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  1. Classical Recording Suggestions?

    Say what now? I have one boxed set (Karajan) and up to four further recordings of most symphonies... and I'm still not "done!" Personally I've been meaning to buy the whole Eliot-Gardiner set, as I have his performance of the 3rd and the 5th and love them... I love original instrument performances, but as an early music performer myself I'm a bit biased in that regard. The ultimate performances, though, I'd have to say are those under the baton of Wilhelm Furtwängler--there are various live recordings from the 40s & 50s floating around that I snatch up whenever I can. His unbelievable 9th from the 1953 Salzburger Festspiele (w/ Elisabeth Schwarzkopf!) has just been re-issued on the EMI Great Recordings of the Century line for a very reasonable amount. I'd recommend this recording without reserve to anyone; odd to say, but I never really got in to the ninth much (used to find it *boring!*) before I heard this, and it was like a revelation, the heavens being torn open and all that...
  2. Futurama (1999)

    I love Futurama! I find it at least <I>as</I> funny (if not funnier) as the best Simpsons episodes, and as a bonus it doesn't have the pitfalls of the Simpsons (e.g. lots of non-funny episodes, often unbearable sappiness). Moreover it's humor especially for those attuned to nerd culture For example, the episode where they find the planet where the Star Trek actors have retired. As for the Ayn Rand reference, I think it's just a juxtaposition of antitheses (cheap porn and works recognised as demanding literature): I'm sure you could find other instances of this in comedy. For example, if Bender had said "It's just cheap porn and Nietzsche" or "It's just cheap porn and Dostoyevsky." Also you have to consider the source (Bender). In any event, it is worth bearing in mind that at a certain level there is no bad publicity: I've got a personal story which connects to this: there is an episode of the Simpsons where Marge puts Maggie in the Ayn Rand School for Tots, which was a very poor caricature by some malevolent writer who obviously didn't have the foggiest idea about Ayn Rand's ideas. The good result of that was that I asked my parents (I was in my early teens at the time) who Ayn Rand was. My father, with whom I would discuss ideas, told me I would probably like her since she was big on individualism and liberty (things he knew I was big on). I didn't do any reading at the time, but filed it away, and about a year later when I started seeing references to Ayn Rand and The Fountainhead I decided to go out and read it... and well, I guess I don't have to tell you the rest.
  3. Favorite Music?

    Another favorite of mine are the Lieder (art songs) of Schubert and Schumann, especially Schumann's cycle Dichterliebe (Poet's Love). I remember listening to that cycle on a beautiful summer morning in Germany, just sitting outside for the last hour of my vacation before I left for the airport, looking up at the soft light of the sun filtering through green leaves, the joy of the poet at the beauty of blooming nature was directly visible for me then: "Im wunderschönen Monat Mai..." (In the wonderfully beautiful month of May) (For those looking for a recording of this, I recommend the one on Phillips with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone), followed by the one by Fritz Wunderlich (tenor) on Deutsche Grammophon.)
  4. Favorite Music?

    One name I'm surprised no one's mentioned (or maybe I missed it) is Scott Joplin. Beyond such well-known pieces such as "The Entertainer" and "The Maple Leaf Rag" there are a number of overlooked upbeat toe-tappers such as (to name two of my favorites) "The Pineapple Rag" and "The Paragon Rag" as well as slower numbers, including the beautifully romantic concert waltz "Bethena." I'd specifically recommend Joshua Rifkin's recording (the one on Piano; Rifkin also did, as a novelty, a recording of Joplin on the Harpsichord; Rifkin is a noted early music scholar) of his rags. For ragtime music played by an Orchestra, I recommend the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, which performs a number of lesser-known but wonderful pieces from the early twentieth century. I believe they are all Julliard-trained professional musicians and their director is a highly educated musicologist who has been unearthing lots of forgotten music from this benevolent era. I also have a videotape of them playing the original orchestral scores for some Charlie Chaplin shorts: even watching those silly slapstick bits, when it's with that music, takes you back to an era of lighthearted benevolence absent from today's cinema.
  5. Pankration and Classical History

    The elements are "pan-" ("all"), and "krat-" ("strengh, power"), so trying to be literal you get something like "all-strength-thing;" Liddell & Scott's Greek-English Lexicon defines it as " 'all-in' contest in boxing and wrestling."
  6. Objectivists at Cambridge?

    Hi Ryan! The name is an internet moniker I've used for a bit now. It goes back to when I was reading about the notions of the Apollonian (rational) and the Dionysian (irrational). The idea of Apollo as a rational figure and his role as a patron of music made me choose him as a favorite in the Classical pantheon. "Lykaios" is an epithet of Apollo, which means either "Lycian" (a nationality, denoting the origin of a specific cult of Apollo) or possibly "wolf-slaying." It was the epithet that was used of Apollo in the Greek textbook I used in high school. That the name of Aristotle's school, the Lyceum (lykeion) was a derivative of this term seemed a nice reinforcement of the idea of the figure of Apollo as a patron of reason. Then later, sitting in my Classics department's library, scrolling through the screen names on the AIM program on one of the computers, I saw a couple of my fellow nerds using Classical gods with epithets as screen names, and that gave me the idea to do so myself. So I registered Lykaios Apollo, my "patron god," if you can have a patron god without believing in gods, and ditched my boring old screen name, and since then I've used it or variants of it as a username for various sites. -Paul
  7. Objectivists at Cambridge?

    Hello all, First off I suppose I should introduce myself as this is my first post here: my name is Paul, and I just received my BA in Classics and Medieval Studies from the University of Virginia in a hectic three years. In October I'll be starting as a graduate student at Cambridge. So, naturally I was wondering: are there any other Objectivists at Cambridge? On a broader note, does anyone have any useful/interesting/amusing experience of academia in England or Europe they'd like to share? So hello to the entire forum, do feel free to contact me via email or AIM (especially if you're a student). I love meeting rational people.