A “sonic playground,” a “shantytown-sound laboratory,” a “small village of ramshackle sculptures.” These are just some of the phrases that have been used to describe the ongoing musical architecture project entitled “Dithyrambalina.”
Dithyrambalina began two years ago when 25 collaborating artist, including street artist Swoon, transformed a 150-year-old New Orleans house into an architectural instrument and a vehicle of hope for the Hurricane devastated locale. The enchanted performance venue, dubbed “The Music Box,” was a collection of wooden and metal structures built from a Creole cottage, each structure housing off-kilter instruments.
December 12, 2013
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December 12, 2013
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The public was fascinated by Lucian’s portraits of his sons and daughters, some of which were naked portraits. Journalists had a field day trying to explain the Freudian significance of children in their teens or early adulthood stripping bare for their father. His 14 offspring included a novelist, a Biro artist, a fashion designer, a journalist, a drugs adviser, a poet, and a sculptor. They rarely mixed, however. His four children by Suzy Boyt, a student he met at the Slade in the 1950s, and two by the writer, bohemian traveler, and gardener Bernardine Coverley, were the main exception to this rule. Some were only vaguely aware of each other’s existence even after Lucian died. Some still do not know of at least one of their half-siblings.
December 11, 2013
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We may know powerfully and innately what’s most important to us, but when it comes to acting on our deepest values, many of us tend to get in our own way.
Self-control is something we all struggle with at one point or another, but it’s an important key to both success and happiness. Lacking willpower keeps us in a cycle of instant gratification, making it difficult to change bad habits and to do the things we know are good for us.
December 11, 2013
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Way back in 1931, Albert Einstein famously mused that “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”
In saying this, as in so many other ways, Einstein was ahead of his time, since the value of the entity called “the fact” has eroded almost down to nothing in the 82 years since his utterance.
“Knowing stuff” used to be esteemed; smart people were revered and admired for being “learned.” Now, those who use their brains as a repository for facts are merely a quaint curiosity to be exploited on Jeopardy or around a Trivial Pursuit board.
Really, what does anybody truly need to know now? Anything that was, that happened or that is can be referenced in a millisecond or two via Google on your smartphone.
True value these days isn’t in just knowing. And with all due respect to Albert Einstein, even wild-eyed imagination ain’t the shining star it used to be.
These days, the holy grail of intelligence is a double-barreled entity called Curiosity.
Barry Diller, the sage Chairman of IAC and Expedia, may not be today’s answer to Einstein, but in last week’s Bloomberg BusinessWeek, the mega-successful thinker, builder and operator waxed wise in his response to the question: “Are there areas that you wish you knew more about?“
December 10, 2013
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You could call it the final frontier in gender equality.
Though 12 men have set foot on the moon, no woman has yet taken that giant leap.
But under extraordinary plans set out today, the world’s superpowers will come together to make it happen.
And not content to stop there, they will also build a permanent base on its surface and then travel to Mars.
Science minister David Willetts claims Britain can help bring the US, Europe and China together to take space travel into its next phase.
Mr Willetts said Stevenage – the home of Space City, which makes a quarter of the world’s satellites – would be ‘at the heart of the global space effort’.
Last year, republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich promised that if he won, America would have a permanent base on the moon by the end of his second term.
The 12 men who have set foot on the moon have all been American, but the last one was 41 years ago.
Mr Willetts predicted that it will actually be the Chinese who next return humans to the moon.
December 10, 2013
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A robot dubbed ‘The Incredible Bionic Man’ is making its American debut. Built in the U.K., the 6’5 cyborg uses artificial body parts designed by scientists from around the world. AP was there for its reassembly in New York. (Oct. 11)
December 8, 2013
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A soldier stationed overseas watched in horror as his pregnant wife was stabbed in her home while the two chatted on video.
Rachel Poole, 31, was rushed to the hospital in critical condition after a man who was allegedly hiding in the home stabbed her multiple times in Texas on Wednesday. Poole was nine months pregnant at the time. Police say Corey Bernard Moss stabbed Poole from behind with a stainless steel knife, according to KFOX.
During the attack, her husband, Justin Pele Poole, an American soldier stationed thousands of miles away in Asia, saw the attack unfold as the two talked over FaceTime, according to ABC15.
Poole was still in critical condition when her baby, Isabella, was born. Doctors performed a successful cesarean section, her stepfather, Gary Jones, told ABCNews.com. The baby is listed in good condition.
Police Det. Mike Baranyay told CNN that the woman recognized her attacker and repeatedly screamed his name to her husband.
Poole managed to call authorities. A short time later, the suspect, 19-year-old Corey Bernard Moss, was located by Fort Bliss Military Police and turned over to El Paso police. Detectives said the suspect was inside Poole’s house before she came home.
Prosecutors Allege Utah Dr. Martin MacNeill Poisoned Wife With Medication So He Could Be With Mistress
December 8, 2013
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A Utah man accused of poisoning his wife will fight murder charges by claiming he was not home where his spouse swallowed a deadly cocktail, according to court documents reported by the Salt Lake Tribune.
Prosecutors allege that Martin MacNeill, 57, killed his wife Michelle MacNeill, 50, in 2007, so he could maintain a relationship with his supposed mistress, Gypsy Wills, WCSC reported.
His trial for murder and obstruction of justice began today. One of the first witnesses called was Michelle MacNeill’s surgeon, who testified that he prescribed higher than normal levels of painkiller Percocet and anxiety medication Valium as part of the treatment for her 2007 facelift, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.
Surgeon Scott Thompson testified Thursday that he upped the dosage in April 2007 because Martin MacNeill told him his wife had a low threshold for pain.
December 7, 2013
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It seems there’s almost nothing computers can’t simulate these days: Now, a new computer program simulates human birth using 3D virtual reality.
The simulator is the first of its kind to take into account factors such as the shape of the mother’s body, and the shape and position of the baby. It could help doctors and midwives prepare for unusual or dangerous births, according to the researchers in England who developed it.
“You can’t see inside during a live birth. The simulator shows you what’s happening inside,” said Rudy Lapeer, a computer scientist at the University of East Anglia, leader of the research that was presented Nov. 22 at a conference on E-Health and Bioengineering in Romania.
Hospitals have used models to simulate the birthing process since the 1800s, Lapeer told LiveScience. But whereas most current simulators are based on known scenarios, the new simulator models the physics of childbirth — the basic forces exerted by the cervix, abdominal muscles and the doctor or midwife — so it can simulate an unfamiliar birth scenario.
The simulator is also designed to be patient-specific. Doctors can scan a pregnant woman, and then adapt the simulator to her anatomy. They can run through a number of scenarios based on previous births.
December 7, 2013
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This is interesting — maybe a little nuts, but interesting nonetheless: Rakuten, which owns Play.com, the U.K.-based online purveyor of games, clothes, movies and more, is saying it expects the Wii U to outsell the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this holiday.
Well, maybe: MCV, which reported as much under the rubric “Play.com predicts Wii U dominance this Christmas,” may be misinterpreting what it itself cites the Japanese e-commerce and Internet company as saying, which is this: “The company predicts that Wii U and iPad will be more popular than Xbox One and PS4 amongst children this Christmas.”
Popular with children, mind you. Rakutin reportedly went on to cite a Twitter analysis, in which it says the Wii U and iPad were “the most talked about presents for children this Christmas.”
Children are an important demographic — one Nintendo’s appealed to for decades. You could argue, with actual numbers buttressing your argument, that Nintendo’s been the dominant games seller to children since pretty much the original Nintendo Entertainment System. But what are you arguing? Certainly not dominance.