|Gyorgy Ligiti (looking somewhat like Klaus Kinski)|
I watched Pitch Black (2000) last night, a horror/science-fiction hybrid. It was like 1979's Alien, a film I have never cared for: aliens with big teeth chew up humans. It starred Vin Diesel and the usual assortment of Hollywood mannish females (to keep feminists happy)... oh, and everyone has a potty mouth. How on earth did this get on my Netflix queue? Some time ago I saw a list of "overlooked science-fiction movies" and this must have been on it. (A few months ago, based on the same list, I saw Prometheus, a 2012 Alien prequel, another mistake.)
Clearly, I shall have to be much more discerning about what I put in my Netflix DVD queue!
Genetic genealogy is complicated! (I've been getting e-mails on the subject.) I am a "Peach" Clark, that is, my branch of my father-to-son Clark line are categorized in a "peach" branch. Stating it another way, some man surnamed Clark and known as Peach Clark (we do not know when he lived - he may be my great-great-great-great-great grandfather or something like that) is a common ancestor to a number of us who have had our YDNA classified. Chart. Another chart. I cannot pretend to fully understand this stuff... I think I'll leave that for retirement. But I do know that my inferred haplogroup is R1b1a2a1a2a (called "DF27+" for short).
Here's what we know about the people with the DF27+ YDNA mutation: They appeared about 3900 years ago. A large number of these migrated around the western Mediterranean into Spain and Portugal, and continued erecting stelae. Some of them went by sea up to Belgium and to the British Isles. They may be what is known today as the maritime Bell-Beaker people.
Last night's Berlin Philharmonic concert:
Gyorgy Ligeti: Atmospheres - A work entirely without melodies, this is a series of tone color blocks. Its most celebrated use was in the "infinity and beyond" freak out section towards the end of Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). From wikipedia: "A 2006 performance of Atmosphères by the London Philharmonic was noted for its direct transition without interruption into Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, which Sunday Times music critic Hugh Canning described as a "stroke of programming genius." No, no, no, no, no! If conductors want to be mix artists or dee-jays they should procure a couple of turntables and a microphone instead of a philharmonic orchestra, and cease playing fast and loose with composers' works. There is zero indication that Stravinsky would want this piece as a prelude to his. Orchestras and conductors exist to serve the composer and the work - not the other way around.
Franz Josef Haydn: Symphony #101 "The Clock" - So called because of a tick-tock figure in the slow movement. This is one of my favorite Haydn symphonies.
Neil Young's house in Redwood City, CA: "Broken Arrow Ranch." The all-seeing eyes of Google satellite imagery are upon you, Neil.
Pool tonight, maybe, and yard sales tomorrow.
Have a nice weekend...