Avid Sibelius will give composers new capabilities to collaborate and browse works-in-progress online

Avid has announced a major enhancement to its music composition software that will allow cloud publication and browsing and sharing and collaboration online among artsts.

Here is Avid’s basic link, and here is a more detailed blog post.

This development could give me new ways to work with others later (after installing 8.7).  I could share “miniature” pieces as well as the Third Sonata, which right now is set up on many small files.

It would be necessary, of course, for me to make the material a lot more “presentable” first.

(Posted: Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017)

Day hike in the Catoctin Mountains in Maryland

I visited the Catoctins, which are a separate ridge just east of the Blue Ridge, really technically the Piedmont, very old.  I wanted to be a little fitter for a mandatory Medicare physical on Thursday.

I remember a Sierra Club hike on a rainy fall day in 1972, before “My Second Coming”.   Catoctin Park is now managed by the National Park Service, but Cunningham Falls is a state park.

1   Thurmont overlook

2   Air raid sirens as I leave the overlook from the valley below

3   Police appear on the road, tell me this is their “second rescue” of the day

4  Hog Rock, .4 mile from the road

5  Motorcycle gang with pop music

6   Blue Ridge over the next valley (Middletown)

7   Cunningham Falls

 

(Posted: Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 9 PM EDT)

Charlottesville Pride 2017, as well as the site of the Aug 12 riots and death

Charlottesville VA 2017 Pride was held in the Pavilion at the East end of the Charlottesville downtown plaza, about 2000 feet from Lee Park and 1000 feet from 4th St where the murder happened Aug 12.

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3  The site of the death by automobile on Aug 12 during the riots after the supposed “Unite the Right” rally

4  Lee Park, with the statue covered

(Posted: Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 10 PM EDT)

 

Tupperware party fundraiser

Town Danceboutique held a benefit Sunday night, Sept. 3, for the LGBT Fallen Heroes Fund, hosted by Dixie Longate.

This turned out to be a Tupperware party with Dixie sounding like an auctioneer. What I recall is those meetings in the 1970s when Ii would get invited to somebody’s house to consider becoming an Amway distributor.  Yup, multi-level marketing.

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(Posted: Monday, Sept. 4, 2017 at 10:15 PM EDT)

AGLA social in Arlington; Trump’s transgender ban

Here are three short videos from the AGLA (Arlington Gay and Lesbian Alliance) at the Pinzimmi Lounge at the Westin in Ballston tonight.

1 — Northern Virginia Pride Festival announced for Oct. 1

2  – “Mother of all Marches” — transgender National Guard person potentially affected by Trump’s order discusses preparations for Sept. 16 event

3    “Adventuring”  DC Area LGBT outdoor group

 

(Posted: Friday, Sept. 1, 2017)