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Surviving an Anaconda Bite

Watch it. Because if you didn’t watch it, in all probability you will get bitten by an Anaconda and then wouldn’t know what to do. Because it happens all the time…


Bitten By An AnacondaFunny blooper videos are here

National Geographic via what else, Boing Boing.

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Charlie Rose talks with Teach for America Founder Wendy Kopp

Charlie Rose featured an interview with Wendy Kopp, the Founder of Teach for America (official website) last week. For anyone interested in education the conversation is a fascinating one, following the recent publication of her book One Day, All Children…: The Unlikely Triumph Of Teach For America And What I Learned Along The Way.

I’m fascinated with Teach for America as a program. It’s most impressive accomplishment in my opinion, is not teacher recruitment or classroom performance, on which most commentators in educational circles understandably focus, but on Kopp’s more ambitious purpose in raising a generation of leaders who understand teaching from the inside. I’ve run into a number of Teach for America alums here in Houston, most of whom are no longer teaching but who remain deeply committed to the issues they were exposed to through the experience. Kopp’s original inspiration, to create an alternative to allow America’s top graduates to explore careers that offered a more meaningful impact on their society than the corporate jobs many were being recruited for, has been a wild success.

Those who have stayed in teaching are doing some remarkable things. KIPP Academy, a charter school founded by Teach for America alums Dave Levin and Mike Feinberg and Chris Barbic’s YES Prep have become widely recognized as exemplary schools. I’ve taught in KIPP’s saturday school as part of the Street Law program at the University of Houston Law Center and the mindset of the kids is remarkable.

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Study Finds Most Children Not In Favor Of Children’s Healthcare

Video from the Onion News Network. Classic.

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Radiohead’s Nude, Remixed

The Radiohead version, on Youtube.

A remix made, through the influence of some dark conjurer’s sorcery no doubt, from antiquated computer hardware.


Big Ideas (Don’t get any) from 1030 on Vimeo.

via Engadget, and all the more amazing if you have some experience with the “instruments” – who knew a hard drive could sing?

Video by James Houston
jim@1030.co.uk
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Radiohead held an online contest to remix “Nude” from their album – “In Rainbows” This was quite a difficult task for all the electronic musicians that entered, as Nude is in 6/8 timing, and 63bpm. Most music that’s played in clubs is around 120bpm and usually 4/4 timing. It’s near impossible to mix a waltz beat into a DJ set.

This resulted in lots of generic entries consisting of a typical 4/4 beat, but with arbitrary clips from “Nude” thrown in so that they qualified for the contest.

Thom Yorke joked at the ridiculousness of it in an interview for NPR radio, hinting that they set the competition “for a laugh” and to find out what would come out of such an impossible task.

I decided to take the piss a bit, as the contest seemed to be in that spirit.

Based on the lyric (and alternate title) “Big Ideas: Don’t get any” I grouped together a collection of old redundant hardware, and placed them in a situation where they’re trying their best to do something that they’re not exactly designed to do, and not quite getting there.

It doesn’t sound great, as it’s not supposed to.

Sinclair ZX Spectrum – Guitars (rhythm & lead)
Epson LX-81 Dot Matrix Printer – Drums
HP Scanjet 3c – Bass Guitar
Hard Drive array – Act as a collection of bad speakers – Vocals & FX

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Hitler is not funny, but his meme is hilarious

Youtube Video: Hitler Is A Meme. Xeni Jardin explains how it’s possible that such a thing exists here

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Charlie Rose Interviews Charlie Rose, My Head Explodes

Via Boing Boing, Andrew Filippone Jr.‘s video “‘Charlie Rose’ by Samuel Beckett”. If you’re a Charlie Rose junkie like I am this is funny on an existential level.

google…………. google…………..

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Can’t Beat Something with Nothing, South Park Free Online

Rampant proliferation of television shows on YouTube and its ilk have created headaches apace for legal departments caught in a copyright version of wack-a-mole. Fan-driven sites like AllSP posted or aggregated episodes of the show available for free online.
An outbreak of sanity has apparently caught hold in South Park land, who have finally realized that the only way to eliminate demand is to… um… supply. South Park Studios, an official, duly sanctioned site, has made episodes available online for free, with social media linking/embedding capability. Bravo South Park.

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TED Conference – Jill Bolte Taylor: My stroke of insight

One morning, a blood vessel in Jill Bolte Taylor’s brain exploded. As a brain scientist, she realized she had a ringside seat to her own stroke. She watched as her brain functions shut down one by one: motion, speech, memory, self-awareness …

Fascinating…. see embedded below or click here.

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Presidential Change-lings, the David Bowie mix

Ah…. internet will you never cease to entertain?

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Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings

Sharon Jones had worked as a corrections officer at Sing-Sing and armored car guard for Wells Fargo Bank before catching the break she needed to launch her solo career at the age of 40. Like a number of old guard soul singers, Sharon Jones has enjoyed a resurgence that comes through in the palpable joy she shows performing.


Video: Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, 100 Days, 100 Nights

Video: Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Amazing Grace

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