Saturday, May 28, 2005

Classical Music in Movies and Films - List

Bohemian Opera

"Ever wondered what that music was in a movie?
Opera and classical music is used a lot in this way. Currently I have 1640 movie titles, at least 2350 total entries and 173 composers.

I've added a complete index of ALL 'classical music in movies' on this site, whatever age they are. So search this new list because if the movie you're looking for is not on there it's not here at all :-)
Every movie title is linked and cross referenced to the appropriate place in the detailed lists."


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In working progress...

Patrick passed the musical baton to me this week, so here goes.

Total volume of music files on my computer: A few gigs..

The last CD I bought was: "The Lark Ascending" - Vaughn-Williams

Song Playing Right Now: Beck: "Lost Cause"

Five Songs I Listen To A Lot Lately(In no particular order) :

1) 1984 - Anais Mitchell
2) Prashanti - Phillip Glass & Ravi Shankar
3) Shining - Badly Drawn Boy
4) Flower - Eels
5) Pyramid Song - Radiohead

Ten Favorite Albums of All Time: (In no particular order)

1) Gorecki - 3rd Symphony (Sorrowful Songs)
2) Lisa Gerrard/Dead Can Dance - anything
3) Patti Smith - Dream of Life
4) Yes - Tales/Close to the Edge
5) Messaien- Quartet for the End of Time
6) Frank Zappa - Joe's Garage, Part 2
7) King Crimson - Lizard/Poseidon/Lark's/Starless and Bible Black
8) Dave Brubeck - Take Five
9) Les Miserables w/Salonga, Wilkerson, Quast
10) Celtic Woman

The baton has been around the horn a bit, but I am passing it, let's see...hmm. OK, I shall say Nick, Jude, Darryl, Ogre and Mr. Teach at Pirate's Cove et Le Capitaliste Charlotte.

Now. Who's gonna let them know? Hmm...

1000 Places in North Carolina to See Before You Die

Jude was telling me about a book called 1000 Places to See Before You Die, and mentioned that there were two places in North Carolina, and yet there were 100 places in Oklahoma! Does this seem right? Well good, because I was kidding. About the Oklahoma part at least.

The two places were the Great Smokies National Park, and the Outer Banks.

I suspect they just didn't look hard enough.

What would you include in a book about a thousand places in NC?

I'm gonna ponder, then add a few. Blogsboro, however, jumps to mind.
Others that come to mind are Biltmore, Duke Chapel, the Castle at Chapel Hill, Reynolda, "White Oaks" the Duke Mansion in Charlotte, Charlotte neighborhoods of Myers Park, Eastover, Dilworth 1 and 2 , Morrocroft and Fourth Ward; Mount Mitchell, Tryon Palace, Moses Cone House, New River, Black Mountain College, Montreat, Carl Sandburg House, Thomas Wolfe House, Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville, Pinehurst, Blowing Rock, Nantahala "Waterfall Country" , Old Salem , Wright Brother's Monument and Kill Devil Hills, a tobacco farm, a hog farm, a furniture company, a textile mill, a pharmaceutical company, and Lowe's Motor Speedway -- not for the races, but for the August Jam of '74: The largest rock concert in North Carolina history, and featuring Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Allman Bros, PFM, OMD, BOA, and a few other acronyms. What else is there? What is near you?

Friday, May 27, 2005

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Pax Americana & The Neo-Conservative Agenda


The Neo-conservatives believe that a global Pax Americana can be established and that it is America's responsibility to rise to the occasion. A type of Manifest Destiny. Some would call this hegemony, or liberation, or empire building, or democratization. In this day of sound bite marketing these labels can all mean about the same thing. Analyzing this in terms of Republican or Democratic politics is also limited because this is a policy is spanning administrations. Is the US actually pursuing a vision of "enlightened" domination of global geo-politics? What are the pros and cons of this approach? Will it engender democracy or an unruly backlash? How far is the military willing to extend itself? Is this the rise of an empire? Who will pay and who will profit? How will Europe respond? What is the future of the United Nations? Will it make the world a safer place?

Uh, no!

"I simply do not understand why all parties cannot simply cooperate." - Rodney Luther King

The Glorious Scamp
dedicated to the brave deserters

My faith in human dignity consists in the belief that man is the greatest scamp on earth. Human dignity must be associated with the idea of a scamp and not with that of an obedient, disciplined and regimented soldier. The scamp is probably the most glorious type of human being, as the soldier is the lowest type, according to this conception. For things are not so simple as they sometimes seem. In this present age of threats to democracy and individual liberty, probably only the scamp and the spirit of the scamp alone will save us from becoming lost as serially numbered units in the masses of disciplined, obedient, regimented and uniformed coolies. The scamp will be the last and most formidable enemy of dictatorships. He will be the champion of human dignity and individual freedom, and will be the last to be conquered. All modern civilization depends entirely upon him.
- Lin Yutang

Perhaps the time has come for us to discuss an exit strategy.

Our "boys and girls" are still our "boys and girls" regardless of whether they are in Iraq or Canada. And judging from what I have seen and heard from the excellent News Hour report, the ones that have walked away from the war are perhaps the sanest, best and brightest of the lot. And we are losing them, just as we are losing children in Iraq and Afghanistan.

We cannot expect to win a world worth having by seizing it like a dog. We need to be what we want to become, not hope that our violent acts will make room for a peaceful, harmonious life. Doesn't work that way. The deserters may simply be trying to save their own souls.

Are the soldiers gentlemen? We'd like to think so. So let us assume they are, and that they welcome any discussions that might improve their conditions, within and without.

We need to become better people. We have been doing ungentlemanly acts on a global scale, and are, as such, underserving of emulation. And yet retribution is nearly guaranteed, and yet, mercy still breathing, we may be able to become, as some have suggested, a humanitarian superpower, and not simply a military superpower. Any bully can beat up people. It takes greater care and skill to heal people.

Can we not become a nation of healers?

Can we not reverse the bad karma generated by mean-spirited policies?

When will we ask: "How can we help"?
and stop asking: "What's in it for me"?

If a man is crossing a river
And an empty boat collides with his own skiff
Even though he be a bad-tempered man
He will not become very angry.
But if he sees a man in the boat,
He will shout at him to steer clear.
If the shout is not heard, he will shout again,
And yet again, and begin cursing.
And all because there is somebody in the boat.
Yet if the boat were empty,
He would not be shouting, and not be angry.

If you can empty your own boat
Crossing the river of the world,
No one will oppose you,
No one will seek to harm you.

-Chuang Tzu

Read Charlotte Observer's Blogs

The Charlotte Observer now features blogs on the front page (online).

I knew they had it in 'em!

Maybe we'll have to change our name to Bloglotte, or Bloglot, or even Mecklenblog. Hmm... Now THAT has a ring!

Wonder if it's taken. BRB...

Oh well...even though there isn't a Mecklenblog, did I say Mecklenblog, on Google...when I try to nab it on blogger, I am told it is taken.

Where are you? I know you are out there!

And what about Blogolina? or The Blouth? Or The Blorth for that matter? How about the Blidwest? No...the only one that exists in Blest...although there is a very close "Bleeth".

Anyway...go Charlotte! Go Observer!

Beckham Poses Nude

David Beckham, which is to say, Mrs. David Beckham, gets nekkid for a mere 4 inches.
Will David spank her? And will she like it?


Tuesday, May 24, 2005

New media gains national attention in Greensboro

Yes Weekly on David Beckwith and one or two other things.

What it is ain't exactly clear

The effervescent and animated Brian Clarey described the blog scene at Panera's, and did so quite well. It is too bad he didn't make it to Revolution Mill afterwards, because, in the words of Fecund Stench, it might have blown his head off. Tara Sue and Ross Myers, sitting at modest positions of a rather large, wood conference table, encased by the wondrously redecorated end of a warehouse complex which, they explained, was once owned and operated by Ed Cone's grandfather, told us more about the history, and potential future, of where we were sitting.

Flash back 10 or 11 years. I am sitting in a warehouse in Lowell, Massachusetts discussing how we were going to create the first "information superhighway-in-a-box", where internet, TV, satellite uplink/downlink, multimedia, and publishing come together under one roof and for the benefit of the community. It was called Lowell Telecommunication Corporation, although it was not-for-profit. Other than having a connection at home to the University of Lowell's internet, LTC was where I cut my teeth on the web and in television production.

Flash forward 10 or 11 years. There is a bright future for Revolution Mill, I believe, and in fact, I think it could become the center of the blogging universe, as well as the multimedia universe, the motion picture universe, the music production universe, and more. There is plenty of room to create a generation of creators right there in Blogsboro. Talk to the good folks in Lowell, who essentially did the same thing, only without blogs. George Preston was the Executive Director at the time, and I'm sure he would pour forth what he learned, good and bad, about the experience.

I am excited about the prospects and potential of Blogsboro, and know that the place is overflowing with talent and genius.

For God's sake don't turn "There's something happening here." into "There's battle lines being drawn."

Cooperation evolves. One needs only to understand the process of evolutionary cooperation, and then put the synergy to work for everyone.

Group hug to all the good folks in Greensboro and Chapel Hill. (Bora, that would be you.)

More on the Beautiful People

YES! Weekly - Your Local Biking Resource - Your Local Biking Resource

Our mission is simply to encourage greater use of bicycles in the Charlotte area. We will do this thru facilitating bike rides; championing bike advocacy and bike safety; and by supporting area bike shops, clubs, and other organizations that promote cycling.

Now that I have scraped the cobwebs from my bicycle, I hope to get back up to speed, and BikeCharlotte is only further motivation for my doing so.

Monday, May 23, 2005

Automatic Pencil

by Dziga Tzara

Edited by Antonymoses


The end, once upon a time, was just the beginning.

Killer Mules of Tokyo, Chapter 7, "The Horripilation"

Then Sue passed the white chocolate cookies to Mr. Rossman who stubbed his cigarette into the pack which he held in his starboard hand, and proceeded to chart the history of Revolution. A fecund stench rose from the head of the cognoscentoire, as ideas bounced from wall to wall, like contagious laughter that eventually filled the entire state, or so it would seem. Of course the mules were long out of mind, and thus their approach came all the more sudden. A good thing Patrick's uncle was there to sort things through his amelioraton.

Small Fish Up Schitz Creek: Life in the Bozarts

At times one finds fellowship with similarly adjusted hominids.
It is not unpleasant.

I think I will go and eat a pheasant.

Blogging: It's really anyone's game now

Charlotte Observer - John McBride

Our dear friend, John McBride, is helping to bring Charlotte ino the light. John is a long-time asset at The Charlotte Observer, and blogmaster of Under the Water Tower, the official blog for the Elizabeth Community here in Charlotte.

Thanks for the the shoutout for Charlotte101, John! Now let's go get a beer! :)