Daily Archives: February 8, 2010

Did you know? Snow Leopard edition

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Having only recently moved into the wonderful world of having an up-to-date operating system, I’m still playing catch-up on capabilities. I went from Tiger on my old G4 to a short stay on Leopard on the new Mac Pro, and now Snow Leopard on the Pro and the new iMac. And I keep finding little surprises I didn’t even know it could do. For instance, all of a sudden, QuickTime will make and save audio, video and screen recordings. When did that happen? Last I had checked, you had to buy QuickTime Pro, which I never did, and used about 14 different programs to work around that need. (Downside: it still won’t record streaming audio, for what may seem like obvious copyright reasons.)

This morning’s new discovery?

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Mark Wood is coming! Mark Wood is coming!

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Can’t believe it’s this soon, but in just a few weeks, Mark Wood, the original lead violinist of the fabled Trans-Siberian Orchestra, will be leading the students of the Columbia High School strings program in a two-day workshop, “Electrify Your Strings.” The students of this already excellent program will be electrifying, pumping up the sound, getting up out of their seats (except the cellists, and maybe even them), and having a good time. At the end of the workshop, Mark Wood and the students will give a concert that is open to the public and highly anticipated. If you’re in the Albany area and at all into strings, you really won’t want to miss this unique opportunity to see one of the leading crossover artists of the day, working with the crossover artists of the future.

It’s Saturday, March 6, at Columbia High School. Need tickets? Go here.

Want to see and hear the orchestra in previous performance and rehearsal? Go here.

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Ghost sign to be

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Ghost sign to be, originally uploaded by carljohnson.

This not-very-faded but definitely peeling image of a cyclist has been around at least since the 1980s; I’m pretty sure it was there when I moved to Albany at the end of the decade. I always thought it was a cool mural, even before my revived interest (read: absolute addiction) to cycling. it’s on the wall of a building at Henry Johnson Boulevard and Washington Avenue that currently houses the Tru Images barber shop; perhaps there was a bike shop there once before, but memory fails me. I was pleased and surprised to happen across the mural recently and find that it was still there. The style actually suggests the ’70s to me, and I’d love to know if anyone remembers when or why it was painted. The bike is oddly specific — it’s a Colnago, easily identifiable by the cloverleaf logo.