Sunday Serendipity

I was driving around listen to the radio, they were playing a piano trio but by the time I got home that was all I remembered. I don’t think it was this one but this one works for the last Sunday in August.

Enjoy, Jack

Piano Trio op1, no.1 by Ludwig Von Beethoven

Performed by the Atros Trio

Formed in Berlin, Germany in 2003 by Annette von Hehn (violin), Thomas Hoppe (piano) and Stefan Heinemeyer (violoncello) the ATOS Trio has established itself as one of the finest piano trios performing before the public today.


21 thoughts on “Sunday Serendipity”

  1. jack, thanks.  was curious about that number 1 designation so looked to wiki for info about it:

    Ludwig van Beethoven’s Opus 1 is a set of three trios (written for piano, violin, and cello), first performed in 1795 in the house of Prince Lichnowsky, to whom they are dedicated. The trios were published in 1795.
    Despite the Op. 1 designation, these trios were not Beethoven’s first published compositions; this distinction belongs rather to his Dressler Variations for keyboard (WoO 63). Clearly he recognized the Op. 1 compositions as the earliest ones he had produced that were substantial enough (and marketable enough) to fill out a first major publication to introduce his style of writing to the musical public.

    Beethoven Riedel 1801.jpg

    himself back in 1801, portrait by reidel. an image quite different from the usual brooding one

  2. monday is moon day

    Why NASA Is Interested in the Moon Again – The New York Times (

    “We are going.”

    That is the catch phrase that NASA is using in the lead-up to the debut flight of its new moon rocket, which could launch as early as Monday at 8:33 a.m. Eastern time. It is a phrase repeated by agency officials, added as a hashtag on social media postings and proclaimed on banners hung around the launch site at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

    If you are not a space buff, sending astronauts back to the moon might seem like a big yawn.

    Why? We already went.

    Why should NASA repeat what it did half a century ago, especially since astronauts will not actually step on the moon for several years, and by that time, NASA will have spent about $100 billion?

    That’s a change from as recent as 2010, when President Barack Obama delivered a speech at the site where Americans launched to the moon and said NASA should aim for more ambitious destinations like asteroids and Mars and move beyond the moon.

    “We’ve been there before,” Mr. Obama said.

    Today’s program was named Artemis by NASA leaders during the Trump administration. In Greek mythology, Artemis was the twin sister of Apollo. The program’s first step will be the upcoming test flight of the moon rocket, known as the Space Launch System, with the Orion capsule on top where astronauts will sit during future missions. This uncrewed flight, where Orion will swing around the moon before returning to Earth, is to wring out any issues with the spacecraft before putting people on board.


  3. Pat
    one reason for a moon flight is that we have to prove we can handle ourselves in space before we can even think about a manned mission to Mars. If we can do a 3 day trip, how can we ever do a 3 year trip to mars. 
    As to the 100 billion, Biden just proposed spending 350 billion just to get the youth vote.
    100 billion wouldn’t even get you a good war in some 3rd world country. It is pocket change these days.


    “A typical single public school teacher with an undergraduate degree (making $44,000 a year) would pay only $56 a month on their loans, compared to the $197 they pay now under the most recent income-driven repayment plan, for annual savings of nearly $1,700.”

    If anyone is “outraged” by this student loan forgiveness plan, go check yourself.

  5. The moonshot is suddenly on the front burner because of China’s ambitions.  Space exploration is interesting, but what could be done with that money, focus and energy on Earth?  Quite frankly, with the extreme weather events, wars, plagues, and social chaos,  it seems kind of a pointless endeavor.


    “Eric Liu says there are civic scriptures that every citizen should know. Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural address…is a classic speech extolling the healing of a divided nation.”

    “American history is a record of small groups of people who keep remaking this country over and over, and who reveal to us all that the perpetual remaking is the greatest statement of fidelity to our creed and our national purpose, which is not to be like Russia, white and stagnant and oligarchic, or like China, monoethnic and authoritarian and centralized, but to be more like America, hybrid and dynamic and democratic and free to be remade.”

    “We are trying to be planet Earth’s first multiracial, multicultural, and multifaith democratic republic at scale. That hasn’t existed before. To those who conclude it’s not possible, I would say it’s too early to say that. And by saying that, you’re dooming the project. The only way to determine whether this project is possible is to act as if it’s possible — that is, to commit over and over again to become that country we’d like to see.”

    “The narrative of Make American Great Again assumes that America once was great for everybody, something went wrong and now you have to fix it. But I would say that the story of we’re all better off when we’re all better off also contains some assumptions, and the assumption is, we haven’t yet had a country that felt great for everybody, and when we do it will be great for everybody.”

    “I’m a champion of national service. It would be great to have more widespread expectation of national service for young people. I’m a champion of a year in the civilian or the military service, where you are coming together with a group of people unlike yourself, of having to work on something together to deepen your appreciation for one another and for the breadth, beauty and the diversity of our country.”

    “An education that forces every student to avoid the uncomfortable parts, to steer clear of anything that might cause White students discomfort, is going to leave all students more emotionally brittle, more civically weak and less capable of governing themselves.”

    “That kind of forced indoctrination is more befitting China than America. It’s more befitting a country that wants top-down indoctrination of correct thought other than viewpoint diversity.”

    Did you hear that, Greg Abutt? You’re making Texas like China.

  7. I would rather see moonshot money go to planting trees, providing food and housing and education, eh, so many things we need more than to go to the moon, again.  Yes, it’s interesting, it’s a shiny project that gets attention, but it’s not sorely needed. 

  8. BiD
    The moonshot money will do all of that. It is money spent in our local economy, high paying jobs to people who will spend that money, which will create more jobs, with more money spent to to and so forth. People with money to spare plant trees, work at food pantrys, donate food and clothing and send their kids to college.
    Also, all the way down that chain you have local governments collecting taxes that will help solve many of your issues. The great thing is you can sell it, where as your list, not so much.

  9. jamie, per chance that guy you mentioned was related to johnny?  or at least inspired by?

    Johnny Appleseed was the nickname earned by John Chapman, a Massachusetts-born nurseryman and orchardist, who planted more than 100,000 square miles of orchards across Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. 

  10. Jack, That is true. Good point. Sadly, it’s also true that my list isn’t sellable. People.

  11. So, concerted scientific discovery may represent the human specie at its best, and achievement in one area doesn’t preclude progress in another, but there’s nothing impressive about a society that accepts school and mass shootings as an unavoidable fact of life, which is nonsensical 

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