Thursday, October 06, 2016
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.
Posted by firstcitybook at 10:00 PM
Thursday, September 22, 2016
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.
Posted by firstcitybook at 7:50 PM
Tuesday, September 06, 2016
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.
Posted by firstcitybook at 1:44 AM
For the second year, I managed to get pictures of the sunflowers at Grinter Farms soon after they had opened up. These fields attract so much attention, with some people traveling from as far away as Chicago, that the police had to intervene on Labor Day and close down the access road because of the traffic. I got there on Friday before the bulk of the crowds. Even one of the local news stations ran a story about the photographers that these fields attract. I don't live close enough to return often for pictures of these fields at sunset or sunrise; otherwise, I might have spent more time there.
Posted by firstcitybook at 1:37 AM