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by Febnyc
Tue Sep 01, 2015 5:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: French Chamber Music
Replies: 18
Views: 1235

Re: French Chamber Music

...which French composers wrote truly outstanding quartets, quintets, and similar works? Theodore Dubois (1837-1924) wrote some exquisite chamber music. The Atma label has recorded many of Dubois' works. Alexis de Castillon (1838-1873) - a lovely Piano Quartet - find it on the Arion label, coupled ...
by Febnyc
Tue Sep 01, 2015 5:12 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Windows 8.1 Updates
Replies: 11
Views: 799

Re: Windows 8.1 Updates

If you are not interested in Windows 10, you can remove this program from your PC. Go to Windows Update->Installed update, remove KB3035583. Also, you need to hide the update again in windows updates to prevent it from auto installing again since this is marked “important”.[/i] Today I turned on my...
by Febnyc
Sun Aug 30, 2015 6:52 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Windows 8.1 Updates
Replies: 11
Views: 799

Re: Windows 8.1 Updates

Remove the Windows 10 "advertisement" thusly: If you are not interested in Windows 10, you can remove this program from your PC. Go to Windows Update->Installed update, remove KB3035583. Also, you need to hide the update again in windows updates to prevent it from auto installing again since this is...
by Febnyc
Mon Jul 14, 2014 7:37 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: American Massacres
Replies: 175
Views: 17323

Re: American Massacres

Just as the world is also watching Israel, right now, and its devastating blows on a mostly civilian population. I understand that the situation is a complex one, that Hamas is not made up of choir boys, that radical islamists in Palestine will not cease targeting Israel until it's gone. But it's a...
by Febnyc
Tue May 20, 2014 4:31 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Donald Tokowitz Sterling on the hot seat
Replies: 21
Views: 910

Re: Donald Tokowitz Sterling on the hot seat

The problem with a self-entitled person such as Sterling is that he sincerely does not believe that he is a racist. He can engineer the world around himself according to his racial stereotypes, engage in discriminatory residential practices, tell his young female "entertainers" of color what they s...
by Febnyc
Sat Mar 29, 2014 12:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Where/when does the collecting cease?
Replies: 41
Views: 2411

Re: Where/when does the collecting cease?

The collecting itself, for me at any rate, does not cease. However, it takes a different "shape" than that, for example, of Lance's. I prefer to expand my shelves of CDs horizontally - i.e. investigating all sorts of composers from all ranks of abilities - rather than vertically, or with multiple, a...
by Febnyc
Sun Feb 23, 2014 8:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Musical Education For My Great Nephew
Replies: 13
Views: 694

Re: Musical Education For My Great Nephew

dulcinea wrote:How should I go about that? How do I lead him from a Strauss waltz to the symphonies of Bruckner, Mahler and Shostakovich?
Strauss? Shostakovich? Not for a long time.

I would start with "Tubby the Tuba" and, perhaps, Britten's "A Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra."
by Febnyc
Sat Feb 22, 2014 3:21 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Medicare Advantage
Replies: 13
Views: 1138

Re: Medicare Advantage

If Medicare Advantage really is the same thing as "Medicare Part C," then I don't understand this talk about premiums. I pay no additional premium (beyond the government's deduction from Social Security benefits) for the additional benefits, including prescription drugs minus a small copayment. No ...
by Febnyc
Sat Feb 22, 2014 8:10 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Medicare Advantage
Replies: 13
Views: 1138

Re: Medicare Advantage

BTW, I assume that your new plan means you have opted for Medicare Part C. AFAIK states have no power to dictate restrictions on ordinary Medicare A and B, which is what my mother has (though she has the unique program Tricare as a supplement). United Health Care is the company that underwrites the...
by Febnyc
Fri Jan 24, 2014 2:54 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Want you to know of my mother's passing
Replies: 16
Views: 804

Re: Want you to know of my mother's passing

With sincere condolences, John.
by Febnyc
Mon Dec 16, 2013 8:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: J & R stops selling CD's altogether, even online.
Replies: 22
Views: 1969

Re: J & R closes CD store and fires all the staff !!!

I have been a customer of J&R since they opened in 1971 (?). Originally they had one store on Park Row in downtown Manhattan. There were three floors in this place: in the basement were the opera recordings (first LPs and, then when they came into being, CDs) and this department was managed by Kenn ...
by Febnyc
Thu Apr 25, 2013 4:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Amazon raised their CD shipping rate to $3.99 (third party)
Replies: 16
Views: 787

Re: Amazon raised their CD shipping rate to $3.99 (third par

Suggestion: Try alibris.com. Many of the top 3rd party sellers from Amazon also sell through this site. Classical Music Superstore - the best of the lot - certainly does. And Alibris reduces the shipping charges on second and subsequent discs in the same order (from the same seller, of course).
by Febnyc
Mon Oct 29, 2012 4:21 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Sandy, Could This Be Our First Generator Test?
Replies: 38
Views: 1964

Re: Sandy, Could This Be Our First Generator Test?

Scary winds here - 50 miles NNE of Manhattan. We already have a 30-foot tree down; thankfully out on the property and not near the house. Rain amounts have been surprisingly light. Our utility company, New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG) has crews camped out in the area and have been right on th...
by Febnyc
Sat Oct 27, 2012 3:45 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Sandy, Could This Be Our First Generator Test?
Replies: 38
Views: 1964

Re: Sandy, Could This Be Our First Generator Test?

BTW I've had two multi-hour power failures since the tanks were filled in July, typical around here. Nothing for us yet--there was one very brief [less than 20 seconds] power loss on a day you wouldn't expect it--no wind, no rain--the generator has a delay and didn't even kick on--lots of clocks an...
by Febnyc
Sat Oct 20, 2012 7:46 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: R.I.P. Ralph Michael Stein
Replies: 42
Views: 4318

Re: R.I.P. Ralph Michael Stein

He drank too darn much Coke.... Diet Coke, Frank. Ralph was nothing if not progressive. :wink: :) Absolutely, John! You're right. To Len: Ralph enjoyed the restaurant in White Plains called "Aberdeen." http://www.aberdeenwhiteplains.com/ There are better dim sum places in Manhattan - one on the Bow...
by Febnyc
Fri Oct 19, 2012 6:47 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: R.I.P. Ralph Michael Stein
Replies: 42
Views: 4318

Re: R.I.P. Ralph Michael Stein

I had the great pleasure to spend many good times with Ralph - we shared Indian lunches/dinners around Westchester County, dim sum lunches in White Plains, and he visited us often when we were living in Manhattan (and Barry will also remember a group lunch in downtown NYC when Teddy joined us as a p...
by Febnyc
Fri Apr 27, 2012 4:07 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Rich Need to be Taxed More--Reason # 4,327
Replies: 26
Views: 1799

Re: The Rich Need to be Taxed More--Reason # 4,327

That $5,000 wedding involved hiring wedding staff, planners, and tailors to make dog clothes. If anything, these folks are OVERPAYING people who are less wealthy for something incredibly mundane - it's almost as if they were giving money away! Seems like a pretty good deal for those who bothered to...
by Febnyc
Fri Apr 27, 2012 3:35 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Rich Need to be Taxed More--Reason # 4,327
Replies: 26
Views: 1799

Re: The Rich Need to be Taxed More--Reason # 4,327

All you get is unctiousness, and an overweening sense of entitlement. And let us remember, as the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic becomes a memory, that no millionaire survived the Titanic sinking. All of them, including John Jacob Astor, died on the ship. Does anyone think that wou...
by Febnyc
Mon Dec 12, 2011 8:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ashkenazy's orchestration of Mussorgsky's Pictures
Replies: 27
Views: 3469

Re: Ashkenazy's orchestration of Mussorgsky's Pictures

And then there's the "piano concerto" version. On a Cala disc (CACD 1030) of seven orchestrations of Mussorgsky's music we are treated to what I think is an effective and unique "Pictures" - a previously unperformed arrangement by British composer and conductor Lawrence Leonard (1923-2001). Written ...
by Febnyc
Wed Nov 23, 2011 4:56 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Black Friday
Replies: 9
Views: 685

Re: Black Friday

Gosh - "idiocy" is the perfect word to describe something which otherwise is indescribable - especially considering the present state of the world - economic, political, social. But onwards to the ramparts, shoppers! We are coursing towards the ultimate desecration of the Christmas holiday - or, per...
by Febnyc
Wed Nov 23, 2011 3:45 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Student of World War 2 history?
Replies: 8
Views: 558

Re: Student of World War 2 history?

THE war? WWII ended 66 yrs ago, and the only people with a living memory of it are old and on the brink of death. Considering the many MANY wars that have happened since 1945, 'tis no longer proper to refer to WWII as THE war. Ummm - I beg your pardon. I remember the war (not THE war as you have, m...
by Febnyc
Sat Nov 12, 2011 3:47 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How Many of You Are Getting Snow ???
Replies: 72
Views: 3991

Re: How Many of You Are Getting Snow ???

Len: It's hard for me to envision the whole space. As I mentioned, in NY State at least, the generator must be 3 feet from the house (and also, I believe, a certain distance from the a/c compressor) and then the tank another 10 feet away. So, you need quite a bit of area to provide for a safety marg...
by Febnyc
Sat Nov 12, 2011 7:43 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How Many of You Are Getting Snow ???
Replies: 72
Views: 3991

Re: How Many of You Are Getting Snow ???

lennygoran wrote:You were! My poor and only camelia and 3 lovely azaleas and 5 wonderful hostas! Regards, Len :(
Surely the azaleas and hostas can be replanted, no? I don't know anything about camellias - hope they can be salvaged as well.
by Febnyc
Fri Nov 11, 2011 7:39 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How Many of You Are Getting Snow ???
Replies: 72
Views: 3991

Re: How Many of You Are Getting Snow ???

Well Frank is right about his power requirements, because I only used 16 gallons in 33 hours for Irene. As for the placement, the guys who installed the generator put down a stone bed--it was never an issue as in having options. The propane tanks (the ugly upright kind, 2 x 100 gallons) just sit on...
by Febnyc
Fri Nov 11, 2011 4:34 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How Many of You Are Getting Snow ???
Replies: 72
Views: 3991

Re: How Many of You Are Getting Snow ???

lennygoran wrote:
>Just this morning the propane tank was topped up.<

May you never need to use it!!! Regards, Len
A double "amen" to that.

Let us know how you make out with your plans.
by Febnyc
Fri Nov 11, 2011 10:58 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How Many of You Are Getting Snow ???
Replies: 72
Views: 3991

Re: How Many of You Are Getting Snow ???

Len: The slab was poured concrete - and the generator has holes around its base through which bolts can be driven to secure it to the concrete. Our electrician did all of this as part of the job. The stone is in addition to the slab - it covers all the area around the generator and tank which, after...
by Febnyc
Thu Nov 10, 2011 8:23 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How Many of You Are Getting Snow ???
Replies: 72
Views: 3991

Re: How Many of You Are Getting Snow ???

Frank this is very useful information I was not aware of--not good for the look of my garden but we'll have to devise a plan--maybe a new bed in front of the picket fence :?: How big a propane tank did you need? Regards, Len Well, first you would have to check on the New Jersey code. I assume the r...
by Febnyc
Wed Nov 09, 2011 8:18 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How Many of You Are Getting Snow ???
Replies: 72
Views: 3991

Re: How Many of You Are Getting Snow ???

Yes, understood. We had to remove a full, large juniper to make room. The generator is installed on a concrete slab, and must be (by NY State code, at least) at minimum 3 feet from the house. The propane tank has to be 10 feet from the generator - so a bit of open space is required. We had stone lai...
by Febnyc
Tue Nov 08, 2011 5:26 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How Many of You Are Getting Snow ???
Replies: 72
Views: 3991

Re: How Many of You Are Getting Snow ???

lennygoran wrote:>As I mentioned, the difference from 10K or 14K to the 20K was not an issue in the broader scheme of the project.<

Frank for us it was only a $900 difference--something we can live with to get more goodies!
Indeed - that was the exact cost difference between and 14K and a 20K unit.
by Febnyc
Tue Nov 08, 2011 8:12 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How Many of You Are Getting Snow ???
Replies: 72
Views: 3991

Re: How Many of You Are Getting Snow ???

John: Our house is not big (about 3,500 sq feet) but there are lots of "things" to run - two sump pumps which are needed because of our very high ground water table; the whole property is fenced (protects our gardens, etc., from deer) and so we have heavy gates with strong motors at the entrance; oi...
by Febnyc
Mon Nov 07, 2011 6:13 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How Many of You Are Getting Snow ???
Replies: 72
Views: 3991

Re: How Many of You Are Getting Snow ???

I almost feel guilty because my conscience is clear (OMG what an oxymoron!). The power is guaranteed to go out here for a substantial amount of time several times a year under normal circumstances, and in the winter that can mean a dangerous home freeze that would endanger the pipes and my 91-year-...
by Febnyc
Mon Nov 07, 2011 5:59 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How Many of You Are Getting Snow ???
Replies: 72
Views: 3991

Re: How Many of You Are Getting Snow ???

Len, the problem is that if Randall (rwetmore) is right, then you have nothing to worry about and will be locking the barn door after the horse is stolen by getting this generator. But if I'm right, it represents a sound investment. What a terrible responsibility for the two of us to bear! :wink: :...
by Febnyc
Mon Nov 07, 2011 5:56 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How Many of You Are Getting Snow ???
Replies: 72
Views: 3991

Re: How Many of You Are Getting Snow ???

> We used a local licensed electrician to do the installation and he supplied the generator from the area's Kohler authorized office.< I'm gonna have to see if we have an authorized office in our neck of the woods--did you say it took a long time to get it installed--that is was kind of disruptive?...
by Febnyc
Mon Nov 07, 2011 10:15 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How Many of You Are Getting Snow ???
Replies: 72
Views: 3991

Re: How Many of You Are Getting Snow ???

John: Thank you for the kind words. Our cleanup begins tomorrow! Len: We bought a Kohler 20,000 watt generator with an automatic transfer switch, which turns on the generator about 6 seconds after the power goes off. We used a local licensed electrician to do the installation and he supplied the gen...
by Febnyc
Sun Nov 06, 2011 8:22 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How Many of You Are Getting Snow ???
Replies: 72
Views: 3991

Re: How Many of You Are Getting Snow ???

I don't have any idea what is going on - global warming or not - but our weather, this year, up here 50 miles north/northeast of NYC has been awful to an unprecedented degree. Winter 2011 brought us a snow storm almost every week, breaking records for total accumulations. Then, in March we had a sno...
by Febnyc
Sun Oct 23, 2011 6:42 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: GOPers oppose Obama implementation of Bush-Iraq pact
Replies: 32
Views: 1177

Re: GOPers oppose Obama implementation of Bush-Iraq pact

I'll believe it when I see it - but, meanwhile, kudos to President Obama and to heck with the political arguments.

Bring home our men and women - every one of them!

(Next - get 'em out of Afghanistan - that benighted land with its rattlesnake of a "President.")
by Febnyc
Sun Oct 23, 2011 6:36 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Gadaffi Has Been Killed
Replies: 57
Views: 1802

Re: Gadaffi Has Been Killed

A couple of bits from Reuters' website: WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Sunday backed a possible U.N. investigation into the death of deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi... Asked about her feelings after seeing video taken of a bloody and dazed Gaddafi before the ...
by Febnyc
Mon Oct 17, 2011 7:50 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: New York's "Tahrir Square".
Replies: 75
Views: 5242

Re: New York's "Tahrir Square".

Hysterical.

To quote Groucho Marx:

"I don't know what the others say;
It makes no difference anyway;
Whatever it is - I'm against it!.
by Febnyc
Sun Oct 16, 2011 8:44 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: New York's "Tahrir Square".
Replies: 75
Views: 5242

Re: New York's "Tahrir Square".

I originally posted a smart response, but perhaps it is time to address this directly. Obviously you disapprove of the disruption caused by the demonstrations, and if I had to cope with them on a daily basis as well, I probably wouldn't like that aspect of it either. But this is the recourse of des...
by Febnyc
Sun Oct 16, 2011 7:20 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: New York's "Tahrir Square".
Replies: 75
Views: 5242

Re: New York's "Tahrir Square".

Who cares how you describe what I "assert?" And you're damn right - I do have, if you will, a "proprietary feeling" since that square is, as you state, a public place - and I cannot, as a card-carrying member of the public, enjoy it. I cannot walk in it or even get near it because a ragtag bunch of ...
by Febnyc
Thu Oct 13, 2011 6:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The New York Philharmonic: emails gone wild
Replies: 3
Views: 359

Re: The New York Philharmonic: emails gone wild

Easy resolution - opt out of their email notification scheme.

John wonders about the comment regarding the "ho-hum"-ness of this concert. So do I. For me, any program which includes the Alpensinfonie never could be anything but thrilling.
by Febnyc
Thu Oct 13, 2011 6:41 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: New York's "Tahrir Square".
Replies: 75
Views: 5242

Re: New York's "Tahrir Square".

Seven Snappy Comebacks For Those Lame Anti-"Occupy" Talking Points Total gibberish. I wish those know-nothing "occupiers" would get the heck out of, and stop despoiling, pretty little Zuccotti Park - a place I always have loved from my days working downtown - and also want them out of my way when I...
by Febnyc
Sun Oct 09, 2011 7:48 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Remember that hot coffee lawsuit? Take another look
Replies: 17
Views: 1489

Re: Rememer that hot coffee lawsuit? Take another look

There is little that can be described as "reasonable" in this whole affair. OK - so the jury, in its wisdom, found the plaintiff liable for 30% of the incident. Her out-of-pocket expenses were $20,000. This means that the gross (pun intended, also) amount they "calculated" for her pain and suffering...
by Febnyc
Sat Oct 08, 2011 3:17 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Remember that hot coffee lawsuit? Take another look
Replies: 17
Views: 1489

Re: Rememer that hot coffee lawsuit? Take another look

Frank, I wonder if the solution is to take damage suits out the hands of juries and perhaps create specialized judges or panels of judges (as we do with administrative law) to hear them. Since I just invented that idea, there is probably something wrong with it, I mean besides the fact that ATLA wo...
by Febnyc
Sat Oct 08, 2011 8:10 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Remember that hot coffee lawsuit? Take another look
Replies: 17
Views: 1489

Re: Rememer that hot coffee lawsuit? Take another look

Although, amazingly, the word "Republican" (or any of the poster's variations on the theme), does not appear in the article, nor has it been added - the inference is there in the references to "tort reform," right wing ideas," etc. I ran a reinsurance company - we saw many examples of absurd claims ...
by Febnyc
Sun Sep 04, 2011 11:36 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A World in Fear of Itself.
Replies: 11
Views: 812

Re: A World in Fear of Itself.

But John F, if you're saying that Americans lived without fear during the Cold War, I think you've got that wrong. From what I've read about that period of time, many people were building bomb shelters, stocking them with canned goods and water, and wondering what the earth would be like after a nu...
by Febnyc
Fri Sep 02, 2011 5:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: LPO musicians suspended in wake of Proms concert disruption
Replies: 72
Views: 3588

Re: Anti-Israel protests disrupt BBC Proms concert

As for antisemitism, I understand that the protest wasn't against Jews but against the policies of the state of Israel. Whatever some may think, this is a real and crucial distinction. Unfortunately this is the see-no-evil cliché which gets awfully old awfully quick. There never is a distinction, i...
by Febnyc
Fri Sep 02, 2011 7:47 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: In Irene's Path? Please Take Care!
Replies: 12
Views: 745

Re: In Irene's Path? Please Take Care!

Five days (Sunday through Thursday night) without power here in Westchester County New York. I was fortunate to be able to purchase, on Tuesday, a 5,500 watt generator - this allowed us to keep our basement pumps working (fire dept had to bail us out on the Sunday) and the refrigerator, as well as a...
by Febnyc
Thu Aug 25, 2011 2:49 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Man's best friend
Replies: 2
Views: 406

Re: Man's best friend

Best friend, indeed. After reading the post I was reluctant to view the photo because I knew what its impact on me would be. And it simply was heart wrenching. (Of course, our resident expert on battle casualties would not agree since, according to him, these SEALs merely were a "drop in the bucket....
by Febnyc
Thu Aug 18, 2011 6:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A sad note....
Replies: 40
Views: 1632

Re: A sad note....

Gosh, Dave - what can be said? How sad a loss for you and your family.

Sincere condolences.

Frank B.