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This Week in Universal News: Ice Skating Chimpanzee, 1963

MONKEY SHINES! THIS CHIMP IS A GAY BLADE: Usually, summer is the whacky season, but this winter things aren’t on an even keel in Germany. They’ve taught a Chimp to Skate and he’s a real swinger! After some tricks “Archibald” leads a Conga that proves he’s a real gay blade with quite a line figure-8-atively.

Excerpted from: Universal Newsreel Volume 36, Release 5

Watch the complete newsreel, featuring the Mona Lisa’s visit to Washington, D.C. and the swearing-in ceremonies of Ted Kennedy and Daniel Inouye, as well as other stories.

Universal Newsreels were shown in movie theaters twice a week, from 1929 until 1967, and covered a wide range of American life and history during that time period. In 1974, Universal deeded its collection to the United States through the National Archives and is one of our most used motion picture collections. Learn more about the Universal Newsreel Collection in this post and in this Prologue article. Watch other Universal Newsreels in our research room, in OPA, and on this playlist.

via Media Matters » This Week in Universal News: Ice Skating Chimpanzee, 1963

Ruby Roux as Falcor
(Via Greg Papadopoulos)

Ruby Roux as Falcor

(Via Greg Papadopoulos)

Black & Gold Cat Bottle Riesling. You’re welcome, Internet.

Black & Gold Cat Bottle Riesling. You’re welcome, Internet.

Tennessee Williams, Jackson Square, 1977 (Christopher Harris)

Tennessee Williams, Jackson Square, 1977 (Christopher Harris)

supermagritte:

"Racoonda" based on René Magritte’s “Golconda" 1953.

Just “The Penis Family Vacation” from MoMA’s collection.
Via MoMA’s Five for Fridays.

Just “The Penis Family Vacation” from MoMA’s collection.

Via MoMA’s Five for Fridays.

Walker Evans American Photographs, 75th anniversary show, MoMA.

Walker Evans American Photographs, 75th anniversary show, MoMA.

The 17

Lately I’ve been thinking about Spotify — just how incredible it is, how for the first time in human history we have the ability to create and share playlists, digitally, across all borders, drawing upon the entire history of popular music. Even when we had the ability to tap into such a range of material (Napster, YouTube, BitTorrent, etc.), there’s never been a communal way to share playlists with friends. So that got me to thinking; and with some assistance from friends (Niki and Matt), I’ve come up with a fun summer project:

The 17

What is The 17?
Simply, a Spotify playlist of your 17 favorite songs of all time, shared publicly. 

Favorite?
Desert island songs. The ones that can be on repeat forever in your head. Maybe they’re the songs you listened to the most over the years; the ones you put on mixtapes in high school; the songs that you associate with major life events. Maybe it’s a perfectly crafted moment of pop bliss, a thrash metal song that shatters your brain, an uplifting song played over the climax to your favorite movie. The reasons don’t matter.

Why do this?
It’s a creative way to be introspective. Maybe you can learn something about yourself. Maybe others can learn something about you. At the very least it puts you on your cards — what are your favorite songs of all time.

Why 17?
It’s arbitrary, but it’s basically an LP’s worth of material. You’re putting together your single favorite album of all time.

What criteria to use?
Forget about favorite bands — forget about ‘important’ bands — forget about historic albums. Radiohead is a favorite; the Rolling Stones are important; “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea” is historic. None will appear on my own 17, because I’m only focused on one thing — figuring out my 17 favorite songs all time.

How to even start this?
There’s no one way to figure this out. I jogged my memory with albums on iTunes, then moved through Spotify playlists and my collection of CDs, all the while keeping my ears open for other ideas. Just to be thorough I also consulted Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time (http://rol.st/jjEXQU) and Consequence of Sound’s 100 Greatest Songs of all Time (http://bit.ly/UkrdI7) for more ideas. I then put all contenders onto a master Spotify playlist (163 songs), and have been narrowing them down since.

I’ve made a 17; what now?
I’m going to post my 17 here, along with some friends’ 17s. But really, the journey is the destination.

"Vintage Advertisement of Contemporary Websites"
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"Vintage Advertisement of Contemporary Websites"

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