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Randy Pausch, a Carnegie Mellon Professor who died from pancreatic cancer, gave his last lecture at the university Sept. 18, 2007, before a packed auditorium. In his moving talk, "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams," Pausch talks about lessons learned and gives advice to students on how to achieve their own career and personal goals.
Randy Pausch's Lecture




This I Believe is an international project engaging people in writing, sharing, and discussing the core values that guide their daily lives. These short statements of belief, written by people from all walks of life, are archived here and featured on public radio in the United States and Canada.
This I Believe Website




Create Your Own Jackson Pollock is a webspace created by Miltos Manetas—a Greek-born, London-based artist—who insists that "websites are today's most radical and important art objects. Because the Internet is not just another 'media', as the Old Media insists, but mostly a 'space.'" Just move your mouse around the canvas, click occasionally, and create your own version of the most influentional American abstract expressionist painter.
Create Your Own Jackson Pollock



Crushed Cars #3, Tacoma 2004     44x60"

Chris Jordan is a contemporary photographic artist.  Of particular note, his "Running the Numbers: An American Self-Portrait" exhibit examining the phenomenon of American consumerism.
Chris Jordan's Art & Photography




David McCandless is a London-based writer and designer whose passion is visualizing information—facts, data, ideas, subjects, issues, statisticcs, questions—with a minimum of words.  McCandless is interested in how designed information can help us understand the world, cut through clutter and reveal the hidden connections, patterns and stories underneath. Or, failing that, it can just look cool.
Information is Beautiful website




Bob Dylan is widely hailed as one of the most influential musicians in popular music.  His songs are among the most quoted, imitated, and recorded works in pop culture history. Search the database by title or subject.
Dylan's Lyrics




Banksy is a contemporary so-called "art terrorist."  Of particular note, his controversial "Outdoors" graffiti and street art work depicting various social and political issues.
Banksy's Homepage




KCRW is a community service of Santa Monica College, and is Southern California's leading National Public Radio affiliate. It features an eclectic mix of music, news, information and cultural programming. The station boasts one of the nation's largest arrays of locally- produced, nationally-distributed talk program content. KCRW.com extends the station's profile globally, with three streams featuring web-exclusive content: all music, all news and the live station simulcast, as well as an extensive list of podcasts. The non-commercial broadcast signal reaches 550,000 listeners weekly and is supported by 55,000 member/subscribers.
KCRW Online



Pandora is part of the Music Genome Project. Described as the most comprehensive analysis of music ever undertaken, Pandora allows you to explore this vast trove of music to your heart's content. Just drop the name of one of your favorite songs or artists into Pandora and it quickly scans almost a century of popular recordings to find songs with interesting musical similarities to your choice.
Pandora's Online Radio




The Sounds in My Head is billed by creator and narrator, Daniel, as a "bi-weekly music podcast featuring songs and bands you might have missed."  Primarily a mix of indie rock, but with a generous sampling of world and electronic music, the podcast endeavors to promote songs outside the mainstream.  Each show also features clips of humor and political commentary.  Subscribe for free through iTunes.
The Sounds in My Head Online



Assignment #16
Make a paper replica of your bed.

Learning to Love You More is both a web site and series of non-web presentations comprised of work made by the general public in response to assignments given by artists Miranda July and Harrell Fletcher. Yuri Ono designs and manages the web site.
Participants accept an assignment, complete it by following the simple but specific instructions, send in the required report (photograph, text, video, etc), and see their work posted on-line. Like a recipe, meditation practice, or familiar song, the prescriptive nature of these assignments is intended to guide people towards their own experience.
Learning To Love You More




Found Magazine, created by Davy Rothbart and Jason Bitner and based in Ann Arbor, Michigan and New York City, collects and catalogs found notes, photos, and other interesting items, publishing them in an irregularly-issued magazine, in books, and on its website. Their collection of found stuff includes: love letters, birthday cards, kids' homework, to-do lists, ticket stubs, poetry on napkins, doodles-- anything that gives a glimpse into someone else's life.
Found Magazine Online




Down Beat Magazine has often been described as the "Bible" of jazz.  In the 1930s, before any important book on jazz had yet been written, Down Beat collected the first important body of pre-1935 jazz history. First published in 1934, Down Beat remains the most respected advocate for the most dynamic American music of the twentieth century and beyond.
Down Beat Online Magazine




Nathan Sawaya doesn't use paint or bronze—he chooses to build his awe-inspiring art out of toy building blocks. LEGO bricks to be exact. His creations—constructed from nearly one million pieces—were built from standard bricks beginning as early as 2002, and are currently touring North American museums in a show titled, The Art of the Brick.
Sawaya's Brick Art




Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining (and profoundly moving) case for creating an education system that nurtures creativity, rather than undermining it. With ample anecdotes and witty asides, Robinson points out the many ways our schools fail to recognize -- much less cultivate -- the talents of many brilliant people. "We are educating people out of their creativity," Robinson says.
Robinson's Lecture on Creativity




Wotartist is both digital introduction and portal to artist websites from around the world. Listings are organized by region (Americas, U.K., Europe, Australia, Asia/Middle East) and directory pages list types and genres (sculpture, painting and photography; Figurative, Surrealism and Expressionism). Trigger the pop-up windows to see the artist's name and a sample piece. One click takes you to that artist's website, where you can learn more about them.
Wotartist Portal





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