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Soundtracks of My Life: Italian "Art Songs"

Fri, 08 Aug 2008 20:55:15 PDT

Continuing my collection of well-remembered songs, I have collected at The Flatland Chronicles videos of two well-known "singer's songs": Che fiero costume and Intorno All'Idol Mio. (Sinatra would not have...

"I Don't Like You Either" (Protest, Poetry, Parody, & Satire) Aug. 3-8

Fri, 08 Aug 2008 20:36:48 PDT

Updates to the political satire blog: Harry Shearer: "Addicted to Oil" [posted by Damozel, Admin.] A Right-Wing Christian Asks: If Obama Really is the Antichrist, Shouldn't We Vote for Him?...

"I Don't Like You Either": Political Satire, Parody, & Poetry

Sun, 03 Aug 2008 00:28:52 PDT

BN-Politics and The Moderate Voice are keeping me really busy these days, so I've turned my political blog (formerly 'Versus') over to a co-blogger (Teh Nutroots) from Buck Naked Politics....

The Flatland Chronicles: Ricky Gervais & Gordon Ramsay

Sat, 02 Aug 2008 20:46:00 PDT

My favorite scene from Gordon Ramsay's The F Word, featuring my favorite British funny man (here).

The Flatland Chronicles: Ricky G. Does 'The F Word'

Sat, 02 Aug 2008 14:27:01 PDT

To kick things off, here's a most excellent and charming video of two of my favorite Brits on the planet---Ricky Gervais and Gordon Ramsay---being very funny. 'The F Word' is...

Buck Naked Politics April-July Round-Up [Post Hiatus Make-Up Postings]

Fri, 01 Aug 2008 21:07:11 PDT

I am not dead. First, I was away in England for several weeks. Then I had to do extra duty at BN-Politics because my colleague was out of town. So...

Florida Light & Shadow: Palm Fronds & a Haunted Lighthouse

Mon, 07 Apr 2008 20:57:19 PDT

Two beautiful captures: the famous St. Augustine light-house and a pattern woven from palm fronds and sunlight.

Florida Light & Color: Vignettes

Mon, 07 Apr 2008 20:49:12 PDT

Another Miami sunset complete with skyline; more 'subtropical noir' from photographer Caleb; the ambiance of a small-town cafe; the reflection of a pastel sunrise from a somewhat different angle; light...

Soundtracks of My Life: Operatic Gender Bender & the Doll Song

Mon, 07 Apr 2008 20:20:22 PDT

Famous mezzo-sopranos in traditionally transgendered roles..... ...and famous sopranoes sing the coloratura trills and rills of 'the doll song from Hoffman (La Chanson d'Olympia) in various sorts and degrees of...

Buck Naked Politics Political Round-Up: March 29-April 4

Mon, 07 Apr 2008 19:56:29 PDT

The battle for the Democratic nomination just gets crazier and crazier. Progressives are turning against progressives; in fact, I find myself occasionally thinking, "No wonder the right winger hate those...

Buck Naked Politics News Round-Up: March 29-April 4

Mon, 07 Apr 2008 19:48:23 PDT

Mar. 29 Why don't all the Americans who gripe about paying taxes care about this sort of flagrant waste and abuse of the system? D Cupples reports on yet another...

Pineda and Key Biscayne (Floridiana Gloriana)

Thu, 03 Apr 2008 20:37:00 PDT

A fabulous, painterly photograph by one of my favorite Florida photographers; a magnificent sunset on Key Biscayne by another;

Starving Elephant Artisans: Elephants Painting

Mon, 31 Mar 2008 20:09:00 PDT

I've written about these amazing animals in several places, but the full story is here.

Soundtracks of My Life (and Death!): Mendelssohn, Handel, & Mozart

Sun, 30 Mar 2008 20:04:00 PDT

At The Flatland Chronicles, I posted two notes on some lifelong favorites of mine. First, some classical classics featured on YouTube from Elijah, The Mozart Requiem, and The Messiah. Second,...

Pictures from the Earth: Nova Scotia by Judy Malley (photo-essay)

Sat, 29 Mar 2008 14:48:21 PDT

Have you been to Nova Scotia? I haven't either. But after looking at these photographs by Judy Malley, I'm definitely going to go there someday.

Buck Naked Politics News Round Up: Mar.21-28

Sat, 29 Mar 2008 14:41:33 PDT

Mar. 21 Even before Iraq exploded out of control (again), Bush was saying that Iran is 'a nuclear threat.' This is, of course, considered false by everyone in a position...

Soundtracks of My Life: Les Contes d'Hoffman (Offenbach) & Melanie

Fri, 28 Mar 2008 23:09:57 PDT

I admit that they don't exactly go together. But I performed Hoffman (just in the chorus, of course), including "Helas! Mon coeur s'agare encore" when I was in my teens;...

City Lights: Orlando, Miami, and Jax

Fri, 28 Mar 2008 22:52:33 PDT

After dipping into Florida's small towns, time for some city lights and some architectural grandeur!

Buck Naked Politics Political Round-Up: Mar.21-28

Fri, 28 Mar 2008 22:40:57 PDT

Mar. 21 The Flag Officers who endorsed Hillary explained why she would make a better commander-in-chief. Media coverage? Little to none. Bill Richardson decided that all the help he received...

A Floridiana Gloriana Nature Walk

Fri, 28 Mar 2008 22:37:59 PDT

Three beautifully detailed and expressive photographs showing how nature manifests itself here in Florida: a blue heron, a gorgeously striated yellow and black caterpillar, and one doughty sunflower battling the...

Small Town Life in Central Florida

Fri, 28 Mar 2008 22:33:02 PDT

Winter Haven, Lakeland, and Lake Wales....places that few tourists ever see but which have their own beauties (the Bok Tower Sanctuary, to name just one). See them here.

The Gulf Coast, Sunset Over the Keys, and Photos from Florida's Psychic Community, Cassadaga

Fri, 28 Mar 2008 22:25:52 PDT

Sunset over the Florida keys----plus: -a nautical scene from Fort Myers (very colorful) -photos from Cassadaga, Florida's spiritualist camp -a baby scrub jay photographed in Tampa (compelling evidence that birds...

Long Overdue Updates: Buck Naked Politics News Round-Up (Mar.13-20)

Fri, 28 Mar 2008 22:06:50 PDT

Mar. 13 More on overbroad data mining by the FBI. (Why don't Republicans mind?) There was some dithering---subsequently resolved---about whether the Pentagon would release that Iraq report about which we'd...

Long Overdue Updates: Buck Naked Politics Political Round-Up (Mar.13-20)

Fri, 28 Mar 2008 21:28:23 PDT

As the Iraq War spirals ever more out of control, the war between Democrats gets ever nastier. Sigh. Kids: Whatever you do, don't vote for McCain! Mar. 13 Though all...

Scenes from the West Coast (Florida's)

Sat, 15 Mar 2008 20:56:00 PDT

Some beautiful photographs from Florida's Gulf Coast: a glittery photograph from downtown St. Pete; mysterious 'subtropical noir' by our featured photographer, Caleb (St. Pete); a gloriously surreal vision of Tampa's...

Hillary Supporters Finally Say 'Enough'

Sat, 15 Mar 2008 19:18:00 PDT

Obama seems to have entered a new political lifetime. Certainly opposition among Hillary supporters is hardening against him. The Left Coaster articulated the Clinton Rules and the Obama Rules. At...

Sir Ian McKellen in 'Extras': Acting Secrets of One of the World's Greatest!

Fri, 14 Mar 2008 20:58:00 PDT

If you haven't seen it yet, you'll want to get the DVD after this.

Hillary Takes the High Road

Fri, 14 Mar 2008 20:55:00 PDT

You've hardly heard a word about it in the media, I know, but on the night before events rather dire to Obama, she most certainly did.

Buck Naked Politics News Round-Up for March 7 through March 12

Fri, 14 Mar 2008 01:46:59 PDT

Mar. 7 D Cupples had something surprising to whisper in your ear about a certain defense contractor. In Iraq, a suicide bomber killed 68 people. Sixty-eight people---in one single blast....

Buck Naked Politics 2008 Primaries Round-Up for March 7 to March 13

Fri, 14 Mar 2008 00:29:39 PDT

Well, at least I can't say I don't live in interesting times. Mar. 7 Obama's now ex- foreign policy adviser confided to a right-wing British newspaper that she considers Hillary...

Political Developments I Did Not Like (March 13)

Thu, 13 Mar 2008 20:40:00 PDT

First, I most definitely did NOT like this story about a woman who stayed on a toilet for so long (two years) that her skin grew around it, her legs...

T13 #14 | Pictures from the Earth: Broken Hearts for Every Situation (13)

Wed, 12 Mar 2008 22:02:13 PDT

For this Thursday, in the honor of all the pain we've all ever undergone, a collection of 13 broken hearts. See the photo essay here.

Soundtracks of My Life: Music from a Vietnam Era Adolescence

Wed, 12 Mar 2008 21:55:18 PDT

The Seguedilla from Carmen, which I dreamed at the age of 15 I would grow up to perform. Alas, I never did. But I have retrieved two charming renditions for...

Political Developments I Didn't Like on March 12

Wed, 12 Mar 2008 21:47:00 PDT

There was quite a lot today that I didn't like. I don't like the ever more vicious feeding anti-Hillary feeding frenzy in the media and on the blogosphere, and I'm...

Glorious: Orchids, Palm Trees by Moonlight, Flying Gull

Wed, 12 Mar 2008 20:31:00 PDT

After a friend of mine complained about the lack of Florida Florae at my blog, I posted some really magnificent water lilies and orchids....Then, just to keep it from looking...

Soundtracks of My Life: My Dad's Ultimate Party Song

Tue, 11 Mar 2008 15:04:00 PDT

In a way, I'd like to forget it. It's one of those songs that gets stuck in your head. In another, it's so tightly connected to my past that forgetting...

Political Developments I Didn't Like on March 11

Tue, 11 Mar 2008 13:06:00 PDT

Conservative bloggers mutter among themselves that Obama didn't ever fully state the full amount of contributions he received from Rezko, even when freely owning up to a 'boneheaded' decision. Hmmm....

What's in a Name Change?

Mon, 10 Mar 2008 18:49:49 PDT

Not a lot, maybe. Anyway, I changed Versus/Reversus to "I Don't Like You Either." And no, of course I don't mean you. I mostly mean them.

Soundtracks of My Life: Recondite Armonia (Tosca)

Mon, 10 Mar 2008 14:59:00 PDT

I've spent a bit of time lately researching You Tube for all the memories I could dredge up. This is quite a poignant one, dating back to my opera-smitten adolescence....

Abstract Digital Art Gallery Additions

Mon, 10 Mar 2008 12:51:00 PDT

More designs added: Springtime Remembered (c. 1977); Mobile Rainbow; and Dove & Palm Cross (in honor of Easter). See them here.