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The Dark Side of the Moon

50 years age this week, Pink Floyd released The Dark Side of the Moon. On March 1 to be exact. It was the band’s eighth studio album and included their first hit single, Money. The Dark Side of the Moon … Continue reading

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Mozart’s Starling

On the 27th of May 1784, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart wandered into a Vienna pet shop not far from his home and heard a starling singing a near-perfect imitation of a theme from his Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major … Continue reading

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Eloquence of the Sardine

As a young boy, Bill François manages to catch a wayward sardine with his toy net and pail while clambering around the rocky Mediterranean coast of his native France. I say wayward because sardines aren’t solitary creatures and they don’t … Continue reading

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Strictly Ballroom

We watched Strictly Ballroom last night.  Again.  Hadn’t seen it in years. I first saw it at the Toronto International Film Festival where it won the People’s Choice Award.  A few months later, when it was released in theaters, I … Continue reading

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Beethoven’s 9th

I can’t remember when, or even if, I’ve ever listened to Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 from start to finish.  I’ve certainly never heard it performed live.  Until last night.  We attended a performance of the Ninth by the Seattle Symphony … Continue reading

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Wish You Were Here

40 years ago today Pink Floyd released Wish You Were Here. It’s one of my favorite albums.  I still vividly remember the first time I heard it. I was walking through school after class one afternoon when the opening synthesizers … Continue reading

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The Imitation Game

I’m sure the Imitation Game takes all sorts of liberties with the story of Alan Turing’s life and his contribution to breaking Nazi codes during WWII. It’s not a documentary after all. But the broad outlines of the story and … Continue reading

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Awesome cyclist

This is just jaw-droppingly cool.  The guy and his bike are one.   http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid1137883380?bctid=21337502001 

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Richard Wright, Pink Floyd founding member, dies at 65

Richard Wright, keyboardist and founding member of Pink Floyd died today at his home in England after a brief battle with cancer.   The LA Times published an obituary here.  I think the band said it best themselves in Time from … Continue reading

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George Carlin (1937-2008)

Lots of tributes pouring in for comedian George Carlin who died on Sunday, June 22 at the age of 71.  Carlin was one of the first comedians I ever heard about as a kid, along with Bill Cosby and Cheech … Continue reading

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