· Naughties
· · 2006
· · · October
· · · · 10 (2 entries)

5✭♫: Brahms’ First & Haydn Variations · If I were asked to pick my fa­vorite sym­pho­ny, well, I couldn’t. If I were backed in­to a cor­ner and re­al­ly pres­sured, I still couldn’t. But if it were a mat­ter of life and death and I were mak­ing short list­s, Sym­pho­ny No. 1 by Brahms would be on all of them. Some have ar­gued that the First isn’t re­al­ly his first sym­phon­ic work; that would be Vari­a­tions on a Theme of Haydn. Which, if grant­ed, might not change my an­swer. (“5✭♫” se­ries in­tro­duc­tion here; with an ex­pla­na­tion of why the ti­tle may look bro­ken.) ...
Tab Gleanings · A rare gaggle-of-interesting-links frag­men­t. Don’t look for a uni­fy­ing the­me, there isn’t one. Item: Lau­ren Wood be­moans the ephemer­al­i­ty of blogs, specif­i­cal­ly the late great En­planed. This is In­ter­net Van­dal­is­m, and it’s hap­pen­ing all the time. Item: Lau­ren We­in­stein rings the alarm bells on the anti-piracy fa­cil­i­ties in Win­dows Vis­ta. This sounds ter­ri­fy­ing; ev­ery black-hat in the world, and I mean ev­ery one, will be think­ing up cool ex­tor­tion sce­nar­ios around this tech­nol­o­gy. Item: Re­bec­ca Boll­witt re­veals that greeting-card cat­e­gories are out­ta con­trol; out­ta con­trol, I tell ya! (Ex­am­ple: “Suitable for Remarriage”). Item: Shel­ley Pow­ers has some mes­meris­ing autumn-leaf pic­tures, with a sub­tex­t. Item: Il a neigé sur la Réunion. Item: Rob Bray on in­ter­est­ing gov­ern­ment list­s; for ex­am­ple, ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion­s.
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