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A Minute in Foz, Porto, Portugal [Video] (1 minute)

September 17th, 2019 No comments

Waitin’ on a plane…to Madrid and then Porto Portugal [Video] (12 seconds)

September 16th, 2019 No comments

‘All Must Have Prizes’: Citizen Science and the Environment – Professor Carolyn Roberts via Gresham College

September 6th, 2019 No comments

'All Must Have Prizes': Citizen Science and the Environment - Professor Carolyn Roberts via Greshem College

Prior to the twentieth century, most environmental observations such as rainfall amounts and air temperatures were made by lay observers with interest and time on their hands. Later on, such measurements moved largely into the realms of professionals, but today the role of amateur observers is being revisited. The advent of smart phones and GPS is increasingly allowing citizen observers of wildlife, ecology, air and water quality, and flooding, to enhance our understanding of environmental science. What opportunities exist for individuals to help to solve some of the most complex problems on Earth? And what motivates people to join an environmental research team?

The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website.

Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,000 lectures free to access or download from the website.

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Gertie the Dinosaur (1914) – World’s 1st Keyframe Animation Cartoon – Winsor McCay via Change Before Going Productions on YouTube

September 3rd, 2019 Comments off
Watch this classic from the very beginning of film. — Douglas
 

Released on September 15th, 1914. Sometimes called the world’s oldest cartoon (erroneously), it is still the first to be created using keyframe animation. This movie required Winsor McCay and his assistant John A. Fitzsimmons (who traced the backgrounds) to create 10,000 drawings, which they inked on rice paper and mounted on cardboard.

Gertie is a dinosaur based on the Brontosaurus (nowadays known as Apatosaurus) skeleton in the American Museum of Natural History. McCay’s employer, William Randolph Hearst, was displeased with McCay’s success outside of the newspapers, and used his contractual power to reduce McCay’s stage activities.

Read Gertie the Dinosaur (1914) – World’s 1st Keyframe Animation Cartoon – Winsor McCay via YouTube



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How Do Sinkholes Form? via YouTube

September 2nd, 2019 Comments off

Sinkholes form through both natural and human-made processes.

Most of us think about erosion on the surface of the earth, but erosion can occur in the subsurface as well. In fact, scientist and engineers have a very creative name for just such a process: internal erosion. If just the right factors come together in the subsurface, some very interesting things can occur, including sinkholes.

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Over Colorado Time-lapse – Flying Back From Denver Pop Con [Video]

June 4th, 2019 Comments off

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Over Colorado Time-lapse – Flying Back From Denver Pop Con

Over Colorado Time-lapse - Flying Back From Denver Pop Con

I don’t often sit in a window seat on flights, but a late boarding put me in one yesterday. I used the opportunity to take a few Timelapse videos of the scenery on our way home. 

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A Portrait of the Puppet Master as a Young Man via YouTube

May 15th, 2019 Comments off
Amazing puppets in this short Great Big Story video. I am always amazed at the power of puppets and how puppeteers can bring them to life even when they remain visible in controlling their creations. — Douglas
 

Puppets—they’re child’s play, right? Spend five minutes watching Barnaby Dixon and you’ll surely disagree. At first, it might seem strange for a 26-year-old to be hand-building puppets in his bedroom and shooting videos of his performances for a living, but the puppet prodigy’s creations are completely original and totally addicting to watch. Barnaby started his career solely to make YouTube videos (https://www.youtube.com/user/barnabyd…), but recently hit it big after winning a 50,000 Euro grand prize on the German puppet talent show, “Die Puppenstars.”

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Scene from the Cal Poly Pomona Japanese Garden – A Minute in Los Angeles 17 [Video]

April 28th, 2019 Comments off

Scene from the Cal Poly Pomona Japanese Garden – A Minute in Los Angeles 17

Scene from the Cal Poly Pomona Japanese Garden - A Minute in Los Angeles 17

 

A minute with the koi in the Cal Poly.Pomona Japanese Garden.


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The Ending of World War I: The Road to 11 November via Gresham College

February 19th, 2019 Comments off
I regularly watch these Gresham College lectures on a variety of topics — probably around 3-4 lectures a month, depending on the topics. Lectures like this have been by own version of a Master’s Degree, since I am not that fond of classroom learning. With each lecture, you gain quite a deep understanding of the topic at hand and often there are 3-5 lectures that follow a theme over the course of few months. — Douglas

Gresham College was founded in 1597 and has been providing free lectures within the City of London for over 400 years.

The College was established out of the will of Sir Thomas Gresham, one of the most influential and important men across the Tudor and Elizabethan periods. Sir Thomas made himself indispensable as the financial agent for four successive monarchs from Henry VIII to Elizabeth I. As well as founding the Royal Exchange, Sir Thomas left proceeds in his will for the foundation of Gresham College.

 

This lecture re-examines how the First World War ended. Why did Germany request a ceasefire and why did the Allies and America grant one?

A lecture by Professor David Stevenson, London School of Economics
07 November 2018 6pm (UK time)
https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-an…

Audio, Video, Transcript and Slides are available on the Gresham College web site.

This lecture will re-examine how the First World War ended, anticipating the centenary commemorations in 2018. It will discuss both why Germany requested a ceasefire, and why the Allies and America granted one. It will argue that the German army was near collapse, and that Germany was not defeated by a ‘stab in the back’ at home. None the less, the Allies had good reasons not to press on to Berlin.

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Watch the forest floor “breathe” during high winds via Boing Boing

February 1st, 2019 Comments off