background preloader

Interesting people

Facebook Twitter

Timothy Leary's Transformation From Scientist to Psychedelic Celebrity - Wired Science. Timothy Leary in 1961.

Timothy Leary's Transformation From Scientist to Psychedelic Celebrity - Wired Science

(NYPL Manuscripts and Archives Division) Timothy Leary’s life is now open to the public. The archives of the one-time Harvard psychologist who became an evangelist for the mind-expanding potential of hallucinogenic drugs in the 1960s have found a new home at the New York Public Library, which recently threw a party to celebrate their release. I was born too late to witness Leary’s transition from scientist to counterculture celebrity, and I hoped the archives might offer a little hint of what it was like to be there.

So I got myself invited to the opening in hopes of being enlightened. By Leary standards the party was pretty tame — people sipped wine, a man handed out peacock feathers, a flatscreen in the corner looped strange video games Leary helped develop late in life (he died in 1996). A serious scholar — or any curious person — could spend months poring over the archives. Some of Leary’s Harvard files. It seemed like a fair point. There would not be. Epica pictures – Free listening, videos, concerts, stats, & pictures at Quote by Bob Marley: "Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find...".

How Khan Academy Is Changing the Rules of Education. Matthew Carpenter, age 10, has completed 642 inverse trigonometry problems at Joe Pugliese “This,” says Matthew Carpenter, “is my favorite exercise.”

How Khan Academy Is Changing the Rules of Education

I peer over his shoulder at his laptop screen to see the math problem the fifth grader is pondering. It’s an inverse trigonometric function: cos-1(1) = ? Carpenter, a serious-faced 10-year-old wearing a gray T-shirt and an impressive black digital watch, pauses for a second, fidgets, then clicks on “0 degrees.” Presto: The computer tells him that he’s correct. Carpenter, who attends Santa Rita Elementary, a public school in Los Altos, California, shouldn’t be doing work anywhere near this advanced. But last November, Thordarson began using Khan Academy in her class. Initially, Thordarson thought Khan Academy would merely be a helpful supplement to her normal instruction. “I’m able to give specific, pinpointed help when needed,” she says. The result is that Thordarson’s students move at their own pace.

The Satirical Art of Paul Kuczynski - Stop and Think. Mizozo fake link What is Mizozo? Mizozo is a user generated content site which is in the process of a major shift in business. Originally a news site, Mizozo is now becoming the first truly transparent corporate entity. Not only will everything be laid out, but everyone will have a say in how things are run and get a cut of the revenue. 2013 is going to be a year of massive change. For more information, check out the blog. 20 Badass Famous Last Words. Some of the grandest, most controversial men in history have ended their lives with a poignant, biting farewell.

20 Badass Famous Last Words

Some laugh at death, others laugh at their killers, still others offer a culminating statement of wisdom. These colorful individuals ensured their fateful last words eloquently summarized their existences. 1. Augustus, AD 14 Caesar Augustus was the first ruler of the Roman Empire, leading Rome for 41 years. “Have I played the part well? 2. The author of The Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx’s ideas, words, and writings would go on to influence generations. “Go on – get out. 3. The 4th Annual List of the Ten Most Bangable Celebrities on the Planet. By Dustin Rowles | Guides | July 14, 2010 | Comments (0 View Today marks the Fourth Annual Pajiba Ten -- The Ten Most Bangalicious Celebrities on the Planet, as determined and ranked by our readers.

The 4th Annual List of the Ten Most Bangable Celebrities on the Planet

Before we get on to the Pajiba Ten, it's worth repeating what I love about this annual list. The Pajiba 10: Like nothing else we do, in one post, you can gauge the sensibility of this site and know if you're in the right place or not. Bree Olson - The Top 10 Everything of 2011. There are many aspects of the very public Charlie Sheen kerfuffle after his feud with CBS that we wish we could forget: the term "winning," the bizarre references to "tiger blood," the rambling boasts.

Bree Olson - The Top 10 Everything of 2011

And then there are the aspects we already have forgotten: namely, the identities of Sheen's "goddesses," as he dubbed his live-in girlfriends. Porn star and Penthouse model Bree Olson, whose real name is Rachel Oberlin, was one of those goddesses, appearing briefly with Sheen in his bizarre 20/20 interview. While the publicity around Sheen's erratic behavior swelled, his relationship with Olson ended, and she took the opportunity (and perhaps used the notoriety) to pursue a more mainstream acting career.

Unfortunately for her, an aging actor dating a young porn star was the least sensational thing about the Sheen drama; the public was more concerned with who'd replace the actor on Two and a Half Men than it was with his paramour. Next All-American Imports.