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Poet on the Shore by Yuxi Liu

An autonomous robot rolls across the beach. Though it might stop moving, its sensors haven't stopped taking in information about its surrounding environment: the waves, the wind, the sounds of people and animals both ...

The evolution of the book

What makes a book a book? Is it just anything that stores and communicates information? Or does it have to do with paper, binding, font, ink, its weight in your hands, the smell of the pages? To answer these questions...

Playing Against Type: The Typewriter Orchestra

For pre-digital natives, there's nothing quite as nostalgia-inducing as the manual "click," "clack" and "ding" sounds of an old mechanical typewriter. That's why The Boston Typewriter Orchestra is making these old mac...

What’s the fastest way to alphabetize your bookshelf?

You work at the college library. You’re in the middle of a quiet afternoon when suddenly, a shipment of 1,280 books arrives. The books are in a straight line, but they're all out of order, and the automatic sorting sy...

A Guide To Spelling by this year’s youngest Spelling Bee competitor

The youngest contestant to participate in this year's National Spelling Bee was Akash Vukoti, a 6 year old Texan who made it to round 3 of the competition. In this video from Vox, Vukoti explains what contestants are ...

I Beam – Sesame Street

A red hot steel I-beam is molded at the factory, moving back and forth within the machines as it takes shape in the form of the letter I. This classic Sesame Street clip was first seen in 1980 during the show's 12th s...

Will YouTube Ever Run Out Of Video IDs?

Every YouTube video has a unique ID based on a counting system called Base 64. Randomly generated, that Base 64 ID allows YouTube to have a unique yet short url by using the alphabet in lowercase and uppercase plus tw...

Fold & Cut Theorem – Cut any shape from only one cut

Can you cut a square from the center of a piece of paper with just one straight cut? Spoiler: YES, you can. In this Numberphile video, Manchester-based mathematician Dr. Katie Steckles demonstrates an idea that dates ...

The art of making a book: Setting type, printing, & binding by hand

Before machines automated the process of printing and binding books, but after books were made with handwritten pages or large, hand-carved wood blocks, books were typeset with small metal pieces, printed, and bound/s...

James Earl Jones recites the alphabet on Sesame Street

There are few voices with this kind of gravitas, so it's no wonder that James Earl Jones was the first celebrity guest on Sesame Street in 1969. Watch as he transforms the alphabet into something rather riveting. D...

Round hand & single stroke lettering demos by Glen Weisgerber

Master pinstriper and airbrush legend Glen Weisgerber has been lettering, pinstriping, and painting logo designs on trucks, race cars, guitars, and motorcycles professionally since 1971. Watch his years of practice an...

A Chorus of Keys – Beats with old keyboards & typewriters

From The Verge, this is A Chorus of Keys: Drop the Space, an audio/visual celebration of iconic keyboards from our recent history.

William Wegman’s ABC

ABC, the Sesame Street-featured Weimaraner alphabet by artist and photographer William Wegman. In addition to his paintings, Wegman is well-known for his photographs, videos, and books made with his dogs. See mo...

City workers paint letters on a London road

Recorded early in the morning by London designer Tom Williams, watch these skilled city workers paint letters on the road with only chalk marks and a straight-edge to guide them. File under:...

Making Sense of Spelling – TED Ed

Words can come alive and make more sense when you learn about their structure, relationships, and history. From the TED-Ed archives, Making Sense of Spelling. Watch more TED-Ed, and more abou...

Sesame Street: Signing Alphabet (1977)

From the early Sesame Street days, composer Joan La Barbara's Signing Alphabet (1977).

The Writer, automata by Pierre Jaquet-Droz

Cambridge’s Professor Simon Schaffer presents The Writer, a 240-year-old, 6000 piece machine that was created by Swiss-born watchmaker Pierre Jaquet-Droz, his son Henri-Louis, and Jean-Frédéric Leschot around 1770-177...

How vintage-style signs are made at Nutmegger Workshop

Watch how vintage-style signs are made at Portland, Oregon’s Nutmegger Workshop.

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