Erich Wolfgang Korngold – The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex Suite

Erich Wolfgang Korngold came to Hollywood from Vienna, bringing with him his own unique style born from a context shaped by Richard Strauss in particular. What you know as the typical sound of Hollywood film scores is in fact the style of Korngold. If you don’t know his music, you should! [Read more...]

Doctor Who: The Daleks’ Master Plan (the first Doctor Who Christmas special)

It is appropriate that I have reached the episode “The Daleks’ Master Plan” from the William Hartnell era. In addition to being something of an epic – it had twelve parts! – it also can be said to be or at least contain the first “Doctor Who Christmas Special” – a tradition that continues to [Read More...]

The Ouzo Prophecy

I presume that professors in most fields get e-mails and/or packages with manuscripts from people who are sure they have incredible insights into this, that, or the other. Today I received an e-mail sharing a link to “The Ouzo Prophecy” and I thought I would share it, because it is just so amusing. The funniest [Read More...]


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