Posts Tagged ‘video’

Train Show, Kirkwood, MO, 171014

October 15, 2014

We’d already had a marathon Lego session in the morning:

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We decided to visit tht

Train Show

(my goodness, they are already talking about 2015!)

in the afternoon.

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My father collected

Tri-ang Model Railways

pieces for more than twenty years, and the collection was carefully maintained by my brother after my father’s death. We had quite a huge setup, and I must say, with the Indian dust, it was quite a pain to maintain

It was a riot of colour, scale, and detail.

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My favourite was the road roller that had flattened one of the workers. Another laconic worker stands ready to scrape the single-dimension friend off the roller, and two others wait with the stretcher:

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Here’s a beautiful gradient bridge

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There was a tiny pumpkin chugging around in this Halloween diorama:

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Thomas the Tank Engine is one of KTB’s favourites:

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For all the detail, though, I looked in vain for the kind of sets my father had collected, eg, a mail train that would whip off the tiny post bags at one station and drop them off in a container on the other side.

I must say, the average age of the people who had the collections can be described thus: “When there was any hair, it was white.”

There were, however, times when some of us were less than interested:

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Here’s our little paper-hat engineer:

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And the other one!

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Alas, the sale area was completely given up to serious scale-model fans. If they’d just had one ordinary train set, their sales would, I feel, have gone much better!

I’ve put up more photos on

my FB album, click here

Here are two videos that I took:

See the detail in the painted backdrop, and the scenery around!

and

Even the cars in the parking lot had appropriate number plates!

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It was an enjoyable show that brought back many memories.

Two common birds, STL, 071014

October 8, 2014

Here is a spattering of Starling wings:

This was a cold morning after a thunderstorm…the very last occasion one would imagine birds would want a bath!

And a White-breasted Nuthatch, hard at work, picking off insects off the tree-trunk:

I had a delightful time with Edge Wade today….more about the Forest Park monthly bird walk, and today’s outing, later…going to sleep early to get up in time for the lunar eclipse.

L Shankar, and his double violin

October 2, 2014

L. Shankar

is one of a family of musicians, of which

L. Subramaniam

is the best-known.

However, I was privileged to listen, when I was young to a 78 rpm record (yes, called “vinyl” these days) of an album of his, called “Who’s To Know”, where he played on his own invention, the double violion

The Wiki entry says, “During the 1980s, Shankar recorded periodically as a leader, doing both jazz-based material and Indian classical music. His 1980 release of the album Who’s To Know on ECM introduced the unique sound of his own invention, the ten-string, stereophonic double violin. This instrument, designed by Shankar and built by noted guitar maker Ken Parker, covers the entire orchestral range, including double bass, cello, viola and violin. He has recently developed a newer version of his instrument which is much lighter than the original.”

Here’s a video that shows him playing this wondrous invention of his:

However, this seems to be more of virtuoso playing, with a lot of riffs and gymnastics. It does not bring out the extraordinary range of the instrument, its honeyed tones, or the skill of the mastery of the player, with melody being the go-by for the mathematical swara-prasthArA.

Here’s an interview of him on Sun TV (quite recent, 17th Feb 2014.)

He talks about himself and his experience. A hackneyed interview format, but still, very informative.

My favourites are the album, “Who’s To Know”, from which you can hear an excerpt

here

(rAgam: hEmavathi.)

And this piece where the rAgA AbhEri is taken up for a rAgam thAnam pallavi (er, it’s nearly one hour long!)

However, the second piece is finished rather abruptly at the rAga AlApanA stage.

The visuals, too, were very interesting for me to see, being clips from all over India.

Such wonderful creativity…I salute this great musician.

Birding in Forest Park, 130914

September 14, 2014

I started in Kennedy Forest:

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Here’s where I was:

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Here’s the video of the Osprey:

and that of the adult Red-headed Woodpecker feeding its young one!

Coming home from the hospital

September 10, 2014

Derek felt unwell over Sunday and Monday, with fever, nausea and stomach-ache. On Monday evening, the doc told him to have a CAT scan the next day, and on Tuesday, the scan confirmed that he had appendicitis. An appendectomy was performed on Tuesday night, and though he had a lot of pain this morning, and afternoon, he was able to come home by 5pm or so. Here was his update just before leaving Barnes-Jewish Hospital:

“Here’s an update on me: I’m about to be discharged. The severe pain I encountered suddenly from late morning to early afternoon has subsided, so hopefully it stays that way (not even a morphine injection was able to reduce it). I’m actually in the wheelchair on the way down to the exit right now, where they will most likely dump me out onto the sidewalk. :-).”

He was duly so dumped, after a ride in the “Patient Family Shuttle”, in the parking lot. Anjana. having found an interesting-looking specimen lying on the sidewalk, brought it back home. The pain level has subsided considerably,but he’s still suffering from a significant amount and is resting now, at 5.15pm.

When he came into the house, there was a magic box waiting for him. When he said “Abracadabra” (at the box’s command) a piece of paper saying, “Appa, get well soon” suddenly came out. Here..you can see for yourselves:

The magic box, earlier, also produced straws and glasses:

Please note, there is nobody in the box! I wonder, if I say “Abracadabra” again, whether I will get some cash….

The complete Indian National Anthem

September 10, 2014

Though not greatly impressed by the self-conscious “I am a star singing” rendition of the singers…it’s still a very beautiful poem, and very rarely does one hear all the stanzas sung (just like many other national anthems, I suspect!)

The translation is very good, too.

Now, if we could translated the emotion of pride that we feel into less corruption, lesser litter, less unkindness towards our fellow citizens(and less apathetic acceptance of all these)….that would make for a better India.

Swinging (like a spider) through summer….

September 3, 2014

KTB explaining about the two Spidermen that she’s drawn:

I rigged up a swing with a lawn chair and some rope, and Derek helped with the knot.

What is summer in childhood without a swing on the tree?

Drawing, chatting, and playing house, STL, 270814

August 28, 2014

KTB’s drawing is improving apace; here she is, explaining who the people are (her friends, Ananya and Aditi, along with Teddy Naryanan, who was given to her mother by her mother’s uncle in 1988…and Pinky Bear, who was a gift from KTB’s great grandmother.)…and how they are sleeping:

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She drew a cat:

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And her parents

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While video-chatting to her Nana and Grandpa in Maine:

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I rig up a “house” for her (which she really loves to play at) after loud complaints that her brother was messing up the one she built for herself on the corner of the sofa:

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She enjoys being in it:

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She likes looking out, once in a while:

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She’s describing her pets in her house, and her purse:

Here’s the purse, held out for inspection:’

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Kalyan looks very innocent:

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But..off course Kallubhai has to get in on the act here too:

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He offsets the act of invasion with a charming smile:

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Here’s KTB in her “house”, with the Bad Dog Walker (who as usual makes a beeline for the camera):

Due to Kallubhai’s truly terrible habit of heading directly for the camera every time he sees it, most of my shots of him look like this:

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KTB finally comes out through what is apparently a side entrance:

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Children, STL, 230814

August 24, 2014

When I say my grandson is de-lightful, I mean it!

After this, he started figuring out how to open the front door, and make good his escape…

And here’s KTB,singing a very old movie song:

The original, with the horrific images of the man of the house beating up his wife and kid, here:

I’ve not taught Boodi Ma the 2nd stanza, talking about how the father, after his bout of anger, will call the child..I am deeply disturbed by the culture that this song shows.

The Booda is not yet very verbal, so his singing videos will have to wait…

Summer, and surgery, 190814

August 20, 2014

Even if school has begun, summer evenings are fun times.

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Kobe is the little

Shih Tzu

(no, that’s not Shit Su, that name comes from the Chinese for Lion Dog!) that the neighbours, Sandy and Michael, have.

When the mother is very allergic to cats and dogs, the family can’t have pets, but the next best thing is playing with the Dog-Next-Door! (That’s Mike in the background.)

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As Sandy trims the lawn, Kobe (named after Kobe Bryant), frolics with KTB.

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Green grass and blue skies are made to run and jump around.

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And then sit and communicate, without words:

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Meanwhile, the brother goes into surgery for

adenoidectomy

not with any apprehension, but a huge joy at all the gadgets surrounding him!

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The toys in the children’s ward are great, too!

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And can you believe how chipper he is, back home in the evening after the surgery was successfully done:

Here’s our summer girl…

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and our surgery boy:

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Their smiles and play light up my heart!