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Everyone In The Tech And TV Industries Is Passing Around This Speech By Kevin Spacey

Everyone in the tech industry is passing around this video of Kevin Spacey talking about how Netflix (and other tech companies) will blow up the traditional TV industry.<p>In an edited version of Spacey's speech below, he touches on how Netflix, which has produced a handful of excellent original …

Kevin Spacey

Infographic: 4,000 Years Of Human History Captured In One Retro Chart

In 1931, John B. Sparks distilled human civilization into a single chart. Even today, it’s great infographic design.<p>If time is a river, the Histomap, created by John B. Sparks and first published by Rand McNally back in 1931, is a raging Mississippi. In that massive river of time, each of …


Mystery From the Grave Beside Oswald’s, Solved - The New York Times

To begin with, Mr. Beef remains happily above the clay.<p>Affable, with gray-black hair slicked back, save for a stray curl or two, he sips tea at a cozy table at the Jack bistro in Greenwich Village, not far from his Manhattan apartment. With evident pride in possessing one of the more distinctive …

'Coronado High' author blazes a trail for journalists in Hollywood

The Arts

Reggie Watts: Humor in music

‘What Do Women Want?’ by Daniel Bergner - The New York Times

Now, researchers who work with animals argue that female anatomy in fact might be specifically adapted to sex with multiple partners — not just over a lifetime, but in the course of a single sexual episode. The different pace at which men and women build to climax might have the purpose of …

Leon Wieseltier Commencement Speech at Brandeis University 2013

<i>On May 19,</i> New Republic <i>literary editor Leon Wieseltier spoke at the commencement ceremony of Brandeis University, addressing the graduates as "fellow</i> …

Liberal POV

Edward Snowden, NSA files source: 'If they want to get you, in time they will'

Edward Snowden was interviewed over several days in Hong Kong by Glenn Greenwald and Ewen MacAskill.<p><b>Q: Why did you decide to become a …

Robin Thicke - Blurred Lines ft. T.I., Pharrell

The Act of Killing - Official Trailer (HD)

How a Working-Class Couple Amassed a Priceless Art Collection

image credit: National Gallery of Art, Gallery Archives

Cool Stuff


Bjorn Ready: Vintage Tennis Style

<b>War is imminent.</b> <i>La guerre</i> at Roland Garros — the 2013 French Open. In broad strokes, it'll be hand-to-hand (or <i>raquette de raquette</i>) combat, commencing May 26. And this year's tournament is shaping up to be a rather (ahem) gripping showdown between the reigning champion of clay — Rafael Nadal, not a …


Ryan Gosling Won’t Eat His Cereal

Ugh, I love this so much I can’t even take it. A+++++ use of Vine.<p>All credit goes to RyanWMcHenry for this amazing, brilliant, and also beautiful idea.<p>Again, thank you RyanWMcHenry.<p>Also h/t to Gosloving.

Salvador Dali just walking his anteater.

Albert Camus, the outsider, is still dividing opinion in Algeria 50 years after his death

"What they did not like," wrote Albert Camus of his fictionalised double in his unfinished last novel, <i>The First Man</i>, "was the Algerian in him."<p>Fifty …

Country Legend George Jones Dead at 81

Legendary country singer George Jones has died, WMSV reports. Jones was hospitalized last week with a fever. He was 81.<p>Jones, born and raised in east …