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11 Not-So-Famous People We Lost in 2012

It’s been a solemn year for the deaths of famous and significant people – and as always, many died who were less famous, but should be saluted nonetheless for their contributions to the world. Here are 11 of the lesser-known greats who passed this year. 1. Murray Lender: Bagel Tycoon Lender’s Bagels Historical Images Murray Lender, son of [...]

Sydney as it Might Have Been

The image on the left is what the Sydney Opera House almost looked like, had the team led by J. Marzella came in first instead of second in the design competition! Take a look at this and more alternative versions of famous monuments over at Oobject: Link

“What’s Opera, Doc?” to a Modern Beat

(Video Link) Eighteen years ago, professional animators voted the classic Bugs Bunny cartoon “What’s Opera, Doc?” the greatest animated film of all time. I would certainly agree that it and “The Rabbit of Seville” are the greatest Bugs Bunny cartoons ever. Here’s dj BC’s quick-paced remix that adds hip hop beats to “What’s Opera, Doc?” -via Boing [...]

PubMed Goes to the Movies!

Why see the film when you can read the article? by Robert E. Pyatt Ph.D. Assistant Laboratory Director Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus, Ohio This is a comparison of classic films and science articles that share the same name. The movie facts come from the Internet Movie Database. Information about the science articles comes from the U.S. National Library of Medicine’s PubMed database. The Good, [...]

The Internet Makes Us Creepy

(YouTube link) “Two Boys”, a new opera at the ENO London Coliseum, highlights the profoundly weird behavior we engage in online. Watch as Nico Muhly, the opera’s writer, takes his Facebook and Twitter activity to the streets. “Do you want to be my friend? Can I poke you? What’s your comment?” If you’re going to be London-bound [...]

Opera will Miss Oprah

The Norwegian browser company Opera has received emails for years that were intended for Oprah Winfrey. Now that Oprah has concluded her daily talk show, Opera executives posted some of the best letters as a tribute to her. Link -via Boing Boing

National Jukebox

The Library of Congress has an extensive online collection of historic sound recordings going back over 100 years! Select from classical, ragtime, opera, gospel, and ethnic music, as well as spoken word recordings. The National Jukebox debuts featuring more than 10,000 78rpm disc sides issued by the Victor Talking Machine Company between 1900 and 1925. Imagine your [...]

Illustrating Childhood: Maurice Sendak

”Feel Art Again” has gotten a little off schedule due to the plethora of information available about Ernie Barnes and Maurice Sendak. We’ll be working this coming week to get back on track. In honor of last weekend’s big screen premiere of the classic children’s book Where the Wild Things Are, today’s “Feel Art Again” post [...]