Sunday, November 26, 2006

Adultery --- A scientific view?

I find the last part of this part of the "infinite mind" series (NPR) very interesting. The program topic was cheating and the last section was about adultery. (Read Here / Listen Here)

Thursday, November 16, 2006

OperaTalk! with Nick Reveles: Carmen

Since its moderately successful premiere in 1875, Bizet's Carmen has grown in stature to become one of the world's most beloved works of musical theater. Host Nick Reveles guides viewers through the opera's history, from its turbulent inception to its present status as a timeless masterpiece. Series: "OperaTalk! with Nick Reveles" [Arts and Music] [Humanities]


I have had the problem of "getting into" operatic music for a while. In very few occasions, like in Philadelphia, I would hear a piece of an opera that would grab my attention.

This CD has been my entrance to this new world, although I have only half of one foot in!!!???

Maria Callas: The Legend

This is a fantastic piece, and she is an incredible singer, unbelievable. I found the CD when I was searching for the following piece from Carmen opera by Bizet. This is a truly magnificant short piece that I first heard on public radio:

Carmen: Act I: L'amour Est Un Oiseau Rebelle (Sample: Listen -- from amazon)

Also, related, watch this video related to the Bizet's Carmen.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Fantasy or Reality?

This is fantastic, if you can read Farsi, a short p-o-r-n-o piece!!!

The problem is that I don't think it is for real!

I guess the first reaction of every man (or woman?!) of my age is jealosy: compare this with the condition there when we grew up!

But then, do I really want to live in a place like this now?

Classical CD: Vivaldi - Yo Yo Ma

One of my favorites these days:

Vivaldi's Cello Yo Yo Ma / Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra / Ton Koopman (Amazon)

I especially like this tracks (more info here)

3- Concerto for 2 Cellos in G minor, RV 531 by Antonio Vivaldi - Allegro (sample - amazon)

11- Concerto for Viola d'Amore and Lute in D minor, RV 540 by Antonio Vivaldi - Allegro (sample - amazon)

15- Concerto for Cello in C minor, RV 401 by Antonio Vivaldi - Allegro Ma Non Molto (sample - amazon)

Especially the last one was new to me. Cheesy taste -- all alegros :) ???

Monday, November 13, 2006

More on Falcons:

I think the raptors I see from my office are "Peregrine Falcon" and not hawks, mainly
because of their wings when they fly. Here is a nice description:

"The often-held image of the Peregrine as a symbol of wilderness diminishes when one sees this falcon breeding on metropolitan bridges and urban skyscrapers or watches tundra migrants on their neotropical nonbreeding grounds speeding along traffic-jammed boulevards at streetlight height in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, or Buenos Aires, Argentina, chasing bats at sunset. Indeed, a Peregrine is always worth watching; humankind has long admired this species as nature’s perfect aerodynamic performer and as a strikingly beautiful bird."

Source: The Birds of North America Online (Needs subscription)

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Two hawks:

These two hawks outside my office, sometimes, become nuisance. I just keep watching them fly and (try to) catch pigeons. Pigeons do better manuvers, and in fact, they fly much more beautifully when a hawk is around!

Monday, November 06, 2006

New Blogs:

every once in a while i check some "english" blogs and usually find interesting ones, here is what I found tonight:

here is an interesting post:

the only problem is that i do not check thes (english) blogs more than once in months!!!!

Friday, November 03, 2006

NPR on Iraq:

I listened to this program today on my way to work:

At some point, there is a very interesting comment .
Answering the question "what Iraqis think about the
current situation?" one reporter says:

Nobody in Iraq takes blame,
everone (including ordinary
people) thinks that
Iraq's problem are rooted in
"foreign interventions":
neighbors (Iran, Jordan, Syria)
and US are to blame.
But no Iraqi thinks that they are themselves responsible!

Do you find this familiar? How many Iranians you know who find
respnsible (to some extent) for what is/has been happening in Iran?

IT'S NOT ...

.. ``It's not your spread, and it's not how strong you are, and it's not how fast you are, because you have all those thing...