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Amy in Canada

Yesterday we dropped Amy off with her chorus and later in the day they crossed the border into Canada on the way to the Kathaumixw festival. According to their website:

The International Choral Kathaumixw is a global gathering of choirs and conductors, featuring international concerts, choral and vocal solo competitions, common song singing, conductors round tables, concert tours, social events, workshops, and seminars.

The International Choral Kathaumixw takes place in the picturesque seaside town of Powell River, British Columbia, Canada.

“A gathering together of different peoples.” When organizers chose the Sliammon name “Kathaumixw” (pronounced Ka-thou-mew) for their festival more than 20 years ago, they never dreamed how fitting a name it would be.

Over the past two decades, International Choral Kathaumixw has become an illustrious event. More than 30 choirs from all over the world take part in each festival, which is held every second summer in the small town Powell River on the coast of British Columbia, Canada. International concerts, choral and vocal solo competitions, common song singing, conductors’ round tables, concert tours, social events, workshops and seminars are the focus of the festival.

International Choral Kathaumixw is known not only for the high quality of its music, but also because of the philosophy that defines it. The festival brings together musicians and music lovers, and it celebrates music and music’s ability to bring peace to the world. The setting, a quiet town in the midst of a temperate rainforest overlooking mountains and ocean, is conducive to this philosophy.

She will be gone about a week. Brandy doesn’t like it at all when Amy is away. :-) But we will be fine and get some things done at home over the holiday, and Amy will have a great time.

(Edited 2008 Jul 4 06:02 UTC to make the image a bit smaller.)

Electoral College: Virginia flips to Obama

It is very much a swing state, the margins being very close at the moment in the “last five polls average”, but Virginia now flips from “Leaning McCain” to “Leaning Obama”. This doesn’t change either candidate’s “best case” numbers in my summary, since I allow for leaning states to go either way. But this does push Obama’s lead in the “everybody gets their leans” number further ahead.

The bounce continues.

Current Summary:

McCain Best Case – McCain 303, Obama 235
Obama Best Case – Obama 378, McCain 160

If everybody gets their leans (and Obama gets DC) – Obama 306, McCain 232

Obama’s lead in that metric is now bigger than McCain’s was at his peak from May 15th to May 20th, but not yet larger than the lead McCain had from March 8th to March 10th when we first had polls in all 50 states.

You Can Stop Now Please

Woo! Profiles Stay!

From Netflix in my inbox, timestamped Mon, June 30, 2008 20:54 UTC.

We Are Keeping Netflix Profiles

Dear Samuel,

You spoke, and we listened. We are keeping Profiles. Thank you for all the calls and emails telling us how important Profiles are.

We are sorry for any inconvenience we may have caused. We hope the next time you hear from us we will delight, and not disappoint, you.

-Your friends at Netflix

Guess we’ll be keeping Netflix after all then.

Any Reason

Is there any reason why I should care about this Wes Clark dust up that is all over everywhere right now? So far I haven’t really seen anything that makes me want to care or think it is in any way relevant to anything. Am I missing something?