A Lesson in Cultural Diplomacy

It’s amazing what kind of beauty can transpire when people around the globe work together. Case in point, Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir, featuring 2,052 performances from 58 countries. One journalist had this to say about the piece: “For whatever precision the performance might lose due to the method–many voices in individual bedrooms spanning the globe–it gains exponentially by connecting them, easily surpassing any previously heard live performance by the sheer impact of linking so many persons at latitudes and longitudes around the world. Choir: Ultimate Edition, anyone?”
Simply put, the effect is stunning.

PSA: Online Ads, the IRS, and You

This is my first PSA on the blog. I don’t usually post stuff that’s such a downer, but this is deserving of public awareness: Go read this. Right now. I’ll wait. (Since the post this referred to has been taken down, the salient points are quoted...

Music Making Goes Sci-Fi

I’m now dying to see this orchestra! Watching the Karmetic Machine Orchestra is like getting a peek at the inner workings of a factory through a sheet of glass. It churns. Gears turn. Wired mallets beat drum heads. Some of the musicians sit at laptops looking...

Free Stuff Friday: FreeMind

In a nutshell: FreeMind is opensource software useful for brainstorming projects, taking notes, and organizing, well, almost anything. Useful for: Teachers Students Writers Nonprofit administrators Anyone who needs to organize stuff Why I Like It: I was skeptical...