Exhibitionist finds a few relevant YouTube clips from other performances of Les Troyens.
It ain’t over yet, folks.
Yeah, I’m bookmarking a whole blog. Really interesting. Subscribed.
At some point, you have to ask “why bother”?
Are articles about Obama’s social networks the new articles about Obama’s campaign typography?
OMFG. I guess it was too much to hope that Apple would put some sort of quality filter on new iPhone apps.
Regardless of how much historical provenance you detail in the life of a Glenn Gould, it doesn’t explain his genius musicianship. Nevertheless, looks like a really interesting Katie Hafner book.
Looks like an upcoming version of WordPress will support Google Gears, meaning you can compose, edit, and upload media while you’re offline.
re the YouTube user data going to Viacom, unless users organize a response, this is going to happen more often. China’s Internet restrictions are a harbinger, not an abberation.
Nice way to go into the start of the Tanglewood season–a minor key variation in the style of Beethoven on the Theme to the Bridge over the River Kwai!
It can be really beautiful out here in the summertime before the crowds come. That’s what yesterday was like. While the chorus and symphony were here, there weren’t any concerts going on, just rehearsals, and the only people about were a few symphony families and one or two odd visitors who wanted to get a preview of the weekend’s concerts.
Not only the grounds at Tanglewood were quiet (as you can tell from yesterday’s photos) but so was downtown Lenox (as you can tell from this shot). There were no crowds, it was easy to get a parking space even at lunchtime, and it was generally nice and quiet.
That changes tonight when James Taylor rolls into the Shed for a two night residency.
Already this morning Lenox was a mess. Tourists asking three or four times whether the local businesses took credit cards, parking and pedestrian hassles, long lines at the coffee shop. None of the wi-fi hotspots in town are actually functioning due to the large presence of freeloaders. It’s all kinds of fun, really.
The shop owners are looking a little wild eyed as the crowds come and they prepare to make some serious money. The guy at the bagel shop says, “I wish it were Monday already and I survived this weekend.”
We’ve got rehearsal this afternoon on grounds–it’s going to be a mess. But that’s the rhythm of Tanglewood. There’s always a different flood of people to share the town with.
Dig we must! A famous boyhood emerges from the mists of legend.
I have rehearsals taking up a majority of the time today with work fitting in around the edges. I may post more heavily later.
In the meantime: man, is it nice to be back out here.
Interesting discussion of the pros and cons of code signing on Mac OS X.
Security fixes, of course… but has anyone else noted all the iCal updates? Whaddup with that? Is the code just cruddy or what?
Freaking awesome–Liz goes song by song through some of the best stuff on Exile in Guyville.
Yup, I’m a-grinnin’.
A modest proposal. Snrk.
Personally, I’ve been eating 20 pounds of assorted leafy, cruciferous, and root vegetables per meal. How ’bout you?
Need to check out. Didn’t think I needed this until I started using the new Firefox plugin for Delicious…
For various reasons, we’ve taken a good long break from home improvement, so the houseblog has been pretty dormant. That changed last week when Lisa and I started to look seriously at what it would take to reclaim our basement as a guest bedroom.
Right now it’s quite a project. Ever since the flood in 2006, we haven’t really used the room as living space. We had a lot of cleanup to do, and ended up parking a lot of junk down there along with my (mercifully undamaged) books and music. The sump pump we installed in 2007 has helped us recover our confidence in the room, though, and we have A Plan For A Guest Room. (I’m capitalizing it so it feels more official.)
The room is not too small, about ten feet wide by fourteen or fifteen feet long, but of that fourteen or fifteen feet only about eleven feet is usable. The fireplace in the basement (which smokes too much to be usable) is made of fieldstone from behind the house, which is nice, but projects into the room about a foot, rendering the foot or so of wall space on either side unusable. And on the other side there’s a corridor running from the foot of the stairs to the door to the laundry room that has to be kept open for traffic. So there are already some floorplan challenges.
Add to that all the acres of leftover boxes, kitchen debris that we “decluttered” from the kitchen only to clutter the basement room, other clutter that accumulates through a few years of family life, extra furniture gifted by well meaning family members, surplus dog beds, and so on, and there’s a bit of a challenge in even seeing the walls.
So here’s the punchlist for the project:
Phase 1: Declutter
- Package up in storage crates the stuff we need to keep.
- Sell a few items of furniture and maybe some leftover electronics (surplus turntable, CD player, DVD player, TV)
- Give away whatever we can’t sell. (Thank you, Arlington List and Freecycle.)
- Throw away whatever we can’t give away.
- CDs–I have about a thousand CDs left after the Great CD Ripping Project concluded. They need a home.
- Before I get rid of the CDs, I need to buy a hard drive to back up my music drive, so that I don’t lose all the music I ripped.
Phase II: Redecorate
- Temporarily box up all my books and LPs. (No small feat.)
- Collapse the old open bookshelves that currently consume the walls in the main room.
- Lay new carpet tiles.
- Replace the door that covers the access for the main house water valve and the sump (the prior door was damaged in the flood).
Phase III: Reinstall
- Purchase and install new bookshelves, with doors, along one wall of the room. (Hello, Billy. Hello, Bestå.)
- Load in the books.
- Purchase a new sleeper sofa and set it up along the other wall.
The good news: Esta is visiting right now and has already helped with items 1, 3, and 4, and will be helping with #9. That still leaves a lot to be done when I get back from Tanglewood. But it should be fun.
It’s always hard to get on the road for a bunch of days away from the family; this time I have the compensation of what’s on the other end of the road. It’s time for the Tanglewood season opener, where the BSO and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus will reprise this spring’s performance of Berlioz’s magnificent Les Troyens in its sprawling entirety. Should be a fun time, and there are already signs that the BSO front office is having fun with the production. Witness: the 10-foot-tall Trojan Horse (no doubt stuffed with a pair of ninjas) that will grace the opening night gala. Now all we need is someone to play the role of Cassandra and predict great doom should the caterers wheel it into the tent.