Daily Archives: November 25, 2014

Alton Central School (ACS) [NH]: West African Drumming Assembly With Moussa Traore.


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Click to ENLARGE. Moussa Traore and his troupe.

West African Drumming, to my delight, was one of the after school programs offered to ACS 3rd and 4th graders this current Semester. Though she wasn’t thrilled about it (at least to begin with) I prevailed that Teischan should attend. It appears that the school has, in the form of Mr. Carl Nickerson, an Educational Assistant for the ‘gifted & talented’ programs, a very gifted West African drumming aficionado, apparently a protege of Massachusetts based Moussa Traore. It was Mr. Nickerson that conducted the 8-week drumming club. It would also appear that it we he that arranged for Moussa Traore to appear and star at the Tuesday, November 25, 2014, pre-Thanksgiving schoolwide assembly (from 9:45 to 10:45 am).

The West African Drumming club were going to open the assembly with a drum demonstration of their own. On Monday the parents got an e-mail from the ever perspicacious Associate Principal, Linda Wilman, inviting us to attend the concert, especially if you happen to have a 3rd or 4th grader who was going to be on stage playing the drums. We were there this morning, with bells on. Lina Wilman did a good assembly. I was impressed. The kids appear to respond to her well.

Drumming was good. Mr. Traore is a rare talent. Appears to be a very nice guy too. Everybody seemed to have fun. That was great. A wonderful way to kick-off Thanksgiving.

I decided to shoot some video using my Canon Rebel T3i. I had never even looked at how you do it on that camera. 1:20am this morning I had to dig out the manual and have a quick look. Glad I did. I would not have had a clue as to what buttons I needed to push. So the videos below are all from the Canon. Not great. But they are OK.

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The kids taking turns to introduce Moussa Traore and his troupe at the start of the concert following Ms. Linda Wilman. That is Teischan, in the ‘screen scrape’ taking her turn to do the introduction.


The ACS West African Drum club doing their drumming, Teischan is the leftmost on the Rasta-colored drum.


Moussa Traore his two friends and ACS’ Mr. Nickerson strutting their stuff, very impressively, on the African drums.


Some of the teachers, still in their night attire, joined in and it was a BLAST. The kids thought it was the cat’s whiskers.

New Hampshire (N.H.) 2014 – 2015 Property Tax Rates, Highest & Lowest, Vs. Per Capita Income.

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As I have stressed in this post I constantly worry that people might be doing themselves a disservice by comparing the tax rate in one New Hampshire town with another hoping to see which town might be offering a ‘better deal’ when such a tax rate only comparison tends to be meaningless. The tax rate of a town only makes sense when it is coupled with the Property Assessing criteria used in that town.

Yes, of course, you can say that a house assessed at $250,000 in this town with this tax rate will have a tax bill which is ‘n’, while a $250,000 house in another town, with a different tax rate, will have a tax bill of ‘m’. That is a REAL and meaningful comparison. The PROBLEM is that what is considered a $250,000 could be very, very, very different between the two towns. A one-bedroom, rundown cottage with but an outhouse in Gilford, with a view of THE Lake could be assessed at $250,000 while a $250,000 assessment in Gorham might get you a rather nice 3 bedroom house with two baths and 4 acres.

That is the problem. I keep on trying to think of ways to provide you with a more meaningful way to compare tax rates.

One scheme that I have concocted requires me to get a list of the taxable properties for each town. That has not been easy to locate.

But, I found this, per capita (i.e., per head) income for each New Hampshire Town and ‘municipality’. I did a quick cross-check to see IF I could see any correlation.

One, given that it was SO, SO OBVIOUS screamed out at me. Prosperous, on the water, New Castle has the HIGHEST per capita income and the LOWEST tax rate!

That, my friend, is quintessential New Hampshire.

Click to ENLARGE. 25 Towns with the HIGHEST property tax rates and the HIGHEST per capita income. I can only find one, i.e., Lee, that appears on both lists. Interesting.

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Craigslist Hacked (Down For 12+ Hours) Then Sony Pictures — It Is Getting Scary Out There.


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I last night, just about 24 hours ago,
happened to be one of the first to blog about it.

It was immediately apparent to me, first thing this morning,
that something extraordinary and serious had happened
when I saw the number of hits my post had received while I slept.

That they manage to cripple powerhouse Craigslist with its
millions of 24×7 followers was pretty amazing and scary.

Craigslist is no rinky dink Web operation.

It is one of the oldest, savvy and sophisticated.

If they can cripple Craigslist they can kneecap quite a few more.

That is scary.

I have been expecting a major Web meltdown for the last year or so.

Just see signs. This was a BIG blazing one.

Now, within hours Sony gets hacked.

eBay was hacked last month and
there is no point even mentioning Target etc.

I dread waking up one morning and finding
that much of the Web is down!
YES, it can happen.

Second Compelling Article About ‘Mount Everest’ In National Geographic Within 18 Months — This One In November 2014 Issue.

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Good, lavishly illustrated article — with yet another outstanding layout map — on Mount Everest and the Nepali Sherpas that make climbing it a possibility. In May of last year, as I talked about here, they had done another thought provoking piece on ‘Maxed Out Mount Everest‘. I think Nat. G. enjoys doing Mount Everest coverage. They are good at it and they know it. Of course others typically don’t have access to the photographs and topology maps that they have at their disposal and in their extensive historic archives.

I haven’t finished the article yet. Just started reading it Monday morning. I did, however, read the Editorial at the front that laid out the raison d’être for the article.

It was prompted by the unfortunate deaths of 16 Nepalis, mainly Sherpas, on the Khumbu Icefall (close to Base Camp), due to a massive avalanche in April of this year. It left 22 young kids without fathers. That is a tragedy. Gather it is the most people that have ever been killed in a single climbing ‘accident’.

As a result of this accident Everest was closed down for quite a few months. As I said in this post I was not in favor of that.

The Nat. G. article also, given that this is the angle they wish to take, harp on about the accident and the 16 deaths. No question that it was bad and sad. But, I feel that we have to look at the BIG picture. In the scheme of things and given the ever precarious conditions involved it is a miracle we haven’t had more major accidents on Everest. This is indeed a case where danger goes with the territory. We have lose more than 16 people when we have a major plane crash or a ship disaster — and we have learned to take them in our stride. That is basically my point with what happened on Everest. Tragedy, but all part of the risk-reward equation when it comes to that beguiling Mountain.

Yes, I am all in favor of the Sherpas and the other Nepalis having a better life. Who would ever want to deny that. They are lovely people. But we all know the risk. Think of the miners that have died in the last few years in mining accidents. We want safer and better conditions for them too.

So, bottom line, good Nat. G. article; we are all rooting for the Nepalis, but we can’t expect all expeditions to Mt. Everest to be but walks in the park in fine weather.