Friday, August 31, 2007

emily doesn't live here any more

wednesday i spent most of the day and evening in emily dickinson's garden in amherst massachusetts. i wanted to see if i could catch the spirit of the place. i discovered not to my surprise that emily doesn't live there anymore.

her house is an historical preservation administered by amherst college and the caretakers are more interested in your not touching the precious objects than in emily or who she was. and please no pictures!

to misquote emily, her house|shrine is full of icons of an emily dimly remembered but carefully arranged and rearranged... just so.

emily was a mystery to her peers. and today, with dozens of academics offering their opinions about who she was and what she was about, she is an enigma wrapped in a mystery wrapped in a riddle.

and yes, i have yet another opinion.
emily was a saint of the highest order. up there with julian of norwich and marguerite porette.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

matteo da perugia

every monday evening, this group plays rennaisance and medieval music for diversion mostly. this evening, we played a canon by matteo da perugia. the difference was that this piece was in medieval notation. this is what we sounded like after two or three attempts. this piece is a round, which means that the group is divided into 3.. the second choir starts playing at the beginning of the piece after the first choir has played eight beats, and the third choir starts at the beginning after the second choir has played 8 beats.. all the parts are played on tenor recorder. this is what music looked like in the early 1400's.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Tin-foil hats

Tin-foil hats are essential protection from alien mind control!
Don Quixote is likely the smartest man that ever lived. He is the first to discover the secrets of the tin-foil hat. He played the fool to divert attention from himself, but in reality, he was a brilliant scientist! The tin-foil hat offers absolute protection from alien mind-control. They are also an impenetrable barrier to remote viewing and from anyone reading your thoughts. Guaranteed!!! read more....

Friday, August 10, 2007

windows annoyances

my dell desktop is 10 months old, and part of my housekeeping is to verify that the windows xp core programs have not been violated.. so when i told windows to verify itself, it asked me to insert the original dell|windows install disk. it then had the nerve to tell me "Invalid CD"!!!... so i called dell support. and two hours later, we decided that the microsoft digital rights management people had locked down the software in such a way that i could no longer read my valid legal install disk. dell did not offer a solution.

i give up. i called apple and ordered an iMac. it will be here in mid september and by christmas, i'll be windows-free.

Sunday, August 5, 2007

dazed and confused

hola :)

i'm peter mitchell and i'm an addict.
reading my previous blog, i found the things that i'm addicted to are prayer and meditation, early music, a lot of geek stuff, and learning spanish..

i decided to switch from wordpress to blogger when upgrading wordpress on my own webspace got to be a chore, especially when blogger seemed to be so seamless compared to wordpress.

the dazed and confused tagline comes from my amazement at all the conflicting opinions in the blogsphere. but dazed and confused also validates a theory i learned a long time ago.

if you laid all the economists in the world end to end, they still wouldn't agree on anything.

stay tuned.