Claire de Lune - DeBussy
Yayoi Kusama at Tate Modern in London
21 Oct 96
To all those at MTV,
I would like to start by thanking you all for the support you have given me over recent years and I am both grateful and flattered by the nominations that I have received for Best Male Artist. The air play given to both the Kylie Minogue and P. J. Harvey duets from my latest album Murder Ballads has not gone unnoticed and has been greatly appreciated. So again my sincere thanks.
Having said that, I feel that it’s necessary for me to request that my nomination for best male artist be withdrawn and furthermore any awards or nominations for such awards that may arise in later years be presented to those who feel more comfortable with the competitive nature of these award ceremonies. I myself, do not. I have always been of the opinion that my music is unique and individual and exists beyond the realms inhabited by those who would reduce things to mere measuring. I am in competition with no-one.
My relationship with my muse is a delicate one at the best of times and I feel that it is my duty to protect her from influences that may offend her fragile nature.
She comes to me with the gift of song and in return I treat her with the respect I feel she deserves — in this case this means not subjecting her to the indignities of judgement and competition. My muse is not a horse and I am in no horse race and if indeed she was, still I would not harness her to this tumbrel — this bloody cart of severed heads and glittering prizes. My muse may spook! May bolt! May abandon me completely!
So once again, to the people at MTV, I appreciate the zeal and energy that was put behind my last record, I truly do and say thank you and again I say thank you but no…no thank you.
(via Letters of Note)
(MIA - Bad Girls)
An awesome reference to the protests against the ban on female driving in Saudi Arabia #Women2Drive
Plus she flicked off everyone at the Super Bowl so double points…
I am really really excited about this. Damn.
In college one of my majors was urban studies - I took classes and did projects on emerging market urban development. That meant that I spent a lot of time searching for data - housing data from the UN, credit default data from the IMF, population density data from the World Bank - then importing it into excel, normalizing it, plotting it, and finally actually analyzing it. Snooze. It was tedious but that’s work.
The problem with this work flow is that, in an ideal world, you would spend way more of your time on the last step - not leaving it till 2am the day before the project is due. A tool like this is a dream come true. Wolfram Alpha is a search engine built for structured data sets. Search engines like Google use algorithms and machine learning to understand what we are looking for using an unstructured data set - the web. But when you have information, like GDP data, already contained within a database and laid out in columns and rows - you can do a lot more with it than just find it. The new pro version does a lot of the leg work to import data (they have access to bunch of UN and World Bank data sets already), normalize it, plot it - so you can spend your time chopping it up, analyzing it, and actually coming up with meaningful conclusions about the world we live in.
Also, we are generating more structured data sets than ever before - hashtags on twitter, check-ins on foursquare, tagging our photos with location and people on Instagram - all while using the greatest data collection device of all time, the phone…