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I think this is beautiful. A very creative expression of a very natural, ubiquitous sequence.

Simply wonderful, wouldn’t you say?

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Let’s support this for a better future.

Stupidityflowering

I think one of the biggest embarrassments facing our nation today is the state of our national passenger rail system. And I’m not just talking about the level of customer service provided by Amtrak, which is variable, as anyone who rides frequently on different routes across the country knows. I’m talking about those routes themselves. I’m talking about major cities throughout the nation that have no passenger rail service whatsoever. This is ridiculous. Las Vegas and Phoenix stand out as big examples, but how about these (after the map):

Trace a route from Memphis to Little Rock.

Or from Oklahoma City to Kansas City.

Albuquerque to Salt Lake City? It would be quicker to walk than to try to connect those dots… [Unless you truly consider buses a respectable part of a national rail system(?)]

What reason can we truly convince ourselves of to explain why these…

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Elliott Carter RIP

You will be missed.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/06/arts/music/elliott-carter-avant-garde-composer-dies-at-103.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

I once attended a concert in Manhattan featuring some wind quintet music of Elliott Carter. I believe it was on or around his 101st birthday and at the end of the concert he was announced to be in the audience and humbly rose from the front row to be acknowledged. A standing ovation followed. I don’t think I’ll ever forget that moment.

Some talk was given (and examples by the performers followed) of his teaching style wherein he attempted to urge his students to be creative in their composing. A piece was played by the wind quintet which consisted of the five players throwing a single note back and forth in various octaves and with various techniques and dynamic levels – combined with the varying tone qualities of the different instruments playing in their various registers, the effect was striking: so much could be achieved with one note! His music is notoriously complex, but sometimes it is strikingly simple.

Thank you Elliott Carter for your contributions to making the world a brighter place!

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Handpan Mania!

Well, okay, maybe not mania… This is truly blissful music here, such a relaxing and peaceful sound.

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Avoid AVID

Signatures have meant nothing to the greedy bosses at AVID, so now it’s time to hit them where it hurts – the only place these greedy fat cats have any nerve endings at all: their wallets! Boycott AVID!

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Join the Boycott – Avoid AVID

Here’s a place to go and be heard!

I’m tired of everything nice in this world being corrupted and ruined by greed and the never ending quest for profit. Let’s rock this boat a little, shall we?

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Flash Mob !

This is why New York City and the One World Symphony Orchestra will always be the best:

http://www.oneworldsymphony.org/watch.shtml

Man I would have loved to have been shopping that day… As it was, I was working a few teasingly close blocks away, painfully missing out on another New York moment.

Don’t you miss out… If you’re in town check out a One World Symphony concert – you won’t regret it. Their regular concerts are as much fun as a flash mob, believe it or not!

http://www.oneworldsymphony.org/concerts_sched.shtml

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End of the World?

For anyone who uses the music notation software Sibelius, the news some years ago that AVID was taking over was like a kick in the gut. Only the blindly optimistic didn’t see the grim reaper lurching over the shoulder of the esteemed music notation program, grinning at his good fortune. It seems like the end is closing in now, with the corporate bloodsuckers closing the offices and releasing the long term staff, thinking it best if a few programmers hired off the street in Kiev (or wherever in the Ukraine [or wherever!] they are hired from) take over the job of updating the program and keeping alive the legacy of the world’s best and most relied upon music notation software.  I personally don’t think this idea is so hot, but what do I know? If you use the Sibelius music notation software, or are simply against corporate greed killing yet another beautiful thing in our world, a website has been set up to help organize…, well, at least a chance to vent to the corporate vampires who are doing this:

http://www.sibeliususers.org/?page_id=4&title=take-action

I don’t know if anything will change with online petitions or a few (thousand) emails, but it beats doing nothing. It’s free and easy to sign the petition and email the relevant persons though the link above, so if you feel at all motivated to annoy a corporate sith lord today, why not stop by and lend your voice?

Here’s some justification for why AVID needs to cut costs:

http://apps.shareholder.com/sec/viewerContent.aspx?companyid=AVID&docid=8514927#A2208433ZDEF14A_HTM_DO77201_SUMMARY_COMPENSATION_TABLE

As you can see if you take a look at the executive compensation charts, AVID clearly needs the money to be able to afford to pay these executives so many millions of dollars a year… Jeeze, I almost feel bad for them having to work so hard closing offices around the globe and letting go of the experienced development staff… It’s just too bad that cuts have to occur, we can’t really expect these corporate goons to go on living on less than a million dollars a year, can we? Besides, I’m sure random programmers hired off the street will be able to do the job that teams of developers with years of history with the program have been doing. I’m certain of it. Why aren’t I rushing out to buy the latest stuff from AVID, you ask? Oh, it has nothing to do with any lack of faith in their competence. It’s just that I…. I…, oh, I’ll get around to it eventually.

Right after I get back from my walk through Hell!

snowy forest

Hell at time of my next purchase from AVID

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