Rest in peace

Ken Ishiwata passed away.

I had a CD94 from about 1989 to 2000. As good a CD player as you would ever want and quite revolutionary. Solid aluminium inside, no plastic, and a well damped drive unit. Eliminated jitter noise. Miles ahead of the plastic stuff that preceded it. Weighed a ton. Beautiful rosewood panels.



Just seen an article on the news, Victoria Falls drying up, is our planet dying?


Roughly the same view last August (from the handrail at the end of the path in the first picture):

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Mariss Jansons, my absolute favorite conductor, also passed away.

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A stark reminder that none of us are making it out of here alive. Live everyday as though it is your last.



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Very young for a conductor. He did not reply come across my radar because I don’t think he worked in London.

That’s how I always felt at my ex-inlaws’ house.


Teenage hero. Shared a birthday. Lover of Dylan (obsessively so) and Wagner. Tragic loss.

If I’m not mistaken, someone correct me if my faulty memory is especially faulty today, Ken recently retired from Marantz. Sounds reading between the lines as if it may have been at least partially health related. Anyway, RIP Ken. He did make a huge mark in the world of HiFi. I personally think he single handedly did wonders to keep Marantz’s visibility and credibility above simply being a brand with a long history now making home theater receivers for the mass market.

I read P Homewood’s post of the BBC article and would note that the BBC article’s headline reads, Could Victoria falls dry up? Reporting on that question is NOT fake news. Tying one geographical area to disclaiming that thousands of trusted scientist’s climate predictions are wrong is misleading. I would suggest research on the African areas (say the entire continent) around the falls to see what climate impact is on plant, animals and people. The big picture is far more important. May be the falls will survive but that does not disprove scientists predictions.

I would apply the old saying, “figures don’t lie but liars figure” to the graph presented. The scientists are predicting the future results based on their analysis of today. The past trends serve as a basis for our scientists to vet their predictions, which I am sure they do. They base their predictions on studies of build up of pollution and other impacts over the same time period.

I would note that Homewood pits a tourism pitch against, scientific study. I applaud the African tourism folks for advertising and defending their landmarks; but, would note should future help be needed, people will turn to scientists and engineers, and not writers that claim Fake news. (Venice comes to mind.)

One big geographical piece of evidence is the melting of glaciers worldwide, including those in Africa. Maybe the continued melting of glaciers will provide enough water for the Victoria falls. There you have it, I provided support for Mr Homewood.