One of the Last Piano Manufacturers

Only Two Remain BY ZACHARY CROCKETT Inside an old brick building in the leafy town of Haverhill, Massachusetts, you’ll find one of the last vestiges of a once-formidable industry. Entering the six-story structure is like going back in time: Stacks of kiln-dried maple wood line the walls. Artisans carefully tinker with tuning pins and soundboards. A... Continue Reading →

The Definition of Ironic

Ironic that SB Bill (Hinesburg SBs) sends this on the day that Grendel: The Four-Chord Opera makes its official debut! A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg musicaster PRONUNCIATION: (MYOO-zi-kas-tuhr)  MEANING: noun: A mediocre musician. ETYMOLOGY: From music + -aster (a pejorative suffix). Earliest documented use: 1838. NOTES: The pejorative suffix -aster (meaning something that is inferior, small, or... Continue Reading →

Daniel Pink, Ya Think?

Daniel Pink sends me occasional "Pinkcasts" such as this one. I find them to be entertaining, useful, straightforward, commonsensical, and practical, well worth the two minutes or so I spend watching. See what you think of Pink. Finally, I particularly like his list of things to do when traveling to a new place:... Continue Reading →

Bambi’s Mum had to Die

from by way of The Browser Newsletter Walt Disney was working through guilt and grief BY DANIEL KALDER When Sergei Eisenstein saw Bambi, he was highly impressed. The great Soviet film director, responsible for such world classics as Battleship Potemkin and Alexander Nevsky, pronounced Walt Disney’s fifth feature-length animated film “a shift towards ecstasy“, which represented “the greatness of Disney... Continue Reading →

What to do this Weekend

[Thanks to SB John (Mendocino Bonobos) for reminding there's still time to go. SB SM] I will not go to burn the man! I will not go to burn the man! I shall not, will not, although I can. I have no interest in this desert party, Even though I like all things arty. I... Continue Reading →

Silverback Dave

[Silverback John (Mendocino Bonobos) was the bearer of some sad news, the passing of Dave Smith. His obituary appears below. I feel that I've been fortunate to spend my life doing felt to me like meaningful work: selling woodstoves to people woodstoves to keep them warm, publishing books on sustainable living, publishing information for "friends... Continue Reading →

Casey at the Bat

From yesterday's Writer's Almanac: It's the birthday of poet Ernest Thayer, born in Lawrence, Massachusetts (1863). He went to Harvard, where he studied philosophy with William James and wrote for the Harvard Lampoon. After graduation, his fellow Lampoon writer William Randolph Hearst convinced Thayer to come to San Francisco, because his father, George Hearst, had bought the San Francisco Examiner and almost... Continue Reading →

How Do I Love Dolly … Let Me Count the Ways

Best of the 'Gest from March 9, 2021, the first of an entire week of postings on Silverbelle Dolly Photo by Pixabay on From Dolly's Wikipedia page: In 1990, the American Eagle Foundation entered into a multi-year corporate partnership with the Dollywood Company and cooperated with them to develop Eagle Mountain Sanctuary at Dollywood... Continue Reading →

Ebb Tide

[Images from SB John (Mendocino Bonobos) taken at the lowest tide of the year. I find these images as amazing as anything from the Webb Telescope. How about that albino nipple inside the everything bagel? Good job on these, Silverback John. You've raised the bar for other Silverbacks! SB SM]

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