Now, my idea of classical music usually involves Olivia Newton-John, but others apparently have different ideas. A post by kishnevi at Horseman, Pass By! has a very funny link that prompts this discussion. I asked Machinist for his recommendation for an embedded classical music video and got this:
Opera might have been a bit "pretentious" maybe? *snort*
Posted by: Stashiu3 at 24 May 2008@12:36:04 (Q5ggV)
As usual, Firefox won't play embedded videos for me, so I have absolutely nothing to say about it. But try this one http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=shostakovich+violin+hahn&search_type=&search=Search The first five on the list, in order. There's several pieces where Shostakovich got the devil to come out and dance, and this is one of them, starting with the second movement (the video apparently slices it up with no reference to the movement divisions--it should be midway into the second video) and not really giving up on it until the very end.
Posted by: kishnevi at 24 May 2008@14:32:52 (ntdZU)
It should play in Firefox. Clear your cache... under Tools, Advanced tab, you'll see where to clear it. I'm disappointed in your links though, Olivia Newton-John wasn't anywhere to be found.
Posted by: Stashiu3 at 24 May 2008@14:36:48 (Q5ggV)
Kishnevi's blog has classical music AND posts on desktop siege engines! I may have to move into that neighborhood!
Posted by: Machinist at 24 May 2008@14:44:35 (yFIK0)
(comment deleted about how kishnevi is poaching my readers with orchestra and catapult pr0n... too salty for a family blog)
Posted by: Stashiu3 at 24 May 2008@14:48:26 (Q5ggV)
Metal & Magic
First off, let me state that I don't get a dime for this (or any other compensation) and never will. When I make a recommendation it's because it's something I found worth recommending. This is an absolute must-check-out! There are books and lots of original artwork.
Two special recommendations for purchase... the first is here. You can also check out this at Amazon. Get a copy of Digger or Nurk for yourself and one as a gift for someone else who enjoys fantasy stories and art. When S.Weasel gets around to putting a book together (hint, hint) they will go well together.
This is also going in the sidebar... it's that good. One for Uncle Badger and S.Weasel below the fold. more...
Posted by: S. Weasel at 26 May 2008@10:31:27 (Dy8+A)
I think so too... You should compile your stuff too. You had me at "Wanna Rassle?" The gleam in the eye is just like my wife's when I've done something exceptionally stupid (I'm lucky if I don't get "the look" more than once a day.)
Posted by: Stashiu3 at 26 May 2008@16:08:50 (Q5ggV)
Vista is singing the blues, that's for sure. Corporate customers are holding out for the next OS after XP, and even Microsoft has redirected its attention to the Next Gen, from what I understand. I only know what they tell me, though --- not an expert.
Ahem! Sorry, had to get that out. I am not one of those rabid mac users but I do like them better than the vista machines I have played with. I kept getting flash backs of windows ME and how bad that OS was.
The only thing that sucks about macs is the price. They are pretty expensive and alot of people just don't need all of the stuff that they can do. Oh, and not to mention that you can't get the same software for them like you can get for a PC. Eh, good and bad.
Posted by: Old Iron at 24 May 2008@09:49:28 (tD0Cq)
The MSM On John McCain's CampaignHere we go again. Another day, another negative McCain story.
Republican John McCain has been slow to take advantage of his potential head start for the
presidency against Democrats, who are better organized and generate
more excitement among voters.
Hmmm..... anything in there about the divisive race among the Democrats? Not really... they seem to assume Obama is the presumptive nominee despite neither candidate being able to clinch before the convention unless the other drops out.
The private frustration is starting to bleed into public fretting, especially as Democrat Barack Obama this week called together supporters in swing states for meetings about November. In Iowa,
Colorado, Florida and elsewhere, aides and volunteers planned to meet
soon about the fall's election — even before Obama has secured the
necessary delegates to be the nominee.
Obama kept his storefront office in downtown Columbus after his
March 4 primary loss and invited backers there Thursday "to discuss our
plans for the coming weeks as we make the transition from the primary
season to the general election campaign," according to the public
Okay, I read that article a couple of times. Maybe I need new glasses. But how is describing that Obama is already organizing at the local level whereas McCain is waiting until at least next month biased?
Posted by: kishnevi at 23 May 2008@11:26:40 (gkwrQ)
(Why on Earth am I defending McCain? Oh yeah, I hate the MSM!
The articledescribes the McCain campaign as slow, dull, unenthusiastic, and underfunded... while contrasting Obama as all positives and as the presumptive nominee.
McCain's campaign would hardly agree with how they are being characterized, and with new McCain stories (usually with a negative slant, granted) in the news every day (such as the speech in Florida that we both posted about), his campaign is clearly more active than they describe in the article.
The whole point is to make it look like McCain has squandered an opportunity to campaign heavily when he is in fact doing so. If he was more focused on the local level (which they admit would be unusual anyway), they would say that he ignored the big picture. Because he is doing the smart and standard campaigning for this stage of the election, they have to criticize him for not doing what nobody would do at this point... focus on local campaigning when he is not in play at the local level right now.
Posted by: Stashiu3 at 23 May 2008@12:13:57 (Q5ggV)
What about this (from the article)? "In a lot of the states, we had folks on the ground September of the
year before," said Republican strategist Kevin Madden, who was Bush's
chief spokesman for swing states during 2004. "We did it, literally,
precinct by precinct, and folks were doing it street by street."
Obviously this year is different, but the principle is the same--local organization comes far out, in fact before the national campaign gets into stride.
And in 2004, it was the local organizing that was important, because it was turnout that was important. I know here when I went to vote (Badnarik, virtous libertarian that I are) there was a long line (well, not enormous, but extremely long for that time of the morning), in which almost everyone was voting for Kerry. (This is Broward, and I live in one of the more heavily Democratic parts of Broward, which means lots of Democrats..) I went home figuring that was a very good sign for Kerry. And turnout was big in South Florida. But we learned that night that turnout had been even heavier in North Florida, which is Republican territory, and heavy enough to beat the massive Democratic turnout.
So local organizing is a good thing, and if the Demoncrats are outorganizing the Repugnants locally--well, I guess the Repugnants have only themselves to blame. But I think the point the article makes is legitimate criticism, not a sign of bias.
Posted by: kishnevi at 23 May 2008@18:14:10 (Mcbdi)
I would say that since McCain is already a nominee and Obama isn't, the article trying to give the impression that it's Obama's race to lose is far from legitimate.
McCain's campaign is hardly the disorganized mess that they describe and he does have supporters. He's also been very active, even though most of what gets reported is cast negatively. As I said before, it's going to worsen as the election nears and I'm pointing out the progression. McCain (and most of the down-ticket GOP) is going to get stomped in November and more conservatives and libertarians get disgusted with his positions on the issues they care most about.
Posted by: Stashiu3 at 23 May 2008@20:41:43 (Q5ggV)
The guy commits murder and confesses. Sentenced to death, he gets a delay while the Supreme Court decides whether lethal injection constitutes cruel and unusual punishment. After the Supremes decide that things don't have to be guaranteed perfect (paraphrasing there) for them to be Constitutional, an execution date is scheduled. Two hours and thirty minutes before he's to be executed, a phone call comes in... is it the Governor? more...
Links Around The Moronosphere
Some very good offerings today... from photoshops (S.Weasel!!), to e-card fun at The Pillage Idiot, to another example from the "Religion of Perpetual Offense" at The Drawn Cutlass, and more.
Make sure to leave a comment at doubleplusundead's to let him know how appreciated his hard work is. If he stops, then I'll have to do it... and that would suck.
dude, you've linked me a bazillion times... If I thanked you every time you sent me traffic, plus all the other help you've given with the blog and the bleg, I'd never have time to write regular posts. Besides, when the few folks who come here are sick of done reading my stuff, they can go on to the quality-stuff from at your place.
Posted by: Stashiu3 at 21 May 2008@19:23:33 (Q5ggV)
That's Gonna Leave A Mark
John McCain's chief media consultant has left the campaign because he doesn't want to work against Obama.
Mark McKinnon, the chief media consultant to McCain, wrote in a
campaign memo last year that if Obama won the Democratic nomination, he
would not actively campaign against him. With the results of Tuesday
night's primaries in Kentucky and Oregon, Obama claimed he had a
majority of convention delegates.
Even though Obama hasn't been named the nominee, McKinnon decided to leave now anyway... although he promises he's still going to vote for McCain.
He said last year that he didn't want to work against an Obama
candidacy. Electing Obama "would send a great message to the country
and the world," McKinnon said at the time, although he added that he
intended to vote for McCain.
Iranian Teen Permitted To Remain In UK
Remember the Iranian teen who went to the UK for school and was almost deported after requesting asylum? I first wrote about it here, then had a follow-up post here. He feared being returned to Iran because while he was at school his boyfriend was found out and executed for being a homosexual. The young man's appeal has been granted and he will now be able to avoid his own execution by the Iranian government.
The U.K. Border Agency said on Tuesday that Mehdi Kazemi will be allowed to remain in Britain. Kazemi came to England to study English in 2005. He discovered his boyfriend had been charged in Iran with sodomy and hanged.
This should have been a no-brainer, but the end-result is good.
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