22 February 2014

More Nena

This is part of a new grand plan to induce Nena to come to the USA to perform :^)

That cover enticed me into looking for other Nena material and was I surprised.  She produced an album Made in Germany that has, in my opinion, some of her best material ever.  This video is from the finale of a concert in Berlin supporting that album.. Needless to say I like it quite a bit.  I had to choose between this or another song Schmerzen.  Since Der Anfang a better quality video I selected it.
This was quite a show, the audience participation was enthusiastic, and Nena does her best to make them feel to be part of the whole experience.  What I found most interesting is that her material that is going on 30 years old is still that good.  99 Luftballoons was always just a pop tune to me, but Fragezeichen was, and remains, an anthem; the version that night was stupendous. Irgendwie, Irgendwo, Irgendwann preceded Der Anfang, and it too is pushing 30 years since first recorded. Finally, Kudos to Nena, and her management team for allowing her music and videos on YouTube. I ended up going to Amazon and iTunes to get earlier and later material, which is the function of advertising after all.

16 November 2013

Nena - Us and them [Pink Floyd Cover]

For whatever reason I stumbled upon this cover. I cannot say it's a particularly innovative cover, she all but copies the tempo and arrangement of the original, but I will say the music is as relevant as it ever was. Her voice retains that ingenue quality, which makes this version so interesting.

16 October 2013

Moray, Inca agricultural studies test plot.
The site is large, comparable to contemporary university cooperatives. It reportedly has a temperature range of 15ยบ C, which when you think of its sunlight budget, means one can grow nearly anything.
The real work is overlooked - literally and figuratively.  The drainage underneath the terraces tolerates a rainy season during the summer and a long dry season in the winter. The design is marvelous, when presented with an abundance of water the terraces allow the excess to easily slough off, and during a shortage they retain and disperse the moisture.  The height and depth of the terraces create microclimates that can be controlled by both water and position.  This is facet afforded the Inca agronomists the ability to search for climate tolerant variants.
FYI, Washington and Jefferson both thought it was incumbent upon them to host experimental farms on their land.  They independently imported wide varieties of fruits, vegetables, grains, and other plants to their estates for the primary purpose of finding a cultivar to disseminate to the countryside.

Glen Pass

Glen Pass 2013

Just wondering if it will be possible to identify Foxtail pines from the Lodgepole and White pine trees.

16 August 2013

Hiking Peru

Just a little snow
The next day
The trip intended to acclimate the party to the altitude was up the nearby lake.  Apparently the lake didn't like us, or the mountain, or the clouds...
But the next day... 15,000' + pass on a 10 mile day?  A nice walk in the park, eh?


OK is it a coincidence that this happened during some aboriginal religious ceremony?  Crikey, if there is anything to learn from scores of bad B movies, it is do not tempt the old g-ds; crankiness is directly proportional to age among the supernatural.  Think about it, all those ancient dudes (and dudettes) they were mean to the core.  I guess when you have been around for so long it just gets tiresome to hear and see the same ol' thing.

Towards the end of the video there is the realization that this thing was going to hit us.  I yelled turn around, and it soon engulfed and pelted us with ice, snow, and cold cold moisture.  Luckily we were dressed well enough - no swimmers - to endure it.


21 May 2010

A Wallpaper.jpg

The top picture is of Charlotte Dome from Junction Meadow on the Bubbs Creek trail (KCNP); the middle picture is from the the west side of Mt Whitney (SNP); and the bottom one is of Upper Basin, coming down the south side of Mather Pass on the John Muir Pass. The link is to the big enough image for a wallpaper.