Sunday, October 29, 2006
Lionel in japan
My new computer
Am still not happy with all its foibles, curious keyboard layout and loud fan. I have till Tuesday to make a final decision about it.. have spent so much time setting it up though I doubt that I will have the nerve to take it back again (would have to erase everything and reset it to the factory defaults).
Some views from Judith's apartment this morning-- it is unseasonably warm but lovely.
The gray winter days will soon be upon us so I thought I would put these up to remind me how it can be.
I only have 2 students today so it is like having a day off!
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
That said, the new machine is quite nice, if not so quiet as my old one. Nice fast card reader, big 17in screen, usb plugs on all edges, and (what set it aside from the competition) a subwoofer and built-in stereo mike: this means I can use it for a lot of things without having to plug in an external sound card.
Still, it is avoidance, and I should be ashamed of myself. Selfindulgent bastard I am.
Picture is the view from the window this morning. Nice fall day.
Thursday, October 19, 2006
My son Lionel is somewhere in Japan right now, I ran across this video of him jamming...
don't know where it was done, probably Italy somewhere.
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Fall is here
Had a rehearsal this morning which was a bit tedious, have another one this evening, couldnt get the energy to do much this afternoon, but I did iron a bunch of shirts while listening to the BBC, Radio 4. The quality of the station content is extraordinary.
My student Carmen's mother rang, wants to schedule a lesson-- I was hoping she had quit, she has zero talent and the lessons are a real torture. I think I should insist on a monthly rate for her rather than per lesson because she cancels so often.
Friday, October 13, 2006
Cordelia in Barcelona
Bike and Cathedral
Sunday, October 08, 2006
Cologne has one of the biggest marathons in Europe and the weather today was absolutely perfect... and my apartment is right on the route. The first to buzz by were the rollerbladers, out in amazing numbers this year, then come the real runners, and (about an hour later) the also-rans, in various degrees of seriousness.
Discovered this nice staircase in an otherwise depressing building (home of the local Ausländeramt, where all the foreigns and otherwise undesirables wait for hours in smoky corridors for their chance to plead with the local civil servants) ...
Second picture I took last night of my roof garden at night.
Thursday, October 05, 2006
Sunday, October 01, 2006
More New York pictures
Ned talking to a colleague
This place is awesome, apparently many famous books were written in the Reading Rooms here.
Trip to New York
.. and here the obligatory Statue of Liberty. Taken on a nice cruise on a schooner. Perfect sailing weather, and free champagne and beer.
We went to the opening night at the Met Opera, there was a premiere of Madame Butterfly and all the world was there, from Donald Trump to Susan Sarandon to Salman Rushdie. We felt distinctly underdressed and financially underprivileged, but the music started and we were right at home again. The American custom of starting the opera with the national anthem shocked Judith, but then she is East German. Central Park is apparently twice as large as Monaco, has 1400 gardeners. It is absolutely splendid, and the weather was ideal.