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Did HIMYM Earn Its Ending? | PBS Idea Channel

I Met Your Mother is a popular sitcom that has been running 9 years, teasing its audience the whole long way with the riddle of the identity of THE MOTHER. But with its recent finale and the mystery resolved, the reaction was mixed. Did Ted end up with who he was meant to all along? Read MoreRead More

Brendan O’Connell is Blocking The Bread Aisle

Artist Brendan O’Connell creates impressionistic paintings of Walmart interiors – “finding beauty and significance in what are throw away moments for everyone else” The Atlantic: How did you come to make this documentary? Julien Lasseur and Jamie Thalman: Julien had been in touch with O’Connell about doing a film project around his Walmart series. The Read MoreRead More

Project shows the Result of YouTube’s Digital Copying

Patrick Liddell ran an experiment. What would happen if you uploaded a video to YouTube then downloaded the version YouTube compresses and then upload the compressed version for YouTube to compress again? After 1000 iterations The result is surprisingly foreign and unhuman. From an FAQ on his site. I thought digital copying was lossless. Why does Read MoreRead More

Did Horse_ebooks Show Us that SPAM is the Web’s Native Artform?

Horse_ebooks was a twitter spambot par excellence. It was algorithmic assembled poetry. It was the soul in the machine. But we recently learned that for the past few years horse_ebooks was in fact human authored, by a Buzzfeed writer, no less! And that made us angry. Why? Because when it was computer created, horse_ebooks was, as Read MoreRead More

The History of the Smile – in Portraiture

Why do we so seldom see people smiling in painted portraits? Nicholas Jeeves explores the history of the smile through the ages of portraiture, from Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa to Alexander Gardner’s photographs of Abraham Lincoln. Today when someone points a camera at us, we smile. This is the cultural and social reflex of our Read MoreRead More

Salvador Dalí’s 1969 Interpretation of “Alice in Wonderland”

Here is a selection of illustrations by Salvador Dalí for a 1969 publication of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” It’s 1969. Psychedelia gets weirder, the Age of Aquarius dawns, Grace Slick falls down the rabbit hole at Woodstock. Unrest and revolution break out all over the topsy-turvy world. What better time to release a new edition of Lewis Carroll’s Read MoreRead More

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