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Philippe Jaroussky

Artaserse is an opera with five countertenors.  This is how opera was in the beginning.  Women were not allowed on the stage and castrati were in abundance.   Thus in the modern times, five countertenors are needed to produce the opera. An amazing production is the one I watched this weekend.  It is on a DVD from Erato and stars Philippe Jaroussky and Max Emanuel Cencic, two of the best modern countertenors. At first I was amazed and not sure what to think.  But then you suspend belief and segue-way into the music and theater.  For this is drama supreme and masterful emotion. Here is the story of the opera: (more…)

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I write this fifty percent in jest, fifty percent in earnest, fifty percent with tounge in cheek, and fifty percent as a concerned citizen.  You decide which is which in what follows, for I cannot decide.  After the failure of the Bafokeng tailings facility, we built a dike across the failed area and picked up the tailings on the mine property.  We put these picked-up tailings back in the slimes dam.  Then we built a rockfill dike with an upstream filter across the valley just at the edge of the mine property.  Thus any tailings we did not pick up were washed down to the dike and were in due course picked up and put back in the slimes dam.  In due course, they filled in the failure volume with new tailings as the mine continued production. (more…)

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There is a great silence of information about the geotechnical issues possibly involved in the failure of the Mt Polley tailings dam.  No reports have been released; no letters published; no statistics provided.  Oh sure, a few old numbers of incidents in 2012, but the 2013 report is not yet ready. (more…)

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Today we have read all we can find on the failure of the Mt Polley tailings facility.  It is all distressing.  And mostly misleading.  Here are a few clear thoughts on the topic. (more…)

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There are two sets of numbers provided by Word Press on how many posting I have put on this blog.  One of them tallies this as the 2,000th posting.  The other say a few less.  Maybe the second takes into account the postings I have taken down as they have offended readers.  So let us say this is the 2,000th posting. (more…)

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Received the following by email. Not sure where it originated, or how widely it has been circulated. All these words remind me of growing up on a mine in South Africa. We used them all in common speech. So sad they cannot now be used by us to color or talk. Still you may enjoy. Sommer so! (more…)

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I am addicted to origami–the purest form of engineering.  Take a square piece of paper and turn it into a plane that flies.  That is the final challenge. (more…)

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