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Quartet for the End of Time/The Crystal Liturgy

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Simon F.A. Russell writes:

Olivier Messiaen‘s Quartet for the End of Time premiered on 15 January 1941 in the prisoner-of-war camp where the composer was interned during World War Two. To celebrate the 75th anniversary Sinfini Music commissioned me to create an animation around it. Working with Prof. Marcus du Sautoy I used the piece to explore Messiaen’s complex relationship to mathematics, music and religious belief.

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27 May 2022 at 1:12 pm

Posted in Art, Music, Video

Benefits of vinegar with dinner

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25 May 2022 at 11:18 am

The 147 That Broke The Record | Ronnie O’Sullivan’s 9th Maximum | 2008 World Snooker Championship

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14 May 2022 at 7:52 pm

Posted in Games, Snooker, Video

“Ruin”: An animated short now, to be part of a feature film

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“Animation” does not mean what it once did — it’s gone far beyond that.

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13 May 2022 at 7:00 pm

For those who eat hamburgers

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12 May 2022 at 6:59 pm

A Picture of the Milky Way’s Supermassive Black Hole

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I find Veritasium’s videos to be excellent — this one, for example.

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12 May 2022 at 11:02 am

Posted in Science, Video

Hayao Miyazaki, The Mind of a Master

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Via Open Culture:

I need to rewatch some of his movies.

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10 May 2022 at 1:51 pm

Posted in Business, Movies & TV, Video

Foods to Help Protect Your Arteries from Saturated Fat

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That chart is from an interesting brief video by Michael Greger MD on foods that help with arterial health and function. If you have arteries, it’s a video worth watching.

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9 May 2022 at 10:32 am

Truckla: A pick-up conversion of a Tesla

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7 May 2022 at 4:33 pm

There’s life in big bands yet: Skylar Tang

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Elizabeth Blair reports on NPR:

Some 300 young musicians from around the country are in New York for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition and Festival. They’re attending workshops and jam sessions, meeting professional musicians and competing.

Skylar Tang, 16, has already won her award. The San Francisco Bay Area trumpet player is the winner of the Dr. J. Douglas White Composition and Arranging Contest, an honor bestowed on an original composition written and arranged for big bands by a high school student.

Tang said the vibe of her winning piece, Kaleidoscope, is kind of “frantic,” a bit like her life right now. “There’s a lot of stress in the tune. I go to school. I have assessments and tests. Maybe that has something to do with it,” she said.

It took her about seven months to create her work.  . . 

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You can find Skylar Tang’s work on YouTube. I liked this one, for example:

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6 May 2022 at 10:13 pm

Posted in Education, Jazz, Video

Sauce for the stir-fry

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As I continue to eat my little tempeh+grain+greens+other vegetables stir fries, I have a hankering to some sauces to spruce up the taste variety. I found the ones in this video easy and tasty.

For your convenience, below is a PDF of the sauce recipes. In the PDF I offer an option of honey instead of maple syrup in one recipe, and that is my addition — it’s not in Simnett’s original recipe. Honey is not vegan, but then neither am I. I follow a whole-food plant-based diet rather than a vegan diet. Simnett follows a vegan diet (and thus frequently eats white rice, not included in a WFPB diet, and also various highly processed (but vegan) foods — like the vegan yogurt in the Ranch Dressing recipe, which I doubt that I will make). To each his own, but the Tahini and Ginger-Miso sauces are quite good and fit within the intersection of vegan and WFPB diets.

And, BTW, Simnett’s free Vegan Meal Planner PDF is extremely good and chock full of ideas (including more sauces) — including this useful sauce template:

Dressing template
(pick one from each category & have fun experimentig!)

• Healthy fat source: 1/4 – 1/2 avocado, 1-2 tbsp tahini, 1-2 tbsp ground flax & hemp seeds.
• Sweeteners: 1-2 pitted dates, 1 tbsp maple syrup, orange juice.
• Salty additions: pinch of sea salt, 1-2 tsp Bragg’s liquid aminos or tamari
• Tangy additions: 1-2 tsp mustard, 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar, fresh lemon juice (1⁄2 lemon)
• Other additions (optional): 1⁄4 red onion, 1 fresh garlic clove, 1 tsp ginger, spices (measurements vary for each): cumin, dill, thyme, smoked paprika, chipotle, cajun spice, italian spice, onion/garlic powder.

Add 1/4 – 1/2 cup of water, blend, and add more liquid as needed.

Using my dressing guide above, let’s make a sauce!

• Healthy fat: 1 tbsp tahini
• Sweet: 1 large medjool date (or two smaller dates)
• Salty: a splash of tamari
• Tangy: 1.5 tsp mustard
• Other: 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp onion powder, 1 tsp cumin.

Throw everything in the blender with 1/4 cup of water. Blend it and see how it tastes!

FWIW, I do subscribe to his YouTube channel.


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Update after making the sauces

The Ginger Miso sauce is good, but I think I’ll cook the garlic before adding.

The Spicy Tahini sauce is fantastic, and I decided that I would (a) double the recipe and (b) add a dash of Wright’s Liquid Smoke. For the hot sauce in my initial batch, I used Louisiana Hot Sauce, but obviously there is a great range from which to choose. Below is the doubled batch, and this time I used a local hot sauce, No Flame, No Game Charred Habanero Hot Sauce from Island Chef Pepper Co. And I did include the dash of Wright’s Liquid Smoke. (I prefer that brand to Colgin because Colgin includes a variety of additives. Wright’s is simply smoke and water.) I used Soom tahini, which is superb: fresh-tasting and easily mixed.

A pleasant and totally unexpected outcome: the doubled batch perfectly filled the jar I was using — a coincidence? a Higher Power? destiny? Who knows?


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3 more great sauces from Derek Simnett

These, however, require a blender.

As above, I have copied Simnett’s recipes into a PDF so you can just print them out as needed.

Easy variation

One nice thing about these sauces is how easily they lend themselves to variation. This morning I made a variant of the Ginger Miso sauce. Now that I’ve discovered that a doubled recipe nicely fits the (8-oz) jar I’m using, I routinely double the recipe since then I have to make a sauce half as often. Here’s the original:

• 2 Tbsp miso 
• 4 tsp grated ginger
• 4 tsp rice vinegar
• 2 tsp grated garlic
• 2 tsp mustard
• 6 Tbsp water 

And here’s what I made, which came out a little short of a cup but seemed a good consistency, so I added no more water.

• 4 Tbsp miso
• 4 tsp grater ginger (I did not double the ginger)
• juice and zest of 1 lemon
• 2 tsp brown-rice vinegar (finishing off the bottle)
• 1/2 Tbsp granulated garlic
• several dashes Louisiana Hot Sauce
• good dash of tamari
• 4 tsp Dijon mustard
• 1/4 cup water

This version tasted very good to me and fit my own taste better than the original. 

So make your own versions and create your own sauces.


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5 Easy 3-Ingredient Vegan Dressings

More easy dressings. These use a blender. Here’s a PDF of the recipes:


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Three more blender no-added-oil sauces from Simnett Nutrition

And again here are the three recipes available in a PDF — but do watch the video(s).

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5 May 2022 at 4:44 pm

It’s Dave Brubeck Day!

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4 May 2022 at 8:48 am

Posted in Daily life, Jazz, Video

Double Domino Effect

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3 May 2022 at 11:08 pm

Posted in Daily life, Video

A satisfying video of machining

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30 April 2022 at 10:14 am

Beat out that rhythm on your feet — podorythmie from Quebec

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This morning I chanced across an essay in the NY Times by Eric Boodman (gift link, no paywall), a reporter for STAT who has written for The Atlantic, Undark, and other publications.  His essay begins:

When I was 17 or so, I worked evenings at a dentist’s office. At first, it carried the thrill of a secret world: The office building was locked — just me and the janitors and the whir of the autoclave. Then it was stultifying. I worked for only two hours at a time, but those two hours stretched out endlessly, a canvas for my teenage dread and insecurity. The families I was calling with appointment reminders often mistook me for a machine. I was there to develop some kind of work ethic, but all I could think about was the awful, oobleck-like quality of time. I tried singing between calls. I looked for constellations in the ceiling tiles. What I remember working best — what still works, when I feel the trapped-bug flutter of a panic attack starting up — is foot percussion.

It’s a ubiquitous sound in Québécois traditional music, a galloping pattern that musicians beat out with their shoes while playing, giving them a Dick-Van-Dyke-like dynamism. If you wanted to be fancy and ethno-musicological, you’d call it podo-rythmie, from the Greek for “feet” and “rhythm.” If you wanted to be down home and colloquial, it would just be tapage de pieds, or foot tapping. In English, it’s sometimes referred to as “doing feet.” It’s the secret weapon that allows a lone fiddler to make a whole room get up and dance.

At my high school in downtown Montreal, my classmates were . . .

Continue reading (gift link, no paywall).

That sparked my curiosity, so I went to YouTube and first found a set of three short basic instructional videos (first, second, third), and then a video of a conversation (with foot-tapping) between two practitioners, one of whom (Alain Lamontagne) originated the term podorythmie. The conversation video was followed by a demonstration with the two playing (violin and harmonica), with rhythmic foot-tapping.

With those as background, I understood more of actual performance, such as this 4-minute clip:

 

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30 April 2022 at 6:59 am

Posted in Daily life, Memes, Music, Video

Pro Home Cooks does Mediterranean meal prep

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A relaxing video just to watch, and the food looks great:

Roasted Beet Dip
Turnip Pickles
Lamb Patties
Fresh Pita Bread
Tzatziki Yogurt Sauce
Hummus
Mediterranean Salad

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28 April 2022 at 10:53 am

Ravel’s Bolero, performed by Wiener Cello Ensemble 5+1 on one cello

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27 April 2022 at 11:34 am

Posted in Daily life, Music, Video

An informative video on fermenting cabbage

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I picked up some new ideas from this video. I definitely will be making the version with ginger and carrots.

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27 April 2022 at 8:24 am

“Happy birthday” in various styles

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27 April 2022 at 3:46 am

Posted in Humor, Music, Video

The Man Who Accidentally Killed The Most People In History

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24 April 2022 at 4:58 pm

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