“many of the publications are too long. A book on Virginia Woolf could be a 30-page article. Somebody did a count of how many publications had been written on Virginia Woolf in the past 15 years. The answer is several thousand. Really? Who needs this? But it’s awfully difficult to say, “Here’s knowledge we don’t need!” It sounds like book burning, doesn’t it? What we’d say is that on the scale of priorities, we find undergraduate teaching to be more important than all the research being done.”
The Atlantic has a good article on the current state of college education.
Names that match professions? This one takes the cake.
A short film that I couldn’t look away from. It gets going around 1958. Don’t miss the end. (h/t Scott)
Holy Warhammer, Batman. What a mod!
The music of Red Dead Redemption. Brilliant short vid. I’d love to be one of these guys (either playing, recording, or writing). Video has an annoying age check, but it’s worth it.
The longest exposure in photography history. How long? You won’t believe it. I’m practicing my teasers. 🙂
Several of the arguments against the period-instrument movement had bite. They reflect the skepticism regarding the possibility of knowing the past that dominates today’s universities and that gets used (improperly) to justify junking the study of history, philology, and literary tradition. The proponents of period performance heard and considered these sophisticated objections. Then something wonderful happened. They responded, in essence: “Yeah, whatever.” They tweaked their rhetoric, junked the term “authenticity” and anything else that sounded too authoritarian—and went right on doing what they had been doing all along. That is because their hunger for the past—for discovering how the musicians at the Esterházy palace interpreted crescendi or how much vibrato a cellist performing Bach’s cello suites in the 1720s would have used—was so great that no amount of hermeneutical skepticism could extinguish it.
Classical music’s golden age is… now. (h/t Barry)
Modern technology is making spying much harder.
Cheaper and more efficient, I’m sure.
Congrats to my cast and crew friends on Paradise Recovered as they see it in the world premiere on the big screen! Wish I could be there!
Happy birthday to Gary Gygax.
What is sure to become an important touchstone of modern politics, Angelo M. Codevilla’s seminal article should be must-reading for every American.
A world record Flugtag flight. Full video of crazy splashdowns/wipeouts here. There’s still hope for our litigious society if this kind of thing can still happen. Go St. Paul!
Tab Candy for Firefox. This looks like a great addition. I really need this (I currently have about 30 tabs open)
Giant cardboard robot arms!RAAAWR!!!!