· Naughties
· · 2003
· · · March
· · · · 02 (3 entries)

Talkin' 'bout My Gender · Like most par­ents, we have some shelf-feet full of books on How To Raise Them. I would draw your at­ten­tion to the fol­low­ing, from Bring­ing Up a Boy by Eli H. New­berg­er (ISBN 0-7475-3967-7: Through­out my life I've en­joyed the com­pan­ion­ship of boys and men who per­son­i­fy the qual­i­ties of mas­culin­i­ty we ad­mire - courage, good hu­mour, flex­i­bil­i­ty, de­pend­abil­i­ty, so­cia­bil­i­ty, pro­tec­tive­ness of oth­er­s. Hey, guys, that's us, not bad eh?
Bach/Sitkovetsky · This morn­ing lis­ten­ing to one of the Big Mu­si­cal Finds of re­cent years, a record­ing of J.S. Bach's Gold­berg Vari­a­tions by a string or­ches­tra led by, and play­ing an ar­range­ment by, Dmit­ry Sitkovet­sky. The record­ing is EMI 79341-2, and Sitkovet­sky is a Rus­sian vi­o­lin­ist of whom I re­al­ly know noth­ing be­yond this record­ing and ar­range­men­t. It's an as­tound­ing, beau­ti­ful, fiery per­for­mance. The vari­a­tions were writ­ten for key­board (the sto­ry goes, for Gold­berg, per­son­al mu­si­cian to a Pol­ish aristro­crat, to play to lull his em­ploy­er to sleep; don't know if this is true) but af­ter you lis­ten to this it seems ob­vi­ous that Bach must have had a string or­ches­tra in his mind ...
Heavy Pixel Lifting · So, as a (strict­ly am­a­teur) long-time pho­to wee­nie, I have a re­al­ly fierce lega­cy prob­lem, and I sus­pect oth­ers must as well, so this is go­ing to be a number-filled digipho­to­geek tech-out re­lieved on­ly by a few (warn­ing: BIG) pret­ty pic­tures and at the very end, a tech­nol­o­gy in­vest­ment hin­t ...
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