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Visual ArtsFri, 27 May 2016 16:00
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Why Museums Are Welcoming Google’s New Art Camera

“Google plans to send its 20-strong camera convoy to museums around the world … which means that Google is increasingly receiving and compiling a ton of data for free (it doesn’t pay the museums) – so we were curious: what are the benefits museums receive by showcasing their collections on another platform?”Source: Hyperallergic

Visual ArtsFri, 27 May 2016 13:15
How Van Dyck Created Modern Portraiture

“Van Dyck focused on the subject’s attitude toward being in the picture, a joint venture of artist and sitter that continues to this day as a model, or a foil, for artists like Kehinde Wiley, Elizabeth Peyton, and Cindy Sherman. We might include earlier practitioners as well, like Lucien Freud and Alice Neel, or, to […]Source: Hyperallergic

Visual ArtsFri, 27 May 2016 11:45
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Could Virtual Reality Transform How Architects Work The Way CAD Did?

“New virtual reality tools will allow architects and designers to create buildings and products intuitively in 3D space around them, according to the director of visualisation studio VRtisan. The technology, which couples VR software created for game designers with hand-held motion controllers, offers designers ‘a completely new tool.'”Source: Dezeen

MediaFri, 27 May 2016 20:14
Tacoma Supporters Raise $7 Million To Save, Buy Their Public Radio Station

“It took 17,000 supporters of the Tacoma-based public radio station less than five months to donate the money. A fund-topping $500,000 matching contribution came from a collection of businesses and individuals.”Source: The News-Tribune (Tacoma)

MusicFri, 27 May 2016 19:46
Gary Numan: The Old Music Business Sucked. We Need This Revolution!

“There are a lot of people who are really frightened about what’s going on at the moment. I’m the opposite. I think it’s an amazing time. It’s a golden era for bands. You’ve just got to be aware. You’ve got to be savvy with the technology that’s coming and adapt it to you, or you […]Source: Fast Company

DanceFri, 27 May 2016 19:07
These Chicago Ballerinas Mixed Ballet And HipHop And Millions Are Watching

“After Frostine Shake proved that ballet should welcome all body types, a new group of young women are getting loads of love online for showcasing an entirely new form of dance, mixing ballet with hip-hop.”Source: Metro.UK

WordsFri, 27 May 2016 18:42
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Wikipedia Is A Wonder. But It’s Also Dangerous…

The problem with Wikipedia is not so much its reliability – which is, for most purposes, perfectly OK – as its increasing ubiquity as a source of information. “Wikipedia, despite being noncommercial, still poses many of the dangers of a traditional monopoly, and we run the risk of living in an information monoculture.”Source: Times Literary Supplement

DanceFri, 27 May 2016 18:17
How A 17-Year-Old Started Her Own Dance Company

“I always enjoyed teaching, but a part of me wanted more. I wanted to be my own boss, to train the students differently, participate in competitions and create a family environment for every class. I wanted to have my own dance company. I learned how during my Grade 11 co-op placement at Kinetic Fitness.”Source: The Globe and Mail (Canada)

WordsFri, 27 May 2016 18:00
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Read A Newly Translated Story By Pushkin

“To the question of whether he had ever fought a duel, he replied drily that he had, but did not go into the details, and it was clear that such questions displeased him. We supposed that some unfortunate victim of his terrible skill lay on his conscience. However, it never entered our heads to suspect […]Source: Literary Hub

WordsFri, 27 May 2016 17:41
Our Best Chance Of Getting People To Pay Attention To Climate Change? Science Fiction

“Our most persuasive medium for shifting opinion on climate change seem to be a certain kind of novel, and a certain kind of documentary film — specifically, the kind of doomsaying we find in Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth. Truth is always stranger than fiction, but only fiction can frame life events as teachable moments.”Source: Pacific Standard

IdeasFri, 27 May 2016 17:18
Prise de mesures pour l’étude archéo-magnétique de la grotte de Bruniquel, Tarn-et-Garonne. Cette grotte comporte des structures aménagées datées d’environ 176 500 ans. L’équipe scientifique a développé un nouveau concept, celui de "spéléofacts", pour nommer ces stalagmites brisées et agencées. L’inventaire de ces 400 spéléofacts montre des stalagmites agencées et bien calibrées qui totalisent 112 mètres cumulés et un poids estimé à 2,2 tonnes de matériaux déplacés. Ces structures sont composées d’éléments alignés, juxtaposés et superposés (sur 2, 3 et même 4 rangs). Cette découverte recule considérablement la date de fréquentation des grottes par l’Homme, la plus ancienne preuve formelle datant jusqu’ici de 38 000 ans (Chauvet). Elle place ainsi les constructions de Bruniquel parmi les premières de l’histoire de l’Humanité. Ces travaux ont été menés par une équipe internationale impliquant notamment Jacques Jaubert de l’université de Bordeaux, Sophie Verheyden de l’Institut royal des Sciences naturelles de Belgique (IRSNB) et Dominique Genty du CNRS, avec le soutien logistique de la Société spéléo-archéologique de Caussade, présidée par Michel Soulier. UMR5199 DE LA PREHISTOIRE A L'ACTUEL : CULTURE, ENVIRONNEMENT ET ANTHROPOLOGIE ,UMR8212 Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environnement  20160048_0006
A Shocking Discovery Deep In A French Cave Raises Big Questions About Our Ancestors

“I think we have several lines of evidence showing that the cognitive abilities and behaviors of Neanderthals were complex. But we had no direct evidence of their ability to build. That changes the picture for me. It’s puzzling to find such structures so deep inside the cave.”Source: The Atlantic

TheatreFri, 27 May 2016 17:00
Donmar Warehouse To Build A Pop-Up Theatre For Its All-Women Summer Shakespeare Season

“The Donmar Warehouse is building a temporary theatre for an all-female Shakespeare trilogy that will see, on some days, Dame Harriet Walter performing the demanding roles of Brutus, Henry IV and Prospero back to back. … A quarter of the tickets will be free to under-25s in a new initiative called ‘young and free’.”Source: The Guardian

IdeasFri, 27 May 2016 16:38
Should You Be Afraid Of Artificial Intelligence?

“What happens to life when AI is everywhere? It promises to dissolve into the background, like the best technology does, automating tasks and maybe telling us a quip or two along the way. But at least now you can throw your phone into a lake. AI won’t offer that kind of escape; it will just […]Source: The New Republic

IdeasFri, 27 May 2016 15:00
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What A Dog Sees In The Mirror – And What That Does And Doesn’t Say About Its Sense Of Self

“It’s possible, then, that an animal’s failure to pass the mirror test says more about a human lack of imagination than the animal’s lack of a self-concept, as de Waal argues … Because, think about it: Why should a mirror mean anything to most animals?”Source: Science of Us

MusicFri, 27 May 2016 14:30
What Happens When A Mathematician Sets Out To Create The ‘Ugliest Piece Of Music Ever Written’?

Well, this particular mathematician, Scott Rickard, started with the premise (which he attributed to “most musicologists”) that “repetition is a key aspect of beauty.” Then, as he explains in this 2011 TED talk, he employed the math behind sonar pings to create a work employing all 88 notes on the piano keyboard and avoiding any […]Source: Classic FM (UK)

WordsFri, 27 May 2016 14:00
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‘What Was Needed Was Not More Communism But More Public-Spirited Pigs’ – When Editor T.S. Eliot Rejected ‘Animal Farm’

“We agree that it is a distinguished piece of writing; that the fable is very skilfully handled, and that the narrative keeps one’s interest on its own plane – and that is something very few authors have achieved since Gulliver. … On the other hand, we have no conviction … that this is the right […]Source: The Guardian

WordsFri, 27 May 2016 13:45
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British Library Opens Its 20th-Century Lit Website With 300 Never-Before-Seen Documents

Among the goodies now on view: “Virginia Woolf’s manuscript draft of Mrs Dalloway and an early travel notebook in which she begins to explore her ‘stream of consciousness’ technique; George Orwell’s notebook in which he lists ideas for what would become Nineteen Eighty-Four, including ‘newspeak’, ‘doublethink’ and ‘two minutes of hate’; [and] a letter from […]Source: Good E-Reader

PeopleFri, 27 May 2016 13:30
The Pin-Up Girls Of Restoration England

“The Windsor Beauties were chosen to be immortalized because they were the most alluring and powerful women at the court of Charles II, who became king of England, Ireland, and Scotland in 1660. Being selected for a Windsor Beauty portrait meant becoming a celebrity pin-up; copies of the portraits and engraved prints of the women […]Source: Atlas Obscura

MusicFri, 27 May 2016 13:00
Seiji Ozawa Cancels His Tanglewood Concerts, Citing Poor Health

“The former Boston Symphony Orchestra music director” – now 80 and a survivor of esophageal cancer – “had been scheduled to conduct the ensemble for the first time since 2008, but doctors have now recommended otherwise.”Source: Boston Globe

IssuesFri, 27 May 2016 12:45
A pink bicycle is seen reflected in a leaf-covered puddle on campus at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut November 12, 2015. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTS6PV3
‘What A Waste’ – How One Barely Provocative Email Got Two Yale Professors Hounded Out Of Their Residential Positions

Conor Friedersdorf revisits what befell Nicholas and Erika Christakis last fall when she suggested that students could advocate for themselves when they found someone’s Halloween costume offensive rather than demanding that the college police how students dress up.Source: The Atlantic


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