I really, really dig this joke fanfare that Ross put together from a bunch of disparate sources. The BSO used to be in the habit of commissioning fanfares when James Levine was first conductor; it would be great to hear one that sounded something like this.
Month: April 2011
links for 2011-04-27
Agromeck : North Carolina State University. Student Publication Authority : Free Download & Streaming : Internet ArchiveMy dad's junior yearbook. Thanks, Internet Archive!
Agromeck : North Carolina State University. Student Publication Authority : Free Download & Streaming : Internet ArchiveMy dad's sophomore yearbook.
My dad's freshman year yearbook!
Runs in the family
The Internet Archive has all four of my dad’s college yearbooks digitized and available for viewing on line. The N.C. State Agromech of 1959, 1960, 1961, and 1962 may not make for the most engrossing reading, but they definitely have the best blackmail photos.
And they carry a good reminder that I come by my Glee Club obsession honestly: Dad sang in the NC State Glee Club all four years, and was in the quartet for the last two, as this image proves:
A special bonus for me was seeing my Dad’s four yearbook “headshots.” It’s amazing how much the 1959 Olin looks like photos of his brother from the same era, and how much the 1962 one looks like the dad I remember from ten years later.
Grab bag: Data leakage
Anonymized collection of location data is probably ok. Non-anonymized? Not so much.
Agromeck : North Carolina State University. Student Publication Authority : Free Download & Streaming : Internet ArchiveMy dad’s senior yearbook from NC State has been digitized at the Internet Archive. A couple of good photos on pages 105 and 380.
Grab bag: Plumbing the depths
Interesting analysis of Obama’s foreign policy approach, which seems to be evolving toward military intervention in the interests of democracy but only when led by broader international stakeholders.
This is insane.
WCVB wins award for my July 4 broadcast with the Pops
Honors for the July 4 program I sang in with the TFC.
Getting your hwæt on
Great web site from my Old English professor at UVA, with interactive exercises in grammar and pronunciation (requires Java).
Grab bag: Paul Simon edition
Hey, free Paul Simon cover by the frontman of Vampire Weekend. Papa Hobo ftw.
Great interview with Paul Simon. I dig the new record too.
Translation From MS-Speak to English of Selected Portions of Dean Hachamovitch’s “Native HTML5″ announcement [dive into mark]As always, Mark Pilgrim nails the undercurrents perfectly.
I love that chart.
New mix: every day is getting straighter
This mix has been percolating a while. I didn’t know how to move beyond Jeff Buckley’s absolutely epic reading of his lament for his dead father, but it turns out that anger works remarkably well when played against grief and loss. And that’s how the rest of the mix went.
I make no apologies for the elegiac (some would say self indulgent) triple punch of the Death Cab, Cure, and Jane’s songs stacking up all together. Somewhere there is a sixteen year old who’s just broken up with his girlfriend who only wishes he could put that much misery together in one place on the mix that he’s going to send her.
Bascom Lamar Lunsford’s a cappella version of “To the Pines, to the Pines” is both more matter of fact and more chilling than the version by Leadbelly (and the bloodcurdling Nirvana cover it inspired).
- Dream Brother – Jeff Buckley (Mystery White Boy (Live))
- Careening with Conviction – Mission Of Burma (The Obliterati)
- Written In Reverse – Spoon (Transference)
- Company in My Back – Wilco (A Ghost Is Born)
- What Is Your Secret? – Nada Surf (The Weight is a Gift)
- Revelator – Gillian Welch (Time (The Revelator))
- The Queen Is Dead (Take Me Back To Dear Old Blighty) – The Smiths (The Queen Is Dead)
- Pump It Up – Elvis Costello (The Very Best of Elvis Costello And The Attractions)
- Radio Cure – Wilco (Yankee Hotel Foxtrot)
- Progress – Mission of Burma (Vs. )
- Transatlanticism – Death Cab for Cutie (Transatlanticism)
- Disintegration – The Cure (Disintegration)
- Then She Did… – Jane’s Addiction (Ritual De Lo Habitual)
- To The Pines, To The Pines – Bascom Lamar Lunsford (Ballads, Banjo Tunes, And Sacred Songs Of Western North Carolina)
- Einstein’s Day – Mission of Burma (Vs. )
Recordings of history
Always glad to hear about music collections getting digitized. Looking forward to checking this stuff out as it becomes available.
Grab bag: high fidelity edition
Apparently there are people even more anal-retentive about digital music fidelity than I am.
A brilliant idea, long overdue.
Grab bag: Hobbitty goodness
Commence geek ecstasy now. Can’t wait for this movie.
One long fail: “As far as I could tell, there was one thing and one thing only that the Flash Player for Android 3.0 accomplished successfully. On the stock Android browser, Flash content is invisible, so you don’t notice Flash-based advertising. With the Flash Player installed, however, all those ads suddenly appear where once there were none, their animated graphics leaping and scuttling under your fingertips like cockroaches on a dinner tray — some achievement.”
Sounds great–service to translate fonts from one format to another.
So you have to tether the tablet to a BlackBerry phone to get BlackBerry email; the ergonomics of the buttons are confusing; they’re still pushing daily updates for the review devices right before launch; and the co-CEO is cracking up. Other than that, how’s the RIM tablet?
Email marketing provider hacked by targeted malicious emails. Ah, the irony.
Notes on the inevitable demise of standalone devices.
Grab bag: Hip, jive, and weird
This is a mess.
Out of the world mellow stage!
High weirdness internet radio, based right here in Cambridge.
1990s Glee Club archive (nearly) complete
Thanks to the contributions of Jeff Slutzky, the archive of information about the Virginia Glee Club of the 1990s is now nearly complete. It stands at 90 articles, including concert articles, information about tours and rolls, and information about members of the group. For an alum who was a member of the group during this formative time, the archive should stir quite a few memories. If you’re inclined, please go and check it out and leave some impressions.
Incidentally, the places where the archive comes up short is in the 1990-1991 season, and the 1999-2000 season. I believe we have concert programs at a minimum for every home concert and most of the away concerts in the other seasons.
Grab bag: Rebuilding projects, real and fan
Holy smokes, full on otaku grade obsessiveness in the service of Muppet nostalgia. Awesome.