April 25, 2015

The Good and Bad of Social Capital

Social Capital

As I've grown older, I find myself fascinated by the power of social capital; specifically, how it encircles the person who possesses it with a halo that sets them apart from society even when they are far from the only snowflake.  People often mistake fame with competency or ability.  This tendency is part of human nature so it shows up in every field and across every discipline. Take social capital in investing.  While Warren Buffett is constantly called the greatest investor alive by the ma … [Read more...]

La Marche des Scythes

P. Royer. La Marche des Scythes. Yago Mahugo, Harpsichord.

I'm working from my home study trying to get a bunch of stuff knocked off my agenda now that we are starting the 3rd quarter of the year but I have a certain passage from La Marche des Scythes in my head. I've been playing it on repeat at full blast as I go through my responsibilities.  If you've never heard it, here is Yago Mahugo playing the particular section (just press play, the video will start in the right place at 4 minutes and 40 seconds). Perhaps it is evident I'm cleaning up … [Read more...]

Bask In The Imperial Symbolism

Tolmachevy Sisters

After writing about the mathematics of Borda count voting systems as applied to the Eurovision contest, I realized I never posted the Russian performance, presented by the virginal 17-year old Tolmachevy Sisters.  Bask in the symbolism of both the staging and the orchestration choices.  Those of you with a history or music background will spot it right away. Marketing genius Clotaire Rapaille must be shedding a tear at the subconscious appeals to Russia's unspoken culture code.  (And in some p … [Read more...]

What Bearded Ladies Can Teach Us About 18th Century Borda Count Voting Systems and Making Money

Conchita Wurst

The Washington Post this morning had a story about the political discontentment in Russia over the outcome of the 2014 Eurovision competition.  Given that a few days ago, I outright said I'd personally emigrate were I living in Russia, this confluence of events is particularly timely.  I'm going to use it as an excuse to talk about something known as Borda count systems, which I think more than a few of you will find interesting.  I've been meaning to write a post about this alternative voting … [Read more...]

All Good Things Happen During Montages

personal preference korea

You know those scenes in televisions where all good things happen during the montage?  This is montage music.  I've been listening to 말도 안돼 by a girl named Youhna all afternoon.  I can't get it out of my head.  It makes me want to renovate a house, or go shopping, take up jogging, or start a new project.  Listen to it.  Doesn't it make you want to capitalize a sugar refinery or enroll in a graduate program?  Maybe learn to cook?  Maybe buy a new car?  Rent a beach house?  Start writing that novel … [Read more...]

The DuckTales Theme Song In Various Languages from Around the World

Ducktales Stairs

DuckTales was one of the most successful television shows Disney ever produced and it's no secret it's close to my own heart given my Carl Barks collection.  I haven't yet gone so far as to visit one of the DuckTales art installations, where you can swim among giant monies like the richest Chairman in the world (for the more serious among you, this one looks more convincing), but my devotion runs deep. For those of us who are from the United States, the United Kingdom, or Canada, here is the " … [Read more...]

Benjamin Zander on the Transformative Power of Classical Music (and a few Lessons for Business Leaders)

Benjamin Zander Classical Music TED

Beyond music, there are some big life lessons in this short video that will serve you well if you remember them for the rest of the time you're on Earth.  He starts with a business lesson that demonstrates what makes some companies successful and others fail. Watching it immediately made me put on one of my favorite pieces of classical music ever composed, the second movement of Beethoven's 7th symphony.  The buildup of the melody line to the entire orchestra screaming back down to n … [Read more...]

An Evening of Rodrigo and Prokofiev at Helzberg Hall

Kansas City Symphony Prokofieff Joshua Kennon

After dinner at Pierpont's in Union Station, we made our way over to the symphony hall, arriving a few minutes before the orchestra took the stage.  Tonight is a big departure from our usual Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven.  Particularly of interest to us were the second and third groups on the program.  The second was Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez for Guitar and Orchestra, which was performed by Jiyeon Kim, a guitar virtuoso. We ended up with a special surprise because Kim's mother had flown t … [Read more...]

This Kid Has No Idea How Lucky She Is

Parents Lip Sync Disney Frozen

This married couple, together for 10 years, married for 4.5, with two kids, enjoys Disney's Frozen far more than their daughter, who you can tell is so over it. She makes decorative wreaths and is a full-time mom and he's a nurse in an ER with a wedding photography business on the side. I like these people.  I get them.  This is totally how we drive.  You think I'm kidding but ... nope. Hat tip to Ashly, who found this and sent it to us on Google+. … [Read more...]

Watch Guns ‘N Roses Performed New Orleans Style

New Orleans Sweet Child o Mine Guns and Roses

As someone who loves 1.) Guns 'N Roses, and 2.) New Orleans style music, this makes me so incredibly happy.  Watch it.  It's Postmodern Jukebox with Miche Braden covering "Sweet Child 'O Mine". It's already on iTunes.  It shows just how good the band's songwriting skills were that it translates so well. This type of music just does it for me intellectually - it sets my brain on fire as I get thrown back to music school and can't help but analyze each instrument's part independently in re … [Read more...]