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March 21, 2012

"Ludwig van" — by Mauricio Kagel

I'd never heard of Mauricio Kagel until I read David Colman's March 18 New York Times "Possessed" feature about Jay Sanders, a curator at New York's Whitney Museum involved in the installation of the latest Biennial.

Wrote Colman, "One of his heroes is the polymath par excellence Mauricio Kagel, a German-Argentine renaissance man whose artistic practice comprised filmmaking, composing and theater art — for starters."

"'He made these really terrific films in the 1970s that would take his music into all kinds of other different terrains,' Mr. Sanders said. 'I have these concert films where you see people using things like vacuums with Ping-Pong balls. It's gimmicky in a way, but the sound aspects are really interesting and the music is really captivating.'"

From Kagel's Wikipedia entry: "Kagel also made films, with one of the best known being 'Ludwig van' (1970), a critical interrogation of the uses of Beethoven's music made during the bicentenary of that composer's birth. In it, a reproduction of Beethoven's studio is seen, as part of a fictive visit to the Beethoven House in Bonn. Everything in it is papered with sheet music of Beethoven's pieces. The soundtrack of the film is a piano playing the music as it appears in each shot. Because the music has been wrapped around curves and edges, it is somewhat distorted, but Beethovenian motifs can still be heard. In other parts, the film contains parodies of radio or TV broadcasts connected with the "Beethoven Year 1770." Kagel later turned the film into a piece of sheet music itself which could be performed in a concert without the film — the score consists of close-ups of various areas of the studio, which are to be interpreted by the performing pianist."

Above, "Ludwig van."

March 21, 2012 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Birdie Light — For the badminton enthusiast who's got everything

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Goose feathers and cork.

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By Kiel Mead.

$55.

March 21, 2012 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

BehindTheMedspeak: Why Doctors Die Differently — Episode 2: What do the numbers really mean?

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Episode 1 on February 26 featured excerpts from Dr. Ken Murray's bracing Wall Street Journal essay titled "Why Doctors Die Differently."

One passage read: "In reality, a 2010 study of more than 95,000 cases of CPR found that only 8% of patients survived for more than one month. Of these, only about 3% could lead a mostly normal life."

I wrote:

Now let's move on to the 8% of the 95,000 who did survive longer than a month.

That's 7,600 people.

"Of these, only about 3% could lead a mostly normal life."

3% of 7,600 = 228 people — out of 95,000 who received CPR.

Everyone who's not a doctor thinks they're going to be one of the 228 because they don't realize the denominator's not 228 but, rather, 95,000.

Reader Michael commented on the post, "The statement 'Of these, only about 3% could lead a mostly normal life' may well mean 3% of the original 95,000. That would be 2850 people, rather than 228. It's still bad odds."

I had had the same thought when I read the essay but Michael's comment was the inertia-breaker that led me to ask Dr. Murray himself, in a question in the comments section following his piece, for clarification.

My published question and a response from Dr. Ron Dobson clarifying things appear up top.

In fact, 3% of the original 95,000 = 2,850 people "could lead a mostly normal life."

Dr. Dobson added, "The more important point is not made, however, in that the 95,000 [consisted of adults of all ages], not just those, say > 55 (most arrests are >55) or those that occur in the hospital. For these (>55 and/or in the hospital) the figures are more dismal."

Dr. Murray also replied; his response is below

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and well worth reading in its entirety, along with his superb February 25 essay.

March 21, 2012 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Rope tie clip

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Hand made in Brooklyn by Kiel Mead.

2.375" (6 cm) W.

Brass.

$48.

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Self-portrait of a young girl

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[via Pinterest]

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Portable sesame seed grinder

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Wrote Mollie, "I've had my Slicky for many years. While working at a restaurant in Los Angeles I noticed that Japanese tourists would bring their own condiments with them. Slicky is perfectly designed for this."

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"Made of plastic, Slicky has a lid that fits right over the grinding spout, making it portable."

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7.75" (12cm) H.

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Made in Japan.

$7.25.

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Opera on your iPad

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Wrote Daniel J. Wakin in a March 13 New York Times "Arts, Briefly" item,

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"Now you can prop yourself up in bed with Aida, Salome and Gilda. The Metropolitan Opera said it was extending its opera on-demand service to iPads through a new app."

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"The app is free but the streaming service starts at $14.99 a month, giving viewers access to several hundred radio and television broadcasts and more recent 'Live in HD' transmissions to movie theaters, with more to be added regularly."

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"The Met already provides an on-line streaming service through its Web site."

March 21, 2012 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Super Bizness Signage Kit

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Eight signs printed on 100% recycled kraft card stock. 

Sign dimensions: 10.5" x 8.5".

$22.50.

March 21, 2012 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

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