openculture.comIn 1969 Telegram, Jimi Hendrix Invites Paul McCartney to Join a Super Group with Miles DavisClick above for a (slightly) larger image A trending story this weekend brings to light what could have been a pretty super 1969 collaboration between Miles Davis, his phenomenal longtime drummer Tony Williams, Jimi Hendrix and Paul McCartney.
openculture.comLou Reed Creates a List of the 10 Best Records of All TimeIf you want to write, most every writer will tell you, you’ve got to read, read, read, and read. “Read more than you write,” advises Teju Cole. Even great filmmakers like Werner Herzog and Akira Kurasawa cite copious reading as a prerequisite for their primarily visual medium.
openculture.comOxford University Presents the 550-Year-Old Gutenberg Bible in Spectacular, High-Res DetailThe great British empiricist Francis Bacon once remarked that Johannes Gutenberg’s printing press “changed the whole face and state of the world.' Although Gutenberg did not independently devise the press, he invented a mass-production process of moveable type and concocted an oil-based ink which, when combined with the wooden press, revolutionized the flow of information.
openculture.comA Brief, Visual Introduction to Surrealism: A Primer by Doctor Who Star Peter CapaldiSurrealism, according to this short Unlock Art video from the Tate, began in Paris, at the cafe Les Deux Magots, in 1924. You can still go there, but among its habitués you won't find the fellow on whom the camera zooms in: André Breton, author of the Surrealist Manifesto.
openculture.comAnimated Video Tells the Story of Jean-Paul Sartre & Albert Camus’ Famous Falling Out (1952)Yesterday we wrote about Albert Camus’ role as the editor of Combat, a newspaper that emerged from a French Resistance cell and played a central role in the ideological conflicts of post-war France.
openculture.comSimone de Beauvoir Tells Studs Terkel How She Became an Intellectual and a Feminist (1960)Before Ira Glass, before Terry Gross, before any number of NPR personalities and internet podcasters who these days bring us interview after fascinating interview with the great minds of our time, there was Studs Terkel.
openculture.comA Free Oxford Course on Deep Learning: Cutting Edge Lessons in Artificial Intelligence Nando de Freitas is a 'machine learning professor at Oxford University, a lead research scientist at Google DeepMind, and a Fellow of the Canadian Institute For Advanced Research (CIFAR) in the Neural Computation and Adaptive Perception program.' Above, you can watch him teach an Oxford course on Deep Learning, a hot subfield of machine learning and artificial intelligence which creates neural networks--essentially complex algorithms modeled loosely after the human brain--that can recognize patterns and learn to perform tasks.1
openculture.comFourteen-Year-Old Girl’s Blistering Heavy Metal Performance of VivaldiShe is 14 years old, and apparently French. Not much else is known about this precocious young guitarist who goes by the name 'Tina S' on her YouTube channel. Tina became an Internet sensation in late May, when she posted an astonishing cover version of 'Eruption,' from Van Halen's debut album.
openculture.comSalvador Dalí’s 1973 Cookbook Gets Reissued: Surrealist Art Meets Haute CuisineThe skilled chef has always held a place of honor amongst gourmands and the fine dining elite. But it took television to bring us the celebrity chef: Julia Childs and Jacques Pepin; Dom DeLuise and Paul Prudhomme. Those were the good old days, before reality TV turned cooking into a competitive sport.1
openculture.comLearn Ancient Greek in 64 Free Lessons: A Free Course from Brandeis & HarvardLeonard Muellner (Professor Emeritus of Classical Studies at Brandeis University) and Belisi Gillespie (Phd candidate at UC Berkeley) have posted 64 videos on YouTube, which, when taken together, 'present all the content covered in two semesters of a college-level Introduction to Ancient Greek course.' The textbook used is Hansen, Hardy, and Gerald Quinn.2
openculture.comThe Genius of Paul McCartney’s Bass Playing in 7 Isolated TracksIn many a musical situation, one can communicate an entire playing style in a name. When it comes to the bass—in pop music, at least—one of the foremost of those names is Paul McCartney, whose soulful basslines have given us some of the most memorable melodies in music history.