Sunday, November 27, 2011


Good album!
Ceremonials (16 tracks total.)
Florence + The Machine

uk album has acoustic versions of some of the songs. (20 tracks total.)
17. Landscape
18. Heartlines (Acoustic)
19. Shake It Out (Acoustic)
20. Breaking Down (Acoustic)

Favs (YouTube):
No Light, No Light
Shake It Out
Heartlines vs Heartlines Acoustic
Bedroom Hymns

Grooveshark links:
Green River Ordinance

Breaking Dawn 1 Soundtrack
1. A Thousand Years, by Christina Perri (I also like the song Distance by Christina Perri.)
2. Requiem On Water, by Imperial Mammoth
3. Northern Lights, by Cider Sky

Here's a couple of Enrique Iglesias songs I've been listening to:
I Like How It Feels
Enrique Iglesias

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Give Me Something To Listen To
I tried the music category.

Who Is Singing Me Lullabies?
Interesting story

Quantum Cello
Cellist Zoe Keating
Wow, that first piece of cello music is fabulous! Crank up the sound when she starts playing.
The song is on her 2010 album, Into The Trees, and the title is Escape Artist.
Listen to it at her website.

Loved the photo of her with the cello on her back.
Found the Flickr link at her website.
Zoe by Nadya Lev
shoot for Coilhouse magazine

See Also:
Her secret is in how she constructs her songs. Keating uses computer software to record sounds and musical phrases as she plays them on her one instrument.

Watch her play it at:
(Wired exclusive performance.)
1 May 2009

Zoë Keating (b. 2 Feb 1972)
Canadian-born cellist and composer based in San Francisco, California.
Zoë's self-produced album One Cello x 16: Natoma has four times made it to #1 on the iTunes classical charts.

So then, I checked the classical billboard charts
And found this
2CELLOS (Sulic & Hauser) - Smooth Criminal

and this
2CELLOS Cover Nirvana Classic "Smells Like Teen Spirit" Live On SiriusXM Pops
That was great, lol.
(There's one at their VEVO page too, but I like this one better.)

2Cellos (stylized 2CELLOS) is a cello duo consisting of Croatia/Slovene cellists Luka Šulić and Stjepan Hauser.

The Downy and The Goldenrod

I found an interesting tidbit about the downy woodpecker and the goldenrod plant.
Both are common/abundant in North Dakota, so maybe I'll get a chance to photograph them together some day.
The article said "Canada" goldenrod?
(Mag quote: "It attacks two species within the Canada goldenrod complex almost exclusively.")

Winter Treat For Downies
Birdwatching magazine December 2011 issue

See also:

Here's a photo of a downy I took recently in November 2011.

Blogged previously here.
The hairy woodpecker looks very similar but is bigger.

Here's a photo of goldenrod I took in August 2011, which is the month it is plentiful all over the state.
Not sure if it's Canada goldenrod.

Blogged previously here.

There are 5 kinds of goldenrod in North Dakota.
Asteraceae (The Aster Family)


Goldenrod Bonus

From the same issue Birdwatching magazine:
ID Tips for the Pine Siskin
Peregrine Falcon vs. Snowy Owl

Robert Burns

Robert Burns (b. 25 Jan 1759 – d. 21 Jul 1796)
Died at the age of 37.

Burns statue in Dorchester Square, Montréal, Québec (wiki):

Red Red Rose wiki
Burns worked for the final ten years of his life on projects to preserve traditional Scottish songs for the future. In all, Burns had a hand in preserving over 300 songs for posterity, the most famous being "Auld Lang Syne".

Burns referred to it (Red Red Rose) as a "simple old Scots song which I had picked up in the country."

Red Red Rose
Sung by Andy M. Stewart

Music, quote from archive:
Songs with the melodies (music)

Auld Lang Syne
The Cast, Scottish folk group

Robert Burns - Documentary (Part 1 of 9) The People's Poet

Robert Burns

creator:"Burns, Robert, 1759-1796"

Michel de Montaigne

28 Feb 1533 – 13 Sep 1592
Lord Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

One of the most influential writers of the French Renaissance.
Known for popularising the essay as a literary genre.
Popularly thought of as the father of Modern Skepticism.

Photo from Flickr (creative commons):
This statue stands in front of the Sorbonne university in Paris.
Paris 2006 Set
Paris 2009 Set

Wherever your life ends, it is all there.
The advantage of living is not measured by length,
but by use;
some men have lived long,
and lived little;
attend to it while you are in it.

It lies in your will,
not in the number of years,
for you to have lived enough.

Michel de Montaigne (1533–1592), French essayist. "That to Philosophize Is to Learn to Die," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. I, ch. 20, Abel Langelier, Paris (1595).

Essays (Gutenberg)
Wherever your life ends, it is all there.
The utility of living consists not in the length of days,
but in the use of time;
a man may have lived long,
and yet lived but a little.
Make use of time while it is present with you.
It depends upon your will,
and not upon the number of days,
to have a sufficient length of life.

NOTE: I guess the translator makes a difference, huh. I liked the 1st translation (from wiki) the best. - Creator vs subject:
creator: Michel de Montaigne
subject: Montaigne, Michel de, 1533-1592

Cafe - Movie

So there is almost nothing online about this movie.
I didn't think it was *that* bad. lol
It's different.
I bought the DVD for $10.00 at Target or WalMart.

There's a long list of song credits at the end of the movie.
The two I wanted were:

Gone Away From Me
By Ray LaMontagne
Movie Scene - Dancing in the Cafe

Not the Real Thing
By Teddy Goldstein
Movie Scene - Song is played at the end of the movie.
amazon single
amazon Backseat Album

review (theological themes)

Saturday, November 05, 2011

Bald Eagle Juvenile

Along the Missouri again, same area as the previous mature bald eagle photo.

The regal head:

Jules Verne EBooks


(Edits mine.)

Jules Gabriel Verne (b. 8 Feb 1828 - d. 24 Mar 1905)
A French author who pioneered the science fiction genre.
He is best known for:
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870)
A Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864)
Around the World in Eighty Days (1873)

Dug up the epub ebooks from mobileread forum. Sometimes those are formatted better.

Verne, Jules:
Five Weeks In A Balloon
A Journey to the Interior of the Earth
See also:
Comic Book Journey to the Center of the Earth

The Mysterious Island
MobileRead Note: A loose sequel to "20,000 Leagues Under the Seas", "The Mysterious Island" tells the story of 5 men who crash-land on an uninhabited Pacific island after their balloon is caught in a hurricane. Starting with almost no resources, the book tells how they build "civilisation" from nothing. But the island has a mysterious secret...This is one of my favourite Verne novels.

An Antarctic Mystery
Around the World in 80 Days
The Adventures of a Special Correspondent
20,000 Leagues Under the Seas
The Moon Voyage
MobileRead Note: Verne's two classic books "From the Earth to the Moon" and its sequel, "Around the Moon", in a single volume.

The Blockade Runners

In Search of the Castaways

(Illustrations, Edits mine.)

My Note: This is the one I was particularly interested in.
MobileRead Note: A chance discovery of a partially illegible message in a bottle found in a shark's stomach leads to a search for shipwrecked sailors across South America, Australia, and New Zealand (the message specified the latitude, but not the longitude of the shipwreck) with numerous adventures en-route. Basically, it's a travelogue with adventures thrown in.
The characters in this book were very popular, and Verne re-introduced them in "The Mysterious Island", which is itself a sequel to "20,000 Leagues Under the Seas", so ideally this book should be read in between "20,000 Leagues Under the Seas" and "The Mysterious Island".

Jules Verne: