The 86-Year-Old Breakout Star of Sundance | The Daily Beast

The 86-Year-Old Breakout Star of Sundance by Kevin Fallon (The Daily Beast)

After six decades in showbiz—she made her film debut opposite James Dean—Lois Smith is finally getting her due as a grieving widow in the Sundance sci-fi drama ‘Marjorie Prime.’

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The Republican Fausts | The New York Times

The Republican Fausts by David Brooks (nytimes.com)(Duration: PT7H22M2S)

They struck a deal with the devil, Donald Trump, that comes at too high a price.

President Trump at a retreat last week in Philadelphia for congressional Republicans. Doug Mills/The New York Times

Many Republican members of Congress have made a Faustian bargain with Donald Trump. They don’t particularly admire him as a man, they don’t trust him as an administrator, they don’t agree with him on major issues, but they respect the grip he has on their voters, they hope he’ll sign their legislation and they certainly don’t want to be seen siding with the inflamed progressives or the hyperventilating media.

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Data mining the New York Philharmonic performance history

Data mining the New York Philharmonic performance history
Data mining the New York Philharmonic performance history by Kris Shaffer (Kris Shaffer)

How does war affect the music an orchestra plays?

The New York Philharmonic has a public dataset containing metadata for their entire performance history. I recently discovered this, and of course downloaded it and started to geek out over it. (On what was supposed to be a day off, of course!) I only explored the data for a few hours, but was able to find some really interesting things. I’m sharing them here, along with the code I used to do them (in R, using TidyVerse tools), so you can reproduce them, or dive further into other questions. (If you just want to see the results, feel free to skip over the code and just check out the visualizations and discussion below.)
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