2024-04-01 Links

Daily Reads:

Helmets have always been a good idea πŸ˜ƒ

John Donohue – the first three minutes of this talk at Greenbelt send shivers up my spine

Tracy Kidder features a young man from Burundi – "Strength in what remains". Here is Deo doing a Talk at Google

Tallis Scholars – Allegri: Miserere

Ewan McIntosh Stop thinking about what you want and start thinking about "Who you are now, and where do you want to be"


[!quote] Howard Zinn, Historian
β€œTo be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. Human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.

What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives.

If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places β€” and there are so many β€” where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.

And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.”


Tallis Scholars perform the Allegri: Miserere. Divine!
Backstory, from a comment on the video: _this composition was banned from being published and that choral groups passed the score to the next group to perform. Mozart, when an early teenager, heard a performance within the Sistine Chapel. He went back to his lodging and wrote it down from memory, all 12+ minutes for all singers!! He went back to another performance in the Sistine later that week and found, "no adjustments needed"!! This major church in Rome was built based on a dream by an early pope who had a dream that an angel spoke "Build a church where it will snow tomorrow".! Well this was early August in Rome where snow is unknown in August!! Well it did and this church was built in the late 400’s AD!! _