Web Sites & News Bites

The great thing about having a blog is that it provides an opportunity to interact and share with others. In my wanderings around the Internet, I have found many fascinating things.  In today’s post, I would like to share some of them with you.  Enjoy, and feel free to share your favorites.

Jazz Online
I love jazz. However, that was not always the case.   Until I was about 30 or so, I considered it to be noise. Then I found out why — most of the jazz I heard growing up was “free” or “avant-garde” style jazz created by musicians who were challenging notions of harmony and melody.   When serendipity introduced me to Miles Davis’ Flamenco Sketches, it changed my perception of jazz and I became a fan. This site provides descriptions of jazz styles, lists of the best musicians, and listening suggestions  for each genre.  If you think you do not like jazz, it may be for the same reason I did not–you heard the wrong type.

David Darling
When I am working on a problem, and I need to be focused and relaxed at the same time, cellist David Darling is my go-to guy.   His latest album, “Prayer for Compassion”, is simply beautiful.  Here is a link to “When We Forgive” from that album.

Microsoft Research
Microsoft Research is the research arm of Microsoft.  It is unbelievable what Microsoft has made freely available.   You can read about ongoing research projects as well as download thousands of publications and hundreds of software programs. Amazing.

Science & Math
Like any Trekkie, I love anything to do with outer space.   Since I cannot go there, I have to settle for the next best thing, which is being able to zoom in and out on celestial bodies from my desktop.

Khan Academy
This is a great place to brush up on your math, or even physics or chemistry for that matter.   The math is my favorite — everything from basic algebra through differential equations is expertly explained in brief tutorial videos.

Art & Culture
Art History
This site is a cross between a virtual art museum, a PBS documentary, and an upper-level course on art history.  Spend some time on this site before your next museum visit and you will be surprised at how much more you enjoy the experience.

LibriVox is a great idea–public domain books read by booklovers, for booklovers.  Half the fun is hearing Joe and Jane Average take a shot at reading their favorite books.  Anyone is welcome to join the effort and leave a recording for posterity.

Bad translations
Undoubtedly, if you travel out of the country you are likely to have seen your share of bad translations.   Warning! Do not read these with food in your mouth.


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