Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Random Stuff

The Big G and I are off to London tomorrow to see the truly funny Dylan Moran.Back on Saturday with more crap.
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The sublime Stephane Grappelli makin' some whoopee.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

All Things Swiss
We were in Basel over the weekend, enjoying the bise (a very cold wind from Siberia) and taking in a few sites, notably the Tinguely Museum.If you need any further evidence that the Swiss are just a bit odd, take note that two of its most celebrated artists are HR Giger and Jean Tinguely.Tinguely created pieces that are kinetic, noisy, and wonderfully bizarre.This was my second visit to the museum, which was built and designed specifically for the TInguely collection, and I would return again.You can watch the displays or if that becomes a little overwhelming, watch the other patrons. Here's a video to give you an idea:

We caught the train home this morning and found a little snow had fallen while we were gone.(and a couple of lonely kitties)

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Press Leak

Rats Return to Hamelin
The Pied Piper's services might be needed again in Hamelin, northern Germany - because the rats are back.
Crispian St. Peters where are you now?

and on that note, here's some serious nostalgia:

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

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They just played this on my favorite internet jazz radio station TSF Paris .......aaaaaaaaaah.
LOL Cat of the Month

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Random Stuff
I went to the new James Bond flick "Quantum of Solace" yesterday afternoon in Bern, (there's a good review of the movie over at Pajiba)and I must admit I like Daniel Craig as Bond.I always thought Bond should have a rough edge to him, after all the man is a paid killer, but Craig has brought out the weary battle scarred but still fierce quality that I've seen in pictures of lions on the Serengeti.

Even the scars/wounds are eerily similar.
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Thursday, November 13, 2008

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The best compliment I got in high school (or perhaps ever) was when my best friend's boyfriend said he always thought of me when he heard this song.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Press Leak

The scenario that plays out in this article written by Ray McGovern, whose career as a CIA analyst that spanned seven administrations and included responsibility for chairing NIEs, as well as preparing and presenting the President's Daily Brief, is a piece of dry wit on the one hand and a rather daunting set of issues that Obama will have to deal with on the other.

Published Saturday, November 8 2008
Try These on Your CIA Briefer, Mr. President-Elect
by Ray McGovern
via Common Dreams
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In the summer of 1969, my brother built a crystal radio and if the conditions were just right in the northern Manitoba stratosphere, he could pick up WLS in Chicago. One night in June he heard this tune and the rest of the summer was spent tuning up and down the dial to hear it again and again.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Swiss Bit

Have I mentioned that the Swiss have a thing about cows? This little gem from one of Lausanne's major newspapers is just so ....Swiss.

Les vaches suisses devront uriner moins) 24 Heures 11 Novembre 2008
Les paysans devront limiter les émissions de leurs
vaches (urine) à 25000 tonnes d'azote par an,
contre 44000 tonnes aujourd'hui.Cet objectif fait
partie d'un paquet de prescritions que l'agriculture
devra remplir au nom de la protections de l'environment.

Roughly translated, Swiss cows must pee less.

Monday, November 10, 2008

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*sigh* I love this tune.It played in my head for most of last winter, just waiting to get over here.

Friday, November 07, 2008

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I first heard a track by Gotan Project about a year ago and was instantly hooked...sensual, hypnotic,dangerous.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

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Just listen to the rhythm of the gentle bossa nova...

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Press Leak

I know how euphoric this victory is, but I think we might need a reality check before we get too carried away. Here's why : 77 days remaining in the Bush Occupation.

Bush's Last 100 Days the Ones to Watch

by Jesse Jackson via Common Dreams

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Peace train sounding louder...everyone jump on the Peace Train!

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

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Bill Irwin is the 'non famous' guy in this video, but his performance as Ham Gravy chasing his hat down the crooked street at the very beginning of Altman's Popeye is one of my all time favorite pieces of film. And how can you listen to this tune and not feel better? This one is especially for Max as well.
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This is a lovely little bit of animation. For Max.

Monday, November 03, 2008

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Look out world, tomorrow (and hopefully BIG change) is almost here!To all US citizens, please vote, we're counting on you!