I don't know if you are familiar with TED... but I'm a bit of a groupie. TED started out as a conference bringing together people from Technology, Entertainment, and Design fields (get it?), but now the annual gathering brings together fascinating thinkers and doers in many disciplines, challenging them to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes). The ticket for admission is quite high, but TED is kind enough to post many of the great presentations on their website. Go poke around, you're sure to find something worthwhile!
TED also sponsors the TED Prize: a goodly grant to help three world visionaries fulfill grand wishes. One of this year's winners was Jose Abreu of Venezula, whose music program "La Sistema" has touched the lives of tens, if not hundreds of thousands of kids. Jose's acceptance speech is here, but I just had to put the kids of Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra right here where you can find them easily. It's a long vid (17 minutes), but oh so worth watching and hearing. (The young man conducting, Gustavo Dudamel, is a former student of La Sistema and now the music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic!)
In other news... I made good carving progress this morning, and then spent the REST of the day working on (choke) tax stuff.
I think I'll go listen to the orchestra again.