Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Fred Astaire

Keep in mind this is 1940.
The things we learn in Music and Culture...

Sunday, November 23, 2008

The British are Here

Or at least they were for our first Wind Ensemble concert Friday night. All went fairly well and from those I've talked to it apparently sounded pretty decent. My parents and Casey came down to hear it so and it was pretty cool seeing them.

Since the ride was there, I went home this weekend. I test drove a Subaru Forrester which my parents will mostly likely buy sometime soon. At that point I'll hopefully get the Lexas for next few years and, assuming I don't drop out and take to life on the streets, I'll inherit the Subaru when I graduate. Pretty good deal.

School is keeping me busy. There always seems to be something going on which is a good thing because I like staying active. The other night I got a last minute invitation to Ventura with a few other music students to see John Adam's Dr. Atomic performed by the Met and broadcast live in HD. If you're into contemporary Opera, or like music at all, it's a pretty awesome Oprea and I highly recommend.

I attended a couple lectures by Andrew Newberg-- a medical doctor who specializes in the neuroscience behind spirituality and religious belief. Absolutely fascinating stuff. He has a few books out which I'm going to definitely try to read someday.

After being hit at 70mph, a dog in Italy survived embedded in the grill of the car for more than 15 miles. That's one lucky dog and that's one true Italian driver.

Well it's happened. The Canadian Supreme Court has ruled that individuals who are "functionally disabled by obesity" are entitled to two airline seats for the price of one. This whole obesity thing is sounding better and better. You're already a multi-millionaire from suing McDonalds and now you get extra room during flights.

For our Matrix fans out there, it appears some have speculated what would happen if the Matrix ran on on Windows. The subtitle says it all: Take the red pill. Get the blue screen.

That's it for now. Have a happy Thanksgiving and don't eat too much (or do and get an extra seat next time you fly).

Sunday, November 09, 2008

My Dorm Smells Like Death

There's either food or a small mammal rotting in here somewhere. I'm taking a break from my weekend long investigation into this progressively worsening situation.

On a lighter note, I played my first concert with the Cal Lu University Symphony last week. I think the Romantic Visions sounded pretty nice. It's fun getting more orchestra experience now. You play with a whole new awareness when you realize that nobody is doubling the part. I think the concert should be up on iTunes U pretty soon, so stay tuned.

Our Wind Ensemble concert is coming up on Nov 21 and anybody is welcome (plus it's free...).

I was able to make it home for Micah's first birthday last Sunday. Presented with cake, the little dude didn't disappoint. While it was pretty chaotic with 5 toddlers running around, it was really nice to see everybody.

After Tuesday's election it's nice to see that the world doesn't hate us as much anymore. It'll also be nice to watch TV without stupid campaign commercials.

Did you catch the SNL Presidential Bash? Pretty good stuff. I think you can catch the whole episode online.

CNN made television history on the night of the election by having a corespondent appear via hologram. Very cool and Star Warsish although I don't really get the point.

Black Friday is coming...anybody up for joining me on the traditional early morning bash?

That's it for now, the quest for the source of the stench continues...

Saturday, November 01, 2008