Saturday, April 4, 2015

All the rivers run into the sea...

Based on a strong recommendation via Twitter from music maven wajobu and followed by a couple listenings of my own, I second his support for The Places Where I Worship You by Fraser McGowan, an "aural statement" consisting of environmental recordings and manipulations of an old 78 rpm album.

Peter Schmidt, Intersecting Triangles, 1969-1971. Schmidt did cover art for some of Brian Eno's albums.
Nothing like a list of music to spark debate: the 20 albums to begin your introduction to jazz. I have 4.

David Allen updated his widely loved personal productivity book: Getting Things Done 2015 Edition. I use a bastardized version of his methodology with a certain degree of effectiveness. Time to double down?

Oh, snap. Isaac Asimov wrote "Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.’” Read more In Defense of Difficulty.

Uh oh. When are you least happy? Age 53.

"What happens when great works of art change with time?" This question is relevant to Rothko's Harvard Murals and their "restoration" using a digital light projection technique that makes them appear new. I think it's interesting that, as the article reports, the paintings draw large crowds at 4pm each day when the projected light is turned off.

First there was Pecha Kucha (a presentation based on 20 slides automatically timed and advanced for 20 seconds each). Now there's PowerPoint Karaoke.

SnapPower Charger has everyone worked up on Kickstarter to the tune of $530,000 versus an original goal of $35,000. What is it? A faceplate you put on your wall outlets - no rewiring - that instantly gives you a USB charger.

A double-dose of sophomoricishness hereafter follows.

A good boy always sleeps with his hands above the covers. And we were just talking about Goofus and Gallant at work this week. source
It's never too early to start your Xmas shopping. (Thank you reader Chris.) source
...yet the sea is not full. ~King Solomon

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