F1 Mercedes-Benz TV commercial - Alonso Hamilton
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
- Wikipedia. A vast repository of great and useful articles, Wikipedia is the autodidact's dream. You could surf it for hours, days on end, or you could use one of many tools to make daily learning a breeze. One of the best is the Articles of the Day feature --sign up to get it in your email box. Another great option that I've tried is making Wikipedia's random page your home page.
- Online Courses. Today you can learn from the best colleges and universities, from the comfort of your own home. Just a few of the online offerings: Berkeley, MIT, Carnegie Mellon, Johns Hopkins, Notre Dame.
- Chapter a day. Don't have time for books? Read them the easy way: a chapter a day is emailed to you or added to your RSS reader by DailyLit.com, which has a growing selection of free books.
- Word a day. Improve your vocabulary by leaps and bounds through the FreeDictionary, which has some great features you can subscribe to,including these RSS feeds: Article of the Day, In the News, and This Day in History.
- Take quizzes. One of the most fun ways of learning is through games and quizzes. If you do a quick Google search, you can find quizzes on just about any topic, including math, grammar, the U.S. Constitution ... you name it. Also try flashcards for effective learning.
- Art a day. If you'd like to learn about art, one of the best tools is Your Daily Art. Subscribe to the feed, and every day you'll get a famous piece of art, along with some notes to help your contemplation.
- Podcasts. Not a fan of heavy reading? Get your knowledge through listening. You can listen to a course while driving, while relaxing in the bath, or while your boss thinks you're working. Just kidding about that last one. Here are just a few of the
available podcasts: UCLA podcasts, Berkeley on iTunes, Stanford on iTunes, Purdue University Podcasts, University
- Free ebooks. Of course, there are thousands of great books online, available for free. Read them during your spare time, print them out for bathroom reading ... it doesn't matter how you use them, they're free! Here are some sites to start you out:
Project Gutenberg, Wikibooks, Free Audio Books, Free Academic Textbooks.
- Learn languages. Tons of language courses are available online (BBC languages, FSI Language Courses to name a couple), and you can even learn them through iTunes: Chinese, Arabic, French, German, Italian, Greek and much more.
- Wikiversity. A growing number of courses are being offered through a great resource, Wikiversity. Also try BBC Learning.
Written for Dumb Little Man by Leo Babuata of Zen Habits
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Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Sunday, July 22, 2007
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Friday, July 13, 2007
There is a willow grows aslant a brook,
Ophelia, the love of Hamlet, daughter of Polonius. Drowned after Hamlet's "insanity". Here's the passage in Hamlet of her death:
That shows his hoar leaves in the glassy stream;
There with fantastic garlands did she come
Of crow-flowers, nettles, daisies, and long purples
That liberal shepherds give a grosser name,
But our cold maids do dead men's fingers call them:
There, on the pendent boughs her coronet weeds
Clambering to hang, an envious sliver broke;
When down her weedy trophies and herself
Fell in the weeping brook. Her clothes spread wide;
And, mermaid-like, awhile they bore her up:
Which time she chanted snatches of old tunes;
As one incapable of her own distress,
Or like a creature native and indued
Unto that element: but long it could not be
Till that her garments, heavy with their drink,
Pull'd the poor wretch from her melodious lay
To muddy death.
Chinese Translation: 中文翻译：
There is a willow grows aslant a brook,
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Monday, July 9, 2007
Photographer: Carmine Groe
Project of photographs taken in Toronto alley ways in November-December 2006.
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PHOTOJENIC is the photographic home of Jen, a "accidental photographer" as he claims ;) It includes some of the most beautiful shots of Ontario natural scenery.
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YouTube contains hundreds of clips of classical music, here, I recommend the bests.
View: Classical Music on YouTube Part 1, Part 2
Miklós Perényi and András Schiff play Schubert's Arpeggione Sonata, D. 821.
Pablo Casals plays Bach - Suite no.1 for Cello, filmed in 1954 in the Abbaye Saint-Michel-de-Cuxa in France
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The last book of the Harry Potter series is coming out soon, very soon. The high expectation is been piling up to a degree that it's blocking the view of the Hubble. So New York Times asked 4 writers and 1 artist to end the story.
The Boy Who Died by Damon Lindelof (co-creator and head writer of the television series “Lost.”)
When Ms. Rowling first took us by the hand and led us down the path of her story (a brilliant one, I’ve neglected to mention), she boldly titled her first chapter “The Boy Who Lived.”
We come to learn later that Harry has survived an assassination attempt ... both his parents had sacrificed their lives to spare his. The most rewarding ending would be one in which he performs a similar act of self-sacrifice. I would just about giggle with glee were I to get to the last chapter (I never peek ahead) and find it titled “The Boy Who Died.”
When Harry Met Davey by Meg Cabot (author of the “Princess Diaries” series. Her most recent book is “Queen of Babble in the Big City.”)
DAVID LETTERMAN So that’s good, right? You defeated the bad guy. You got the girl. All the nice dead people came back to life. And you’re now head of the whole wizarding operation. So you’ve got yourself a completely happy ending, right?
HARRY No one was expecting that. But yes, exactly.
Made in Hogwarts by Larry Doyle (a former writer for “The Simpsons” and now a screenwriter, is the author of “I Love You, Beth Cooper.”)
“I’ll tell you something,” Ron was prattling on. “I’ve had enough of wizarding after that.”
“I’m going to Hollywood,” said Ron. “That’s where the real magic happens.”
Hermione Tells All by Polly Horvath (the author of “The Canning Season” and the forthcoming “The Corps of the Bare-Boned Plane.”)
Hermione: “Well, that’s the thing, isn’t it? Once you graduate, oh, sure, you’ve got the ruddy degree in witchcraft and the dark arts but whatcha gonna do with it? Doesn’t half pay the rent. I got me a new tack now. I’m writing some books. Seven or so. Gonna sell them and make some money. I got the whole thing planned out.”
I envisioned scenes from an apocalyptic battle. Strung together in a nonlinear visual narrative, they are meant to set a certain mood. I intended to offer points of departure for the imagination rather than provide a concrete answer to the question of how it will all end.
— ANDREA DEZSÖ, an artist and a professor at Parsons the New School for Design
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Blender lists 100 days that changed music, interesting enough, the day John Lennon was murdered ranked No. 22, Justin and Britney split up is No. 13. Judge yourself.
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Sunday, July 8, 2007
100% recycled-material, 100% unique, 100% made from Italy, such are the features of the bag collection of the Sandra Di Giacinto. With a strong fascination of Japanese art, the designer weaved the use of bright colors with the minimalistic design. The collection has been selected by trendy boutiques all over the world and also by prestigious museum shops such as the SFMoma, the Guggenheim Museum of Bilbao, the Venice Biennale.
"Plissè Bag" Collection 2007
Just shown in Paris on February 2007 it is already a success. It's the new plissè bag collection 2007 of Sandra di Giacinto, 100% made in Italy, in "ecoleather" with recycled newspapers. Each bag is different, sold in limited edition in selected boutiques, with an artistic composition, unique and entirely handmade but at the same time affordable.
Sandra Di Giacinto: sandra.digiacinto fastwebnet.it
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Wednesday, July 4, 2007
The runaway of Dior's 60th anniversary collection in the Orangerie at Versailles outshine the most dazzling on the night of July 2nd. Here's a selection of some of my favorite appearance of the show. Style.com has a full coverage of the collection.
THIS one is my favorite, without the black gloves...
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The most awesome video clip I've seen for a long time! A must-see!!!
This is a parody of all the "100" list specials that the American Film Institute keeps putting out. Complete list at For Those Who Just Have to Know
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Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic, Paul Goldberger, in The New Yorker, reviewed Steven Holl's extensive for Nelson-Atkins Museum, in Kansas City: "As it turns out, the building, which will open in June, is not just Holl’s finest by far but also one of the best museums of the last generation. Its boldness is no surprise, but, in addition, it is laudably functional, with a clear layout, handsome and logically designed galleries, and a suffusion of natural light. Furthermore, Holl’s five glass structures, punctuating the hill, don’t mock the old building as you might expect; they dance before it and engage it."
Images from New York Times, Roland Halbe/Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
The exterior of the Bloch Building at night.By subtly interweaving his building with the museum’s historic fabric and the surrounding landscape, Mr. Holl has produced a work of haunting power.
The interior of the new Bloch Building Lobby Lens.
The southernmost lenses of the Bloch Building illuminated at night.
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D. Hayne Bayless
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