Friday, July 31, 2015

Spam Roundup June, 2015

There's spam, and then there's spam so oddly written it's somewhat amusing. Here's a roundup of some of the "best" comments I received this month from spambots around the world.

Not-even-close sequiters

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Insert Your Name Here
Thanks for finally talking about >Route 11 Road Trip – Day 2< Liked it! [I'm so >glad< you liked >my post<.]

The Nomura 3" penny toy lumber truck. A small load of
wood that generates a ton of spam.
Lumbering Along

At this point, I'm not sure what's going on with this post. The Straco Express Layout, Part 23 - Lumbering Along always been in the top five for traffic. And -- judging from the comments -- mostly read by spambots. I wonder if it's maintained its popularity because it keeps getting featured in these monthly spam roundups. If this keeps up, I'll have to take new photos of everyone's favorite vintage tinplate Japanese toy truck!

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The 416 Marx floodlight
tower, "bringing problems
to light."
I like reading through a post that will make men and women think. [Okayyyyy]

Using roofing cement may work temporarily, but will not last. [That’s your opinion.]

Do you have a spam issue on this website: I also am a blogger, and I was wondering your situation; we have developed some nice procedures and we are looking to swap solutions with others  [Here’s a solution: stop sending out spam comments.]

Fastidiousness seems to have run its course. There were no comments received this month that misused the word. But I did receive this unintentional pun.

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aThat's all for this month. Until next time, keep, how do I say it? Relevant!! And really -- lay off the roofing cement.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Finely-Crafted Symphonies from JCF Bach

Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach never enjoyed the fame of his siblings Carl Philipp Emanuel and Johann Christian. Yet he was indeed a son of Johann Sebastian Bach. While his music may not be as innovative as his brothers' it is well-crafted and creatively rich.

The three symphonies on this album come from different phases of his professional career, and reflect the transition of musical style from the baroque period to the early classical. The Symphony in C major, W1/6, is the earliest of the three. It's a simple three-movement Italianate work that reminded me somewhat of Telemann.

The Symphony in E-flat W1/10 of 1720 has more extensive motivic development. And that development is easy to follow. JCF's ensemble writing seems to have a clarity to it that I don't hear in his siblings. Perhaps its the way he voices the strings.

The Symphony in B-flat WI/20 was written in 1794. Mozart and Haydn had changed the form of the symphony, and JCF is right there with them. This is a large-scale four-movement symphony that's worthy of attention. JCF writes for the orchestra of the time; gone is the basso-continuo, replaced by an expanded wind section (including clarinets) and a stronger use of orchestral color.

JCF Bach may not have been the towering genius his father was, or even lesser geniuses like his brothers. But he was still a skillful craftsman, and his music has many rewards for the listener.

Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach
Three Symphonies
Nues Bachisches Collegium Musicum Leipzig; Burkhard Glaetzner, conductor
Brilliant Classics 94780

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Mother Goose and Grimm's Shoe

It isn't often that Mike Peters has cameos from other comic strips appear in Mother Goose and Grimm (see Love is Grimm for the most recent example). But when it does happen, it's always a special treat -- as in the March, 31, 2015 sequence. (click image to enlarge)

The reason it worked so well, I think, is because Peters' style is very close to Gary Brookins (the current artist for Shoe). So Shoe looks like Shoe -- not another artist's interpretation of Shoe. Peters' cameos may be rare, but they're always appreciated -- at least by this comics reader.