There was Quiet

I could rant about the hacking of my domains (many others were affected as well) but I’m ridiculously over it. If you’d like to see that stuff, my Twitter and Facebook statuses were pretty much real-time reactions. The admin had the incredibly tedious and lengthy task of rebuilding the server before he could bring it back online. He did this pretty damn quickly, in my opinion. And I am GRATEFUL. However, I don’t look forward to redoing a lot of the Starrynight website (the CSS is frelled and PHPList seems to have said, ARSY). But I’m not worrying about it now.¬† Little 500 wasn’t nearly as heinous as it could have been (I was very surprised not to be there until 11, then again, I open tomorrow) and I’m home, showered, and comfortable again. And I was just now enjoying all of the #drumcorps Tweets from the many corps that are at camp this weekend. So, I’m taking it easy. No ranting.

Instead, I will leave you with- the Friday. Interlude.

Maynard Ferguson, Misra-Dhenuka

Brave New Worlds

In my mind, the interwebs is an alternate universe. As an optimist, I prefer thinking of the World Wide Web as some sort of Utopian experiment. You’re laughing. Oh no, I won’t deny that porn makes up about half of the content on the web (I suppose this content IS someone’s idea of Utopia); however, there are some amazing institutions doing great work out there on the webs. One in particular attracted my attention yesterday.

The World Digital Library launches on April 21, 2009. This is an unprecedented partnership of national, international and academic libraries (see here for a complete list). The WDL’s mission:

World Digital Library logoThe World Digital Library will make available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials from cultures around the world, including manuscripts, maps, rare books, musical scores, recordings, films, prints, photographs, archi­tectural drawings, and other significant cultural materials. The objectives of the World Digital Library are to promote international and inter-cultural understanding and awareness, provide resources to educators, expand non-English and non-Western content on the Internet, and to contribute to scholarly research.

What I appreciate most about this endeavor is the stress is on international primary materials. The videos on the site and this demonstration (pdf) indicated that the WDL platform itself will be available in numerous languages (in peeking at the source code, I saw hidden lines which indicate that users will be able to select either English, Spanish or French; hopefully, more non-Western European languages will be available later). The platform boasts the ability to provide translations of primary documents that are archived in the Digital Library. There are also indications that the platform will read the document for you, indicating that the platform designers are keeping accessibility in mind. Of course, none of this is clear until the site is officially launched. I look forward to playing in digital library land soon.

And now, for something completely different.

Today’s Musical Interlude: Alan and Sean of Great Big Sea join the lads and lass of Gaelic Storm to perform “Leaving of Liverpool” and “Hills of Connemara.” Wow, wish I could have seen this pairing!

For more Great Big Gaelic Storm, see the “Tell Me Ma” video here.

GBS Interlude

Great Big Sea will be in Bloomington next Wednesday, March 4th at the Bluebird (21+). Scythian joins the Newfie boys. Doors open at 7pm. Russell, Tim and I are going. Come join us! Get your tickets soon!

“Donkey Riding” from a concert DVD. See more video recommendations below.

Old Brown’s Daughter
Sean does an amusing number
Alan and Sean join Gaelic Storm in “Leaving of Liverpool/Hills of Connemara

Almost Interlude

I don’t have a musical interlude to post today. I almost embedded “Remembering Sunday” by All Time Low. That was before I got turned off by all of the live versions I found on YouTube. The audio on these is CRAP and singer comes off as a total asshat. Maybe he’s just young. Or lacking an interesting personality… Meh, it’s a decent song though so, if you haven’t already, give this video a try.

Yes we can.

Many bloggers are posting music videos to sum up their sentiments upon the announcement of our President-elect. My first reaction was, psha, right, as if some pop song could sum up the multitude of things that I’m feeling right now. Oh right, I’m an instrumentalist. So here is my musical offering (with no offense to pop-lovers, nothing from the genre seemed to fit this moment for me!).

Today’s musical interlude is brought to you by Hope. Yes we can.

from Respighi’s Pines of Rome