03 December 2014

A Quilt

For my daughter's birthday, I created a quilt from fabric remnants that she had selected.The dimensions are 44 inches by 36 inches with four inch squares.

30 November 2014

The Company on My Daily Commute

For the forty-minute drive to and from work, I am not alone. Colorful characters fill the time, making it sometimes difficult to leave the car when the destination is reached. Elizabeth Bennet admits that she "could easily forgive his pride if he had not mortified mine"; Mr Micawber outlines Uriah Heep's crimes; Anne arrives at Green Gables, full of hope; the Scarlet Pimpernel escapes, yet again; Mary enters the secret garden; Anne sells Mr Harrison's cow; Sara Crewe is removed from Miss Michin's grasp, and fairy tales delight--and sometimes horrify. All this is thanks to LibriVox, a free audiobook site filled with classics, poems and more.

Some of the readers are magical, like Ty Hynes and Karen Savage. Ty Hynes made David Copperfield live and breathe--mesmerizing from the preface to the very last chapter. Karen Savage gave the best reading of Pride and Prejudice I have ever heard, bringing my favorite book to life. Both readers made me eager to listen to the other works they've recorded. Thanks to them and other readers on LibriVox, travel will never be dull nor my mind idle.

The Site:

The Books Listened To  (not necessarily in order)

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens, as read by Ty Hynes

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, as read by Glen Hallstrom

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, as read by Karen Savage

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, as read by Karen Savage

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen, as read by Karen Savage

Persuasion by Jane Austen, as read by Karen Savage

Grimm's Fairy Tales by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, as read by  Bob Neufeld

English Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs, as read by Joy Chan

The Light Princess and Other Tales by George MacDonald, as read by Clive Catterall

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, as read by Karen Savage

Little Princess, by Frances Hodgson Burnett, as read by Karen Savage

The Scarlett Pimpernel, by Baroness Orczy, as read by Karen Savage

The Elusive Pimpernel, by Baroness Orczy, as read by Karen Savage 

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery, as read by Karen Savage

Anne of Avonlea by Lucy Maud Montgomery, as read by Karen Savage (in progress)

Other works read by Ty Hynes

Other works read by Karen Savage

02 March 2014

Flash Mobs, Revisted

On a dreary day, I decided to watch Flash Mob on the Copenhagen Metro to cheer myself. I realized that just as  Chaiyya, Chaiyya has ruined trains for me (can't see one without desiring to dance on their tops), the Copenhagen Metro Flash mob has ruined metros for me, as I expect to be serenaded by an orchestra when I ride one.

Despite this turn of events, I am still as much a fan of flash mobs as ever, and have managed to find some new ones (and some old) which can brighten any day. My only complaint is that in these flash mobs, there are too much time spent on filming the observers rather than the performers. 

1st Latvian Flash Mob FOLK Dance [Bite dāvana Rīgai] in Riga, August 20, 2009
It would have been fun to have been a participant in this...

Flash Mob - Ode an die Freude ( Ode to Joy ) Beethoven Symphony No.9 
One of my favorites...

"The Worst Test" - an engineering flash mob

Flashmob oficina paro (Carne Cruda 2.0) 
What a way to brighten an office...

Central Park Swing Flash Mob 7.24.2011
This would have been fun to be a part of...

Miami City Ballet 'Random Act of Culture' at Wynwood Walls

Opera Company of Philadelphia Geno's Steaks Random Act of Culture - April 28, 2012 

Random Act of Culture - "Habanera" in Macon, GA
This would have been fun to witness... 

Flashmob Opera - Festival La Perla - AIDA 2013
Beautiful how it unfolds...


Random Act of Culture - Macy's Aventura in Miami 

01 March 2014

Random Videos

I am fervent fan of flash mobs. However, there are other videos that don't strictly qualify as flash mobs, but have that certain je ne sais quoi that makes them eminently watchable. Here are a few of my favorite new discoveries:

2cellos Thunderstruck
The original is bland by comparison...

Musical Eastern Faucet
The tune is so haunting. Don't be surprised if you find yourself humming it..

Carmina Barmina Burana Flashmob Orfeó d'Aldaia
The soprano's voice is so lovely, as is everyone's. A wonderful production...

The US Air Force Band at the Smithsonian Museum 
It would have been nice to have witnessed this...

Flashmob - Bolero de Ravel na Pinacoteca de São Paulo, Brasil, Conservatoire de Paris, GURI & EMESP
I like the mix of ages in its performers.... A great performance...

British Army musicians flashmob: "Sing, Sing, Sing" in Chamberlain Square, Birmingham, 21 Sep 2013 
What fun!

Probably the best flashmob you ever saw!!!!!! 
Well, it is very good...

TAKE THE FLOOR Flashmob Dublin Airport
This must have been great to see...

Urban Ballerina

Random Acts of Ballet: NYC

Urban Ballets.mp4

Random Acts of Culture 

CATA Acts of Culture: Indian Dance Troupe, July 15, 2013 
Beautiful.. Great song also...

Georgia on my Mind: Macon Symphony Random Act of Culture 
Cute baby...

Sofia Opera and Ballet Flash mob
What beautiful voices...

From Improv Everywhere

Conduct Us
This looks like fun...

Carousel Horse Race
"The frog is still in there, believe it or not..."

Star Wars Subway Car - Movies In Real Life
If only Darth Vader had not rushed his lines... Hilarious despite that...

The Boardroom

Suicide Jumper (Remastered!)

Synchronized Swimming (in a public fountain)
I hope they make the Olympics!

No Shirts (111 Shirtless Men in Abercombie and Fitch)

And just because:

Posh Dancing
Who knew Mr Darcy was so accomplished?