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

May 15th, 2019 No comments
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 (…), but recently hit it big after winning a 50,000 Euro grand prize on the German puppet talent show, “Die Puppenstars.”

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


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NASA makes their entire media library publicly accessible and copyright free via DIY Photography

May 15th, 2019 No comments
Another great collection of public information freely available on the Internet and to use in your own educational projects.

No matter if you enjoy taking or just watching images of space, NASA has a treat for you. They have made their entire collection of images, sounds, and video available and publicly searchable online. It’s 140,000 photos and other resources available for you to see, or even download and use it any way you like.

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Illustrator Lets Japan’s Golden Autumnal Leaves Color in His Kimono Drawings via My Modern Met

April 28th, 2019 Comments off
Such an intelligent and creative way of bringing natural color into your drawings. Even thought it would simple copying, I am considering doing something like this myself just to try it out. I would imagine you could use it for other types of drawings too, like buildings, shoes, creatures and more!  Very cool! — Douglas

One of the oldest and most iconic Japanese garments, the kimono is often adorned with nature inspired motifs and patterns. From cherry blossoms to maple leaves, many kimono designs signify and celebrate the four seasons of the year. With this in mind, Japanese artist Kotetsu combines illustration, photography, and the Japanese art of kirie (paper cutting) to create one-of-a-kind fashion illustrations that let Mother Nature determine the pattern and color of the clothing.

To create each work of art, Kotetsu first sketches a clothed model on a piece of white paper. Rendered in his distinct anime style, each illustration features thick black outlines, with some parts of the character colored in soft pastel hues. He then carefully snips out large sections of the garments, before holding the paper in front of a natural backdrop. The resulting images show trees, leaves, and colorful skies become the pattern and hues of the figures’ clothing. As such, each piece is completely unique!

The 100 Best Pens – Gel, Ballpoint, Rollerball, and More, 2018 via The Strategist

April 16th, 2019 Comments off
There is a geeky community for nearly everything in the world and pens — yes, pens for writing — is one of them. Sure you have the fountain pen collectors and users, but even the humble felt tip, rollerball and ball-points have their community. In this case, The Strategist has developed a method of rating pens of all types and quantifying how each measures up so you don’t have too.
Yes, I am a geek in many things and pens could be considered one of them.  I certainly have my preferences in pen and ink types I dislike ballpoints with a passion and look towards rollerball or fountain pens as my go-to writing instrument.
What’s your favorite writing instrument? Check out how it rates in the exhaustive list below!
At its most basic, a pen has to do just one thing, but there are so many reasons to choose one over another. Does it glide along the page, or does it drag? Does the ink flow in a smooth line, or is it unpredictable? Does the pen feel good or would note-taking cramp your hand? And how does it look? With so many varieties out there, from plastic ballpoints sold by the dozen to thousand-dollar fountain pens hunted down by collectors, we became determined to find the very best pens for everyday use.
Read Gel, Ballpoint, Rollerball, and More, 2018 via The Strategist

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Free: Download 15,000+ Free Golden Age Comics from the Digital Comic Museum via Open Culture

April 2nd, 2019 Comments off
Another great, free, archival resource. So good to see this information being made available online for anyone to access! — Douglas

The Digital Comic Museum offers free access to hundreds of pre-1959 comic books, uploaded by users who often offer historical research and commentary alongside high-quality scans.

The site’s moderators and administrators are particularly careful to avoid posting non-public-domain comics (a complicated designation, as described in this forum thread). The resulting archive is devoid of many familiar comic-book characters, like those from Marvel, D.C., or Disney.

On the other hand, because of this restriction, the archive offers an interesting window into the themes of lesser-known comics in the Golden Age—romance, Westerns, combat, crime, supernatural and horror. The covers of the romance comics are great examples of popular art.

The 7 Best Cheap Whiskeys Under $40 via Gear Patrol

April 1st, 2019 Comments off
Always looking for that next, great tasting, deal! — Douglas
Too often, whiskey lists are compilations of fancy, limited-run bottles that are either impossible to track down or simply too expensive – usually both. After all, when there’s rent to pay and mouths to feed, people can’t always slap down hundreds of dollars on a bottle of hooch, regardless of its age or collectability. And truth be told, you don’t have to. There are still great deals to be had on unique and delicious bourbons, single malts and even Japanese bottles if you know where to look. But seeking out undervalued whiskey is not without risk – there’s a lot of nasty stuff out there. So avoid the swill and check out these fine bottles that deliver maximum bang for under 40 bucks.
Read The 7 Best Cheap Whiskeys Under $40 via Gear Patrol

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The Art Institute of Chicago Has Put 50,000 High-Res Images from Their Collection Online via

March 13th, 2019 Comments off
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Download 569 Free Art Books from The Metropolitan Museum of Art via Open Culture

February 23rd, 2019 Comments off
More intellectual enrichment for FREE with these museum books. Expand your mind! — Douglas

You could pay $118 on Amazon for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s catalog The Art of Illumination: The Limbourg Brothers and the Belles Heures of Jean de France, Duc de Berry. Or you could pay $0 to download it at MetPublications, the site offering “five decades of Met Museum publications on art history available to read, download, and/or search for free.”

If that strikes you as an obvious choice, prepare to spend some serious time browsing MetPublications’ collection of free art books and catalogs.


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The 5 Best Whiskeys for an Old Fashioned via MyDomaine

February 20th, 2019 Comments off
I have to say I totally agree with their top choice — Buffalo Trace. In a recent cross tasting I found to be the best whether sipping straight or mixing into a cocktail. In fact, it tastes so good, it almost seems wasted in a cocktail. — Douglas

Broadly acclaimed as the original cocktail, the old fashioned is a core element of any whiskey lover’s repertoire. Variations of the recipe date back to the Civil War era, with the name “old fashioned” attributed to the Pendennis Club in Louisville, Kentucky. The fact that the cocktail was already called an “old fashioned” in 1881 certainly speaks to its old-school cred. To this day (as evidenced by its presence on the most mouthwatering cocktail menus), few recipes have made a bigger impact on craft-cocktail culture.

The drink is comprised of bourbon or whiskey and usually just a bit of sugar, bitters, and an orange peel to garnish. Although the recipe itself is simple, picking the perfect whiskey can be a challenge. There’s rye whiskey, Kentucky bourbon, and many more options to choose from. All are made in their own unique way and offer different flavors.

Read The 5 Best Whiskeys for an Old Fashioned via MyDomaine

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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)…

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.

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

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