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October 5, 2010

Precision German Engineering


I am now the proud owner of a brand new 2011 Audi Q5. I emptied out the (creaky) 2000 Ford Explorer after my afternoon class and drove it down to the local Audi dealer at dinnertime and drove home in the new wheels. This is awesome!

October 2, 2010

I Bought A Car This Morning

After my team breakfast this morning, I took an Audi Q5 crossover SUV for a test drive and made arrangements to buy a new one the dealer had in stock. I will pick it up on Tuesday.

October 4, 2010

Eight Schools English Teachers Gathering


The Eight Schools Association (Andover, Choate, Deerfield, Exeter, Hotchkiss, Lawrenceville, Northfield Mt. Hermon, and St. Paul's) is a group I've dealt with quite a bit in my role as athletic director. So it was nice to spend most of today at Hotchkiss School with fellow teachers of English from most of the member schools, discussing teaching and literature. Of particular interest to me was the round table session on Shakespeare in the classroom.

October 3, 2010

Six Lectures In A Row


Since we have an informal long weekend break with no classes scheduled tomorrow, I am escaping into Manhattan for the day. I am in the middle of a One Day University program, sitting through a half-dozen presentations by college professors (and former New York governor Mario Cuomo) on such diverse topics as the U.S. Supreme Court, psychology, creative writing, and Abraham Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation. Pretty fascinating stuff.

Next To Normal

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I saw the rock musical Next To Normal this evening. The show is about an American family dealing with a mother's bipolar disorder. Somehow this rather heavy topic works pretty well as a musical.

October 5, 2010

The Social Network


I caught The Social Network this evening and it is a very entertaining movie. The premise is how Facebook was started as a Harvard-only network and expanded into the global tech behemoth the company now is. But the Aaron Sorkin script has whip-smart dialogue and all sorts of intrigue about the relations between the Harvard students who had roles in the creation. Highly recommended.

October 10, 2010

Success In The Land Of The Rising Sun


The first time he played in the Japan Open, Rafa Nadal notched another tournament win--his seventh of the year--after fending off match points in the semifinal round and dispatching Gael Monfils in today's championship match. This part of the year, the fall indoor swing, used to be the weak segment of the season for the Spaniard. No more!

October 11, 2010

Ringing In 2011 In Paris


Booked tickets for my post-Christmas vacation travel today. I will be heading to London, Paris, and Morocco and celebrating New Year on the Champs-Élysées! I am planning to see a performance in the beautiful Palais Garnier--the older of the two opera houses in Paris--on December 27 and Hamlet at the National Theatre in London on January 1.

October 10, 2010

Never Let Me Go


Saw a noon matinee of Never Let Me Go, the film based on the Kazuo Ishiguro novel. It was a slow-moving, rather depressing story, but it certainly was pretty to look at throughout.

October 12, 2010

A Massive Doonesbury Tome


Amazon delivered my copy of 40: A Doonesbury Retrospective today. This heavy slipcased book celebrates four decades of Garry Trudeau's landmark strip. Looking forward to digesting its contents over the next few days.

October 9, 2010

Shanahan Field


Tonight I had a hand in the dedication ceremonies for Shanahan Field, named for our school's headmaster, now in the final months of a 20-year tenure at Choate. The complex is a double-sized artificial turf facility with lights for night games. The evening's festivities included games under the lights for four varsity teams--field hockey, football, and boys' and girls' soccer--on the newly christened field and another nearby grass field.


October 7, 2010

Satellite Of Love


I am loving the Sirius Satellite Radio service that is integrated into my Audi's music system. A channel that just plays Bruce Springsteen? Another for Elvis? And Sinatra? Two all-NPR stations? One channel for Broadway shows? All the talk radio and sports channels you can think of (even an all-golf channel--which is kind of odd for a sport I don't associate with radio)? Pretty amazing. Favorite channel so far is #14: Classic Vinyl.

October 6, 2010

I Splurged On The Sound System


I absolutely love the fact that my iPod seamlessly integrates itself into the Audi Music Interface in the new vehicle. The menu in my dashboard console replicates the iPod's hierarchical organization of songs, albums, artists, playlists, etc.

When I bought the Q5, I upgraded to the array of 14 Bang & Olufsen speakers, including some serious subwoofers for bass output. The sound is incredible. For the record, here is where the speakers reside:

  • one central speaker and two mid-range speakers in the dashboard

  • one tweeter in each of the mirror triangles

  • one woofer in each of the front doors

  • two tweeters and two bass/mid-range speakers in the door trims

  • one surround speaker in each of the D-pillars

  • one subwoofer in the spare wheel recess

October 9, 2010

Happy 70th John Lennon


Hard to believe the former Beatle would turn 70 years old today, were he still with us. We have certainly missed him.

October 13, 2010

Just Felt Like Posting This


. . . for no particular reason!

The West End Comes To New England


When setting up my post-Christmas travel, I investigated trying to get a ticket to see Derek Jacobi portraying the title role in King Lear. It's playing at the Donmar Warehouse and is a tough ticket to get, apparently. But the NT Live series is broadcasting this production in high definition all around the world later this winter, so I will see such a transmission in Amherst in February rather than try to hunt down a ticket to see it in person. So instead, while in London on New Year's Day I will see the NT's production of Hamlet.

October 14, 2010

No More "Kiss Of Forgetfulness"?

The ending of 1980's Superman II has always bothered me: how Clark Kent erases Lois Lane's knowledge of his secret identity simply by kissing her--with NO explanation as to how this was accomplished!

Here is an alternative ending to the film that resolves the problem a bit differently:

Apple Keeps The Goodies Coming


Apple Inc. has scheduled a presentation for October 20, presumably to introduce the next update to OS X--that's 10.7 for those of you counting, and the invitation suggests its code name will be "Lion" to keep with the big cats motif--and probably a new form factor for the MacBook Air and perhaps some other MacBook updates. Maybe there will be a Verizon-related announcement regarding the iPhone and iPad too?

October 15, 2010

Doubling My Monitor Real Estate


Always dangerous to visit the Apple Store!

I dropped a pile of change on a companion for my new 27" iMac: a 27" LED Cinema Display. This unit is gorgeous and I have it set up as a horizontal extension of my desktop screen space, which makes it a lot easier to work in several different applications at once.

To my surprise, the educator's discount saved me nearly $100, which was a nice development.

Since I Am In The Mood For Doubling


At only $99, I felt I HAD to get one of the new Apple TV devices when I visited the Apple Store. This was clearly an impulse purchase. I own one of the older versions already (actually it was the second iteration of the Apple TV) and I am a fan of the technology.

My intention is to set up a second HD television in my study upstairs. Since I bought the 52" Samsung flat screen last year, I've had a 34" CRT Toshiba high definition set just gathering dust on the floor. So now I will have some motivation to hook up the new streaming-version of Apple TV to the older monitor. I'll probably move the PlayStation 3 upstairs as well and get a dedicated Blu-Ray player for the living room.

October 16, 2010

Doing My Bit For Economic Recovery

In the last couple weeks, I have made my contributions to the global economy: I bought a new desktop computer, an additional monitor, and a new Apple TV unit. I also booked a convention trip to Orlando in mid-December as well as a European vacation the week after Christmas. Oh yeah, and I bought a new car too!

Now back to work to pay for all of this.

October 17, 2010

Take Dictation, Please


A couple weeks back, I upgraded from MacSpeech Dictate to an improved version that has been rechristened Dragon Dictate For Mac. This speech recognition software has been a godsend for me in inputting large quantities of text, whether in correspondence or in work-associated evaluations or reports. The new upgrade is even more accurate and easy to use.

Murray Takes Another Masters Series Crown


Earlier today Andy Murray denied Roger Federer's bid to tie Rafael Nadal's record of 18 Masters Series crowns in the Shanghai ATP event. Though the Swiss star looked nearly flawless in dismantling Robin Soderling and Novak Djokovic the previous two rounds, he was outclassed by the Scot in the final in straight sets. This result will only add to the speculation that perhaps Roger's dominating days are behind him.

October 1, 2010

Where Our Tax Dollars Go

An interesting overview of federal spending as a projection of our tax payments:


October 8, 2010

The Boss In 1975


One of the professors I head at the One Day University lectures last weekend is a big Springsteen junkie and wrote a monograph about his landmark 1975 release Born To Run. So I ordered a copy from Amazon, which arrived today. Funny how academics seem to gravitate to a few "legitimized" areas of pop culture--like Bruce Springsteen and the Boston Red Sox--where they can deploy their scholarly insights.

October 17, 2010

Palais Garnier


I just booked a ticket for a performance on December 27 in the Palais Garnier--the older of the two opera houses in Paris. This neo-Baroque edifice is an architectural jewel in the City of Lights and one of the most famous opera venues in the world.

October 18, 2010

This Is A Sweet Coffee Table Book


Lots of detailed history and tons of photos and production artwork fill this book about the making of the best of the six Star Wars films: The Empire Strikes Back. It was a a lot cheaper on Amazon than it would be in the bookstore.

October 20, 2010

New iLife Package


I just ordered the new iLife '11 to get the updates to iPhoto, iMovie, and Garage Band. The Apple keynote presentations do an awfully good job of making the case for the upgrades.

Success With Their Backs Against The Wall


Down 1-3 in the ALCS, the Yankees finally found their bats and assembled an impressive 7-2 win over the Rangers. Now they need to win the next two games to reach another World Series.

October 19, 2010

Fall Foliage On Display


I drove over to Watertown this morning for the fall meeting of the Founders League athletic directors and was treated to a splendid array of autumnal colors along the highway. The colors really have been popping the last few days.

October 21, 2010

Rome And Egypt


The Hartford Stage Company has mounted a very strong production of Antony And Cleopatra--a tricky masterpiece to stage effectively. The theater has undergone a recent renovation and made good use of the improvements with terrific set and lighting designs to capture the action in Rome, in Egypt, and at sea. But this play succeeds and fails based on the performances of its two leads; John Douglas Thompson and Kate Mulgrew were more than up to the task in presenting powerful but nuanced characters. A satisfying evening at the theater!

October 24, 2010

Fox News And NPR

In the wake over NPR's firing of Juan William and the firestorm of sniping in Washington and on the airwaves (and cable wires, I suppose), James Fallows has written a very thoughtful piece providing some context for the journalistic values at stake in this dispute. An excerpt:

To hear the Fox/DeMint attack machine over the past week, NPR is simply a liberal counterpart to Fox--a politically minded and opinion-driven organization that is only secondarily interested in gathering news. I believe that the mischaracterization is deliberate, and I know it is destructive and wrong.

Read the entire piece here.

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