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Gothamist/iPhone Ringtone Brings New York Philharmonic To A Dead Stop

I wish more performers had the stones to do this!
[font size=4]iPhone Ringtone Brings New York Philharmonic To A Dead Stop[/font][/h2]

Don't forget to turn off your phone when you go to the New York Philharmonic...because if it starts ringing they will stop the show. No, really! At last night's performance of Mahler's Ninth, a not-so-gentleman's iPhone (using the "marimba" ringtone) went off multiple times during the piece's final movement. Finally—just 13 bars before the end of the score—Music Director Alan Gilbert lost it and cut the orchestra:

"Mr. Gilbert was visibly annoyed by the persistent ring-tone, so much that he quietly cut the orchestra," the concert-goer reports. She related how the orchestra's music director turned on the podium towards the offender. The pause lasted a good "three or four minutes. It might have been two. It seemed long."

Mr. Gilbert asked the man, sitting in front of the concert-master: "Are you finished?" The man didn't respond.

"Fine, we'll wait," Mr. Gilbert said.

Read full article at: http://gothamist.com/2012/01/11/iphone_brings_new_york_philharmonic.php
Posted by markpkessinger | Thu Jan 12, 2012, 02:00 AM (11 replies)

Grist/Photos: What America looked like before the EPA

[h2]Photos: What America looked like before the EPA[/h2]

In 1972, the year-old EPA had photographers traverse the country to document the (often dire) state of the environment. This project, Documerica, was "the visual echo of the mission of the EPA," according to one photographer. Now, 40 years later, archive specialist Jerry Simmons has unearthed the photos and put them online at the National Archives website and on Flickr. It's a time capsule of life before the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts.

Some of the photos show positive action -- a "city farmer" in Boston, for instance, or a guy riding his bike to sidestep fuel shortages. Some record daily life, and some of them show that even without federal protection, a lot of America is still pretty beautiful. And the rest ... look like this. (Click the photos for more information.)

Read full article at: http://www.grist.org/list/2012-01-05-photos-what-america-looked-like-before-the-epa
Posted by markpkessinger | Mon Jan 9, 2012, 01:29 AM (12 replies)

A real gem re. Ron Paul

(Seen on Facebook)
Posted by markpkessinger | Sun Jan 8, 2012, 08:04 PM (5 replies)

Saw this picture on FB, and was rather touched by it...

Posted by markpkessinger | Sun Jan 8, 2012, 01:51 AM (6 replies)
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