Monthly Archives: March 2008

Hilarion Alfeyev: St Matthew Passion. No 1

This is the beginning of ‘St Matthew Passion’ (Страсти по Матфею, Matthäuspassion) by Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev. Fair copy in Bach’s own hand of the revised version of the “St Matthew Passion”, BWV 244, that is generally dated to the year 1743-1746 Conductor: Vladimir Fedosseyev. Performed in the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatoire on 27 March 2008. The choir sings: Come, let us sing a holy lament to Christ. Alleluia. O Lord my God, I will sing to Thee a funeral ... Read More »

New solar technologies

A recent article (subscription needed) in Science lists new technologies that may decrease costs or/and increase efficiency. In the past few years, [chemist David] Ginger [of the University of Washington, Seattle] and others point out, solar researchers have hit upon several potential breakthrough technologies but have been stymied at turning that potential into solar cells able to beat out silicon. “The next couple of years will be important to see if we can overcome those hurdles,” Ginger says. Although most ... Read More »

Your ID? It’s on the card

If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, you can be pretty sure it is a duck The Government’s ‘access card‘ will be an identity card in all but name Parliament can pass a law to say it is not a duck and can even seek to impose penalties for treating it like a duck. The duck, however, remains a duck and the law becomes, well, an ass. Like all such laws, it ... Read More »

No Caption Needed

No Caption Needed is a book and a blog, each dedicated to discussion of the role that photojournalism and other visual practices play in a vital democratic society. No caption needed, but many are provided. . . . Miss Landmine Angola 2008 I kid you not. I’ve devoted a fair amount of time to the intersections of aesthetics and politics, but I was struck dumb by the Miss Landmine project. Read More »