Tag Archives: North America

The search for “aha!” moments – TEDNYC

In 1988, Matt Goldman co-founded Blue Man Group, an off-Broadway production that became a sensation known for its humor, blue body paint and wild stunts. The show works on the premise that certain conditions can create “aha moments” — moments … Continue reading

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Separated by a Common Language: optional commas

I was tweet-talking with Lane Greene this morning about whether Americans’ love for/Britons’ indifference to optional commas can be quantified. And so I did a little experiment. And so I’m going to tell you about it. For this I’m comparing … Continue reading

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How To Live To 100, According To Science

By 2050, the UN estimates that as many as 3.2 million people will live to 100 compared to 316,000 in 2011. Also, a 2013 study from the University of Massachusetts found that 25 year olds today can … Source: How … Continue reading

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Dan Phillips turns backyard scraps into whimsical Texan houses – YouTube

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Traveling Landscapes: Miniature Ecosystems Tucked Inside Vintage Suitcases by Kathleen Vance | Colossal

As part of her ongoing series titled Traveling Landscapes, New York-based artist Kathleen Vance constructs entire landscapes inside of old steamer trunks and repurposed luggage. Many of the pieces incorporate real running water, soil, and living plant life to form … Continue reading

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The century of American global domination of language is over, a linguist says — Quartz

The internet and US isolationism could change the way the world talks. Source: The century of American global domination of language is over, a linguist says — Quartz

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America’s history is filled with failed utopian societies — Quartz

The utopian communities that sprouted across the United States in the 19th century were built in an era of experimentation and optimism. Founded by religious leaders, philosophers and even business owners, isolationist groups like the Perfectionists of Oneida, New York, … Continue reading

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Showdown at Standing Rock Is Not Just About the Dakota Access Pipeline — Observer

The Sioux are not alone among indigenous people pushing for the rights and protections they’ve long been denied. via Showdown at Standing Rock Is Not Just About the Dakota Access Pipeline — Observer

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Progressive fundamentalism: how Hollywood and the media fortify the bubbles we all live in – Updated by Todd VanDerWerff Nov 14, 2016, 11:00am EST — Just Sayin’

The left can win over rural America without compromising its values. But it will take time and building relationships. When I go home to South Dakota to visit my family, I speak two languages. One is the language of my … Continue reading

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Shredding on a Shovel With Three Strings Attached — TwistedSifter

Watch recording artist Justin Johnson play some blues on a three-string shovel guitar built by Mississippi Blues Guitars. via Shredding on a Shovel With Three Strings Attached — TwistedSifter

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