Sunday, March 29, 2015

The Week in Entertainment

Live: Cabaret on Broadway, the next to last day of its run. Alan Cumming was totally brilliant as the emcee, and Linda Emond and Danny Burstein were great as Fraulein Schneider and Herr Schultz. Wonderful show, all the way around.

Film: Der Fliegender Holländer, the Royal Opera broadcast with Bryn Terfel leading an outstanding cast in an interesting, modern(ish) production.

DVD: A couple of episodes of the second season of Longmire.

Read: The Dead Mountaineer's Inn: One More Last Rite for the Detective Genre, which was unexpected in the way it ended. The Joy of X, about math. About half of The Turnip Princess and Other Newly Discovered Fairy Tales, a collection of Bavarian folk stories. I believe this is my favorite bit so far: "While the king was at war, his wife bore a beautiful son, and the midwife took him and substituted a little dog for the child. The king received a message about the strange birth, but he was not upset and imagined that something had just gone wrong." Like women have puppies all the time, you know?

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Ted Cruz does not like this

As Fred puts it:
Science-denying U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz says his “music taste changed on 9/11” because he “didn’t like how rock music responded.” Cruz said this in a clumsy bid for the Toby Keith voting bloc, apparently, but it’s worth pointing out, specifically, what it is that Sen. Cruz doesn’t like.

Sen. Cruz doesn't approve of this. Sen. Cruz does not want to come on up for the Rising. Nor does he wish to meet you at Mary’s place. And he is decidedly opposed (with these hands) to the idea that (with these hands) we should (come on) join together and (come on) rise up.

Good to know that about him.



By the way, here's a great piece by Ed Kilgore, in which, among other things, he says (first quoting Jonathan Chait):
It is true, however, that, in general, rock stars did not reach the jingoist heights of their country brethren. The rockers were mourning victims and celebrating freedom; country stars were demanding blood. That was a real partisan cultural divide.
And it was in order to identify with that partisan cultural divide, suggests Chait, that Ted Cruz gave up (or at least pretended to give up) his own musical tastes for something more—and I use this term very precisely—politically correct in his peer group.

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Two worlds in spring

Haven't done one of these in a while...

Washington Times
Terrorism | Allies show no reluctance to call out 'Islamic' terror; term Obama rejects
Military | Bergdahl case gives black eye to Army, Obama | Deserter charges after Taliban swap
Accountability | Clinton scandals delay her campaign | Latest suggests political cronyism
Affordable Care Act | Obama takes pride in health care | Pleases with legacy even if many Americans are not
Yemen | Saudis lead Arab attack; Iran proxy war loom | U.S. aids strikes against Shiite Houthis
Wisconsin | Religious exemption sought for Amish | Building codes force out family
Their big picture is Obama 'leaving a legacy of partisanship'; two smaller ones of Yemeni fleeing gunfire in Aden and Ghani addressing congress, the latter accompanying the 'Terrorism' story


Washington Post
Saudi Arabia launches strikes in Yemen as rebels advance
Desertion charge for onetime POW | Bergdahl could face life sentence | Soldier went missing from Afghan base in 2009
U.S. warplanes join stalled battle for Tikrit | Strikes will support Iranian-backed Shiite militias on the ground
Plane crash in French Alps killed mom, daughter from Va.
$45 billion merger to create a food-industry behemoth
For 2016 campaign: Out with the rich, in with the really rich 
And their big picture is Yemenis running toward a weapons depot to fight off a rebel advance

Several interesting things here. First, the visusals about Yemen: people fleeing in terror versus people preparing to defend their city.

But the Amish story was particularly interesting, as it began by complaining about the religious freedom to leave your house under code and without smoke alarms if you want but ended being a jab at unions because the Amish do their own work and the firefighters' unions are backing the builders' unions in punishing the Amish. (I know...) Note that the story is from Wisconsin.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

"Far From Finished" ... apparently.

In today's Washington Post there's a story on Bill Cosby's tour. After listing the venues where there have been protests or cancellations, the writer gives us the most unsurprising sentence:
In Florida, West Virginia and Georgia, performances go off without a hitch.
I know, that's stereotyping. But really: given this list - Westchester, New York; Denver, Col.; Worcester, Mass; Pittsburgh, PA; Des Moines, Iowa; Las Vegas, Nevada; Melbourne, Fla; Wheeling, WV; and an unnamed city in Georgia - and told to pick the three places the show went on with no disruption,wouldn't you have picked those three?

The man is performing in Baltimore Friday. I never was planning to go. But it will be interesting to look at the paper Saturday. Tickets are still available (that fact at this late date is telling), if you want to observe first hand...

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Gwen

A few more pictures of Gwen

This one in January 2000, one of the first I ever took of her, her first Christmas at my father's



Bird watching



Rug wrestling



Tucked in between the curtain and the window

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At 10:07 PM, March 24, 2015 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

Gwen was a beauty. And she looked as though she knew it :-)

 
At 3:08 PM, March 25, 2015 Anonymous Mark P had this to say...

What a cool kitty. I liked reading about her behavior. It sounds like you won the pet lottery when you adopted her.

 
At 3:41 PM, March 25, 2015 Blogger The Ridger, FCD had this to say...

I did, Mark. I truly did.

 

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Goodbye, Gwen

Gwen came into my life back in 1999.



She was a young cat hanging around a coworker's house. He couldn't have another one, so he asked me if I wanted her. My previous cat, the imperious and very vocal half-Siamese Bast, had been gone about a half a year, and I agreed to take this little girl.

The vet figured her for almost a year old, and said she'd been spayed. Our best guess is that she either got kicked out of her house when someone got a new significant other, or else she got lost, maybe out of a car. She was as sweet and friendly as she could be, and she stayed that way her whole life.


I'm not going to say traveling was her favorite thing, but she didn't mind it. She'd go into her carrier willingly and she traveled calmly, even across country to Washington state. She enjoyed our visits to my father's house, especially looking out the big picture window into the woods, and she bullied my friend's big cat in Washington the one week she stayed with him. Poor Beowulf...

But while she wasn't crazy about strange cats, she did like people. She was friendly, and with me she was very affectionate. She loved to lie on top of me on the couch, and to sleep at the other end if I was reading on on the laptop.

She didn't care what flavor her food was, but she was picky about the texture: had to be the "grilled" variety. She wouldn't eat out of my hand, but she would lick bacon until it was limp if you put it down for her. And she loved ham.

Gwen in the motel
She liked to sit out on the balcony in a chair in the sun. Or lie between the curtain and the glass in the winter sun, when it was too cold to let her out. She didn't like the oscillating fan I'd have to turn on in the week or so of summer-like heat that always comes in May before the building switches from heat to air conditioning, but she didn't mind the box fan that would be on in the living room, so those nights she'd spend out there. And she loved lying in the bathtub ...

Back in 2012 when the derecho came through and knocked my building's power out for ten days, she lived happily (and neatly) in a motel room, just like she did when I went on a business trip for two weeks to Ft Lewis. She was always happier when she traveled with me than when I left her. Me, too.


You've undoubtedly noticed that all of this is in the past tense. She had lost a lot of weight a couple of years ago, though overall she as still healthy and active, but just in the last couple of days had been getting kind of feeble. She walked slower, with a little wobble. She wasn't at the door when I came in; she was coming out of the bedroom. She wasn't eating as much, and she wasn't as particular about keeping her chin clean. I was thinking about taking her to see a vet this weekend.

But last night she came into the kitchen and asked for something to eat. I gave her a Tongol Tuna Appetizer, and she drank the tuna water happily. She ate a couple of chunks of meat, too - I thought she was eating it all, but I left the kitchen and only this morning did I see how much she'd left. She came back into the bedroom and got up onto the bed. She lay there for a few minutes and then kind of just collapsed onto the comforter. She spoke softly a couple to times and then, while I was stroking her and talking to her, she shuddered, kicked out a back leg, and just stopped breathing.



I am going to miss the hell out of my good girl.

Arianwen: ? 1999 - March 23, 2015

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At 5:06 PM, March 24, 2015 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

We're so sorry for your loss, although are comforted by the knowledge that Princess Gwen couldn't have led a better life than she did with you.

 

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Not exactly.

George Zimmerman said:
I still believe that people are truly good at heart, as Anne Frank has said, and I will put myself in any position to help another human in any way I can.
TPM, for some reason, chose to headline that as:
George Zimmerman Compares Himself To Anne Frank
You know what? No.

Just no.

Quoting someone is not comparing yourself to them. Even agreeing with the quote is not comparing yourself to the person who said it.

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

The Week in Entertainment

Live: The Flying Dutchman at the Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center, with Eric Owens powerful in the title role, Jay Hunter Morris strong as Erik, Christiane Libor very good as Senta, and Ain Anger excellent - and funny - as Daland. The production was a bit anvilicious - really, did the Dutchman need to carry around a placard reading "Verdammt (Damned)"? - but the music and singing were excellent.

DVD: A number of episodes of A&E's series Longmire, which is pretty good, though they've made a number of substantial changes to the books (no Saizarbitoria, not enough Henry Standing Bear, and waaaay too much Branch Connally). Robert Taylor is very well cast, and the others are good, too. But there's some sort of odd subplot going on with his wife...

Read: All the rest of Craig Johnson's Longmire books. (Yes.) Started The Dead Mountaineer's Inn: One More Last Rite for the Detective Genre by the Strugatsky brothers.

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At 11:43 PM, March 23, 2015 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

Tennessee 77, Pitt 67. Congratulations (sniffle).

 

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

March Madness

2015 NCAAW tournament logoTennessee is in the tournament (seeded #2 in the Spokane Division), playing their first game on Saturday afternoon.


I don't think they'll win, but they have a good chance. They'll have to play Maryland to get to the Final Four, and Connecticut to get to the final game (yes, I'm assuming those schools will win), and then face Notre Dame or South Carolina (again, assuming the number one seeds advance).

It'll be a good tournament. Watch the brackets here.

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