Tuesday, February 27, 2007

binocular, bird-watching, and taking pictures:



Bought a "Bushnell ImageView 11-1025" a couple of days ago. Started with looking at some binoculars at Target?!? and then tried to be smart and buy one with digital camera??!!?? for $70 ???!!!! and the result is in front of you:

Pretty lame pictures, although the binocular itself is not too bad for the price, but the digital camera ....

all are seen from my office window

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Russian Romanticism:

After so many years of listening to classical music I am beginning to get the depth and beauty of Russian Romantic music ... by listening to Rachmaninoff 2nd piano concerto, the 4th minute of the second movement ... it is a heavenly melody

2016-10-17: Still the same, here is a good performance:

https://youtu.be/rEGOihjqO9w




Friday, February 16, 2007

Clap your hands ... Say yeah!!!

A great new band, I have listened to their first album and it is very good. Especially, I liked three tracks 4 [instrumental],5 [details of the war - lyrics], 6 [The skin of my ... - lyrics] together ... they reminded me of Led Zeppelin's "stairway to heaven"

NPR has had programs on them, and praised their second album, but I have not listened to the new album yet.

Monday, February 12, 2007

NPR on heavy metal

Plus nominates for 2006 Grammy in "heavy metal":

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=7350342


plus, heavy metal for interrogation!?! well, not surprising really:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1290449

Rachmaninoff: 2nd Piano Concerto

This is an excellent piano concerto:

Rachmaninoff: Concerto #2 In C Minor, Op. 18
http://youtu.be/rEGOihjqO9w



Especially the second movement (Adagio Sostenuto). I have the CD with "Sviatoslav Richter" as the pianist and its fantastic.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Kontroll

Watched this movie tonight: Kontroll
Good, recommend it highly

Dark movie, although surreal but not boring and not much confusing, fast pace, good music, humorous, a bit violent

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Beet - Metal

The distinction between music genres can be quite misleading. For example, listen to the second movement of Beethoven's first piano sonata:

Sonata No. 1 for Piano and Cello in F major, op. 5 No. 1. II Rondo. Allegro vivace
Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzCDoe5e9Bo

It has a heavy-metal hidden feature that I cannot describe but I am sure that will be much more apparent with a different orchestration. For example, note around 1'30'': It is amazing, the power of the beats ...

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

From Inside ...

What do you think about this comment:


Hi,

This is a voice of sanity from Israel. Someone has to stop this madness!
Israel is about to drop nuclear bombs on Tehran, Iran's oil and nuclear
facilities, This April!!! Good Innocent Iranians will die for nothing!
and the Good Inoccent Israelies will die too after Iran responds...How
can we stop this madness? The Media in my country has already started to
prepare public opinion for war with Iran. How can it be stopped?

Random thoughts

The reality of leaving in a random world is huge, and is a direct consequence of the "contemplative" power of human beings, and then comes religion as our guard against it.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Clear Shallow Water

I started reading this novel, `` The Driver ,'' by Hart Hanson , and I did not like it much and decided to stop. But then I came ba...