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That One Time Dr. Seuss Published A Book Full Of Naked Ladies.

That One Time Dr. Seuss Published A Book Full Of Naked Ladies. | Random Ephemera | Scoop.it

What was the Seven Lady Godivas about? The book was a twist on the legend of famed 11th century nudist tax protestor/Freddie Mercury lyrical muse Lady Godiva and Peeping Tom, the fellow who was blinded after sneaking a peek at her birthday suit.

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Gotta Love This: 55 Free Philosophy Courses

Gotta Love This: 55 Free Philosophy Courses | Random Ephemera | Scoop.it

Free Courses collection just went through a major update, and it now lists more than 50 courses -- 55 to be precise. Enough to give you a soup-to-nuts introduction to a timeless discipline. You can start with one of several introductory courses.

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Digital Self-Publishing: Should Publishers Be Worried?

Digital Self-Publishing: Should Publishers Be Worried? | Random Ephemera | Scoop.it
The ability of writers to feel offended or persecuted is pretty close to unlimited, and one of the interesting side-effects of the technological revolution in publishing has been to bring out new forms of anger and woundedness -- and not just among writers.
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Book of Germs: The Quest for a Field Guide to Microbes

Book of Germs: The Quest for a Field Guide to Microbes | Random Ephemera | Scoop.it
Every nature lover knows field guides, those handy compendia of the natural world. There are thousands of titles for birds alone, but microbes have been largely overlooked, even though their total biomass is equivalent to all the plants and animals on Earth. And the field guides that do exist are far from comprehensive.
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Pioneers of Spanish Graphic Design

Pioneers of Spanish Graphic Design | Random Ephemera | Scoop.it

Spain has a rich and widely recognized art tradition -- Picasso, Goya, Dali­ -- but its equally noteworthy design legacy hasn't achieved the attention it deserves...

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Seth Casteel's Mind Blowing Underwater Dogs

Seth Casteel's Mind Blowing Underwater Dogs | Random Ephemera | Scoop.it

Photographer Seth Casteel spent hours underwater in Los Angeles taking pictures of dogs chasing balls. Twelve dogs took part in the shoot, including labradors, a border collie, a dachshund, a bulldog, a Belgian tervuren and a King Charles spaniel. A book, Ruff Water, is planned

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Amy Shackleton - Painting Timelapse

Amy works entirely without a paintbrush. Watch the artist work at 800x speed, creating a new urban landscape painting, "Terraced City." — At only 25, Toronto...
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Free: The Guggenheim Puts 65 Modern Art Books Online

Free: The Guggenheim Puts 65 Modern Art Books Online | Random Ephemera | Scoop.it
Apple apparently plans to roll into The Guggenheim in New York City and announce plans to disrupt the textbook market.
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Marco Brambilla – Video Installation Visionary

Marco Brambilla – Video Installation Visionary | Random Ephemera | Scoop.it
Brambilla’s work, “Civilization,” is a continuous HD video collage, taking 100's of stock, movie and original clips to create the ascension from hell to heaven...
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Google Doodle: A high note! Musical ‘Leap’-frog logo celebrates Italian composer’s birth

Google Doodle: A high note! Musical ‘Leap’-frog logo celebrates Italian composer’s birth | Random Ephemera | Scoop.it
Google’s logo for Feb. 29 marks both the Leap Year’s extra day and the 220th anniversary of the Italian composer’s birth.
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Paula Scher on Combinatorial Creativity

Paula Scher on Combinatorial Creativity | Random Ephemera | Scoop.it
Paula Scher is one of our favorite designers and arguably the most daring typographer in design history, whose work never ceases to surprise...
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Spoiler Alert: 10 Fantastic Novels with Disappointing Endings

Spoiler Alert: 10 Fantastic Novels with Disappointing Endings | Random Ephemera | Scoop.it
Even great works of literature have stumbled at the finish line. We've round up books both classic and contemporary that have had us hooked all the way through, only to leave us wanting more (and not in a good way).
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Dr. Seuss Analyzed for Political, Social Effects

Dr. Seuss Analyzed for Political, Social Effects | Random Ephemera | Scoop.it
Of all the places he’d go in his wildly fertile imagination, Theodor S. Geisel — better known by his pen name, Dr. Seuss — probably never dreamed he’d be referenced in the journal Critical Perspectives on Accounting. But the man who wrote a classic work of children’s literature using a vocabulary of only 51 words (Green Eggs and Ham) would be amused to discover how many densely packed pages of academic prose are devoted to his work.
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John Cage’s expanding, demanding legacy

John Cage’s expanding, demanding legacy | Random Ephemera | Scoop.it
Cage attracted early notice through his “prepared piano” pieces where objects like screws or rubber bands were placed on strings prior to a performance. Notoriety came with his so-called “random” compositions such as his Imaginary Landscapes which utilized radios tuned to different stations.
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Master of Middle Earth | J.R.R. Tolkien from Smithsonian

Master of Middle Earth | J.R.R. Tolkien from Smithsonian | Random Ephemera | Scoop.it

When J.R.R. Tolkien finally completed his Lord of the Rings trilogy in 1949, the Oxford don scarcely imagined his fantasy epic would entrance 100 million readers.

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Flying Robot Quadrotors Perform James Bond Theme

Flying robot quadrotors perform the James Bond Theme by playing various instruments including the keyboard, drums and maracas, a cymbal, and the debut of an ...
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National Geographic Contributing Photographers :: Color me Psyched

National Geographic Contributing Photographers :: Color me Psyched | Random Ephemera | Scoop.it

National Geographic Magazine contributing photographers...like ALL of them!

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50 Stupendous Examples of Architecture Photography

50 Stupendous Examples of Architecture Photography | Random Ephemera | Scoop.it

Today, we look at some of the some of the greatest prodigious photos of architecture. Gorgeous

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A Collection of Innovative and Inspiring Typography

A Collection of Innovative and Inspiring Typography | Random Ephemera | Scoop.it
Typography is the art or technique of arranging type. It’s a broad medium, covering areas such as typeface selection, line length, line spacing, kerning, tracking, and of course wider design features such as color, lighting etc…

 

Typography is a growing phenomenon amongst graphic designers, many of whom have gone beyond the basic placement of lettering, and turned typography pieces into their own works of art. Often typography designs feature elements of photo manipulation, light effects and even 3D elements. Today we bring you a collection of highly inspiring typography designs, showing just how far the medium can be pushed. These pieces are all works of art in their own right, and we encourage you to go and check out each artist’s portfolio.

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The Future According To Germans From The Year 1900 | So Bad So Good

The Future According To Germans From The Year 1900 | So Bad So Good | Random Ephemera | Scoop.it
‎2011 and still no hover cars. This is getting ridiculous. But way back in Germany in the 1900's they too had high hopes for mankind and the inventions we'd collectively create in the future...
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Exchanging Identities to Discover the Truth About Art | The Jakarta Globe

Exchanging Identities to Discover the Truth About Art | The Jakarta Globe | Random Ephemera | Scoop.it
What happens when we engage in role-playing, when we completely discard ourselves to take on somebody else’s identity?
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How to Find Your Purpose and Do What You Love

How to Find Your Purpose and Do What You Love | Random Ephemera | Scoop.it
Why prestige is the enemy of passion, or how to master the balance of setting boundaries and making friends.
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This Carved Book Art Will Blow Your Mind

This Carved Book Art Will Blow Your Mind | Random Ephemera | Scoop.it
Artist Brian Dettmer uses surgical tools to carve up old encyclopedias, dictionaries, and medical journals.
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