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Happy Equinox! It just gets darker and colder from here!


There. I’m out of my nightly lavender-and-eucalyptus soak and feeling somewhat less like The Dearly Departed.

Classic FM played three interesting songs while I was in the bath. In 1875, a St Petersburg music magazine commissioned Tchaikovsky to write twelve little piano pieces, one for each month of the year, then published one each month to their readership.

That’s right. Tchaikovsky was once a magazine giveaway, like spoons or model train bits or Franklin Collectibles.

Nothing new under the sun. Except the part about Tchaikovsky.


Comment from QuasiModo
Time: September 23, 2016, 12:11 am

Winter is Coming.

Comment from LesterIII
Time: September 23, 2016, 12:32 am

One of two reminders a year to watch the 1970 horror/sci-fi monster gem Equinox. With acting by Frank Bonner (WKRP’s Herb Tarlek) and Fritz Leiber (yeah, author of “Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser”), and impressive use of stop-motion and cel animation, it is a lot of fun. Directly influenced the creation of “The Evil Dead” (1983).

Decent quality video at the link, with intro by a Late Night Horror Host and spoiler-containing trailer, skip to 7:50 mark to start film without any spoilers.


Comment from Deborah HH
Time: September 23, 2016, 12:44 pm

Yesterday it was 95 degrees on my patio—not that I’m complaining. I dread winter; invariably we have to make a trip north during bad weather. Bring on the Star Trek transporter.

Soaking in lavender/eucalyptus water and listening to Tchaikovsky sounds nicely therapeutic.

Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: September 23, 2016, 1:20 pm

Lester, is that Fritz Leiber the author, or his father? His father was a Shakespearean actor years before Fritz began writing and publishing, and might well have still been alive and working in ’70. I haven’t looked it up, though.

ETA: Oops, no, I looked Fritz Leiber (Sr.) up. He died in 1949. It was Fritz the SF author in the film. Interesting; I hadn’t known he did any acting, though IMDb has only 3 credits.

“Winter is coming”? Around here, that’s a laugh. The last few years we haven’t seen cooler temps, i.e., low enough to need even a sweater, until effing December. Last year it was 12/26 or 12/27 before a real cold front (one that people in civilized climates call “fall”) came in. And “winter” exited “March the 2nd on the dot.”

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: September 23, 2016, 4:03 pm

To make you smile, Stoaty.


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