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THEE: I just LOVE the tone and even tempered attitude of Hself. His second paragraph must make you feel pretty good, I would expect. I quote: > There are large gulfs between the islands of certainty in evolutionary theory and the natural history of Earth; anyone who doesn't acknowledge that or attempts to paper over them with conjecture is being, well, conjectural rather than scientific, and if they try to rope science into their guff, especially those 'scientists' who should know better, then they deserve to be shown up - and you do, quite rightly and very well. Do you feel you finally have found someone in your corner? :-) He points out, fairly eloquently, what I have been trying to pin you down on since we have been having these discussion. I don't believe you have a problem with the "fact" of evolution, which, as Hself mentions, seems pretty clear from the fossil record - reflecting a progression of simple to more complicated life forms as the rocks the fossils' are found in decrease in age. In other words, I have never heard you say that its your belief that all life on earth that ever existed was created at the same time, the only other alternative to "evolution" that I can think of. Rather, it's the currently accepted "mechanism" of evolution that you take exception to, i.e. as suggested by today's evolutionary biologists: a succession of small changes via genetic mutation that randomly results in beneficial traits (or which "weed out" harmful traits) which, when continued over many eons, gives rise to different structures within a species and, ultimately, different species. Am I right here? ME: Not exactly. For a start, I don't know what anyone means by "the fact of evolution", beyond "evolution is something", which is in no way scientific or useful. THEE: Some time back I came across all the work you have done on the Francois Campion scordatura. I downloaded quite a few pieces, and although I managed to print them out more or less OK, I found myself getting very confused with lines and spaces and only five strings, etc. I have therefore been redoing them using Alain Veylit's Stringwalker program purely for my own consumption, but having done them, I would like to make them available on the net (free), either through the Stringwalker site or another early music site. I know they're not strictly yours, but Minkoff claim worldwide copyright on their facsimiles under Swiss law, and as it's your work I'm copying, I wanted to check that you have no objection. ME: No objection whatsoever. I'd be pleased to see my tablature work spread far and wide. THEE: I can't believe I found this site. Last spring my college buddies and I came up with a version of roofball, very similar to, but different from yours. I just put up some stuff on my web page about it, and looked for it, and found yours. I'm glad roofball has been providing fun for many since before we came up with our version. Anyway, in our game, we play with either a basketball or a 4 square ball (depending on the house) and you must jump, catch the ball, and throw it back on the roof in mid air. Scoring occurs when the ball hits the ground, or is served out of bounds (but there is second service in some games). Anyway, we had a tournament and everything. THEE: > I was hoping to surprise you with Zahr Myron Bickford's Story of the Strings in the mail ... And, you did! Thank-you! It arrived in good order and quick as a flash, I scanned the first "movement" and converted it to a MIDI file so I could hear it (I'm not a very good sight-reader). Fascinating to hear music which probably has not been heard for 70 years ... I will be able to play this stuff, too! THEE: I happened to land on your site doing a search on Zani di Ferrante's Carnival of Venice. What a great job you are doing!! WTG. I play only passably and years ago when I was (actually) better than today I tried very very hard to play the Ferranti Carnival of Venice, but as you know it is quite difficult. Are there any recordings at all? I have never been able to find a single one. I have typed the piece into some music software, but, really, that hardly does justice to the piece. Thanks for any help you may render, and again, great site! ME: Glad you liked what you saw in my guitar pages. No, I've never heard of a recording of Zani di Ferrante's Carnival of Venice, or, for that matter, ever seen it listed in a concert program. Sounds like a good question for the guitar discussion group, rec.music.classical.guitar . THEE: Good afternoon Donald! Just wanted to let you know I received the Beatles cards [Beatle Significa] in the mail today, and thank you for the little added surprise too! It is so cool! How did you get a negative of Paul McCartney like that? ME: Glad you're pleased with the little Beatles game. The "negative" of Paul McCartney is actually a frame from the Let It Be Movie. A friend of mine found a few big lengths of Let It Be film on the ground (or friend of his did) and gave it to me. I chopped it up into individual frames, or two frames together. I hope it turns into a "collectors' item" for you someday!
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