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Awesome Online Archives, Reference Materials and Free Courses – Art, Music, Science and More

HealthBase Is The Ultimate Medical Content Search Engine – TechCrunch 9/2/09

Calculator calculator calculator calculator calculator – via Metafilter 7/25/09

All the calculators you ever needed

Hiking and Biking Trails Wiki – Sierra Club

How-to Videos and Wikis – via Metafilter 5/26/09

Data.gov – a new toy for data geeks, librarians, and transparency advocates everywhere – Metafilter 5/21/09

Constellations of Words:Explore the Etymology and Symbolism of the Constellations – via Metafilter 2/25/09

Recipe Puppy Chooses Meals Based on the Ingredients You Have [Recipes] – LifeHacker 4/21/09

Don’t lecture me! Oh, wait, I mean DO lecture me – via Metafilter 2/25/09

Academic Earth has videos of “thousands” of lectures from professors at Ivy League and other top universities.

Online courses on Western history – Metafilter 11/23/09

Videos of university courses – via Metafilter 2/4/09

Academic Earth collects lectures on a wide variety of subjects from UC Berkely, Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Stanford and Yale that the universities have released under Creative Commons. The site is still in beta so it doesn’t quite have the thousands of lectures its frontpage promises. It has many full courses, for example Benjamin Polak teaching game theory, Amy Hungerford on the American novel since 1945, Charles Bailyn’s introduction to astrophysics, John Merriman on the history of France since 1871, Shelly Kagan on death and Oussama Khatib’s introduction to robotics.

MathTV is a real problem solver for many. It is also found on YouTube, and is free. Here is some background. – via Metafilter 3/25/09

How to Think About Science – Metafilter 11/30/09

“Modern societies have tended to take science for granted as a way of knowing, ordering and controlling the world. Everything was subject to science, but science itself largely escaped scrutiny. This situation has changed dramatically in recent years. Historians, sociologists, philosophers and sometimes scientists themselves have begun to ask fundamental questions about how the institution of science is structured and how it knows what it knows.” How to Think About Science is a 24-part series from CBC Radio’s Ideas, featuring interviews with Steven Shapin, Ian Hacking, Bruno Latour, and others. The streaming audio links on the show’s website seem to be out of commission, but direct links to all of the episodes can be found here.

The Philoctetes Center for the Multidisciplinary Study of Imagination – via Metafilter 2/22/09

The Philoctetes Center for the Multidisciplinary Study of Imagination was established to promote an integrated, interdisciplinary approach to the understanding of creativity and the imaginative process.” To this end they hold regular roundtable discussions, streaming videos of which are available online.

PhilSci Archive – via Metafilter 4/7/09

The PhilSci Archive is an electronic archive for preprints in the philosophy of science. The goal of the Archive is to promote communication in the field by the rapid dissemination of new work.

Major German Idealists – via Metafilter 3/13/09

Selected Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society – via Metafilter 11/30/09

To celebrate the start of its 350th year, the Royal Society has put online 60 of its most memorable scientific papers.
The Royal Society’s head of archives, Keith Moore, talks about some of them in an audio slideshow.

The papers (warning – they’re all PDFs) include:

Isaac Newton’s New Theory on Light And Colors. (1672)

Antonie van Leeuwenhoek‘s observations of Little Animals in Rainwater. (1677)

The Electrical Kite of Benjamin Franklin. (1752)

Thomas Young‘s Wave theory of light. (1802)

Hans Geiger and Ernest Marsden’s gold foil experiment which led to the nuclear model of the atom. (1909)

Visual review of art history – Metafilter 3/25/09

Are you looking to review your art history knowledge but find google too chaotic, and Prof. Christopher L. C. E. Witcombe’s site is overwhelming and has a few too many dead links? Maybe wikipedia lacks the visuals you associate with an art history…

Are you looking to review your art history knowledge but find google too chaotic, and Prof. Christopher L. C. E. Witcombe’s site is overwhelming and has a few too many dead links? Maybe wikipedia lacks the visuals you associate with an art history review, and Art cyclopedia could be a bit more straight-forward? Then The Art Browser might be the thing for you. The site combines brief descriptions of movements and artists from wikipedia, classifications from Art cyclopedia, and large images from Art.com for compact visual overview of art history

BBC to put every publicly owned oil painting online – Guardian, UK 1/28/09

You say poe-TAY-toe. – via Metafilter 8/5/09

Forvo: All the words in the world, pronounced by native speakers. At the time of this post, the tally stands at: 327,492 words; 239,165 pronunciations; in 220 languages; with 25,040 users submitting.

I’m Not Hanging Noodles on Your Ears and Other Intriguing Idioms From Around the World – Boing Boing 7/13/09

10 Things You Need to Know to Live on the Streets – Alternet 7/28/09

Google Maps Shows Local Webcams [Webcams] – LifeHacker 4/17/09

20 Fascinating Ancient Maps – Free.edu

More awesome maps here

3D Mapping – Metafilter 7/24/09

With topics that include: 3D end-to-end tour of the Grand Canyon, the origin and formation of the Colorado River, and examples of river systems that cut through mountain ranges instead of taking easier routes around them in Ancestral Rivers of the World.
But if geology and 3D mapping isn’t your thing, Bill also entertains and informs with his evaluations of creationism and religious cultists, an energy/oil analysis, gaming probability analysis, graph and number theories and applied mathematics.

“The Categorical Dictionary of the Sciences, Arts and Industries” – Metafilter 9/1/09

The University of Michigan’s collaborative translation of Diderot and d’Alembert’s Encylopédie has completed some 650 selections from the Enlightenment keystone, including articles on California, vanilla, werewolves, the English language, beauty, and the complete structure of human knowledge. The project has an open call for translators to help with the 74,000 remaining articles. 

Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street – BoingBoing 2/13/09

The entire Harper’s Index – via Metafilter 2/19/09

NSA Oral Histories – The Memory Hole 2/19/09

The National Security Agency has recently declassified and posted lengthy, formerly Top Secret oral history interviews with four of its most prominent personnel: Arthur J. Levenson, Dr. Solomon Kullback, Oliver R. Kirby, and Benson K. Buffham.

Geek Atlas: 128 nerdy must-sees and an education in science, technology and geek history – BoingBoing 7/23/09

Introducing the Atlas Obscura – BoingBoing 6/15/09

The Atlas is a collaborative project whose purpose is to catalog all of the “wondrous, curious, and esoteric places” that get left out of traditional travel guidebooks and are ignored by the average tourist.

Anyone can enter new places into the Atlas Obscura, or edit content that someone else has already contributed. We’re counting on you, Boing Boing readers, to help us fill out the map and document all of the world’s wonders and curiosities!

What kind of places are we talking about? Here are a few that were recently added to the Atlas:

– A hidden spot in the Smoky Mountains where you can find fireflies that blink in unison

-A 70-year-old house made entirely out of paper

– A giant hole in the middle of the Turkmenistan desert that’s been burning for four decades

– A Czech church built of bones

– The world’s largest Tesla coil

– A museum filled with the genitals of every known mammal in Iceland

Free online archive of vintage TV commercials – BoingBoing 7/27/09

Know Your Mushrooms documentary – BoingBoing 7/16/09

Statistics by zipcode. – via Metafilter 6/23/09

NeighborhoodScout collects information on neighborhoods in the United States. Using data from local law enforcement agencies, it has compiled a list of the 25 most dangerous neighborhoods in the country.

Downloads in All Major – via Metafilter 3/9/09

Classical Music at the European Archive. Free and legal lossless downloads of out-of-copyright recordings. Formats include WAV, FLAC, MP3 & Ogg.

British Library’s world music archive goes online for free – via Metafilter 9/4/09 

Mountain Bluegrass – via Metafilter 3/8/09

Music in the Digital Library of Appalachia provides an unprecedented resource for study of repertoire, technique, lore, and the musical interchanges among the region’s traditional musicians. Once you know what you like, it’s easy to find the music live with Blue Ridge Music Trails. Meet musicians who have grown up with that music, visit settings in which Blue Ridge folk music thrives, see traditional dancing, and in many cases, take part in the festivities. The Crooked Road, Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, winds through the mountains of Southwest Virginia. Along the trail, the Bluegrass, Old Time, and Traditional Country music is as beautiful and rugged as the landscape itself.

Revival Revival – via Metafilter 2/16/09

The Folkways Collection is a downloadable, 24-part podcast series that “explores the remarkable collection of music, spoken word, and sound recordings that make up Folkways Records (now at the Smithsonian as Smithsonian Folkways Recordings).”

The Anthology, notated. – via Metafilter 2/12/09

“With this blog, I want to use the Folkways Anthology as a roadmap to explore American folk music and maybe other countries traditions along the way. I’ll use texts, images, music and videos gathered from my personal collection and from the net to…

“With this blog, I want to use the Folkways Anthology as a roadmap to explore American folk music and maybe other countries traditions along the way. I’ll use texts, images, music and videos gathered from my personal collection and from the net to make this work-in-progress enjoyable and educational the best I can.” (via)



Random Interesting TV, Music, Art and Literature Links
November 7, 2009, 7:01 am
Filed under: art, interesting, Miscellaneous, music, random, Uncategorized, video

One hundred and one Muppets – via Metafilter 7/14/09

Shockingly violent coffee commercials starring Muppets – Boing Boing 6/17/09

Surprising stories behind 20 Muppet characters. – via Metafilter 2/11/09

Example: “Miss Piggy is apparently from Iowa”.

Muppet Bloopers – Metafilter 11/6/09

The Giving Tree – via Metafilter 3/19/09

The Giving Tree (1973), animated short based on Shel Silverstein’s 1964 children’s story and narrated by the author.
Once you’re done crying, here are a few related links:

The Giving Tree: A Symposium (a collection of thoughts on the story by some American religion scholars.)

The Misgiving Tree (a parody)

A couple of parody videos: “The Really, Really Giving Tree” and “The Taking Boy”

Jazzy covers of Mister Rogers’ songs – BoingBoing 4/6/09

Folk Music from 1947 – via Metafilter 5/23/09

To Hear Your Banjo Play is a documentary by Alan Lomax from 1947. It is narrated by Pete Seeger and features Woody Guthrie, Sonny Terry, and Brownie McGhee among others.

“Mighty Uke” trailer – via BoingBoing 5/23/09

Mighty Uke is a feature documentary that travels the world to discover why so many people of different nations, cultures, ages and musical tastes are turning to the ukulele to express themselves, connect with the past, and with each other. From the Redwoods of California through the gritty streets of New York, from swinging London through Tokyos highrise canyons to Hawaii, ukers tell the story of the peoples instrument: The Mighty Uke.”

Visual review of art history – Metafilter 3/25/09

Are you looking to review your art history knowledge but find google too chaotic, and Prof. Christopher L. C. E. Witcombe’s site is overwhelming and has a few too many dead links? Maybe wikipedia lacks the visuals you associate with an art history…

Are you looking to review your art history knowledge but find google too chaotic, and Prof. Christopher L. C. E. Witcombe’s site is overwhelming and has a few too many dead links? Maybe wikipedia lacks the visuals you associate with an art history review, and Art cyclopedia could be a bit more straight-forward? Then The Art Browser might be the thing for you. The site combines brief descriptions of movements and artists from wikipedia, classifications from Art cyclopedia, and large images from Art.com for compact visual overview of art history

Contemporary photographers of Detroit – BoingBoing 8/1/09

Color photographs from early 1900s Russia – via Metafilter 6/18/09

“Exactly one hundred years ago a Russian photographer, began a remarkable project. With the blessing – and funding – of the Tsar, Nicholas II, he embarked on an extraordinary journey to capture the essence of Russia in full color photographs.”
More photos from the collection.

Abandoned Creations – Metafilter 5/16/09

Artificial Owl is a blog about about decommissioned/abandoned modern structures, from beautiful shipwrecks to abandoned factories that look like they’re straight out of a Miyazaki movie.



Art & Resistance: Political Art in the 21st century
October 26, 2009, 6:04 pm
Filed under: art, collapse, community, consumerism, interesting, Miscellaneous, peace, politics, protest, resistance

Political art is as diverse as its’ creators…

Anti-War Voices: Art as Resistance – Global Research 9/8/09

Songs of Survival and Hope – Dissident Voice 4/9/08

Songs about liberty – Guardian, UK 4/8/09

From Crass to Godspeed You! Black Emperor, artist Mark Titchner selects a soundtrack to state control, corruption and the struggle for freedom

Phone is Tapped (And I Don’t Care): old-timey string band song about surveillance – BoingBoing 1/27/09

David Rovics: Songs of Social Significance

Protest and politics – Guardian, UK 3/11/09

1,000 must-hear songs: Are you happy with our list of political tunes? Here’s your chance to protest

Bread & Puppet: Cheap Art and Political Theater out of Vermont

GUERRILLA – INTERVENTIONIST – SOCIAL – POLITICAL Art Links – Washington University in St Louis

Are you following Banksy yet?

WWII propaganda posters remixed for WWIII – Boing Boing 7/7/09

Frugal Green Living: Posters for the Movement – Treehugger 11/11/08 

Graffiti & Street Art – Washington University in St Louis

Anti-Bush Graffiti – 25 countries, 6 continents – Matador Pulse

[analysis] Street Art in Revolutionary Venezuela – VenezuelAnalysis 7/30/09

Reverse Grafitti in San Francisco: Dirty Art – Treehugger 6/13/08

The Reverse Grafitti Project in San Francisco is creating environmental art by cleaning up dirt and grime from walls. In the video above, you can see them making a 140 feet long mural in the Broadway tunnel. It shows native species of native plants that would be living in the area of that tunnel if it wasn’t currently the city’s downtown.

Seeds of Change: sf anthology of stories confronting important social issues – BoingBoing 8/13/08

Dystopian Evolution: Imagining an Envirogeddon – via Metafilter 7/7/08

Dystopian storytelling is pillar of Western narrative tradition, but this decade has seen a significant shift in the way our apocalypse is told. Orthodox tales of government tyranny are giving way to visions of humans running helpless in the wake of environmental meltdown. From the plausible to the fantastic, most of this fiction remains hauntingly real while the non-fiction can get downright scary. In 2008, the 20th anniversary of climatologist James Hansen’s landmark speech before Congress, popular art is beginning to reflect an increasingly bleak public sentiment on the future, playing out some of our worst nightmares. It may be that these writers and directors are wishing for the end of the world, but even so, they are certainly giving voice to the creeping feeling that indeed, we might not make it.

Ghost luxury hotels, half-built and rotting in the desert – Boing Boing 4/23/08

Contemporary city photoshopped with war-scenes from history – BoingBoing 1/29/09

Anti-war veterans deploy 4,171 toy soldiers at gas station – Raw Story 11/17/08

City Room: Pranksters Spoof The Times – NYTimes 11/12/08

Human Shrub Attacks English Town – Treehugger 7/13/09

A masked man, dressed like a creature from the swamps has been filling empty planters and baskets with brightly-coloured marigolds and begonias. He was last seen wandering the streets carrying a sign saying “Save the Roses” after Colchester, England council threatened to bulldoze its rose beds to save money. He waved a banner urging people to “save his brothers the shrubs, and sisters the roses”. Now he has returned to carry out random acts of planting throughout the town

B’eau Pal: the Yes Men Offer the Refreshing Taste of Toxic Disaster – Treehugger 7/17/09

“The unique qualities of our water come from 25 years of slow-leaching toxins at the site of the world’s largest industrial accident.” One swig and you’re whisked away to Bhopal, India where in 1984 an explosion at a Union Carbide pesticide factory killed thousands and released a health nightmare that still persists. B’eau Pal bottled water (“not fit for human consumption,” by the way) is not the first time the Yes Men have wagged a shaming middle finger at Dow, the company that bought Union Carbide and denies responsibility for the disaster’s fallout

Eco-protesters get creative – Raw Story 1/31/09  

Protestors Paintbomb Rakon Corporate Headquarters – WUFYS 1/23/09

This video shows a protest against a firm Rakon which exports components for munitions to the U.S. used by Israeli military (including ‘smart bombs’).

God Hates Signs protest waged against Westboro Baptist Church  – BoingBoing 10/29/08