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. 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. 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. Up to his dying moment, Che Guevara proved his legacy as being worthy of gracing so many t-shirts. “I know you’ve come to kill me. 4. Tom Ketchum was a hole-in-the-wall gang member and notorious train robber. “I’ll be in hell before you start breakfast – let her rip!” 5. Television reporter Christine Chubbuck was frustrated with her job. 6. “I wish I’d drunk more champagne.” 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. We're not exactly fanboys, but we're not exactly hipster douchebags, either. Also, really fucking hot. 10. With immense, slightly googly-eyes, Deschanel is beautiful in a way that would hit you over the head in the real world, but in the context of celebrity seems almost subtle.

Although she possesses the strong, angular features of a model, there's an inclusive rather than exclusive aspect to her appearance. Bree Olson - The Top 10 Everything of 2011.