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Friday, March 27, 2015

Spring Cancelled

Taconic Lake - March 27, 2015 at 9:50 a.m.
This just in from the Taconic Lake weather station on the Plateau in the Town of Grafton -- Spring has been cancelled for 2015.  Summer is projected to commence on July 1st and continue until mid-August when winter is forecast to resume.

May 29, 2015 at 6:57 a.m.
(Not Photoshopped.  No.. really)




Friday, March 20, 2015

Live Theatre


'62 Center for Theatre & Dance - Williamstown Theatre Festival Venue
No, I'm not talking about Grafton Town Meetings.  I'm referring to the professional live thespian variety.  I knew about the Williamstown Theatre Festival, but surfed the Web to find out what other nearby venues exist to add to my retirement bucket list which kicks off in June.   I'm excluding those to the west of the Plateau, since I'll be programming my vehicle's computer to avoid that direction whenever suitable alternatives exist to the east of the Plateau.  (We don't need to go there)
  • Oldcastle Theatre Company - Bennington, Vermont:  Formed by five New York actors in 1972.  Entering its 44th season, Oldcastle has put on over 300 productions.
  • Shakespeare & Company - Lenox, Massachusetts: "One of the largest Shakespeare festivals in the country.... past participants include actors from Moscow Arts Theatre, the Berliner Ensemble, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre of Great Britain, The Shakespeare Festival of Stratford, Ontario, the Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble..."
  • Williamstown Theatre Festival - Williamstown, Massachusetts: Honored with the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre.  Draws really big name professional actors and actresses.  Not inexpensive, but most definitely world class theatre. On the campus of Williams College in the '62 Center for Theatre & Dance.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Cram.com

I've long found flashcards a great technique to learn material.  Programmed learning books are based on the flashcard concept.  Quite some time ago, I decided to pursue a degree in electronics, but I had been away from math for several years so I stocked up on math programmed learning books and rather quickly got back up to speed.  It's a technique that really works wonders for me.

Over 40 years ago, I got my undergraduate degree in German literature.  So I mastered written German and became adept at spoken academic literary German.  Yet, I never studied in a German language country and never mastered everyday colloquial German.  Now, traveling to Germany, Switzerland, and Austria are on my retirement bucket list and I'd like to be able to converse in German during those travels.  I pondered making flashcards to aid me in this, but it occurred to me that, perhaps, an app exists these days for precisely that purpose.  Indeed, there are many iPhone flashcard apps, however I discovered something even better: Cram.com.  

Cram.com has many flashcard packs, already created by users, and freely available.  There are 13,711 flashcard packs on German language alone.  There are flashcard packs for learning to identify wildflowers, trees, and so much more.  If there's something you'd like to learn that is memory intensive, go to the Cram.com search engine and there's probably a flashcard pack to assist you.  You can do this on any kind of computer and you can download it to your iPhone.

Friday, March 6, 2015

March Madness

Friday, March 6, 2015 at 5:35 a.m. 
p.s. It went down to -12 at 6:50 a.m. after posting this, before edging upward.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Frigid February



Second coldest February on record for this area.  The above graph is from my weather station -- click on it to enlarge.