Sunday, November 13, 2016

Two Weeks in Autumn 2016

Some of the changes occurring with the season appear in these pictures. These pictures were all taken in the park near where I live. I started taking these pictures at the end of October. The final three were taken in early November. The changes were slow to occur but the transformation, once started, moved quickly.

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Great Plains Renaissance Festival

I was in Wichita recently for the Great Plains Renaissance Festival, which is held for only one weekend during the year. Whereas the Kansas City Renaissance Festival has a permanent facility and is held for seven weekends in September and October, the Great Plains Renaissance Festival uses one of the city parks in Wichita, which limits its duration. It is possible to get much closer to the performers at the Wichita festival. There would have been a bigger crowd in these pictures if the forecast had not been calling for rain.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Pauseland's Palindrome

I recently managed to purchase a used CD of Pauseland’s Palindrome, their second recording, for about $11. The remaining copies at Amazon are going for hundreds of dollars.

Having found much pleasure in the individual recordings of Soren Dahl Jeppesen, Jakob Buchanan, and Christian Vuust, I was very happy to hear about the release of Pauseland’s At the End of the Day, which features these musicians and Klaus Norgaard on bass. That discovery led to my searching through their back catalog and listening to their two previous albums on Spotify.

Using Spotify, however, makes me feel guilty, and I try to purchase whatever I discover and listen to regularly on Spotify. After some research, I discovered that only iTunes offered Palindrome as a download. Not terribly fond of Apple, I have not downloaded iTunes to my current computer. Previously, I discovered that iTunes wants to be the dominant music player on any computer where it has been downloaded and that iTunes makes burning CD’s of the music downloaded from Apple extremely difficult. I am not going to give up Foobar2000 as my music player. Whenever I want to burn a CD, I use Windows Media Player for that sole purpose.

Quite by chance, I discovered this used CD of Palindrome on Amazon in June and have been extremely happy with my purchase. Only recently, I discovered that Amazon has been offering Palindrome as a download since August for those of you who have been deprived of this music. I recommend it wholeheartedly.

Pauseland's debut recording, titled Pauseland, has been available on Amazon as a download since 2006, I believe.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Sunflowers at Grinter Farms, Part Two

If you use sunflower oil when cooking, eat sunflower seeds, or put out wild bird seed in the winter, you may be using the seeds harvested from these plants. In another ten days or so, these plants will be wilted and nearly ready for harvest.