Friday, December 02, 2016

Line Mar Match Box Construction 030 - Man

I found a Line Mar Match Box Construction Set from the 1930s, complete and with instructions. The box claimed the set made 100 different toys. I decided to test that claim -- one toy at a time. You can read all the posts for the Line Mar construction project at 100 Toys.
 Attaching the head was
a problem once again.

030 Man

The man figure was relatively easy to build. This figure appears several times in this instruction sheet. It's used for the 026 Walker, 031 Rope Walker, and 033 Acrobat. 

And all have the same basic challenge -- getting the head to attach securely enough to the body so it doesn't fall off. That intersection of the two dowels doesn't leave a lot of room to work in.

But beyond that, the build was trouble-free. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the fiberboard collars held the arms securely enough to keep them parallel to the ground. I could take all the time I needed to set up the photo. 

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Nowell We Sing - Imaginative program, beautiful performances

Robert Quinney and the Choir of New College Oxford build on the success of their release, "John Blow: Symphony Anthems." While this is indeed a collection of seasonal music, the selections are more varied in style and show just how capable this choir and director are.

Traditional favorites such as Pratorious' "In dulci jubilo" and Bennet's "In the bleak midwinter" are included, as well as David Willcocks arrangements of "Of the Father's heart begotten" and "O come all ye faithful."

But rather than making up the entire program, these familiar selections are interspersed as leavening for more adventuresome fare.

I especially liked the inclusion of more contemporary works. Charles Ives' "A Christmas Carol" was a welcome addition, and the pieces by Francis Pott, Peter Warlock and Matthew Martin added some freshness and spice to the program.

Love the English choral tradition but are tired of the same old traditional selections? Me, too. That's why I recommend this disc. It's thoughtfully programmed and beautifully performed.

Nowell Sing We!
Advent and Christmas at New College
Choir of New College Oxford; Robert Quinney, director
Novum NCR 1390

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Spam Roundup November, 2016

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. 

Thanks -- I think

 - I read this piece of writing completely about the resemblance of newest and previous technologies. My website - curing hemorrhoids [!]

 - It's actually a pleasant for me to go see this web site, it includes precious information. [Not too precious, I hope!]

 - The contents present at this site are in fact awesome for people experience [Does that makes my post people movers?]

Not sure I'd call this "quality contents."
Lumbering along lumbers along

It was just a short post in an obscure series about vintage Japanese tin toys. It didn't even had that much useful information.

But The Straco Express Layout, Part 23 - Lumbering Along still draws the spambots. And how! 

 - I have just been looking for info about this topic for a long time and yours is the best I have found out till now. However, what in regards to the bottom line? Are you sure about the supply? [Not to worry -- there seems to be a limitless supply of spam comments for this post.]

 - It has a mysterious and atypical cut out in the locker room for your mate to find.[Mysterious is the word all right. Like what this has to do with anything.]

 - Unquestionably believe that which you said. [Which what I said?]

More Fastidious Spam

My post on Fastidious Spam continues to draw comments that, being from spambots, are completely unaware of the irony. 

 - Its like you read my mind! You appear to know a lot about this, like you wrote the book in it or something.  [Yes, I'm pretty much the top expert on fastidiousness and its relationship to spambots.]

 - Saved as a favorite. My blog -- hemorroides [Why do so many of my posts get linked to hemorrhoid treatment sites? Is there a message here?.]

That's all for this month Remember, all posts are precious, so treat them accordingly. And really -- if you have hemorrhoids, enjoy this blog responsibly and consult your doctor if symptoms persist.