Air has sound. Initially, we think of it as silent, invisible substance. But dig deeper and think of the wind — the sound changes as it encounters obstacles, impediments. It’s just air, but it definitely has sound. Think of the sound of air as it’s compressed and released. Our lives are surrounded by the sound of compressed air… refrigerators, air conditioners, pumps… so many of us are so used to it that we’ve become unaware of it; we’ve tuned it out. (Actually, fun fact — did you know that compressed air is so widely used that it is often regarded as the fourth… Read More »
I work in a warehouse with a shared kitchen facility. And this lovely man, who works for the business next to mine, keeps the above snacks in the fridge. At LEAST 97.38% of the time. Like, I can basically guarantee that when I walk up there on Tuesday mornings, fresh packs will await me. Now, I’m a believer in all things peanut butter. But I just can’t help smirking every time I open the fridge because it’s totally, 100%, “Old Man PB&J.” And I am 100% delighted by it. Old men are adorable. True Story.
A year ago this week, Spectrum announced that they intended to close their doors. Now, there’s a new chapter in our sheet glass manufacturing story and I have LOVED writing it up. Seriously, I was almost sad to turn this puppy over. It was hard to put my pen down, power off the laptop, and just, finish this. BUT… so it is. And the SGAA has the ENTIRE Special Report in Spring 2017 Stained Glass Quarterly! If you’re ready to take an in-depth look at how things went from A to Z to WTF… Subscribe to the SGQ today! http://stainedglassquarterly.com/
Last weekend I traveled with the Buffalo Silver Band to Syracuse where we performed an epic arrangement of “Feierlicher Einzug” (Gesundheit!) It helped that we were epically displaced around the chapel so that we surrounded our audience and ourselves. It’s a beast of a song. In rehearsal, the first time we read through, all I could think was “holy crap on a cracker, I’m blowing my brains out!” and “Are we going to get to breathe anywhere in this?!?!” But rehearse we did and magic we made. The SU Brass Ensemble, Buffalo Silver Band, Bones East, and organist Bette Kahler joined forces in this… Read More »
“Glass, Science, Definition: The Never-Ending Struggle” Stained Glass Quarterly Vol. 111, No. 4 Winter 2016. 48-53. Authors: William LaCourse, Ph.D. & Megan McElfresh Glass is one of nature’s oldest inventions, yet humans are only beginning to understand and exploit its full potential. It may be visually transparent, colored or clear, but scientifically opaque with a host of internal secrets and anomalies. Thus, while artists can capture and tame its beauty, scientists still struggle to fully understand the nature of the glassy state. Physicists and glass scientists still ask the question, “What is glass?”, and have lively discussions with… Read More »
I’ve had some animal incidents since I moved to Buffalo. If you want to be really entertained, get me drunk one night and ask me about “our horse…” but that’s for another post. Right now I would like to address a slightly smaller animal currently affecting my commute. (Yes, all 60 feet of it.) We have acquired a fox on our block. Our city. block. And the boy has cojones. Our neighbors have chickens, so I’m sure that’s what the slick fellow is actually after, but it’s very unnerving that he won’t move out of the way when I’m trying… Read More »