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|Sunday, December 9th, 2007|
|Dexter is here!
Dexter was born on Friday night! Woohoo!!! Welcome Dexter :)
|Wednesday, June 22nd, 2005|
|Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock & Jack DeJohnette (Standards Trio) @ Carnegie Hall
The concert was pretty good. I'm never crazy about the acoustics of Carnegie Hall for that kind of music, or for that particular group anyway, at least not this time or last year
but maybe it's because I was sitting far back (on both occasions). Anyway I think it would work fine for Keith Jarrett solo (which he is doing in September apparently, BTW)...
One highlight, for me anyway, was the second-to-last tune of the first half (before intermission) when Keith ended a tune with a nice solo piano improvisation of shifting chords (one of his recognizable idioms) nicely done.
The best was the first tune of the second half (after intermission), "On Green Dolphin Street", which started with a long
"bouncy" major key vamp, during which I was wondering whether they would play a tune at all, and which tune it might be. OGDS turned out to be a perfect fit.
They played four encores: slow, fast, slow, fast. The second one was "Straight No Chaser" and had some fairly "out" improvisatory bits with the whole trio which I found refreshing.
Keith spoke to the audience before the show, complaining about how the NY Times covers him (as he did last year as well). And again before the second (IIRC) encore to chastise the audience about flash photography (which some had started using by that point).
|Sunday, June 5th, 2005|
|Zachary ("Zack") Adam Price
Ellen and I had to decide on Junior/Junebug's name today.
We finally settled on Zachary Adam Price.
I'm holding the Birth Certificate application form in the picture, our first family portrait :)
|Saturday, June 4th, 2005|
Before we knew he was a he, we alternated calling him (as we know now) Junior and Junebug. Well he turned out to be a he, and a Junebug as well. He was born yesterday (Friday June 3rd) at 10:39am, weighing 8 pounds 13 ounces.
|Thursday, September 16th, 2004|
|Tuesday, June 29th, 2004|
We had a fun -- but too short! -- vacation in Italy last week.
Flew into and out of Milan, stayed in Padua and Siena, visited Venice and Florence and some other small towns in Tuscany (such as Montalcino).
Benefited greatly from the generosity and hospitality of Gianni, Giuliana and Laura (and Franz!), then Steve, Dorreen, Alex and Sarah. Grazie mille a tutti!
|Thursday, May 20th, 2004|
our apartment was robbed today while i was at work.
the worst losses were ellen's ibook (irreplaceable data) and jewelry.
also taken: ipod, ipaq pocket pc, two ibm thinkpads, two cameras, a video camera, two containers of change (!?), stereo speakers (small but nice) and a large red suitcase which was no doubt used to carry everything else.
|Sunday, May 9th, 2004|
Life just refuses to ease up...
Found out this morning that Uncle David died yesterday in Peru (from altitude sickness?).
My heart goes out to Aunt Pat and to Ben and Katie.
2004-05-14: news story
; news story #2
2004-05-20: the memorial on tuesday was very nice. a huge number of people attended; sage hall was packed beyond capacity. i particularly appreciated martin imitating david's voice answering the phone: "oh, hi!". Boston Globe obituary
|Wednesday, April 21st, 2004|
|Saturday, March 6th, 2004|
So on Wednesday I met Ellen at the midwifery center for our/her first appointment. The midwife thought something seemed a little strange, so she sent us to the hospital for a sonogram.
Turns out that everything is fine, but she was right to check -- there's two of them in there!
On the monitor, their little heartbeats were clearly visible. That was really inspiring. I love them already :)
BTW, it was hard to get a snapshot showing both of them clearly. They are actually pretty much the same size, and both (apparently, to the doctor anyway) seem perfectly normal and healthy. Of course it's early yet, but here's hoping that everything continues to go well!
2004-04-12: they're both gone :( :(
everything did continue to go well. until last week.
ellen was experiencing cramps and developing a fever.
after closing on our apt (!) we went to the hospital.
sonogram confirmed only one of the twins was still alive.
of course it had advanced considerably since that first image.
wasnt just a blob, more human, with limbs, head, moving around.
almost looked like it was dancing, or swimming.
we were listening to its heartbeat. was it under stress?
was it struggling? hard not to think about it.
anyway ellen had a fever and a high white blood cell count.
she spent the next four days in the hospital.
finally we got to go home -- and celebrate our first wedding anniversary!
we made the best we could of it; it was a bittersweet occasion.
we spent part of the day at the doctor's office.
ellen could tell she wasnt pregnant anymore.
she was right.
|Monday, January 26th, 2004|
|barrier to exit
why is windoze my main "desktop" OS at home?
the number one reason is email.
i've been using fetchmail
for work email, but it does not work well enough for me "out of the box" to convert entirely for home use. the main issues are emacs/gnus handling of HTML and attachments.
TODO: try evolution. and/or mozilla.
TODO: try getmail
(python fetchmail replacement).
TODO: try CRM114
2004-02-28: the problem is not really that i'm using Outlook to read
my mail, the problem is that i'm using Outlook to store
my mail. i'm now thinking that i should install an IMAP server at home for mail storage and access. then i can use whatever mail client i want. that's The Right Thing. the main contenders appear to be Cyrus and Courier.
2004-07-05: Today I tried Gnus 5.10.6 (as opposed to 5.9.0 which is still the default even on Fedora Core 2), and it works perfectly out of the box with respect to rendering hideous HTML messages as text. Nice! Maybe I should skip the IMAP server and switch to gnus at home too.
2005-06-18: Just installed Fedora Core 4 and it is still
shipping with Gnus 5.9.0. WTF?
|Friday, September 12th, 2003|
|Saturday, March 15th, 2003|
carol newsom died on thursday :(
i've known her since i was a kid. she was wonderful and inspiring, a great friend. we'll all miss her very much.
|Saturday, February 22nd, 2003|
got most of the Rilling
Bach cantatas from Berkshire Record Outlet
missing 1, 2, 11, 17, 18, 25, 26, 33, 34, 44, 45, 49, 57, 60, 67.
2003-12-06: filled in the blanks from amazon.
2004-02-28: converted WAV (48 GB) to FLAC
i have a directory per CD, with "TRACK<n>.flac" files. i typed the cd/track information ("metadata") into a file and wrote a perl script to generate a link farm of files named after the BWV number (plus any subpart number) of the track (eg "BWV 0207.03", "BWV 0207a.01").
so now i have a single directory with every part of every cantata, by BWV number.
total number of tracks: 1,433.
the cantatas are also included in main BWV repository (another link farm).
total number of tracks: 3,862.
TODO: backup metadata (only).
TODO: recursive indexing.
TODO: fancier repository model.
, ...Aryeh Oron's bach-cantatas.comWalter F. Bischof's site
(German texts)Z. Philip Ambrose's site
Other Bach links:MuseDataWikipediaPortlandPatternRepository
2004-07-17: re BWV ... Simon Crouch writes
: "Hans-Joachim Schulze and Christoph Wolff, Bach Compendium: Analytisch-bibliographisches Repertorium der Werke Johann Sebastian Bachs
[BC], Peters, 1985-. If the BWV isn't enough for you then this should satisfy. This multi volume catalogue of Bach's works aims to complement the BWV by providing greater emphasis on sources and documentable facts, classifies the works in a far more systematic manner and also gives separate entries to each "instance" of a Bach work, thus untying the muddle that the BWV seems to get in over multi-versioned works. The catalogue has only covered the vocal works so far but there are rumours that the next volume will appear soon." Unfortunately the Bach Compendium
books are not easily available (plus they're expensive if/when one does find them). Um, hello?
Put it online! Sheesh.
hmm. TODO: create a JSB wiki?
|Friday, January 17th, 2003|
i cant believe "joey baron" is a unique interest.
i wonder what "naked city" means to all those other people. (BTW from the zorn mailing list it appears they are playing in warsaw on june 18th!?)