Viva Vivaldi

I am sitting in my living room streaming a Vivaldi recorder concerto from my computer through a miniBlink Bluetooth receiver, equipped with a Burr Brown PCM5102 24bit DAC, to a tube pre-amplifier and two Class A monoblock tube power amplifiers, ending up in a pair of bipolar tower loudspeakers that cheerfully reproduce a 16Hz low C pedal organ note: a thoroughly delicious amalgam of technology and the baroque.

If none of that made any sense, never fear: it is just the preamble to a joke I heard in Italy when visiting the house where Vivaldi lived. It’s this:

Vivaldi was the only composer who wrote the same concerto 400 times. An Italian told me that.

The official list of the 50 funniest jokes of all time

You can find them all here.

This one didn’t make it into the top 50, but it should have:


As a rule, I don’t pass along these “add your name” lists that appear in my e-mail, but this one is important.  It has been circulating for months and has been sent to over 25 million people. We don’t want to lose any names on the list, so please hit forward and send it on.


To show your support for President Obama, please go to the end of the list and add your name.

1.  Michelle Obama.