‘It’s Beautiful, Isn’t It? Welllllllll. Beautiful Is Good’

So this guy Alexander Chen, who lives in Brooklyn (naturally) created this pretty cool thing, a visualization of the prelude from Bach’s first cello suite:

Baroque.me: J.S. Bach – Cello Suite No. 1 – Prelude from Alexander Chen on Vimeo.

Chen (who you may remember from a musical visualization of the New York subway system that made all New Yorkers wistfully wish the actual experience of riding the subway was even one-millionth as cool) writes of this project: Continue reading

Coffee, Coffee Muss Ich Haben

I’m a total coffee addict.

I’ve owned three espresso machines in as many years — I think this last one, a Nespresso model that seems like it should also be able to, I don’t know, convert water to wine, given how much it cost, will stick. I think nothing of going miles out of my way for a good cup of coffee — especially if it entails the beans being shot through pneumatic tubes first. I don’t mind making my friends drive miles out of their way, either, just so I can find a decent cup (yeah, North Fork of Long Island, I’m looking at you, and I don’t care if your wine people sneer at me when I bring my coffee into your tasting rooms, either.) I once dressed up for Halloween as “not a morning person,” wore my PJs, wrapped my alarm clock cord around my neck, and incorporated a coffee cup into my costume. In short, without my coffee, I would dry up like a piece of roast goat.

Not that that’s the imagery I would necessarily have chosen, that last bit, but I must admit it fits. You have a character named Liesgen, invented for Bach’s Coffee Cantata, to thank for that. Continue reading