05 January 2007

Franz Liszt 'Sonata in B Minor, Funerailles'

1. Funerailles
2. Son in b: Lento assai-Allegro energico
3. Son in b: Andante sostenuto
4. Son in b: Allegro energico-Andante sostenuto-Lento assai
5. Trube Wolken (Nuages gris)
6. Klavierstuck in F#, S.192 No.3
7. En reve-Nocturne
8. Richard Wagner-Venezia

This is one of my faves. I keep returning to this work of Liszt* over and over. Alfred Brendel is a god!
Hooverphonic 'Singles 1996-2006'

1. Water
2. Wardrope
3. 2 Wicky
4. Barabas
5. Club Montepulciano
6. Eden
7. This Strange Effect
8. Jackie Cane
9. Mad About You
10. Out of Sight
11. Vinegar & Salt
12. Sometimes
13. World Is Mine
14. One
15. Last Thing I Need Is You
16. Wake Up
17. You Hurt Me
18. We All Float
19. Dirty Lenses
20. Lung (Happy Go)

I was combing HMV for new music when I spotted this neat package last weekend. A Hooverphonic retrospective! A great collection of their singles except that, Hooverphonic, in my opinion, is best represented by their alluring albums, as the albums are usually conceptual and orchestral in nature with generous amounts of strings. Still, this is not a bad collection, especially for people unfamiliar with Hooverphonic. With Hooverphonic and St Etienne still active and releasing excellent material, who needs the vastly overrated Goldfrapp?

Another conversation thread on DuneMUD:

[20:12] Jor: How are you guys doing tonight?
[20:14] Marlboro: Just login like you did, Jor.
[20:15] Jor: I just got done crackin all the ice outta the water troughs and feedin the horses... glad to be inside right now, time to relax and warm up... :)
[20:17] Marlboro: Horses?!? Really?
[20:17] Marlboro peers at Jor.
[20:17] Jor: Yeah... Most people would probably never guess by looking at me, but I'm a horse freak... ;)
[20:22] Marlboro: Does a horse not cost quite a bit to maintain?
[20:23] Jor: Kinda depends on if you are caring for it yourself, or boarding it... Where I live boarding is hellacious. It will cost you about $300.00 a month per horse to board.
[20:23] Mreh: $300/mo isn't all that bad at all, Jor.
[20:23] Jor: We care for our own, so it really just boils down to the cost of hay for us. That's about $160.00 a month for 3 horses right now
[20:24] Jor: No, your right, but it kinda depends on what they do for you too. If they give you a space in a barn, feed three times a day, clean for you and what-not it would be great, but they normally don't do that around here.
[20:25] Jor: The cost is really for two feedings a day and a space in a pasture...
[20:25] Mreh nods at Jor.
[20:25] Mreh: My mother's worked as a stall mucker for a lot of my life, so I know far more than I wish I did about how horses get cared for.
[20:26] Mreh grumbles.
[20:26] Mreh was routinely punished by having to push wheelbarrows for a week or two.
[20:26] Jor: But either way, it would be worth it for me. I love my horses...
[20:26] Jor: lol!! Yeah, I got punished a couple times that way myself... sucks!! :)
[20:27] Jor: Did she work on a ranch, or care for her own horses?
[20:27] Mreh: She worked on a farm.
[20:28] Mreh: And, she was really susceptible to heat one summer, so I ended up being woken at the crack of midnight for "work".
[20:28] Jor: That is very hard work to do... My hat's off to her for being able to keep that up for very long...
[20:29] Mreh nogs.
[20:29] Mreh: She's a tough woman.
[20:29] Mreh: All she was in charge of on the farm was the horses, but that's still tough work.
[20:29] Mreh: But she's also the type to give proper care; two feedings, turnout, and properly cleaned stalls.
[20:30] Jor: People joke and say "Early to rise and early to bed" on a ranch, but it normally isn't that way... It's usually "Early to rise and late to bed"... Very long hours of backbreaking work...
[20:31] Mreh nods.
[20:31] Mreh: Early to rise, early to grave.
[20:31] Jor: Oh yeah....

01 January 2007


Sketch. 5cm x 13cm. Pigment Ink. Pilot, Faber-Castell, Rotring. 0.1, 0.2, 0.3.

This sketch is for David's D&D Rulebook. Posted by Picasa
Bofors 40mm Anti-Aircraft Gun

The Bofors 40mm anti-aircraft gun was very widely used in the Second World War, being used and manufactured by the UK, the USA, Germany and used by most major combatants including the Japanese, the Soviets, the Poles, the Hungarians and more.

This highly effective weapon, with a calibre of 40mm and a calibre length of 60, was capable of a rate of fire of 120 rpm.

Imperial War Museum, London: July 2006 Posted by Picasa

31 December 2006

3.7-Inch (90mm) Anti-Aircraft Gun

During the Second World War, Germany was not unique in possessing a 88mm class Anti-Aircraft Artillery (AAA). Many other nations had anti-aircraft artillery in the same class. The Americans had the 90mm M1A1, the Russians, a 85mm, the Italians, a 90mm and the British, a 3.7-Inch. It was the extent that the Germans adapted and put their Flak 18, 36 and 37 into an anti-tank role that earned the German '88' its notoriety.

The British 3.7-inch AAA was considered to be an extremely advanced weapon for its time but was particularly complicated.

Studies were conducted as early as 1928 with a committee recommending a 3.7-inch gun and specifications were issued in 1933. The first Vickers design was put into production in 1938 and was used in the defence of Britain.

Imperial War Museum, Duxford: July 2006 Posted by Picasa