Monday, July 13, 2015

a linkathon

Never heard of the Cascadian subduction zone?  Nobody knew it existed forty-some years ago.  Thanks to cross referencing Japanese records of seismic activity to a few stories from American Indian tribes we didn't completely wipe out scientists have been able to piece together that's not a matter of if but when this Cascadian subduction zone gives us another overdue seismic moment that could obliterate everything west of I-5.

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/07/20/the-really-big-one

So those readers who are dispensationalist futurist types, have Jack and Rexella covered this yet?

There's been a lot of online writing about Bill Cosby you may have already come across.  a sampler
http://bigstory.ap.org/article/6d90b1f473f147ed9f0048f9e9ac2287/apnewsbreak-cosby-said-he-got-drugs-give-women-sex

of some note is this:

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2015/07/bill_cosby_quaalude_testimony_judge_eduardo_robreno_unsealed_drug_and_sex.html
... Because of harangues like these, Robreno writes, the AP has a legitimate interest in accessing Cosby’s deposition:
The stark contrast between Bill Cosby, the public moralist, and Bill Cosby, the subject of serious allegations concerning improper (and perhaps criminal) conduct, is a matter as to which the AP—and by extension the public—has a significant interest.
 
Weighing Cosby’s “diminished privacy interest” against the public’s interest in accessing his deposition, Robreno decided that the public’s interest should win out. Cosby failed to show “good cause” as to why his deposition should remain secret. As should usually happen in situations like these, transparency trumped secrecy.

Public moralizing can become a basis for a judge to decide that things said in court can be released after all. 

On a completely different note, it looks like Kyle Gann's book on the Concord Sonata by Charles Ives has a new publisher and will finally get published some time.
http://www.artsjournal.com/postclassic/2015/07/train-to-concord-back-on-track.html

On another different note, Wenatchee The Hatchet has learned from a fairly reliable source that Nikita Koshkin's 24 Preludes and Fugues are in the home stretch for being prepared for publication through Editions Margaux.  For classical guitarists and composers interested in the guitar this should be pretty amazing!

Maybe we'll just end as we began, with a link to a New Yorker article
http://www.newyorker.com/culture/sarah-larson/pixars-scientific-method

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