1. jtotheizzoe:

    Let This Awesome Science Infect Your Mind

    Ed Yong is one of the finest science writers in the world. His National Geographic blog is chock full of the weird, wild, and WTF-inducing stories that make our living world so darn interesting. So I was overjoyed when I heard he would be speaking at this year’s TED.

    He didn’t disappoint. In his talk above, he unlocks the under-appreciated and often cringe-worthy world of mind-controlling parasites. They get no respect, I tell ya, no respect at all. Yet they are cornerstones of countless ecosystems, determining food availability and managing population sizes like armies of freaky fauna, each deployed in a Trojan Horse of evolution’s design. Every parasite’s life is a story, by definition, an elaborate chain that extends from host to host, and I think they’ve found their minstrel in Ed. I mean that as a compliment, of course.

    Listen to him weave a tapestry of tapeworms, explain what makes flamingos munch on zombie shrimp, show you how a cricket is like a TARDIS, how a wasp turns a cockroach into a cocker spaniel, and how a brain-controlling protozoan reminds him of an Elizabeth Gilbert novel. My favorite part of this? The idea that ideas themselves may be parasites.

    I haven’t loved a TED talk this much in a long time. Or maybe that’s just the parasite talking. 

  2. howardhawkshollywood:

    1971 interview with Howard Hawks

  3. An hour with actor Bruce Dern on his career in movies and latest film: “Nebraska.”


  4. (Source: thefilmstage)

  5. melvillemifunemtumekonigsberg:

    Charlie Rose: A look at the film “The Wolf of Wall Street” with Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio.

  6. melvillemifunemtumekonigsberg:

    Charlie Rose talks to musician Jack White and Dean Blackwood, cofounder of Revenant Records, about their project to revive early 20th century blues recordings.


  7. melvillemifunemtumekonigsberg:

    A look at the film Blue is the Warmest Colour with actor Adèle Exarchopoulos.

  8. Debra Winger: ‘I was holding on for dear life’
    Actress and activist Debra Winger talks with Alec Baldwin about struggles and beauties of getting older.

  9. James Toback on “Seduced and Abandoned,” which follows his friend Alec Baldwin as they try to finance a movie.

  10. Actors Gary Lockwood and Keir Dullea join Alec Baldwin to talk about the lasting effect of “2001: A Space Odyssey,” in which they starred. Keir Dullea’s beard. This is part one, for the rest: http://www.msnbc.com/up-late.

  11. joemillersjests:

    Ricky Gervais’ Greatest Writing Lesson.

    (Source: slapshtick)

  12. newyorker:

    Backstage at The New Yorker Festival 2013, Junot Diaz answered questions about his favorite pieces of science fiction, political activism, and community building work: http://nyr.kr/1f8rM6t

    (Source: newyorker.com)

  13. 1988 Interview with Isaac Asimov by Bill Moyers - about learning, computers, religion, population growth, the universe..

  14. Isaac Asimov, Harlan Ellison, and Gene Wolfe discuss science-fiction writing with Studs Terkel and Calvin Trillin on the Alpha Repertory Television Service (ARTS), the predecessor of today’s A&E (Arts and Entertainment Network). The program was called “Nightcap: Conversations on the Arts and Letters.” All copyrights in the original material are acknowledged. This video is posted for purposes of historical documentation and research, not for commercial purposes. No infringement is intended, but only fair use.

  15. Isaac Asimov speaks in 1989 on how humanity can come together and save the planet for future civilization. (This is the complete speech. There are two shorter versions on this channel on youtube. )
    Asomov’s talk includes insight on climate change, global warming, deforestation, space energy solution, the American Civil War, the Cold War, and more.
    This science fiction writer here makes this most important prediction of how human’s can save civilized life on earth