Daily Archives: December 2, 2013

André Schiffrin on 50 Years in Publishing World, from Corporate Consolidation to Founding Independent Nonprofit | Democracy Now!


André Schiffrin on 50 Years in Publishing World, from Corporate Consolidation to Founding Independent Nonprofit | Democracy Now!.

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‘Please Wait’: New-and-Improved HealthCare.gov Has Same Old Problems – ProPublica


 

‘Please Wait’: New-and-Improved HealthCare.gov Has Same Old Problems – ProPublica.

After president’s first year, Mexico still a mess by many measures – latimes.com


After president’s first year, Mexico still a mess by many measures – latimes.com.
Enrique Peña Nieto in Mexico City

Edward Snowden revelations prompt UN investigation into surveillance | World news | The Guardian


 

Edward Snowden revelations prompt UN investigation into surveillance | World news | The Guardian.

Anton Reicha – Bläserquintett No. 2, Opus. 88 in Es major – Lento – Allegro moderato


Antonín Dvořák – Czech Suite, Op. 39



Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra, Theodore Kuchar

VLADIMIR HOROWITZ – MASTER OF RACH 3 OPUS 30 [1909]


Sergei Rachmaninoff [1873-1943]

Konzert für Klavier und Orchester Nr. 3 in d-Moll op. 30 

I. Allegro ma non tanto [0:49]
II. Intermezzo: Adagio [17:24]
III. Finale: Alla breve [28:11]

Vladimir Horowitz, Klavier

New York Philharmonic Orchestra 

Zubin Metha, Leitung

Sunday, September 26, 1977

Rachmaninoff’s fatherly insights and advice regarding his own music were to prove invaluable to Horowitz. For Rachmaninoff, Horowitz was a champion of both his solo works and his Third Concerto, about which Rachmaninoff remarked publicly after the performance that “This is the way I always dreamed my concerto should be played, but I never expected to hear it that way on Earth.”

In 1985, in the movie The Last Romantic, Horowitz said: “Rachmaninoff is a pianist. I played with him [Arturo Toscanini, who is also mentioned in the conversation], Rachmaninoff and we… [plays the beginning of 3rd piano concerto]. He was a wonderful pianist and a nice friend. He was my best friend! First of all he was composer, pianist and conductor. Three things at once and first class, all three, I think so.

 

Quotation: William Makepeace Thackeray about love


Some cynical Frenchman has said that there are two parties to a love-transaction: the one who loves and the other who condescends to be so treated.

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863) Discuss

Today’s Birthday: PETER CARL GOLDMARK (1906)


Peter Carl Goldmark (1906)

A Hungarian engineer and inventor, Goldmark immigrated to the US in 1933 and went to work in the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) laboratories. There he developed the first commercial color television system, but it was not compatible with existing black-and-white television sets and was soon superseded by one that was. Later, he developed the system that would allow the US Lunar Orbiter to relay photographs from the Moon to Earth. What did he invent that revolutionized the recording industry?More… Discuss

This Day in the Yesteryear: BARNEY CLARK RECEIVES WORLD’S FIRST PERMANENT ARTIFICIAL HEART (1982)


Barney Clark Receives World’s First Permanent Artificial Heart (1982)

In the late 1940s, doctors at the Yale School of Medicine used parts from an Erector Set to build the first artificial heart pump. The device bypassed the heart of a dog for more than an hour. However, an artificial heart would not be implanted in a human until decades later. Barney Clark, a Seattle dentist with congestive heart failure, was the first recipient. Though the surgery was successful, Clark never recovered enough to leave the hospital and died of complications after how long? More… Discuss

 

News: SCIENTISTS TAKE TONGUE PIERCING TO THE NEXT LEVEL


Scientists Take Tongue Piercing to the Next Level

Tongue piercings are generally seen as a fashion statement, but thanks to some enterprising researchers, they can now give quadriplegics—peop le paralyzed from the neck down—the freedom to get around independently. The team has developed a wheelchair control system that is operated by the movements of a magnetic barbell pierced through the tongue. The system could offer users greater control and speed than existing technologies, like the sip-and-puff devices that are currently used to operate motorized wheelchairsMore… Discuss

 

Article: “THE JUDGMENT”


“The Judgment”

“The Judgment” is a 1912 short story by Franz Kafka. He wrote it in a single sitting and described the experience as a creative outburst of the body and soul with the story emerging like a newborn “covered in filth and slime.” He even allowed it to be published—most of his stories were only released posthumously. “The Judgment” focuses on a man named Georg Bendemann whose father condemns him to death by drowning, prompting Georg to jump off a bridge. What life events likely inspired Kafka? More…Discuss