Sunday, April 09, 2017

Sydney was Ours: Sunday Tips of Finite Meanings

It's too easy and too reductive to label Carmen a "bad girl"  ... Carmen Opera Australia Is A Must See

Derek Parfit was born brilliant. But he took unusual care to scrub his life of anything that could distract from his work .. Life is too short and unriped 

Sorry Brian: Anti-Adani mine protesters disrupt Westpac's 200th birthday celebrations

Westpac's 200th birthday party was targeted by climate change and anti-coal protesters seeking to pressure the bank into guaranteeing it will not fund the proposed Adani coal mine in Queensland

Premier grateful despite 'monster swing' to Labor

New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian is playing down massive swings against the Liberal Party in three by-elections in the state on Saturday

Armenian Queen: NSW Libs survive 25pc swings in Manly, North Shore

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian (centre) congratulates North Shore and Manly candidates Felicity Wilson and James Griffin following yesterday's successful byelections.

How the mouse came to live alongside humans BBC And then cats followed!

Carmen stamps her feet, tosses her hair and draws you into her world. Men fall instantly under her spell, and once you’ve heard her sultry Habanera, you’ll fall for opera’s favourite femme fatale, too. Carmen on Sydney Harbour | Opera Australia:

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Singer's real-life role as pregnant gypsy in Carmen, Handa's Opera

Daniella Ehrlich at a social function long before landing her Carmen role. Daniella has had to change her breathing for to pull off the role.

Opera Australia's Carmen asserts itself on Sydney Harbour

As Carmen, Jose Maria Lo Monaco has a full-bodied mezzo soprano voice, fiery in the top register and smouldering in lower. 
The Anthora is about as iconic as you can get with coffee cups. Naturally, someone is coming for the crown

'I will always love my daughter'

Pru Goward, one of the most successful women in the country, opens up to Stellar about her relationship with her daughter. Picture: John Fotiadis.

Sarsha Simone "Daydream" - Get Familiar: Local Tracks You May ...

Want to remake Kendrick Lamar’s “Humble” video with your phone? Here's how

'This city was ours': jailed Brothers for Life gang leader's ambition for Sydney
'This city was ours': jailed Brothers for Life gang leader's ambition for Sydney - The Sydney Morning Herald

“We’re all intrinsically of the same substance,” astrophysicist Janna Levin wrote in her exquisite inquiry into whether the universe is infinite or finite.“The fabric of the universe is just a coherent weave from the same threads that make our bodies. How much more absurd it becomes to believe that the universe, space and time could possibly be infinite when all of us are finite.” How, then, do we set aside this instinctual absurdity in order to grapple with the concept of infinity, which pushes our creaturely powers of comprehension past their limit so violently?

That’s what the mathematician and writer Lillian R. Lieber (July 26, 1886–July 11, 1986) set out to explore more than half a century earlier in the unusual and wonderful 1953 gem Infinity: Beyond the Beyond the Beyond (public library) — one of seventeen marvelous books she published in her hundred years, inviting the common reader into science with uncommon ingenuity and irresistible warmth. Emanating from Lieber’s discussion of infinity is a larger message about what it means, and what it takes, to be a finite but complete and balanced human being.
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Solar-Powered Graphene Skin Enables Prosthetics to Feel 

In our Google era, indexers are the unsung heroes of the publishing world | Books | The Guardian

… Index, A celebration of the

Mesmerizing in its simplicity, this tale of a boy and a girl musician who meet on the streets of Dublin won an Oscar for Best Original Song (“Falling Slowly”) but half a dozen other great numbers are equally strong. Lacking any nonsensical plot contrivances, gross-out scenes or other Hollywood touches, this low-budget indie shimmers with feeling, its onscreen and offscreen lovers Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova effortlessly creating the screen chemistry that has eluded so many big-name performers.

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“The river can’t stop people from throwing hooks in it, which seems like an important right for a legal person to have” [Lowering the Bar] “Just days after New Zealand declared the Whanganui River a legal person, the world’s population of river people (not people who live on the river, but rivers who are people) tripled, when a court in India waved its judicial wand and transformed the Ganges and Yamuna rivers” [same, follow-up]
IN THE MAIL: Pain Free: A Revolutionary Method for Stopping Chronic Pain.

Woman sues bar that served her over her later drunk driving accident and injuries allegedly suffered in police custody [Penn Record]

MY OBSERVATION IS THAT THERE ARE A LOT OF WOMEN OUT THERE DRINKING LIKE MEN: More older women are drinking hard. “The difference was striking: Among men, the average prevalence of binge drinking remained stable from 1997 to 2014, while it increased an average of nearly 4 percent per year among women, the researchers found.”
THE PROBLEM WITH CHATTERING-CLASS TALKING POINTS IS THAT THEY MOSTLY RESONATE WITH THE CHATTERING CLASSES: So What if Mike Pence Won’t Dine Alone With Women, Say a Surprising Number of People. Well, to the chattering class, banging an intern in the oval office is a private matter within a marriage. But not cheating is a problematic question of governance.

Entirely, 100% unrelated: “Acacia Friedman, from San Diego, was charged with engaging in prostitution. Friedman, pictured left with former President Bill Clinton, is a student at the University of Miami.”

Screen Producers Australia urges government to remove barriers for growth in film and TV - Screen Producers Australia is urging the federal government to bring the tax offset for producing television up to 40%, in line with the offset for film, as one of a number of recommendations to stimulate growth in the local content sector