From the “you thought you had a bad job” department:

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Living Actors Animate Fireworks

SPECTACULAR pyrotechnics animated by living performers clad in asbestos suits have been part of the display which thrilled London audiences at the Crystal Palace during the past season.

Most famous of the acts is “Blondin on his tight rope,” in which “Blondin,” outlined in blazing powder, pushes a fiery wheelbarrow across a flaming plank. The heat generated by the display would be sufficient to melt iron.

Stuff from today

Found some room to buy groceries. I’ll need to shift some bills around to make sure it holds. Inexpensive staples are good. Splurged a bit to get buckwheat honey.

Got the home server rebuilt. I used old parts and got the latest version of free Mandriva on it. It’s a bit memory starved and software updates take a bit because of it. However, it managed a full weekly backup wonderfully, and the positively ancient office cam driver seems to be working. now runs on Drupal. giza seems pretty stoked on that. More of my code in the bit bucket.

Music’s going happen tomorrow. Hopefully Buckaroo Holiday will pull off Ok. For some reason I’m just not enthused about it. At least I know I have most of the notes under my fingers and stage magic should take care of the rest.

I think I’ll try to finish moving my final boxes out of the house after the concert. The rain kinda put a bullet in doing it today. At this point, a lot of stuff will likely hit the trash. I’m tired of boxes.

We were supposed to meet up with some folks today for a fun project. After a bit of phone tag and “we’ll call you back” I’m guessing we got stood up. Bleh.

What is it?

Mysterious, yet worksafe, image

BCCCSB Concert

Press release here:

The Bucks County Community College Symphonic Band is having their usual spring concert. The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Adam Unsworth will be the guest soloist on the concert that features works by Gershwin, Copland, and Sinatra.

The concert takes place at 3 p.m. on Sunday April 9th in the Library Auditorium of the Bucks County Community College campus at 275 Swamp Road in Newtown, PA. Admission and parking are free.

Dress is casual. The band is not quite at the same calibre of quality that the orchestra is, but the musical fare and the free ticket seems to appeal to more folks.

Mr. Unsworth is an amazing soloist. I’ve had the opportunity to play with him before. He is one of those rare fishes that is just as comfortable in the classical realm as he is in jazz. And that’s doubly rare on french horn.

His featured selections include a Strauss concert with the “small group” version of the band and jazz numbers with the full ensemble. It should be a good show.

As usual, follow up with questions or such or just peg me on line.

Happy B’day, khromat!!!

Best of luck on your final test! I hope you ace it 🙂


Set alarm clock forward an hour …. check

Set an early get-up time to reset sleep patterns …. check

Turning the alarm clock on …. rolled a 1

DAMMIT I hate when I forget to durn the alarm clock on.

So we were a bit short on rehearsal time for the concert. The backup situation for when that happens is the dress rehearsal becomes and actual rehearsal. In most concerts the dress rehearsal is either for just a nice run-down of the pieces or is for final polishing with the guest artist present.

Well, I’ve been fighting off a bit of a cold. And when you put a 3-hour tightly-packed rehearsal in front of a 1.5 hour concert, it makes for one dead tiggy. Some of the first-half orchestra-only pieces had rough edges here and there, and Quiet City was a bit of a stretch for a pops concert, but the second half with Andy Stein more than balanced it.

It looks like all who made it had a really really good time. Andy Stein is probably one of the finest violinists alive today and saying that he’s picked up the mantle that the great Joe Venuti and has gone running with it is spot on.

I’m glad folks came out and had a good time. This will be another wonderful concert to have in the memory books. Oh. And a signed CD too. 🙂


This Saturday the BCSO will have it’s annual Pops concert.

A Pops concert is a little more relaxed than your standard stuffy orchestra concert and features lighter and fun fare.

Aside from the musical content (that I’ll cover in a moment), we do a special concert format. We set up the floor in round tables so folks can being picnic dinners for before and during the concert.

The venue is the common room of the Delaware Valley College. The reasons we have it in this location is not for acoustics. (The acoustics are moderate at best) It’s the only venue that allows our guests to bring along a little wine or scotch with their picnic dinner.

The musical content should be wonderful. This year we have Mr. Andy Stein as our guest artist. He is the leader of the Guy’s All Star Shoe Band that provides the music for NPR’s Prairie Home Companion radios show. The concert will also feature orchestral selections by Gershwin, Strauss, and a few others.

Tickets are $50 at the door. But since you know me, I can reserve spaces for $25 a head. Please let me know in the next day or so so I can phone in the reservation and get you in. 🙂

So the summary: Good food (if you bring it), Good wine (if you bring it), Good music (I’m bringing that) and Good fun. DVCC community room at 1pm this Saturday April 1 featuring Andy Stein.

Feel free to ask questions and whatnot.


Llama llama dhurrrrrr!

“Churches are becoming political organizations…. It probably will not be long until the churches will divide as sharply upon political, as upon theological questions; and when that day comes, if there are not liberals enough to hold the balance of power, this Government will be destroyed. The liberty of man is not safe in the hands of any church. Wherever the Bible and sword are in partnership, man is a slave. All laws for the purpose of making man worship God, are born of the same spirit that kindled the fires of the auto da fe [burning of heretics], and lovingly built the dungeons of the Inquisition.” – Colonel Robert Green Ingersoll, 1879

“What you should say to outsiders is that a Christian has neither more nor less rights in our Association than an atheist. When our platform becomes too narrow for people of all creeds and of no creeds, I myself shall not stand upon it.” – Susan B Anthony

“Atheists should not be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered patriots. This is one nation under God.” – George Bush Sr.

“I do not believe in the separation of church and state, nor did our founders.” –Jerry Falwell, August 2, 2000.

“If this were a dictatorship, it’d be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I’m the dictator.” –George W. Bush, December 18, 2000

“Christians have an obligation, a mandate, a commission, a holy responsibility to reclaim the land for Jesus Christ — to have dominion in civil structures, just as in every other aspect of life and godliness.
But it is dominion we are after. Not just a voice.
It is dominion we are after. Not just influence.
It is dominion we are after. Not just equal time.
It is dominion we are after. World conquest.
That’s what Christ has commissioned us to accomplish. We must win the world with the power of the Gospel. And we must never settle for anything less… Thus, Christian politics has as its primary intent the conquest of the land — of men, families, institutions, bureaucracies, courts, and governments for the Kingdom of Christ.” –George Grant (The Changing of the Guard, Biblical Principles for Political Action pp.50-51)

I think most people are spiritual at heart. I think that is just something of being human. And if that spirituality is directed a God or at a lifes work or whatever, that’s what it is.

I think a lot of people are passively religious. They recognize that the religion they are in is a guide on how to live a good life and they generally try to follow it.

I wonder how many extremists, like Mr Grant above, are going to smear the current “most popular” religion in this country to the point that folks will ebb towards atheism and agnosticism.