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Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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6 years ago

It’s a drizzly but warmer Caturday here in Happy Larryville, GN!

TeX --

Good to “see” ya; good luck with that sunburn. 😉

Sven --

Hope yer head’s feeling better today.

Paddy --

Very nice job on teh fence; are you going to spray the stain or apply it teh old-fashioned way? (Meaning enjoying some whiskey, bitters and a sugar cube first.)

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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6 years ago

Oopsie…almost forgot:

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur(@jwmorgan)
6 years ago

Happy Pi-Day of our lifetimes, Gerbil Nation!
At 9:26:53 (if you don’t use a 24-hour clock, it can be both a.m and p.m.), it will be 3.14.15.9:26:53, the first ten digits of pi.

The concert last night was magnificent. It started with a performance of “There Will be Rest”, by Frank Ticheli -- a choral piece composed in 2005 in memory of the death of the son of the symphony’s director. The first half concluded with the premiere of a violin concerto by James Newton Howard, someone who normally scores for movies and TV. It was an incredible piece.

Fatwa -- thanks. We’ll apply the stain with a brush. I’d spray it, but there isn’t enough to warrant all the work it takes to clean out the spray rig.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0(@sven)
6 years ago

Good morning,

I’m behind on catching up--teh wheel wouldnt work for me last night.

Echoing others, Paddy, very nice job on the fence and quite cool that you guys got to go to the concert.

Mrs Sven got home OK, but late. Apparently with Obama in town, it caused 2-hour delays everywhere. She stayed home yesterday and mostly slept.

On the headache front, I’m in a really bad cycle. Yesterday, went to work and felt OK all day with just a couple doses of aspirin. Then I’m driving home about 6:30 and I feel a twinge behind my left eye and had a very slight headache all evening. Woke up about 2 this morning with splitting pain and fully disoriented. Popped another migraine med, sat in the chair in the dark until about 6 this morning and then fell into bed. This is going on 10 days now. Do.Not.Like.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0(@sven)
6 years ago

Apropos of nothing, I’ve been listening to some Frank Sinatra. I don’t get it--his voice, so far, hasnt done anything for me, and the songs seem utterly foreign and bleh. Not sure what I’m missing.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0(@sven)
6 years ago

And happy Ed Abbey Memorial Day!

A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.

What’s the difference between a whore and a congressman? A congressman makes more money.

When the philosopher’s argument becomes tedious, complicated, and opaque, it is usually a sign that he is attempting to prove as true to the intellect what is plainly false to common sense. But men of intellect will believe anything-- if it appeals to their ego, their vanity, their sense of self-importance.

One must be reasonable in one’s demands on life. For myself, all that I ask is: (1) accurate information; (2) coherent knowledge; (3) deep understanding; (4) infinite loving wisdom; (5) no more kidney stones, please.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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6 years ago

Hai, Paddy and Sven!

Paddy --

Glad the concert was so enjoyable; I think that James Newton Howard is one of the better current film score composers.

Also know what you mean about using a brush beating the hassles of using a spray rig unless absolutely necessary for a job.

Sven --

That farking sucks about your migraine; good thoughts it goes away ASAP.

My take on Sinatra: decent enough voice, but his sense of musical phrasing (something I can’t easily put into words) was amazing. Also worked with remarkable musicians and arrangers.

As re most of his material: largely came from the “Great American Song Book”, which is mostly pop songs from the first half of the 20th Century. I find a lot of the lyrics “quaint”, but the melodies / chord changes are a delight to my ears.

(Full disclosure: Much of his material is consonant with what became “jazz standards” due to those same melodies / chords, and what could be done with them by applying a jazz aesthetic. As such, I’m sure I have an ingrained bias toward a lot of it.)

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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6 years ago

Hai, Mac!

So stuff like Stravinsky, Prokofiev or even the more tuneful Bartok’s not your thing? 😉