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It's amazing what turns up when you're cleaning up for a move. We just found (in the office) a book from 1978 that explains how to program in FORTRAN, on PUNCH CARDS.
av8rmike: Futurama's Farnsworth, text: oh, I made myself sad (farnsworth)
"Zipporah Farnsworth"

Nothing much to add to that, really.
av8rmike: Text: I can't. I have rehearsal. (rehearsal)
I hardly talk about this stuff any more, without much reason. I know there's only one other person that might care, and she already knows this stuff. But whatever.

I usually play section first violin in my various orchestras. Last night in the chamber orchestra, however, we were so short-handed on second violins that I offered to play first-chair second. It was no problem for me, but if it's a permanent change will have to depend on if other players decide to return. Given how much work I have with the other orchestra and my lessons, playing second violin may actually be better for my sanity.

Now, a few Jason quotes from the last few rehearsals that have stuck with me:

"When the stars explode, that means it's trombone time!"

"...a very mean sound. [Sempre] Meanioso."

"Prokofiev totally ripped this part off of John Williams!"

"I want you to spend the next week off-beating."
av8rmike: Mythbuster's Adam, text: I reject your reality and substitute my own! (reality)
In my ire over the podcasts yesterday, I completely forgot to mention something that made me laugh.
Woman Charged with Running Prostitution Ring. An excerpt:
Elizabeth A. Harrison, 35, was charged with engaging in prostitution and other offenses, police said in a statement. The operation, which police broke up last week, advertised "sexual services" online and arranged meetings with clients at an apartment in the 3500 block of Sharon Wood Road.

...It's one of those "say it out loud" jokes.
av8rmike: (webcam)
I forgot some Jason quotes from last night!

[Introducing our supplemental musicians for "Phantom of the Opera"]
"We have our harpist, Meredith, on synth bass, our trombonist, Randy, on real bass, and Greg, our percussionist, playing the laptop."

[Talking about The Edge, U2's guitarist]
"The Edge once said they had to be the tightest band, because all their songs used a tape delay system. So we have to be more like U2. I never thought I'd be saying that."

"Sure are a lot of flats in this song!" [Five, sometimes six; we were playing three at most]

"It's disco Phantom!"
av8rmike: Darth Vader on Death Star, text: I find your lack of pants disturbing (pants)
Greased-up naked streakers, that is! Or URLs with "naked guy" in them. Or excuses to use the "pants" icon.

"That prank went a little farther than he intended, I guess," [Lt. Jeff] Gaylor said.

http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/01/30/naked.guy.ap/index.html
av8rmike: (violin)
During the second movement of Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony: "The babbling brook needs to be more roll-y and less rock-y."

Describing a section of Roumain's Harlem Essay with a rock beat: "I'm going to make this part molto pimpioso."

The guy should've been a stand-up comedian ... who only tells jokes to musicians.
av8rmike: (violin)
Quote from Jason at last night's rehearsal, to the cellos and basses during Beethoven's "Pastoral" Symphony, The Storm: "Beethoven knows that part is impossible to play. Just make noise."

Quote from Jason during Saturday's Young People's Concert: "This is a piece called "Hoe-down", from Aaron Copland's Rodeo. It's a ballet about... cowboys who dance. Kind of like Brokeback Mountain."

Saw this icon over at [livejournal.com profile] grrliz_icons and it seems perfect for Jamie:
av8rmike: Mythbuster's Adam, text: I reject your reality and substitute my own! (reality)
We seem to have bypassed Spring and gone straight into Summer. It's gotta be 80° outside.

Yep, WBAL is reporting 83°F at BWI. 50s tomorrow, on the other hand.

In other news, RumbleBox is a hell of a lot of fun, even though it's pretty hard to figure out which way your guy is pointing. I wasted too many hours this weekend playing and trying to master the swinging attack.

A9.com Maps is pretty neat, but there aren't enough cities covered yet.

Finally, this )
is the funniest goddamn thing I've seen in a long time.

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