Dec 12, 2006 07:25 PM Filed in: Now Playing
I LIKE her. I've been listening to her latest release Ys, and have decided I need to try to share her with some of you. Granted, her music is not going to be to everyone's taste, but I think if you give it a chance you just might be surprised how it grows on you and how you end up responding to it. And if not, well, at least you will have broadened your horizons a bit. And that's a Good Thing. Here's a review from last year, and a video clip as well.
Dec 08, 2006 08:38 PM Filed in: Fun & Interesting
Could it be? The Greatest Show On Earth???
The Moscow Cats Theatre is coming to town, and I think this one I will have to see for myself. It boggles the mind! I've added some feline follies pictures in their own little gallery.
It sure looks like a lot of fun.
Dec 04, 2006 12:01 PM Filed in: Day To Day
WooHooo!!!! The Holiday Season is here! Yep, it's Christmas time in Little Delving, and so bits and bobs of holiday spirit are popping up here and there. Be sure to check out the Clip Art page for a wee dose of Scrooginess, oh, and Pixney Land is Way out of control...
As it should be. Read More...
Dec 02, 2006 12:20 PM Filed in: Fun & Interesting
A Device Light-Years Ahead Of Its Time
11/30/2006 USA TODAY
By Dan Vergano
The "Anti-kythera Mechanism," an ancient Greek astronomical calculator dating to about 100 B.C., possessed a technical sophistication centuries ahead of its time, an international research team reports. "The actual design is superb, almost jaw-dropping," says study leader Mike Edmunds of the United Kingdom's Cardiff University. Read More...
Nov 19, 2006 09:00 PM Filed in: Fun & Interesting
Okay, this was just way too funny not to share. It was sent to me by my Seattle friend Joann who said "Why did the chicken cross the road? To kick this little kid's A@%*!!"
Nov 03, 2006 09:12 PM Filed in: Fun & Interesting
Professor Funded For Virtual Shakespeare World
By Adam Pasick
LONDON, October 19 (Reuters Life!) - Indiana University Professor Edward Castronova has made a name for himself as an economist who studies virtual worlds. Now he's been awarded a US$240,000 grant to create one himself, based on the world of William Shakespeare.
"What we plan to do is have people encounter the texts in Shakespeare and ideas in the text at many points within a really fun, multiplayer game, so without even knowing it, they gradually are learning more about the bard's work," said Castronova, author of "Synthetic Worlds: The Business and Culture of Online Games." Read More...
Sep 06, 2006 09:12 PM Filed in: Now Playing
Today I found a treasure on eBay, Three Cheers For Pooh. I first ran across this recording somewhere back around 1982 or so in a library in West Lafayette, Indiana. It's a collection of songs based on A.A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh poems, and it tickled my fancy to no end. In the 1920's Harold Fraser-Simson set many of Milne's Pooh poems to music, and in 1981 Robert Tear and Philip Ledger decided to record several of these songs as formal recital pieces in the traditional classical music style. The end result can only be described as charming, and I fell in love with what I heard. Read More...
Sep 01, 2006 10:21 PM Filed in: Fun & Interesting
Here's something that's sweet and fun for you to check out when you have a moment or two. It's by Sonia Tedsen with a little help from her Uncle Doug of OddDug.com who says of it...
"This movie, titled 99 Red Balloons, was created by my niece, Sonia Tedsen, after only a very short introduction to Flash in a digital art class. I was taking a Flash course at the time, just breaking away from the book, doing silly little animations, and was blown away by what she had done. I'm still inspired every time I see it. Enjoy!"
Just click on the red balloon.
Aug 27, 2006 05:16 PM Filed in: Now Playing
Winner of the Grand Prix Award at the Cannes FIlm Festival in 1973, La Planéte Sauvage was an animated surrealist comment on the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia. It was originally released to DVD in France with a beautiful video transfer and the original French soundtrack with no options for subtitles. When it was finally released on DVD in the U.S. as The Fantastic Planet, Anchor Bay did a fairly shoddy job of transfering the video and then compounded that crime by embedding English subtitles into the video so that a viewer had the choice of watching the film in French with English subtitles or in English with (yes) English subtitles. Go figure. Anways, I was looking for a small video project to mess around with, so I got a hold of a French release DVD, captured the vibrant video from that disc, and then added to it the English soundtrack from the U.S. release DVD.
Here's a short snippet from the final project.
Aug 15, 2006 12:10 AM Filed in: Now Playing
These days most people know Randy Newman for his Academy award winning cheery, lovely, and sometimes wistful soundtracks to cartoons such as Toy Story and Monsters, Inc. and nostalgic movies such as Seabiscuit. But Randy has been writing music for many, many years now, and one shouldn't be fooled by his nice guy, child friendly, cartoon persona. His gentle and loving humor can quickly turn into biting sarcasm, and his music often drips with a harsh and sometimes brutal social commentary that has rarely (if ever) been matched in American pop music. Just ask the good citizens of Cleveland, Ohio...
Aug 10, 2006 07:54 PM Filed in: Now Playing
Heart Upon Demand by John Gorka
The Judy Garland show was a one season TV marvel back in 1963-64. The show didn't last, but many of the amazing performances did. The complete season is available on DVD along with several multi-episode discs and two compilation discs. The Judy Garland Show: Legends captures two wonderful solo performances by a very young Barbra Streisand and one magical duet between Barbra and Judy. It's almost as if the torch is being passed from one generation of performers to another. Judy was a Legend. If you're any kind of a fan of the Broadway showtune/cabaret style of singing, you should check out some of these DVD's. They're keepers.
Aug 05, 2006 01:23 PM Filed in: On The Road
I always seem to notice these travel stories about Iceland. It's been on my mind for many a year now. Perhaps one day soon I'll see it for myself!
Iceland: Tolkien-esque Adventure in the 'Land of Fire and Ice'
By Josh Roberts
Three days into a trek across the volcanic highlands of southwest Iceland, it occurs to me: This is Tolkien's Middle-earth. With its obsidian lava fields and steaming hot springs, its moss-covered foothills and treeless valleys, Iceland is Mordor one minute and the Shire the next. It has a magical quality to it, this Land of Fire and Ice as if it has been plucked from the imagination and placed here Read More...
Jul 30, 2006 08:17 PM Filed in: Fun & Interesting
It's always good to keep things in perspective. Here's a little cosmic comparison to consider. Read More...
Jul 17, 2006 08:58 PM Filed in: Things Medieval
From a huge cast, one stands out
New operas don't often come in packages the size of Aida, but Grendel did on Tuesday at its Lincoln Center Festival opening. Huge numbers of choristers and dancers, plus a monumental revolving set and some of the best opera singers alive, told the Beowulf legend in images and music - from the viewpoint of the enemy, Grendel. Read More...
Jul 05, 2006 12:24 PM Filed in: Tolkieny Goodness
In 1995 Caspar Reiff founded The Tolkien Ensemble.
And that year, Caspar, a classical guitarist who studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, and his like-minded musical colleague and co-composer Peter Hall along with the Tolkien Ensemble began what proved to be an all consuming task, to set to music all 70 poems from J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord Of The Rings. Ten years, 150 musicians, 14 soloists, 4 recordings, and one complete re-mastering session later, Caspar & Company can sit back and enjoy the fruits of their many labours.
Jun 25, 2006 01:05 AM Filed in: Now Playing
I first ran across the Prairie Home Companion radio show back around 1982 or so, and I quickly became a devoted listener spending 2 hours of many a Saturday afternoon doing chores around the house with the radio on so I could listen to the latest news from Lake Wobegone "where all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average." And for many years later when I was not quite so glued to my radio on Saturday afternoons I would still, countless number of times, find myself sitting in the car in a parking lot somewhere not quite ready to get out because I had stumbled across Garrison and his latest update from Lake Wobegone, and Life took a short break while I listened to that voice and his meandering and yet so funny and insightful tales of small town midwestern life. Read More...
Jun 20, 2006 07:23 PM Filed in: Tolkieny Goodness
Well I did my little there and back again journey to Toronto, and I’m happy to say that the weekend was a LOT of fun. I saw the LOTR musical twice, Friday night and again Saturday afternoon, and I am really glad I did. It was WONDERFUL!!! I kid you not. On Friday night I was amazed and all caught up in the theatrical stage wizardry on display, but on Saturday I just sat back and enjoyed the whole experience. The 3 plus hours seemed to fly by. Read More...
Jun 14, 2006 05:11 PM Filed in: Now Playing
My friend Lill Ann is a dancing maniac. Swing is her thing. Yes, Lill Ann is a Swing Baby. Not Astrid Marie though, Astrid Marie is a Salsa Queen! Well, AM, I realize the CD I sent to you is more Samba than Salsa. I thought that since you had just returned from Rio, The Land of Samba, you might enjoy it, but I know you are a Salsa Queen, and so here is something I thought you might be interested in reading.
Seminal Latin Label's Music Resurrected
The founders of Fania Records didn't set out to change the course of Latin music, but that's just what they did. Fania signed artists such as Celia Cruz, Ruben Blades and Ray Barretto, who would eventually usher in the golden age of salsa. Read More...
Jun 10, 2006 02:00 AM Filed in: Tolkieny Goodness
If your first experience with The Lord Of The Rings was through Peter Jackson's three movies, you might be surprised to discover that there was quite a bit of Middle Earth activity going on in the several decades before the films.
For example, The Starlit Jewel was originally a cassette tape released in the mid 90’s, but 7 of the songs were actually written years earlier by Marion Zimmer Bradley of “Mists Of Avalon” fame. In 1969 she set 7 of J.R.R. Tolkien's poems to music, a collection of songs that she called The Rivendell Suite. Read More...
May 24, 2006 10:57 PM Filed in: Now Playing
May 19, 2006 01:57 PM Filed in: On The Road
Carolina In My Mind
I've been to North Carolina only a few times, and then just to the Raleigh and Nags Head areas. One of these days though I'm going to spend some time there exploring because I know there are lots of really beautiful parts of that state.
My cousin Torrie moved there a few years back, and she loves it. She sent me this picture a week or so ago. She snapped it from her front porch after getting home from work one afternoon. All I can say is "wow".
James Taylor mentions North Carolina in several of his songs, usually with a note of longing to it. Well, after seeing Torrie's view from her front porch, I think JT has it right.
May 15, 2006 08:57 PM Filed in: Day To Day
Of youth and love, memories and regret, and lessons learned.
Down By The Sally Gardens, W. B. Yeats;
Music by Ivor Gurney; Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Tenor
Down by the salley gardens
My love and I did meet;
She passed the salley gardens
With little snow-white feet.
She bid me take life easy,
As the leaves grow on the tree;
But I, being young and foolish,
With her would not agree.
In a field by the river
My love and I did stand,
And on my leaning shoulder
She laid her snow-white hand.
She bid me take life easy,
As the grass grows on the weirs;
But I was young and foolish,
And now am full of tears.
May 11, 2006 07:07 PM Filed in: Fun & Interesting
Okay, this one made me smile! Do you think he climbed it "because it was there"?
Raccoon Found Atop Loop Skyscraper
The Associated Press
Published May 4, 2006
The Chicago Tribune
A wayward raccoon has been living on top of a 43-story building in Chicago's Loop.
A construction manager didn't believe it at first when a worker reported seeing the raccoon on the 36th floor of the Kluczynski Federal Building, but a cell-phone photo provided proof. The critter was climbing scaffolding at the building, where the facade is being restored.
Construction boss Tony Slavic used tuna to bait a humane trap on the roof and eventually captured the raccoon. On Tuesday, he released it into a forest preserve in suburban Chicago.
May 09, 2006 07:36 PM Filed in: Fun & Interesting
Spring Has Sprung, So Keep On The Grass
By Garrison Keillor
Published April 19, 2006
The robins and finches are singing here on the frozen tundra and the crocuses are popping up, yellow and purple bunches among the winter crud, and the heart is struck by one dumb idea after another, such as the urge to open a bookstore.
"Wholly to be a fool while spring is in the world, my blood approves," wrote e.e. cummings, and what could be more foolish than the book business? To go mano a monstero with Amazon and Wal-Mart, much as one might attack a rhinoceros with an umbrella. On the other hand, a rhinoceros with an umbrella might be a pushover. Read More...
May 06, 2006 07:30 PM Filed in: Fun & Interesting
Kaavya's, Like, So Not Happy Ending
Kaavya Viswanathan has had a really, really bad week. I don't mean the kind of bad week where you're totally PMSing and then your boyfriend dumps you for some unthreatening slut who takes remedial chemistry. I'm talking really bad. Read More...
May 02, 2006 10:39 PM Filed in: Now Playing
Skating Scandal Made Into Opera
MEDFORD, Mass. -- When Tufts music student Abigail Al-Doory sought inspiration for her opera, she looked not to Wagner's "Ring" cycle but to the Olympic rings, where themes like power, envy and greed are plentiful.
In "Tonya and Nancy: The Opera," Al-Doory provides 18 movements on the scandal that turned the once-dainty sport of figure skating into a soap opera of whacking, wailing and time spent in jail. Read More...
Apr 28, 2006 08:26 AM Filed in: Fun & Interesting
How 'Opal Mehta' got pulled from stores
Posted 4/27/2006 7:56 PM ET
NEW YORK (AP) — A teen novel at the heart of a plagiarism dispute has been pulled from stores. Author Kaavya Viswanathan, a Harvard University sophomore, had acknowledged that several passages in How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild and Got a Life were borrowed from the works of another writer.
Publisher Little, Brown and Company, which had signed the author to a reported six-figure deal, said in a statement Thursday that it had notified retail and wholesale outlets to stop selling copies of the book, and to return unsold copies to the publisher.
Visnawanathan has apologized repeatedly for lifting material from Megan McCafferty, whose books include Sloppy Firsts and Second Helpings, saying she had read McCafferty's books voraciously in high school and unintentionally mimicked them. Read More...
Apr 18, 2006 11:22 PM Filed in: On The Road
Apr 16, 2006 09:49 AM Filed in: Day To Day
Apr 14, 2006 10:18 AM Filed in: Things Medieval
My good friends all know that one of my favorite authors is John Gardner. His two collections of short stories The King's Indian and The Art of Living are books that I go back to again and again and again, and his little known collections of fractured fairy tales (Gudgekin The Thistle Girl, Dragon, Dragon, and The King Of The Hummingbirds) are both charming and somewhat disturbing! But of course he is best known for Grendel, a retelling of the Old English epic Beowulf from the perspective of the monster destined to be killed. I'm also a medievalist at heart and a former singer and theater veteran. So when I ran across this posting I had a moment of heightened cosmic awareness, rarely have so many of my divergent interests converged in one event. I think this would be really interesting to see on stage! Read More...
Apr 13, 2006 11:39 PM Filed in: Fun & Interesting
From my sister. Because somedays counting to twelve is just one or two numbers too many to remember!
The Ladybugs Picnic.
Apr 04, 2006 08:04 PM Filed in: Fun & Interesting
Washington Post Mensa Invitational
More (or another) from the web legend Washington Post Mensa Invitational, where you are asked to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing of one letter, and supply a new definition.
1. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period. Read More...
Apr 03, 2006 08:33 PM Filed in: Day To Day
There are days when I really miss singing. And there are days when I miss a lot of the people with whom I used to sing. Many memories of many friends and many years past. This is one of the songs that stays in my mind on such days. I can hear the voices and see the faces of many a Revels friend. One for the road...
The Parting Glass
Mar 27, 2006 07:27 PM Filed in: Tolkieny Goodness
“A breathtaking theatrical adaptation, directed, designed and choreographed, produced with searing attention to detail. I was completely transported, not just by the story but also by the way 21st-century stage know-how melded with old fashioned stagecraft” Read More...
Mar 20, 2006 07:26 PM Filed in: Fun & Interesting
Only six mushers and dog teams left working their way to Nome. It looks like we may be having pancakes with the Red Lantern winner sometime Wednesday!
Mar 20, 2006 07:23 PM Filed in: Fun & Interesting
Dog People Excel In The Iditarod
The bond between dog and musher isn’t easily understood, but if anyone could present it clearly, Lance Mackey came close with his description of what occurred 5 miles out of Nome. Lance’ s wife, Tonya, says she never saw her husband cry throughout a long battle with cancer, which he managed to beat. A mere 5 miles from Nome, the Kasilof musher admits that tears filled his eyes. Read More...
Mar 16, 2006 07:27 PM Filed in: Fun & Interesting
Race Set By Timing Of Rest
The extra rest Montana musher Doug Swingley gave his fading dog team along the Bering Sea coast on Tuesday allowed Jeff King from Denali Park to coast to a fourth Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race victory early Wednesday morning. Read More...
Mar 16, 2006 07:19 PM Filed in: Fun & Interesting
Iditarod Is Equal-Opportunity Destroyer
Twelve days ago on Fourth Avenue in downtown Anchorage, the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race began amid crowds, fanfare and great expectations.
Five-time champ Rick Swenson of Two Rivers had a nice-looking dog team and hopes of bookending his storied Iditarod career by earning the distinction of being not only the youngest winner ever but also the oldest.
Four-time champ Martin Buser of Big Lake had what he thought was a perfectly matched team of huskies -- similar sizes, similar ages, similar gaits -- that would power him to a fifth victory like some sort of turbo-charged V-16 engine in front of the sled. Read More...
Mar 15, 2006 09:07 PM Filed in: Fun & Interesting
Well, the front runners have made it to Nome! Jeff King and his dog team pulled off an exciting win crossing the finish line at about 2:00 AM CST today (Wednesday, 3/15) completing the 1112 miles in a total time of 9 days, 11 hours, 11 mins, and 36 seconds. He was greeted with cheers, flowers, and all the pancakes and treats that he and his dogs could eat! Read More...
Mar 14, 2006 07:22 PM Filed in: Fun & Interesting
Luck Saves King's Perfect Run
WHITE MOUNTAIN -- Just an hour before starting a Tuesday march toward what promised to be a long-awaited fourth victory in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, musher Jeff King sprawled in the straw next to beloved lead dog Salem with arms spread wide. Read More...
Mar 10, 2006 07:16 PM Filed in: Fun & Interesting
Radical Move Rockets King To The Front
Cripple, Alaska, Mar. 9, 2006, 3:00 p.m. – Jeff King made a bold move to not only make up time on Iditarod leader Doug Swingley, but pass him, running some 85 miles - more than 10 hours - from Takotna to this remote tent camp in the middle of nowhere.
King's team loped past the inflatable palm tree set up as a joke by checkpoint volunteers at 2:45 p.m., just under 11 hours since he was allowed to leave Takotna, where he took his mandatory 24-hour layover. That is simply flying. It's also unheard of. Read More...
Mar 09, 2006 07:22 PM Filed in: Fun & Interesting
Lots of Dogs, Lots of Strategy As Mushers Take Their 24 Hour Rest Stop
by Jon Little
McGrath, Alaska, Mar. 8, 2006, 9:00 p.m. – If there's any pattern emerging a little before midway through the 2006 Iditarod, it's that there are still lots of very talented mushers piloting large teams that are all capable of making a move. One reason for the strong showing may be the soft trail with more snow than usual. It takes a hair off the speed, and the trail has been less jarring - both of which are good for the health of the dogs. Read More...
Mar 06, 2006 06:56 PM Filed in: Fun & Interesting
It's Iditarod time again! Aaaooooo!!!
My sister and I follow the race closely every year just trying to soak up as much of that wild wintry adventure ambiance as we can. We're talking White Fang, Call Of The Wild, Iron Will kind of moxy. It's an amazing race to follow, this year 1112 miles from Anchorage to Nome, each musher and his/her dogs against the elements and each other. They started yesterday (Sunday, 03/05) and the winner will probably cross the finish line maybe sometime late next Tuesday or maybe Wednesday. Current standings change faster than the weather, so you have to stay on top of it. The mushers run pretty much 24/7 so you never know who's going to blow by the sleeping teams to grab a lead Read More...
Mar 02, 2006 07:52 PM Filed in: Now Playing
Speaking of musical treasures, back in April of 1960, The Bell Telephone Hour broadcasted a wacky rendition of Gilbert & Sullivan's The Mikado. The production featured The Bell Telephone Orchestra and the wonderful Norman Luboff Choir, and it starred Robert Rounseville as Nanki-Pooh, Dennis King as The Mikado, Stanley Holloway as the oh so dry Pooh-Bah, Barbara Meister as Yum-Yum, and Sharon Randall as Pitti-Sin.
And tossed into this mix of excellent musicians was Groucho Marx as the hapless Ko-Ko. Yes, Groucho. The result was a wonderfully charming slice of Americana, though I'm not quite sure if Gilbert & Sullivan would have been flattered or flabergasted! But whichever it may have been, for your listening pleasure, here are a few samples from this brave endeavor from the era of live television.
Oh, modified rapture!
We Are Gentlemen Of Japan
Behold The Lord High Executioner/
I've Got A Little List
What I'll Never Do
The Flowers In Spring
There's Beauty In The Bellow Of A Blast
For He's Gone And Married Yum-Yum
Mar 02, 2006 08:17 AM Filed in: Fun & Interesting
Juilliard Given "Priceless" Music Manuscripts
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York's Juilliard school unveiled a treasure trove of music manuscripts on Tuesday given by a collector determined to seek out the original papers scribbled and annotated by the likes of Beethoven, Mozart and Bach.
A highlight of the collection donated to Juilliard, considered one of world's leading music schools, by its board Chairman Bruce Kovner is the manuscript prepared for the printer of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9. The manuscript had been kept for 180 years in the vault of the publisher. Read More...
Mar 01, 2006 06:46 PM Filed in: Day To Day
Angels, Bruce Holmes
It’s one of the most natural things in the world, a basic part of Life itself, and yet that doesn’t seem to make it any easier when it comes your turn to say goodbye to someone who has been a part of your life. And a part of me realizes that this is a Good Thing. Losing someone you love should hurt. It is a part of Life. Read More...
Feb 25, 2006 12:30 AM Filed in: Day To Day
Okay, so I know things are not so good in several spots around the world these days, but sometimes all you can do is trust that everything is going to work out for the best. Someday. Maybe. I mean really, on the geological time scale, how much of this stuff really matters? A million years from now, who's gonna know about it? Seriously. Think about it. And maybe try to smile a little. Maybe it will help.
Party At The U.N.
Feb 25, 2006 12:08 AM Filed in: Day To Day
Okay, Mr. Demille, MarriedAlive.net is ready for its close up.
Well, really it's just a bare bones site for now, but it will suffice for Leah & Sean's Playbill interview next week.
But there should be lots of new content filling it out over the next few weeks and months, so stay tuned!
Feb 23, 2006 06:47 PM Filed in: Day To Day
Well it’s nearly the end of another week, and it seems like not too much of news worthiness has happened here lately. Leah and I spent sometime on the phone and on-line together this week going over some sample websites for her musical. She’s going to talk it over with her collaborator Sean, but I think we might see a new MarriedAlive.net website up and running by this time next week. If it happens I’ll post a link here on Little Delving.
Other than that, things have been fairly quiet. Maggie and I finished reading Eragon two nights back. Read More...
Feb 21, 2006 11:21 PM Filed in: Day To Day
They say miracles are past, and we have our philosphical
persons to make modern and familiar, things supernatural
and causeless. Hence it is that we make trifles of terrors,
ensconcing ourselves into seeming knowledge when we should
submit ourselves to an unknown fear.
Lafew...All's Well That Ends Well
Feb 19, 2006 12:35 PM Filed in: Day To Day
The sun is shining in Little Delving today, and we're back with our usual site.
Some of you may have noticed yesterday that the whole site had disappeared, replaced by a site for a new musical called Married Alive! Well, you weren't imagining things. I was just messing around working on a few ideas for Leah and Sean's website, and Leah wanted a sneak peek, so I put one version up here on Little Delving just for a bit. This may happen once or twice more over the next week, so don't be knuckling your eyes too hard. You're not seeing things! Read More...
Feb 19, 2006 11:29 AM Filed in: Now Playing
A new musical by Sean Grennan (Book) and Leah Okimoto (Music)
So this is my friend Leah's new show. They're in pre-opening rehearsals right now, and Leah is shuttling back and forth from Andover, MA to Kansas City so she can be there for most of the final preparations. Previews are the first weekend in March, and they open on Wednesday the 8th. Read More...
Feb 19, 2006 11:00 AM Filed in: On The Road
Lore Drives Lure Of This Road
Route 66 remains a rite of passage for the adventurous. The "mother road" delivers a mother lode of vintage kicks and oddities. From Chicago to Los Angeles, Americans know Route 66 as a bygone road evoking a simpler era of road trips and song. But Karen Macaulay and Andy Garrett say Europeans like them still get their kicks retracing a decommissioned highway that now exists officially only in tour guides and on the occasional brown historical marker.
U.S. Route 66, a more than 2,400-mile link between the nation's second and third most populous cities, is hardly a distant memory for many. Read More...
Feb 15, 2006 07:12 PM Filed in: Day To Day
Well, not too much going on this week. I managed to finish my 9th Robin Hobb book, Fool’s Fate over the weekend. It was a great read! Thanks to London Vicky for putting two of the nine books into my hands and telling me to read them! I highly recommend the whole series of books to anyone looking for a good winter read. Start with The Assassin’s Apprentice and work your way right through them all. Now I’m a third of the way through Eragon, a birthday present from Denver Vicki. It’s great having a bunch of reading friends to share favorites with. Read More...
Feb 09, 2006 08:08 PM Filed in: Things Medieval
The Burial Draw The Story The Final Battle
Lo, there do I see my Father,
Lo, there do I see my Mother and my Sisters,
and my Brothers,
Lo, there do I see the line of my People back,
to the beginning.
Lo, they do call to me.
They bid me take my place among them,
in the halls of Valhalla,
Where the Brave may live forever.
The 13th Warrior was a fun movie, but it was only loosely based on the Old English epic. Soon, however, there will be two new Beowulf movies coming out, Beowulf And Grendel, and Beowulf.
Medievalists the world over will be holding their collective breaths and hoping for the best!
Feb 06, 2006 08:40 PM Filed in: Tolkieny Goodness
Last fall when I bought my new 60gig iPod (Fatty Lumpkin) I was very concerned about finding a good home for my old friend Niggle, an original generation 10gig iPod who had been my constant companion of nearly two years. Niggle deserved better than to be shelved somewhere, but since he was one of the very early iPods he needed to go to an Apple friendly home. iTunes and iPods didn't start playing nicely with Windows PC's until a year or so after Niggle arrived.
After a little thought I realized I had the perfect person, my friend Doug out in Mt. Shasta. Doug not too long ago started working with Apple's at home, and Doug and I have a really strong bond over music to boot. We attended many a Bumbershoot Festival together in Seattle when we were both happy residents of The Great North Wett.
So, with no more worries I bundled up Niggle, and off he went to California.
Doug, upon receiving his new friend, immediately took Niggle off on a hiking adventure up into the mountains. Now at the time, I think I had told Doug that Niggle's namesake was a character from Tolkien's short story "Leaf By Niggle", but he had never read the story himself. Yet, with that natural aptitude that Doug has for doing the right thing, off they went to the mountains. If any of you ever get a chance to read "Leaf By Niggle" you will understand just how right that was.
A week or so later, Doug sent me this link. Niggle's Adventure.
Feb 06, 2006 07:40 PM Filed in: Day To Day
Any of you who have been checking in here from time to time have probably noticed several of the little changes popping up all over the place. I’m really new to this whole website world, so right now I’m still caught up in the gee whiz factor of it all. There's so much stuff you can do, and I’m just having way too much fun with it. Yes, I am exceeding the Fun Limit. Read More...
Feb 06, 2006 07:05 PM Filed in: Fun & Interesting
I ran across this article recently and found it interesting.
A Flood of Crimson Ink
Sick of hearing about Harvard? So is everyone else -- except Harvard-educated journalists.
Another academic year is drawing to a close, another year in which Harvard has generated vastly more headlines than any other American university. Most of these, of late, have concerned Lawrence Summers, Harvard's president, who famously suggested that there may be a biological explanation for the paucity of female scholars in the hard sciences. (He hasn't stopped apologizing since.) But a single controversy doesn't account for all the interest. Read More...
Feb 05, 2006 02:01 PM Filed in: Now Playing
My friend Doug sent me this link. It's a testament to the art of trailer editing, and it's a hoot to boot. Check it out. I think you'll laugh once or twice.
Brokeback To The Future
Feb 03, 2006 08:25 PM Filed in: Now Playing
Unni Wilhelmsen is a new favorite of mine. My Norwegian buddy, Lill Ann, sent me a few songs a while back and I really liked them, so I went looking for her CD’s, but they’re a bit hard to find here in the States.
I did find one used copy of To Whom It May Concern on Amazon which I grabbed. And then I was very pleased to find Hurricane’s Eye on the iTunes Music Store, a nice surprise, but that was it. My streak of good luck ended there. Well, here’s a couple of Unni numbers for you to listen to and see what you think.I Won't Go Near You Again
Lack Of Logic
Feb 01, 2006 09:11 PM Filed in: Day To Day
It's Oscar Time again!
I haven't been in the theater much this past year, but I always seem to get excited about the movies when Oscar Time rolls around. Just something in the air I guess. Here's a list of this year's nominees. Oh, To Be A Movie Star Read More...
Jan 31, 2006 09:58 PM Filed in: Maximum Celticity
Some of you may have noticed a new moon rising over Little Delving.
Armed with a few tasty tidbits of photoshop info from my good friend Doug, I decided to tackle the image one more time. I like this new version much better. It retains more of the original celtic design that attracted me to the image in the first place, and that is a Good Thing. Of course it's not a moon exactly, but I think it rises to the occasion just fine. Read More...
Jan 27, 2006 07:42 PM Filed in: Fun & Interesting
Pants On Fire? It's OK With Me
A Few Tips on How and When to Lie Effectively
Garrison Keillor, Tribune Media Services
Published January 18, 2006
It's good to know how to lie, and lie effectively, so you can go backstage after the high school production of "The Crucible" in which your friend's daughter mumbled her lines and stood like a fence post, trying to look horrified and looking drugged instead, and now here she is, fluttery, ashen-faced, perspiring, and you say, "It was fascinating to watch. You were so in the moment, Lindsey. So believable. It really resonated with that audience, there was so much intensity." The truth is that she has no more talent than the average cocker spaniel--but so what? There's no need to face the truth all at once. Read More...
Jan 23, 2006 01:25 AM Filed in: Fun & Interesting
The Pie Song
Abby's Famous Pecan Pie
9-inch unbaked pie crust
1 cup light corn syrup
1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
3 eggs, slightly beaten
1/3 cup butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 heaping cup pecan halves
1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a large bowl, combine corn syrup, sugar, eggs,
butter, salt and vanilla; mix well. Pour into unbaked pie
crust; sprinkle with pecan halves.
The American Pie Council says "Even Bill Gates loves pie."
3. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes or until centeris set. Toothpick inserted in center will come out clean when pie is done. Cool. If crust or pie appears to be getting too brown, cover with foil for the remaining baking time.
You can top it with a bit of whipped cream, but even plain, nothing tops this!
Tip: The original recipe stated that the pie should be baked 45 to 50 minutes in a preheated 350-degree gas oven. If an electric oven is used, it may be necessary to add 15 to 20 minutes to the baking time. Begin testing the pie with a toothpick after 45 minutes.
Jan 10, 2006 03:58 PM Filed in: Now Playing
Every so often I hear something on the radio that stops me in my tracks. This one did it to me. It's from a collection of performance pieces by Chicago poets and musicians. The CD is called ReVerse.
The piece is Echo And Shadow by Li-Young Yee.