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March 22, 2018

Paul Wittgenstein plays Ravel's Piano Concerto for the Left Hand in D Major

A budding concert pianist when he lost his right arm to a Russian bullet in World War I (it was amputated in a Russian prison hospital in 1914), Wittgenstein commissioned the work from Maurice Ravel.

From the YouTube caption: "Wittgenstein also performed the premiere with Robert Heger and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra on January 5, 1932."

"This (very short) excerpt from the cadenza, recorded in Paris [in] 1933, shows some of Wittgenstein's piano technique."

Anthony Gottlieb's New Yorker article about the remarkable Wittgenstein family pulled me in and wouldn't let go.

March 22, 2018 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

"Eighteen Acres" — Nicolle Wallace

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Just excellent.

Amazon summary: "From the former Communications Director for the White House and current political media strategist comes a suspenseful and smart novel about the first female president and the dramas and deceptions she faces both in politics and in love."

I enjoyed the first half and then around page 150 the author put the pedal to the metal and thrust her book into top gear.

What a movie this could make, with three great female leads.

Even the Washington Post liked it.

March 22, 2018 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Screaming Meanie — Industrial Strength Travel Alarm

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This device was created for long-distance truckers, but it's ideal for anyone who wants to get some sleep and ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY must get up on time

It's a 20-hour countdown timer — on steroids.

You simply set the hours and minutes before you want to wake up (up to 19 hours 59 minutes) and go to sleep, secure in the knowledge that no matter what, you won't sleep through your alarm.

The alarm is so loud, you can wear earplugs and get a really good night's sleep secure in the knowledge that you'll be jolted awake right on time by a piercing 120 dB siren —  "loud enough to wake the dead."

There are two volume settings: "loud" and "frighteningly loud."

No more worries about AM/PM, times zones, or anything.

Includes a backlit display to check time remaining and a built-in battery tester.

Turning off the alarm requires you to push three buttons simultaneously  — a maneuver complex enough that you will HAVE to wake up to shut the darned thing off.

Green or Black.

In case you aren't familiar with the decibel scale, 120 is 10 times louder than 110.

110 db is equivalent to sitting in the front row at a rock concert.

Is that loud enough for you?

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$30.99.

March 22, 2018 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

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