Daily Archives: February 6, 2014

Colorful, Pro-LGBT, But Artistically Uninspired, Google Doodle For The 2014 Winter Olympics In Sochi, Russia.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Two Delightful Videos About The Amazing History Of Legos.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Happened to see this “560 Billion Legos” video on Bloomberg at 1 am this morning,
I invariably checking Bloomberg around that time before going to bed.

I, like all the kids, love Lego. Given their age spread I have had Legos around me, no stop, for 25 years. I have my own too …

It was a cute, educational movie. It was from Lego itself. So I went looking for it at Lego.com. Couldn’t find it. But found another with beautiful animation. So I am sharing both with you.


Click to access at Bloomberg.


Click to access at Lego.com. Kids will love this.

Dartmouth (N.H.) HOP On Feb. 23, 2014: Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble Winter Concert With Electronics, Cell Phone Light Show.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.Hop50red

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1.  ‘The English Concert’
>> — Feb. 1, 2014.

2. The Hopkins Center Program
>> For 2013/2014
>>July 16, 2013.

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Here is the start of the description for this
February 23, 2014, ‘Winter Concert’
that I got this morning, by e-mail, from the HOP.

“A premiere by a composer with a skyrocketing career; a top-flight marimba soloist; electronic instruments seamlessly integrated acoustic; visual effects via smartphones: all these are features of the winter concert by the Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble, on Sunday, February 23, at 2 pm, in the Hop’s Spaulding Auditorium.

The concert is part of an especially exciting term for the 43-member wind-and-percussion ensemble, which is also mentoring Upper Valley middle school students in its Dartmouth Youth Winds program; and planning a week-long concert tour in March of Costa Rica related to that country’s “El Sistema”-like SiNEM (Sistema Nacional de Educación Musical) program that uses music to improve the lives of children in poor communities.”

 Sounds awfully compelling.
I have been to a couple of HOP Ensemble concerts in the past
and they have, per the HOP’s tradition for excellence,
always been delightful — far exceeding expectations.

The Smartphone lightshow sounded intriguing.
Again to quote the HOP:

“This concert is also the first at the Hop to use smartphones as part of the show. Concertgoers are encouraged to download the free application Wham City Lights before the concert; this involves navigating one’s phone to the App Store, searching for “Wham City Lights,” and downloading the application, at absolutely no charge. This is best done before arriving at the Hop, as cellphone signals are weak inside the building. At a certain point in the show, smartphone owners will be asked to take out and turn on their devices—to create a beat-driven multi-source lightshow.”

I went and checked them out. Looks like fun.

You can’t also beat the pricing for this concert: $9 to $10! Wow. I assume the tickets are going fast.

You better check it out today.

Reminded me of what happened when the newly elected Pope Francis stepped onto the the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica on Wednesday, March 13, 2013.

I had to go and find YOU the picture and comparison. Now that was also quite a lightshow. Just shows you how Smartphones have changed the World.

From 'egc group'. Click to access original.

From ‘egc group’. Click to access original.