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Morning Cup of Links: How to Become a Filmmaker

Everything you need to know about film can be learned in ten minutes. Director Robert Rodriguez gives students tips on becoming a filmmaker.
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Is There a Cure for the "˜Distraction Virus' of the Internet? I sure hope not, because your distraction is my business.
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10 Innovative Shipping Container Homes and Offices. Living in a box just became chic.
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Vehicle crash tests are necessary for the development of safety innovations for consumers. And they are a lot of fun to watch when you've got dozens of them all smashed together.
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The New York Times named its profile of webcomic xkcd "This Is Funny Only if You Know Unix". I beg to differ, since I don't know Unix and I find the comics hilarious almost all the time.
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Baby sloths are adorable. Slow and weird-looking, but still adorable.
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Six ways to stretch a tank of gas. My favorite tip, "just stay home" is curiously absent.
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8 Smooches That (sort-of) Shook the World. A kiss is just a kiss, unless it makes headlines the way these did!

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A Very Brief History of Chamber Pots

Some of the oldest chamber pots found by archeologists have been discovered in ancient Greece, but portable toilets have come a long way since then. Whether referred to as "the Jordan" (possibly a reference to the river), "Oliver's Skull" (maybe a nod to Oliver Cromwell's perambulating cranium), or "the Looking Glass" (because doctors would examine urine for diagnosis), they were an essential fact of life in houses and on the road for centuries. In this video from the Wellcome Collection, Visitor Experience Assistant Rob Bidder discusses two 19th century chamber pots in the museum while offering a brief survey of the use of chamber pots in Britain (including why they were particularly useful in wartime).

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A Tour of the New York Academy of Medicine's Rare Book Room
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The Rare Book Room at the New York Academy of Medicine documents the evolution of our medical knowledge. Its books and artifacts are as bizarre as they are fascinating. Read more here.

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