maryandleo

Tumbling in Albany, NY, USA

Apr 8
jordanconductor:


Elite Violinists Fail to Distinguish Legendary Violins From Modern Fiddlessciencemag.org
Ste­fan Ava­l­os
Play­ing blind. Soloist Ilya Kaler plays while wear­ing welder’s gog­gles and test­ing var­i­ous old and new vio­lins.

If you know only one thing about violins, it is probably this: A 300-year-old Stradivarius supposedly possesses mysterious tonal qualities unmatched by modern instruments. However, even elite violinists cannot tell a Stradivarius from a top-quality modern violin, a new double-blind study suggests. Like the sound of coughing during the delicate second movement of Beethoven’s violin concerto, the finding seems sure to annoy some people, especially dealers who broker the million-dollar sales of rare old Italian fiddles. But it may come as a relief to the many violinists who cannot afford such…

jordanconductor:

Elite Violinists Fail to Distinguish Legendary Violins From Modern Fiddles
sciencemag.org

Ste­fan Ava­l­os

Play­ing blind. Soloist Ilya Kaler plays while wear­ing welder’s gog­gles and test­ing var­i­ous old and new vio­lins.

If you know only one thing about violins, it is probably this: A 300-year-old Stradivarius supposedly possesses mysterious tonal qualities unmatched by modern instruments. However, even elite violinists cannot tell a Stradivarius from a top-quality modern violin, a new double-blind study suggests. Like the sound of coughing during the delicate second movement of Beethoven’s violin concerto, the finding seems sure to annoy some people, especially dealers who broker the million-dollar sales of rare old Italian fiddles. But it may come as a relief to the many violinists who cannot afford such…


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Mar 2
blueberryboat:

SOUND OF THE MOUNTAIN (MIKIO NARUSE, 1954)

Alas, she is.

blueberryboat:

SOUND OF THE MOUNTAIN (MIKIO NARUSE, 1954)

Alas, she is.


Feb 21
“One of the great advantages of religion over science is that stupid people can understand religion as well as, and often even better than, smart people.”

Feb 18
zoebalthus:

Hara Setsuko - Printemps tardif (Banshun) - 1949 - Un film japonais réalisé par Yasujirô Ozu
Pensées à Marie-Hélène Chassagne 

zoebalthus:

Hara Setsuko - Printemps tardif (Banshun) - 1949 - Un film japonais réalisé par Yasujirô Ozu

Pensées à Marie-Hélène Chassagne 


“The anxiety to be like other people, only bigger and richer, is, like nearly all the forms of fear, unspeakably vulgar.” Lane Cooper, Literature for Engineers.

Feb 14
“Two immigrants from Germany [meet] for the first time after many years in New York. One asks the other: ‘Are you happy here?’ Reply: ‘I am happy, aber glücklich bin ich nicht.’” Albert O. Hirschman, Exit, Voice, and Loyalty, 1970, 113.  From the chapter on “Exit and Voice in American Ideology and Practice,” which contains an interesting discussion on “the extreme reluctance of Americans in public office to resign in protest against policies with which they disagree,” Ibid., 114–119.

Feb 13
“When I call them sacred books I am not joking. Malthus and Ricardo were taken as gospels by the most serious and even pious men, who used them to justify actions they would never have thought of defending on human grounds.” Kenneth Clark, Civilization, 1969, 327.

“Up to the 1930s people were supposed not to burn witches and other members of minority groups, or extract confessions by torture or pervert the course of justice or go to prison for speaking the truth. Except, of course, during wars.” Kenneth Clark, Civilization, 1969, 171.

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