The Art Of Investing

The Art Of Investing: The Rewards Aren’t Always Financial
June 19, 2013
http://www.npr.org/2013/06/19/191675947/the-art-of-investing-the-rewards-arent-always-financial

“You are telling people something about yourself when you hang it,” Moses says. “And therefore, I think that emotional investment gives you a certain tie to that work that you don’t find in other objects that you buy.”

The hard part is assessing value in what is so fundamentally a subjective purchase.

For Pianist, Music Unleashes Rainbows of Color

For Pianist, Music Unleashes Rainbows of Color
April 18, 2005
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4602748

When pianist Laura Rosser performs, she hears more than sounds.
She hears colors — each note has its own associated hue.
Rosser has a rare neurological condition called synesthesia. Stimulation of one sense produces the sensation of another.

Each synesthete has a unique system of associations.
That means the periwinkle that Rosser associates with D-flat might be purple for another synesthete*.
Other synesthetes associate colors with letters and numbers. Rosser has this type of synesthesia as well.

5:34 individuals with synesthesia: their perceptual worlds have actually expanded.

*that forces you to recognize that the perceptual world that we experience is a perceptual world that is created by our brains.

‘Imperfect Harmony’: How Singing With Others Changes Your Life

‘Imperfect Harmony’: How Singing With Others Changes Your Life
June 03, 2013
http://www.npr.org/2013/06/03/188355968/imperfect-harmony-how-chorale-singing-changes-lives

oxytocin

making music vs. listening

Daniel Levitin, psychology professor at McGill University, and author of This Is Your Brain on Music, joins the conversation to explain the science of group singing.

relate:
https://franzcalvo.wordpress.com/2013/04/25/this-i-believe-brian-eno

Lessons From Cicadas: A New Jersey Community’s Experience

Lessons From Cicadas: A New Jersey Community’s Experience
June 09, 2013
http://www.npr.org/2013/06/09/189940369/new-jersey-neighborhood-finds-ways-to-live-with-cicadas

“What other creature do you know of that goes into hibernation for 17 years and then comes out of the ground just to mate and die?”

Before the cicadas arrived, her dog Bailey was shaking for days. Leba thought the 12-year-old terrier might be nearing his end.

look at time differently: “The cicada routine of every 17 years makes me think of my own mortality,” Leba says. “So, as much as they’re annoying, I think … I’m grateful to see them, because God knows if I’ll see them again in 17 years.”

Making The Most Of MOOCs: The Ins And Outs Of E-Learning

Making The Most Of MOOCs: The Ins And Outs Of E-Learning
April 23, 2013
http://www.npr.org/2013/04/23/178623872/making-the-most-of-moocs-the-ins-and-outs-of-e-learning

Two Cheers for Web U!
April 20, 2013
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/21/opinion/sunday/grading-the-mooc-university.html

The Year of the MOOC
November 2, 2012
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/04/education/edlife/massive-open-online-courses-are-multiplying-at-a-rapid-pace.html