December 30, 2013

Happy Mon, the last Mon of the year. -20 and dark. We underwent The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug in Imax 3D yesterday. If you haven’t seen it yet, it runs almost 3 hours. (There’s a slow part about an hour in when the dwarves and Bilbo enter the land of the elves that you […]

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Les Barricades Mysterieuses

December 18, 2013

I discovered this lovely piece by Francois Couperin via Andrew Sullivan’s blog and find it mesmerizing. The title is cryptic. It’s a harpsichord piece, but it sounds ravishing in this piano rendition by the great Hungarian pianist Gyorgy Cziffra. You can find it on YouTube but from this link it plays without any advertising. […]

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December 11, 2013

Good Wednesday. Dark here and about zero. Oh, what’s the use? We watched a very silly movie last weekend, “Ice Palace” (1960), supposedly about life in Alaska. If you haven’t seen this film, it’s so bad it’s camp and filled with laughs. Richard Burton with his native Welsh accented English plays a fish processing plant […]

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December 3, 2013

Happy Tues. The temp has moved up to about zero after several days of below-Z bottoming out at around -26. My nephew Ian and his wife arrived Thursday at 5:15 after five days on the Alaska Highway starting at Dawson Creek, BC. They have been gallivanting around town in sub-zero temps like hardened sourdoughs. Ian […]

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