Documenting the Disappearing Glaciers of Iceland – The New York Times

via Documenting the Disappearing Glaciers of Iceland – The New York Times

I’ve always liked pictures of textures, and this looks like it will be a wonderful book of them.

Another little appreciated effect of climate change is that the glaciers melting makes the volcanos of Iceland more likely to erupt.

Holbein Dance of Death

[dance of death]
Hans Holbein’s The Dance of Death, a series of forty-one miniature woodcuts about the triumph of death, was produced between 1523 and 1525. In making these depictions, the Cambridge scholar Ulinka Rublack observes, Holbein was intensely engaged with the problem of corruption in politics.

Source: Even the Emperor | by Hans Holbein | NYR Daily | The New York Review of Books

Hans Holbein: The Dance of Death, with a new commentary by Ulinka Rublack, has just been published by Penguin Classics.

News of the week of April 12, 2016

[Bosch Concert]

Meeting report

We played:


We would like to meet every Tuesday at 7:45 pm at 233 Broadway. But the meeting will only happen if a critical mass of people say they want it by Monday night.

The meeting on April 26 will be exclusively for the people who
are playing at the Walk for Hunger.

Walk for Hunger

It looks like we’ll be playing at Magazine Beach in Cambridge, from 10:30 to
1:30. We have three or four people; a couple more would make
it easier and more fun. And we could do Holborne. So let me know
if you’d like to come.

Site move

It’s essentially done. I’m still fiddling with things, but we
seem to have working websites and mailing lists. The fixed
is getting a lot more hits than the broken one did; the moved seems to be
getting about the same traffic the old one did.

I did lose at least one email on Saturday, April 9. So if
you’ve sent me anything that I haven’t responded to, please send
it again.

Walk for Hunger, 2016

[Walk for Hunger, 2002]

We have after all been asked if we want to play for the Walk for Hunger.

We have been doing this since 1999 or so, and I’d be sad to give it up, although since this is pretty late notice, we don’t really have time to
rehearse anything. Also, they have changed the route, and our usual
spot is a construction site, and the “invitation” didn’t say anything
about when or where, except that it is on May 1.

So here’s the deal:

  • We’ll be mostly playing recorders, and using tried
    and true recorder arrangements.
  • If everybody who wants to come can also rehearse on Tuesday,
    April 26, we’ll run through some stuff to see what works; otherwise,
    we’ll sight read in public.
  • There’s no requirement for signing up except that you should
    be a decent sight reader. Obviously, it doesn’t make that much sense
    to do it unless you can stay for a decent amount of time, but there’s
    no requirement to stay for the whole time, whatever that ends up
    being. (In the recent past, it’s been 10am to 3pm.)

It really can be a lot of fun, and I doubt that anyone on this
list very often gets the opportunity to play for as many 10’s of
thousands of people that this would be.

So let me know if you want to do it. If I don’t get a critical
mass by Wednesday, I’ll tell them we can’t do it this year. Also tell
me whether you’d be able and willing to come to a rehearsal from 8-10
pm on April 26.