Weekend Diversion: Midori and the Arts

Last night, I had the absolute pleasure to hear Midori, one of the top violinists in the world, play with the Oregon Symphony Orchestra. (For those of you wondering, she was spectacular.) What does Midori sound like? Here’s her playing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto fifteen years ago with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. While I recognize that … Read more

Hey Hubble, Thanks for 20 years of Awesome

Where there is an observatory and a telescope, we expect that any eyes will see new worlds at once. –Henry D. Thoreau 20 years ago tomorrow, the Hubble Space Telescope was launched into orbit. It doesn’t look that impressive, and maybe it shouldn’t. After all, what is a space telescope? It’s a couple of mirrors, … Read more