This week at Midd: 3 days of classes, first snow, homecoming and trolling alumni. This week in the rest of the world: other stuff. Here’s some of it:
FAMOUS PEOPLE: It’s a well told story that contracts for bands or speakers often have absurd hidden clauses- like Van Halen’s brown-free bowl of M &Ms backstage. I recently stumbled upon the absurdly detailed contract of Richard Stallman, a computer programming and software freedom activist. This line is golden:
“If you can find a host for me that has a friendly parrot, I will be very very glad. If you can find someone who has a friendly parrot I can visit with, that will be nice too.DON’T buy a parrot figuring that it will be a fun surprise for me. To acquire a parrot is a major decision: it is likely to outlive you.”
OCCUPY WALL STREET: Catch up with updates from the field of Occupy Wall Street- many protests are being allowed to proceed peacefully while some (Oakland, Nashville, San Diego, to name a few) are being violently broken apart.
WEATHER: I guess the rest of the Northeast caught that storm too, 2.3 million people have no power and at least 9 deaths have been attributed to the storm. What gives, October?
HEALTH: New research has come out about screening for certain cancers, stating that early detection often does not help and can even cause more harm than good. Pretty interesting, given the emphasis the medical community has placed on early detection as a life-saving opportunity.
SCIENCE: Beautiful piece about Sandy Wood, the voice of “StarDate,” a 2 minute long radio segment about astronomy hosted by a regular star-enthusiast. It has over 2 million listeners each day. I really love profiles of people on the radio getting to know “the person behind the voice.”
TV: Over the next four Sundays, PBS will be airing a documentary called America in Primetime that will trace American television through the best programs in television history, how certain styles and characters have developed and where we are going in tv today. You can watch the 8 minute intro trailer here.
And here’s your video of the week: (this film is inspired by The Borrowers, I always loved the book and movie as a kid)