Daily Archives: 11 Nov 2011

Taking Over the World with Data

As a side note (because this is my pretty blog and my businessy blog is elsewhere), I just signed up for Kaggle.com, which runs data analysis competitions with real live actual cash money as prizes! I saw one for three million dollars — whee! Anyhow, maybe I’ll be able to make something of all those years of teaching stats and research methods. In fact, if I win, I promise to gold plate my Mac Classic II that I keep in my office. Stay posted!

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Such Calendrical Disappointment

By the way, I see that 11:11:11 on 11/11/11 has come and gone and the world has not ended or money fallen from the sky or whatever it is that was supposed to happen. (I believe that Jacque and I were cleaning out the drains of the bathroom sinks at that moment.) Oh, well. Maybe on 12:12:12 12/12/12. We’ll just have to wait and see.

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The War Requiem by Benjamin Britten

Tonight we’ll be going to see Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem at the Cathedral of the Madeleine in Salt Lake City (here’s their announcement). It’s an enormous, gorgeous piece that, because it requires such a broad vocal cast, is rarely performed. I’m a huge fan of Britten’s vocal work (e.g., the operas Billy Budd and Peter Grimes) and I’m thrilled this is happening. (The fact that it’s just down the street from me — the Madeleine is at 331 E. South Temple — and that it’s FREE only make things better.)

As a note, the piece was composed to celebrate the reconstruction of Coventry Cathedral, which had been destroyed during World War I. It uses both the text of the Latin mass and the poetry of Wilfred Owen, who was killed one week before the war ended. (That’s his poetry in the picture above.) And, finally, here’s the writeup in the Salt Lake Tribune this week.

Hope some of you can make it!

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