Archive for February, 2011

Feb 14 2011

Building Museums to Survive Once-In-200-Year Catastrophes

Published by under design,history,sustainability

This news from Cairo is heartbreaking: A full inventory of the Egyptian Museum has found that looters escaped with 18 items during the anti-government unrest, including two gilded wooden statues of famed boy king Tutankhamun, the antiquities chief said Sunday. I can’t help but think of Neal Stephenson’s Anathem, where mathic monasteries preserve knowledge for […]

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Feb 12 2011

Geographical Distribution of Standing Ovations

Published by under music

It occurred to me while at a UMS performance whether anyone has ever studied the geographical distribution of standing ovations. Where are they most likely? Ann Arbor is not a traditional major arts center but it does get some decent performances coming through town. So in places far from major arts centers, are audiences more […]

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