Incidents and Accidents, Hints and Allegations

A GOOD health note, for a change
dresser, Montano, 2006
bruceb
Sometimes there are genuine clear-cut markers of progress, even when it comes to something as overall ghastly as my health. I notice that since my move, I'm managing to function pretty well in the evening without any caffeine after supper, until bedtime at a reasonable hour. So my body's albe to produce that much more energy, thanks to better quarters. A good start, I'm thinking.

Montano's examination
dresser, Montano, 2006
bruceb
Montano's examination by Mrigashirsha
Montano's examination, a photo by Mrigashirsha on Flickr.

Was Montano really pretty curious about the smells today? Yes, yes he was.


Me, Fate, Mecha, More
dresser, Montano, 2006
bruceb
There are two reasons you should back this Kickstarter, for Apotheosis Drive X.

#1. It's a very nifty game, and awesome mecha action is really seriously neglected within gaming. There's the Mekton games, and a bit from BESM, and not a whole lot else. David and Filamena have done a wonderful job pushing Fate Core so that it does epic action with melodrama. Like, it's got the skill for taking action specifically when both mecha and pilot have severe-consequence-level damage. It's good.

#2. If you push the stretch goals enough, not only will you get to see Geoffrey McVey do fightin' Hindu magical mecha, possibly with dance rules, you can also see me write cephalopods in mecha versus Wells' Martians at the bottom of the sea. And I'd like to do that.

Mail note
dresser, Montano, 2006
bruceb
For years now I've gone back and forth between mrigashirsha@gmail.com and bbaugh@me.com as primary versus secondary addresses. I'm not about to get rid of either, but now that Mom's close, I'll be helping her more with computer stuff, and am arranging more of my setup to match hers for ease of show and tell. So you may get faster service pinging me at bbaugh@me.com , if you're one of those whose mail I answer. :)

I've got a Mom in proximity
dresser, Montano, 2006
bruceb
It took a while, but Mom is here, has given her new place an appraisal, and we're unwinding. Tomorrow morning the movers bring her stuff. :)

A moving day
dresser, Montano, 2006
bruceb
Today's the day. Mom moves up from Portland. All good vibes welcome, in whatever way it seems best to you to vibrate. :)

Recomposing Vivaldi
dresser, Montano, 2006
bruceb
One of the more intriguing concept albums in my collection is Max Richter's Recomposed by Max Richter: Vivaldi, The Four Seasons. It is what it sounds like, more or less. Richter is a British composer who's taken the score for the Four Seasons and poked at it some. Some passage survive intact, others have been adjusted to varying degrees. The result is an astonishingly lovely album, in the emotional spectrum of solace and consolation as well as simple relaxation. Here's part of it.


Just then, when it was least expected...
dresser, Montano, 2006
bruceb
Hello, folks. It's been rather a while since I was in touch here. Let's catch up.

My health had another one of those long downward spirals last year. There were occasional ups, but more downs. But circumstances intervened in a good way: I needed to move. From the vantage point of my new apartment, I can see just how bad the old one had gotten. Some of the big problems turn out to have basically been mine, with needed chores neglected. Others turn out to be the place itself degrading for want of needed maintenance and upgrading.

Now the latter are far away from me - well, across town, since I've moved from Ballard to Redmond. The new place is very much an upgrade for me. In fact it would normally be flat-out beyond my means, but there's a regulation that new housing construction in this area set aside some units for income-restricted tenants. That's me. So here I am in a building that's only two or three years old, built to modern standards, including insulation. That alone will save me a ton in power bills. It's just amazing. I'm in a beautiful unit in a beautiful building, with a whole lot in very walkable distance.

Now to resume work on my well-being, to prepare for upcoming challenges, of which more in another post.

We're NASA and we know it
dresser, Montano, 2006
bruceb
Props to Mom for seeing this on some blog and telling me about it. :)




Beethoven for All
dresser, Montano, 2006
bruceb
This is just amazing, and I want to share it with you all.

Mom's visiting this weekend, and I went looking for some classical music to add to my library. I saw the iTunes store giving front-page attention to new recordings of Beethoven by Daniel Barenboim. Well, thought I, Barenboim's an awesome conductor, let's see...and here's the complete symphonies for $19.99 in high-quality digital form. I listened to some sample tracks, was wowed, and bought. 

That would be good news all by itself. Lots of Beethoven (5.5 hours for the 9 symphonies) at such a great price, and performed so very well. But there's more...

The orchestra he recorded these with is the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. Never heard of them. But the program notes explain.

This is an orchestra founded in 1999 by Barenboim and his friend and fellow Beethoven scholar, the late Edward Said. Yes, the Said of Orientalism and so much important scholarship in the humanities. It brings together young musicians from all across the Middle East, to make great music together.

Wow. 

Right now you can get the whole set of symphonies, individual albums with 1-2 each, and a greatest-hits sort of collection of some from the symphonies, some from the piano sonatas, and so on. The Beethoven For All website has links for purchasing. This is a worthy cause offering some most excellent benefits. Check it out!

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