Nielsen, symphony no. 3 Sinfonia espansiva. I
just recently got a pair of double CDs with all of Nielsen’s 6
symphonies. I did this not having heard anything significant of
his, so it felt a bit of a gamble. I haven’t listened to
symphonies 4 to 6 yet, and I’ve heard 90 seconds of the third as
I write this. I like 1 and 2 though, and so far the third seems
pretty good too.
Links and commentary
Internet/computer humour is pretty lame sometimes. An example that
suits my case is this piece about "Microsoft chicken TV
dinners". It's written in a completely stereotyped way: draw
analogy with Microsoft's products and business practices in other
field, induce humour. I'm no fan of Microsoft's, and poking fun at
them is all well and good. However, this is a stunningly weary way of
I tried out a “modern” (means: “looks like Windows 98”) Linux desktop
environment the other day. It was KDE, and I have to say that it seemed
pretty flash. However, I didn’t use it for very long because it
didn’t seem quite capable of reproducing exactly what I already have
with my current setup. For example, I like to raise or lower windows
by hitting the F1 key, and I change my key bindings for no man.
However, this didn’t seem possible under KDE. I could bind F1 to
raise, or to lower, but not to the combined action (raise window,
unless it is at the top of the stack, in which case lower) that I'm
used to. The configuration tool worked quite well, but it just didn't
seem to let me do what I wanted. Hrumph.
David Chess has
a screed I wrote to him about the BBC. I’m famous; my name is in
Talking of the media, if you take as pessimistic a view as Phil Agre, you’d
have to conclude that the US media was in a terrible state.
piece on the way the Republicans have mounted a character
assassination campaign attacking Gore, and how the media have gone
along with this, makes for pretty depressing reading.