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Stockhausen: R.I.P.

Karlheinz Stockhausen died today.

Stockhausen, who gained fame through his avant-garde works in the 1960s and '70s and later moved into composing works for huge theaters and other projects, died Wednesday, Germany's Music Academy said, citing members of his family. No cause of death was given.

He is known for his electronic compositions that are a radical departure from musical tradition and incorporate influences as varied as the visual arts, the acoustics of a particular concert hall, and psychology.

Crawling!

Adrian has been turning over from back to front, and vice versa, for some time now, although once he gets up onto his hands and knees he seems stuck. He'll turn over, look pleased with himself, and then start wailing. It seems like he knows there's supposed to be something more, but he can't quite figure out the next step.

Orange Juice

I've been buying an awful lot of orange juice recently. It's a fairly healthy beverage to drink when you want something more interesting than water, and since I've been home for these past six weeks, I need something that will keep me away from soft drinks.

I used to think it was strange when OJ companies started putting chalk in their product, but I never thought I'd see the day when they start making their product out of Soylent Green.


Mussels are your friend

I used to be allergic to shellfish. Or, at least I think I was. The first time I tried shellfish was when my father and I were on a trip to Texas and I had some fried scallops. Maybe I should have been old enough to realize that eating seafood in the desert was a bad idea, but I was only 8 at the time and wasn't yet thinking about the source of the food I was eating.