Saturday, July 10, 2004

Sissel - My Heart

What is it about vocalization that masks or eliminates accents. If I didn't know, I couldn't tell that Sissel Kyrkjebø is Norwegian.

This is soft and mellow music. An overall delightful album.
1. Wait a While (Brown/Lord) - 4:22
2. Lascia Ch'io Pianga (Händel) - 3:18
3. Someone Like You (Marx) - 4:21
4. Tristezze (Chopin/Giacobetti) - 5:22
5. Angel Rays (Endelman/Hayes) - 3:42
6. Mon Coeur S'Ouvre à Ta Voix (Samson &... (Lemaire/Saint-Saëns) - 5:36
7. Pie Jesu (Lloyd Webber) - 3:12
8. Oblivion (One Stolen Kiss) (Piazzolla/Zippel) - 4:37
9. You Raise Me Up (Graham/Løvland) - 3:57
10. O Mio Babbino Caro (Puccini/Traditional) - 2:57
11. Ave Maria (Schubert) - 5:25
12. Beyond Imagination (Copperfield/Marx) - 4:25
13. Deborah's Theme {from Once Upon a Time in... (Morricone) - 4:49

Friday, July 09, 2004

Windows Noises Symphony

Today's Cool Site of the Day for 7/9/2004:

Windows Noises Symphony!

Have to see and hear it to believe it... so beautiful!! Don't work Friday...
just watch this over and over!
Check out Ball On String as well. They are both from the Clown Staples Flash Experiments site.

Thursday, July 08, 2004

Joan Osborne: How Sweet It Is

How Sweet It Is arrived two days later. And as I indicated previously, I had no clue why. However, I like this album a lot better. Maybe it's due to familiar "vintage material" beautifully rendered. Anyway, here is a second listen:
1. I'll Be Around (Bell/Hurtt) - 4:31
2. Think (Franklin/White) - 3:38
3. How Sweet It Is (Dozier/Holland/Holland) - 4:22
4. Smiling Faces Sometimes (Strong/Whitfield) - 4:45
5. Love's in Need of Love Today (Wonder) - 4:12
6. These Arms of Mine (Redding) - 4:39
7. Only You Know and I Know (Mason) - 3:45
8. War (Strong/Whitfield) - 5:50
9. Why Can't We Live Together (Thomas) - 4:59
10. Axis: Bold as Love (Hendrix) - 4:04
11. The Weight (Robertson) - 5:13
12. Everybody Is a Star (Stewart) - 3:15
Indeed blissless, the lyrics to Only You Know and I Know is more meaningful that I thought. And I agree that sometimes the music just overpowers the words:

Only You Know And I Know
by Dave Mason
Performed by Joan Osborne

Only you know and I know
All the loving we've got to show
So don't refuse to believe it
By reading too many meanings

'Cause you know that I mean what I say so don't go
And never take me the wrong way
You know you can't go on getting your own way
'Cause if you do, it's gonna get you someday, yeah.

We're both here to be pleasing
Oh no, not deceiving
But it's hard to believe in, aw yeah
When you've been so mistreated.

'Cause you know that I mean what I say so don't go
And never take me the wrong way
You know you can't go on getting your own way
'Cause if you do, it's gonna get you someday.

If I seem to mislead you
It's just my craziness coming through
But when it comes down to just two
Aw, I ain't no crazier than you

'Cause you know that I mean what I say so don't go
And never take me the wrong way
You know you can't go on getting your own way
'Cause if you do, it's gonna get you someday.

Only you know and I know
Only you know and I know
Only you know and I know, oh yeah
Only you know and I know, oh yeah, get up


Tuesday, July 06, 2004

Joan Osborne: Relish

I still don't remember how I came across Joan Osborne. Relish just showed up last week. I'm sure my interest in her music is related to that of another artist mentioned here. Sigh, another senior moment. Or as my friend Eldin diagnosed, it's part of the CRS syndrome. You know, "Can't Remember Shit". Well, at least I'm not as bad as Leonard Shelby, the protaganist in Memento. I would seriously worry if it got that bad. Now that closeyoureyes is back online, maybe she knows.

Anyway, here is a second listen:
1. St. Teresa (Bazilian/Chertoff/Hyman/Osborne) - 5:20
2. Man in the Long Black Coat (Dylan) - 4:49
3. Right Hand Man (Bazilian/Captain Beefheart/Chertoff/Hyman/Osborne) - 4:57
4. Pensacola (Bazilian/Chertoff/Hyman/Osborne) - 4:32
5. Dracula Moon (Bazilian/Chertoff/Hyman/Osborne) - 6:21
6. One of Us (Bazilian) - 5:21
7. Ladder (Bazilian/Chertoff/Hyman/Osborne) - 4:11
8. Spider Web (Chertoff/Lucas/Merendino/Osborne/Palmaro) - 5:34
9. Let's Just Get Naked (Bazilian/Osborne) - 5:08
10. Help Me (Williamson/Williamson) - 5:14
11. Crazy Baby (Osborne) - 6:31
12. Lumina (Bazilian/Osborne) - 3:08
Sorry blissless, Right Hand Man is cute, but I still don't like it. That goes for Let's Just Get Naked too.

I got his name wrong all these years

I wanted to have a fundamental understanding of PKI (Public Key Infrastructure). Since I happen to have a copy of Web Security, Privacy and Commerce, I decided to get what I need from the book. I remember how well the author explained the concept of public key encryption in a previous book PGP: Pretty Good Privacy. I read it seven years ago, and have since recommended it to friends and colleagues numerous times. Consequently, I was confident that I'll understand PKI in the same way.

So, I'm half way through the book this morning and thinking who's this Simson that he's been referring to in all these examples? Then I realized that his name IS Simson, and not Simon, as I thought. And that his last name IS Garfinkel, and not Garfunkel, as I also thought. I remember think then that he must get a lot of ribbing over his name. What a strange coincidence? And you would think that all those people that I've referred the book to haven't come back to correct me. So, did they ever bother to followup? Or were they just as confused as I was?

Monday, July 05, 2004

Why is the Queen the most powerful piece on the board?

On the subject of women, I always wondered about this. Why is the Queen the most powerful piece on the board? Something in the way she moves didn't answer the question but distracted me sufficiently to become interested in Marilyn Yalom, the author of the book Birth of the Chess Queen : A History. Perhaps even more interesting may be her other book A History of the Wife. But alas, I don't have the time now to pursue this. There are more pressing matters that need attention.

Sunday, July 04, 2004

Gender of the Observer

Women express themselves non-verbally more clearly and more dynamically than men do. They smile and gaze at others more than men do, approach others more closely, and are more tactile .... The result is that women elicit more warmth than men. Women are also better than men at expressing their thoughts and feelings with facial expressions. They are also better at reading other people's non-veralbal behavior - that is, they are better than men at understanding the messages that others want to covey ... They have the greatest advantage over men in reading facial expressions, which are the ones that are easiest for people to control ... Women take more time when observing and interpreting non-verbal cues, and they use more cues in their decisonmaking process. ...
I'll have to agree. But ...
Although women are superior to men in interpreting non-verbal messages, they are not better tham men at detecting lies ...
seems counterintuitive.