Saturday, April 26, 2003
Munch exhibit in Norway torch-lit
Because of the cheap paper he used -- and it sounds like fun.
The museum director actually said "This puts the artwork in a new light" -- but I'm not sure he was being funny, having Norwegian blood myself. A dour lot we are.
I mean, "The Scream" is Norway's most notorious export, right?
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Friday, April 25, 2003
Streamcast and Grokster win decisive court victory against labels
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EMI to release 140,000 tracks for download in Europe
Not sure if this is like Rhapsody or what.
Wonder what quality the mp3s are and if there are any catches?
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Thursday, April 24, 2003
Another blog-crawler like BlogMatcher: Yuntis (pronounced yoon·tis) [Sassafrass]
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Wednesday, April 23, 2003
In France: a wild boar head-butts his way through an elderly couple's glass door, upturns furniture and bites the man in his bed before skipping off [original story here in case you read French]
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Art, America and the looting [Undernews, April 18]
If some Americans fail to feel moved by what happened to Iraq's cultural artifacts, it might have to do with how our society views the place of art. Of course there's also the point that some Americans will probably be among those who profit from the sale of these stolen items -- underlining the "real" value of art (or much else) for many here.
We might never know why the looting continued unchecked despite strong early warnings from the world art community that Iraq's treasures required protection. But the cynic in me wonders whether the American military would have done more to protect the museums had we been a country that better recognized the value of art.
Proof of Americans' belief that art is expendable is found within local, state and federal governments, where politicians frequently argue that our taxes should be funding more important things. Hence the current considerations by some states -- such as New Jersey and Florida -- to eliminate their arts agencies in the face of budget woes.
The people we saw weeping last weekend in Baghdad's museum know how crucial art is to a nation's spirit and a people's identity. So did Winston Churchill. When asked whether England's arts budget should be cut to help fund World War II, he said, "God, no. What the hell are we fighting for?"
Even the Ancient Romans had more appreciation for art.
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Tuesday, April 22, 2003
Found BlogMatcher through referrals today: you enter a blog's URL and it finds others like it
Kind of useful it seems, have to check more.
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Sunday, April 20, 2003
Inflatable church [STARE]
Think I'll just leave this alone. . .
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