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Walt Crawford

Walt Crawford

Mostly retired library person/researcher/writer/speaker. All original FF contributions CC0 (public domain).
From today's San Francisco Chronicle--I love it that Antonin Scalia may turn out to be an enormously effective voice *for* marriage equality, much to his probable dismay:
Seasonal question (and I'm sure some of you have opinions): What are the greatest English-language long-form choral pieces (religious or otherwise, but probably mostly religious)? I have two immediate thoughts, but I'll hold off.
Let's say that "long-form" means more than 45 minutes. "Stairway to Heaven" does not qualify. - Walt Crawford
Pink Floyd The Wall album? - Joe - Systems Analyst
OK, let's narrow it to *choral classical*. Which is what I had in mind, and maybe I should just say 'religious' unless there are some great non-religious examples. - Walt Crawford
Nobody? - Walt Crawford
English is hard. 45 min is hard. Opera stuff is mostly not in English. Rr and Kiki would have opinions - Christina Pikas from iPhone
OK, I'll toss out my two: Handel's Messiah and Bernstein's Mass. (Well, and PDQ Bach's Missa Hilarious, but that's as much a riff on Bernstein as anything.) - Walt Crawford
I'll make a case for Britten's War Requiem (has English in it). Israel in Egypt over the Messiah if we focussed on choral... - Cameron Neylon
Sea Symphony also worth considering but I'd say it falls short of others mentioned... - Cameron Neylon
That gives me two things I'll eventually need to hear and one I might need to rehear. Thanks. - Walt Crawford
English is really limiting. Can I say the 9 carols part of Lessons and Carols? Probably not. - laura x from iPhone
I am fond of Elijah by Mendelssohn but that is at least partially tied to having sung it. I have been known to wander around the apt belting Hear Ye, Israel - Hedgehog
Seasonal synchronicity: Last night we couldn't decide whether to watch an Xmas episode of a series we've already watched...or just to watch the next episode in one of those we're watching now. So we did the latter: Episode 9 of Season 9 of Grey's Anatomy. Which, as it turns out, is set at Christmastime. (Not *exactly* an Xmas episode, though.)
And today we'll go for a long walk and maybe play some two-handed pinochle this afternoon, since we would otherwise have been playing Heartland Strategy at my brother's house. A low-key holiday: fine by both of us. - Walt Crawford
Merry Christmas, Walt and Mrs. Walt. :) - LB: Ratchet Bear from Android
Same to you and yours. - Walt Crawford
Another startling seasonal Bing photo, this one at night in the Garden of Morning Calm, Sang-myun, South Korea; do check out the hotspots.
Percentage of my visits to in 2013 due to Walt Crawford mentioning the photo of the day: 100 - Blake
I continue to find it a better search engine, by and large, for most of my purposes. Different issue. - Walt Crawford
Blake: Yep, me too. - Betsy
I'm impressed. Google is *so superior in every way* that it's not even worth trying the major alternative once a year or so. Or you just love Google's ad placements and ability to track your actions so thoroughly. - Walt Crawford
I'm sorry: that sounds snipey. Still, it's interesting that you go out of your way to declare your fealty to Google (at least implicitly) so strongly. Anyway, happy holidays. - Walt Crawford
(Looking for the bitwhere we swore fealty to Google or even mentioned Google at all. Not finding. Help?) - Betsy
I was wondering that as well... - Sir Shuping is just sir
I guess I regard Bing as the primary competitor to Google (esp. since Yahoo uses Bing as its search engine). But you're right, you could be using something entirely different, or not searching, or just find Bing useless. Apologies for the assumption. - Walt Crawford
I mostly use DuckDuckGo, unless I want to do a specific fancy thing with Google. I have tried Bing from time to time, but it's never won me over. - laura x from iPhone
^ 100% YEP ^ - Akiva
Sorry I even started this (well, I didn't: I just posted a Bing photo link)--enjoy your search engine of choice this holiday season and beyond. (Yes, DuckDuckGo and StartPage are on my Firefox pull-down search engine menu.) - Walt Crawford
I really like it when Walt posts about Bing photos. They do have the best wallpapers. I think this is one of my favorites. - Betsy
Via Sia Stewart & Kim Kommando, a remarkable a cappella rendition of 12 Days:
Local note on the War Against Xmas, since I was out & about a lot the last few days, in this small city (85K people) full of scientists & winemakers, thus probably heavily secular: Percent of people (clerks, waiters, others) offering some form of holiday greeting: nearly 100%. Percent of *those* saying "Merry Christmas." Probably 80%.
Number of times this caused a problem, I saw any frowning, there was any discussion (other than saying back to them what they said to you--or overhearing the same exchange from others): Zero. Welp, so much for TWOC from this part of the Satanic Bay Area. - Walt Crawford
Well. I know lots of Christians who are scientists and/or winemakers. - laura x
So do I. But also lots of scientists and winemakers who aren't. Basic truth: Outside of FauxNews and other self-serving groups, there really is no War on Christmas. At least not around here, or in San Francisco, or anywhere else [in the U.S.] I know of. - Walt Crawford
Strange payment of the year: $3.30 from Amazon--which is broken down to $0.30 per month, each month from mid-2010 to early 2011. Best bet: One person must have subscribed to my blog via Amazon's blog subscription service, then wised up after 11 months.
And now another $8.78, apparently from early 2013 sales of ebooks on Amazon. I do love the fact that Amazon/Createspace and Lulu are both competing to make self-publishing even cheaper & more lucrative (Amazon by dropping the $20 minimum for actually, y'know, *paying* royalties, Lulu by dropping the $75 charge for worldwide/Ingram distribution and, a long time ago, dropping the $25 charge for an ISBN.) - Walt Crawford
Wow. All this found money is like an Xmas present (the only one I'm likely to get--our family stopped doing them *years* ago except for kids under 12). Let's see: So far, enough for almost two lunches at my favorite Chinese place. - Walt Crawford
Given various "X was white, and that's all there is to it!" stuff, I was reminded of one my favorite recently-written seasonal songs, "Some Children See Him." (We have James Taylor's version, also George Winston's, but the latter doesn't have lyrics.) I knew what I *thought* I was hearing...
And so it is: here are the lyrics on what appears to be the composer's website: - Walt Crawford
[OK, so "recent" is 62 years ago, but for Christmas songs of any substance, that's fairly recent.] - Walt Crawford
Another interesting seasonal Bingphoto--this one *might* be nearby (in the Altamont wind farm) or might be somewhere else in California. Since we try to avoid driving at night, I don't know.
Crossing traditions: Growing up, one day during Lent--Maundy Wednesday, I think--we always had kartoffel pfankuchen for dinner (with applesauce). Now, I'd be more likely to have latkes during a very different religious holiday. As far as I can tell, kartoffel pfankuchen and latkes are the same thing.
Dunno why this just struck me, but was playing video poker and in the chat stream, they were talking about latkes. Including one person offering an easy recipe that involved "putting the milk and the potatoes in a food processor." Which yielded exactly the response I had: "Milk?" - Walt Crawford
Improbable lazyweb question: Any way to have a Wordpress install reject any comment where the "author" field is nonroman? That alone would get rid of 80% of the spamments on my blog. Which might mean I could go back to checking for trapped legit comments.
Another fairly spectacular Bingphoto today--esp. with the hotspots.
Wow. Thanks. - Betsy
In Beall's latest Predatory post (apparently he's unbothered by his exposure as an extremist), he uses "charges extra for color illustrations" as one sign of a predatory publisher. I eagerly await his list of all subscription publishers who charge for color illustrations. Oh, but they're not based in India, so it's OK.
Fun piece in today's SF Chronicle on "Dance Party" on KOFY-TV. I've seen portions of it. Unlike Soul Train and Dick Clark's various dance shows, this one ***definitely does not*** feature great-looking young people. It celebrates diversity in its own peculiar way:...
In case that link didn't make it through: - Walt Crawford
And by "diversity" I mean of looks as well as other forms--oddly dressed folks, one with a huge fake boombox on his shoulder, one with a yo-yo, one in a motorized wheelchair (legit, apparently), one with a sequined glove... and certainly all shapes, sizes and tastes in clothing. - Walt Crawford
I think I'll go ride mass transit, sneak up on some woman with an iPad, figure out what she's reading and use that as the basis to bloviate about how Too Many Women Read Something I Don't Approve Of. Because, you know, it's the thing to do.
Don't have link to the idiot article handy, but Twitter's abuzz with it (including Scalzi's one-line dismissal and at least one woman's appropriate outrage). - Walt Crawford
I'd be too embarrassed to do such a thing. If I did that, my face would probably turn 51 shades of gray. - Joe - Systems Analyst
The whole thing is just sad, hilarious and frustrating. The best bit is how much the author expects people to understand and empathize with his overwhelming ignorance of how popular the genre is, what sort of people comprise its audience, what the range of the subject matter is, and how it does or does not relate to feminism. - Jennifer Dittrich
When I see a piece that even suggests that a man has any business telling women in general (or a woman in specific) what she/they should be or should not be reading, I wonder what century or country I've magically been transported to. - Walt Crawford
i keep seeing this mentioned but haven't seen the original story anyone have a link? - Sir Shuping is just sir
I've had that happen so many times over the course of my life that I know right where I am, as disappointing as that can be. [Andrew:] - Jennifer Dittrich
Yes, thanks to Josh Neff on Twitter: - Walt Crawford
thanks for the link. and holy crap is he a dumbass. - Sir Shuping is just sir
that's the anti-reader's advisory post. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Jennifer: Unfortunately, I don't doubt what you're saying. - Walt Crawford
The article was hilariously bad, but also depressing since I know too many people who think this way about this and other genres. - Katy S
Good lord. - Heather, 30k Camper
The thing I couldn't get over is how he just made an assumption based on text, this after he counted up her appearance. Somehow, it never occurred to him that she could be an editor or publisher. She could've been reading the book for a review or to teach a class. None of those possibilities reached his brain cell. - Anika
My most charitable take is that he was looking for any excuse to pontificate. That would make him merely a self-important misogynistic fool rather than a creepy asshat (or what Shuping says). [And I'm guessing that in his world women shouldn't edit, publish, review or teach about Unworthy Literature either.] - Walt Crawford
I am getting feisty in my old age: Objecting to the "OMG! Huge solar panel plant kills 20 BIRDS!" or "OMG! Altamont wind farms kill 50 EAGLES!"--with a note about the tens of millions of birds killed by flying into office building/skyscraper windows each year and the billion+ killed by cats each year....
Not that I suspect ulterior motives (and it wasn't Dennis, it was commenter), but isn't it odd that alternative energy sources are subject to so much tighter scrutiny than Business As Usual? - Walt Crawford
Pop culture question: Just watched Four Rode Out (Pernell Roberts, Sue Lyon, Leslie Nielsen, Which opens with Janis Ian singing & playing 12-string guitar, and she provides the full score--the only music (mostly guitar, three other songs). The question:
Did Janis Ian ever write the music for any other full-length motion picture? (IMDB identifies two short subjects, no other flicks.) Not "have a song or two in" but actually write the score for? [The movie, a Spanish production, is from 1968 or 1970 or 1971, depending on who you believe. And is apparently in the public domain.] - Walt Crawford
Now that I see another source, make the date 1968 or 1969 or 1970 or 1971, depending on who you believe. The print itself says 1968. Leslie Nielsen is a magnificent villain, a role that suited him. - Walt Crawford
I guess our tip expectations are unusual: We normally tip 20% of the total bill (including tax), and this article seems to say that 15% of pre-tax is normal?
[Note that the calculated tips shown are clearly pre-tax, not post-tax.] - Walt Crawford
20% is fair and easy to calculate - just think 10% and double it. Round up or down to leave a nice even tip. No problem. I haven't seen less than 20% in years. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
Yep. And yet, the Consumerist piece seems to argue that pushing up from 15% of pre-tax total is unseemly. - Walt Crawford
I was taught 15% but always do 20 because it's easier to calculate. - laura x
I start out at 15% but I generally do 20% if your service was anywhere near competent. And I will definitely go less than 15% if I feel that you don't give a crap (which happens pretty infrequently, thank goodness). - LB's Bubba. The other 1
I give 15% if the service is just "okay". If I get decent service, I always give 20% or more. All of my calculations include the tax in the total. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
As someone looking at the whole tipping thing from the very-grateful-outside, my strong impression has been that in the last 15 years USan tipping has definitely shifted from 10-15% to 15-20% and is quite likely well on the way to 20-25%. - Deborah Fitchett
The extreme case here is when I go to the Alehouse after a hike--3 to 5 people do it every week, I join them maybe every six weeks. Given the sometimes-large party (6 to 8 at times) and the friendly/efficient service, the group (mostly old guys) tends to deliberately overtip--I'd guess 25% is the average. - Walt Crawford
Bizarro PC problem: Suddenly (2-3 days ago), Word won't print double-sided--it keeps turning off the setting in Printer Properties (although that's how it's set in the system). (And occasionally the spool hangs until I restart.) Duplexing is fine in Excel, Adobe Reader, Firefox...but not Word.
This is a nuisance problem, since I can always convert a Word document to PDF and print it from Reader, but it's stupid--and odd, given that it's worked fine ever since I got this printer 2-3 years ago. - Walt Crawford
Bumping: Any suggestions? Spool hanging until restart seems to happen randomly. Word's unwillingness to duplex is specific to Word. - Walt Crawford
Moment of truth at dinner yesterday: During Livermore's Holidays in the Vineyards weekends a week prior, we'd purchased a split case of Viognier and Chardonnay from Nottingham Cellars, normally $24/bottle, for $150/case: Still more than we usually pay for wine. The question: Was the wine really that good, or were we caught up in the spirit?
Last night, we had the Viognier. We weren't caught up in the spirit: The wine was excellent. (And, remarkably for a white at 14.2% alcohol, not "hot"--my wife agreed, and she normally dislikes any wine over about 13.8%.) It also went great with the slow-roasted chicken, quinoa and brussels sprouts. - Walt Crawford
Making Book S3. Academic Library Blogs: 231 Examples -
Neat little suggestion of language/national differences, in Carl Frederick's "Fear of Heights in the Tower of Babel," in the October 2013 Analog Science Fiction, set in a kilometer-high Tower of Europe. At this point, in the restaurant at the top, with multilingual menu.
The English translation of the top of the German version: "Dessert is obligatory and will be charged to your bill whether you eat it or not." - Walt Crawford
The English translation of the French version: "With the compliments of the management, dessert is cheerfully provided, and is reflected in your bill." - Walt Crawford
[Not included: The English version, which for American English would probably be: "Dessert's on us!*" "*with purchase of dinner." Or some more elegant way of calling it free, although it's really bundled in.] - Walt Crawford
Making Book S2: Public Library Blogs, 252 Examples -
So now I'm learning that if you've ever done something one way, then become VERY FAMOUS, you are not allowed to advocate for doing it a better way without getting jumped on. A new variety of tall poppy syndrome?
Making Book S1. Balanced Libraries -
A new (?) twist in Amazon's fitful efforts to be profitable: Today, at least, if I search for something on IMDB directly from my browser (I have it in Firefox's search-box pull-down menu), instead of a result, I get a full-screen ad for Despicable Me 2 stuff...with no apparent way to close it and get to the result.
Going directly to IMDB, then issuing the search within it, worked. This behavior certainly, um, encourages me to use IMDB as a specific kind of search tool. - Walt Crawford
Commenting: The new default is off -
Open access, advocacy, extremism and attention: A casual note -
I've been meaning to write a post about becoming an OA advocate for weeks. Unfortunately, this is what it turned into: A reality check. - Walt Crawford
Today's Bing photo is a close-up of a portion of Babbage's difference engine. The sheer elegance of early computing...
Making Book 18. Successful Social Networking in Libraries -
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