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#1435962 Today I played...

Posted by taion on 26 December 2018 - 03:01 PM

Bach: Bereitet die Wege, bereitet die Bahn (John Eliot Gardiner/&c.) (Yes, I know it's late for this. Whatever.)


Kevin Ayers: Bananamour


Bach: Christmas Oratorio (Parts 1 and 2) (Diego Fasolis/&c.)

#1432511 Today I played...

Posted by taion on 18 September 2018 - 02:52 PM

Well, there wasn't that much Gentle Giant. I did like the Roxy Music stuff.


Pergolesi: Stabat MaterLaudate pueriConfitebor (Jaroussky / Lezhneva / Fasolis / I Barocchisti)


Sequentia: Voice of the Blood (Hildegard von Bingen)

#1430943 Sequels That Were Better Than the First One

Posted by taion on 03 August 2018 - 05:08 PM

Wilfrid and Wilfrid1.

#1427396 Today I played...

Posted by taion on 07 May 2018 - 06:45 PM

Saint-Saëns: Le Carnaval des animaux (Renaud Capuçon, Gautier Capuçon, Emmanuel Pahud, &c.)

Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf (Sting / Claudio Abbado / Chamber Orchestra of Europe)

Bach: Violin Concertos (Violin concerto in A minor & E major, double violin concerto, Brandenberg concerto 5) (Daniel Hope / Chamber Orchestra of Europe)


Adams: Harmonielehre, The Chairman DancesTromba LontanaShort Ride in a Fast Machine (Simon Rattle / City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra)

#1426412 So many Exhibitions, So Little Time

Posted by taion on 16 April 2018 - 01:02 AM

The Markus Brunetti show at Yossi Milo really is all that. Wow.

Goes nicely with the photographs from the Bechers at Paula Cooper right now.

#1424678 Currently Reading...

Posted by taion on 13 March 2018 - 07:37 PM

I actually ended up reading Plato because I wanted to read Alasdair MacIntyre, but realized that I should read Aristotle before MacIntyre, then realized again that I should read Plato before Aristotle.


Starting on Anna Karenina now (I really had the worst high school literature classes ever, apparently), and reading Lydia Davis's Collected Stories on the side.

#1424219 Clueless questions II (The Ones You Really Want Answered)

Posted by taion on 04 March 2018 - 03:14 AM

That's what I do too, but it's still annoying.

#1423895 Billy Graham

Posted by taion on 26 February 2018 - 10:08 PM

Guardian opinion columnist has unflattering things to say about a theologically orthodox Christian? What a surprise.
What a preacher, this Mr Billy Graham.

admin post: deleted religious content.

#1422994 The Beatles

Posted by taion on 07 February 2018 - 06:31 PM

Quincy Jones is very unimpressed with the Beatles: http://www.vulture.c...nversation.html


He is, however, quite impressed with Paul Allen on guitar.


Quincy Jones is also quite possibly the greatest interviewee in the history of all interviewees, ever.

#1419022 What makes you laugh?

Posted by taion on 13 November 2017 - 06:14 PM

Cryptobolivars instead of Dunning-Krugerands?

#1417047 Taxonomy of Modern Restaurants

Posted by taion on 12 October 2017 - 11:56 PM

Maybe we should stop derailing the Boston thread, so here goes.


It seems like we're dealing with a number of categories of restaurants, and making generalizations based on those categories. Obviously, this taxonomy won't be definitive, but I think it'd be nice to lay it out explicitly:

  • San Pellegrino style restaurants: long tasting menus with small portions at very high prices, seldom found outside of top-tier dining areas
  • Fancy French food restaurants: dinosaurs, largely available anywhere, generally good execution, sometimes fossilized, bidet service
    • Subgenre: Like the above, but with '80s or '90s style "New" American food
  • NBC restaurants: the cool places we all like
    • Subgenre: Restaurants like this with heavy, unique regional influences
  • Local vernacular restaurants

Is this sort of the taxonomy we've been working with?

#1415443 New iPhones

Posted by taion on 14 September 2017 - 03:42 PM

I switched from Android to iOS and haven't really looked back.


iOS isn't perfect, and there are a few things that I miss, but overall even at the time of switch, iOS just consistently feels more responsive, fluid, &c. Also, iMessage and FaceTime are great, plus integration that just works with my Macs to let me do things like handle text messaging and phone calls on my computers.


A $200 premium over the 8+ doesn't seem ridiculous at all to get a comparable screen size in a much smaller body size.


To add nuance to Nathan's point on CPUs, where Apple has a huge lead in the mobile space right now is in single-threaded performance, which essentially bottlenecks responsiveness. The Qualcomm CPUs have been competitive (and sometimes ahead, at least on paper) on multi-threaded perf, but if you've ever extensively used both iOS and Android devices, the iOS devices consistently just feel more responsive.


In a vacuum, as a mobile OS, I think Android is better because of intents, cross-app integration, &c., but iPhones are just smoother in use, plus their suite of applications is really, reallyreally convenient in practice if you use a Mac.

#1414049 Today I played...

Posted by taion on 22 August 2017 - 11:55 PM

Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell: United

Aretha Franklin: Lady Soul

Dyke & the Blazers: "Funky Broadway" (part 1 and 2)

Sly & the Family Stone: "Dance to the Music", Stand!, "Hot Fun in the Summertime", "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)", "Everybody Is a Star", There's a Riot Goin' On

#1414025 Village Voice, print edition

Posted by taion on 22 August 2017 - 05:30 PM


#1413076 Ethical Question - Maternity Leave and Job Change

Posted by taion on 07 August 2017 - 02:29 AM

There is no inherent moral dimension here. It's only business.