Who Needs The City? 9 Beautiful Towns You Have To Visit

Get ready: you’re about to be struck with some serious wanderlust. From secluded towns tucked among looming mountains to frequently-visited, technicolor villages with more canals than concrete, we’ve selected a handful of destinations which prove that cities don’t hold a monopoly on culture:

Annecy, France

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Travelers looking for a break from the sights–and smells–of Paris, delight: Annecy is here for you. Boasting all the French charm you could want and fabulous views of the southeastern French town is not to be missed. Whether it’s swimming in the aqua lake of Lac d’Annecy (one of the purest lakes in all of Europe), biking, or just walking about the old town area (Vieille Ville), Annecy begs to be explored. The provincial charm is further highlighted by the Château d’Annecy, a restored castle that was once home to the Counts of Geneva.

The Philosophies Behind The World’s Biggest Alternative Preschools

Alternative Preschool Class

A Montessori model classrom. Source: Hub Ho Design

When you hear Waldorf, you probably think of the salad or Blair Waldorf from the Gossip Girl series — not education. That is, of course, unless you were a Waldorf preschooler yourself.

While alternative preschools are all the rage in the U.S., all three of the major philosophies originated in Europe: Waldorf, Reggio Emilia and Montessori. These heterodox approaches to early education share some similarities, such as their endeavor to cultivate children who will become creative, compassionate and highly-functioning members of society. But they also differ in key ways, which adds a further stressor to parents tasked with enrolling their kids in school.

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Three Unbelievably Surreal TV Moments From Overseas

Surreal TV Boy Gun

Source: The Guardian

Americans were at the forefront of inventing and making widespread use of television. We were also at the forefront of using it as a teaching tool for uplifting people all over the world. Unfortunately, we were also the first to toss that noble vision right out the window and run cigarette ads thinly disguised as news programs and hundreds of episodes of The Gong Show.

But, despite our own imbecility, Americans are consistently amazed at the surreal TV sometimes produced overseas. Every culture that has adopted TV has approached the medium in its own unique way, from North Korea’s all-propaganda, all the time format, to Japanese game shows that cross the conceptual boundary between lowbrow entertainment and actionable war crimes. It’s as if TV was our kid, who we sent to college overseas, only to have her come back as a Mao-quoting anarchist who runs a scat play blog on Tumblr.

Sometimes, mass media, ratings desperation, and striking cultural differences collide—and the results are then broadcast for the world (and a few aliens, probably) to see. Fortunately, some thoughtful people have done the public service of uploading the weirdest moments of surreal TV from overseas to the Internet for posterity.

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How Computers “Sing” Love Songs

So, we’ve never really seen anything like this before. Martin Backes–who somehow finds the time to be an artist, DJ, hacker, composer and designer–has actually come up with a way to program pathos.

Backes’ fully automated machine endlessly sings top ’90s love songs and, according to Backes, “as the computer program performs these emotionally loaded songs, it attempts to apply the appropriate human sentiments. This behavior of the device seems to reflect a desire, on the part of the machine, to become sophisticated enough to have its very own personality.”

You have to see it to understand it–and we highly recommend that you do.

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