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Katie Lee: the Desert Goddess, Renegade Folksinger and Glen Canyon Activist #tribute

Adding to the variety of artifacts (including my recently re-surfacing essay “Damn the Dam”) about Glen Canyon, which turned into the “home” of Lake Powell, comes this tribute, link assortment and film preview featuring legendary Ms. Katie Lee, the famed model/singer/activist environmentalist who made a noteworthy trip into the canyons – many of which were never documented/explored – with photographers, shortly before the destruction, dam building and subsequent flooding.

Ms. Lee passed away in Nov. 2017 at 98 years old and remained a fiery personality advocating for the wildness of lands until the end.

As such, I’ve assembled a round-up of links about her extraordinary life which follows this film preview and blurb – consider reading all to learn of this exceptionally beautiful renegade.

#hero

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Lost in the Memory Place

lost in the memory palace was a series of rooms with odd situations occuring in or around them - storms, film loops, records in cacophony and an online component too

As seen at Vancouver Art Gallery, Aug. 28, 2014 – ergo: lost in the memory palace was a series of rooms with odd situations occurring in or around them – storms, film loops, records in cacophony, and an online component too

Everywhere Is Anywhere Is Anything Is Everything | VAG

 

Everywhere Is Anywhere Is Anything Is Everything | VAG

Vancouver Art Gallery

750 Hornby St
VancouverBC,
V6Z 2H7

Salvador Dali – his home in Portlligat

The decoration of the house is surprising, extraordinary. Perhaps the most exact adjective would be: never-before-seen. I do not believe that there is anything like it, in this country or in any other…. Dalí’s house is completely unexpected…. It contains nothing more than memories, obsessions. The fixed ideas of its owners. There is nothing traditional, nor inherited, nor repeated, nor copied here. All is indecipherable personal mythology…. There are art works (by the painter), Russian things (of Mrs. Gala), stuffed animals, staircases of geological walls going up and down, books (strange for such people), the commonplace and the refined, etc.

New York Public Library Puts 20,000 Hi-Res Maps Online, Makes Them Free to Download and Use

Open Access Maps at NYPL

The Lionel Pincus & Princess Firyal Map Division is very proud to announce the release of more than 20,000 cartographic works as high resolution downloads. We believe these maps have no known US copyright restrictions.* To the extent that some jurisdictions grant NYPL an additional copyright in the digital reproductions of these maps, NYPL is distributing these images under a Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication. The maps can be viewed through the New York Public Library’s Digital Collections page, and downloaded (!), through the Map Warper.

via “New York Public Library Puts 20,000 Hi-Res Maps Online & Makes Them Free to Download and Use” at Open Culture

1150 Free Movies Online: Great Classics, Indies, Noir, Westerns, etc.

675 Free Movies Online: Great Classics, Indies, Noir, Westerns, etc. (via OpenCulture)

Metsker Maps of Seattle: Maps of All Kinds, Globes, USGS Maps, Travel Guides, Charts

Metsker Maps of Seattle: Maps of All Kinds, Globes, USGS Maps, Travel Guides, Charts

Oral History: Sex! Drugs! Apps! SXSW Interactive At 20

Oral History: Sex! Drugs! Apps! SXSW Interactive At 20

Carpaethia Postcards

Carpathia postcard

Carpathia

Postcard

Open Culture and UC Berkley sharing information for public goodness

via Open Culture “Enlightened Ideas and Media – Served up Fresh”

25 UC Berkeley Courses Available via Free Video

Not long ago, we wrote a popular piece about UC-Berkeley’s iTunes initiative which, to sum it up, allows anyone, anywhere, to download complete university courses to their iPods for free.  Amazing. Today, we want to point out that Berkeley also makes available full-fledged courses via video/webcast. You can find the complete list of courses here, but below we have listed below 25 courses that figure into a “core” undergraduate curriculum. In short, this list includes many good nuts and bolts courses, which will teach you a lot and, even better, cost you nothing.  Each of these courses, coming straight from the classroom, can be accessed with Real Player, and some can also be accessed as MP3s.UC Berkeley Courses:

Open Culture’s Podcast Library

100s of cultural and educational podcasts.

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