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I'm enjoying the hell out of this song tonight. Just heard it during an interview of the Dropkick Murphys on NPR, and I had to go find it on YouTube immediately!

Take 'Em Down
bobquasit: (Default)
I'm enjoying the hell out of this song tonight. Just heard it during an interview of the Dropkick Murphys on NPR, and I had to go find it on YouTube immediately!

Take 'Em Down

TMBG

Apr. 23rd, 2010 12:01 am
bobquasit: (Sebastian Riding)
Sebastian and I went with my father to see They Might Be Giants in Boston today. It was a public concert on the space between the Aquarium and the Rose Kennedy Greenway. Dad had to leave after a while; rock really isn't his genre. But Sebastian and I stayed through the whole thing and had a lot of fun. Here here is with a mysterious penguin-like creature who was wandering about:

TMBG

Apr. 23rd, 2010 12:01 am
bobquasit: (Sebastian Riding)
Sebastian and I went with my father to see They Might Be Giants in Boston today. It was a public concert on the space between the Aquarium and the Rose Kennedy Greenway. Dad had to leave after a while; rock really isn't his genre. But Sebastian and I stayed through the whole thing and had a lot of fun. Here here is with a mysterious penguin-like creature who was wandering about:

bobquasit: (Sebastian Riding)
I'm the nostalgic type. I remember a lot of my favorite things from when I was a child, and I try to share them with Sebastian.

Books, for example; I have a copy of almost every old book that I loved as a young boy. I've managed to get copies of some of those old TV shows and specials, too (although I still haven't managed to get Hodge Podge Lodge, unfortunately).

Records were a bigger problem. My turntable died not too many years after I bought my first CD player - which was one of the first CD players on the market - and I hadn't picked up a new one. Many of my particular favorites were never reissued on CD, and some couldn't be obtained even in LP form. They seemed to be completely forgotten.

Most of those favorite old records had been lost over the years, but my parents still had a few of them. There were three that I remembered particularly fondly: dramatizations of the lives of Mozart, Beethoven, and Bach. All that was left was the Mozart LP, and that was almost certainly in terrible condition. Sebastian is still young enough to enjoy those records, but time was running out...and I've never seen them on eBay or anywhere else.

Fast-forward to last month. Teri bought me a USB turntable for my birthday. I ordered a record-cleaner, which arrived on Friday; I tried to use it to clean The Story of Mozart. The record had been stored directly in the jacket for thirty years, and was very, very dusty. When I finished, the record looked clean. But as it played, large balls of dust were plowed up out of the grooves. The recording sounded terrible, with lots of loud hissing, strange distortions, and loud clicks from scratches. I worked the results over with the Audacity software that had come with the turntable, and was impressed at how much the results were improved. But they were still pretty poor.

Nonetheless I made a CD for Sebastian. I also decided to make the mp3 available online, because as far as I knew I was the only person who remembered that series and I thought it deserved to reach a new generation. I started to annotate the mp3 before posting it. But neither the jacket nor the label on the LP included the year that it was recorded! So I Googled "Tale-Spinners for Children", and found...a site that has mp3s of all 49 records in the series, plus dozens of recordings from similar series! The site's copy of The Story of Mozart sounds MUCH better than mine.

I suppose if you're old and cynical, you may not be able to enjoy these recordings. I'm sorry, if that's the case. But if you know any young children, you'd be doing them a favor to let them listen to some of these.

Tale-Spinners for Children
bobquasit: (Sebastian Riding)
I'm the nostalgic type. I remember a lot of my favorite things from when I was a child, and I try to share them with Sebastian.

Books, for example; I have a copy of almost every old book that I loved as a young boy. I've managed to get copies of some of those old TV shows and specials, too (although I still haven't managed to get Hodge Podge Lodge, unfortunately).

Records were a bigger problem. My turntable died not too many years after I bought my first CD player - which was one of the first CD players on the market - and I hadn't picked up a new one. Many of my particular favorites were never reissued on CD, and some couldn't be obtained even in LP form. They seemed to be completely forgotten.

Most of those favorite old records had been lost over the years, but my parents still had a few of them. There were three that I remembered particularly fondly: dramatizations of the lives of Mozart, Beethoven, and Bach. All that was left was the Mozart LP, and that was almost certainly in terrible condition. Sebastian is still young enough to enjoy those records, but time was running out...and I've never seen them on eBay or anywhere else.

Fast-forward to last month. Teri bought me a USB turntable for my birthday. I ordered a record-cleaner, which arrived on Friday; I tried to use it to clean The Story of Mozart. The record had been stored directly in the jacket for thirty years, and was very, very dusty. When I finished, the record looked clean. But as it played, large balls of dust were plowed up out of the grooves. The recording sounded terrible, with lots of loud hissing, strange distortions, and loud clicks from scratches. I worked the results over with the Audacity software that had come with the turntable, and was impressed at how much the results were improved. But they were still pretty poor.

Nonetheless I made a CD for Sebastian. I also decided to make the mp3 available online, because as far as I knew I was the only person who remembered that series and I thought it deserved to reach a new generation. I started to annotate the mp3 before posting it. But neither the jacket nor the label on the LP included the year that it was recorded! So I Googled "Tale-Spinners for Children", and found...a site that has mp3s of all 49 records in the series, plus dozens of recordings from similar series! The site's copy of The Story of Mozart sounds MUCH better than mine.

I suppose if you're old and cynical, you may not be able to enjoy these recordings. I'm sorry, if that's the case. But if you know any young children, you'd be doing them a favor to let them listen to some of these.

Tale-Spinners for Children

WGBH sucks

Nov. 29th, 2009 09:10 pm
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Thanks, WGBH. By transferring all your classical programming to WCRB's pathetically weak signal, you've successfully deprived southeastern Massachusetts and northern Rhode Island of our only source for classical radio. Your suggestion that listening online or buying an internet radio is just as good is just the sort of clueless elitism I'd expect.

And by killing off all jazz programming on 89.7, you've managed to take jazz radio away from us, to boot. My little boy is extremely disappointed; he wanted to know why there would never be jazz on his bedside radio ever again, and I had no explanation to give him.

For the record, this sort of stupid, arrogant programming decision is exactly why I will never donate to public radio or television again.

WGBH sucks

Nov. 29th, 2009 09:10 pm
bobquasit: (Default)
Thanks, WGBH. By transferring all your classical programming to WCRB's pathetically weak signal, you've successfully deprived southeastern Massachusetts and northern Rhode Island of our only source for classical radio. Your suggestion that listening online or buying an internet radio is just as good is just the sort of clueless elitism I'd expect.

And by killing off all jazz programming on 89.7, you've managed to take jazz radio away from us, to boot. My little boy is extremely disappointed; he wanted to know why there would never be jazz on his bedside radio ever again, and I had no explanation to give him.

For the record, this sort of stupid, arrogant programming decision is exactly why I will never donate to public radio or television again.

Status

Oct. 27th, 2009 12:06 pm
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Lots to tell about.

My hand still hurts, so I'm taking a regular dose of ibuprofen twice a day. The bruising has faded somewhat.

I still can't put pressure on it in the direction I fell; it hurts too much. I called the urgentcare clinic where I had it x-rayed, and they confirmed that it's not broken. I may call my doctor if it doesn't feel a lot better soon.
Read more... )

Status

Oct. 27th, 2009 12:06 pm
bobquasit: (Default)
Lots to tell about.

My hand still hurts, so I'm taking a regular dose of ibuprofen twice a day. The bruising has faded somewhat.

I still can't put pressure on it in the direction I fell; it hurts too much. I called the urgentcare clinic where I had it x-rayed, and they confirmed that it's not broken. I may call my doctor if it doesn't feel a lot better soon.
Read more... )

Possession

Sep. 25th, 2009 03:02 pm
bobquasit: (Default)
This video just gave me the chills.

Possession

Sep. 25th, 2009 03:02 pm
bobquasit: (Default)
This video just gave me the chills.

bobquasit: (Default)
I hadn't seen this video for a long time. And I can't believe that Dawn French and Hugh Laurie were in it! Is there anything Hugh Laurie wasn't in?

bobquasit: (Default)
I hadn't seen this video for a long time. And I can't believe that Dawn French and Hugh Laurie were in it! Is there anything Hugh Laurie wasn't in?

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I found this while looking for a way to make a sensible comment on an entry by [livejournal.com profile] fireheart, and I have to say I like it a lot!
bobquasit: (Default)
I found this while looking for a way to make a sensible comment on an entry by [livejournal.com profile] fireheart, and I have to say I like it a lot!
bobquasit: (Default)
And while I'm at it, here's PROOF that virtually anything can be found on YouTube: PDQ Bach's The Stoned Guest. It's the whole album in four parts. The only thing that's missing is the very funny "Opera Whiz" feature from the intermission.



My father used to play this a lot when I was little, and now I'm playing it for Sebastian (I have the actual album, fortunately). The funny thing is that Sebastian's favorite part is when Don Octave sings "For the first time in my life, I'm going to do something right!", slips, and accidentally stabs himself in the heart with a horrible scream. :D
bobquasit: (Default)
And while I'm at it, here's PROOF that virtually anything can be found on YouTube: PDQ Bach's The Stoned Guest. It's the whole album in four parts. The only thing that's missing is the very funny "Opera Whiz" feature from the intermission.



My father used to play this a lot when I was little, and now I'm playing it for Sebastian (I have the actual album, fortunately). The funny thing is that Sebastian's favorite part is when Don Octave sings "For the first time in my life, I'm going to do something right!", slips, and accidentally stabs himself in the heart with a horrible scream. :D
bobquasit: (Default)
Someone over on Askville had a brilliant idea a while ago. Perhaps I shouldn't be surprised that she's relatively new to the net.

Once a day, she asks "What song is stuck in your head today?". People respond by giving links to one or more songs on YouTube. I hadn't realized that almost every imaginable song is now available on YouTube. It's really amazing.
bobquasit: (Default)
Someone over on Askville had a brilliant idea a while ago. Perhaps I shouldn't be surprised that she's relatively new to the net.

Once a day, she asks "What song is stuck in your head today?". People respond by giving links to one or more songs on YouTube. I hadn't realized that almost every imaginable song is now available on YouTube. It's really amazing.

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