It’s rare that Oscar sees things my way:
Annual dog-sled marathon attracts 69 entrants Dog teams to make ceremonial start in Anchorage on Sunday
Reuters, March 1
Dozens of mushers and their sled-dog teams will on Saturday mark a ceremonial start to Alaska’s famed Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race, which takes contestants through nearly 1,000 miles (1,600 km) of wilderness over [...]
Two takes on US Black History Month:
- Early 20th century black historian Carter Woodson: Teaching black history is essential for the physical and intellectual survival of the race – “If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it [...]
The Tyee, By Andrew Nikiforuk,
Winnipegger Mia Feuer’s art reflects the ‘sculptural’ transformation of Alberta’s landscape.
Reviewers alternatively call the Washington, D.C. exhibit dystopian, eerily beautiful, or a “nightmarish manifestation” of environmental ruin.
In particular, many are attracted to the ominous black skating rink that occupies the rotunda. The plastic rink may or may not [...]
A brilliant video marketing campaign.
Street performance art at its best.
In April, 2013, the newly-refurbished Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Holland, decided to celebrate the return to the museum of Rembrandt’s great painting, “The Night Watch” (1642): they brought the characters in the picture to life and placed them in a busy shopping mall.
Translation of [...]
Thanks to the Cosmopolitan for the idea: Just the Right Amount of Wrong. (Yes, some comped nights would be nice!)
With a nod to Sochi 2014:
University of Oxford papyrologist convinced poems preserved on ancient papyrus are by seventh-century lyricist of Lesbos
The Guardian, By Charlotte Higgins, January 29
Sappho is one of the most elusive and mysterious – as well as best-loved – of ancient Greek poets. Only one of her poems, out of a reputed total of nine volumes’ [...]
And for Pete Seeger, 94 was too young:
NYT on Seeger’s death
There was never any doubt which side Pete Seeger was on.
“It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.” And make no mistake about it: Pete Seeger fought all his life. [...]
Salon, By Victoria Frings
Wonder why TV wives are always hotter than their husbands? Hint: It starts before the show is even cast
Apparently, Hollywood has never heard of The Female Gaze Louis C.K. has largely revolutionized the tried-and-true model for producing television programming. He writes, directs, edits and stars in his own show, [...]
WHAT SONG IS ROBERT BURCK, “THE ORIGINAL NAKED COWBOY’, SINGING ???
That’s not a philosophic question – it’s the raison d’ etre for The Agonist.
John Adams’s answer:
“I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture, in order to [...]
Scientists reject Harper gov’t claims vital material is being saved digitally.
TheTyee.ca, By Andrew Nikiforuk, December 23
Scientists say the closure of some of the world’s finest fishery, ocean and environmental libraries by the Harper government has been so chaotic that irreplaceable collections of intellectual capital built by Canadian taxpayers for future generations has been [...]
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