Stolen Strad Returns To The Stage


“The first standing ovation of the evening began before Frank Almond set foot on the stage. He stepped out without the violin to thank the audience, the Milwaukee Police Department, the FBI, any other law enforcement agencies that worked on the investigation as well those who had shown him an enormous outpouring of support over the past two weeks, saying very little about the robbery.”

Extra-Sensory: Art That Senses Your Mood


“For good or ill, we are about to find out what happens if you have media built around you, remixed in real time as your mood and engagement changes. But technology can go further than just monitoring and responding to attention levels. Biosensors such as heart rate monitors and EEGs to measure brainwaves make it possible to use emotive media such as film and music to actively affect an audience’s emotions.”

The Arts Get Tax Breaks (So They’re Weak) The NFL Gets Tax Breaks (So They’re Strong) WTF?


“The perennial struggle for survival of non-profit arts groups—which enjoy broad tax exemptions—is often seen as proof of their inherent weakness, their lack of cultural connection, their failure of appeal, when it is in fact a sign of their institutional strength.” But “let’s not forget all the little incentives, the tax breaks, the give aways, that help dominant organizations maintain their dominance. Power, in our society, is self-re-enforcing.”

Why I Killed Flappy Bird – Game’s Creator (and Destroyer) Speaks

Flappy Birds game over

In the first interview since he withdrew the app, Dong Nguyen says, “Flappy Bird was designed to play in a few minutes when you are relaxed. But it happened to become an addictive product. I think it has become a problem. To solve that problem, it’s best to take down Flappy Bird. It’s gone forever.”