Author Archives: nibiew

A Posteriori Good Fortune

“At any one time there is a natural tendency among physicists to believe that we already know the essential ingredients of a comprehensive theory. But each time a new frontier of observation is broached we inevitably discover new phenomena which force us to modify substantially our previous conceptions. I believe this process to be unending, […]

Monty Python Live (Mostly) – a meta-review

He’s kicked the bucket, he’s shuffled off his mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin’ choir invisible! THIS IS AN EX-BLOG! Well, maybe, but I’m breathing some life into it for this post. This is a review of the Monty Python Live show, but also a review of the reviews of the […]

Karl Eliasberg and Shostakovich’s Seventh

“‘So many years have passed since that day and memory is a funny thing, like drying paint. It changes colour as it dries. But that symphony has stayed with me the way it was that night. Afterwards, it was still a city under siege, but I knew it would live. Music is life, after all,’ […]

New music for old times

I could watch this video a million times!

Fascinating

“Like all autocracies, the Mubarak government understood the power of a true public square, of a place where citizens meet, mingle, promenade, gather, protest, perform and share ideas; it understood that a true midan—Arabic for public square—is a physical manifestation of democracy. A truly public Midan al-Tahrir would have been feared as a threat to regime […]

I listen to this every now and then

“The city may win, but too often its citizens seem to lose. Every urban childhood is shaped by an onrush of extraordinary people and experiences – some delicious, like the sense of power that comes from a preteen’s first subway trip alone; some less so, like a first exposure to urban gunfire… [f]or every Fifth […]

Such a brilliant series

“I wonder why I was like that. I wonder what it was inside me that made me like that… and I can see even at fourteen and I was beginning to get more subdued and I was putting a lot more thought into what I was saying to a ridiculous degree… and probably when I […]