· Naughties
· · 2006
· · · July
· · · · 03 (3 entries)

Canada Day Fireworks · The on­ly sub­stan­tial show in Van­cou­ver this year was at Nat Bai­ley, the minor-league ball­park ten blocks from home, much written-about in this space. Since Canada’s birth­day is al­so my son’s we took him along and let him stay til the end to see them. They aren’t the world’s biggest fire­work­s, but the in­ti­ma­cy you get in a lit­tle park like that is hard to beat, and noth­ing im­proves the en­joy­ment of the fire­works ex­pe­ri­ence so much as hav­ing a kid along. Now I’m go­ing to waste your band­width with six dif­fer­ent fire­works pic­tures, none ex­hibit­ing any photo-realism ...
Open Source and Money · Si­mon Phipps made a speech at OSBC (he claims that, what­ev­er was re­port­ed, this is what he meant). Ben Rock­wood, who’s a re­al­ly smart guy, is elo­quent­ly re­volt­ed by OSBC in gen­er­al and Simon’s mes­sage in par­tic­u­lar. [Ed. note: I have a bunch of tech­noth­ings to write about which I’ve been putting off till mid­sum­mer brain­dead­ness abates, but this is too ur­gen­t.] ...
5✭♫: Tabula Rasa · This is the ti­tle of an al­bum of mu­sic by Ar­vo Pärt, and of a com­po­si­tion on that al­bum. I have a lot of mu­sic by Pärt, but if I had to rec­om­mend one record, or one piece, both would be Tab­u­la Rasa. It’s com­plex, deep, and aus­tere; and con­tains some of the most beau­ti­ful sounds ev­er record­ed. (“5✭♫” se­ries in­tro­duc­tion here; with an ex­pla­na­tion of why the ti­tle may look bro­ken.) ...
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