Archive for February, 2008

Hammond Cheese

February 19, 2008

This just defies description.
The high heels on the pedal board. The room full of like-attired women. The tambourines that come out of nowhere.
Click the video to go to the source page at YouTube and enjoy the comments.


Addicting Timewaster

February 14, 2008

Found via Utterly Boring:
Chain Factor.

The February Mix

February 14, 2008

Here’s my mix CD for this month:
1. Morgenspaziergang, Kraftwerk
2. Praeludium und Fuga, a moll, Georg Böhm
3. Growing Up, Peter Gabriel
4. Baker Street, Foo Fighters (covering Gerry Rafferty)
5. 2112 Overture, The Vitamin String Quartet (covering Rush)
6. Prelude and Fugue in D Major (BWV 532), J.S. Bach
7. Flesh for Fantasy, Billy Idol
8. Darkness, Peter Gabriel
9. Magic Power, Triumph
10. The Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys, Traffic
(Ten Songs, 1 hour, 68.5MB)
This is one of the more eclectic mixes to fall out of my music library. It makes a good driving mix. I have to say that Bach’s D Major Fugue here is one of the happiest pieces of music in the organ literature. The recording I have is Helmut Walcha’s, a nicely articulated and beautifully registered version: maybe not historically “authentic” enough for some prissy scholars, but eminently listenable.
If I weren’t such a lazy blogger, I’d provide links to Amazon or iTunes, but you can use a search engine as easily as I.
Here’s a video of a stunningly fast rendition of BWV 532:

John’s Reading Report (January 2008)

February 1, 2008

OK, I am not quite the reading machine that Fred is, but I did do a little reading this last month:
I started and finished The Sparrow, by Mary Doria Russell. I first read this about seven years ago, and it had a bigger impact on me this time around. If you’ve read this and know me well, you’ll know why. I usually don’t read “literary” SF, but this one is well worth it.
I also continue to read my regular monthly magazines as they come, and am continuing to work my way through the Ana-backlog.
I am also currently about a third of the way through Bill Bryson’s The Life And Times of the Thunderbolt Kid. I got this for Christmas, and wanted to read it as soon as possible. While aimed squarely at the Boomer generation (with a birthdate in 1968, I fall in that awkward midpoint: too young to be a Boomer, just a little too old to be as Gen-Xer), this book is providing me ample laugh-out-loud moments, which are really good for the soul.
Still in progress:
Consciousness Explained, Daniel C. Dennett. I’m going to have to re-read portions of this. My attention strayed from cognitive science during the Holidays to lighter fare. Now that we’re back in the grim clutches of the post-Holiday work grind, I can get back to pondering existence and consciousness.
On deck:
Orbit, John J. Nance. A Christmas gift, and the next novel I’ll be reading.
Suite Francaise, Irene Nemerovsky. One offered up by the Amazon algorithm based on product searches and past purchases. I hope it is as compelling as the author’s own story.
The Forever War, Joe Haldeman. I’ve been meaning to read this for, like, forever.
Flashman, George MacDonald Fraser. Thanks to a plug by the Llamabutchers.
Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid, Douglas R. Hofstadter.
Soul Made Flesh: The Discovery of the Brain–and How it Changed the World, Carl Zimmer.
Still about five months’ worth of Analog magazine.