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by jbuck919
Sun Jun 17, 2018 4:52 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Lawsuit claims Harvard admissions penalizes Asian-Americans
Replies: 8
Views: 186

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: 8
Views: 186

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: 8
Views: 186

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: 121

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: 158

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: 79

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: 3703

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: 173

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: 173

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: 149

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: 178

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: 158

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: 3703

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: 149

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: 300

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: 178

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: 3
Views: 187

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: 3703

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: 1352

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: 363

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: 3703

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: 449

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: 676

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: 267

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: 1405

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: 1405

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: 626

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: 3703

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: 676

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: 3703

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: 307

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: 3703

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: 440

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: 3703

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: 3703

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: 626

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: 551

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: 562

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: 514

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: 397

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...
by jbuck919
Mon May 21, 2018 7:43 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: First Enceladus, now Europa, being investigated as suited for life
Replies: 9
Views: 1027

Re: First Enceladus, now Europa, being investigated as suited for life

Ohio has produced more presidents ... than any other state, and . . . they ranged from stupefying mediocrity to utter failure. There was once a fascist from Queens Beantowners tried to foist on Bowling Green Now Ohioans, they didn't want him Once they saw he'd demagogued 'em And told him to plop hi...
by jbuck919
Mon May 21, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cellist at Windsor Harry Meghan Wedding
Replies: 13
Views: 822

Re: Cellist at Windsor Harry Meghan Wedding

Very pleased to hear the wonderful Thomas Tallis for the ceremony and, of course, those English hymns. Parry's " I Was Glad " is a stirring favourite but wasn't heard this time. The cellist largely didn't appeal, but it wasn't about me!! Did I or did I not hear " Elizabethan Serenade " at one point...
by jbuck919
Sun May 20, 2018 7:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cellist at Windsor Harry Meghan Wedding
Replies: 13
Views: 822

Re: Cellist at Windsor Harry Meghan Wedding

I didn't hear the performance, but I can speak to the program. The Schubert is a song, not a cello piece, and is a horrid cliché frequently chosen without regard to any consideration other than "favorite hits" for such occasions. Even when it is sung, it is a very problematic choice. Almost the same...
by jbuck919
Sun May 20, 2018 6:03 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: First Enceladus, now Europa, being investigated as suited for life
Replies: 9
Views: 1027

Re: First Enceladus, now Europa, being investigated as suited for life

. . . and, except at 40°N, 83°W, found sorely wanting. Cleveland, I suppose. I agree that it is a bit of an unknown gem and unfairly tarred with the brush of the decay of the old urban industrial north, but forgive me if I don't pack my bags to take advantage of its depressed housing prices. It has...
by jbuck919
Sun May 20, 2018 5:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Overdue for a meet-up?
Replies: 75
Views: 3703

Re: Overdue for a meet-up?

Sigh, so many variables. Those who want to hear a program at 5:00 will have to agree that it must be lunch. (This is fine with me. Like Hank I can also get home because Amtrak does run late.) However, not all of us are retired or have flexible schedules. Young Garrett (IcedNote), for instance, proba...
by jbuck919
Fri May 18, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: First Enceladus, now Europa, being investigated as suited for life
Replies: 9
Views: 1027

Re: First Enceladus, now Europa, being investigated as suited for life

It is my understanding that Civitates Foederatae Americae is under investigation as well.
by jbuck919
Fri May 18, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: In Canada, the country mouse is happier than the city mouse
Replies: 8
Views: 716

Re: In Canada, the country mouse is happier than the city mouse

The same would likely be found in the US, and for the same human nature reasons that write themselves differently in the two countries. In the US, either being one of the (let's face it, largely black or Hispanic) urban poor or having to live in the same town with them is a crucial factor, while hav...
by jbuck919
Thu May 17, 2018 12:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Planning my musical summer
Replies: 2
Views: 433

Planning my musical summer

First there is whatever I attend during the meet-up. Then there is Organ Historical Society. (This may seem of peripheral interest to our membership, but programming at the many recitals includes much Bach and Messiaen, whom many organists consider the two greatest organ composers. I won't go into m...