Happy New Year to all!
Embed Any File or URL with Embedit.in « TheNextWeb.com. This looks like a serious alternative to just adding PDF files on a website, if I want to display some nicely formatted text with equations and such.
Edge 269. One more link to save for future reading. Will I ever catch up?
The Business of Classical Music: Classical Music After the CD. I found this via a post on marginalrevolution.com by Tyler Cowen. I am putting it here to revisit it when I have some more time and then maybe blog longer about it.
Nice article from the Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/dec/13/athens-greece-riots
I remember vividly the discouragement at anticipating nothing but two years of slavery in the military, followed by a job that would underemploy my skills, and that only via the connections of my relatives. I decided that I needed to find out if I could make a decent life for myself in a country where nobody knew me or my family. Any job I got would be because I earned it. So here I am in the US.
Here’s what Bloomberg has to say about it today (read especially the part about corruption): http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601085&sid=a8IL3zMF9hqo&refer=europe#
Commentary and news from the Economist today: http://www.economist.com/world/europe/displaystory.cfm?story_id=12756043&fsrc=twitter
Tyler Cowen, over at marginalrevolution.com, has a pointer today to a long article entitled The Age of Mass Intelligence in the Economist’s moreintelligentlife.com online magazine. It’s a long, hard-to-summarize article, with the main point that there are many more people interested in “high culture” than cultural pessimists think and these culturally-interested people are a more heterogeneous group than one might expect. The emphasis is primarily on the UK, understandably. The article already has a small number of comments at the bottom, and I expect more to appear there soon.
Cultural pessimism has already made an appearance in the comments. I am not sure it’s warranted. One particular comment in this vein that I dislike says that we shouldn’t count people who are simply nouveau-cultured as cultured; they are just buying culture. For that commenter, culture is always for a small minority. To this I say “Bah!”. Elitism at its worst.
One good way to use the information in the article would be as fodder for planning by non-profits in the arts. A good thing to read for the management of Lyric Fest, my own favorite non-profit, for sure.
Update: if you revisit the article, you will see a lively debate between the commenter who made the remark I bemoan above and myself.