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by jbuck919
Sat Jun 23, 2018 8:18 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Should every high school have a film club?
Replies: 13
Views: 591

Re: Should every high school have a film club?

Not to mention "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" I teach both Virginia Woolf and Streetcar every year, the plays along with the movies. Once taught Streetcar to 9th-grade failures in summer school. They liked it a lot. Those films are based on play texts that are works of literature in their own ri...
by jbuck919
Sat Jun 23, 2018 9:24 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Should every high school have a film club?
Replies: 13
Views: 591

Re: Should every high school have a film club?

Sounds like you've got excellent things happening there with your students. I've done storyboarding with my students and they seem to enjoy that and learn to understand how film is constructed. Mine you, I have no experience in the digital media with cinema and have no idea how they're put together...
by jbuck919
Fri Jun 22, 2018 9:23 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Mcdonalds Change
Replies: 5
Views: 45

Re: Mcdonalds Change

The only reason I am not kidding the Gorans about resorting to McDonalds is that it would be the pot calling the kettle black. The school day starts so early and I live so far from most of the schools that more often than not I stop at McDonald's for breakfast to go. (Always the no. 2 breakfast with...
by jbuck919
Mon Jun 18, 2018 8:56 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Nazi quote in Massachusetts high-school yearbook causes consternation
Replies: 3
Views: 157

Re: Nazi quote in Massachusetts high-school yearbook causes consternation

The quote is clear evidence that Donald Trump is not like the Nazi leadership. Most of his lies are only of moderate proportions even though they are many, they can be so convoluted that often it is difficult to know just what he is talking about, and he changes them almost minute by minute. That's ...
by jbuck919
Mon Jun 18, 2018 5:57 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Lawsuit claims Harvard admissions penalizes Asian-Americans
Replies: 14
Views: 561

Re: Lawsuit claims Harvard admissions penalizes Asian-Americans

The lawsuit, I believe, is coming out of the collective memory of that painful past. To say that invoking those painful memories is tendentious strikes me as, well, tendentious. Historical memory is not a palimpsest easily written over by appeals to self-evident truth bereft of evidence or to logic...
by jbuck919
Mon Jun 18, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Lawsuit claims Harvard admissions penalizes Asian-Americans
Replies: 14
Views: 561

Re: Lawsuit claims Harvard admissions penalizes Asian-Americans

we are still paying the price for the unspeakable evil of slavery, which includes being caught more or less permanently between a rock and a hard place when it comes to affirmative action. African slavery was indisputably a grievous evil we are still paying for. So is the legacy of anti-Asian riots...
by jbuck919
Mon Jun 18, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Dr. Peterson and the re-birth of Conservatism: WSJ
Replies: 24
Views: 532

Re: Dr. Peterson and the re-birth of Conservatism: WSJ

Belle wrote:
Mon Jun 18, 2018 1:01 am
Annoyingly, Dr. Peterson is still being referred to as Mr. Peterson. Some manners from the mainstream media, if you please!!
How about The Reverend Dr. Peterson? :roll:
by jbuck919
Mon Jun 18, 2018 9:00 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Lawsuit claims Harvard admissions penalizes Asian-Americans
Replies: 14
Views: 561

Re: Lawsuit claims Harvard admissions penalizes Asian-Americans

Universities must practice some form of affirmative action ... I prefer to take out of context the passage from Deuteronomy which has proven all too true. It is something about visiting the iniquities of the fathers unto the third and forth [and 9th and 10th] generation. It's the in-thing today to ...
by jbuck919
Sun Jun 17, 2018 4:52 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Lawsuit claims Harvard admissions penalizes Asian-Americans
Replies: 14
Views: 561

Re: Lawsuit claims Harvard admissions penalizes Asian-Americans

Very obviously, this is a question of political philosophy. Universities must practice some form of affirmative action if their student bodies are not going to be uniformly this, that, or the other identity from traditionally achieving groups. Some members of such groups are always going to object t...
by jbuck919
Sat Jun 16, 2018 7:44 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Lawsuit claims Harvard admissions penalizes Asian-Americans
Replies: 14
Views: 561

Re: Lawsuit claims Harvard admissions penalizes Asian-Americans

First, modernistfan, holding a Ph.D. from Harvard, however impressive, does not make you a Harvard graduate, any more than I am a Yale graduate. You are a graduate of your undergraduate college. Hmmmm. This view does not appear to be shared by the university from which I received a Master's degree ...
by jbuck919
Fri Jun 15, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Lawsuit claims Harvard admissions penalizes Asian-Americans
Replies: 14
Views: 561

Re: Lawsuit claims Harvard admissions penalizes Asian-Americans

First, modernistfan, holding a Ph.D. from Harvard, however impressive, does not make you a Harvard graduate, any more than I am a Yale graduate. You are a graduate of your undergraduate college. This has been going on forever with no end in sight. When I was at Princeton (my true alma mater), there ...
by jbuck919
Fri Jun 15, 2018 8:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical and jazz musicians's brains differ, study shows
Replies: 8
Views: 352

Re: Classical and jazz musicians's brains differ, study shows

You mean jazz musicians have brains? <ducking and running> Well, it has been said that jazz pianists who seem to have fabulous techniques still get to pick the notes they play. This sounds like something of a variation on that. Also, I once knew someone in Columbia MD who had hired a very famous ja...
by jbuck919
Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: The making of Amadeus
Replies: 6
Views: 330

Re: The making of Amadeus

Belle wrote:
Tue Jun 12, 2018 10:16 am
I couldn't find a link here.
Well, I posted it as a YouTube. You should just be able to click on the YouTube "play" symbol and not have to go through a link. However, here is the link if that's what you need:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skTpAngaMPg
by jbuck919
Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:02 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: An extraordinary woman
Replies: 1
Views: 153

Re: An extraordinary woman

Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Steve Jobs, may be doing more important work than he ever did. It's a long article from the Washington Post magazine, but I read it from beginning to end. Stories like this and people like her give me hope. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/style/wp/2018/06/11/fe...
by jbuck919
Mon Jun 11, 2018 7:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Overdue for a meet-up?
Replies: 75
Views: 5152

Re: Overdue for a meet-up?

Isn't it Larry Rinkel with an R (and an i)? Hope he comes. John, thanks, yes it is-he's on the right! Before things get more complicated with 2 lunches I'm going to put up two threads, one for each date. Regards, Len http://i116.photobucket.com/albums/o7/lensue/Harris%20Cliftwood%20Lance%20and%20La...
by jbuck919
Mon Jun 11, 2018 7:41 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A loved one is severely depressed: how to help
Replies: 5
Views: 317

Re: A loved one is severely depressed: how to help

jserraglio wrote:
Mon Jun 11, 2018 4:03 pm
Frigid Sweden could be why right-wingers are unperturbed by global warming. The Ice-Belt in the USA has seen the largest increases in suicides since 1999.
Yes, simple "SAD" is a more likely hypothesis.
by jbuck919
Mon Jun 11, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A loved one is severely depressed: how to help
Replies: 5
Views: 317

Re: A loved one is severely depressed: how to help

Some years ago Sweden was found to have an unusually high suicide rate. One of my co-workers of right-wing persuasion said something to the effect that this is what happens when a society destroys the possibility of self-determination. In other words, without examining facts or offering any evidence...
by jbuck919
Sun Jun 10, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Saratoga Chamber Players appearing this weekend
Replies: 3
Views: 315

Re: Saratoga Chamber Players appearing this weekend

Also, by posting this I am committing myself to attending the Sunday performance instead of just coming home from church and calling it a day. (Glens Falls is a 40-minute drive and I substitute teach there all the time.) You picked the right day-the 2 weekends later the Goran's will be up there fra...
by jbuck919
Sat Jun 09, 2018 5:54 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Life on Mars? Can't be ruled in, or out, after Rover finds organic matter and methane spikes
Replies: 4
Views: 301

Re: Life on Mars? Can't be ruled in, or out, after Rover finds organic matter and methane spikes

It was demonstrated decades ago in a laboratory that organic molecules can be produced under conditions that simulate early solar system history with the building blocks of carbon and hydrogen present. Until there is a sign of a self-replicating molecule, I am sticking with the "we are alone" suppo...
by jbuck919
Sat Jun 09, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: The making of Amadeus
Replies: 6
Views: 330

The making of Amadeus

This may have been posted before. Caution: It is not a director's cut as the YouTube title implies. It is a telling of the story about how the film came about.

by jbuck919
Sat Jun 09, 2018 5:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Overdue for a meet-up?
Replies: 75
Views: 5152

Re: Overdue for a meet-up?

I called pomodoro and they said that between about 1:30 and 4:30 that private second level space shouldn't be a problem if the reservation was made in advance even on a Sat. Regards, Len http://i116.photobucket.com/albums/o7/lensue/pomodoro%20on%20a%20sat%20afternoon_zpssrhgrbqe.jpg Well then go ah...
by jbuck919
Sat Jun 09, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Saratoga Chamber Players appearing this weekend
Replies: 3
Views: 315

Saratoga Chamber Players appearing this weekend

I don't necessarily expect anyone to listen to this all the way through, but it does give you an idea of some of the treasures we have here. Also, by posting this I am committing myself to attending the Sunday performance instead of just coming home from church and calling it a day. (Glens Falls is ...
by jbuck919
Sat Jun 09, 2018 6:16 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Anthony Bourdain dead at 61--shock and horror
Replies: 10
Views: 509

Re: Anthony Bourdain dead at 61--shock and horror

On top of it all he left behind a young child whom he loved well enough to quit smoking for her (or so he said).

Here is an appreciation:

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/annal ... -the-truth
by jbuck919
Fri Jun 08, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Life on Mars? Can't be ruled in, or out, after Rover finds organic matter and methane spikes
Replies: 4
Views: 301

Re: Life on Mars? Can't be ruled in, or out, after Rover finds organic matter and methane spikes

It was demonstrated decades ago in a laboratory that organic molecules can be produced under conditions that simulate early solar system history with the building blocks of carbon and hydrogen present. Until there is a sign of a self-replicating molecule, I am sticking with the "we are alone" suppos...
by jbuck919
Fri Jun 08, 2018 2:17 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Should every high school have a film club?
Replies: 13
Views: 591

Should every high school have a film club?

Yesterday I was substituting for a social studies teacher. Exams are over and most classes are killing time until the literal end of the school year, which invites worst expectations regarding behavior for a sub. But I've gotten pretty good at this, and with basically good kids things rarely go wron...
by jbuck919
Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Overdue for a meet-up?
Replies: 75
Views: 5152

Re: Overdue for a meet-up?

so I would have thought that the problem would not be finding a restaurant where there's room for us, but finding one that serves lunch on Saturday. I can't make the executive decision that some still think falls on me unless we solve that problem. Eating at the same place both times, if it is open...
by jbuck919
Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Concert Hall Allow Drinks and More
Replies: 38
Views: 2267

Re: Concert Hall Allow Drinks and More

Terrible idea. People will spill them, on themselves and the hall's floors and chairs, causing disturbances during the performance and additional cost for cleanup. The way to rebuild audiences for classical music is to make the performance itself irresistable through the choice of repertoire and ar...
by jbuck919
Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:09 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Steel tariffs are already undermining a small business in Cleveland
Replies: 9
Views: 595

Re: Steel tariffs are already undermining a small business in Cleveland

Big mistake, Dumbo (imitating Endora getting Darren's name wrong in the old TV series Bewitched. The whole point of the tariffs was to strengthen your support in the swing states which put you into office in the first place.
by jbuck919
Thu Jun 07, 2018 4:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Overdue for a meet-up?
Replies: 75
Views: 5152

Re: Overdue for a meet-up?

Looking forward to either date........ Brian I think John B said he's still a definite for July 18th but that Aug 11 might make for a second dinner-one consideration for Aug 11th is it's a Sat and that might it harder for us to have the restaurant practically to ourselves like you seem to be able t...
by jbuck919
Thu Jun 07, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Classical Music for a Modern Age" videos
Replies: 13
Views: 808

Re: "Classical Music for a Modern Age" videos

Very recently on NPR I heard excerpts from a jazz composer (yes, there are such, it seems) whose work was about to appear locally. I regret not having gotten the name. It was very definitely jazz (for a small ensemble) but modernist jazz. I already knew that such existed, and while I can't imagine m...
by jbuck919
Wed Jun 06, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tonight's Brokeback Mountain
Replies: 14
Views: 1051

Re: Tonight's Brokeback Mountain

To those we could add Benjamin Britten, whose musical language could be quite astringent at times I agree and Britten's The Turn of the Screw was actually one of the modern works on my list to illustrate how English could be brought across in an atonal work. I would say George Benjamin does this be...
by jbuck919
Tue Jun 05, 2018 7:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "How Shakespeare Used Music to Tell Stories"
Replies: 2
Views: 429

Re: "How Shakespeare Used Music to Tell Stories"

Reminds me of Zefrirelli's R&J, a little of which I saw again today while substituting for a teacher who had a co-teacher who gave the best work-up of Act 3 that I have ever seen. They were not the traditionally brightest kids either (in face it was considered a special ed class),but they were all o...
by jbuck919
Tue Jun 05, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Letter The Met and James Levine
Replies: 24
Views: 1801

Re: Letter The Met and James Levine

Folks, these things happen all the time. The US is just particularly puritanical and absolute about it. If no overt abuse or betrayal of trust is involved, other countries are generally more willing to shrug off and minimalize these kinds of offenses. At the risk of being taxonomized as puritanus a...
by jbuck919
Mon Jun 04, 2018 7:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Letter The Met and James Levine
Replies: 24
Views: 1801

Re: Letter The Met and James Levine

There have been very unsavoury composers and musicians in the past - like Richard Wagner, whose music we all love. He was an irksome individual who used other people, left massive debts where-ever he went, worked with von Bulow whilst sleeping with his wife, and asked people for money to fund his o...
by jbuck919
Mon Jun 04, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Son of late violinist George Dreyfus speaks out as Philadelphia Orch faces EU protests in advance of Israel tour
Replies: 5
Views: 787

Re: Son of late violinist George Dreyfus speaks out as Philadelphia Orch faces EU protests in advance of Israel tour

As for the trip to Israel, I agree with the young Mr. Dreyfus, not of course because Israel in any way resembles North Korea, but because it must be acknowledged that after years of Benjamin Netanyahu's leadership abetted by Orthodox theocratic tendencies and the baggage they bring along, Israel ha...
by jbuck919
Mon Jun 04, 2018 5:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Overdue for a meet-up?
Replies: 75
Views: 5152

Re: Overdue for a meet-up?

It just occurred to me that I can make it for a second meet-up on August 11 after all, if it is lunch. I could still see the last and promising Mostly Mozart Concert on Friday evening and return on Saturday in time for church on Sunday morning. Twice to NYC in two months? Can I stand the cultural st...
by jbuck919
Sat Jun 02, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tonight's Brokeback Mountain
Replies: 14
Views: 1051

Re: Tonight's Brokeback Mountain

I tried to sit through the telecast of the original overseas production. Couldn't take the music, so I turned it off. As I have posted, I watched that entire telecast. One problem with modern English opera and, to an extent, vocal music, is that English without either on one hand a (now inconceivab...
by jbuck919
Sat Jun 02, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Overdue for a meet-up?
Replies: 75
Views: 5152

Re: Overdue for a meet-up?

I work at the library until 6pm on Fridays, so Saturday Aug 11 would be my preference. Now, of course, Lance will say he can't make it then either... Unfortunately, the day that John F cannot make it is the day that I can. It is an evening performance, and I could not get home in time for Sunday mo...
by jbuck919
Wed May 30, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Roseanne — 'I am not a bigot. Ambien made me sound like one'
Replies: 4
Views: 464

Re: Roseanne — 'I am not a bigot. Ambien made me sound like one'

I am not much of a Bible-quoter, but I think some things in it make such good, rational sense, it is worth quoting them. From my Douay-Rheims version, Matthew 7: 15-20: 15. Beware of false prophets, who come to you in the clothing of sheep, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 16. By their fruits...
by jbuck919
Wed May 30, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Overdue for a meet-up?
Replies: 75
Views: 5152

Re: Overdue for a meet-up?

Having a meet-up without Lance is sort of like ordering a cheeseburger w/o cheese! Can't we work this thing out for a date to include Lance, perhaps in August? I'd hate to go on with this without our fearless leader! The July time frame was originally recommended by Ricordanza (with my endorsement)...
by jbuck919
Tue May 29, 2018 3:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Frank Martin Choral Works One Opera
Replies: 4
Views: 543

Re: Frank Martin Choral Works One Opera

Frank Martin is a composer I've appreciated since hearing his harpsichord concerto 60 years ago. His best-known work is probably the Petite Symphonie Concertante for piano, harp, harpsichord, and strings, one of many great works commissioned by Paul Sacher for his Basel Chamber Orchestra. Of "The T...
by jbuck919
Tue May 29, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Overdue for a meet-up?
Replies: 75
Views: 5152

Re: Overdue for a meet-up?

Date, time and place look good for me. You can put me down as a "yes." Ricordanza (a/k/a Hank Maurer) Henry great-I put together a little list of what I've gathered so far but I may have overlooked people-please let me know. Regards, Len Wed July 18th 2PM Lunch http://www.pomodororossonyc.com/ Defi...
by jbuck919
Mon May 28, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Overdue for a meet-up?
Replies: 75
Views: 5152

Re: Overdue for a meet-up?

Having examined all the variables, I suggest lunch on July 18. If maestrob is to join us, the time must be a little late for lunch (2:00), which may or may not be possible. Now we need to select a place. The Atlantic Grill is out. John F has voted against it, and IIRC we did meet there once and were...
by jbuck919
Mon May 28, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Son of late violinist George Dreyfus speaks out as Philadelphia Orch faces EU protests in advance of Israel tour
Replies: 5
Views: 787

Re: Son of late violinist George Dreyfus speaks out as Philadelphia Orch faces EU protests in advance of Israel tour

Did the trips to Russia, pardon the Soviet Union, and China have a positive impact, however small (and it would be small)? I'm asking seriously for j's or anyone else's opinion, not just rhetorically. The wrong-headed decision by Lorin Maazel to take the NY Philharmonic to North Korea seemed to be (...
by jbuck919
Sun May 27, 2018 10:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: PBS Thirteen Fleming Carousel Singing Comparison to Opera
Replies: 7
Views: 673

Re: PBS Thirteen Fleming Carousel Singing Comparison to Opera

"This is considered in many ways to be THE greatest American musical"???????? It's not even Rodgers and Hammerstein's greatest musical. Nothing like a little shameless self-promotion for a done diva doing crossover in the only direction in which it (sometimes) works. I once heard the decidedly un-re...
by jbuck919
Sat May 26, 2018 2:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Charles Wuorinen Article NYTimes
Replies: 5
Views: 620

Re: Charles Wuorinen Article NYTimes

I remember seeing 'Brokeback Mountain' online and liking it a lot. Thanks, you've encouraged me! Regards, Len :) I know that CW's music can be intimidating, so I read the short story before viewing the opera. It helped. I have never seen the flick, though I did buy it on DVD. Well I've seen the mov...
by jbuck919
Wed May 23, 2018 6:54 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Facebook takes 'friending' to a new level
Replies: 4
Views: 653

Re: Facebook takes 'friending' to a new level

Several years ago a researcher tried to determine how many potential (in this case exclusively heterosexual) matches were available to any student from, say, MIT, in the Boston area. The answer came so close to zero that in statistics it would be considered zero. Not everyone is Elvis. There are mil...
by jbuck919
Wed May 23, 2018 6:41 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Scientists to dredge Loch Ness in search of monster DNA
Replies: 2
Views: 500

Re: Scientists to dredge Loch Ness in search of monster DNA

The only thing more futile and a waste of time and money supposedly in the name of science is SETI The person known to Garrett (IcedNote) and myself is generally a rational thinker, but he still believes in the Loch Ness Monster, and that it is a plesiosaur. They could take cc-by-cc samples of DNA f...