperallergic

Charles Silver has worked at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) since 1970, first in the film studies center and then (and still) as a curator in the department of film.

My name is Barbiere

21 hours agoArts : Parterre Box

James Conlon, Music Director for the LA Opera, often does the pre-game lecture in the huge open space on the second floor lobby of the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion and it’s almost always a standing room only crowd.

Are Bitcoin's Glory Days Over?

Data Visualisation by @JodySieradzki. Data Source: CoinDesk.

We just cannot handle it right now. But we have to.

21 hours agoArts / Writing : Writerly Life

Ever have one of those days? How about one of those weeks, or those semesters? Yeah, we’ve all been there. Sometimes we go through a stretch where everything seems to be piled on top of us. There’s homework and college applications and relationship troubles and fights with friends. There’s band practice and clarinet practice and …

The Finishing Plan

Welcome to March Madness, er, I mean…  the month in which we will FINALLY finish up our Random Sampler quilts.  I feel terribly guilty for letting this one slide.  But I’m now ready to get it done.  Maybe I was just missing the mental energy to work on it earlier? Somehow, my quilt is becoming […]

rvest: R package to scrape web data

Inspired by the Python libraries RoboBrowser and BeautifulSoup, the rvest package by Hadley Wickham helps you scrape web data via R in a similar way. Parse tables into data frames,… Tags: R

Back Button Focus: What is it and why should you try it?

What operation on a camera could possibly be more simple than pressing the shutter button to take a picture? There’s not much to it, really –  you look through the viewfinder (or at the LCD screen on the back of the camera), press aShow More Summary

When Hollywood Was Truly The Wild, Wild West

21 hours agoArts : Modern Art Notes

“The new movie colony’s lax self-governance galvanized middle-American arbiters of morality into a force so disruptive and outspoken that even an assumed untouchable like Zukor feared their wrath, lest their cries for reform prompt the Federal Trade Commission to censor his often lurid but profitable movies.”

Course Announcement: Data Visualization Workshop

The next installment of my data visualization workshop runs from April 7 to May 12 in New York City. My workshop is modeled after a creative writing workshop. The focus of the six weeks is on giving and receiving feedback...

A Primer to Scalable Vector Graphics: Advantages, Benefits, Resources, and More!

&c= " target="_blank"> &c= " border="0" alt="" /> Advertise here via BSA Scalable vector graphics (SVG for short) let designers create high-quality images using  XML by describing two-dimensional graphics. Users associated graphic files with JPEG and GIF. Show More Summary

Finding their voices

22 hours agoArts : Prospero

FOR many years, Australia has enforced strict rules on illegal immigrants, forcing boats that arrive crammed with asylum-seekers back out to sea, or locking those who get too close inside remote facilities. At the same time, successive...Show More Summary


22 hours agoArts : Parterre Box

“Go while the going is good.  Knowing when to leave may be the smartest thing anyone can learn,” sings Fran in Promises, Promises, the 1968 Hal David/Burt Bacharach musical which apparently Edita Gruberová has never seen.

The Dangers of Storytelling

22 hours agoArts / Writing : Writer Unboxed

As writers, storytelling is our business and our art. It’s our core skill. Writing is about putting words together to create a coherent tale, taking our readers on an unexpected journey, and delivering a satisfactory conclusion at the end of that delightful ride. You know what doesn’t cohere as cleanly? Life. I’m not one of […]

Add Many Countries In Africa To Your List Of Places To See Great Works Of Modernist Architecture

22 hours agoArts : Modern Art Notes

“There was an intense flowering of experimental and futuristic architecture in the 1960s and 70s, which the young African countries used to express their national identities. … But we simply don’t know about it.”

It’s Time To Consider Making The Destruction Of Cultural Heritage A War Crime

22 hours agoArts : Modern Art Notes

“In the face of vandalism on this scale and at this level of wantonness and depravity, something larger is called for. The collective voice of the civilized world must speak out and declare that, henceforth, the destruction of cultural heritage will be deemed a war crime, with appropriate penalties meted out by the International Court […]

British Life

22 hours agoArts : Coxsoft Art News

The inaugural British Life Photography Awards have picked out David Yeo's Vroom with a View as the overall winner, taken in Tewkesbury. Not only is it a striking image of an old caravan parked by a horse chestnut in full bloom with a...Show More Summary

Fashion in Washington University in St. Louis, 1944

Fashion in St. Louis. Photographed by LIFE photographer Nina Leen in 1944. Students writng notes in what may be fashion class outside Brookings Hall, the most recognizable building on the Danforth Campus, Washington University in St. Louis. See more »

Donations To The NRA Are Soaring

Data Visualisation by @JodySieradzki. Data Source: Guidestar.

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