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frugal technology, simple living and guerrilla large-appliance repair

Regular blog here, 'microblog' there

Many of my traditional blog post live on this site, but a great majority of my social-style posts can be found on my much-busier microbloging site at updates.passthejoe.net. It's busier because my BlogPoster "microblogging" script generates short, Twitter-style posts from the Linux or Windows (or anywhere you can run Ruby with too many Gems) command line, uploads them to the web server and send them out on my Twitter and Mastodon feeds.

I used to post to this blog via scripts and Unix/Linux utilities (curl and Unison) that helped me mirror the files locally and on the server. Since this site recently moved hosts, none of that is set up. I'm just using SFTP and SSH to write posts and manage the site.

Disqus comments are not live just yet because I'm not sure about what I'm going to do for the domain on this site. I'll probably restore the old domain at first just to have some continuity, but for now I like using the "free" domain from this site's new host, NearlyFreeSpeech.net.

Sat, 09 Feb 2019

Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3 played by Anna Fedorova and the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie

Tue, 29 Jan 2019

Videos: From the clavichord to the modern piano

David Schrader explains how keyboard instruments evolved from the clavichord to the modern grand piano.

And yes, he does play them:

Video: Introducing Mozart's Clarinet

Principal clarinetist Antony Pay of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment demonstrates and discusses the clarinet as it existed in Mozart's time. This five-key instrument is what a musician would have used to play Mozart's Clarinet Concerto in A at the time it was composed.