Archive for January, 2010

31
Jan

New Definitions

   Posted by: John    in Fun Stuff

Arbitrator \ar’-bi-tray-ter\: A cook that leaves Arby’s to work at McDonald’s.
Avoidable \uh-voy’-duh-buhl\: What a bullfighter tries to do.
Baloney \buh-lo’-nee\: Where some hemlines fall
Bernadette \burn’-a-det\: The act of torching a mortgage
Burglarize \bur’-gler-ize\: What a crook sees with
Control \kon-trol’\: A short, ugly inmate
Counterfeiters \kown-ter-fit-ers \: Workers who put together kitchen cabinets
Eclipse \i-klips’\: what an English barber does for a living
Eyedropper \i’-drop-ur\: a clumsy ophthalmologist
Heroes \hee’-rhos\: what a guy in a boat does
Left Bank \left’ bangk’\: what the robber did when his bag was full of loot
Misty \mis’-tee\: How golfers create divots
Paradox \par’-u-doks\: two physicians
Parasites \par’-uh-sites\: what you see from the top of the Eiffel Tower.
Pharmacist \farm’-uh-sist\: a helper on the farm
Polarize \po’-lur-ize\: what penguins see with
Primate \pri’-mat\: removing your spouse from in front of the TV
Relief \ree-leef’\: what trees do in the spring
Rubberneck \rub’-er-nek\: what you do to relax your wife
Seamstress \seem’-stres\: describes 250 pounds in a size six
Selfish \sel’-fish\: what the owner of a seafood store does
Subdued \sub-dood’\: like, a guy, like, works on one of those, like, submarines, man
Sudafed \sood’-a-fed\: bringing litigation against a government official

29
Jan

The Enemy

   Posted by: John    in Health and Fitness

So I have been going to the torture chamber with Crystal every morning this week.  I have discovered that I can’t walk the track that well.  I keep getting shin splints.  This is a new experience for me, since I have never had shin splints before. 

Fortunately, this YMCA has a ton of exercise equipment, lots of options.  So, I decided yesterday to try something different.  This thing.

Looks harmless enough, doesn’t it?  However…it will turn you into jelly!  At least I don’t get shin splints from it.  There’s nothing to exercise the upper body on this contraption, but it will get your heart pumping.  The thing that cracks me up is the TV monitor.  The Y has cable TV connected up to them so you have your pick of 50+ channels of nothing to watch while you pedal your butt into the ground.

Actually, I think it is going to me some good.

29
Jan

Friday Pipe Organ – St Ouen

   Posted by: John    in Friday Pipe Organ

It has been a while since I have posted Friday Pipe Organ, mostly because I had the server turned off for a while.  Now that I have a solution in place that does not use any more electrical power, I will be updating Friday Pipe Organ every week.

This week’s organ is the 1890 Cavaille-Coll organ in the Church of St Ouen in Rouen, France.  The building itself dates back to the 14th century.   It is a large gothic-style building, famous for its architecture and stained glass windows, also dating to the 14th century.  The building was renovated in the mid 1800s.  It is not used as a regular church, that being given to a newer cathedral not far away.

Outside of the Church of St Ouen

Inside the Church of St Ouen, looking from the front to the back.  The organ is below the window.

Also famous is the organ.  The case dates to 1630, although it was enlarged to its current configuration sometime between 1630 and 1683.  Numerous organ builders worked on it over the centuries and it was, more than once, dismantled for long periods of time.

Aristide Cavaille-Coll initially looked at the organ in 1851 and over 30 years repaired and altered it several times.  In 1888, Cavaille-Coll was awarded a contract to completely rebuild the organ using the existing casework.  It was completed in 1890 and contains 64 speaking stops.  The organ stands unaltered and is listed as a French Historical Landmark.  It was the last of the long series of large symphonic organs that Cavaille-Coll himself built. 

Organ Facade.  Note the figures on the pillar tops.

The console has 4 manuals (keyboards) and the pedalboard.  The manual order from top to bottom is Bombarde, Recit, Grande, and Positif.  The Recit manual boasts 20 stops (the most that Cavaille-Coll ever used for the Recit) and is the only manual using expression (enclosed in a box having shutters the organist can open or close).  It is a mechanical tracker organ employing the Barker lever system that essentially gives a pneumatic power assist.  In the video clips, you will notice manuals with key action even though the organist’s hands are on a different manual.  This is typical of mechanical coupling and without the Barker levers the organist would have a difficult time pressing the keys.

One interesting thing about this organ: It has one of the strongest and loudest 32 ft Bombarde pedal ranks ever made by Cavaille-Coll.  Additionally, the Bombarde pipes are not mitered…the longest extends the full 32 ft length.  It is behind the facade and cannot be seen from the front.   The building itself has a 8-10 second reverb and I can only imagine what it sounds like in the actual church. 

In this clip, Michel Chapuis plays the organ.  This piece is an improvisation on a hymn and is peaceful and fairly quiet .  Notice that Mr. Chapuis at one point is playing two melodies on two manuals with his right hand, in addition to playing accompanying left hand and pedal notes.

This video features Kalevi Kiviniemi improvising on “Caprice Herioque”.  This piece displays the organ’s full power including the 32 ft Bombarde.  It is a very fast paced piece that also demonstrates the organ’s ability to respond to high speed pieces in spite of the mechanical action.

 

28
Jan

17 Ways to Be A Good Liberal

   Posted by: John    in Fun Stuff, Politics

1. You have to be against capital punishment, but support abortion on demand.
2. You have to believe that businesses create oppression and governments create prosperity.
3. You have to believe that guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens are more of a threat than nuclear weapons technology in the hands of Iran or Chinese and North Korean communists.
4. You have to believe that there was no art before federal funding.
5. You have to believe that global temperatures are less affected by cyclical changes in the earth’s climate and more affected by soccer moms driving SUV’S.
6. You have to believe that gender roles are artificial, but being homosexual is natural.
7. You have to believe that the AIDS virus is spread by a lack of federal funding.
8. You have to believe that the same teacher who can’t teach 4th-graders how to read is somehow qualified to teach those same kids about sex.
9. You have to believe that hunters don’t care about nature, but PETA activists do.
10. You have to believe that self-esteem is more important than actually doing something to earn it.
11. You have to believe the NRA is bad because it supports certain parts of the Constitution, while the ACLU is good because it supports certain parts of the Constitution.
12. You have to believe that taxes are too low, but ATM fees are too high.
13. You have to believe that Margaret Sanger and Gloria Steinem are more important to American history than Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, or Abraham Lincoln.
14. You have to believe that standardized tests are racist, but racial quotas and set-asides are not.
15. You have to believe that the only reason socialism hasn’t worked anywhere it’s been tried is because the right people haven’t been in charge.
16. You have to believe that homosexual parades displaying drag queens and transvestites should be constitutionally protected, and manger scenes at Christmas should be illegal.
17. You have to believe that this message is a part of a vast, right-wing conspiracy.

28
Jan

The Web Server is now a VM Web Server!

   Posted by: John    in Computer and Network

Well, I have managed to put the web server on the storage server as a virtual machine.  So, in addition to running the storage server stuff (which is simply doing that…storing things and sending them over the network when asked to) it will also be hosting the web server in a virtual environment.   The advantage is that I still have a dedicated web server, but it is sharing the hardware with another server.  I figure the savings in electricity will be $15-$20 per month, and you can’t argue with that!

27
Jan

Current Governmental Flowchart

   Posted by: John    in Fun Stuff, Politics

25
Jan

Fettuccini Alfredo Recipe

   Posted by: John    in Recipes

We had Fettuccini Alfredo for supper tonight.  Pretty easy to make, and you don’t need to have the chicken or peas if you don’t want them.  You can also substitute a different vegetable for the peas, like broccoli.  Mmmm good!

13
Jan

Beef Stroganoff Recipe

   Posted by: John    in Recipes

I purchased a program called “Living Cookbook” that seems to work pretty good.  I have been putting in some recipes, it calculates nutrition data, as well as figures out Weight Watchers points (in a roundabout way).  So far, it tracks with the WW cookbooks very closely.  The nice thing is that I can put in a recipe of my own making (or one I found somewhere else), can change it around how I like it, and it does the rest of the work for me.

So, here is one for Beef Stroganoff Recipe.  I put it in PDF format, so you will need the Adobe Reader to view it, but it should be easy to view and print this way.