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  1. Responding to Emails.

    I think it depends on context. If the email is about something related to work, and it actually requires a response on my part (not just a FYI), then I will answer it, and virtually always the same day. If it is a completely unsolicited fishing expedition (and I'm getting more and more of these through Linked In, though I didn't think they were supposed to release direct contact info unless you had accepted a connection), then I ignore them. I've gotten some odd requests for career advice or to set up a meeting to talk about GIS solutions or whatever. If the person persists (and few do), then I write back and say I don't respond to unsolicited emails. Maybe if I was in "business" or "sales" then I would take a different approach, but I am not.
  2. Now reading...

    Finally finished up The Iliad and The Odyssey. Taking a bit of a breather before diving into The Aeneid. I was about to launch into Hideo Furukawa's Slow Boat, but then he revealed it was a bit of a riff off of a Murakami short story "A Slow Boat to China." I decided to detour and read The Elephant Vanishes first (it contains that story), then Slow Boat and then The Aeneid. Maybe by then Atwood's The Penelopiad will be in at the library...
  3. Now reading...

    I'm going to be honest, I didn't think it was worth it. It isn't particularly challenging, but takes far too long to get where it is going and the payoff is pretty modest.
  4. It took me forever, but I finally broke open the Savory Collection. So I started naturally enough with Disc 1. (I am kind of saving the Count Basie CDs for last...) Some tracks were quite fine, though some were rather distorted.
  5. What Classical Music Are You Listening To?

    Been listening to a lot of Reich and Glass lately.
  6. Finally managed to see Roma, and in the theatre (70mm print no less). Perhaps I'm wrong, but I thought I saw a few flashes of Tati here and there, particularly in the way the sound functioned and then the way that Cleo and her boss end up photobombing some wedding shots, which then turns into a dance.
  7. How's the weather?

    Pretty chilly right now: 24F (-4 C). It's suppose to dip even more tomorrow and most of next week. Doesn't look like we get any of this massive blizzard hitting parts of the US. It might snow on Friday.
  8. Now reading...

    Thanks. I'll give it a look. I only realized yesterday that Rolfe Humphries translated Virgil's Aeneid (in addition to Ovid's Metamorphoses), so I'll be on the hunt for a copy of that as well.
  9. Now reading...

    Finished Rabbit at Rest and the novella Rabbit Remembered. I'm reading Homer's The Iliad, alternating between Lattimore and Fitzgerald translations (read Fagles ages ago). Lattimore is the one I would return to. I may pull the same stunt with The Odyssey, but I haven't completely decided.
  10. Now reading...

    Finally made my way through the last of the Updike Rabbit novels. Yea. Rabbit is Rich is still my fave, though there were some interesting sections in Rabbit at Rest as well. In a day or two, I'll get to the novella Rabbit Remembered from Licks of Love. Today and perhaps tomorrow, I'll be reading The Letter Killers Club (NYRB). The next several weeks will mostly be the classic classics - Homer, Virgil's The Aeneid, Ovid's Metamorphoses, probably some Horace.
  11. Mosaic Wish List

    In the battle of the bootlegs, Lonehill already released Blue Hodges, which combines Blue Hodge, Blue Rabbit and about half of Blue Notes.
  12. Johnny Hodges and Lawrence Welk.

    Interestingly, Hodges also plays Blue Velvet on Sandy's Gone (Verve), which looks like another easy listening experience. The reviews are generally pretty harsh for this LP, despite an all-star line-up (Hodges, Kenny Burrell, Wild Bill Davis and/or Hank Jones, Joe Newman and/or Joe Wilder. I found a few partial clips on-line, and what I heard does not inspire me to go looking for the rest of the album. I'm not really in the market for the Hodges-Welk LP, but that looks like it succeeds on its own terms, while this one doesn't appear to.
  13. Now reading...

    About halfway into Rabbit is Rich. I do like this one a bit better than the first two (esp. Rabbit Redux), but I can't imagine going through this series a second time. I've been slowly making my way through McCarthy's Birds of America. My goal is to wrap this up by Boxing Day. Next non-Updike book will be Krzhizhanovsky's The Letter Killers Club.
  14. Definitely more laid back now. But it is practically the last club standing. Sad. Several clubs have closed down, including a few recently. Jazz Bistro is still around but isn't really my thing. It's hard to fathom, but, in my view, Vancouver has a more active and interesting jazz club scene than Toronto.
  15. Interesting. Someone was telling me it was once quite a dive -- and the easiest place to get in for underage drinking! Under different management, of course.