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Mike Schilling

Mike has been a software engineer far longer than he would like to admit. He has strong opinions on baseball, software, science fiction, comedy, contract bridge, and European history, any of which he's willing to share with almost no prompting whatsoever.

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  1. Avatar greginak says:

    You should have Vienna by Ultravox here also. Better then at joel song. I think i’ll go find some tiny sausages now.Report

  2. Thank you for this, Mike! My daughter will be very pleased. Or annoyed, since her parents have been making her listen to that Billy Joel song a lot lately and for some reason she hates it.

    (We’re actually going there in a couple of weeks – needless to say, we agree with your assessment of the place).Report

  3. Avatar Glyph says:

    the best piece of music named after a river

    I dunno, I’d probably go with either this or this:

    But then I’m a philistine. (I also don’t particularly like Vienna – when I was there it was clean, modern, safe…and deadly dull.)Report

    • Avatar Mark Thompson in reply to Glyph says:

      (I also don’t particularly like Vienna – when I was there it was clean, modern, safe…and deadly dull.)

      We’re no longer friends. I was willing to overlook your dislike of Springsteen, but this is a bridge too far.Report

      • Avatar Glyph in reply to Mark Thompson says:

        Man, you want to go to Barcelona, Prague, London, Lisbon, Paris, Berlin, you call me right up. I’m your man.

        But Vienna? No, thanks (though I DID have an excellent schnitzel there).

        I kind of felt the same way about Madrid, TBH. Just not as “funky” as I like. Couldn’t get a bead on the “personality” of the city. Does that make sense?Report

      • That’s interesting, because I’ve always felt quite the opposite – it has a definite personality, though Saul’s criticism below as to a good chunk of the basis for that personality is pretty accurate. It’s absolutely not a city where “funky” is encouraged, but the flipside of that is that it’s a place where being “Viennese” has a definite meaning. I love Prague – it’s an amazingly beautiful city – but I never got the sense that being “from Prague” had much meaning.

        What I like most about Vienna is the general pace at which everyone seems to move, which somehow manages to be both slow and efficient at the same time.Report

    • Avatar Saul DeGraw in reply to Glyph says:

      Great Creedence song, horrible synching.

      I liked Vienna but it struck me very much as a city that was enthrall of its past glories. From what I’ve read, this was also true at the start of The Great War.

      An Italian person also asked if I was Italian at the Summer Palace without me opening my mouth. I can seemingly pass for every Mediterranean and Levant ethnicity. When I was in Italy, the Arab people spoke to me in Arabic and the Jewish Italians could tell I was Jewish.Report

  4. Avatar Pinky says:

    Interesting presentation of Blue Danube. The conductor treated it like a classical piece, rather than a dance.Report

  5. Avatar Saul DeGraw says:

    Another fun performances of classical music:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klc6nH8E_Qw

    John Irving is another American with a fascination towards Vienna.Report

  6. Avatar zic says:

    Ok, My sweetie just played this for me, and I thought to share because it’s so beautiful — Dolly Parton’s Jolene, played at 33 1/3 rpm:

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    • Avatar Anne in reply to zic says:

      That was really beautiful @zic and very sweet synchronicity for me I just heard from a good childhood friend named Jolene and I have been thinking of her all day with that song going through my head. I was always jealous that she has such a great song associated with her name. I always get people singing songs from Annie to me when they hear my name. I hate that.Report

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