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I’m playing a concert on Friday!

I’m in another orchestra concert on Friday night, with LUCO: http://www.luco.org/concert-iii—-rebels-with-a-cause.html

Let me tell you about it. We’re playing three pieces.

1. BERLIOZ Intrada from Rob Roy

This is an overture that Berlioz wrote, to… nothing, it’s just an overture. In the 19th century, people realized that they liked hearing overtures outside of an opera or a ballet, so composers started writing overtures with nothing attached. It ends, and then you have to use your imagination, I guess, about what happens next.

This overture is what you get when a French guy smokes a ton of opium and writes an overture to an Italian opera that doesn’t exist about a Scottish folk hero. I don’t know what else to say about it.

2. DEBUSSY Premiere Rhapsodie
with Steven Noffsinger, clarinet

This is the closest thing that Debussy ever got to writing a concerto. I love playing Debussy- the part for any individual instrument looks like wisps and bits of nothing, with a few melodic lines thrown in. When you put them all together, they snap in place, flutter around, hum, and glow.

3. BARTOK Concerto for Orchestra

My favorite piece in this concert- it’s monumental, and a huge undertaking for any orchestra (the Seattle Symphony is actually playing it on Thursday and Saturday, if you’d rather see how the professionals do it). Bartok wrote it in 1944, and it’s meant to really show the range and depth of an orchestra. It rages in places, dances in others; it’s unapologetically modern and yet accessible; it has jazz sometimes and fugues other times. It’s both incredibly difficult and utterly rewarding to play.

Maybe I’ll see you there!

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seattlish:

…For all he predicted came true.

Reminder: Ed Murray was the transpo chair when this decision was made. Look, here’s a photo of him looking really happy…

Truth about the tunnel!

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This is on my way to work right now. I’m not even joking.

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This is on my way to work right now. I’m not even joking.

Made With Paper

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earth-song:

A few months ago David Chambon has been working on a series of amazing photographs of insects covered in dew drops. If the “creativity” of the phenomenon is due to the nature only, Chambon takes credit for putting in focus, with exemplary photographic expertise, these little natural wonders.

Check out some images below and visit his portfolio for more.

Bugs. Covered In Dewdrops.

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BEEEES

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kohenari:


Last month, when Glenn Ford was released from prison for a crime he didn’t commit, the state of Louisiana “gave him a $20 debit card for his troubles.” That, plus the four cents he had left in his prison account, was all he had.
How do you build up the material accumulations of a lifetime overnight? How do you do it with no money? Where do you even begin?
Ford’s friend John Thompson had a clever idea: Do what millions of Americans do when they are hoping that other people will buy them a whole bunch of stuff. Build an Amazon registry.

The Amazon Wish List is here.
Read the whole piece here.

Just bought this dude something off his wishlist. You should too.


After 30 years in prison, this innocent man needs stuff.

touchmeordont:

kohenari:

Last month, when Glenn Ford was released from prison for a crime he didn’t commit, the state of Louisiana “gave him a $20 debit card for his troubles.” That, plus the four cents he had left in his prison account, was all he had.

How do you build up the material accumulations of a lifetime overnight? How do you do it with no money? Where do you even begin?

Ford’s friend John Thompson had a clever idea: Do what millions of Americans do when they are hoping that other people will buy them a whole bunch of stuff. Build an Amazon registry.

The Amazon Wish List is here.

Read the whole piece here.

Just bought this dude something off his wishlist. You should too.

After 30 years in prison, this innocent man needs stuff.

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cuphaz:

cuphaz:

I feel like nobody on Tumblr cares about what happened in Taiwan because we are a small, small country.

Even though I’ve been acting chilled and keeping on my blogging stuffs, I still feel a little bit sad and worried that everyone on Tumblr only knows things happening in big countries. I’ve talked about this on my blog only a few times but nobody really pays attention to what I said. Maybe because I don’t have enough followers, maybe because media doesn’t have enough reports about this thing, maybe because nobody has died in this event so people don’t consider it serious. 

You guys probably think governments which are being harsh to their people are scary, but recently I realized governments which ignore their people are scary too. My country, Taiwan, is trying to pass a Cross-Strait Service Trade Agreement with Mainland China. The problem is not about this agreement, the problem is that our people have no idea how this agreement work, who is in charge with this agreement and how many professional estimation has been done before the agreement gets signed. We are afraid, because if this agreement has some problems, our economy might collapse and thousands people might lose their jobs and their families. This agreement is too sloppy to be signed. Our people tried to express our worry but the government didn’t give a shit.

So on March 17th, hundreds of college students broke into the Legislature and occupied the building. It has been 6 days since those students are inside the building. They have no resources and everything is in bad condition. The building is surrounded by bunches of police officers. Even though the government promised they wouldn’t attack those students, we have no idea what would happen if those students keep on occupying the building. The leader of the students, Lin and Chen, declare that their purpose is to fight for everyone’s right in a peaceful way. They want the government to accept their 2 simple requests: disapprove the agreement and make a new law making sure the agreement would be deliberated in a reasonable procedure. But after 6 days, the government still doesn’t pay attention to them and resist all their requests. Our president, Mr. Ma, also refuses to meet the students leaders to listen to their demands. Students inside and outside the Legislature have been irritated by the government’s attitude. The situation has gone wild and there are even some violence stuffs happened despite how hard the leaders are trying to handle all over 30 thousands angry students.

I just want more people to know about this. My government doesn’t listen to their people’s voice. We are angry and hopeless. Most of these people are under 25, they are just a group of college students who don’t want to watch their own country being treated unfairly. They have no bids to fight with our government. They have been constantly fighting for 6 days. Their parents can’t even go into the building to meet their beloved children. They are exhausted and frustrated but they still don’t want to give up. You think college students only know partying and skipping classes? No. These young adults are fighting for their won country like real warriors. I don’t understand why nobody cares about their actions. They are brave and strong and they are probably just in your age. They need more attention. Even though you probably can’t do anything for them, but your attention might help them keep going on. And your attention might help them to make our government fear. Government needs to be feared by their people.

PLEASE READ THIS AND REBLOG. Things have been out of control last night. Students and people got beaten up by police. I couldn’t stop crying when I watched the news. There were bloods everywhere and the police were even trying to get the media away so they wouldn’t get to record the violence scene…we really need attention. WE NEED MORE PEOPLE TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED! These students are still young and innocent. They just want to protest for the future of the country but they probably not gonna even meet their families anymore. We’ve got enough coldness from our government. PLEASE DO NOT IGNORE US.

Taiwanese students are occupying the legislature.

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It is difficult to be sat on all day, every day, by some other creature, without forming an opinion on them.

On the other hand, it is perfectly possible to sit all day, every day, on top of another creature and not have the slightest thought about them whatsoever.

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Douglas Adams

this quote was literally in my sociology book 

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Sitting.

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fixedwhilefeminist:

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fuzzytek:

The backlog of rape kits has put justice on hold for a lot of people. Back in 2009, more than 11,000 untested kits were found in a Detroit Police Department storage facility. Some were more than 25 years old.

Mariska Hargitay speaks on some of the issues surrounding the rape kit backlog in Detroit, Michigan. #endthebacklog (x)

It costs between $1,000 – $1,500 to test every single rape kit. There are over 10,000 kits left in Detroit’s rape kit backlog. Your donation can go directly to testing them. Donate to the Detroit Crime Commission’s backlog initiative by clicking here.

And it’s insane cause of the statue of limitations are for rape. It varies by state but the backlog is so bad that by the time they get to a kit, it might be too late. This only further discourages people from coming forward because all this is saying is that they’re not worth the time or money.

http://rainn.org/pdf-files-and-other-documents/Public-Policy/Legal-resources/2012/Statute%20of%20Limitations%20Summary.pdf

Tw: rape

Detroit’s rape kit backlog.

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ridesabike:

Joe Allen rides a paddle bike, Virginia Dale and Judith Barrett float along for the ride. 

Okay I have like 3 or 4 months to build one of these.

ridesabike:

Joe Allen rides a paddle bike, Virginia Dale and Judith Barrett float along for the ride. 

Okay I have like 3 or 4 months to build one of these.