July 31, 2008


Sentences like this renew one's faith in humanity:

Because of parallax, the likelihood of a solar eclipse depends not only on a syzygy's nodal elongation, but also on whether it occurs north or south of the ecliptic, as was recognized in antiquity.
(See Freeth et al. in Nature, via xefer, where there's also a link to a 44 page (!) Supplement)

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July 30, 2008

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July 29, 2008

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July 28, 2008

Not irrelevant to the present moment

Tripping along in my leisurely reading of Guy Davenport's Geography of the Imagination (which, by the way, is mostly about poets and other artsy rapscallions), I came upon this marvelous bit of invective:

True, it was a year in which the country had to turn out a pack of scoundrels, porch climbers, thieves, bullies, liars, and bores from the Executive Branch of the government, a year in which the sludge of usury which forms the basis of our economy began to slither and lurch, a year indistinguishable from any other in the national contempt for the arts. (pg 273)
(Davenport refers to 1974, but...)

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Twin bass saxes

All too seldom does one see mastodons in duet (2:55 to 5:50). Here's the Uptown Lowdown Jazz Band:

(via Keep Swinging)

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  • Jo Stafford's work as Darlene Edwards is simply delicious (two mp3s linked here) --only somebody with Perfect Pitch could sing so wonderfully awry and make it stick
    (tags: musics parody)
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July 27, 2008

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July 26, 2008

Saturday morning saz fix


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July 24, 2008

Dreams of Glory

I've been giving a lot of thought lately to shop stuff, as I scheme the renovation of the barn and plot the reconstitution of my woodworking environment. Bought an upgrade for the table saw fence a week ago, and a serious planer a couple of days ago, and so kicked off a flurry of thoughts about tools and sharpening and still more necessary additions to the array (real dust collection... better lighting... more attention to precision... and so on). My instrument-building fantasies are alive and well again. Two videos exemplify resources that weren't available a few years ago, when I was last thinking about luthierie:

Oud construction:

Oud as object of beauty:

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  • "kinetic sculpture designed and built on commission by Bradley N. Litwin of Philadelphia, PA. With 8 synchronized catapults, 160 plastic balls per minute are launched, caught, and recirculated..."
    (tags: automata)
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July 23, 2008

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July 22, 2008

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July 18, 2008

Guy Davenport

I can't recall at whose behest I ordered The Geography of the Imagination, but I did and it came and I've been nibbling at it for a week or so now. Quite a few memorable bits of erudition and copious novel linkages of things I only sort-of know about, but tonight I was brought up short by one sentence:

One suspects that Thoreau would have married a woodchuck or a raccoon, if the biology of the union could have been arranged... (pg 71)

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  • New Yorker ("Goal is to see if it's possible to make a universally offensive cover out of this wishy washy half-satire") and moooore. "This website proudly digs up, restores, and exhibits some of the rarest political ephemera you will ever see..."
  • from Ghosts of Alexander. More here than I can readily assimilate, and greater clarity than almost anything else I've seen on the Other Catastrope
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July 17, 2008

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July 16, 2008

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July 15, 2008

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July 14, 2008

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July 12, 2008

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July 11, 2008

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July 09, 2008

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July 07, 2008

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July 06, 2008

On the clarinet account

via The Klezmer Shack:

and Hillborg's Clarinet Concerto "Peacock Tales", with Martin Frost, clarinet:

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July 03, 2008

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July 02, 2008

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July 01, 2008

Sez Brad,

"anybody can play 12-bar":

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