As expected with a day that comes along only once every 4 years, my inbox has been inundated with various emails with sales, special offers and the like. Below is a selection of my favorite emails, images, and words from today.
Reception to follow.
Elizabeth Hardy, dulcian; Teri Kowiak, voice; Dan Meyers, recorders and percussion; Camila Parias, soprano; James Williamson, viol and baroque cello. Special guest performer: Tom Zajac, recorder and percussion.
Salome Sandoval, voice, baroque guitar and artistic direction
Help me, internets, you’re my only hope. (Sorry, it was a gimme, we’ve had Episodes IV and V on since I got home from work.) Anyway, I’m reasonably good with photo editing software. I’m self taught, I can do interesting and useful things like remove items, clean up red eye, change brightness and contrast, etc. I have, however, run into a problem that I can’t solve.
Most of you know that Geoff and I met on the internet. Most of you probably don’t know that Geoff had some very particular questions for me before we first met in person.
Buying things off the Internet can be fun and economical. It can also be infuriating, frustrating, maddening, and make you want to throw furniture.
This December, the first of the two new Peter Jackson films based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s book The Hobbit will be released. It will be called The Hobbit, An Unexpected Journey and needless to say I can hardly wait to see it. I have been a fan of Tolkien since I was in middle school, WAY back when. I remember (and used to own) the animated versions that were put out when I was a kid. So yeah, I am totally a geek about Tolkien. And of course Kelly likes him too, else we would not have included a little Tolkien in our actual wedding ceremony. No, we did not have anyone dressed up in costume or anything*, but we did use the Song of the Entwives instead of a traditional psalm.
My new e-mail address is eleventhma AT gmail DOT com, NOT net. I am smart. Not.
During today’s steady stream of email, this one made me laugh. This is from an artist who does modern quasi advertising art and political mockery in the style of 30’s through 50’s advertising. And, it is quite good.
So we have done it. As of yesterday, we have a new ISP and thus a faster, more reliable Internet connection. I had to make some minor adjustments to the home network, but generally speaking it all seems to be a dramatic improvement so far. I can’t believe how much faster this is, after fighting with the crappy DSL for so long. And this isn’t even close to being the highest available cable speed.
Anyway, we will be ending our old Internet service later today. So please do not continue to use my old Verizon e-mail address. It will be gone soon. For now just use my gmail address.
In the process of doing some research into foods and beverages of the Middle Ages, I made a fascinating discovery. There may be some historical truth behind the beverage “Butterbeer” from the Harry Potter books and films. I am guessing that J.K. Rowling probably had heard of the old beverage called Buttered Beere, which was literally beer that had been flavored with butter and spices and served hot. I made some tonight using a white lager as a base and it turned out beautifully. I hope to do some more experimenting and see what kind makes the best buttered beer.