Packers 38, Raiders 7. Wisconsin newspapers are running recipes for the Favre family chili. This is the Wisconsin equivalent of smack talk.
It's a neat little recipe. Did you know the use of multiple alliums with meat and legumes in a stew is found in the first recorded recipes from Mesopotamia? It's true! It's got the classic Cajun trinity: onions, green peppers, and celery. It's got the Wisconsin can of cream of mushroom soup. I'm going to try it. (Will Baird, I like mushrooms in my chili.)
Karlheinz Stockhausen died, so I decided to listen to his Helikopter-Streichquartett. Four musicians, four helicopters.
I had a dream: I heard and saw the four string players in four helicopters flying in the air and playing. At the same time I saw people on the ground seated in an audio-visual hall, others were standing outdoors on a large public plaza. In front of them, four towers of television screens and loudspeakers had been set up: at the left, half-left, half-right, right. At each of the four positions one of the four string players could be heard and seen in close-up. Most of the time, the string players played tremoli which blended so well with the timbres and the rhythms of the rotor blades that the helicopters sounded like musical instruments. When I woke up, I strongly felt that something had been communicated to me which I never would have thought of on my own.I was expecting a stunt and was pleasantly surprised. So much conceptually badass art is so bad in practice. But this is fun, a string quartet making zooming noises like a child with a toy plane, synchronized with the flight of the helicopters. And it's dedicated to all astronauts, which touches my geek heart.