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Why Is "No" Among a Child's First Words?
"The seemingly simple word has a nuanced series of functions that children somehow master early on. In fact, no
is among the top 10 or so words that English-speaking babies say when first beginning to talk ... By the way, yes
doesn't even crack the top 20."
- Slate 12.30.13 (podcast)
Can-Do Culture Versus Can't-Do Culture
"The trouble with innovation is that truly innovative ideas often look like bad ideas at the time. That's why they are innovative -- until now, nobody ever figured out that they were good ideas." - recode 01/01/14
Coughing As Performance Vandalism
"In this anything-goes age, it seems as if coughing in concerts is fast becoming one of the last universally reviled forms of high-culture hooliganism." - The New York Times 12/31/13
The Turing Test And Spike Jonze's "Her"
"To those who would argue that a computer's demonstration of humanlike behavior is hardly enough to make it legitimately 'conscious', Turing responds that the same can be said of human behavior ... Belief in the minds of others is just as much of a leap as love is. Following Turing's logic, Twombly is not a solipsist for getting emotionally involved with his O.S.; he'd be a solipsist not to."
- The New Yorker 01.01.14
The Sweet Science of Punch Sound Effects
"What is the sound of one hand punching? It depends what movie you're watching." It could be a human body part, a turkey, pizza dough, a watermelon, or dry pasta shells.
- The Wall Street Journal 01.02.14 (includes sound files)
Chinese Movie Business Zoomed In 2013
"China's movie box office topped $3.6 billion in 2013, up about 27% over 2012, with home-grown fare drawing particularly large crowds and driving down Hollywood's share of the market." - Los Angeles Times 01/01/14
The 20 Most-Pirated Musicians Of 2013
Although these year-end numbers show piracy is alive and well, BitTorrent piracy has been in decline in recent years, Musicmetric EVP Daniel Savage tells Billboard. "Previous research that we've done indicates that the increased availability of music via streaming is a contributing factor." - Billboard 01/02/14
So Where Are We On A New Business Model For The Music Business?
"There is a disconnect between an external perception which is still [us as] a cartoonish baddy, versus what we have done over the last 10 years. We have really matured, grown as a business, we have added skill sets from outside. All this soul searching, all this disruption has had a positive upside." - BBC 01/01/14
What's Killing Contemporary Music?
The idea that "the audience does not matter as much as "the music," and that considering the audience as an essential part of music composition is tantamount to pandering." - NewMusicBox 01/02/14
Winton Dean, World's Top Handel Scholar, Dead at 97
He was known as an astute critic and a historian of Beethoven and Bizet, it was "his series of books on Handel ... completed when he was 90 - that indelibly lingered and really mattered."
- The Herald (Scotland) 01.01.14
Lawyer Fined For Outing JK Rowling Pseudonym Last Year
"Chris Gossage of London law firm Russells Solicitors -- which represents Rowling -- told a friend of his wife that the "Harry Potter" creator was author of "The Cuckoo's Calling," published last year under the name Robert Galbraith. The friend tweeted the information, and it was followed up by the Sunday Times." - Yahoo! (AP) 01/02/14
Sherlock Holmes Now (Partly) In Public Domain in U.S.
"A federal judge has issued a declarative judgment stating that Holmes, Watson, 221B Baker Street, the dastardly Professor Moriarty and other elements included in the 50 Holmes works that Arthur Conan Doyle published before Jan. 1, 1923, are no longer covered by United States copyright law, and can therefore be freely used by others "
- The New York Times 12.27.13
Postcards From Antartica's Poet-in-Residence
"The National Science Foundation sent Jynne Dilling Martin to Antarctica this winter (the austral summer) as an artist-in-residence. [Here] are two poems she wrote from there."
- Slate 01.02.14
Cincinnati Art Museum Director Stepping Down
"Aaron Betsky is leaving his post as director of the Cincinnati Art Museum after seven years in the job." Says the board chairman, "It's time to give someone else a chance. He has done an incredible job and gotten done what he set out to do."
- The Cincinnati Enquirer 01.02.14
The Ten Worst Things In Art In 2013
"From war in Syria and Mali to labor problems at museums in the Gulf and the panopticon of government surveillance, these are some of the awful things that impacted arts and culture in 2013." - Hyperallergic 01.01.14
Why Are Museums Wasting So Much Energy On Technology?
"This obsession with new technology is based on the patronising belief that engaging the public means geeing them up and making the museum experience 'fun-filled' and purposefully 'enlightening'. Even more pernicious is the belief that grabbing the young, before they know any better, will create future audiences." - spiked 12/17/13
Lawsuits Mount Over Faked Art
"It has become clear that some of the forged works remain in museum storage, that two were returned to the gallery and that the whereabouts of many more are unknown. Some of the duped buyers are taking action: three new lawsuits have been filed, bringing the number of ongoing civil cases to eight." - The Art Newspaper 01/02/14