Latest read: The Life of Mozart

It was a real joy to read Edward Holmes work The Life of Mozart based around a series of letters by the Mozarts. This is really a must read for anyone wanting to learn more about Mozart’s communication with his family and his amazing life.
life of mozartDon’t judge this book The Life of Mozart by its cover — especially if this book was published in 1845! From touring Europe and the excitement his operas, to his father’s wish not to raise his young children in London — a city lacking the influence of God.

I was amused to learn of a gift given to Mozart by a Polish count in exchange for a composition (when Mozart had “free time”) to feature violin.

After a year the Count wrote Mozart asking for his composition…only to receive a reply which indicated Mozart had no free time to compose! The Count’s reply: since Mozart had no problem holding a gift of gold for a year maybe he should consider returning the gift…and surprisingly Mozart did…while he continued to struggle financially with his wife and children.

Another example were two letters written by Mozart at age 22 to his father and sister while he was touring Paris with his Mother. After she suddenly died he wrote a letter home to prepare them for her death. Then four days after she died he wrote a second letter announcing her death…just before he departed Paris for Saulzberg with her body.

Edward Holmes work is wonderful. Please consider at the time (1845) of this release Mozart’s fame was not fully realized. A wonderful book worthy of a second read.

Latest read: Mozart’s Wife

I picked up a couple of books including Mozart’s Wife after a long period (maybe a year) when I spent more time listening to his music than reading about his interesting life.
Mozart’s WifeIn my previous Mozart book post it was great to learn more about him from a scholastic point of view….building upon previous reads….but I came across Mozart’s Wife by Juliet Waldron. Historical fiction and romance?

Giddy sugarplum or calculating bitch? Did I miss author Juliet Waldron on Springer?

Providing a fictional account of Constanze life. Some parts more interesting than others.

Not really compelling enough for me. I may consider Anges Selby’s “Constanze, Mozart’s Beloved” but today I picked up Mozart and the Enlightenment (again) and re-read a chapter about his opera Cosi fan tutte. It is truly a great opera!

Big News


Look for our first publication to hit newsstands the first week of June.

We are both thrilled. Mom-to-be is not sleeping much the last couple of weeks…

Internet2 – Milwaukee

Fall 2006 Internet2 Member Meeting
Ship to Shore: Real-Time Science On Board UW-Milwaukee’s Research Vessel Neeskay
December 06, 2006, 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM
Location: CC11 A

Carmen Aguilar, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Great Lakes Water Institute
Gaye-Lynn Clyde, Underwater Educational Services, Diving Unlimited
Russell Cuhel, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Great Lakes Water Institute
Daniel Gross, SWING

UWM researchThis was a great presentation. First both Carmen and Russell spoke at the K20 Advisory Group Monday in Chicago and then were back in Milwaukee for their remote session via Internet2 video conferencing.

The only down side: waters were too cold and waves too high (7ft to 10ft) for an on-boat remote experience. Yet Carmen and Russell provided DVD playback of pre-recorded segments that made up for the weather restrictions.

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has built a high speed wireless network into Lake Michigan which permits the Research Vessel Neeskay constant ship to shore communications as far as 16 miles away from the shore.
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Internet2 – Thailand

Fall 2006 Internet2 Member Meeting
Bridging Asia and the U.S.: Distance Learning using Advanced Networks
December 06, 2006, 1:15 PM – 2:30 PM
Location: CC10 A

Suphawadee Ratanamart, King Mongkut Institute of Technology Ladkrabang
Manas Sangworasil, King Mongkut Institute of Technology Ladkrabang
Panjai Tantatsanawong, UNINET

I was happy to meet both Panjai Tantatsanawong and Wichan Lertwipatrakul after their session. MIAD has a number of design students from Thailand studying in Milwaukee while sending MIAD Faculty to teach in Thailand since 2002.
thailand1Now as high speed academic networks are bridging Thailand to America on Internet2 new possibilities emerge to benefit MIAD.

We have such a strong impact in design from our Thailand students that this advancement can only benefit our students and the emerging Art communities in both Milwaukee and Thailand via UniNet and Internet2.

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Internet2 – New Members

I2 new membersAs much as Google’s membership gains the biggest headlines (great by the way) and gets the biggest buzz, I believe OSTN‘s membership will be a very important benefit for college students around the country (especially at MIAD) studying and producing video. Exciting times indeed for the production and distribution of film/video for education.

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Internet2 – TeraGrid

Fall 2006 Internet2 Member Meeting (Live netcast and video on demand information)
General Session
December 07, 2006, 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM
Location: S100A Grand Ballroom

Charlie Catlett, Argonne National Laboratory
Parvati Dev, Stanford University
RL Bob Morgan, University of Washington
Kevin Morooney, The Pennsylvania State University
George Strawn, National Science Foundation
Douglas Van Houweling, Internet2

Catlett TeraGridCharile Catlett gave a great overview and update to the TeraGrid, a national-scale facility providing “cyberinfrastructure” services. He also hilighted the next big SuperComputer coming to UTexas next year.

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Internet2 – Performing Arts

Fall 2006 Internet2 Member Meeting
Performing Arts Advisory Group (Invitation Only)
December 06, 2006, 11:45 AM – 1:15 PM
Location: CC23 A

A lot of big news in this session. The one that will capture the imagination of many — the London Symphony Orchestra is now connecting to Ukrena, Europe’s Internet2 and available for new educational and performance based events.

Cleveland is really out in front with a group of performing arts events. The Cleveland Ingenuity Festival has brought many Arts groups together. Milwaukee could benefit from this group, especially with the international film festivals.

NYSERNet is building “Manhattan connects” while Notre Dame is broadcasting theatre performances over Internet2 in China and Italy. This was refreshing to hear and really a call for inspiration.

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Internet2 – OSTN Film Festival

Fall 2006 Internet2 Member Meeting
Internet2 OSTN Film Festival
December 06, 2006, 7:30 AM – 8:45 AM
Location: CC21 C

The Open Student Television Network OSTN is now an Internet2 affiliate just this week.
This was a great session..and a standing room audience.

This will be a great opportunity for students (as access to tools continues to climb yet pricing continues to drop) opening the door to more and more student artists. This is for the BFA seeking student, not the professional film maker.

Wisconsin is really the great Midwest film resource with the Milwaukee International Film Festival, Madison’s Wisconsin Film Festival. Milwaukee also hosts the European MediaArts Film Festival at MIAD.

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Internet2 – Teach & Learn SIG

Fall 2006 Internet2 Member Meeting
Teaching and Learning SIG
December 05, 2006, 7:00 PM – 8:15 PM
Location: Pullman

Internet2 staff updates:teaching and learning Ann Doyle – Arts & Humanities: European Terena and Ukrena have really moved forward in distance education vs. shared research. HEAnet in Ireland is also emerging in the area of video conferencing.

Science and Engineering Apps updates came from Russ Hobby. Mike McGill also spoke about new Internet2 partnerships in medicine and one new education working group.

James Werle from UWashington and Inernet2 K20 reviewed the K20 Advisory Group.

Outside of a new emerging database, we looked at my graphic design work for the marketing end of the K20 Working Group. Which is now an issue if the text should list the SEGP or use it as a call to action. What do you think:


Fred Winter reviewed NEH grants in Digital Humanities Initiative:

teaching and learning

Its really an exciting time in new grants that follow the post 9/11 “We the People” project.

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Internet2 – General Session

Fall 2006 Internet2 Member Meeting (Live netcast and video on demand information)
General Session
December 05, 2006, 10:15 AM – 11:45 AM
Location: S100A Grand Ballroom
Tim Lance, NYSERNet/University at Albany
Jeff Lehman, Cornell University
Morteza Rahimi, Northwestern University
Douglas Van Houweling, Internet2

I2 General session
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