Saturday, May 15, 2004

I'm glad I didn't either

He left a ·$3.5M cello outside by accident that got stolen ($3.5m mistake humbles LA cellist). Can you imagine? I would still be depressed. A fellow musician was glad that he didn't lose it. I'm glad I didn't either.

Friday, May 14, 2004

London bows out

London bows out
May 14, 2004

Wednesday night, America voted La Toya London off of "American Idol." Wednesday night, America got it very wrong. Arguably the best singer in the competition, if not the most distinctive, London deserved at least the runner-up slot. Shock waves rolled through the audience, and tears rolled down the cheeks of London's fellow finalists, as La Lady of Grace sang her farewell version of "Don't Rain on My Parade." Equally shocking was the news that London's companion in the bottom two was the incomparable Fantasia Barrino. Recount, anyone?

MATTHEW GILBERT
I only saw the Tuesday night show. And that was by accident, as I had some time to kill before 24 came on. I thought La Toya was the best too. There's something fishy about she got vote off. Yes, definitely a recount.

Thursday, May 13, 2004

Careers As a Disc Jockey

Since I don't have any outstanding album comments to post, I'll say something about Careers As a Disc Jockey, by Chris Weigant that I read over the weekend. I like it.

The book describes what qualities that are important to be successful in the field, the good and bad points about being a DJ, and the steps one needs to take to get hired. What I found very useful are the interviews with the people who hold the different jobs in the field, as well as the appendices that offer further reading and reference sources.

Here are some highlights:
  • one has to be a go-getter

  • it is important to get experience in college

  • careers in this field lack security

  • the pay not so good in the beginning

  • ego conflicts between Program Manager and Music Director are typical

  • "it's who know what you know" that counts

  • the field is highly political
  • Closeyoureyes has a lot going for her, a love of music, a knowledge of music, a good work ethics, and a good DJ voice. Perhaps the only concern is her ability to deal with difficult people. But I'm sure she's good at that as well.

    I wonder if he's superstitious

    I wonder if he's superstitious:
    5 Things You Don't Know About: Ming Tsai

    He cooks up a mean hoisin-marinated chicken with Napa slaw. But did you know that he once downed 115 chicken wings in a single sitting?

    Best known for his blending of food and cooking techniques from the East and the West, Ming Tsai is the chef/owner of Blue Ginger in Wellesley, the author of two cookbooks, and an Emmy Award-winning TV host. He begins taping his second season of Simply Ming for public television next month.

    1. HIS BROTHER HAS THE SAME NAME.

    "He's Ming-Hsi Tsai, I'm Ming-Hao Tsai. He's 2 years older, and he works for IBM. When we were at Andover and Yale together, I was called Ming Junior, Ming Younger, Ming Bigger. We look nothing alike, but my brother can go into virtually any restaurant, tell them he's Ming Tsai, and get a table."

    2. HE HOLDS AN ENGINEERING DEGREE.

    "Three generations of my family studied engineering at Yale. But once I went to Le Cordon Bleu school in France after my sophomore year, I knew what I wanted to do. So I told my parents, `I know you spent $100,000 on an education, but I want to cook.'"

    3. HE PLAYED PROFESSIONAL SQUASH.

    "I was an All-American in college and played two years of pro squash in France when I was cooking there after I graduated. I'm not at that level now -- I was maybe 15 to 20 pounds ago. Now, I mostly play doubles at the University Club in Boston."

    4. HE AVOIDS THE NUMBER FOUR.

    "A very bad number. In Chinese, four sounds like the word for death. So I don't stay on the fourth floor of a hotel, I don't use four in an address or phone number, and we never put four of anything on a plate at our restaurant. But eight is a great number, because it sounds like the word for prosperous. So 583 Washington Street is a perfect address for me, and my cellphone number ends in 88."

    5. HE EATS BETTER THAN HE COOKS.

    "I'm a good cook, but I'm a fantastic eater. I once ate 115 chicken wings in one hour when I was a graduate student at Cornell. I don't think anyone has matched that record. I should go into the Guinness Book."

    —John Powers

    Dogs and More Dogs

    Dogs and More Dogs
    Dogs come in more shapes and sizes than any other mammal on the planet. So where do dogs, in all their diversity, come from? Tradition says that thousands of years ago, someone tamed a wolf pup, thus creating the first of our best friends. But many scientists disagree. Nova goes to the dogs to find out the truth.

    Narrated by John Lithgow, Dogs and More Dogs ranges from a wolf research facility in rural Indiana to the Westminster Dog Show in New York's Madison Square Garden. Nova also makes a detour to the city dump in Tijuana, Mexico, where viewers get surprising insight into the origin and evolutionary strategy of their canine companions.

    Tuesday, May 11, 2004

    Alas, it doesn't last long

    This reminds me of a Dr. Phil aphorism that " ... marriage is not one long date":

    HORMONES | DISCOVERIES
    Love changes testosterone levels
    May 11, 2004

    Falling in love -- that crazy, blissful feeling -- causes gender-bender changes in men and women's testosterone levels. It falls in men and rises in women so they become more like each other, according to a study by an Italian researcher published in the current issue of New Scientist magazine. "It's as if nature wants to eliminate what can be different in men and women, because it's important to survive at this stage," said Donatella Marazziti, a scientist at the University of Pisa in Italy, who made the discovery after studying 24 people in love. Not all scientists agree with Marazziti's interpretation of the results and some say changing testosterone levels could be a result of increased sexual activity. But whatever the reason, it doesn't last long. Two years later, when the same people were tested again and were no longer madly in love, their testosterone levels were back to normal.REUTERS

    © Copyright 2004 Globe Newspaper Company.

    Monday, May 10, 2004

    All you need to know is that he's superstitious

    Really, all you need to know is that he's superstitious:
    5 Things You Don't Know About: Ming Tsai

    He cooks up a mean hoisin-marinated chicken with Napa slaw. But did you know that he once downed 115 chicken wings in a single sitting?

    Best known for his blending of food and cooking techniques from the East and the West, Ming Tsai is the chef/owner of Blue Ginger in Wellesley, the author of two cookbooks, and an Emmy Award-winning TV host. He begins taping his second season of Simply Ming for public television next month.

    1. HIS BROTHER HAS THE SAME NAME.

    "He's Ming-Hsi Tsai, I'm Ming-Hao Tsai. He's 2 years older, and he works for IBM. When we were at Andover and Yale together, I was called Ming Junior, Ming Younger, Ming Bigger. We look nothing alike, but my brother can go into virtually any restaurant, tell them he's Ming Tsai, and get a table."

    2. HE HOLDS AN ENGINEERING DEGREE.

    "Three generations of my family studied engineering at Yale. But once I went to Le Cordon Bleu school in France after my sophomore year, I knew what I wanted to do. So I told my parents, `I know you spent $100,000 on an education, but I want to cook.'"

    3. HE PLAYED PROFESSIONAL SQUASH.

    "I was an All-American in college and played two years of pro squash in France when I was cooking there after I graduated. I'm not at that level now -- I was maybe 15 to 20 pounds ago. Now, I mostly play doubles at the University Club in Boston."

    4. HE AVOIDS THE NUMBER FOUR.

    "A very bad number. In Chinese, four sounds like the word for death. So I don't stay on the fourth floor of a hotel, I don't use four in an address or phone number, and we never put four of anything on a plate at our restaurant. But eight is a great number, because it sounds like the word for prosperous. So 583 Washington Street is a perfect address for me, and my cellphone number ends in 88."

    5. HE EATS BETTER THAN HE COOKS.

    "I'm a good cook, but I'm a fantastic eater. I once ate 115 chicken wings in one hour when I was a graduate student at Cornell. I don't think anyone has matched that record. I should go into the Guinness Book."

    —John Powers

    Jocelyn

    The last time I went out socially with three women was the night of Jocelyn's 30th birthday. I had just moved into the second floor apartment near Harvard Square when Kathy, one of the women in the upstairs apartment asked if I'd like to go to her friend's birthday party. Being new to Cambridge as a resident and eager to meet new people, I gladly accepted.

    The party turned out to be at Jocelyn's house, a mere 10 minute walk away. As I recalled, that Saturday was clear and warm, typical for an early September evening. That's when I first met her. She was a beautiful blonde in a flowing black ankle length dress that offered only a glimpse of her petite figure.

    I don't remember the details of that night except that at the end of the party, Jocelyn suggested that we go out to the Square to continue the celebration. The we, in this case included Kathy, her other friend Pat, and me. On the way, as we walked along Massachusetts Avenue towards the club, they tease me about being the luckiest guy that night, going out with three older attractive women. Those were their words, but I heartily agree, expecially about the attractive part. But lucky? I was, but I wasn't that lucky.

    Since then, Jocelyn and I went out socially and gotten to know each better. Although I knew from Kathy that she had been recently widowed, I don't know that her husband had committed suicide. That fact may have explained a lot of things. Perhaps that's why she acted awkwardly and appeared withdrawn at times, behavior that was too unsettling for me. Over time we lost touch with each other. What I regret is not having the patience then to maintain the relationship. I'm sure that had we met today, the outcome would have been different.

    As a final note, because she had taught high school English in Taiwan for two year in her earlier 20's, she had a good command of Chinese. Neverthless, I would tease her about her American accent to which she emphatically denied she had. When we eat in Chinatown, I'd alway let her give the order to the wait staff for the shock value effect. Every time we go, she would wear one of her Chinese silk blouses that shows how really drop dead gorgeous she was.

    Sunday, May 09, 2004

    It was not the first personal entry

    Magnolia, it was not the first personal entry. ·Here is the evidence, though you might differ as to whether they satisfy the requirements of being personal:
    Ching Ming (Clear and Bright) posted 03/24/04
    She knew she didn't need one posted 03/12/04
    Great story. Not great like make it to the history books but terrific read and a funny moment. It is odd what people will remember and what they will not. ·Sound familiar?
    The girl next door posted 02/29/04
    Hoy Nien: Opening the New Year posted 01/29/04
    Intelligence is an important part posted 01/23/04
    A chemistry moment posted 01/22/04
    Chris Norris courtesy of Gordon Lightfoot posted 12/09/03
    Nevertheless, the next entry should be to your liking.