The Roentgens' Berlin Secretary Cabinet

Discover the hidden features and intricate interior of this cabinet.

One of the finest achievements of European furniture making, this cabinet is the most important product from Abraham (1711--1793) and David Roentgen's (1743--1807) workshop. A writing cabinet crowned with a chiming clock, it features finely designed marquetry panels and elaborate mechanisms that allow for doors and drawers to be opened automatically at the touch of a button. Owned by King Frederick William II, the Berlin cabinet is uniquely remarkable for its ornate decoration, mechanical complexity, and sheer size.

This cabinet is from Kunstgewerbemuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, and is on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in the exhibition Extravagant Inventions: The Princely Furniture of the Roentgens:

Footage courtesy of VideoART GmbH and Kunstgewerbemuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.

Hitler's Hidden City

Hitler's Hidden City (720p)

" This docu is a subterranean adventure under the streets of Berlin, following the work of a team of German archaeologists and historian exposing and exploring the last remaining structures of the Third Reich. We gain rare access to an underground city ordered and designed in part by Hitler himself, part of a vast network of over 1000 bunkers and many miles of tunnels, much of which has remained sealed since the war. Eyewitnesses and historians add colorful stories to cutting edge CGI that bring to life this network of bunkers, how they were built and how they were used in the dark days of the downfall of Berlin. "

Today in History May 11

Highlights of this day in history: Charges dropped against Daniel Ellsberg in the Pentagon Papers case; Garry Kasparov loses a chess match against IBM's Deep Blue computer; Songwriter Irving Berlin born; Reggae star Bob Marley dies. (May 11)

Stamen Here

Navigate San Francisco, London, Berlin, and New York in various modes including photo, wireframe, and pinstripe.

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Boy: "Little Numbers": Sxsw 2013 Showcasing Artist

BOY - a contagious confection that has spread across the internet like wildfire. The Hamburg-based duo gets your toes tapping, mind playing, feet moving, emotions travelling, head thinking, hips jerking. But above all, they make music that brings a smile to your face. Imagine a mix of the art school elegance of Phoenix, the lively melodics of Feist and the emotional depth of Bon Iver. But to draw such comparisons is superficial and not especially helpful because what you miss is the originality of the BOY concept and the charisma of its two performers. The BOY phenomenon began this summer with their first single \'Little Numbers\'. Now, having conquered their native Germany and Switzerland, they are shipping their sharp brand of pop to the rest of Europe. BOY are both girls. Valeska Steiner sang in several bands in her native Switzerland before moving to Germany, where Sonja Glass grew up, playing the cello in classical orchestras as a child, and later working as a bass player for several pop bands. The duo met when Valeska won a place at a prestigious summer holiday music workshop in Hamburg. There she met Sonja, who had recently returned from a spell studying bass guitar in Holland. BOY\'s debut album, "Mutual Friends", is an autobiographical affair. "It\'s about arrivals and new beginnings," says Valeska, whose songs are written and sung in English. "About hopes and dreams and aspirations. We want to make music that\'s positive and hopeful," explains Valeska,. "There is more to music than heartbreak and loss," agrees Sonja.
"This is the Beginning" provides the springboard into the album. "Drive Darling" is inspired by Valeska leaving behind friends and family in Zurich. "And no rear view could picture what we leave behind. Drive, darling, drive." As the tempo rises and the driving sound of guitars push to the fore, the future seems to begin with a smile as a feeling of optimism prevails. In complete contrast however, "Waitress" explores the melancholy story of a barmaid stuck in time and wondering when her life is going to start: "While daylight is fading, while traders are trading, while the jukebox is playing, while lovers are dating, the waitress is waiting." You can hear the empathy in Valeska's voice on the album's last track, "July", a fitting end to the album, it closes the circle of venturing out into the world by bringing you, at last, back home.
The dozen songs on "Mutual Friends", painstakingly recorded over a two-and-a-half year period at the 12 square meter home studio of producer and multi-instrumentalist Philipp Steinke in Berlin, have gone through many transformations since they were written. "We made about 10 versions of most of the songs," says Sonja. "So they have evolved over the course of time. And some of them have ended up sounding completely different from the way they began."
BOY played most instruments on the record themselves. Only in some cases, such as drumming duties, a rotating roster of friends jumped in to play, among them Phoenix's live drummer Thomas Hedlund. Their irresistible debut single "Little Numbers", which has sparked countless YouTube tributes, is something of a straggler, being the last recorded from the sessions. But this is arguably precisely why the track is imbued with such a rambunctious drive and dizzying joyousness; it is the product of studio playtime, the long-awaited period where musicians can relax and have fun knowing -- wrongly as the case may be -- that all the work is done.
The colourful video, shot on the streets of Barcelona last summer, has already clocked up nearly two millions YouTube hits since it was uploaded in July. And the song swiftly spawned countless tributes from fans posting their own versions. BOY's "Mutual Friends" is an intoxicating mixture to lift even the dullest day out of the doldrums and the direct result of the refreshingly lively and humorous personalities of Valeska and Sonja. BOY sing smart, sharply-observed songs with hooks you can\'t get out of your head and lyrics that come from the heart. With its irresistibly breezy optimism, it\'s one of those out-of-nowhere pop hits that gets into your head and won\'t go away. BOY's songs reveal inventive twists, adding subtle experimental touches to a conventional pop palette of guitar, piano drums and bass.

StarTalk : The Science of the Mind

Welcome back to StarTalk hosted by renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. Neil & co-host Eugene Mirman are joined by Wyatt Cenac, Cara Santa Maria and neuroscientist Heather Berlin at the Bell House in Brookyn to discuss the science of the mind.
Co-host: Eugene Mirman
Guests: Heather Berlin, Wyatt Cenac, Cara Santa Maria

Police Enter Bank Robbery Tunnel in Berlin

Days after an audacious bank robbery that tunnelled through to a Berlin bank safe deposit room, police enter tunnel.

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Robbers who dug a tunnel from an underground parking garage into the safe deposit of a German bank spent months and worked very professionally.

That's what the Berlin police are now, saying four days after the crime was detected.

The suspects are thought to have rented out a garage under the Volksbank in the German capital's Steglitz district and then constructed the tunnel.

[Thomas Neuendorf, Berlin Police Spokesman]:
"The tunnel was constructed very professionally. It was stabilized with beams, it has supports. Obviously the suspects spent months digging to build this roughly 135 foot-long tunnel from the garage to the bank."

Initial reports said the tunnel was 100 feet long.Police were alerted to the robbery on Monday morning after a guard saw smoke coming from the safety deposit room.

Berlin police are now looking for a man they say witnesses had seen outside the parking garage "many times."

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I Knew You Were Trouble

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Walk off the Earth hooked up with KRNFX for this 'a cappella - Beatbox' version of Taylor Swift's hit "I Knew You Were Trouble".

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Chteau Mouton Rothschild

A charming French short film (2011).

The film has been selected in:
- Cannes Film Festival 2011- Short Film Corner
- 8th Sedicicorto Short Film Festival Forli (Italie) BUONVIVERE AWARD
- Miami European film Festival 2012
- 24 me Festival du film de Saint-Paul-Trois-Chteaux
- 2me Festival Cinma Etc. du Brusquet
- 12me Festival du Film Court Francophone de Vaulx-en-Velin
- 10 bests au Miami European Film Festival 2012
- Berlinale Talent Campus # 10, Berlin
- 14me Festival Les toutes premires fois de Grasse (Alpes-Maritimes)
- 25me Festival Clap 89 - Festival International du court mtrage de Sens (Yonne)
- Big Sur International Short Film Screening Series 2012 (Californie)

Natural Phenomena, a Timelapse

A music video by Reid Gower, featuring the planet Earth in timelapse, set to Blood Theme by DatA.

Canada: Strathcona Park, Vancouver
United States: Fairbanks, San Francisco, Oakland, Boulder, Las Vegas, Seattle
Germany: Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich, Schwangau
Austria: Hallstatt, Salzburg, Vienna
Czech Republic: Prague, Olomouc
Hungary: Budapest
Poland: Krakow
Turkey: Istanbul

All Consuming Love (Man In A Cat)

A tiny man living inside a cat gets into a sticky love-triangle.

Stars the voices of acclaimed comedians Kevin Eldon, Josie Long and Isabel Fay. Funded by the UK Film Council and Screen WM. Distribution by Future Shorts, and set to show on MTVs Liquid TV.

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Best Comedy Short London Short Film Festival (2012)
LoCo Discovery Award (Short) 2012 London Comedy Film Festival (2012)
1st Prize - Independent Talent Award Animated Exeter (2012)
Best Animation - Limelight Awards (2012)
Best Story - Multivision (2011)
Best Short Film Finalist - British Animation Awards (2012)
Public Choice Award Short Film Finalist - British Animation Awards (2012)

Official Selections include Edinburgh Int'l, Foyle, Animation Block Party, HollyShorts, Interfilm Berlin, Milano and Anima Mundi.

Director Louis Hudson
Writers Louis Hudson & Ian Ravenscroft
Producers Louis Hudson & Jon Petrie
Sound & Music Ben Walker
Animation Louis Hudson, Jo Hepworth, Rachel Thorn, Loukia Kyriakidou,Matthew Waruszynski, Robert Brown, Barbara Benas, Jenny Lewis, Ron Warmington, Adam Watts, Dwayne Harris
Animation Clean Up Denise Dean, Simon Cartwright, Nuria Gonzalez Blanco,Daniel Underdown, Chris Colman, Tegan Jephcott
Digital Colouring Denise Dean, Ben Lynch, Matt Sandbrook, Samantha Boggild, Mark Skinner, Andy Macpherson, Chris Stokes, Tim Lozinski, Lauren Newman, Patrick Mallon, Lianne Allen, David Thomas, Paul Berner, Natasha Williams
Rotoscope Actress - Amy Commander

Kevin Eldon Yorkie
Josie Long Susan
Isabel Fay Michelle
Jon Petrie Cat

Celebrities Sing Let It Be

Featuring Roger Moore, Huey Lewis, Jason Alexander, Ricky Lake, Josie Bissett, Alberto Tomba, John Nettles, Corbin Bernsen, George Wendt, Paul McKenna, Philip Michael Thomas, Steve Guttenberg, Katarina Witt, Tonya Harding, Glenn Close, David Faustino, Gorden Kaye, Alfonso Ribeiero, Pamela Anderson, Leslie Nielsen, Mickey Rourke, Sheryl Lee, Jamie Walters, Larry Drake, Dolph Lundgren, Malcolm Jamal Warner, Judd Nelson, Ana Alicia, Peter Falk, Kelly McGillis, Sherilyn Fenn, Rick Schroder, Bud Spencer, Robert Englund, Roy Marsden, Boyzone, Dan Jansen, Kathleen Turner, Maggie Reilly, Harpo, Maria McKee, Meja, Fab Morvan, Dee Snider - Twisted Sister, Dr. Alban, Right Said Fred, Daryl Hannah, Rednex, Michael Connor Humphreys, Michael Learns To Rock, Ten Sharp, Lou Ferrigno, Berlin, and Style.