Early and often II
Voting for the Weblog Awards coincides with Nutcracker season, so I didn't get a chance to visit the nominees until this morning. I just spent a depressing twenty minutes looking at the candidates for Best Culture/Gossip Blog. Ugh. Aside from The LLama Butchers and Sondra K, the emphasis of these blogs is gossip about people I haven't the slightest interest in. (The shoe blog gets a pass for its sheer Manolo-ness. I almost gave Ghost of a Flea a pass for the picture of George Orwell, but, sorry, the Rammstein video was crap.) As you would expect, the LLamas are getting clobbered. The New Criterion is a superior magazine, but its circulation is a small fraction of The National Enquirer's; in the same way, online readers who care about arts and letters are vastly outnumbered by those obessessed with slander and celebrity boobage.
Thanks for the plug for Mazurland. Ionian one. No, I already plugged you. I guess we're even. We certainly appreciate the publicity. Not too many are a-dorian our blig yet. It started out as something my brother Chris was phrygian around with back in January. Paul and I couldn't keep the lydian on it in the comments section, so Chris let us in as authors. Each of us has his own voice. I'm the curmudgeonly one, so many of my posts are in the a*holean mode.
PS: There's a pretty neat explanation of history of the Church Modes at http://www.engr.mun.ca/~whitt/bass/mode_origins.html
Beware the kawaii
Three years of MIDI files
Ballet photo gallery
Society for Creative Anachronism
Cacti and other succulents