Open Culture
4 months
How much more so, then, the language of the ancient Greeks, whether in translation or no? Although we’ve also been taught to think of the Homeric epics as containers of universal truth and beauty, the world of Homer was, in many ways, an alien one—and the literature of ancient Greece was far closer to song than even Shakespeare’s musical speeches. http://www.oeaw.ac.at/kal/sh/demodokos.mp3 In fact, “before writing was generally known among the Greeks,” the University of Cincinnati notes , “poets recited and sang stories for audiences at the courts of city leaders and at festivals. A poet could actually improvise a tale in the six-beat rhythm of Greek verse if he knew the plot of his story.” We do not know whether Homer was one enterprising scribe or “a group of poets whose works on the theme of Troy were collected” under one name. But in either case, that poet or poets heard the tales of Hector and Achilles, Odysseus and Penelope, and all those meddling gods sung before they wrote them down.
The Huffington Post
5 months
LISTEN HERE: By Mark Green The first debate not a knockdown but a wipeout, Bob Shrum & Ron Christie agree. On tax returns, birther-ism. interruptions & Machado, says Shrum, "Hillary killed him and Trump committed suicide." Can Trump now prepare better and stop obsessing about the weight of a beauty queen? Fat chance. Economics in Debate. According to Bob Shrum, who's coached numerous Democratic nominees for presidential debates, "that was the worst presidential debate performance in my lifetime. She baited him at the beginning and end [on a $14 million loan from father and on Miss Universe winner] and he took it each time." Although Trump did well enough during the 20 minutes on trade, "overall she won the economic exchange because he offered a disjointed defense of how tax cuts create jobs and had no feel for a narrative that moves voters." #NeverTrump Ron Christie scoffs at Donald's mockery of Hillary's stamina since "he couldn't stand there for 90 minutes without running out of intellectual and physical steam.
Open Culture
6 months
What kind of music can you expect to hear? Officially, anything that has thought behind it, but I’m starting with my experience as musician (see www.marklint.com ) and music lover growing up in the 80s and 90s listening to popular, indie, folk, punk, and progressive rock. There hare been some movement into soul (Episode 16 features the great Narada Michael Walden, who produced Whitney Houston among many others), electronica ( Gareth Mitchell ), country ( Beth Kille ), and future episodes will venture into classical, hip-hop, and world music. More typical, however (i.e. more akin to my own writing), are figures like 90s sweetheart and political activist Jill Sobule , cow-punk pioneer Jon Langford (Mekons), grunge-peddler turned symphonist Jonathan Donahue (Mercury Rev), NPR darling Chad Clark (Beauty Pill), and 80s Cutting Crew front-man Nick Eede .
NPR News
7 months
BoingBoing
9 months
99designs.com "I was utterly astonished with how powerful this was. Let's say you wanted to make a deck of cards. The way you would do it is by hiring an artist, describing all the things you want and then they show up with some comped up designs. Then you would explain why this isn't really what you wanted and then they would argue with you for a long time. Then eventually you'd write them a check anyway. The beauty of 99designs ... Every morning you wake up and you get some of the most talented artists and graphic designers on the planet putting together concepts and ideas for you to decide whether or not you like them. There were so many ideas that I was like, "Well, yes, I'd be perfectly happy with this, but I'm seeing something even more awesome." You get to pick the winners and then out of those winners, we were able to say, "Hey, we loved your design for the back, for the box, the best.
PerezHilton
9 months
Rihanna sure is on a roll recently after dropping her super catchy collaboration with Calvin Harris , This Is What You Came For , and the songstress already has a new track out! As you may remember , the Barbados beauty took to Instagram back in the fall of 2014 to tease a song with Mike WiLL Made-It titled Nothing Is Promised , and after a VERY long wait, the duo FINALLY dropped the track on iTunes ! Related: Rihanna Gets All Tied Up In Another Sexy & Leggy Look For The Club! As the titled suggests, the 28-year-old takes a look at her fame and star power and makes sure everyone knows that "nothing is promised." Ch-ch-check out the hot new song from Rihanna and Mike (below) that will appear on Made-It's upcoming album Ransom 2 due out later this year! 01-nothing-is-promised-rihanna.mp3 Is this your favorite RiRi track this year?! [ Image via Apega/ WENN . ]
Futurity
a year
BBC News 24
a year
Men, women and children, carrying all that they have on their backs. Just to remind you about the camp, about 12,000 people have been stranded there since Macedonia and other nations blocked the route north along the so-called Western Balkan route. Reuters TV crew that is there has been reporting that the conditions are absolutely filthy in the camp, so the latest is 2000 people have actually left the camp, marched away from it, and made their way across a river to get into Macedonia.
NPR News
a year
Listen to the Story 1:51 Playlist Download Embed Embed " /> Close embed overlay iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/470372197/470381462" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Claire O'Neill/NPR Mathematician Carlos Castillo-Chavez says that Pi is so important to math that using its simple, geometric definition denies its greater powers. "[Pi] brings you into the world of mathematics, which is magic, mysterious and exciting and always full of challenges for everybody," Castillo-Chavez said. First calculated 4,000 years ago, Pi represents the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter. You learned it as 3.14, which is why today some take the chance to bask in the brilliance and beauty of the mathematical constant, while others try to tear it down. Castillo-Chavez is firmly in the pro-Pi camp.
Open Culture
a year
The Event Chronicle
2 years
Lynn That sounds like a pretty good reason. (Yes, exactly) Will we remember who we are and the purpose of our being on Earth at some point? COBRA Of course, everybody does remember their purpose when you reach a certain level of connection with your higher self, with you soul. Lynn Can you give us some pointers on how best to connect with spirit? COBRA You can always connect with your higher self with meditation, with an experience in beauty and with experiencing joy, so whatever brings you joy and whatever inspires you to beauty is a direction to go to connect you with spirit. Lynn Can we connect to other spirits? COBRA Yes, of course when you are connected with your own higher self, you are always in oneness with all other beings of light. Lynn Can you tell us a little bit about soul families, what they are? COBRA Soul families are groups of souls that have been born in the same stream of life through the portal of the galactic central sun at a certain point in history and shared some similar experiences on their journey through their existence.
NPR News
2 years
Listen to the Story 3:50 Playlist Download Embed Embed Close embed modal iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/431953164/431955635" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"> "> Transcript The location of Queen Nefertiti's tomb has been unknown, but Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves thinks it could be behind a wall of one of the most famous and studied tombs ever discovered. Andreas Rentz/Getty Images The resting place of Egyptian Queen Nefertiti, known for her beauty and power, has been unknown to the world. But one researcher has a hunch about where she was buried. Resident Scholar at the School of Anthropology at the University of Arizona, Nicholas Reeves, has been studying laser scans of King Tutankhamun's tomb. (The scans were commissioned to create an exact replica to reduce damage from tourist traffic in the real tomb). Reeves used the scans to see the bumpy terrain of the walls behind the gilded frescoes that decorate it.
InfoWars Daily Podcast
2 years
On this Monday, August 10 edition of the Alex Jones Show, we cover the latest police shooting in Ferguson, Mo., in which a suspect was shot by police after he opened fire on them. The suspect, 18-year-old Tyrone Harris Jr., was a friend of the late Michael Brown, who was shot by a Ferguson police officer a year ago on Sunday. A crowd of about 50 protestors exploited the one-year anniversary to loot a beauty store in Ferguson. In other news, Fox News, and particularly Megyn Kelly, are taking heat from conservatives for targeting Donald Trump during Thursday's debate. Trump's popularity is rising following the debate, but he's not alone: Ted Cruz is also gaining momentum. You don't want to miss today's show!