Viene a México Filarmónica de Berlín

I was all set to write a piece about the Berlin Philharmonic electing a new chief conductor, and how the man who gets this post is like the “Pope of classical music.” (The Berlin Philharmonic’s importance in European concert music is rivalled by the Vienna Philharmonic, but the Vienna Philharmonic doesn’t have a regular conductor, so the Berlin job is the one maestros fight over.) Then the self-governing orchestra failed to elect anyone, with no clear timetable for when they’ll have a chance to meet again. Thanks a lot, guys. I think you did this just to spite me. But let me see if I can write something about this anyway.

My colleague Paul Wells wrote a Twitter essay about the possible causes of the deadlock. There haven’t been a lot of leaks, so a lot of this is guesswork, but it seems like it comes down to a core question of what the Berlin Philharmonic should be and what it should specialize in playing (SOURCE: MACLEANS).

La consola más poderosa del Mundo

The Xbox One X is $499.99, a price that’s an absolutely terrible idea if Microsoft’s goal was to increase its market share. The press event also didn’t mention any features that didn’t have to do with gaming, squashing the rumors that the console was going to basically turn into a Windows 10 box that fits under your TV.

That doesn’t mean that those features aren’t coming, but Microsoft knew that it had to focus on its software lineup and it was very much successful on that front. This is a lineup that’s going to benefit everyone who has any Xbox One console, and it’s wild to think there will be three of them before the end of the year.

Between the Xbox One S and the Xbox One X — and figuring out which console customers are asking about over the phone is going to be a nightmare for retail employees — Microsoft is all over 4K televisions and HDR. The question is whether anyone actually cares enough about those things to steal any of Sony’s thunder, especially when the PlayStation 4 Pro is available for $399.99, and that’s assuming no price drop tomorrow.

The Xbox One X is going to be a hard sell at that price, but Microsoft did win itself the ability to state that it has the most powerful console on the market, and the press event featured some pretty impressive announcements that make the Xbox platform even more attractive. And hell, they can always drop the price of the Xbox One X later (SOURCE: Polygon)

¡Incendio en Londres!

June 14 at 1:41 AM
LONDON — The Latest on the London fire (all times local):

6:35 a.m.

The London Ambulance service says 30 people have been taken to five hospitals after a massive fire at a high-rise apartment building in west London.

Ambulance officials say crews remain on scene as firefighters continue to battle the blaze in the 27-story building. It is not clear if people are trapped inside. Hours after the fire broke out, a plume of smoke can be seen from miles away.

The fire started around 1 a.m. London time and spread quickly through the building. More than 20 ambulance crews were on the scene, along with 200 firefighters and 45 fire engines (SOURCES: AP & The Washington Post).