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Juan Gris Painting Sells for Record Price
The painting, "“Livre, pipe et verres,” from 1915 sold at auction as the global recession took hold for $21,000,000.
Focus Loses Out to Layered Intake
Multitasking marches on for the young. "The present is a good time to be young only if you don't mind a tendency toward empty-headedness" says Mark Bauerlein. David Robinson, reviewing Bauerlein's The Dumbest Generation, in the Wall Street Journal, 5/13/08, says "By 2003, children were cramming an average of 8 1/2 hours of media consumption into just 6 1/2 hours watching TV while surfing the web, reading while listening to music, composing text messages while watching a movie. This daily media binge isn't making students smarter." He goes on to quote statistics and statements from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Robinson also quotes from Naomi Baron's Always On: Language in an Online and Mobile World, citing NAEP to say that "only 24% of twelfth-graders are "capable of composing organized, coherent prose in clear language with correct spelling and grammar.'"
Visual Display of Social Voting
If the web is the ultimate medium of quotidien multilayering, the social-voting website is surely the clearest expression of it. One of the leaders, digg.com, has spent some time designing some delightful new ways to display the emergence of these links and you can use them at DiggLabs.
Multi-Faith Sunday School
NPR's Barbara Bradley Hagerty reported on a multi-faith sunday school in Falls Church Virginia. The Bha'i faith sponsors 900 home-based gatherings of parents and children around the country. The parents include Christian, Jewish and Muslim backgrounds. The classes teach virtues. "We are drops ... of one ocean. We are waves of one sea."
One Hundred Years of Fragmentation
This year marks the beginning of the Cubism Centennial. Cubistro will be reporting on then and now.
The Cubism Centennial Store is offering merchandise to celebrate the centennial.
Polartics means the politics of those who recognize only their own polarized viewpoint as legitimate. John Boak, 7/11/07. Withering contempt for the opposite pole will proliferate in any such infected culture.