The Lone Quark

31 July 2008

Hot Type

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In days of old when type was hot and the Internet was not . . . .
this is how type was made.

Here is an archive video on the Linotype machine’s operation in exquisite detail. (warning, more than normal people want to know). Note the keyboard arrangement at 11 minutes and 51 seconds into the video.  If you can stand another video, here is a virtuoso performance on the keyboard.

By the 1970s newspapers had moved on to “cold type” and the hot type line casting machines went the way of the Edsel.

24 July 2008

Father’s Birthday Centennial

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Today is the centennial of my father’s birth.  He was born on 24 July 1908 in Edwardsville, Illinois.  He served his country as a naval aviator and then as an engineering manager at the Kennedy Space Center and the Navy’s Atlantic Undersea Test And Evaluation Center.

16 July 2008

Great Logo for a Breakthrough Candidate

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This blog is not my place for political commentary, but the logo is quite effective. It was created by Sender LLC.  Here is what they intended. According to Sol Sender, “The sun rising over the horizon evoked a new sense of hope.”  True, but it also reminds me of Ronald Reagan’s “Morning again in America” ad.

12 July 2008

Arabic Calligraphy

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Lone Quark @ 9:30 pm

One of the many blogs that I regularly read is i love Type.

A few days ago it had a fine discussion of Arabic calligraphy as a typographic exercise by By Julia Kaestle.  You might find it interesting, if you are curious about the beauty and style of written Arabic. The word to the left from her article means”love.”

The Islamic Architecture website has a more extensive article on the history of Islamic calligraphy here.

People fortunate enough to be in Kuwait can visit the Tareq Rajab Museum of Islamic Calligraphy. The Kuwait Times has an article on the Museum which states:

The museum is a delight for connoisseurs and novices alike. Exhibits depicting writing styles from early Kufic to late Nastaliq will enthrall those well-versed with the evolution of the Arabic script, while the uninitiated will find a presentation on the art of calligraphy a useful introduction to the field.

9 July 2008

Back to Pictures of Lalibela

Filed under: Travels — The Lone Quark @ 4:41 pm

This is the road to Lalibela in 1970.

Road to Lalibela

Road to Lalibela

Here is another person’s view along the road.

Along the road to Lalibela

5 July 2008

The History of Ethiopian Music – Three More Interviews

Filed under: Music — The Lone Quark @ 8:55 pm

No reference to contemporary Ethiopian music would be complete without mentioning Francis Falceto, the creator of the 23-volume series: Ethiopiques CD series on Buda Music. Here are two interviews with him at the Afropop Worldwide site. Curiously, the titles for his interviews are the same as those for Dr. Shelemay.

Ethiopia: Empire and Revolution

Ethiopia: Diaspora and Return

Here is another interview.  This one was broadcast on NPR on 16 July 2006.

Jazz from the Horn of Africa: ‘Ethiopiques’ While you are at the interview web page, be sure to listen to “The Homeless Wanderer” composed and performed by Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou. She is a most remarkable musician. Here is her biography on the Ethiopiques blog.

4 July 2008

The History of Ethiopian Music – Two Interviews

Filed under: Music — The Lone Quark @ 4:58 pm

People specifically interested in the music of Ethiopia will enjoy these two interviews with Kay Kaufman Shelemay:

Ethiopia: Empire and Revolution

Ethiopia: Diaspora and Return

Dr. Shelemay is an ethnomusicologist who teaches in the Harvard University Department of Music.

She is the author of A Song of Longing: An Ethiopian Journey (University of Illinois Press, 1991).

This post seems to begin abruptly because I lost the prior post which said:

Leo Sarkisian

Music Time in Africa from the Voice of America was one of my favorite radio programs when the pictures below were taken. The program was hosted by Leo Sarkisian, a remarkable musicologist and artist.

People who enjoy Music Time in Africa might also enjoy Charlie’s Gillet’s World of Music on the World Service of the BBC. He features contemporary and classic music across the globe.

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