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* I would give some funds to Macquarie Uni as well if I was rich...Property magnates turned philanthropists Susan and Isaac Wakil are behind the largest gift ever received in the University's 165-year history. Millions to Sydney University
Mike Egan can inspire students as much as late Steve Jobs. To boot, Mike does not mind if kids run and scream during the Graduation Ceremony as he has lot more patience than Steve... It is nice to be at a formal function where kids can be kids ...
You've got to find what you love,' Jobs says
Memories of 18 April 10nish Macquarie University’s April 2016 graduation series commences on Tuesday 12 April, with more than 10 700 guests expected on campus ... Champagne and glorious food everywhere ;-) Niharika is among the lucky ones
~ George Bernard Shaw, “Told You So” (Saturday Review, December 7, 1895)
The language of politics and literature are entirely different and so are the mentalities. Politicians are concerned with `far-reaching’ goals, personal games, gangster-style tricks. What interests me is human fate. What does me good is bad for politicians: what suits them I find indigestible. We use two separate styles. I have tried to use the conditional. I hesitate, I appeal to conscience. I dislike the imperative, exclamation mark, black and white divisions.” What interests me is human fate
. The shift from typewriter to computer changed the way artists and intellectuals wrote. Derrida, for one, saw that his paragraphs were too long ...
Independent, 22/3/16. A surge in the number of people buying adult colouring books has threatened pencil stocks world-wide as manufacturers struggle to cope with an increased demand for quality crayons. "People like colouring-in because they are fed up with digital.”
Nabokov made hundreds of magnified drawings of My Butterfly . What can his lepidoptery tell us about his literary output?...
Popular Mechanics, 6/4/16. The system studied 346 Rembrandts in all. It was then hooked up to a 3D printer that became the artificial artist's medium, laying down 13 layers of "paint-based UV ink" in a way that mimics not only the layout and palette of a Rembrandt but also the three-dimensional physical structure of the painting
Forget what world leaders say. If you want to understand what they are really up to, look at the paintings that hang behind them at press conferences and summit meetings, or when they pause with apparent spontaneity along a corridor to answer a reporter’s question
*Art as symbols
The Spanish village of Borja, population 4,931, has experienced anunexpected tourist boom of late. But the estimated 30,000 annual visitors aren’t there to seek out the town’smedieval architecture, or its archeological museum, or even the region’s emerging local wines. Instead, they’re in Borja to see Ecce homo, a fresco in the town’s Sanctuary of Mercy church that was famously botched in a 2012 restoration *Loving bad art
Not even low interest rates are enticing consumers to borrow Christian Science Monitor Why should they? The idea that consumers should borrow to buy things, except very long-lived assets with generally high resale value like houses (and cars are not in that category) is a bad practice that has become mainstream due to marketing, unstable job tenures, and weak wage growth.
We hear music with our ears, our heart, our imagination, our muscles. Do we also hear with the color of our skin?
It makes Don Boudreax’s Quotation of the Day very timely:
Democracy imposes few limits on the power and reach of the state. Legislators are unrestrained from organizing themselves into predatory majorities; pennies and dimes are taken from an unwary majority and dollars are delivered to alert interest groups.In this case, six pennies at a time out of every dollar spent at the track
*Work in the Future Will Fall into These 4 Categories – HBR
BBC, 31/3/16. At Deloitte's headquarters in Amsterdam, workers can control the lights, heating and blinds via an app, while in London building consultant Arup is experimenting with smart desks - embedding sensors in them and hooking them up to smartphone apps to allow people to control lighting and heating
"Court Says Flying Spaghetti Monster Is Not a 'Religion'": Howard Friedman had this post yesterday at his "Religion Clause" blog
A brilliant, devoted journalist, trailblazer, and visionary leader who made everyone feel valued, former Herald Publisher Kevin Peterson died this week The tribute from the Calgary Herald where Kevin was a journalist and editor