A tumblr for non-musical music stands
Are you a musician? Have you ever seen a music stand used for something besides holding music? Did you find it annoying? Or amusing? Or some mixture of both? Me too! I decided to start keeping track of these. Please submit your own examples. http://nonmusicstands.tumblr.com/
Psychology and it discontents
Stokowski’s working copy of the Vaughan Williams Fantasia. One of the most famous and controversial conductors of his time, Leopold Stokowski was born today at London in 1882 and remained active as a conductor until just months before his death at age 95 in 1977.
A review of Psychology’s Ghosts by Jerome Kagan:
Mr. Kagan acknowledges that his critiques are not new, that others have made the same arguments—about the failure to consider cultural influences, about the exasperating DSM, about the flaws in happiness research and the negative side of positive psychology, about the medicalizing of normal problems in living. Yet he makes his case persuasively and readably, with extensive empirical support.
"When they look back at this era, Internet historians will mark Facebook’s Instagram acquisition as the symbolic moment when the Great Shift was confirmed. Significantly, it also came soon after Steve Jobs’ death. The device that Jobs created had, within the space of five years, allowed a 551-day-old company with 14 employees to become worth $1 billion. On April 9, 2012, Web 2.0 lost its mantle as the most important Internet paradigm. We are now starting the Age of Mobile."
A Singular Empire
A review of Rome: An Empire’s Story by Greg Woolf
No one has yet come up with a satisfactory explanation of why Rome expanded as it did. This question isn’t as widely addressed in popular works as the cause of Rome’s fall, but in both instances, it is easier to explain how it happened than to explain why.