Not my own work, but worth a look. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has recently successfully put a research spacecraft in orbit around Mars, and my favourite space news blog Universe Today, has come up with this angle on the mission. Who would believe ISRO have achieved this difficult feat for less than it takes to make a movie on a similar subject?
Refer at the site, where they compare various movies' cost with the mission by ISRO:
India’s Bargain Mars Spacecraft Cost Less Than Many Space Movies
by ELIZABETH HOWELL on SEPTEMBER 26, 2014
His thoughts on Arts Funding:-
I have always thought it unfair and elitist that the antiquated pre-amplification screeching of operatics gets considered both worth listening to and worthy of astronomical sums to benefit a tiny fraction of the population.
Interesting also to hear that with Brian Eno....
This is exactly what Pink Floyd tried to do way back in 1971 when they "spent several days at Air Studios, attempting to create music using a variety of household objects".
There is an extensive treatment of the music business as well, the first time I have seen a financial breakdown of someone's actual record deals, which I thought was very frank of him.
Overall, I would recommend this to anyone with an interest in making and selling music.
Maybe it might destroy the illusion for those who are purely listeners!
Read as an e-book borrowed from Auckland Libraries via Overdrive, on my Kobo Touch e-reader
Here we are presented with a range of suggestions which, taken individually cannot be objected to and indeed sound like good advice. But taken as a whole there is what I felt to be a creepy atmosphere of robot-like acceptance of the will of others.
I wondered if the other side of the coin had been covered, and by the simple expedient of editing the word "good" in the URL to "bad", sure enough found "How to Be a Bad Girl: 7 Steps (with Pictures) - wikiHow". (Looks like its 22/7 = 3 times more work to be good :-)
Here we are presented with more suggestions which cover bad behaviour as in "not following the good crowd" but also as in "covering all the cliches", but with cynically defusing provisos regarding alcohol, drugs and being "trashy".
We seem to be left with both sides failing as advice due to an excess of "good"!
Being too good is bad
Being too bad is bad
Being bad with some good is good
Being good with some bad is good
I was put in mind of the case of Buffy Saint-Marie, who as a youthful folkie cum protest singer ruffled a few establishment feathers, but went on to achieve much in her advocacy for Native American society in general, even achieving such mainstream success as appearing as a regular on "Sesame Street" over a five-year period from 1976 to 1981. I'm sure her achievements would not have arisen had she been a thoroughly "good girl". She was clever enough to be "good" enough to gain acceptance, without sacrificing her aims and individuality.
Then we have to look out for the girls who can be really bad! I found this checking on James Brown - Love or a Game, although the song doesn't appear on this album.
I'm wondering about this image, it has a kind of patronising sexism that says: "Don't worry, real girly girls are safe, but this one isn't really a proper girl, with her smoking gun and cigarette, Elvis haircut, pants and mannish shoes. It is only her possession of these mannish attributes which allow her to be truly bad. Anyway, she's probably butch as well, so her badness is no loss to "proper" girls."
Then it is nicely subverted by the choker with it's submissive overtones, the cleavage and the very narrow waist.
I went shopping last Monday, 25/08/14.
The Warehouse had some new titles in.
I went mad.
6x 10 CD boxes @ $20 each, all 40's-60's American, lots of names I've never heard of, which in this context is a good!
1x 3 CD box @ $10 each, seems to be 3 separate 2000's Flamenco CDs repackaged. Modern but traditional, not "Fusion" diluted stuff.
63 CDs at $130 = $2.06 each.
I will probably already have maybe up to 20% of these tracks, but at that price WTF, or "dafuq?" as I saw in Urban Dictionary recently :-)
Now the question arises: How do I find out what of this music I already have?
I am an extremely intelligent, witty and fascinating guy.