Sunday, June 28, 2009

Thursday, June 18, 2009

For Facebook Friends: Folio of Fives

This is for my Facebook friends who have been swept into the "what are you five favorite whatevers" craze.
Here's a link to bunch of my "Fives".

Monday, June 8, 2009

Emerald Extraterrestrial Excursion

A conversation about our two favorite movies - "2001: A Space Odessey" and "The Wizard of Oz"

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Dubious Discourse

A conversation about the quantum nature of the universe. I was thinking of filming a series of conversations with friends about heady subjects called "Book Nots" because they have not yet written a book. My character would be named Rosie Charles. 

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Thursday, January 29, 2009

25 Random Facts About Me

This is one of those Facebook games.

Rules: Once you've been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. Then choose friends to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you!! If I tagged you, it's because I want to know more about you.

Ok, I will take my turn, even though I would categorize this as another "Total Internet Waste of Time" :-)

1. Sometimes people treat me in a condescending way because I am quiet. I think they confuse quietness with weakness or naivete. I find it annoying.
2. It irks me that the mainstream thinks introversion is a defect which needs to be fixed.
3. I have learned some assertiveness skills which have helped me to deal with difficult people.
4. I still want my 45 Dollars back from Bill Gates. (That's what a panel of legal experts calculated for how much Microsoft overcharged for Windows when they were under investigation for monopolistic practices.)
5. I don't like to practice the piano, largely, I think, because the teacher I had when I was a kid was a horrible, negative, abusive person.
6. I am a happier adult than child. Many people remember their childhood as a time of fun and innocence. Not me: I remember it as a time of being an outcast.
7. I hate playing sports where I have to catch a ball or do anything else to any object speeding toward me.
8. The most important things in life are friendship and art. (By "art" I mean all creative arts.)
9. I love all music, except the following: (a)Excessively grand and bombastic symphonic music e.g. Tchaikovsky Overture 1812;(b)Music I have heard too many times already e.g. "Simple Gifts" and variations thereon;(c)Mendelssohn;(d)Rap, reggae and hiphop;(e)Flute and recorder music which is predominantly in a high register;(f)Bad vocalists;(g)Sound which claims to be music but in fact has no characteristics of music (i.e. melody, harmony, rhythm, timbre, form) e.g. Elliot Carter.
10. The recording that I have played the most times over the years (LP, CD & mp3) is Paul McCartney & Wings "Band on the Run".
11. The recording I would keep if I had to choose only one would be the Boston Chamber Music Society playing Brahms Clarinet Quintet in B Minor.
12. My very first LP was The Guess Who "So Long Bannatyne", which was given to me by a friend of my parents whose only reason for buying it was the picture of a '57 Chevy on the cover. I still think it's a great album.
13. Piano music and harpsichord music are like steak and oysters. There are many different kinds of steaks and they can be done in many different ways and I could eat them every day. Oysters are good and fun to eat occasionally but not all the time. 
14. I like any movie in which I am usually thinking "I wonder what's going to happen next". e.g. "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead". A mediocre movie is one where I don't care what's going to happen next. e.g. "Thumbsucker". A bad movie is one where I already know what's going to happen next. e.g. "Talledega Nights". An exceedingly bad movie is one where what happens next is even more boring than what I predicted was going to happen. e.g. "Juno".
15. My favorite book is "Chaos: The Making of a New Science" by James Gleick. I also like other nerdy books about physics and math.
16. I like most animals except loud or mean dogs.
17. My memory is very sparse. I remember only a few incidents from childhood (but for some reason I remember every car my neighbors, relatives, and friends' parents had).
18. I still have most of the plastic car models and dealer promos I had as a kid. Unfortunately I wrecked the ones that would probably be the most valuable if in good condition: a 1968 yellow Corvette convertible and a 1964 baby-blue Mustang.
19. TV News, especially local TV News, is an abomination.
20. I think we have a good president, but I maintain a cynical view that our country basically runs on corruption. Choosing between Republicans and Democrats is like choosing between the blatant criminals and the ineffective cops.
21. I consider myself an Agnostic which means the only thing I'm sure about is that I am unsure. But I do believe God is not capricious.
22. I don't mind the philosophy of Christianity, but I'm really tired of being told that it's the only valid religion. Even the "liberal" Christian Churches imply this.
23. I love the message of the Unitarian Church, but I don't go to their services because the hymns are boring.
24. My favorite Bible verse is Job 38:4. Essentially God says: "Be grateful for the universe you've got because it's the only one I could figure out how to make at the time". I find most any other reply to "Why does life suck" to be phony.
25. If I were rich I would still live modestly, and be charitable. Except I would have to get a BMW.