Thursday, March 26, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
I heard this on the radio the other morning. If you haven't heard Tibetan throat singing before, I recommend that you check this out. The sounds that are made are just amazing. You can listen to the story at the top and then there are 2 full length songs on the left you can listen to as well. Put on a nice pair of big headphones and listen.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Yesterday I saw my first opera ever, Madama Butterfly at The Met. It was not only beautiful musically but the visuals were quite good as well. Also, they had the english text displayed on a small screen on the seat in front of you. This made it easy to follow along. All in all, it was a very moving performance. Here is Patricia Racette, who played Cio-Cio San in the production we saw, singing Un bel dì ("One beautiful day").
I found this NYT article to be interesting. This is saying that when we watch something on TV or focus on a given activity, we gradually become desensitized to it. Commercials or interruptions "reset" our attention spans and allow us to start back at zero. Although they suggested that more engaging activities like working or playing music might not be improved by interruption.
This reminded me of the 1st chapter from "Unweaving the Rainbow" by Richard Dawkins. It discusses how we become desensitized to our own experiences and how we are prevented from realizing how amazing they really are.
There is an anaesthetic of familiarity, a sedative of ordinariness, which dulls the senses and hides the wonders of existence.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
If you are checking my blog, chances are you are a bit of a geek. So embrace that today! Thanks Craig!
Monday, March 2, 2009
I may be slightly biased towards Earth being that its the only planet I have ever been on, but I must highly recommend the above documentary. This is not the Discovery Channel edition however. David Attenbourgh is the narrator not Sigourney Weaver. He has way more street cred being that he has been the voice of British naturalist documentaries for 50+ years and he is a Sir. He was NOT in Alien. I would imagine he would also not look as charming running around on a spaceship either. So anyway this offers an exciting new look at our planet's different environments and wildlife. The documentary was filmed over 5 years at over 200 locations and had a budget of $25 million.