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#19456 foodie52

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 06:57 PM

Did anybody else watch the livestream of Bruce Springsteen's keynote speech at SXSW today? It was pretty damned good. NPR will have the audio archived on their website as of this evening.
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Posted 15 March 2012 - 07:15 PM

If it makes you feel better, responding with "Barcelona" is a fairly common wise-ass response to the question of "where you going?" in my home.


But at least you and Blovi stop before you get to "I'll stay." "Oh God!"

Not the kind of thing that people who have sworn to spend the rest of their lives together should be singing to each other.
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Posted 15 March 2012 - 08:21 PM

You think "Another hundred people just got off of the train" is safer? :cool:

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 09:10 PM

"The Little Things You Do Together"

So much more appropriate.

(I always had the feeling my wife wanted to sing "Not Getting Married Today", but she just didn't have the patter skills.)
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Posted 16 March 2012 - 05:55 PM

I was treated to a rendition of that recently. <_<

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 02:56 PM

Just got my Media accreditation for Tales Of The Cocktail.

Have been to NOLA many times, but never managed to make a visit coincide with this event

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Posted 25 March 2012 - 04:59 PM

Went to a high school musical performance of Once Upon A Mattress last night. The daughter of a friend had the Lady Larken role. (A freshman, she had the best voice on that stage. I say that with little bias; you could tell that the whole audience felt that way.) With all you hear about "kids these days," it was refreshing to see a bunch of more-or-less normal kids putting their hearts & souls into this production. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it.
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Posted 25 March 2012 - 06:26 PM

Went to a high school musical performance of Once Upon A Mattress last night. The daughter of a friend had the Lady Larken role. (A freshman, she had the best voice on that stage. I say that with little bias; you could tell that the whole audience felt that way.) With all you hear about "kids these days," it was refreshing to see a bunch of more-or-less normal kids putting their hearts & souls into this production. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it.


One of the things I miss most about teaching (and there are so very few) is just that--watching kids put their hearts and souls into whatever their doing, whether it be a performance, a project, or even just a short quiz. I really loved being a witness to that.

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 02:11 AM

I saw the Brooklyn Youth Chorus tonight at a New Music program. They were singing a long ponderous vocal-symphonic work about the idea of Brooklyn history (not Brooklyn history, mind you: the idea of Brooklyn history). As always, it was a pleasure to watch these Talented Young People sing their hearts out, even in advanced repetoire.

The piece began with the chorus singing, over and over, "Am I born to die?" I thought that was cruel. Those kids will have plenty of time to obsess about mortality in the future.

(This piece -- written in the sometimes banal "new accessibility" style -- was BORING. But, it was accompanied by a picture show [put together by the estimable Laurie Olinder]. At one point, there was a pretty long focus on a photo of SethG's apartment building. THAT gave me something to think about: "Hey, there's Seth's building! I wonder which window is Seth's?! I wonder, if I knew which window to look at, if I'd be able to see Seth or R if I looked really hard?! Hey, Seth's building! Looking good!" Then, unfortunately, it was on to something else.)
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Posted 27 March 2012 - 08:47 PM

I won another raffle today--this one for a dozen cupcakes from Tribeca Treats, which they kindly delivered to my office.
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Posted 16 April 2012 - 05:54 PM

Belated Christmas package from my Australian friend. I'd sent her some American goodies (pancake mix, maple syrup, etc.), so she sent me a whole box of Australian sweets, including chocolate Tim Tams, ginger gummies, and fun-size Cherry Ripes.
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Posted 19 April 2012 - 02:33 PM

Through an amazing stroke of luck, I have a photo published in The Occupy Handbook.

It was hard to believe until I got a copy in hand, but there it is. The list of essay contributors is impressive, to say the least: Paul Krugman, Paul Volcker, Nouriel Roubini, Michael Lewis, John Cassidy, Peter Diamond, Amy Goodman, Barbara Ehrenriech, Ariel Dorfman, Jeff Sachs, Matt Taibbi, Felix Salmon, David Cay Johnson, among others. Again, it was pure dumb luck that I'm involved, but I'll take it.
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Posted 19 April 2012 - 02:46 PM

Through an amazing stroke of luck, I have a photo published in The Occupy Handbook.

It was hard to believe until I got a copy in hand, but there it is. The list of essay contributors is impressive, to say the least: Paul Krugman, Paul Volcker, Nouriel Roubini, Michael Lewis, John Cassidy, Peter Diamond, Amy Goodman, Barbara Ehrenriech, Ariel Dorfman, Jeff Sachs, Matt Taibbi, Felix Salmon, David Cay Johnson, among others. Again, it was pure dumb luck that I'm involved, but I'll take it.

Congratulations!

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 02:49 PM

Blondie, congratulations...that's some august company!

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 02:52 PM


Through an amazing stroke of luck, I have a photo published in The Occupy Handbook.

It was hard to believe until I got a copy in hand, but there it is. The list of essay contributors is impressive, to say the least: Paul Krugman, Paul Volcker, Nouriel Roubini, Michael Lewis, John Cassidy, Peter Diamond, Amy Goodman, Barbara Ehrenriech, Ariel Dorfman, Jeff Sachs, Matt Taibbi, Felix Salmon, David Cay Johnson, among others. Again, it was pure dumb luck that I'm involved, but I'll take it.

Congratulations!

Good for you, Blondie.
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