Saturday, December 24, 2016

Vivaldi is very much a cliche and I understand that. However, this piece is very meaningful to me. Especially the 'Winter' movement. I remember  playing bass on this piece in a youth orchestra in Ft. Collins Colorado. We rehearsed all of the Four Seasons with no soloist. I remember very well the dress rehearsal when the soloist and the harpsichordist showed up to rehearse with us. Before that it was just a series of eight notes. I remember that we started the rehearsal with 'Winter'. I remember I stood next to the harpsichord. I remember that as the harpsichord played the first F minor chord it sent chills down my spine. I remember that the soloist was a young woman who apparently had no fear of her instrument. I remember that she didn't ask, but MADE the instrument sing just as Julia Fischer does here. This piece is what made me love classical music. So yes, it may be a little cliche, but I think it is truly an amazing and beautiful piece of music. I hope you can find in it what I did over 15 years ago.
Palmer station sits behind an ice berg.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Browne Is My Favorite Color

This is one of my favorite Jackson Browne songs and I love the acoustic version the best. Beautiful guitar and vocals. 

Friday, December 16, 2016

This was a sunset on Southeast Island at Pearl and Hermes Reef in the Northwest Hawaiian Islands. An amazing place.

Go With The Flow

Leopard seals are just amazing animals. Almost more serpent than seal. This was taken near Anvers island on the Antarctic peninsula.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Lets Get A Little Poppy

Ok, this may be a little bit more pop than a lot of other things I have posted but I really like this arrangement. A little Justin Timerlake performed by Boyce Avenue with Fifth Harmony. Enjoy!

Adelaide Island

Ice bergs near Adelaide island Antarctica.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

A Southern Elephant seal works his way into an Adelie penguin colony on Avian island.

Nature and Noise Is Back

    An Adelie penguin creche on Avian island on the Antarctic peninsula near  Adelaide island.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

The Three Body Problem

This is a wonderful visualization of the inverse square law. This is the three body problem modeled and put to music where each 'planet' is assigned a note in the C major triad. The note is sounded when the distance between two objects is at a minimum. This is an example of the inverse square law where the acceleration of gravity is determined by the mass of the objects over the distance of the objects from each other squared. In this model what looks like impacts are actually close passes not actual elastic impacts. I am not a physicist. This is just my understanding of this system! Still it is a very cool visualization.

The Giant Petrel

I have been posting a lot of pictures of Giant petrels, but that is because they are clearly awesome. Here is one on Humble Island on the Antarctic peninsula.

Sunday Scenery

The nearly full moon comes up just behind the glacier North-West of Palmer Station Antarctica.

Nice Chick

This is a Gentoo penguin chick. Gentoo's are the largest of the three species we see around Palmer Station. Gentoo penguins are more of a sub-Antarctic species than Adelies, but they have become more prevalent as the peninsula warms.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

If You Quantum Flaunt Em...

I wish I understood quantum mechanics. I try to understand some about it, but I really don't understand it. Here's to trying...

Friday, January 25, 2013

Penguins On Saturday

Adélie penguins with chicks on Humble Island on the Antarctic peninsula. These penguins are the heart of what I am working on. I will post more about them later but it's one in the morning and I need to get some sleep! I hope you like the photo.