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I’ve been down for a few days with some sort of digestive system disorder, but Marion had tickets for Thursday’s performance of the Colorado Symphony at the Arvada Center, so we went. The weather was threatening, but never actually rained during the concert, which was nice.
There was music I’d heard before, and music I hadn’t. Two pieces, one of which was Habanera from Carmen, featured a soloist on musical saw. Definitely not what we were expecting, but quite interesting. Scott O’Neil, the conductor, was also very entertaining. He started doing high kicks during the performance of Can-Can, and had some amusing anecdotes about some of the pieces, including the problems with performing certain pieces at educational concerts (“The theme from Peter Gunn? Oh, no, Mr. Neil, we can’t have Peter Gunn performed!”)
The concert was in three sets, with two intermissions. The first two sets were mostly classical music, and the third set had all of the television and movie themes: Peter Gunn, the Pink Panther, Raiders March, and so on. The only way the third set could have been better for me would have been if it included Harlem Nocturne, which was used as the theme for the Mike Hammer TV show.
… it’s just that I’m lazy.
I saw that quote somewhere today, although I don’t remember where. It fits, though. Time to clear some tabs. These are pretty much just some of the tabs I have open, and not the links I’ve accumulated over the last month or so.
A contest to win a Martin guitar.
Not always safe for work (depending on your workplace), but an interesting site.
Interesting fact: More whites were killed by blacks in 8 years than blacks were lynched during the 84 years in which lynchings occurred. And don’t forget that a lot of whites were lynched then, also.
A marvelous video of one of Woody Allen’s standup stories.
How to opt out of data tracking on your most-used sites.
UsVsTh3m is a British site that has some fun things. Here’s a link to a list of some of their fun posts.
This looks like a cool tool for guitarists.
Need or want a home distillery? Check here.
Fifty hacks that will make your life easier (for certain values of “will” and “easier”).
Want to get into shape? Try the scientific 7-minute workout.
I haven’t spent any time on this site yet, but it looks interesting.
I’m going to have to spend some time here – I can always do with finding improvements in notetaking and productivity.
Ethanol is not something that should be going into fuel.
My state senator has resigned rather than lose her seat to recall. One of my acquaintances/casual friends was involved in the recall, and has some blogging about what happened on his site. Personally, I didn’t see any of these tactics, but I saw a number of protests at the sites of the petition drive, and I don’t doubt that they occurred.
Which are the best- and worst-run states?
How to choose the perfect board game.
Need some ideas for Christmas presents? Check out Dave Barry’s Gift Guide.
If you’ve never seen the classic WKRP turkey drop, it’s something you need to watch.
This cat has it in for someone.
This is an Advent calendar I can appreciate.
What if buying coffee were like buying health insurance under Obamacare?
What happens in Room 101? Read the linked article, also; Francis is very good.
This is a good quiz on current news. I’ve taken it a few times. This time, the only question I missed was the one about the graph of the Dow.
It’s been a month of busy weekends for me. The first weekend of the month, I went up to Fort Collins to visit a friend I hadn’t seen in a few years. We spent part of Saturday running around the Mini Maker Faire in Loveland. I picked up a PC-duino, and George met an acquaintance at one of the booths who worked with pinball machines, and had even converted one into a display tied to WWNV and its atomic clock.
The next weekend was UkeFest. I missed out on the Thursday night activities, but attended James Hill‘s workshop and concert, workshops with the Ooks of Hazzard and a group from Nebraska called Star Belle (marvelous vocal harmonies), Aldrine Guerrero‘s concert, and played on stage, both with the Denver Ukulele Community group and with the Ooks of Hazzard.
Last weekend was MileHiCon 45. I haven’t attended in a number of years. I had a good time. Among other things, I managed to acquire a couple of passes to a preview showing of Ender’s Game, which I’m looking forward to.
This weekend, I’m looking to do some yard work and cleaning around the house. Probably some cooking and baking, as well. This is what I fixed for dinner last night: chicken breast with a seasoned panko crust, whole-wheat pasta, and a chanterelle mushroom, grape tomato, and shallot sauce.
I trust everyone is having a good one.
Well, actually, last week was National Procrastination Week.
Here’s some advice about dealing with procrastination. I’ll have to read it sometime.
I want to see a parody of one of those Broadview Security commercials. You know the ones … a woman is at home alone or with a small child when someone breaks into the home. The intruder runs away immediately, and the phone rings with the security company calling to see if everything’s ok.
Would you stop to answer the phone in that situation?
I want to see the woman pick the phone up, only to hear, “Hi, Marge? It’s Betty. I just heard that Liz and Barney are getting divorced, and …”
Meanwhile, the camera cuts the to the security company’s office, where we hear a busy signal over the image of a phone operator.
I’ve written about memory before. I have a number of memory books, also. This site is about, and has links to other sites about, mnemonics and memory techniques. It emphasizes the use of mnemonics in learning other languages, which is another of my interests.
Update: This is an interesting report whose author claims to have verified the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, perhaps even in the strong form, if I read it correctly. The strong form of the hypothesis was the major plot device in The Languages of Pao, by Jack Vance.
Also, this looks like a book I’d find fascinating. I’ve studied both Esperanto and Loglan (the original and the Lojban varation), and own a couple of Klingon dictionaries, although I’ve never tried to learn that language.
Updates via Lambda the Ultimate.
Slow day so far. This expresses my feelings about it:
I’ve heard of saving yourself for marriage, but this is ridiculous.
Bohemian Rhapsody has never been a real favorite of mine, but there’s something about this performance …
1. We can believe that the Obama administration has absolutely no idea how an economy works.
2. We can believe that the Obama administration (and the media) have been lying their asses off about the economy.
Personally, I’d try to get a look at the seat of their pants, but I’m not ruling out #1, either – they’re not mutually-exclusive options.
Apropos of that, two sites for freelance work (one general, one specifically software). From what I’ve seen over the years, a lot of people expect really cheap work out of freelancers. For example, one job offer I noted at Guru.com is to develop a multiplayer poker game for between $500 and $1000. I can’t link it directly, because I haven’t signed up for a membership yet. Not to mention that I’d expect project links like this to have a short “shelf life.” I don’t expect them to get too many responses – you might get such a game for that price if it’s already been developed, but I wouldn’t expect exclusive rights.
Yesterday’s breakfast bonus (See also: Buy 2, Get 1):