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Sunday, April 11, 2010


  Confident advice from an accomplished opera-singer to an up-and-coming opera singer about the pacing of a song:
Make the conductor wait for you.
I'm pretty sure that only works if you 'win' some sort of cosmic ego battle. But one should aspire to being someone the conductor waits for.

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posted by Arlene (Beth)12:22 AM

Friday, April 09, 2010

I argue about this sort of thing all the time

  McSweeney's Internet Tendency: Macbeth and Macduff Get Into an Argument Over Semantics. Rather good. Least relevant sample:
MACDUFF: Okay, thou hast no need to get snippy.

MACBETH: I'm not snippy.

MACDUFF: Thou ist. A little bit.

posted by Arlene (Beth)9:07 PM

Monday, April 05, 2010

Shake, rattle, and roll

  The USGS Recent Earthquake Maps for Northern California and Nevada ( have been full of fascinating graphics for the last day or two, as aftershock after aftershock stacks up in SoCal.

I love this site, and visit it often, but... it is so FULL right now. At left: a close-up of the impacted area.

Yes, I need to refresh my emergency water supply.

Yes, I'm signed up for AlertSF at, San Francisco's emergency preparedness website.

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posted by Arlene (Beth)10:13 PM

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