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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 Christopher Carr says:

    Re: First Things – I think those of us who do have some esteem for that site are mostly projecting desperate hope for the existence of a reasonable religious conservatism in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

    Re: Ludwig van – Nice choice! As I age, I’m finding the pastoral symphony to be my favorite. Or the Ninth.Report

    • Me too. I also really enjoy the First, which is like the best Haydn symphony Haydn never wrote.Report

    • Avatar Michael Drew says:

      Right there with both of you on the Sixth. Pure joy.

      And the Ninth. And the Fifth, which is incredibly compelling music if you can forget its totemic, sometimes tired status in the broader culture and find an interpreter approaching it as actual… music. Seek out Harnoncourt’s Chamber Orchestra of Europe performance on Youtube.

      When I was younger I loved the Eroica, and I still do, but those above really have special places for me. Also: very few single movements of classical music move me like the slow movement of the Seventh. Actually, the whole Seventh is pretty ecstatic as well (except that slow movement).

      Hard to choose from among the Master’s Pieces, innit?Report

  2. Avatar gregiank says:

    Don’t you mean it brought you Bach from the precipice? I thought of a few other puns but this one was first on my Liszt.Report

  3. Avatar Saul Degraw says:

    This is a wonderful find.Report