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ME: Choosing just one memory of you, it was in Mr. Dunn's 9th-grade biology class. It was one of those tests, which I always hated, where you traded papers with your neighbor for grading. There was some test question that required a biological term you didn't remember precisely, so you took a gallant stab at it and got most of the syllables in there in some cockeyed way. Your neighbor was a bit miffed at how to handle it, and brought it to Mr. Dunn's attention. So there you were, forced to recite your concocted word plasmerotic endiculum in front of God and man. It was gutsy and brilliant! The class loved it! Don't remember if you got credit for it. Anyhow, funny what we remember. Cathy Samakouris also stumbled on my page and we had a nice email chat. She didn't remember the day Miss Olsen exploded at her for pasting paper chains all over her (Cathy's) face. She made Cathy wear them the rest of the day! That was the same teacher who used to yell at you, "I don't like your attitude!" (I'm guessing you can handle this at this stage of the game.) Why that always struck me as humorous - I mean, sometimes I had to fake a yawn to cover up a laugh - is that attitude wasn't a familiar word to me back then. It sounded so much like "altitude" and I had a mental image of you floating around in the air above us, probably with a great big smile on your face. >Great to read about the range of topics you're specializing in, Thanks. "Specializing" may be a tad overstated; I'm just a guy who thinks about various things, and every now and then comes up with "something". I think having the world's slowest brain helps me see things other people don't. I mean, people with lightning brains make sense out of *everything*, even when it *doesn't* make sense! Yes, I'm very fond of my simplified system of measures. Nope, no names for any units. That's the beauty of it; since there's just one unit for any property we measure there's no need to name the unit! A simple number is completely unambiguous. Yee-ha! Well, I doubt it will be implemented tomorrow. But it could be used in science and engineering textbooks starting tomorrow, and from there infiltrate into the real world as the students enter industry. Sounds like you were earning your Masters at Georgetown while I was in the Prince George's suburbs of D.C.? I moved down there in 1981. Now I'm in Dover Delaware. I discovered I have a very strong talent for working with kids, and I love it. In fact, I feel much more natural around kids than around adults, at least in a professional environment. Here's a quick overview. In Maryland I volunteered and worked in several elementary schools for about 5 years. The schools were not receptive to me, so I figured I would try a learning center. So I became a Kumon instructor. You can read my web page on how that crashed (if you're a glutton for punishment.) And now I have my own, personal tutoring business. So far, it doesn't seem as though Dover parents care much about their kids' education. But I'll keep plugging away. My pages relating to education are a rotten mishmash right now. I need to scrap them and pull together my thoughts nice and clearly. I believe what I have to offer is something that could take education to a much higher plane. In a nutshell, somebody with my skills working one-on-two with kids all day in the public schools forming a powerhouse combination with the classroom component. Could be done without costing the schools a red cent. Of course, our education system needs a complete overhaul, but I don't want to sound too radical. I mean, you tell me, what did the schools ever do to prepare you for park rangering or fraud investigation or anti-terrorism or . . . I mean, after learning a few word and number skills in elementary school, what was it all about? Besides day-care, I mean. ME: >New microfilm technique at Florida State: no printing! Everything saves from microfilm to one's flash drive by way of software called CapturePerfect. The microfilm image is captured from the reader onto the connected PC and then saved as .pdf file. Wow! That has to be the greatest miracle for researchers in the history of the world! Up to now, I'd say microfilm has been one of the greatest curses. I remember writing in a guitar society newsletter that microfilm is all the proof we'll ever need that nobody will ever invent a time machine - raging researchers from the future would have stormed back and taken no prisoners. But converting to a digital file - where you might even get lucky and be able to search on some of the text - changes the game 180 degrees. So maybe there still hope for a time machine . . . >>He was stuck with two Qs! I picked up enough points in my last two plays so that with him being penalized 20 points for the Qs, and me going up 20, I pulled out a very slender victory. >I thought there was only one Q . . . Either you're pullin' my leg, or I'm going crazy. Nix, and nix. This tells me you *do* know something about scrabble, your protestations notwithstanding. It also says that you, among billions of others, have not visited my scrabble page. Not that I expect any given person to visit, but even with all its shortcomings it is the best scrabble page on the web. Never mind that it doesn't appear anywhere on google's results list for the single word "scrabble". (No doubt, in the 900+ pages that google returns, you have plenty of opportunity to buy something or other, maybe even scrabble-related.) But you don't have to read that; the brainstorm relevant to this discussion is that I mix three set of scrabble tiles and scoop out about 110 for a game. Keeps things fresh, and gives rise to lots of really neat little oddities. Regarding that big batch of books I got at the auction on the rainy day, I forgot to mention I finally got a "Kidnapped" for me - something you've recommended a few times. I *might* read one called "Can I Get There By Candlelight?", which is a line from Mother Goose's "How many miles to Babylon?" The cover indicates it's about a girl and her horse, but now I see from the blurb on the back that there's a fantastic element - when Gail and Candy step through the iron gate, she finds herself 100 years back in time. >What's the moral of your school board story? Politics corrupt? If anything, "people ignore". And with every advance in communication technology, people get more expert at ignoring. Sunday at my sister's house, Rich had to smile and correct my pronunciation of Pepys. Sure looked like peppeeze to me all these years. In the 1960s there was a daily column in the Baltimore Evening Sun called Mr. Peeps Diary. Now I finally get it. "Jesuits" have popped up from at least 3 different directions in the last few days. Trips to two different encyclopedias haven't made any headway in getting through my thick skull what a Jesuit is. THEE: "O Solo Mio" was a highlight of that Chinese movie, "Shower, " which was not entirely great. Are we still believing the claim about the song "Linda"? THEE: eBay Item Sold: Baltimore Colts Autographed Glass Unitas Matte Mackey Hello Donald, Thought you might be interested to know this is the 500'th item I've sold since we listed that original Neil Diamond CD! Steven THEE: When you mentioned that you are reading Quicksilver in chronological order, it made me wonder which books I've read that bounce between different times. It's rather common to take two stories and tell them side by side; I suppose the purpose served is to create dramatic tension and suspense. But I can't give you any examples off the top of my head of books that yoyo along a time line. The oddest example of an author playing with the order in his book is Hopscotch, by the Argentine novelist Julio Cortazar: he gives you two completely different orders in which to read his book. You might get a kick out of it. THEE: My cultural observer friend had flagged the Zimmers for me. I believe their version is doing better on the British charts than the original did. It's all for a good cause--a fight against British society's (and everyone's) tendency to ignore the elderly. I saw three members of the Zimmers, including the singer, on "The Tonight Show" a couple weeks back. One of the members said her flight to California was only her second flight. Her first was in "19 hundred and 28." A zimmer is what they call those metal walkers in England. ME: I'm actually quite an old-fashioned guy, and when I said "mail", I meant "mail", as in some biped plunking a cd in your mailbox (a steel box, generally stuck on the front of your house). And "mailing address" has streets and cities and zip codes, etc. (Just kidding around here.) Really, if I knew how to send the album to you digitally, I'm sure it would take 20 to 100 times as much effort. THEE: We were in Williamsburg last Friday to catch a glimpse of Queen Elizabeth. Guess we are Anglophiles from way back! Here's my favorite photo out of the four I was able to take. To put this in context: The Queen left the residence of the president of the College of William & Mary and made a quick and public trek to the Wren building after lunch. One of her security gents raced to the barrier next to where Hself was videotaping and fetched a baby holding a rose and delivered the child and rose to Her Majesty. In the photo you see only a tiny bit of the child but you do see the rose! Elizabeth's unexpected smile made for a lovely photo. Worth the hours of WAIT! THEE: reviews of Quicksilver More or less overwhelmed, generally impressed by aspects but not as much by the whole From the Reviews: "Stephenson's mission to explain is balanced by a desire to entertain: there is more sex and violence on display here than in any Tarantino movie. And it ends on a hell of a cliffhanger. "For its first third, the book is a sluggish chore, the mountains of research Stephenson has absorbed making descriptions of Restoration London feel leaden, His book is nothing but research in search of a narrative, a gigantic collection of index cards. "(O)rdinary readers may find themselves longing -- as I did -- for a hypertext version, with clickable links to characters' earlier appearances, family trees, timelines, bibliographies and mathematical diagrams. [and maps???] "But, like the element for which it is named, Quicksilver is ultimately elusive. Just when you think you know what is going on, it slips away. There are too many loose ends, and too much effort is required to maintain attention over 900 pages." Though the novel is intriguing, there's precious little plot. "To paraphrase Thomas Hobbes, a contemporary of Quicksilver's many protagonists, the book is often nasty, brutal and long. ME: Did you know agily is spelled agilely? I found out the hard way in scrabble last week. THEE: Sheesh . . . How does one form most adverbs? By adding -ly to the adjective. Don't even consider trying to prove me wrong with all those examples that are instantly popping into your head. ME: I added two more Mother Goose rhyme records to my collection, making three. I thought I had more or less wrapped up Mother Goose, but now I've got the bug for the music that goes with the rhymes; which ones have a specific tune, and which ones have music whipped up just for the record. Among all the delights on these records is "There Was A Jolly Miller", which is the one that Beethoven arranged. It's the same tune - so cool! I've given up on Quicksilver. The author was driving me crazy with his technique of always explaining a page or so later what you're reading right now. I guess if you're a blazing reader who retains everything, maybe that's fun. I did a search to see if there were web sites of annotation for the book. Well, it's easy to find a couple of links that look just like what the doctor ordered - one that was maintained by the author, the other by fans of the book. But both pages are gone now. Then I read some review excerpts that hit home. Here's one: "But, like the element for which it is named, Quicksilver is ultimately elusive. Just when you think you know what is going on, it slips away. There are too many loose ends, and too much effort is required to maintain attention over 900 pages." Another one said it ended on a "hell of a cliffhanger". I'm going to slog through 900 pages for that? So it was back to a book on evolution (according to the cover) called "Thread of Life", which I've already packed in, and my Library of Wit and Humor Vol. 6. The story "Jones" by Lloyd Osbourne had me laughing out loud on every page. Ah, back in the saddle again. By the way, are you still collecting "brown"s? Search for "he fell into a brown study" in "Simon Starts Up In The World" by J. J. Hooper. It's a funny story, although I feel bad for Bill. [I now realize a "brown study" is not related to doing one "brown".] One of these wit and humor stories referenced "Patient Griselda" which sent me to the web. I got a surprise to see that I met her before in my Mother Goose studies; Golden Slumbers came from the play Patient Grisell. Funny thing is, I had a totally wrong mental image of the latter. He sounded to me like some poor young soldier wrapped up in bloody bandages in a field hospital. Way off. >>Did you know agily is spelled agilely? I found out the hard way in scrabble last week. >Sheesh . . . Don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to change the proper spelling. The point is just that AGILY looked so right that I guess I never gave any thought to the root word. What tickles my funny bone is how AGILELY would have to be pronounced very agilely indeed, what with separated l sounds. Offhand, I can't think of any other words that make that demand. (Ok, infantilely.) Main scrabble story from Wednesday night is a game where I was pulling U's like crazy at the beginning of a game. After playing off 5 U's in six plays, I pulled a Q! Arrrgh. Then the Q dragged me down till I played QUANAH. (Just kidding.) Actually, I got very close to EQUATORS on triple word score. I played stupid hoping for that to come together, so I deserved the whumping I got. Almost lost the third game, too, but tied it up on the very last play. I needed to catch Cyril with 6 points in his rack, and that's just what he had. ME: to: firstname.lastname@example.org Proposal: a COMPLETE MORATORIUM ON NEW DEVELOPMENT in Kent County - buildings and roads. Paving the earth over has to stop somewhere, sometime; might as well be Kent COunty, might as well be now (if not already too late.) Nobody except the developers and the next round of farmers ready to make their killing want it. What makes that microscopic segment of the population such a protected class? Couldn't we find some other way to make them filthy rich and send them on their way? For the other 99.99% of the population, our property values would skyrocket over night. THEE: I am doing a lecture on Mudarra at the upcoming GFA fest. Firstly, do you know where I can purchase a copy of the Chanterelle facsimiles? Did anybody else ever publish it? Secdonly, do have any advice or suggestions for such a topic? I am planning on talking about the "sonatas" or "suites", and the guitar works. What other lofty areas need to be addressed, in your opinion? ME: I also remember (I think) a gig at the library you couldn't make in Apr 2006. But tell Luke Honer his Weiss Allemande was sublime. I'm the pits at lofty thinking, but I was wondering how effectively a player could hope to bring out the melody lines in the motets. (I assume they're supposed to play those notes.) ME: One of the Mudarra pieces that I always thought was neat due to its "climbing climbing" beginning is what I call AM39: http://www.donaldsauter.com/am39.htm I think it's neat to compare Mudarra's "Romanesca: o guardame las vacas" with Narvaez's. See my note in http://www.donaldsauter.com/am23.htm I also have a few thoughts on Mudarra's Ludovico harp fantasia at http://www.donaldsauter.com/gramb.htm about 2/3 down. There are also a few fun little typos in Tres Libros. Since it was set in movable musical type, a few characters got put in upside down, like a 3 and a 6. The latter looks a lot like a 9, of course, haha. And a Gallarda comes out Gallarpa. My favorite is a 0 with the tab line through it twisted 90 degrees; it looks like a greek phi. So, you see how "lofty" my analysis is! ME: The Very Oldest Guitar Music by Donald Sauter The oldest surviving guitar music is found in Alonso Mudarra's publication from 1546 called *Tres libros de mvsica en cifras para vihvela.* This is the third oldest vihuela publication, following Luis Milan's in 1536 and Luis de Narvaez's in 1538. There are six pieces for 4-course guitar in Mudarra's book. Of special interest is the first of these six pieces, a fantasia written for "gvitarra al temple viejo" - guitar in the old tuning. And believe you me, if the tuning was already old by 1546, it is *old*. This tuning is like the highest 4 strings on the modern guitar, but with the 4th string tuned down one step to C. Mudarra's piece turns out to be our only surviving piece of published music for renaissance guitar tuned this way. Juan Bermudo, writing in 1555, tells us that this tuning was "more suitable for old ballads and strummed music than for modern music." When you tune your 4th string down a step and strum the open four strings, you'll understand why renaissance jazz musicians were so fond of the major 7th chord. (That's a joke, son.) The last of the 6 pieces for guitar by Mudarra was his rendition of the "Romanesca: o guardame las vacas" (look after the cows for me.) This is for "gvitarra al temple nvevo" - guitar in the new tuning. This "new tuning" is the same as the first four strings of the modern guitar. The vihuelists were the first to compose instrumental theme and variations. "Guardame las vacas" was a popular theme for composing variations on. Mudarra wrote another set for the vihuela, and 3 other vihuela composers did, too. You might like to compare Mudarra's 4- course guitar version with Narvaez's well-known vihuela version which can be found, for example, in Frederick Noad's *Renaissance Guitar* anthology. I suggest you first tune your guitar like the vihuela - that is, tune the 3rd string down a half-step. Play the Narvaez version like this. Without retuning, also play Mudarra's version, but on the *middle* 4 strings of your guitar. This very nicely transposes Mudarra's piece to the same key as Narvaez's. Mudarra's tablature was of the upside-down sort. (The only vihuelist who published right-side-up tablature was Milan.) The 2 pieces here have been reset in an easy-to-read, right-side-up tablature. Spaces, rather than lines, represent strings, and rhythm values are given for every note or chord. The original tablature for "Guardame las vacas" can be seen in the book *Guitars* (Evans, p107). Mudarra's complete *Tres Libros* is published in a very nice facsimile edition by Editions Chanterelle. Information in this article was gathered from guitar histories by Grunfeld, Turnbull, Bellow and Evans. THEE: >One of these wit and humor stories referenced "Patient Griselda" which sent me to the web. I got a surprise to see that I met her before in my Mother Goose studies; Golden Slumbers came from the play Patient Grisell. Funny thing is, I had a totally wrong mental image of the latter. He sounded to me like some poor young soldier wrapped up in bloody bandages in a field hospital. Way off. So . . . ? A couple of days ago, I searched the web to find the origin of "dog in the manger," and felt pretty stupid when I learned that it came for one of the fables credited to Aesop. It all sounded so familiar when I read the short fable. I'd ended up on a British site that comments on many phrase origins. Then later the same day, someone sent me a link to the same site after looking up "sea change." The idea was that this friend thought I'd like the website. I'd never see it before, but there it was twice in one day. ME: Thanks for looking at my latest Beatle page. (I'm the last living human being not afraid to use "Beatle" as the adjectival form of Beatles, as scissor is for scissors and trouser is for trousers.) I don't expect family, friends, and relatives to tune in. In any case, I haven't gotten *overly* used to having my thoughts agreed with. You should see the popping blood vessels in the Piano World forum over my piano notation proposal. >(I did recognize the passage from Wonderwall but couldn't have named it for all the tea in China. I'm impressed! By the way, "Party Seacombe" is a play on Harry Seacombe, one of the Goons. >You're a rigorous researcher Thanks again, although, I'm really just a guy who wants to share what he has. I'm pretty far along in my project of converting all my "Beatle talk tapes" to mp3. They come from years of catching Beatle-related talk off radio shows like The Lost Lennon Tapes, Ticket To Ride, and The Beatle Years. It's a grind, but I might get a couple of web pages out of it. >But I can't give you any examples off the top of my head of books that yoyo along a time line. Good word there, yoyo. That's why I'm not a writer. Besides While My Guitar Gently Weeps, there was one other book I read that yo-yoed. Have no idea of the title now, but I remember it for being one of the most gripping books I ever read - with the world's biggest letdown for an ending. Of course, producing a slambang ending is a tall order. >I am still baffled by those Sudoku puzzles you gave me, The "secret" is rigorous notation of where a given digit *can't* be when it's not immediately apparent from the other positions of that digit. In know I've misspoken a few times recently. The only one I can think of now is the definition for agouti - a South American rodent, not an African antelope. Also forgot to mention that "escape velocity" is not required for orbital motion; in fact, something that reaches escape velocity never comes back again. ME: No, I never got get The Eight Masterpieces of Alonso Mudarra. I think that came out about the same time I put my Mudarra work up on the web. THEE: I found a page of yours googling "repair record skip." I thought your solution sounded half-baked, and this is one of my Grandfathers VERVE records (Stuff Smith.) However, I had NO solution, and I thought that I couldn't really screw it up too much worse ... SO, anyway, it WORKED and I I am eternally grateful! THEE: I want to know if there is software to aid the conversion of sheet music currently on the old G/F clef into C/C clefs? For example can I find Fur Elise on C/C clefs somewhere? ME: To be honest, I don't know how close currently available music writing software can come to producing something like my two C clef proposal. Keep in mind, really all you need is to convert the bass clef to a G clef two octaves below the treble clef. I use the "C"s so it looks completely different. I'm pretty sure nobody has made any music available in this format. When I brought my proposal to the attention of the Piano World forum, the response was brutal. In my last post, I expressed the hope that someone would make some music available in both formats. ME: Notes for Adam at Sony 239-768-7600 x3026 Stereo component for a home stereo system that does noise reduction on the input end? declicking, decrackling, dehissing? Variable Dolby, for tapes. RIAA curve elimination, for 78s. Both phono and line input. Right only; left only; middle only. Look on eBay for a Burwen (or KLH) TNE-7000A. Works beautifully. disappointed that audio cd-rws not everlasting THEE: When you say:" Keep in mind, really all you need is to convert the bass clef to a G clef two octaves below the treble clef." is this the same as saying move one up on the F cleff? For example if on a line, move up one line, if on a space move note up one space? ME: Yes, that would do it. Then a C chord (for example) will look the exact same on the bass clef as on the treble clef. It would be played 2 octaves lower, of course. THEE: Nice end-of-record sounds . . . [on a cd compilation of lp cuts.] ME: Was that the highlight? Actually, I do that on all my vinyl to cd transfers, for several reasons. Your subject line has me stumpified; there's not a "babe the blue mountain goat" on the whole web. THEE: ...necessitates prep time to abide by the "6 P Rule": Proper Planning Prevents Piss-Poor Performance. ME: I wasn't 100% sure you were interested in that exact book, which is why I didn't impress the title and author on you at the time. It's "The Coil Of Life" by Ruth Moore. I'd be pretty surprised if a public library had a copy. I do ask a favor that you don't buy the cheap copy on an ebay store until I give my scrabble club buddy first shot at it. I keep forgetting to tell him there's one there. I'd be happy to lend you my copy, by the way. I remembered another loose end. Not a big deal; you might not remember the conversation. The Scottish poetry prodigy from the early 1900s was named Helen Adam. This is the page where I learned something about her amazing talents. http://epc.buffalo.edu/authors/prevallet/adam.html I guess I was searching on her because one of my very favorite records is Songs From The Elfin Pedlar by Stanford. There'd be very few records in my collection I played more than that. THEE: Do you have direct source I can read on Piano World Forum. I want to know the pyschology behind using the G clef and F clef and refusing your proposal. My friend says that those who play piano have to know more deeply about music composition than say a guitar player. This is reason for the two different clefs. Can you sight any arguments regarding this other than your own work? ME: If by "direct source" you mean the discussion threads related to my proposal, go here, http://www.pianoworld.com/ubb/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?/ubb/search.html then do a search on: notation proposal. There are only a few threads, and only one of them isn't related. (One of them I posted by mistake to the wrong forum.) You'll see that what your friend says comes up often. My response is, there is nothing about my proposal preventing a serious musicians from learning all the clefs he wants. In fact, a frequent argument against my proposal is how *easy* the F clef is to learn, so what's the big deal? I don't claim to be a psychologist, but all I see is the typical kneejerk resentment of people who didn't think up something themselves. Plus, negativity is so much safer. ME: here a ly there a ly >I'll try using the e-mail just like it is rather than switching to rich text/HTML to add color. Don't take me so seriously! Add some pizzazz wherever you want. I will admit, though, that the receent emails with lines that already fit on the screen makes things a bit easier. Plus, I'm guessing I'm seeing something more like what you created. >That's a long book. I don't remember how many years have come and gone since I read one that long--at least a fiction book. Keep in mind Quicksilver is mostly real, historical characters, doing their real, historical things. Most of these characters are from the science ("natural philosophy") world, which is why book stores file it among "science fiction", in the sense of "historical fiction", but very misleadingly. I mentioned how the book sent me to my copy of Samuel Pepys' diary. Well, a few pages later, Pepys himself joined the action. I enjoyed the Beaver Steals Fire review. Most interesting for me was the requirement that the story be told in winter only. >>Search for "he fell into a brown study" in "Simon Starts Up In The World" by J. J. Hooper. It's a funny story, although I feel bad for Bill. >Hmmm . . . I think I came across that expression long ago but never thought to associate it with the idea of "doing someone brown." Makes sense, though. Hmmm . . . I just jumped to the conclusion that all these funny, old "browns" had to be related. I guess it ain't necessarily so. In any case, here's another for your future "brown study" dissertation. In Mark Twain's story, "Is He Living Or Is He Dead?": "but instead he dropped into a brown study." I'm pretty sure they'd both be on the web if you want all the particulars. Here's the other sort, in "Love Sonnets Of A Hoodlum" by Wallace Irwin. Will she be on the level, do me brown, Or will she jolt me lightly on the sand, Leaving poor Willie froze to beat the band, Limp as your grandma's Mother Hubbard gown? How about that? we get sand dancing and Mother Goose tossed in for free. I read the girl and her horse book, "Can I Get There By Candlelight?" Pretty good job, in my view. The story incorporated all the elements of the Mother Goose rhyme: How many miles to Babylon? Three score miles and ten. Can I get there by candlelight? Yes, and back again. If your heels are nimble and light, You can get there by candlelight. Gail's horse is introduced as Candy, but you find out that's short for Candlelight. Babylon is the 100-year-old estate that Candy takes Gail to, past the orchard, and through an overgrown gate and woods. >>play Patient Grisell. Funny thing is, I had a totally wrong mental image of the latter. He sounded to me like some poor young soldier wrapped up in bloody bandages in a field hospital. Way off. >So . . . ? "So . . . what else is new?" Right, if I ever jumped to the correct conclusion, *that* would be something. (A quick web search on "patient griselda" cleared me up.) The more I think about AGILY, AGILELY, INFANTILELY, etc., the more I realize I'm not sure what rule, if any, is at work for tacking LY on words that end in vowel-LE. I mean, if AGILELY is so obvious, why not WHOLELY? WILELY also comes to mind, but maybe there's a different rule for tacking LY on nouns to make an adjective. I need to look at a list of words ending in vowel-LY and vowel-LLY. Had another Scrabble player join us Thursday night. Her name is Carol, and she is decidedly *not* a dream DSC member. At least as of her first session. I could run on for pages about what she put me through. I'll make one last effort at explaining what the DSC is about, and if she keeps up the digs, jabs, and slugs in response to every little thing I say, I'll have to expel her. >WOW, you have the potential of flouring him time after time. Just make sure no one lets him in on your source. Well, no white-face so far, but I've been knocking him for a loop on a regular basis. At our last scrabble session I announced I had prizes, one of which was an "American flag" for those few days when Delaware was the only state in the union. That was earmarked for Cyril, so he got it for "coming in second". What it was, of course, was a Liberian flag - which looks just like our flag, but with one big star instead of 50 little ones. (Actually, it has 11 stripes instead of 13.) >A couple of days ago, I searched the web to find the origin of "dog in the manger," and felt pretty stupid when I learned that it came for one of the fables credited to Aesop. Absolutely no need to feel stupid about that. For one thing, there's *tons* of Aesop' fables. One of my books has over 120. For another, different tellings of the same fable can be so different that the story line isn't really the same, and different editors might even tack on different morals. I didn't quite find the groove of Chicktionary. Besides having no tolerance for moving graphics on a web page, I didn't fully get the business about hints and searching for definitions. I tried two rounds, and both times, when I finally asked for a hint, it said I had used them all up. When I finally gave up, instructions popped up obscuring words I wanted to see. I also found more of the shorter words than they had spaces allotted for, which kind of brings the value of the final score into question. THEE: Re: Babe the Blue Mountain Goat & cracked bell Aha! I finally stumpified you. The stamp was a blue mountain goat, but look where I spent most of my summer vacations as a kid: http://www.visitbemidji.com/bemidji/paulbabe.html And, no, not the highlight of the cd--not by a long shot. But I figured it told you that I listened all the way to the end. ME: Good one. Even with your "explanation" I had to scratch my head for a while. What sort of stamp is she talking about? Rubber? Postage? Did she send it to me, or vice versa? And "cracked bell" only brings a Dylan lyric to mind - "the cracked bells and washed-out horns, blow into my face with scorn." Finally, the penny dropped. Yes, it was sort of a bluish extra-ounce stamp, and there was some sort of critter on it. And then - and then! - I made the dare-devil mental leap to the 41-center! It all fits!!! THEE: Honestly, I don't know what "the highlight" was because I liked all of the selections on the first hearing. It began well with La Vergbena de la Paloma's overture. I've long planned to watch the film version of Carmen Jones, but haven't, so "Dat's Love" finally got me to add it to my Netflix queue so that the DVD will eventually be delivered to the house. "We're called gondolieri" and "We are the matadors from Madrid" tempted me to change professions. "Romance of the Love-sick Cat,""A Dose of Castor Oil . . .," and "Politics Are in a Fine state" were all great fun. Several others that really caught my attention were "Thank you , beloved friends, for those pretty flowers," "Cancion del fuego fatuo," the Spanish dance from La Vida Breve, "Pretty Gitana . . .," and the final two dance pieces from La Verbena de la Paloma. I figured there was a reason that you began with the overture and saved those for last. The only piece that I know I've heard in that particular recording is Kiri te Kanawa's "I feel pretty." The one allegedly arranged for 100 blind guitarists was also amazing, especially if that's true. Thanks for the terrific CD! The only disappointment was that when I pulled it from my mailbox, I anticipated Mother Goose songs. ;-) THEE: i enjoyed reading your article. is there a way to figure out perfect length of a string for a desired tone. i know tension and mass can be manipulated for a desired tone. i'm in the process of building harps and the shape of a harp is a false curve. but it would be nice to optimize the the strings ability to achieve the correct tone. thank you roland...oh 47 strings 7 octaves ME: The way it works is that all *three* are inter-related in the calculation. If the tension and mass are specified, the pitch depends on the length you choose. If the length and mass are specified, the pitch depends on the tension you choose, such as by turning the tuning peg. So I'm not sure there's a "perfect length" for a desired tone. All three things can be varied so that you can get a specified pitch from any given length, any given string gauge (mass), and any given tension. For instance, if you wanted a bass string one inch long, you would have to choose a *very* massive string, or a *very* low tension, or both - no doubt with horrible results in any case. I'm guessing it would take a *lot* of trial and error to improve noticeably on what instrument makers have stumbled on by trial and error over the centuries. But the reward for making the next breakthrough might make it all worthwhile. Good luck! ME: You can't possibly know how much it warms my heart to get such a glowing review. For one thing, it was a *lot* of so-called work. The typical person could never imagine. I mean, what's the big deal, just sticking a bunch of songs together, one after another? Another worry was, isn't this all that "classical stuff" that everybody hates so much? It sounds about a 1000 times better than pop music to me, but, as I've been told, maybe I ought to have myself checked out - I might be mildly retarded. And maybe the reason I thought it sounded so great was because I already have an affinity for spanish music by virtue of my guitar hobby. Most every classical guitarist, at least back in *my* day, pounded out some quasi-flamenco pieces as a beginner. And then, just having worked on it so long, I worried about having lost all ability to put myself in the position of someone else hearing the pieces for the first time. The songs were so "poppy" that maybe even I was getting a little tired of them. >I liked all of the selections on the first hearing. That's what I was shooting for! I know that it's not part of anybody's, with very few exceptions, lifestyle nowadays to allow something to grow on him. >It began well with La Verbena de la Paloma's overture. Had to go first. Ever heard such a joyous, come one, come all, overture? I hope my guitar friends who got a copy look close enough to see the conductor. Federico Moreno Torroba was one of the most popular 20th century classical guitar composers. Segovia asked him to write pieces, and they are all very enjoyable (which, of course, keeps him from being "great".) His main life's work was actually as a zarzuela composer himself. >I've long planned to watch the film version of Carmen Jones, but haven't, so "Dat's Love" finally got me to add it to my Netflix queue Dat's Love is an example of the crazy effort I went to. At first, I just chose 3 pieces from Leonard Bernstein's Carmen. Later I swapped in Dat's Love in an effort to get as much english in as possible. Then I swapped in a different performance of Lilas Pastia's because Berstein's started so slow and so quietly - fine for a full-blown Carmen, but anathema to a casual listener. >"We're called gondolieri" So what's a couple of full-blooded Italians engaged in a purely Italian occupation doing here? Well, sounds about 80% mariachi to me. Even though there are major characters from spain in that operetta, I don't know why Sullivan would use Mexican music for that song. (Maybe somebody with musical brains hears it as pure Italian.) Sullivan makes a medley out of Gondolieri and Dance a Cachuca at the very end, which I was interpreting as evidence that he must have viewed both pieces as spanishy, but now I realize it might represent a union of Italian and Spanish characters. Been a long time since I followed the story through. >"Romance of the Love-sick Cat," Kind of an interesting story here. Weber actually wrote that as a separate song with guitar accompaniment. Mahler used it when he was bashing Die Drei Pintos into shape. So, between the guitar origins of the song, and the opera taking place in Spain, maybe it's not my imagination there's a touch of canto jondo in there. But buyer beware. >"A Dose of Castor Oil .. .," and "Politics Are in a Fine state" were all great fun. As many times as I've heard them, I still laugh every time. >Several others that really caught my attention were ... "Cancion del fuego fatuo," Was worried this is too heavy for modern, delicate, pop ears (not yours.) Does that voice have hundreds of years of gypsy blood flowing behind it, or what? As I mentioned in an old guitar society newsletter, not so fast. Jean Madeira was born Jean Browning in Centralia (IL?) in 1918. The funny thing is, I also have Victoria de los Angeles singing El Amor Brujo, and while she is probably the all-time top-notch Spanish Soprano, her performance pales compared to Madeira's. In my opinion, of course. >the Spanish dance from La Vida Breve, Well-known to guitarists in duo and quartet form. >and the final two dance pieces from La Verbena de la Paloma. I figured there was a reason that you began with the overturen and saved those for last. A bunch of reasons, not all easily verbalizable. Verbena is so neat that it seemed perfect to make bookends out of it. The overture "had to" go first, but I didn't want to squander the selections before the listener was acclimated to the spanish sounds. And the selections make such a perfect "dessert", never mind the balance of hearing tunes from the overture again. You've heard me gripe about how there's nothing about opera on the web, here's a case in point. Verbena would be one of the top two or three most important Zarzuelas - and there's no complete english translation. (Not sure if the original spanish is there, either.) >"Pretty Gitana . . .," One of the three most important English operas of the 19th c., and, again, no libretto on the web. Along with Bohemian Girl and Lily of Killarney, called "The English Ring". >The one allegedly arranged for 100 blind guitarists was also amazing, especially if that's true. Another funny story! Just shortly before my friend asked me if I would make the compilation - for and older coworker friend, actually - I had gotten an email from a man in Spain asking about the One Hundred Guitars album listed on my web site. That was by virture of having a few opera- related cuts on it. In fact, it has a "100-guitar" overture to La Verbena de la Paloma, which was also under consideration for inclusion. So Victor's family had always loved that album, but now it's beat up and he asked if I could get him a copy somehow. He'd been having trouble with a site listing it for sale. Well, it's the sort of thing I like to do, but, on the other hand, it could be viewed as a bit much work for someone I don't even know. I'd be in trouble if a million people asked for a copy. But, when the request for a spanishy opera cd came along, that bumped 100 Guitars right up to the top of the list to be digitized. I think Victor should have his One Hundred Guitars by now. To my ears, it sounds more like 8 or so musicians, and I really hope you don't have to oedipize your eyes to join the group. No matter, the album is great! One of my knockouts you didn't mention was La La La La La from Carmen. So cool! Carmen up on the table dancing for Don Jose, clacking away on castanets made from broken pottery, and wimpy Don Jose has to run to his company when he hears its bugles. Carmen, on the other, says, "Great! Just what I need, an orchestra!" and starts singing and clacking away harder than ever. (Do you think this match is made to last?) And the way the soldiers' music fits right in with what she's singing - is that amazing??? I've wondered if a writer could possibly create any effect near to that using words alone. Of course, literary writers can do millions of things not possible in opera. The other one was the veil song from Don Carlos. Even with the dull tape it came from, it floors me every time. Imagine that guy in the old memorex ads slumped in his chair, hair flying, hanging on to the arms for dear life, from the blast of sound. That's me. >By the way, have you had a chance to watch that "Maple Leaf Rag" guitar [tapping style on double-neck guitar] video that I sent the youtube link to? Yes; thanks a million. I also tuned in a few of the Bach pieces, and forwarded the link to my guitar partner Bob. It's impressive beyond words, and as you hear a but coming I'll trip you up with a however, it looks like an instrumental form that would be very difficult to work "feeling" into. Not that I should talk, and not that solo classical guitar wouldn't receive the same criticism from the casual listener. Still, you can't take anything away from the boy; he's gone where no one's gone before. ME: Mizan and I went to see a black revolutionary soldier re-enactor at Legislative Hall on Saturday. He was great. If there's info on the web, his name is Noah Lewis, and the soldier was Ned Hector, who was a teamster and a bombardier. http://www.11thpa.org/hector.html For instance, he came bursting out during his introduction with his rifle raised demanding to know if the introducer was friend or foe. Ned produced his own papers signed by George Washington. One of the things he did was teach us how the team of 7 works together to fire a cannon. Mizan was no. 2 man on the team; she rammed the charged and swabbed the barrel after the shot and hollered "Ready to fire again!" I'm sure it was intentional that the first couple of run-throughs were hastily done so they would all fall apart during the "real" trial, when Ned, playing a British soldier advanced on the cannon hollering and with his bayonet fixed. Very funny. The second time, they managed to go BOOM just at the last possible second. Before Mizan took up her station, Noah took the opportunity to tell the story of a woman soldier who had disguised herself, and got shot in the leg before being found out. I swore I would remember her name, but guess what? Ok, a few keywords, woman revolutionary soldier, brought it back: Deborah Samson. http://www.canton.org/samson/ And, as usual, we got interviewed by one of the papers before Ned's show. I'll see if I can track that down. Here's a page showing our interpreter, Nate Davidson, and the archeology museum, and Caesar Rodney's grave seen from Miss Becky's point of view, I'd say. http://www.washingtontimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070628/WEEKEND/106280032/1022/www.washtimes.com&template=nextpage ME: Thanks for the great Revolutionary Dover walking tour on Saturday. My little friend Mizan related some of the stories to Tamara at the Archeology Museum, and then to her parents later that evening. She even gave me a call to get some of the details right, which was lucky for me since her questions brought back things that had almost slipped into oblivion. One of her questions was about papers signed by George Washington. I asked if she meant Ned Hector's papers and she said no. And I said I thought Cheney Clow had British papers on him. But Mizan makes me think she remembers there was something else. Were there papers signed by George Washington in one of the walking tour stories? And I've forgotten the story about a Methodist averting a confrontation between patriots and tories, and going on to convert bunches of them. Or something like that. Can I have a 3 or 4 sentence sysnopsis of that one? Do I remember correctly that there was a direct connection between the averted Black Munday uprising, and the Tory troubles in Sussex County that Caesar Rodney went to quell? Am I correct in thinking we don't have an actual account of what Rodney did down there? I usually don't go to a talk without a pen, but slipped up on Saturday. Mizan said you should hand out a page with the highlights of the talk to make it easier to follow and remember. Great idea! (How many kids just out of 3rd grade are that enthused about learning? How many people at *any* age?) Thanks for the other interesting talks I've caught: the one on Delaware Governors and the one on the Delaware whipping post. >(If everybody were like me, we'd still be using punched cards - disk crash-proof!) Man, how well I remember those punch cards from my college days. When enrollment time arrived, we'd stand in long lines to hand over our hoped-for schedules and wait for the women behind the counter to pull punched cards from a zillion pigeon holes, pigeon hole representing a class section and each card within a hole representing a seat in the class. When the cards were done from the pigeon hole, tough luck. Then we had to sit down, figure out an option . . . and hope that it would have a remaining card. Registration could be an all-day process. Now students go online, see the number of spots remaining in each class, and click a button to enroll. Speaking of prisons and prisoners, I was surprised to see prison work crews in Mississippi dressed in stripes. Mind you, not the black and white we've always seen in cartoons. No. This they were sporting kelly green and white pants with white t-shirts. A half dozen or so were doing landscaping/clean-up work around the state archive & library one morning. >>>play Patient Grisell. Funny thing is, I had a totally wrong mental image of the latter. He sounded to me like some poor young soldier wrapped up in bloody bandages in a field hospital. Way off. >>So . . . ? >"So . . . what else is new?" Right, if I ever jumped to the correct conclusion, *that* would be something. (A quick web search on "patient griselda" cleared me up.) Not what I meant! I was looking for an explanation of Patient Griselda/Grisell . . . without needing to look it up myself, which I just did. >The more I think about AGILY, AGILELY, INFANTILELY, etc., the more I realize I'm not sure what rule, if any, is at work for tacking LY on words that end in vowel-LE. I mean, if AGILELY is so obvious, why not WHOLELY? While you're at it, figure out why HOLISTIC is spelled without a W. >>WOW, you have the potential of flouring him time after time. >Well, no white-face so far, OK, OK . . . I just caught that typo as I was rereading and getting ready to reply. Wouldn't suggest flouring him unless you're feeling cannibalistic. >>A couple of days ago, I searched the web to find the origin of "dog in the manger," and felt pretty stupid when I learned that it came for one of the fables credited to Aesop. As many times as I've heard the expression, I still wasn't sure what it meant. Not that I didn't infer the right general meaning, but I still wasn't sure because I didn't know the origin. It's something I needed to know, because William Jennings Bryan was frequently referred to and depicted (as in cartoons) that way. THEE: Croquet Ha! Enjoyed your assistance setting up for croquet. I am coming back to browse your website at my leisure. You have some interesting, and possibly weird, ideas. (^_^) ME: Thanks for visiting. Nothing weird about my ideas - you just have to give them a chance to percolate! THEE: I've been thinking about your comments on the Stephenson book. For a long stretch I just went along for the ride, but then I started thinking that he wanted me to anticipate what was coming next. Obviously, what with the invention of three principal fictional characters thrust into the historical mix, it's impossible to second guess him entirely, but the fact that he's constructed his book based upon certain scientific developments at least gives you a shot. After a while, I started to get with his program, and found myself able to keep up a little better. This made for a lot more fun as I progressed through the later books. It also made me wish I was conversant with the subject matter of the Ruth Moore book, as well as, for example, The Rise Of The Great Powers, a book I tackled a decade ago and abandoned midway through. I think it covered the same time period--wow, wonder of wonders, I see it on a bookshelf here (written by Paul Kennedy, published in 1987--I probably attempted it 15 years ago) ((subtitle is "Economic Change and Military Conflict from 1500 to 2000")). It would have shed some light on the sections of the Baroque Cycle dealing with the Netherlands, at the very least. ME: I hope you enjoy The Coil Of Life. I'm pretty sure it contains tons more on the subject of biology then what Stephenson worked into his series. My overriding complaint with Quicksilver is that it's just too much work (for me) to be fun. What I need is a running commentary in the margin by someone who loved the book and knows it inside and out telling me, for instance, "Pay attention to how many folds are on his sleeve. This will be important later.", or, "No, you aren't supposed to understand this passage on your first shot; it will become clear on page 412.", etc. That in addition to the normal annotation and maps that make everything understandable. I could even imagine an author doing it himself, with a big ACHTUNG: THE ARTISTIC MERIT OF THIS BOOK IS TO BE GAUGED WITHOUT REGARD TO THE MATERIAL IN THE MARGINS. Anyhow, I'm the sort of guy who emailed Peter Schickele asking him if he would come clean at this point and go through all of P.D.Q. Bach's compositions and identify all the "inspirations", in order, from beginning to end. Sorry, I don't see how anyone can be richer for not getting something. You probably didn't know that when I told you about my personal discovery of the connections between Pepys' diary and Quicksilver, that was just before Pepys himself joined the cast of characters. In that respect, kind of odd, in my view, that Stephenson didn't work him into the London fire passage. If you've never read a story which parodies Pepys' diary style, I just read a very funny one called "So Wags The World" by Anne Warner. Definitely on the web by virtue of being in "The Wit And Humor Of America", volume VI, edited by Marshall P. Wilder. THEE: string lengths thanks for getting back to me. i think what i've come up with is to watch the strings vibrating under a strobe light and measuring its vibrating circle starting with the weakest mass high g. then continue to double it for the next octave and then balancing the tension and mass acordingly to achieve the right tension to match the tension of the first octave g. and continue to fill the harp up. that way no matter what material i use for the voice. the mass is consistant only to the vibration circle and not the mass itself. that way the air pressure is caculated in to the strings vibration.also the lower i go the rougher the surface of the string. that way it creates the most drag on the air.and more bass at a lower tension. the hardest thing is to find material that fits the format it sure is fun tring to figure it out. at least i have the soundboard material figured out. now its time to find the string voices to match. thanks again roland THEE: Another sorta similar story involves neither place, event, nor movie. Susie was trying to wade through a long book by Karl Marx, Dix- Huit Brumaire, and hating it. Her father picked it up, read a few pages, and said, "Susie, don't read this. It's incomprehensible. Just remember that everything about Marx boils down to 'class struggle.' " Back in class, the professor turned to her and said, "Susie, summarize this book in a few words." She replied, "Class struggle." "Exactly!" he beamed. Let's see, how does this relate? Hmmmm. Maybe that facts are interesting and worth remembering and retelling if learned in an interesting way whereas other times all one needs to know is the key point. So what is the story of the old lady who was comforted by the word "Mesopotamia"? I've been searching for at least two hours and so far have found dozens of references in Google books but nothing that indicates te source. The best I can tell, the story seems to be of an old women who couldn't hear very well telling the preacher that she didn't understand most of what he said but that she was comforted by the word Mesopotamia, perhaps because she liked the sound. So far I find NO story, no author, just allusion after allusion going back well into the 19th century. I've also found a British preacher, George Whitefield, who came to Pennsylvania as a missionary at the time of the Great Awakening. He is said to have been able to make his listeners weep by the way he pronounced the word "Mesopotamia." (The History of Northhampton County, Pennsylvania on Rootsweb. This doesn't satisfy me. Any chance you've come across this story? ME: dover scrabble club Looking forward to your joining us tonight. Carol comes from the "tournament rule" scrabble world and it looks unlikely that she can grasp what my club is about - "real words", as opposed to "easy points". She thinks the American Heritage must be some sort of silly kids' dictionary for not having her goodies QI, XU, VA, AA, etc., etc. On the other hand, she gets sarcastic every time a little goodie such as FEZ or XI (greek letter) *is* in the American Heritage. I can't win. ME: One thing that didn't come to mind trying to think of "one last thought" is the club's tradition of helpfulness in the case of someone playing a very dubious word. Nobody wants to see somebody lose a turn for an obviously bum play. There isn't any, "Challenge! You took your finger off!" A player considers the advice offered him and either sticks with the play or makes another one. This, of course, is completely different from any sort of tournament or other social scrabble. It might be the best evidence for my claim of a "friendly" style of play. I realize now that the word "challenge" carries such an unfriendly connotation, not to mention all the baggage of how it's done in various scrabble rules, that I am retiring it and formally replacing it with "double-checking". Maybe that will help people to see what it's all about. What I plan to do is put the Dover Scrabble Club guidelines on the web and urge people to get at least a little familiar with it beforehand, so I don't get punched black and blue every time somebody shows up who played a scrabble game somewhere along the line. If you're inclined to mention that in your article, I would forego eye-glazing web addresses and just say it's easy to find on my site, which is easy to find by googling "donald sauter". I'm sure Scrabble's inventor, Alfred Butts, would have been pleased to death with the way I wrapped up the last few loose ends. As if you need to know: in that last game, just as Cyril had effectively caught me up, he took a dive with GELL (I warned him) and I started to pull ahead. Near the end I had the rack QENTERS, with little prospect for using the Q. So I traded that one tile. Two funny things happened. First, I figured there were probably a bunch of good letters to go with ENTERS to make a scrabola, but I drew an E. :( I figured, what do I need another E for, but all of a sudden, I saw that it fit! Do you see it? In any case, Cyril's next play ruined my spot to play it. But then he drew the Q, and eventually had to eat it. Serves him right! A. seertne backwards. THEE: revolutionary dover walk Thank you for the kudos. I really appreciate your feedback and am glad to answer your questions. 1. The papers signed by George Washington refer to the Richard Bassett story. After the war when he began a great political career, his opponents kept bringing up his role in "Black Munday" and other conservative stances of his during the war to claim that he was a Tory and not a patriot. This all came to a head in the 1798 gubernatorial election in Delaware. Bassett's followers circulated a broadside which stated the following: SLANDER DETECTED, Or DEMOCRATIC PROOF OF RICHARD BASSETT'S TORYISM The following Certificate is calculated to produce a Blush on the Brazen Fronts of those who regardless of truth have attempted to circulated a report that Judge Bassett was a TORY. Will not the advocates of Col. Hall (John Hall, who was running against Bassett in the election and a great revolutionary hero in his own right) who was absent from his Regiment for the space of Years together, and receiving from the Public at the same time the Emoluments of Pay and Rations, find it difficult to produce a Testimonial equally honorable? "The Dover Troop of Light Horse, under the command of Captain Bassett, being relieved by the Virginia Light Horse, are at present dismissed from further service. In justice to Captain Bassett, his officers and men, I am bound to declare that I have ever found them at all times ready and willing to undertake any duty required of them; for their punctual performance of which they have my thanks, and are deservedly entitled to those of the Public. Given at Head Quarters, at Morris Town, this 2d day of February, 1777. - George Washington The Original Certificate, signed by General Washington, is in the Possession of a Gentleman residing in New-Castle; any person wishing to be satisfied of its Authenticity, may, by Application to the Editors of the Delaware and Eastern Shore Advertiser, be informed where it may be seen and inspected. nd: Cheney Clow did present papers at his first trial which proved that he was a commissioned officer in the British military, which was why he was first found not guilty. 2. Freeborn Garrettson, the 1st Methodist preacher ever to come to Dover had hardly begun his sermon from the steps of the Dover Academy when people in the audience clamored for his hanging as one of the insurrectionist Clow's followers. "Sept 12, 1778 was the first day of my entering the town of Dover, quite a (irreligious) place .. an invitation to preach in the academy. Scarcely had I alighted from my horse before I was surrounded .. some said, "He is a god man," others said, "Nay, he deceiveth the people." And I was also accused of being a friend to King George. They cried - "hang him" - I was rescued by several gentlemen of the town - chief among these were Mr. Vincent Loockerman." nd: He was attacked because Methodists followed John Wesley's example and supported the king - they were seen anti-revolutionaries and loyalists, which angered many people. 3. Yes, there was a direct connection between Black Munday & the Tory troubles in Sussex. I recently took some notes on this insurrection from a book called The Loyalists of Revolutionary Delaware. It seems as though, in the opinions of those that went down to quell it, it was a lark, for no one was killed or hurt. Interestingly enough, over $100,000 was spent by the Continental Congress & the Delaware government to quell this "rebellion." People were just very afraid that it could blossom into something really bad, though it was never more than groups of angry people rabble-rousing. Lt. Enoch Anderson from New Castle had some interesting experiences: & Proceeding towards Lewes to join his company & stopped several times south of Dover by groups of Tories who threatened him with such remarks as, "Here is one of d----d Haslet's men. You're a rebel, we have got you now and will take care of you," but he was always released unharmed. & One occasion they even courteously helped repack his saddlebags after they had been searched. & Stopped near Lewes at tavern patronized by Tories, feared rough treatment, but escaped after buying them a jorum of rum amidst cries of "Come back you d----d rebel, you d----d Haslet man." nd: Basically, Rodney was sent down there to investigate the causes of the disturbance and to hear testimony from the participants of the rebellion. There was no military confrontation, rather just a restoration of order. * June 23 - he writes to Thomas McKean that it was necessary to stay a few days longer to quiet the minds of the "very disturbed people," though they knew the House was meeting the next day & DE's delegation to Congress must be present in Philly the following week. C. Rodney knew that this meeting would be of utmost importance (Declaration of Independence). 7 In Summary * Variety of reasons assigned for June insurrection in Sussex: militia grievances, trading w/British, arrival of soldiers in Lewes, destruction of Tory petition - but all symptoms of opposition to change of government * Majority of people in Sussex preferred status quo * Leaders like Thomas Robinson & Boaz Manlove manipulated some of the actions hoping for aid from British vessels that never arrived * Neighbor faced neighbor & settled by negotiations between Whigs & Tories with assistance of 2 members of assembly (including C. Rodney) * Troops by Cont. Congress necessary to restore order; but DE Const. Convention showed leniency by restoring weapons to Tories; no one killed or hurt * Pattern to be repeated throughout the war: participation of poor farmers; influence of several leaders; encouragement but no aid from British; use of militia to disarm & arrest; lenient settlement That idea of handing out a page with some basic notes is a great one, and it's something I'll forward up the chain of command. Mizan is definitely ahead of her years, and would be great on an artillery crew! Nate Davidson Historical Interpreter First State Heritage Park THEE: Revolutionary ideas aren't going to work in the pianist corner You have received a Private Message from Piano Forums at Piano World. I actually am very intrigued by your proposal of a single, universal clef that is simply transposed. Of course, we could apply this to the piano alone, but a universal transposed clef could add another dimension to ease in reading music of all sorts. As you can tell, these pedantic and overly rigid people (classical musicians too entrenched in their ways) are going to oppose your proposal simply because it goes against tradition, however backwards that tradition may be. Not to say that standard European musical notation is badly made, but I'd be willing to try a different system. These people are not. They're too used to the standard system. They have been steeped too much in it to cater to this new method. I suggest you appeal to flexible musicians, people who appreciate world music, exotic instruments, and so forth. I also suggest you get hard at work studying the standard system of notation, getting adept at reading it, intervals, etc. As I said in my post in your latest thread, try the non-classical forum. The non-classical forum is very loose, laid-back, and flexible. The pianist corner is tight, rigid, and conservative. As you say, your new system is not a replacement, but it can be a tool to ease people into reading music far easier than the standard system, and also as a tool to write passages that the composer deems easier to read in such a system. We all know the standard system is incredibly difficult to teach to beginners, and takes many, many years to master. The use of only one clef makes sense, after all, most other instruments operate on just one clef, why should piano be any different? In a similar vein, another option is writing a melody in the treble clef and using chord symbols in order for the musician to play said bass and embellish should the skill of the performer be adequate to do so. This is a very popular method, as can be seen by wildly popular "fake books". I think where classical musicianship went wrong is its complete dependence on the written score, and its treatment of written score, however masterfully it may have been composed, as dogma. This isn't what music is supposed to be. The baroque era, above all others, had it right. Whole passages were left blank for the performer to improvise, and the performer was expected to embellish pieces on cue. Not quite pure improvisation within a group context, but purely improvised fantasias were also options during a solo performance. All this being said, I think it would be wise for you to continue your pursuit, but with an educated mind. You must learn the old system, the old rules, before innovating. This will always apply. I wish you the best of luck. I just wanted to write back seeing how you have, please see easy read document attached. The original was written by Hellene Hiner of Texas (born in Russia). She has created a wonderful program for learning piano (and grand staff too). In her original she uses 6 or 7 if/then questions. If using F/G cleff.......... Please check out their web page. THEE: C clef In his notation proposal, Donald Sauter states: [I also propose being rigorous about notating exactly which octave of C the staff is pegged to. Here's a refresher on the pitch names: Written: C, C c c' c'' etc. Called: Contra C Great C Small C One-lined C Two-lined C (Middle C) (Numerical superscripts and subscripts are also used instead of the upper and lower ticks.) Note that Middle C, as strange as it seems, is not the unadorned c, but gets an upper tick (c') and is called One-lined C. On our new treble clef, the clef symbol is positioned on the next higher C, written c'' and called Two-lined C (see?), and this is confirmed by the two ticks shown above the C clef symbol.] Tina's response: this is quite muddled. the graph shows middle c as small unmarked, but you say middle c is not the unmarked one! Are you purposely trying to confuse? ME: No! I'm trying to make something very confusing as clear as possible! Middle C is indicated by a small (lower-case) c with one upper tick mark: c' In my layout of the varous C-notes, I show the next three Cs below Middle C, and just one C higher than Middle C. It was necessary to show three lower C-notes to establish the pattern of lower-case to upper- case, and the introduction of the lower tick marks. THEE: A fun Variation of Scrabble, please keep it going. CHANGE ONE LETTER OF THE BOTTOM WORD POSTED AND SEE WHO GETS STUCK AND CAN'T CONTINUE! RULES: YOU CANNOT ADD LETTERS YOU CANNOT USE FOREIGN LANGUAGES YOU CAN ONLY CHANGE ONE LETTER Send it back to the person that sent it to you, plus 10 new people. STARTING WORD: foot Hannah - boot Mary -bout [about 400 lines deleted...] Audrey - pout Susan - lout Diane-lost ME: huh? THEE: I was a little disappointed in your Davey Moore discussion. Honestly, I expected that you'd dug up a newspaper article on the original incident, since I recall that song being one that Dylan had heard about through the newspaper (two others come to mind: "The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll", with its Maryland connection, and "Talkin' Bear Mountain Massacre Picnic Blues," which has always been one of my favorites). Instead you talked about the similarity in the song's construction with other, earlier poems. I don't think Dylan ever claimed originality in his forms. As an avid reader of Harry Smith's folk song anthologies, he was clearly aware of how songwriters of all genres put together their compositions. In fact, I seem to recall this format being somewhat similar to "The Little Red Hen" ("Not I," said Dick the Duck," etc., etc.) ... Anyway, all this is to say that the Beatles' debt to Mother Goose comes more from their using old schoolboy rhymes as a jumping off point. Once they've made the swipe, they then make it their own. There's a clever Elvis Costello quote about stealing musical passages, to the effect that anyone can swipe but the trick is to swipe only good things and use them in novel ways--I think he's alluding to his use of something from the Supremes in an intro to an early song of his, but am not sure. One last commend about an annotated Quicksilver. There was a time when I wanted to be the guy writing those marginal commentaries; and certainly they are nice to have. But (and this is a very serious BUT) they should never be used the first time you read something--that would take away from the enjoyment of the initial read. Take for example your vocabulary list of Mother Goose. I once had the pleasure (at the time, though, it started out quite painful) of taking a class where we read a play by Shakespeare per week. What a slog! Some of his plays (e.g.,Coriolanus) are just plain tedious. But the effort of working through the archaic vocabulary was rewarded by how quickly I was able to read the subsequent plays. By the end of the class I could whip through The Tempest in an hour with good retention. The same thing was true with Henry James, who is one of my favorites despite his density; ditto William Faulkner; ditto Herman Melville. Because the cream rises to the top, there will be those "Skeleton Keys" (to cite one example of published commentaries) for particularly great works. But the reward of working through a tough text honestly is better than being spoonfed by someone telling you about the folds on a sleeve. ME: (klunk) (oof) Anybody get the license number of that bus? THEE: And if I can expect you to listen to the likes of vaudeville songs like "Barney McGee's Makin' Sheeps-Eyes at Me" and "Lemon in the Garden of Love," I guess you can expect me to listen to opera. OK, so I'll admit to ignoring the fact that gondolieri don't belong in a Spanish opera. I can live with such things, no problem. Heck, someone can put them into the canals of Bruges, Belgium, for all I care. They smell as bad as Venice. >Jean Madeira was born Jean Browning in Centralia (IL?) in 1918. Long live the Centralia Spaniards. Well, I guess there are still some folks around who were born in 1918. I know one born in 1913 who is still keeping in touch with the world via the Internet. I've been writing 1907 news for the Tulsey Town Rag. I wrote too much. Certain items were necessities, such as Roosevelt's signing of the statehood proclamation with an eagle feather, the bells, and whistles . . and horns . . . and shootguns following the arrival of the statehood telegram from the White House, the symbolic marriage of Indian Territory to Oklahoma Territory, the refusal of the outgoing territorial mayor to participate in the festivities (Will Republicans and Democrats ever get along?), the Indian barbecue, Governor Haskell's inaugural address attack on Roosevelt, which he wouldn't release to the press before Roosevelt signed the statehood proclamation (Will Democrats and Republicans ever get along?), the inaugual ball . . .But with all the essentials, how can a person cut a truly great story like that of Pussyfoot Johnson? He belongs in an O. Henry story. Or maybe Bret Hart. ME: I mentioned being interviewed at Ned Hector's show at Legislative Hall. Here's the bit from the next day's article in the Delaware News Journal, "Re-enactor pays homage to U.S. patriot and pioneer": The presentation delighted 9-year-old Mizan Walker, of Dover, who found her way to Legislative Hall with neighbor and professional tutor Donald Sauter. It's really funny to see an old white guy and a little black kid. "I came here today because I'm very interested in black history," said Walker, who found herself recruited by Lewis for the cannon team. (I slipped in a bogus sentence.) Picked up another Mother Goose record at Friday's auction. That makes four, enough for a "study". I'm comparing different recordings of the same rhyme, and recordings with printed music, mostly in my 1897 British Mother Goose. So far I'm disappointed by how many of the tunes seem to be newly created. Picked up some other neat books and records. One book, "The Jingle Of A Jap", is from 1908 and has a really neat design and japanese-style art and lettering. It looks "valuable". The story doesn't quite live up to the promise, though. I think I mentioned reading a nice, grimmsy story at the auction one day called "The King With Six Friends". Now I have my own copy. Also got a nice hardback called "Democracy in Delaware; the story of the First State's General Assembly". It's only about a thousand times more interesting than the title and the photos of the modern legislators on the inside front and back cover would suggest. It's made the colonial history of The Three Lower Counties On The Delaware clearer than ever. I think I'll take it right on up to modern times. Also got a nice oil painting which will go in rotation over my table in the office, and an early 1970s Scrabble game, which I need like a hole in the head, but it was unused, the tiles still sealed in plastic, and it had one of the very first Scrabble Players' Newspapers. This is a relic from the very dawn of tournament Scrabble. The newspaper says Volume 1, with no "number", but it makes reference to "the first newsletter" so this one, Fall 1973, seems to be the second. >>One of the three most important English operas of the 19th c., and, again, no libretto on the web. Along with Bohemian Girl and Lily of Killarney, called "The English Ring". >There's a job for you . . . I saw an old score or libretto for Maritana on ebay once, going for something like $200. I'd be glad to join in a group effort, but what I can do myself is the proverbial spit in the ocean. >OK, so I'll admit to ignoring the fact that gondolieri don't belong in a Spanish opera. The theme was all the hispanic touches I could find in any sort of opera. I'm still wondering if I'm crazy for hearing almost pure mariachi in the gondolieri song. ME: If no one has called in about Where Am I? [Dover Post], it's the funny structure in Silver Lake near the dam and boat launch. I always thought a section of that red flame in front of the church across from Dover City Hall would make a good Where Am I. Also, the mosaic on the wall just off Queen St. a half block or so north of Loockerman (according to my memory). I am told there is some unhappy history associated with that mosaic. ME: [-lely study] palely stalely agilely ... docilely infertilely senilely futilely vilely no ulely elely solely -olly turned up no cousins to wholly just coolly woolly no facilely type word wily and wiley ME: to rec.games.board subject: Word Freak, by Stefan Fatsis I invite any Scrabble fans to my book report on Word Freak, by Stefan Fatsis. It's near the bottom of my scrabble page: http://www.donaldsauter.com/scrabble.htm If there's any ulterior motive, it's a hope for a movement back to Scrabble as nature intended - honest-to-gosh words and no barroom bluff element. Thanks. ME: Don't know if I ever mentioned catching the opera bug, probably in the late 1990s. Which reminds me, there are a couple of operatic arrangements for two guitars by black 19th. C. guitarist Justin Holland on my site. He was America's most important guitarist of his generation, around 1860, which I think is pretty extraordinary. http://www.donaldsauter.com/justin-holland-guitar.htm The Faust March is pretty rollicking. The Faust Waltz is kind of lackluster and unbalanced, I don't know why. You had asked about scrabble, and my fledgling scrabble club just got an article in a local newspaper. It's a pretty accurate job, although I would have emphasized things a little differently. "New twist" and "renegade" make me sound like some sort of maniac, when all I'm trying to do is get back to a more natural, box-top rules sort of scrabble. ME: My scrabble club did get an article in the Dover Post. I was surprised to find something like that goes online. It's a pretty accurate job, although I would have added, subtracted, and emphasized things a little differently. "New twist" and "renegade" make me sound like some sort of maniac, when all I'm trying to do is get back to a more natural, regular dictionary, box-top rules sort of scrabble. Mainly, it comes down to, in my club you can't play these dumb things: AA AE AG AL BA BI DA DE ES ET HM MM JO KA MO NA NE OD OE OM OP OW OY TA UM XU YA FE KI OI QI ZA (If that doesn't look like dumb stuff to you - I don't want to hear it!) Didn't quite get the 4-letter word game - besides not having 10 friends to forward it on to. Darn if I see how it could ever come to a stop. If there were a rule that you can't go back to the previous word, I wonder if there are any 4-letter words that can only have one spot changed to one and only one letter to make a valid word. Which reminds me, I recently found a useful site for listing words fitting desired constraints. For example, if you want all the 4-letter "qu" words, you would type in qu?? . http://www.onelook.com/ THEE: C c and mathematics My opinion (and this is from a layman's perspective too cause i am new to piano),all you have done mathematically with your notation proposal is said "one minus one is nought". or "look mom, no hands!" Bravo (in one hand), but still pianists continue to use their beloved G and F cleff. I think we speak a different language? si si p.s. girls (and maybe boys) are nick-named "piano" and "guitar" and the like here in Thailand!! THEE: The recently published Yale Book of Quotations (Yale University Press) has the following: Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans. Allen Saunders, Quoted in Reader's Digest, Jan. 1957. Often credited to John Lennon, but this citation considerably predates Lennon's usage. Fred Shapiro Member posted 02-16-07 10:30 PM THEE: Life is what happens ....making other plans... You might be referring to the popular song by John Lennon: Beautiful Boy. There is a line which goes: "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." ~Lyrics by John Lennon and Yoko Ono (1980) Francois Dournon, an esteemed member of this forum had posted previously regarding the origin of the quote. It is attributed to Betty Talmadge, divorced wife of Senator Herman Talmadge, in the form "Life is what happens to you when you're making other plans." Source: Barbara Rowe, The Books of Quotes (1979) Another book, Quotations for Our Time (1977) (by Dr. Laurence Peter) credits a certain Thomas La Mance for the quote. Same attribution found in Nigel Rees' Cassel Companion to Quotations THEE: Although I have one, I HATE cell phones. I dislike being unable to escape people's personal calls in public places, and any teacher can tell unending stories. Wednesday while working in the computer lab on campus, I saw three students within 15 minutes come out of one classroom to talk on their cell phones and then go back into class. I don't know who was teaching that class, but it's someone who needs to lay down some rules. THEE: Why some properties generate more trash than others... My 82 year-old father lives in PG County, in Hyattsville. One of the reasons some properties generate more trash than others is based on a more disturbing problem in the County which I have already addressed with Mr. Will Campos (legislator for his district). My dad now lives by himself after my mother's death two years ago, recycles and rarely has any trash in a bag outside for trash day. Prior to that the County had cited him for a small amount of flaking paint on the rakes of his house. I was livid when I found out that he had climbed on the roof to paint the rakes in the middle of summer two years ago. This he did even though he is diabetic and had a triple by-pass a few years before. When I complained to the county that neighboring properties were being bought and rented as boarding houses, and basements were being divided with drywall to house numerous people beyond the approved occupancy of the house I did not receive any response from the County housing or zoning office. Many of these people are hispanic immigrants, some of them probably illegal, which in turn are generating more trash than a normal household. The fact that owners of these homes are violating zoning, housing codes and probably fire codes by warehousing people in single-family homes designed for probably no more than six inhabitants apparently is of no concern to the county as long as the property owner pays the taxes. I no longer live in Prince George's County, however in Frederick, where I live now, I am now battleling the zoning board to prevent houses in my development from being turned into boarding houses, which is in violation of the zoning code; there too these homes generate more trash. Consequently I have also brought this to light with my HOA which controls the fees for maintenance of common areas, snow removal and trash disposal. Additionally I have the problem that the parking situation is increasingly becoming more scant because an average family home with two vehicles becomes one of six or seven residents each with their own automobile/track/SUV/dump-truck, etc. So as you can see this problem is rooted in a more disturbing situation than you anticipated, and the local governments appear not to care about enforcing far more serious violations. Good luck. ME: Thanks for visiting, and thanks for your thoughts. It's been a *long* time since I put up my rants about trash - and as far as I remember, you're the first to ever comment on them. Much appreciated. I moved from Prince George's County to Dover Delaware 4 years ago, and while the trash fee here is not so oppressive, it's still galling that I pay the same amount as everyone else. We have larger containers that trucks pick up with mechanical arms. I go all winter without setting it out, from about October to March, and maybe every couple of months otherwise due to lawn waste. Everyone around me sets it out, plus more, every week. The charge should be per human being, not per house. THEE: >Mainly, it comes down to, in my club you can't play these dumb things: >AA AE AG AL BA BI DA DE ES ET HM MM JO KA MO NA NE OD OE OM OP OW OY TA UM XU YA FE KI OI QI ZA Ow is in my Random House Webster's College Dictionary. Isn't it one of the politer things one says when stuck by a thorn in the garden or when burning or cutting one's finger in the kitchen? And, well, um is in there, too, and apparently has been used since the 17th century as an expression of doubt or hesitation although it seems like less of a word to me than ow. Of course, oy is in there, also, but I suppose you can rule it out as a foreign word. But what about ta? The Brits would claim it as a legitimate word, as does my Webster's. >(If that doesn't look like dumb stuff to you - I don't want to hear it!) Want to or not . . . >Didn't quite get the 4-letter word game - besides not having 10 friends to forward it on to. Darn if I see how it could ever come to a stop. If there were a rule that you can't go back to the previous word, I wonder if there are any 4-letter words that can only have one spot changed to one and only one letter to make a valid word. I'll admit to the dumbness of that game. The only thing that made me send it was that I'd received it twice--about three months apart. So I guess what interested me was that the same dumb game could get to me two times. The first time I received it, someone has accused another of repeating a word that had been used previously, and I think that should be a rule. What I was wondering is if it gets tough if you apply that rule and really follow the stated rule of sending it back to the person who sent it to you. This would mean that the person you return it to must then return it to you, and it would go back and forth endlessley. Aside from flooding an e-mail box and occupying your life, if you sent it to 10 new people each time (assuming you knew that many) and then bounced it back and forth between you and each of those people, I can see the game becoming difficult if the two people bouncing it back at forth stuck to a rule of not allowing a second use of any word. THEE: >Which reminds me, I recently found a useful site for listing words fitting desired constraints. For example, if you want all the 4-letter "qu" words, you would type in qu?? . And what the heck kind of words are those? What are those words with numbers? Extra definitions of the same spelling? And since when is an accent mark added to an e a fourth letter? How many of those qu?? words would you admit into your Scrabble games? THEE: Your search - "pig got up" "i sat belonely" - did not match any documents. Suggestions: Make sure all words are spelled correctly. Try different keywords. Try more general keywords. Try fewer keywords. THEE: Just few lines to thank you your article on how to fix skips in phonograph records. It is really interesting and make a lot of sense. I have been browsing internet for days and not find relevant interesting information on how fix skips. Only some disconnected suggestions that together can do something, I transfer to you as a recompilation: Put a coin over the cartridge and play the skipping area Use a 0,6 mm spindle instead the typical 0,7 to open, deep and clean the track If possible to do it a half the usual speed Wet the record Kindly let me know if you have improved your fixing method since your last 2006 update. ME: Thanks for visiting. No, I haven't improved my techniques in recent years. Since I always transfer records to cd when I play them nowadays, I always use the digital method of fixing a skip. While the recordingis in progress, just lift the needle, set it down in front of the skip point, and use a small stick like a cotton swab, to nudge the tone arm to guide the needle throught the skip point. Then use a wave editing program to cut out all the extra material. THEE: I'm going to write something about Alonso Mudarra and will send that when it's done. I may be pestering you with questions about Mudarra as the lecture comes up. Here are some off the top of my head: HOw did you get so interested in Mudarra; was it the fact that he wrote the first guitar music? How do you think Mudarra compares with the other vihuelistas (esp. Narvaez and Milan)? How does Mudarra's music compare with those that he intabulated? What is up with those "tonos"? He is so free harmonically, I'm surprised that he even attempted to organize pieces by tono. And what exactly are the tonos? They don't exactly correlate to any real mode. It's a little vague. ME: Dear Houghton Mifflin, I had a brainstorm just after lying down to bed last night. I am a fan of the American Heritage dictionary. I am also a Scrabble fan. I despise with all my body and soul the Official Scrabble Dictionaries and Word Lists used in sanctioned Scrabble play, and what an artificial exercise they have turned Scrabble into. In my own Scrabble club, I use the American Heritage Dictionary, Second College Edition, as the source authority. The brainstorm is this. I believe you could advertise yourself very effectively and very cheaply by sponsoring a Scrabble tournament in which the official word list is an American Heritage collegiate dictionary. It would take a ridiculously small amount of money to offer the highest stakes ever in a Scrabble tournament. What's in it for me is an increase in the number of people who can get excited about Scrabble again as a *word* game, as opposed to a game where everybody gets lots and lots of points (whoopee) from funny letter combinations. Please visit my Scrabble web page, and in particular, my thoughts there on a book about the revolting modern Scrabble scene called "Word Freak". That should explain pretty clearly where my head is at, and what I'm driving at. A Scrabble tournament with a conventional dictionary and *real words* could be a big hit with the masses! Maybe a tv network would pick up on it. And it would be hilarious to see how the pros would react! I'll bet you could come away from such a tournament *making* money, while getting yourself lots of great exposure. Please think about it! Donald Sauter My electronic signature above attests that I will make no claims of any sort on this idea if you pursue it. THEE: Hello! I might be stranger to you, it is so, I am a student from in malaysia, but I saw your geocite's web page and I like it so much, specially those puzzle tricks. I would appreciate if you can tell me more about you, and teach me a strategy how to solve those problems, because my lecturer told us that we can solve exercise from the books that were given but we do not have solving problems skill. By the way I am from Kosova, and I am in malaysia for my first degree. ME: Thanks for visiting my site - I'm honored! I think if you dig around my site a bit, you can find out a lot about me. It seems to me there are all different kinds of puzzles and problems and brain teasers, and it wouldn't be possible to devise a "strategy" that works for them all. I just try to consider all the possibilities, and reject anything that gives rise to a contradiction. For math problems, I try to use basic algebra wherever I can. THEE: Thank you for your suggestion of an American Heritage Scrabble Tournament. Although we agree that this is an interesting and thoughtful idea, Scrabble has an arrangement with another Dictionary company, and so American Heritage would not be able to hold Scrabble events as a result. I am very pleased to find that American Heritage has been a source of help to you, and I hope it continues to serve you well in the future. Best of luck with your Scrabble tournaments. Best regards, Sarah Iani Dictionary Editorial Department Houghton Mifflin Company ME: Don't worry, I'm not out to steal your 1920 dictionary. "Unabridged" allows too many grunts and groans and foreign junk. My 1985 American Heritage continues to astonish me. There's a web page on it. Just tonight I looked up "boat train" "nisi" "compass" (tr. v. def. 5. to scheme; plot) and "euchre". ME: If the record flaw is stamped in, I don't see how it can be fixed. My method is for a groove that was good, but got closed off due to something scratching across it. Then there is hope for opening it up again. It sounds like you aren't set up to make a digital transfer of the record, in which case you could keep recording until you nudged the stylus through the skip point, and then edit out all the extraneous material. I don't know anything about itunes; would they have that song? THEE: Beatles Stuff Hey, I really like plowing through your Beatles-related stuff, and this morning was listening to what you have in the "Beatle inspirations?" section. Lots of fun in there. It makes me wonder (and I apologize if you've got this somewhere else on your site) but has anyone tracked down what music George Martin used for each of the orchestral tracks in Yellow Submarine? I know I've heard several snippets over the years and said "Hey! That's 'Sea of Holes'". George didn't write anything original for the film, did he? ME: Glad you had fun with the Beatle pages. Don't quote me as an expert on the Yellow Submarine soundtrack, but I'm sure that George Martin wrote all the original music for it. When I say "original" I mean everything that isn't Beatle-composed, like the Yellow Submarine song tune itself, which he works over a million(?) times in different arrangements throughout the movie; and the one example (I can think of) of music borrowed from a famous composer, meaning J.S. Bach. Just before the cigar explodes in the Sea of Monsters, that's Bach's Air for the G String. But everything else, like the beautiful Pepperland theme, George Martin wrote. THEE: I get a Francesco da Milano song and a partiture for guitar at http://guitarra-antiqua.km.ru/persona/fr_da_milano.html The song is "Kanzona y danza" (??????? ? ?????) but the partiture is only Kanzona". Where can I get the full partiture "Kanzona y danza" ME: I listened to the Danza in the sound file, but I don't recognize it. I checked all the Milano in my music collection, including the complete Libro Terzo, but I don't have that one. To be honest, I don't think it sounds too much like Milano, or at least the music by Milano that I'm familiar with. I don't associate him with such dance-like music. ME: >How did you get so interested in Mudarra; was it the fact that he wrote the first guitar music? Off the top of my head, without researching exact dates or anything, I think it was just a combination of my general interest in "ancient" plucked string music, and getting a copy of the Tres Libros as a favor for helping Michael Macmeeken of Chanterelle with a project he was putting together - the complete Aguado. After a couple of decades of playing all kinds of transcriptions and arrangements of guitar and lute and baroque guitar and vihuela music, I got the bug for "putting my fingers where the composer put his." I wrote a program that created tablature exactly to my liking, and started cranking out Guerau and Sanz and Campion and most any old plucked string music that came into my possession. I think Guerau was the first. >How do you think Mudarra compares with the other vihuelistas (esp. Narvaez and Milan)? Believe me, my thoughts on this are not weighty enough for dissemination! I think I played through all of Milan's solo vihuela music transcribed for guitar from some scholarly edition I checked out of the library back in the 1970s. I seem to remember sort of slow-going chords and notes followed by blasts of 16th or 32nd notes that I could never hope to play in time with whatever slow tempo I had already established. (Or maybe that was his songs.) Not a lot of fun. I do think Milan's 6 Pavanas are top-notch - taken together, maybe the best of the vihuela music? I just checked my music collection for all appearances of Narvaez. Turns out I only have Guardame las Vacas, Condo Claros, two small pieces, and a few extracts in Soundboard articles. So I can't say I know him. And the other guys, Valdeberanno and Pisador, etc., I know even less. >What is up with those "tonos"? I'm glad to hear a musically educated person ask that! I always figured I was the only one who didn't know what everyone else was talking about. ME: Need expert advice on going all electric. Dear This Old House, I have a 19-year-old double-wide manufactured home in Dover, Delaware. I feel certain I could increase my comfort, lower my utility bills, and simplify my life by converting everything - furnace, water heater, and stove - from gas to electricity. It would also get an explosive out of my home. I *think* what I want is a packaged heat pump. Wouldn't it be a straighforward matter to calculate the operating costs of such a heat pump to see what the savings would be? I can show how much gas I've used to heat the house each year. I have struck out miserably with contractors in the area. They give me the impression I am doing something very out of the ordinary. They either don't want anything to do with it, or try to steer me clear of a packaged heat pump. My confidence in them doing anything outside of what they've been doing all their lives has dropped to zero. Now I'm at the point that if one of them said, "Sure, I'll stick in a packaged heat pump for you," I wouldn't be able to trust him. The second part of the idea is even more "radical" - on-demand hot water, since I only run a bit of hot water once or twice a day. Surely, it can't make sense for a single person with my life style to keep 30 gallons of water heated all the time, while, incidentally, sending lots of wasted heat up through the heater's flue. Again, on-demand electric hot water just isn't done in this part of the country. I am desperate for the help of an expert in these matters. None of the contractors I have spoken with have been able to refer me to anyone who can help. I want to have this done before the furnace, air conditioner, and hot water heater start going up one by one. They're certainly all near the ends of their lives by now. I also don't want to have to put up with the racket of the wind rush created by the gas furnace one more winter. I am desperate for expert advice. I think what I am shooting for would be so clearly advantageous - the gas company in my area is a robber baron - that such work on my house would serve as a model to many other homeowners and create a windfall for packaged heat pump manufacturers and on-demand water heaters. ME: Had a great day at the auction yesterday. Found a winner for my collection and had more friendly chats with auction regulars than usual. The book is "The Oxford Nursery Rhyme Book" by the Opies. I knew of it from Phyllis's sister Cathy who's a librarian in Detroit. It was culled from that library's collection, but Cathy was wrestling with orders to get rid of it. Don't know if she managed to restore it to the shelf or what. Anyhow, I got one in two big boxes of books for $2. It has 800 rhymes, so it'll take a long time to go through it properly. My previous largest collection has 700+. One neat thing is the hundreds of original woodcuts they reproduce. Just thumbing through I've already stumbled on a few neat things. It has, for example, "Hickety, pickety, i-silicity" which appeared for the first time in my collection on one of the Mother Goose record albums. Now I can rest easy it's "for real". In my list of favorites on my web page I include "Moses supposes his toeses are roses". That only appears in one of my books, so I was afraid it might be a johnny-come-lately. In the "Play It By Ear" cd trivia q&a game I scavenged on the rainy day at the auction I learned that rhyme was used in the movie "Singin' In The Rain", which only added to my nervousness it might be modern. But it's in the Oxford collection, and I'm sure the Opies weren't using movies as a source. A shocker is a completely different treatment of my favorite sometimes titled "Pairs or Pears?": Twelve pears hanging high, Twelve knights riding by; Each knight took a pear, And yet left eleven there. Not a dozen; eleven. Huh? The solution is: [Perhaps only Sir Eachknight took one]. I've uncovered a mystery regarding the woodcuts. They are all carefully identified as to which book of nursery rhymes they came from. The Opies must have a copy of "Mother Goose's Melody", which I probably directed you to on the web. This would be a later edition of the first book of nursery rhymes using Mother Goose's name. The one on the web is missing two pages. Without going back to check, I had some notion it was the only surviving copy. But the Opies use 8 woodcuts from it - three of which are not in the web copy. It's not impossible that all three could have come from the two missing pages, but it sure seems highly unlikely. Most pages only have one woodcut. And the mystery is even greater if the copy on the web is the only surviving one. I like these lines from the Opies' Preface: "We have no desire to establish standard texts. Oral tradition recognizes no 'correct' versions: the only defensible version is how one knows it oneself." Which relates to Alfred Bigelow Paine's Hollow Tree series books. I'd be glad to keep a lookout. Of course, the auction is not necessarily the most fruitful way of tracking down a particular book (i.e., don't hold your breath), but finding the Oxford Nursery Rhyme Book shows it can be done. Haven't remembered to do a quick web search to see if Pussyfoot Johnson was a real person or a personification of the hatchet-wielding prohibitionists. I'm guessing the latter. >Ow is in my Random House Webster's College Dictionary. Isn't it one of the politer things one says when stuck by a thorn in the garden or when burning or cutting one's finger in the kitchen? According to the American Heritage panel of experts, it's OUCH. 'Course, they're all wrong; it's YOWCH. I have distinctly heard this on many an occasion. >But what about ta? The Brits would claim it as a legitimate word, as does my Webster's. Ah (ahh? ahhh?), but the *American* Heritage panel of experts agree with me it has never made it's way across the ocean. In spite of its omnipresence on Scrabble boards, I've never met a Scrabble player who could define it. The two most prevalent guesses are "a baby word" and "bye", as in half of ta-ta. Given that we know that all dictionaries are different, I'd say your research into >>AA AE AG AL BA BI DA DE ES ET HM MM JO KA MO NA NE OD OE OM OP OW OY TA UM XU YA FE KI OI QI ZA shows how amazingly in agreement our dictionaries are, and, by extension, how far-fetched the official Scrabble dictionary can be. >>Which reminds me, I recently found a useful site for listing words fitting desired constraints. For example, if you want all the 4-letter "qu" words, you would type in qu?? . >> http://www.onelook.com/ >And what the heck kind of words are those? What are those words with numbers? Extra definitions of the same spelling? And since when is an accent mark added to an e a fourth letter? First of all, onelook can't and shouldn't be held responsible for what the 100+ dictionaries it searches contain. If it made decisions like that it wouldn't be a searching platform, it would be its own dictionary. I would have written the program the same way. If some dictionary puts a funny character in position 5, that's what you get. You can click on the word to go to that dictionary to sort it out. Second of all, they have that nice "common words only" filter which weeds out most of the crazy ones. >How many of those qu?? words would you admit into your Scrabble games? Probably the exact same ones as in your Random House dictionary. Getting back to AGILELY, onelook found 6 more examples of that construction for me: fertilely futilely hostilely puerilely servilely vilely. I couldn't find any other exceptions, like WHOLLY and WILY, where the E or L or both get lost in the transformation, but that's harder to look for. >>little by little it started hitting me that FINAL doesn't have an E. Can happen to anyone. That same day I found a misspelling in my encyclopedia: BENEFICIENT. Should've noted the volume and page in case anybody wants proof. If you remember my SNAKERS and SNAILERS anecdote, I realize where I went astray. The official Scrabble dictionary goes overboard, in my opinion, making verbs out of animal nouns, like SNAILED and MULED. Somewhere along the line my righteously indignant brain took it a step further, to the -ER form. Best joke in the most recent Boys' Life Thin & Grin: Jack: How do snowmen travel? Robert: How? Jack: By icicle. Of course, that would benefit from a good, verbal presentation. Been on a Gilbert and Sullivan kick lately. I read one bio, and near the end I got around to visiting the later operas as they were dealt with in the text. The Gondoliers was already out, as you know. I also dug into The Yeomen Of The Guard and The Grand Duke. That's three of their last four operas. I don't have Utopia Unlimited. As usual for me, I pulled out another, bigger, fatter G&S bio and read the corresponding sections. The first borrowed very heavily from the fat one. "Yeoman" is odd in that it's a tragedy, or, at least, has a major tragic element. While everybody is celebrating Elsie and Fairfax's love, the jester Jack Point dies at Elsie's feet. Took some getting used to. He was such a neat guy. Mizan brought up a letter from Geo. Washington mentioned on our revolutionary walk around Dover's Green. She was right, which is no surprise; there was a letter from GW in one of the stories. I emailed Nate, our interpreter, and he was happy to give long, detailed answers to my questions. Here's a very brief version of the GW one. One of Delaware's revolutionary era heroes was a man named Richard Bassett. The funny thing is, in the middle of a long record of exemplary patriot activity leading up to and continuing after the war, he was a major player in the Black Munday *tory* uprising which was quelled by Caesar Rodney in Dover. Who can figure? Opposing politicians used this blot on his record against him when he was running for governor in 1798. His supporters produced the letter from GW stating how well Bassett had served him. They circulated a broadside ending with: The Original Certificate, signed by General Washington, is in the Possession of a Gentleman residing in New-Castle; any person wishing to be satisfied of its Authenticity, may, by Application to the Editors of the Delaware and Eastern Shore Advertiser, be informed where it may be seen and inspected. THEE: I didn't know that you worked on the Chanterelle Aguado project! That's impressive! THEE: Check out this website. What a place to spend some time. http://www.usd.edu/smm/SgtPepper.html ME: Very impressive site. That heart-shaped trumpet still strikes terror in my heart. (There was a knockout song on each of the four sides of the album [Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band soundtrack], though.) I'd like to see some 19th c. American guitars. Here's the instrument I'd most like to camp out with for an afternoon. http://www.usd.edu/smm/orchestrion.html ME: I had a good time today getting started on the Oxford Nursery Rhyme book. It answers something, I presume correctly, that we speculated on. Remember good ol' See-saw, Margery Daw, The old hen flew over the malt-house. She counted her chickens one by one, Still she missed the little white one, And this is it, this is it, this is it! ? The Opies place it with the rhymes for counting and playing with baby toes. One of my new favorites from today: Hush-a-baa, baby, Dinna mak' a din, An' ye'll get a cakie When the baker comes in. Remember my "thing" about "eat" as the past tense of "eat" and pronounced "et" (sort of like "read" and "read")? Nobody's ever granted me that one, even though I've since found an online dictionary that confirms it. But if I needed a smoking gun, I found one in Gilbert & Sullivan's "The Grand Duke:" But on the whole, Uncertain yet, A sausage-roll I took and eat. Yeap, Ludwig sings the rhyme just as expected. THEE: I was on your website earlier today, looking at the guitar tables and unexplained science ideas ... pardon me, "undescribed" science thing, since science does not explain. I had never heard that expression before. I'm probably not in those levels of science classes yet. We start school in three weeks. I hope I haven't forgotten too much math; I cannot recall the name of the ! symbol. I know it means add up every number below X, but I just do ont remember the name of the silly vocabulary word. ME: As always, thanks for stopping by my home on the web! The general rule of thumb is that family, friends, and relatives wouldn't consider it if you stuck their nose in a vise. Which is ok, actually. I still need somebody to explain the seeming impossibilty of surprises in our dreams. Thanks for the youtube recommendation. I'll take a look next time I'm at the library. Takes too long for electrons to dribble through this phone line. To the best of my knowledge my pumpkin sprout is still drilling its way to China. By the way, I play scrabble with a fascinating man who is a plant physiologist. He's trying to "crack the secret of plants." You saw my guitar tablature? It is so simple to play. Pull out a guitar, and you'll be outplaying your dad in minutes. Of course you've never heard anyone say "Science describes; science does not explain." The schools are all part of the conspiracy. 6! is called "6 factorial", and it's the *product* of 6 and every number below 6. Factorials get real big, real fast. I added a killer Mother Goose book to my collection at the Dover auction on Friday. It's called the Oxford Nursery Rhyme Book. It has 800 of 'em. Spent some time today incorporating them into my master index. Here's one of my favorite new ones. If this doesn't turn a little kid into a bent twig, nothing will. Hokey, pokey, whisky, thum, How d'you like potatoes done? Boiled in whisky, boiled in rum, Says the King of the Cannibal Islands. THEE: Tonight it's almost time to start DVD 3 or a BBC adaptation of Dicken's Bleak House. Those Brits know how to adapt a massive novel. It can only have a chance of being good by being a l-o-n-g adaptation. Neat thing is that, although the first episode was an hour, the others have all been 30 minutes. It's easy to watch 30, 60, 90, or even 120 minutes (or more, although I haven't) at a shot, as it strikes one fancy. THEE: Stopping an hour or so in Lindsborg, KS, on my way north, too. We discovered it on a fun trip to South Dakoka Badlands and Black Hills during spring break many years ago. Neat town. THEE: >The book is "The Oxford Nursery Rhyme Book" by the Opies. Who, pray tell, are the Opies? > Twelve pears hanging high, > Twelve knights riding by; > Each knight took a pear, > And yet left eleven there. >Not a dozen; eleven. Huh? The solution is: [Perhaps only Sir Eachknight took one]. Or Sir Each Knight took a pair and the others took one? >I also showed him your "place" and "plant" photos, in violation of the rules. Wanna spill the beans? Don't know if trying to use the web would pay off. Aha! I named the place for you in the e-mail and figured that one was far too easy. Without looking, think music. As for the plant, do you recall the single stem from the trip to the salt marsh preserve? >According to the American Heritage panel of experts, it's OUCH. 'Course, they're all wrong; it's YOWCH. I have distinctly heard this on many an occasion. No, it's OOO-CHAY. Ask any Italian. There's kinda a funny story to go with this. Rinaldo initially learned most of his English from Evelyn. One day, for fun, she started whining about her "ouchie," as if she were a little kid again. A week or so later, he hurt himself somehow, and blurted out "ouchie!"--adding that he had an "ouchie." Evelyn compared this to his once having referred to a rabbit as a "bunny" after she had done so. I can say those words, but people will look at you strangely if you do," she explained. "Men don't use those words." That's when he told her that the explanation for "ouch" or "ow" in Italian is pronounced "ooo-chay." (I'm not sure of the spelling.) He has assumed that "ouchie" was the English equivalent and happy to find such a similar, easy-to-remember word. >That same day I found a misspelling in my encyclopedia: BENEFICIENT. Should've noted the volume and page in case anybody wants proof. Proofreading errors sneak in everywhere, don't they? You ought to see some of those I find in textbooks. One of my favorites is in an exercise that asks students to distinguish between dependent and independent clauses in sentences. One sentence ends with a group of underlined words, which the answer key indicates are an independent clause. There's just one problem. If you read the full sentence rather than glancing only at what's underlined, the clause is dependent. The underlined words are preceeded by "because." It was clearly a mistake on someone's part because without the dependent clause, this would have been a run-on sentence. I use the exercise to give an extra credit bonus to anyone who finds the error. Of course, the students don't have the answer key, but I tell them to read every sentence carefully and consider the structure of each. A few sharp students find it, but only a few--something like one per class. Occasionally none, never more than two. >Best joke in the most recent Boys' Life Thin & Grin: >Jack: How do snowmen travel? Robert: How? Jack: By icicle. >Of course, that would benefit from a good, verbal presentation. Groan . . . . Didn't even hit me until you said that. Just looked like two words and was mildly funny. You're right that it would improve with the right oral delivery. >The 100 Guitar cd I sent to Vincent in Portugal came back a few days ago marked "Endereco insuficiente/Adresse insuffisante". You wouldn't believe the effort I went to to make sure I got it in the precise form of a Portuguese address. THEE: This is what we do best, these weeklong driving trips meandering all over the landscape. (Three memorable ones: 1) spring of '03: down to Memphis via Rt. 81 across Virginia, then over to Chattanooga and back; 2) summer of '03: circumnavigating Lake Erie, hitting Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Dayton, Detroit, and cutting across mostly agrarian Ontario to Niagara Falls; then across New York state via Rt. 90, heading south at Binghamton via Rt. 81; 3) summer of '05: down through Virginia, stopping at Roanoke, on into Tennessee and then Kentucky, and after seeing Mammoth Cave heading north into Indiana, where we visited Wolf Park before heading straight east across Indiana and Ohio and Pennsylvania.) The destinations are, to be sure, not as important as the experience of discovering odd and out-of-the-way attractions, too numerous to mention here (maybe if I start my own web page)... Excellent and as usual very thorough stuff on the British Embassy incident; fun tidbits on Scrabble; and science describing, not explaining. ME: The potatoes that were cooling on the stove were the best ever. Moral: always let them cool way down first. An internet search on the number of blocks per mile is pretty disappointing. You'd think that someone somewhere would have taken it upon himself to define a "standard block", but it doesn't look like it. So everyone who chimes in says the same thing about, "it depends on the city you're in." Good grief. Anyhow, it seems like most answers say 8 to 12 or 13 or 16. So when I said an eighth of a mile, that would be about the longest. You were right about the cerebellum: >The cerebellum is located in the inferior posterior portion of the head (the hindbrain), directly dorsal to the pons, and inferior to the occipital lobe (Figs. 1 and 3). Because of its large number of tiny granule cells, the cerebellum contains nearly 50% of all neurons in the brain, but it only takes up 10% of total brain volume. The cerebellum receives nearly 200 million input fibers; in contrast, the optic nerve is composed of a mere one million fibers. I had mentioned the use of the word "axe" for "ask" in an old British nursery rhyme. I found it again in a Gilbert & Sullivan operetta, Ruddigore. Richard says: "But, axin' your pardon, miss..." and, later, "Ax your honour's pardon, but..." Admittedly, he's *supposed* to sound like a low-class sailor. About me trying to bring a little happiness in the world via scrabble. Keep in mind it's only one of hundreds of things I've been bending over backwards trying to offer the world for decades. So far the world has snarled, "You CANNOT share anything with me," but what am I supposed to do? Crawl in a hole and watch tv 20 hours a day? Just for you, here are some nice Mother Goose rhymes I've found in my latest book. I don't intend to add them to my Mother Goose web page, which is already too big for anybody to read. Hush-a-baa, baby, Dinna mak' a din, An' ye'll get a cakie When the baker comes in. *** Hokey, pokey, whisky, thum, How d'you like potatoes done? Boiled in whisky, boiled in rum, Says the King of the Cannibal Islands. *** Hush-a-ba birdie, croon, croon, Hush-a-ba birdie, croon, The sheep are gane to the silver wood, And the cows are gane to the broom, broom. And it's braw milking the kye, kye, It's braw milking the kye, The birds are singing, the bells are ringing, The wild deer come galloping by, by. And hush-a-ba birdie, croon, croon, Hush-a-ba birdie, croon, The gaits are all gane to the mountain hie, And they'll no be hame till noon, noon. *** The man in the mune is making shune, Tuppence a pair an' they're a' dune. THEE: Hi! I didn't know there was a Dover Scrabble Club. The only one I could find was one in Wilmington and that's too far to drive. Can you give me more info on the club please? ME: Easiest thing is to give a call. 678-7100 THEE: Dear Donald, I've got it! You don't imagine how happy I was when I saw it in the letterbox. There is a "but", a big "BUT" (!!!), I've discovered that the disc you have is differente from the one my parents have!!! Don't think I'm not happy anyway. I'm listening to it now and it's the same musical group, the same sound I've been liking for 40 years. I've descovered a little (or big) brother of the disc I know, in some way. What I don't understand is that my parent's disc has the same name: "Orquesta Popular de Madrid de La O. N.C.E.: One Hundred Guitars". I must understand that several albums were done with this name which is in fact the musical group name. Donald, there is only one thing that can be done now: I'll have to manage to find a way to digitalize my parents' disc! It's gonna be hard work but, sure I'll send you a copy one day. Just don't ask me when! On thursday I go to france for 2 weeks. I'll see what more information there is on the cover of the disc and I'll send this information to you. After I'll see what I can do... In the end, all this is probably the best thing that could happen. I really think so. I'll keep you informed. This story has no end :) ME: What a surprise! Keep me informed when you solve the "mystery"! THEE: Have you ever considered the similarity between Get Back and Perry Como's Catch a Falling Star? ME: No, I never considered the Get Back/Catch A Falling Star connection, but I'm chuckling right now playing the main lines mentally :-) Good "catch"! ME: I was referred to you in regards to my effort to convert my home to all eletric. I have a 19-year-old double-wide manufactured home in Dover, Delaware. I feel certain I could increase my comfort, lower my utility bills, and simplify my life by converting everything - furnace, water heater, and stove - from gas to electricity. A side benefit would be getting an explosive out of my home. Last year I tried to get rolling on this under my own steam, calling contractors about putting in a packaged heat pump. I struck out with them. They give me the impression I am doing something very out of the ordinary. They either don't want anything to do with it, or try to steer me clear of a packaged heat pump. Is there something basically wrong with the idea that I don't understand? Isn't it a straightforward matter to calculate the operating costs of such a heat pump vs. gas furnace vs. electric furnace to see what to see what the savings would be? The second part of the idea is on-demand hot water, since I only run a bit of hot water once or twice a day. Surely, it can't make sense for a single person with my life style to keep 30 gallons of water heated all the time, while, incidentally, sending lots of wasted heat up through the heater's flue. But, again, it all depends on calculations of upfront costs of tank vs. tankless and the respective monthly bills. The issue of the hot water also gets me into rerouting of the plumbing. If the gas furnace is replaced with a packaged heat pump outside, the available spot would seem to make a perfect, more centralized, place for the hot water heater. It is currently far away from where I use hot water. I want to convert one unneeded bathroom into a storage room, and it would make sense to do it along with everything else since the plumbing is being rerouted, anyway. All of this is to say that I need an expert for the energy studies and to coordinate the project. I'd like to have this done before the furnace, air conditioner, and hot water heater start going up one by one. They're all living on borrowed time as it is. I really dread having to put up with the racket of the wind rush created by the gas furnace one more winter. Hoping you can help, or put me on the right track. Thanks. ME: twelve poems of emily dickinson, baltimore, 1970 Hi Ruth, I recently found a copy of your record, "Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson set to music by Aaron Copland" among some boxes of records at the auction here in Dover, Delaware. I am first and foremost an opera buff, but that sounding interesting, not to mention, the cover sure *looked* to be autographed by Aaron Copland! It said, For Ruth and Arno Drucker with my deep appreciation for their superb performance of these songs Aaron Copland Baltimore 1970 On closer inspection, I'm not sure it's a handwritten inscription. The black ink seems to have the reflective quality as the printed matter on the cover. Also, his use of the word "their" instead of "your" seems to be a clue it was written for the public. Do you remember this album? Maybe a dumb question, but it was a private pressing by the Bradley Recording Co., Baltimore, Maryland, and it's not a given that a copy made its way back to you. My best guess is that Copland made the inscription on program the day of the performance, and that was used as the album cover. Of course, I'd like to find out it's a *real* autograph! As far as I can tell, there is not a hint of a mention of this album on the web. But my search brought me to yours and Arno's neat site - very heartwarming to find you all alive and kicking and together after all those decades! Anything you can tell me about the inscription? Do you need a copy of the recording on cd? Thanks for your help, and thanks for the nice album! THEE: Re: twelve poems of emily dickinson, baltimore, 1970 How lovely of you to write. That was a very special performance in our musical life. We performed (this was a live performance that was captured on tape) on Copland's 70th birthday concert in Baltimore, MD. After the performance he came on stage crying and said "You made me forget I wrote those songs" and autographed our copy of the music. Of course I still have that original music. It was one of the first performances we had given in Baltimore having arrived in 1967 for my husband to get his DMA degree at Peabody with Leon Fleisher. We had Bradley make the LP for us - a limited private pressing, of course, and have no idea how it made its way to Dover, Delaware, unless a former student of mine was giving away his/her old LP's. Thanks for your offer- but we have transferred the original tape to a CD. I am on a few commercial recordings - not opera - contemporary music by Larry Moss and another by Gordon Cyr (composers who wrote for us and are/were friends - Cyr is recently deceased). Thanks for your email - glad you enjoyed those beautiful songs. Ruth L. Drucker Arno P. Drucker Baltimore, MD ME: Thanks so much for the interesting background on the performance and recording. I grew up outside of Baltimore, by the way. Even though it's not Copland's actual ink on the cover, it'll remain a very special record in my collection. I'll tell everybody it even has his tears on it. Speculating on the travels of a record is pretty futile. There was one in that batch that had an owner's address label from Chicago. 30-plus years after the compact disc, any record that's avoided the dump should thank its lucky stars. P.S. You can hear some pieces recorded by my classical guitar trio here. I like the extremes of Canone Breve and Plunkety Plunk Schottische. http://www.dcguitar.net/ THEE: I was in the very late stages of "ataxia" [as one doctor Glasby put it] I need to look that up when at home. Good thing I have dictionarys. By the way, the newest is American Collegiate printed 2005 . Thankfully, my mgr. gave me coupons worth $60. or $80 and I used it at "Barnes & Noble" for said dictionary. [maybe I had to add cash, but it's nice to have a large, newer version in edition in addition to the older 2 versions that do have valuable information. You know that words do really change? [for example, the "King James" has meanings that are opposite of what modern man would expect Theresa told me and I do believe her] She used a 1900's dictionary to look up some words. THEE: axe is not aks ME: So far, the fingernail splits haven't hit I M or A. In fact, it looks like two of them on my left hand are closing up, so maybe it's not as threatening as it seemed. WORK UP TWO MORE PIECES. NOW!!! :-) ME: >>The book is "The Oxford Nursery Rhyme Book" by the Opies. >Who, pray tell, are the Opies? The Opies are the bomb. Iona and Peter Opie came up in earlier conversation as the editors of that cool book, "The Classic Fairy Tales", which collected the earliest english versions of the most well- known fairy tales. Remember? when Goldilocks was a little, old silver- haired woman? Wanna hear some of my favorite new ones from the Oxford book? THE TURNIP VENDOR If a man who turnips cries, Cry not when his father dies, It is proof that he would rather Have a turnip than his father. *** PUNCTUATE King Charles the First walked and talked Half an hour after his head was cut off. The Oxford book cleared up questions I had about a few of the rhymes. For example, one of my books has: Gray goose and gander, Waft your wings together, And carry the good king's daughter Over the one stand river. I couldn't figure out the last line for anything. But the Oxford book has, "Over the one-strand river", which makes perfect sense. By the way, do you know A. A. Milne's poem "Disobedience"? I think it's great. I found it in a book at the auction the other day. Krystal and Mizan were around so I read it to Mizan, substituting her name to the best of my ability. It made no impression, other than relief at getting it over with. Oh well, I try. I *thought* I found an autographed Aaron Copland record at the auction last week. It was called "Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson set to music by Aaron Copland". Across the cover and through some of the printed text, even, was scrawled: For Ruth and Arno Drucker with my deep appreciation for their superb performance of these songs Aaron Copland Baltimore 1970 On closer inspection, the black ink of the inscription looked to be the same as the printed material. I went to the web to research it. Not a peep on that album. (What else is new?) But it led me to the web site of the performers, who seem to be going strong all these decades later. I've gotten other nice records and neat, old games lately. One favorite record is Marian Anderson singing spirituals (1962). The neatest old game is called "Dig", by Parker Brothers. A huge pile of cardboard squares with letters represents the goldmine. The players have these pickaxes with a sticky pad on the end and use it to pick letters from the pile to form a word in front of them/him/you know what I mean, according to the subject on a chosen card. Of course, the stickum is all gone after 60 years, but I found some foam insulation tape that does a good job. The rules make it clear that, "Formal dress is not essential; although it would make a pretty picture." Thanks for the "Mesopotamia" lady research. It could easily be a pure coincidence, but W. S. Gilbert did something kind of similar in Ruddigore. Mad Margaret could be calmed down with the word "Basingstoke", which is hauled out about 8 times in one of the passages. Ruddigore also has a couple of "ax"es for "ask". >Aha! I named the place for you in the e-mail and figured that one was far too easy. Without looking, think music. This raises the profound question, can a clue be a clue if there's no clue that a clue was given? But now that I know, here's my guesses for the Place: 1. the Old Camp Ground; 2. Marching through Georgia; 3. Down Upon the Swanee River. Getting warm? >As for the plant, do you recall the single stem from the trip to the salt marsh preserve [Bombay Hook]? Whoops, I can't get that to come to mind. But that's really neat. Whatever it is, don't let it take over Oklahoma. I tried to get some purple dandelions from Montana to grow in my yard in Maryland, but no luck. Speaking of a poor memory, while searching for something on my computer I discovered I sent you the same "do brown" citation twice, probably with the same dopey comments, forcing you to politely respond without saying, "How come you're telling me that again?" Ooo-chay. >One of my favorites is in an exercise that asks students to distinguish between dependent and independent clauses in sentences. I've always had to stop a fraction of a second to determine which is which. I mean, conceptually, I know instantly whether a clause is independent or dependent; it just takes moment to choose the right word. If that sounds funny, I'm sure it has to do with the word "independent" being made from, or *dependent* on, the word "dependent". So the words themselves behave opposite to the concepts they're assigned to. Hey, if you think that's dumb, I played "QUAFT" in scrabble the other week. Plopped it down without the least inkling something might be amiss. Guess I was woolgathering about wafting along on a raft, quaffing a tall, cold root beer. There's the life! "Tenting on the Old Camp Ground" brings to mind a story I just read, "The Camp-Meeting", by Baynard Rust Hall. It was pretty humorous; lots of fun dialect to "translate". Biggest stumper was "juul". It sent me to my encyclopedia to learn up on John Calvin and Servetus. Found another typo: "God is in the spendor of the stars." >>Jack: How do snowmen travel? Robert: How? Jack: By icicle. >>Of course, that would benefit from a good, verbal presentation. >Groan . . . . Didn't even hit me until you said that. Just looked like two words and was mildly funny. You're right that it would improve with the right oral delivery. Hey! No fair groaning at something so subtle it took an explanation to get! But thanks for the gentle nudge toward proper word usage. I was never confident about "verbal", and I'll bet I hesitated when I got to it in that sentence. The usage note in my dictionary has me cleared up now. I think it's the word "verbalize" that causes the trouble. Seems like that should be "oralize" to keep everything straight. >Where are your e-mails going? I didn't receive this one either! That's, what, three missing e-mails? Please resend. THEE: In your reading, have you come across the word "scroot" as it would fit this context: "I remember when he was just a scroot." Must be something derrogatory similar to a "mutt" because it appears in a cartoon in which the [CANINE] is parading proudly between two rows of onlooking dogs. One of the other dogs makes the comment above. Online I've found a couple of definitions: "a flirt" and "someone who looks or searches" (from scrutiny). Clearly, neither fits. The word also appears in the Peter Tamony Papers at the Western Historical Manuscript Collection, State Historical Society of MO. I know the collection from having looked at it several years ago. It's a series of very sketchy linguistic notes compiled over the years by Tamony from his reading. THEE: pumpkin going to fair #1 Could'nt resist puttin this baby in the Timonium Fair. Guaranteed 1'st place. I'll send you some other pics individually, because they go a lot quicker that way. ME: I liked this picture of the big (ugly) pumpkin my brother entered in the Maryland State Fair. The kids aren't related. THEE: mini pumpkins Figured I'd enter these in the mini pumpkin category. Didn't see many others , so might win that blue ribbon too! ME: Fwd: mini pumpkins Now *those* are pumpkins! THEE: > Hokey, pokey, whisky, thum, > How d'you like potatoes done? > Boiled in whisky, boiled in rum, > Says the King of the Cannibal Islands. Love that rhyme . . . > Hush-a-ba birdie, croon, croon, > Hush-a-ba birdie, croon, > The sheep are gane to the silver wood, > And the cows are gane to the broom, broom. > And it's braw milking the kye, kye, > It's braw milking the kye, > The birds are singing, the bells are ringing, > The wild deer come galloping by, by. So 'tis fine milking the cows, is it? Better brush up on my Scots. > And hush-a-ba birdie, croon, croon, > Hush-a-ba birdie, croon, > The gaits are all gane to the mountain hie, > And they'll no be hame till noon, noon. >*** > PUNCTUATE > King Charles the First walked and talked;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;; > Half an hour after,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, his head was cut off. >>Aha! I named the place for you in the e-mail and figured that one was far too easy. Without looking, think music. >This raises the profound question, can a clue be a clue if there's no clue that a clue was given? But now that I know, here's my guesses for the Place: 1. the Old Camp Ground; 2. Marching through Georgia; 3. Down Upon the Swanee River. Getting warm? Yup, it's the Swanee River a little over an hour from Tallahassee. Meredith and I went hiking at Swannee River State Park one day. >>As for the plant, do you recall the single stem from the trip to the salt marsh preserve? >Whoops, I can't get that to come to mind. But that's really neat. Whatever it is, don't let it take over Oklahoma. I tried to get some purple dandelions from Montana to grow in my yard in Maryland, but no luck. It was one of the freebies, and the hummingbirds love it. Actually, I ended up with two stems--mine and H~~'s because she's not allowed to plant anything in the "landscaped" garden area by her door. And, yes, the bee balm might take over Oklahoma . . . as least a yard on Quoza Court. >I've always had to stop a fraction of a second to determine which is which. I mean, conceptually, I know instantly whether a clause is independent or dependent; it just takes moment to choose the right word. If that sounds funny, I'm sure it has to do with the word "independent" being made from, or *dependent* on, the word "dependent". So the words themselves behave opposite to the concepts they're assigned to. Sheesh . . . I''d better not ever mention that to my students. Here's my highbrow explanation of dependent and independent clauses, which I hope I didn't send at some time in the past. Somehow I think Frances P. may have come up, at least. Back around 1960, Frances P. Dolliver, passed out a stack of old purple ditto copies to a class full of disbelieving students. On the paper was an outline of a trailer attached to a car. She handed each student a black crayon and a red crayon. "This is the big black Buick and the little red trailer," she said. "Color the car black and the trailer red." We had long suspected that ol' Miss Dolliver was senile, but this confirmed it. But we were obedient little tykes and colored our pictures. Then she explained that the big black Buick was the independent clause that could go by itself, but the little red trailer had to be attached to the big black Buick in order to move. Many years later when several of my old friends and I all ended up home in Des Moines at the same time and got together, we started recalling funny school experiences. Someone asked, "Do you remember the day that Miss Dolliver made us color that picture in class?" "Yeah, what was that, anyway?" "It was a car and a trailer." "The big black Buick and the little red trailer." "Oh, yeah! What was the point?" Simultaneously, we all blurted out, "The independent and dependent clause!" That was when we realized that ol' Miss Dolliver wasn't as dumb as we thought. Everyone remembered. There's something else she told us that I didn't remember as well, however. I thought I remembered her telling us that her father was a former Iowa governor. Turns out Jonathan Prentis Dolliver was both a U.S. Representative and U.S. Senator from Iowa, who died in office in 1910 while in the Senate. We always suspected she was about 115, herself, especially since my parents had also been her students and thought she was at least 80 then. Here's something I found on Wikipedia: A famous political quotation is attributed to Dolliver. Referring to his home state's traditional allegiance with the Republican Party, Dolliver said, "Iowa will go Democratic when Hell goes Methodist." The boys in our class entertained themself with rapidly chanting her first name, middle initial, and last name over and over. Any idea where that concept of woolgathering comes from? Seems like woolgathering ought to be industrious, but I guess people don't exactly gather wool, do they? Maybe that's the point? I'll end with my funny (?) story of the day. Around 1:00, I stopped at a McDonalds for the sole purpose of a restroom stop. As I turned in, I suddenly realized that the drive was blocked by a charter Trailways bus, and I was thus stuck blocking the entrance for about 5 minutes while a seemingly endless line of oldsters slowly de-bussed. Finally, I was able to park. You can guess the rest. By the time I got inside, about 25 gray, white, and purple-haired women were in line in front of me. Still, I left the parking lot ahead of the bus. At 3:30, I reached my day's destination in Salina and checked in. Then I returned to my car from the few items that needed to come in for the night. As I exited the motel, what should I see but the same tour bus pulling up to the main entrance. As I gathered my belongings, the adroit bus driver and tour guides were rapidly unloading bags by the scores, and lining them up from the bus to the pillars supporting front portion of the entryway. Between the luggage and the hedges, the entry was effectively barracaded. I headed around the building to find another way in. Since I was headed to the third floor and was fairly well loaded down, I next headed to the elevator . . . You can imagine the rest. These folks are headed south on I-35 just as I am. It'll be interesting to see if they continue on I-35 or turn East in Oklahoma as I will. We're getting to be old friends. THEE: Neat picture, Donald. And, yes, that's a big, ugly pumpkin. Too bad thekids aren't related. They're cuter than the pumpkin. ME: fransa speed oliver fransa speed oliver fransa speed oliver fransa speed oliver Funny story about that twilight zone-y bus. It reminds me of one of the dreams I recount on my dream page, although it's a station wagon, not a bus. Here's the address of that masterpiece: http://www.donaldsauter.com/dreams.htm >In fact, I sallied forth for some shopping I spelled SALLIES in scrabble a week or so ago. When I recounted this to Bennie, he had never heard of "sally" or "sally forth". Nobody knows everything, but that surprised me. >and turned around to get my car safely back in the garage in case hail was to accompany the downpour. I used to predict hail storms. [See my "Most this and that in my life" page.] Will see the family on Sunday. I'll find out how Steven's pumpkins did. He gave a seed apiece to brother-in-law Tom and me, neither of which produced. (Antecedent could be the seeds or the planters, no matter.) Steven wanted some competition. He says disgustedly, "*You guys* . . ." I did the best I could. > PUNCTUATE > King Charles the First walked and talked;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;; > Half an hour after,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, his head was cut off. Wrong wrong wrong wrong. King Charles the First walked and talked half an hour :-( after his head was cut off! :-) Get with it. I let somebody outbid me on an old "Fairy Tales from Shakespeare" book the other day. Actually, I won the bid, but there was a mix-up, and Blake started the books over again, and that's when I let it go. >Yup, it's the Swanee River a little over an hour from Tallahassee. That was really my first guess, although I thought it was 56 minutes. >And, yes, the bee balm might take over Oklahoma . . . as least a yard on Quanah Court. Aha, "bee balm" did it. That brings back a weak but definite memory of the stems or cuttings. >>I think it's the word "verbalize" that causes the trouble. Seems like that should be "oralize" to keep everything straight. >Makes sense to me. Maybe another excuse is a trip in my college years to the drug store with college buddy Ron Takemoto (with the $100 last name). He was looking for a thermometer and the salesgirl asked, "Oral?" Ron said, "No, verbal." THEE: Hello, I greatly enjoyed reading all you had written. I was in search of a resolution to my quest regarding music of Ringo when I happened upon your site. Now for my plea.... many many years ago I was married to a wonderful man who has since passed away. My heart is yearning to hear a beautiful song by Ringo that was on one of his albums in the very early 70's. My husband was a musician (drummer) with a small country group that traveled the midwest trying to "make it" the name of the group was Larry Good & The Good times, but neither here nor there for my quest and hearts desire is to hear this song my husband brought home & played over & over for me saying he heard it and had to have it as it always brought me closer. It had a beginning of Oh darlin' I believe. If you could help me by giving me somewhere to hear albums of this time period I know I would recognize it. It was never a big hit or anything I just believe it was on Ringos first album relaease I'm just not sure. I know this sounds crazy but I am in very bad health and know I will be with my beloved John soon I would like to hear this song one more time. I know I have given you very little and you may not even be bothered but I would appreciate some guidance. ME: I really wish I could help, but the song you describe doesn't ring any bells. Would you say the song was country-flavored? Ringo had a country album, but none of the songs seem to match the lyric you remember. THEE: Croquet Question I've searched dozens of sites, reading countless versions of croquet rules. No one has addressed this issue and you are the only one kind enough to offer an email address for questions - so here goes: Sunday here was cool, sunny and gorgeous. Perfect weather to break out the croquet set - for the first time in 20 years. Like riding a bicycle, we assumed it would all come back to us. For the most part, we were right. Until my brother - let's call him The Cheater - began playing with a new strategy. Rather than trying to advance through the wickets, he was chasing his opponents' balls in an attempt to roquet them into the stratosphere. My feeling is that, if you accidentally strike an opponent's ball AS YOU PROCEED THROUGH THE COURSE!!! then, by all means, roquet away. He says it's perfectly fair to intentionally bypass the wickets, roquet your opponents, then go backwards and go through the wickets. Any insight you can give would be most appreciated since we nearly came to blows over this. Thank you! ME: Sure, I'll talk about recreational croquet any time! What baffles me the most about The Cheater's behavior is how it could possibly pay off. Yeah, a player is free to whack his ball in any direction and chase after other players, it's just so near-impossible to have any success at it. If he does get lucky and hit a ball 40 feet away, and then makes a roquet, he's left with one shot to get back to where he started. What's the advantage? And he can't try to hit that ball again until his next turn. And if he ever misses one of these long shots, then the other person is likely to have a good shot at him to get two extra shots. If you're saying he thinks he can go through the wickets in his own personalized order, no way! Is there any chance you're using some sort of rules that allow for the accumulation of strokes and THE CHEATER has a way of keeping going forever? Anyhow, my best advice is to take a close look at the recreational rules on my page. They might not correspond exactly to any particular set of tournament rules anywhere, but I promise you they have worked to perfection with any and all croquet players of any age or ability I have ever met. Hope I answered your question. Let me know if I missed the boat. THEE: Here's an interesting website sent to me by Meghan: http://www.librarything.com/ THEE: Of course, she's getting a letter today and photos [including a copy of the MRI showing that BIG tumor removed from my cerebullum]. Would you believe that my brain has filled in to the space formerly occupied by aforementioned yuckiness? You'll laugh but I think I'm more intelligent now! Well, I'd better send this before it's lost in cyberspace. ME: You can also be a guinea pig on my most recent beatle-related page: http://www.donaldsauter.com/john-lennon.htm I'd hate to think that I'm deluding myself that it's not a typical pop star page and that "outsiders" could find lots of funny bits if they looked. Or maybe just wonder at who would concoct such a thing. Here's how intellectual I am in my spare moments: there is little I enjoy more than settling down to a 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle on some aspect of this country's history (I have three that I've finished in the last 15 months: The Civil War, Historic Maryland, and Historic Washington, D.C.--they're all White Mountain puzzles, and they are a dilettante's dream. You get to pretend you're learning history while you're simply goofing around)...I bought the D.C. puzzle on our recent trip and finished it in my spare moments at work, where I have a nice table to spread puzzles on. Our trip went well. We like to pretend we're doing something educational, and for once, we really did. The big stops that day were at an artist's studio in Eastern shore Virginia (Turner Sculpture, Onley, Virginia) (completely unplanned, the best kind of discovery-- these folks do fantastic work, mostly of natural settings: herons, eagles, otters, etc.), at the restaurant in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel (saw dolphins swimming close to the shoreline--cool!), and at the Virginia Living Museum. The next day, after spending the night in Richmond, we took in Monticello and Ashlawn/Highland, where Monroe lived. (Missed, however, the Presidential Trifecta by not having time for nearby Montpelier, where Jemmy Madison lived.) Rose wanted to see some Shakespeare, so that evening we raced to Staunton to see a production of The Winter's Tale. From there we took the Blue Ridge Parkway toward Tennessee, and made it to Gatlinburg; then we spent most of the next two days in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park-- spectacular terrain. We gave up on getting into Kentucky, though we did get to Cherokee, North Carolina, which turned out to be a big disappointment (we had remembered it as a cool place--it wasn't). On our leisurely drive back we stopped at Harper's Ferry, so we got a little bit more historical perspective. All in all, a long trip (1700+ miles in 7 days), but an enjoyable one, and the key thing: we were not working! If you don't mind I'd like to hang onto The Coil Of Life for a bit longer, since it's taking me a while to slog through it (though I have to say, I find it fascinating--it's all brand new to me). ME: Thanks for the feedback on the "John Lennon" page. I'm afraid maybe it's too much for you to slow your Mach 3 brain down to my my brain's old, beat-up, bi-plane functionality. :) The page is not meant to be a John Lennon bio or fan tribute or artist appreciation or personality parade-type article, or anything else, for that matter, that any known publisher would touch. That's the glory of the web. Even though I use Lennon to snag readers, it's about all kinds of things: British beggars, spoonerisms, evolution, the trials and tribulations of transcribing speech, unconscioius plagiarism, the amazingness of a 10-watt college radio station, Shakespeare (although, admittedly, I forwent this opportunity to try to inform the world that it was really Edward de Vere), Yoko Ono's art before joining the Beatles, Watergate tapes, memories playing fantastic tricks . . . and funny, funny, funny! (Sez me.) It's more about some guy and his odd collection of interests and offbeat way of looking at things and digging up funny little connections than about Lennon. Most concerned about: >The interview tapes are hard to follow, not having either the book or the tape at my fingertips There was nothing to follow; each excerpt was self-contained. Nobody needs the book or the tape; I provide them both. Slow that brain down! Kind of curious about: >the real Lennon and not the one the media has created since his death. Not so sure what the media has created since I'm almost totally disconnected (no radio, tv, or major newspaper). Still, if the media presents Lennon as a saint, or great artistic genius, or the "only" Beatle, I think I would know about that. As far as I can tell, the media has let him fade away to almost complete nothingness - the end result of most pop artistry. The Chinese restaurant I visit once a month with a Kumon instructor friend has a feed, or a tape, with a muzak version of Jealous Guy. That might be about the only public John Lennon I've been subjected to in the last 5 or 10 years, or more. In any case, now that I've put so much effort into my Beatle Talk tapes and the Lennon page, it'd be unnatural if I didn't do the same for the other three. For whatever reasons, mostly that Lennon had a bigger mouth, I guess, the others will be lucky if I can squeeze out two screen's worth. George and Ringo are groovy guys; McCartney interview material is painfully worthless, for content and entertainment value. Did you know that George formed the Beatles? What does Tennessee have in common with Delaware? Hang onto The Coil Of Life as long as you want. I'm glad it interests you that much. ME: spence's auction Attention, please. Would the person who stole the souvenir bottle of vodka from Cancun at last Friday's auction please have someone return the empty bottle to the office anytime. It has great sentimental value. $20 reward. No questions asked. Thank you. ME: 3 days later, no reply to fransa, nor any of the 3 biggies. >Where are the B-I-G ones? Or have they fallen into the black holes of cyberspace again? Now does this mean you didn't get my email from less than an hour before on the same day with a subject starting "fransa", or the fwds of the three missing emails that followed? Even I'm starting to wonder if something funny is going on. Anybody policing your emails? THEE: Don't mistake my meaning re: your Lennon pages. I found them very entertaining. Whereas you claim to be disconnected from the media, I can tell you that he's been somewhat canonized by the music media (at the very least). As a regular reader of several magazines (Uncut, Word, Paste, Q, Mojo, etc.) that specialize in music, I have read many biased articles in his favor. Just this past summer, a CD was released entitled Instant Karma. Its profits are to go to the Darfur relief efforts, and the CD contains covers of Lennon material by many of today's mainstream artists. In 2002, Uncut issued a compilation disc with its October issue--all Lennon covers, and also bearing the title Instant Karma. Last year (I think--maybe 2005) Mojo or Q released "Lennon Covered": yet another CD of his material by contemporary artists. Uncut purports to keep its listeners up to date on new bands, but they have a big magazine to put out, so every month they have at least one or two articles on older bands (I suspect their readers aren't all 20-somethings, but other oldsters such as myself). I'm merely reporting the general spin on Lennon in their pages. (Lennon comes in a distant third in their shameless pandering department, no doubt due to his death. They absolutely love Bob Dylan and have an article on him every three issues or so; they also fawn all over Paul Weller of the Jam, a competent rock trio from the late 70s and early 80s. But Lennon is a close 3rd.) I would love to read the George Harrison page(s) you propose. Not interested so much in Ringo or Paul, though I believe there's a wealth of Paul material to examine. What was that weird radio show Paul did in the 80s or 90s? [Ooboo Jooboo, I think.] And I recall something about a secret website connected with him sometime this decade? I'll go snooping to see what I can find... I know George turned up on SNL, and played with Carl Perkins and a host of other rock stars at something I have under the name "A Rockabilly Session." Some of it's quite good. Also, George had something on the radio where he played "Rock Island Line". I'm sure this is old news to you. Didn't know George started the Beatles. A good case could be made for the Traveling Wilburys being his as well. THEE: My McAfee security system has recently undergone some changes, which might account for the missing emails. I'm not sure why some would come through and not others, but there's no understanding how email filters work. Anyhow, I've discovered a setting to "Add Friends" to my system that is separate from adding people to my address book. This is supposed to guarantee that those friends' emails aren't filtered. You're now officially a "friend." We'll see if those emails rejected at least twice now come through. THEE: Do you know anything about a shareware program called Zotero, created by the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University. I downloaded it this afternoon and pretty quickly used it to save all the catalog entries for WC's music at the Library of Congress. One can also save complete website pages, pdf files, etc. and highlight and/or add marginal notes. Maybe you'd find a use for it, but you first need to download the Firefox web browser. Both can be downloaded at the URL below if you're interested. Try watching the video tour first, but that may take a trip to the library: http://dev.zotero.org/ ME: vodka bottle $20 REWARD TO: Whoever found a souvenir BOTTLE OF VODKA from Cancun in this area at last Friday's auction. The bottle has sentimental value. Please have someone return the empty bottle to the office anytime. Or call Don, 678-7100. No questions asked. Thank you. ME: Not that this email will ever get to you or anything, but I got word of my brother's pumpkin [blue ribbon for largest at the Maryland State Fair in Timonium] appearing on California tv a couple of days ago in the most round-about way. Dr. Isaac Brown is in Liberia for a conference. He called his daughter Mavinia at his home in California. He asked what was going on. She was flipping channels. She said, wow, there's this great big pumpkin in Baltimore. Since they all had lived in Maryland, that caught Dr. Brown's attention. He asked for particulars. Mavinia saw my brother's name on the screen and wasn't sure of the pronunciation. Dr. Brown asked for the spelling. He recognized it as being the same as or similar to my name, in other word's "M.V.'s friend." (Apparently he saw my name once as a potential guest at a family member's wedding.) Uncle Isaac called his niece Velissa, my friend, M.V. to her family, in Indianapolis. She set Uncle Isaac straight, and said, no, that Steven is my brother. Then Velissa called me, although not about this, but it came out at the end of the conversation. I passed the story on to Steven, who was floored by it. Before he left our family get-together on Sunday, he was telling my father that Phil the Gardener, from Modisto Cal., was putting his pumpkin on tv, radio, newspapers, etc. So I thought Steven might already have had word on the tv spot. Turns out he was just pulling our father's leg about the tv, etc.! If you remember, I had floored Cyril when I asked him out of the blue, "Do you know Dr. Isaac Brown?" ME: to rec.games.board subject "real word" Scrabble I tightened up my age-old Scrabble page recently. Also added an appendix with actual completed Scrabble boards played with - good words only - collegiate dictionary - mixture of 3 sets of tiles - three-letter minimum Very gratifying to see the board filled with honest-to-gosh words. Give it a try some time. http://www.donaldsauter.com/scrabble.htm THEE: >Not that this email will ever get to you or anything, Wrong this time . . . Maybe my finding that "Friends" list in my McAfee Spam filter has helped, but I still don't understand why some of your mail would come through and some would get zapped. Sure makes me wonder what else I haven't received--not just from you, but from other people. I think I mentioned the e-mail from Spain, which was sorta--no, not sorta, but very--important since So . . . getting back . . . Retry those twice-zapped emails. We'll see if they're thrice zapped. And I don't think ice cream on lettuce leaves is ever gonna catch on at Baskin Robbins. See The Battle at Baltimore, 1912.doc ME: I have a great little book called "The Dictionary of American History" by Sol Holt that caught me up with the Taft and Roosevelt business of the 1912 election. Actually, when it comes to politics, I don't expect to ever have much of a grip. I see that Roosevelt's Progressive Party was for "woman suffrage, conservation, minimum wage laws, abolition of child labor, direct election of senators, initiative, referendum, recall and other reforms." Does that mean the Republicans were against all those things? And, if so, did the Democrats find a third position other than pro or con? Or did the Republicans and Democrats just pound away at a different set of issues? In other words, what did "Republican" and "Democrat" mean in 1912? (I'm guessing it wasn't the same as in 1860!) This is all rhetorical here, of course, but in my dream world, a book would have appendices for background information like this. Even if the information is presented at length and clearly in the main text, such appendices would be extremely valuable to a reader who is just dipping in or using it as a reference book or for whatever reason not reading it straight through. I think I've suggested the same thing for characters who pop up more than just momentarily. Two or three sentences of relevant biography is worth fifty page numbers after a name in the index. Cool to hear about the 5th Regiment Armory in Baltimore. Growing up, we saw circuses and other things there. Funny to note that MS Word flunks "outcheer". On Mar 6 1993 Lloyd played CHEER on triple-word score. I managed to save up O-U-T to make OUTCHEER to hit another triple-word score. The official Scrabble dictionary, a concoction of five major dictionaries of the time, said ixnay to OUTCHEER, and I went on to lose by a few points. With the mention of Harmon, I realized I wasn't sure how many men were fighting for the nomination at the 1912 Democratic convention. I eventually confirmed my suspicion that "Democracy" refers to the Democratic party ball of wax, whatever that may be at any point in time. Seems a bit pretentious, and not a little misleading, if you ask me. >and there I was thinking you'd bought to copies of the Dover Post. Big deal! That would have been a BIG deal! considering they throw the things on our driveways for free, and if I ever need extra copies I can just sneak around the neighborhood at night. I'll try to dig up the old emails again. I'd hate to be in your shoes since, even if the "Friends" list works, it wouldn't help for anyone emailing you the first time. I've always viewed Norton and McAfee as viruses themselves. But I'm sure they make a good business at it. It's a bit coincidental that in recent weeks I stumbled on this same story of The Star Spangled Banner being performed at the Met. It was on opening night of the 1918-1919 season, which was Armistice Day. It was after the first act of Samson et Dalila, which I've been going over recently. The principals and chorus performed anthems of America, Britain, France and Italy. As I write this, though, I'm sort of confused. I don't recall the newspaper article mentioning Samson et Dalila, which would have instantly tipped me off where I came across the "same" story recently. Have to double check to see if I'm not confusing two similar stories. I didn't hang on to the pdf file. >http://dev.zotero.org/ Didn't have much luck with this. Wouldn't have known what it was about from the web site without your comments, and never found the video tour. To be honest, I've never quite figured out the value to me of having access to the catalogs of millions of libraries. I hardly ever look for a specific item at the local library. I've searched Worldcat maybe once or twice for something, but strictly out of curiosity. I remember my one shot at an inter-library loan, and that was a bad experience. Still, I presume I'm the one missing something here. This brings to mind something. Remember from the old Washington Guitar Society newsletters that the LC music division said they would be happy to add a bound set to their collection? I think within the last few years I did everything in my power to find it in the LC catalog, with no luck. I'll admit, I had been wondering if they were just pulling my leg. Then again, with all the LC catalogs, I never kidded myself I knew what I was doing. You wanna show me how a pro does it? >Here's an interesting website: >http://www.librarything.com/ Once again, a testament to my dullness or impatience. After spending too much time with it, still didn't see how to upload my review of Word Freak. Also would have gotten a kick out of entering 3 or 4 books I'm reading or have just read and seeing who else is reading the same things. But I didn't have the push. Also bummed that, to delete my account, I have to send my password to the administrator. Guess it'll just sit there dormant forever. Found another British ax. Here's a line from Alfred Perceval Graves' "Trottin' to the Fair": Till I axed her, "May I Steal a kiss or so?" . . . And my Molly's grey eye Didn't answer no. That was set to music by Charles Stanford and I got the cd, "Trottin' to the Fair", off ebay recently. It's great; almost as good as "The Elfin Pedlar" album which is one of my all-time favorites. The singer on both is James Griffett. You know the second verse to Jack and Jill? Then up Jack got and off did trot, As fast as he could caper, To old Dame Dob, who patched his nob With vinegar and brown paper. I always thought that was standard Mother Goose genius, but I just found this in a story by Edward Everett Hale called "The Skeleton In the Closet". The narrator recounts how his tripping over some hoop skirt wires in the attic lost the war for the Confederacy: When I came to myself I was in the blue chamber; I had vinegar on a brown paper on my forehead; the room was dark, and I found mother sitting by me, glad enough indeed to hear my voice, and to know that I knew her. So was vinegar and brown paper a standard medical procedure back then? When I got to that passage I couldn't imagine Hale having a little joke over Jack and Jill. But now I'm not so sure. He does get a bit silly later in the story, so I'm changing my mind. In "The Associated Widows", by Katharine M. Roof, there was a passage that brought good ol' Harry to mind. "Children," exclaimed Mrs. Hilary imipotently, looking from one to the other, "where have you been?" (She pronounced it bean.) Mrs. Hilary is English. Harry could never get over the way Americans pronounced it bin. >Just for you . . . >Coalition aims to expose Shakespeare - Yahoo! News They ain't tellin' me nuttin'. By the way, I've "always" known that Silver Lake here in Dover was originally called Shakespeare's Pond. You can easily find William Shakespeare's grave right next to it in Lakeside Cemetary. I took a walking tour of Dover a couple of weeks ago with Nate, interpreter par excellence(?). I learned more about Shakespeare and his operations on the lake, a gristmill and a tannery. I also learned he was a descendent of the famous Shakespeare, fraud or no. At least, I'm not gonna set about disproving it. ME: I played around with Narrator a little more. After I fired it up (Start. All Programs. Accessories. Accesibility. Narrator) I unchecked the boxes that were checked. Then I just noodled around in windows while the guy was tallking. He read right through a .TXT file opened in Notepad, for example. Didn't have luck with a .DOC file in Word, which tells me I don't know what I'm doing. We had a great time at scrabble at the Delaware Hospital For The Chronically Ill. The people were real nice. I won my game in spectacular style. After being last for the first few rounds, I played QUITS, FOX and TEENSIEST for almost 200 points. After the last one I went to draw tiles, and, surprise - the bag was empty! So the game was over, while everybody else had full racks left! THEE: piano clef article g clef, f clef, my thoughts: EXACTLY! why can't they just write the left hand in the treble clef like the right hand... it's the dumbest rule I've ever seen. then I can stop trying to make my left brain memorize GBDFA, FACEGB ME: Thanks! Nice to hear somebody in agreement - good for the soul. It's amazing how vicious the guys at www.pianoworld.com were. Who would it hurt if somebody started publishing piano music using two G clefs? THEE: But Roosevelt was a "progressive" (although he was accused of having his favorite Trusts and letting them get away with whatever they chose), and the progressive Democrats were much closer to Roosevelt than to Taft. There was even some talk that Bryan might bolt the Democrats and team up on a ticket with Teddy. Bryan rammed through a resolution that put off the writing of a platform until after the selection of the Democratic candidate. How's that for sense? Always seemed to me that one was supposed to choose based on platform, not that anyone follows it. Bryan's fear was that the reactionaries would ruin the chances of a progressive nominee by writing a conservative platform. The [1912 Baltimore Democratic] convention was a "to the death" battle of "reactionaries" vs. "progressives." As for definitions of the two terms, it boiled down to whomever Bryan labeled as "reactionary" or "progressive." The mentality was much like the McCarthy Era. Call someone a "reactionary" at the 1912 National Democratic Convention was tantamount to calling him a "Commie" and calling him up in front of the House Un-American Activities Committee. Say he has "reactionary" friends, and at best you say he's a "Commie sympathizer." The Alaskan and Puerto Rican territories sent delegations. >Funny to note that MS Word flunks "outcheer". On Mar 6 1993 Lloyd played CHEER on triple-word score. I managed to save up O-U-T to make OUTCHEER to hit the triple-word score in front. You keep a record of past games? I should have known . . . Here's just a small sample of my experience with Windows Vista and Word 2007 in early August. I went to the lab to use a laser printer. I sat down in my favorite spot and looked at the desktop. Yikes! What the *#*! is this? Nothing looked familiar. If it weren't for using a flash drive, I wouldn't have been able to open my file because I couldn't even figure out how to open Word. Fortunately, that little auto-run box opened when I inserted my flashdrive, and I was able to select the option to view files and click on the appropriate folder and file on my trusty flashdrive. So now my file was open. I was ready to print. Yeah, sure. Where is the Print icon? Where is the File-Print option? Nada! Ok, calm down. You know the keyboard shortcut. CTRL-p. Miracle of miracles, that still worked. Time to remove my flashdrive. Oh, my! Where's the *#*! icon to shut down the flashdrive. Calm down. See all those foreign icons on the lower right. Click on them until something works. The last one I tried (OK, I can hear you about now) worked. Let me clarify that. It was probably about the fifth one I tried. So much for Windows Vista and Word 97. Today I took my Borders Bookstore 30%-off coupon received in my email, and hightailed it to Borders to buy Using Microsoft Office Word 2007. . .The ONLY Word 2007 Book You Need . . . Special Edition by Faithe Wempen, published by Que. I'm puttin' my faith in Faithe . . . and all those five-star user ratings on Borders/Amazon. Browsing a bit in the bookstore before buying, I started reading how to create an index. Wow! This just might be worth learning. There's what sounds like an easy way to select words in your text that you want to turn into index entries. Then select the correct index option. And . . . PRESTO . . . the word goes into the index with all the pages following it that the chosen word appears on. Then, should you revise the text after creating the index and thereby through off the pagination, there's an "update" feature that puts everything back in sync. The index function also creates cross-references within the index. Another neat feature I'd heard about earlier is the option to save Word files or whatever sort of Office files as .pdf right there within Office. I won't even say how long it took me to figure out how easily I can create endnotes in Office 2003 and have them automatically readjust if I add or delete a source anywhere in the chapter. Should have had a book for 2003! >With the mention of Harmon, I realized I wasn't sure how many men were fighting for the nomination at the convention. Uh . . . too many to mention, but several were minor "favorite sons" that got no more than a few votes or no votes. Democratic candidates worth mentioning and that will appear in the chapter about other candidates: Clark, Wilson, Harmon (OH), Marshall (IN), Underwood (AL) . . . and, unofficially but rumored, Bryan, himself. Marshall got little but Indiana's vote until Indiana shifted to Wilson, but he's worth mentioning since he became Wilson's VP. Bryan became Wilson's Secretary of State. There's something to be said for helping out the winning candidate. Man, we get nuttin' thrown aroun' here for free except about 6 huge phonebooks per year. Seems like I'm forever throwing them away. A big controversy was raging in 1912 about the "national anthem" since we didn't have one. Even during WWI, people weren't sure if it was The Star-Spangled Banner or America. It wasn't either although Wilson did declare The Star-Spangled Banner the song to be played for military events. Only Congress could name an official national anthem, and I think that came in sometime in the 1930s. >>http://dev.zotero.org/ >Didn't have much luck with this. This isn't so much a way to use all the catalogs of the other libraries as to save one's choice of what one finds in all those catalogs. It's a tool for researchers. It's not as much fun as the librarything.com, though. >Remember from the old Washington Guitar Society newsletters that the LC music division said they would be happy to add a bound set to their collection? I think within the last few years I did everything in my power to find it in the LC catalog, with no luck. I'll admit, I had been wondering if they were just pulling my leg. Then again, with all the LC catalogs, I never kidded myself I knew what I was doing. You wanna show me how a pro does it? How long ago was this? Give 'em about 10 years to send the newsletters out to be bound and another 10 to catalog them after they're bound. You're talking about the LC, remember? I probably told you about my experience trying to find a book written in Italian about Treemonisha. When I first discovered it in WorldCat, there were three listings. One was the LC, one was Notre Dame, and I don't remember the third. I figured I could find it at the LC and make out enough to tell if it contained any hoodoo material of the sorts I was working on. For instance, I figured I could make out American sources. When I requested the book by online catalog number, someone brought me another book by the same Italian author. It was something about Treemonisha but a very small book and nothing like the one that was supposed to deal with hoodoo. The catalog numbers were very close though, which is logical. They looked again. No book. One of the people at the reference desk checked a catalog and said that the library didn't have the book. I pointed out that it was listed in WorldCat and had been for at least a year, maybe two. This person said that it must have been a mistake. Someone else overheard this--one of the few helpful people there. He checked different records and said that the book was in cataloging. He gave me a purchase date of a couple of years earlier. "It's been in processing for two years?" I asked. He grinned and said, "That's normal." I checked again a year later and the book still wasn't available. I requested it through ILL and got if from Notre Dame in about a week. >>http://www.librarything.com/ >Once again, a testament to my dullness or impatience. After spending too much time with it, still didn't see how to upload my review of Word Freak. Also would have gotten a kick out of entering 3 or 4 books I'm reading or have just read and seeing who else is reading the same things. But I didn't have the push. Also bummed that, to delete my account, I have to send my password to the administrator. Guess it'll just sit there dormant forever. Gosh, I entered 5 books in about as many minutes, and they all have other readers. It's also sort of fun to see the recommendations and to click on the tag words and see what else comes up. I don't think you can upload a review. It looks like you have to type it in on the site. I discovered one book that I have to buy: Ella Minnow Pea. Look it up on Amazon and read the reviews. In fact, click on the Look Inside this Book option (hardback edition) and read the sample pages after reading the reviews. I was laughing myself silly just from all that. Then I started reading about his novel Ibid, which is nothing but the footnotes from a supposedly lost biography. I started laughing all over again. This is a guy with one quirky sense of humor . . . maybe right up their with Jasper Ffjord. While you're in Amazon, look up Fforde's The Big Over Easy: A Nursery Crime and The Fourth Bear: A Nursery Crime. Haven't read that one, but the Eyre Affair was delightful. > Till I axed her, "May I > Steal a kiss or so?" . . . > And my Molly's grey eye > Didn't answer no. Molly had only one eye???????? Great final line, though. ME: The beautiful music cd has dozen of highlights for me, but I've always been attached to those two versions of Tammy, one straight, one discoed up. ME: Had my all-time best scrabble score for a single play last night. I hit two triple-word scores simultaneously with RECEIVERS. The Brits call that a "nine-timer". It was worth 140 pts. Guess who's No. 3 on the Google hit parade for "kumon"? Called the bank manager today [about a credit card for a good customer]. All she did was belittle me and laugh at me. Lucky for me I've never got around to buying an AK-47. ME: thanks Dear National Scrabble Association Dictionary Committee, There's a group at the Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill in Smyrna Delaware that plays Scrabble every day. The volunteer coordinator called me to see if some members of the Dover Scrabble Club wanted to drop by and play. It sounded good. We did. Almost all of their games have a QI and a ZA. Thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you. [Sarcasm] THEE: Re: fransa speed oliver fransa speed oliver fransa speed oliver fransa speed oliver So much for adding you to my friends list. These emails still didn't arrive in my cox mail. Maybe it's the goofy subject line that sounds so much like a lot of the absurd spam? THEE: The snitch couldn't have been there [scene of the crime] because he was in prison. By the way, he was an impressive guy, very intelligent, with an excellent vocabulary. Maybe prison had been good for him. Did I mention that he had taken his notes in Braille so they couldn't be read if seen? Not the raised dots, but pencil dots in the formation of raised dots. He'd learned Braille working on a project in Montana prisons. The attorneys tell me that he's also an extraordinary artist and does all his drawings with dots. This might help him get away with making dots while pumping someone for information. >I spelled SALLIES in scrabble a week or so ago. When I recounted this to Charlie, he had never heard of "sally" or "sally forth". Nobody knows everything, but that surprised me. Huh . . . what else do knights do? And how about all those arched entrances to universities. In fact, the Rice alumni magazine is called The Sallyport. ME: Any chance anybody in your company is up on electric water heating - tank, tankless, and point of use? I can hardly get up courage calling any more plumbing companies over here. I might as well be talking martian to them. They laugh at the idea of converting to electric from gas, and they say, "Our supply houses don't even carry tankless." Can anybody give good reasons for not going electric tankless, backed up by numbers? It seems to me a simple matter of how much natural gas or electricity each of the various models uses to produce a given amount of hot water, say a 2-gallon draw once a day. I could convert that to dollars. THEE: Mother Goose at the [Baltimore 1912 Democratic] Convention I. Rock-a-bye delegates, five in a bed! When you are bent you can sleep in the shed; When you are broke you can sleep in the street And trade us your clothing for something to eat. II . As I went up to Baltimore, I met a man with wives a score. Each wife had a portmanteau containing twenty gowns or so. With all the expenses, too many to mention, How much did it cost him to see the convention? III. Sing a song of poverty, pocketful of air! Four and twenty delegates wailing in despair. Once they all affected the hobo to despise, Now it looks like all of them will soon be counting ties. --St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2 July 1912, p. 2 THEE: >First he played CRYINGS, and I taught him not to do that, but not so well, I guess, because a little later he played SNOWINGS. Then I gave him a note that said, "Do not pluralize gerunds," and asked him to take it home and study it. (All in good fun, of course.) Don't think I've ever seen an S on a gerund before, or on a present participle, for that matter. Better give him that rule, too, for without a context, it's hard telling. >Coincidetally, at Spence's on Friday I bought a book from a dealer called "Word Freak - heartbreak, triumph, genius, and obsession in the world of competitive scrabble players".... Something's wrong here, folks. I think that was the book turned into a film. Sort of a docu-drama about a bunch of dysfunctional nut cases. Haven't seen it, though. >Even going back to Kumon days, there's never been a whole lot of interest in the freebie books, boohoo. I keep hoping that kids still like to read, but I know teenagers don't. A few of my students say they've read all the Harry Potter books, and some of the girls read Nicholas Sparks novels. I'm betting that Harry Potter books challenge their vocabulary more. Winnie the Pooh would. >I have a little Modern Library edition of Pepys' Diary in my collection. I picked it up long ago for the guitar references in it. Funny about Pepys coming up. Last Friday night I watched an excellent film, 84 Charing Cross Road. If you come across the book by that name for $.50, or less, or even a couple dollars, snag it for me. It's autobiographical, written by a woman with a memorable name--Helene Hanff. Frustrated by not being able to buy obscure British books in the U.S., this outspoken American spotted an ad for a used bookstore in London, and sent a letter with a wish list. Starting in the post-WWII years, her correspondence with one store employee spanned many years as she requested more and more books and gradually got to know everyone working at the store and their families at home. It's hard to imagine a film built entirely around letters, but it came off wonderfully and touchingly as the characters aged, grew close, exchanged gifts, but never met. On Amazon, I see that there's a sequel in which she meets Frank's family and sees the literary England that she always read about and imagined seeing. So you're wondering what that has to do with Pepys. Here's an Editorial Review from Amazon: 84, Charing Cross Road is a charming record of bibliophilia, cultural difference, and imaginative sympathy. For 20 years, an outspoken New York writer and a rather more restrained London bookseller carried on an increasingly touching correspondence. In her first letter to Marks & Co., Helene Hanff encloses a wish list, but warns, "The phrase 'antiquarian booksellers' scares me somewhat, as I equate 'antique' with expensive." Twenty days later, on October 25, 1949, a correspondent identified only as FPD let Hanff know that works by Hazlitt and Robert Louis Stevenson would be coming under separate cover. When they arrive, Hanff is ecstatic--but unsure she'll ever conquer "bilingual arithmetic." By early December 1949, Hanff is suddenly worried that the six-pound ham she's sent off to augment British rations will arrive in a kosher office. But only when FPD turns out to have an actual name, Frank Doel, does the real fun begin. Two years later, Hanff is outraged that Marks & Co. has dared to send an abridged Pepys diary. "I enclose two limp singles, I will make do with this thing till you find me a real Pepys. THEN I will rip up this ersatz book, page by page, AND WRAP THINGS IN IT." Nonetheless, her postscript asks whether they want fresh or powdered eggs for Christmas. Soon they're sharing news of Frank's family and Hanff's career. No doubt their letters would have continued, but in 1969, the firm's secretary informed her that Frank Doel had died. In the collection's penultimate entry, Helene Hanff urges a tourist friend, "If you happen to pass by 84, Charing Cross Road, kiss it for me. I owe it so much." The "wrap things in it" comes from books she has bought that are wrapped in pages of other old books. She writes back that this is sacrilege to tear up old books and use them for wrapping paper. Later she received the reply that they were pages received by the store without any cover and impossible to sell. THEE: New microfilm technique at Florida State: no printing! Everything saves from microfilm to one's flash drive by way of software called CapturePerfect. The microfilm image is captured from the reader onto the connected PC and then saved as .pdf file. >Wow! That has to be the greatest miracle for researchers in the history of the world! Yeah, it's great. And you have a choice of saving the full page or of saving only the article you want. A selection tool lets you outline the article. The historic newspaper archive I subscribe to also lets me save full pages, but I'm not sure I can save individual articles other than by printing them. >>But, oh, the security. Don't let me get away without describing it in detail in a later e-mail. >No rush, but I am curious - though I suspect what you describe will put me in a frustrated rage. This had to be the Mississippi State Library and Archive. So here goes . . . Stop by a desk near the entrance to get a plastic ID. Walk a few steps to the security gate for the library/archive. Swipe your ID like swiping a credit card in a credit card machine at a store. Security gate opens. Stash all your belongings in a locker other than paper and pencils. Enter the library. Stop at the desk and sign in with name and address. If using the library, you're then set to work. (More about archive later.) Trip to the restroom requires swiping your card at the Exit security gate. When you exit the library to walk to another part of the building to find the restroom, you don't dare carrying anything with you or it'll be searched. Reswipe your card at the Entrance security gate to get back into the library. No real problems using books and microfilms in library. Films are self- serve, so that's good. Archive is in a separate room with a guard at the entrance. No door, but a clear separation, nonetheless. If you try to enter the archive without knowing what you're doing, the guard will stop you. All materials must have been requested BEFORE entering! You must use one computer in the main part of the library to request archival materials. This requires name, address, phone number, ID number, and name and catalog number of the material you are requesting. Wait about 20 minutes. Return to the archive. If your material has arrived, the security guard will scan your card. Then a librarian scan your card and give you papers to sign that now contain your scanned card info and the identification of the material you will be using. Pick a desk. All desks are for one person, and all seats face the guard and librarians' area. Return your materials and have your card scanned again. If you're ready to leave the library, pick up all items from your locker. Let person at desk by entrance examine all belongings. She will even thumb through all pages of photocopies or microfilm prints to be sure you haven't stashed something between the pages. Swipe your card at the Exit security gate. The saving grace was that all these people were extremely friendly and helpful in marked contrast to most at the Library of Congress. >In last week's games with Cyril, the only thing that comes to mind is when I had COZY in my rack for a potentially decent score, and I couldn't for the life of me remember if that was how it was spelled. When I wrote down COZY and COSY they each somehow looked better, and worse, than the other. I threw caution to the wind and played COZY, and the dictionary confirmed them both. I have no recollection of ever noting somewhere along the way that there are two ways to spell cozy. I've seen it Cosey, too. A piece of sheet music titled "In a Cosey Corner." >"Jesuits" have popped up from at least 3 different directions in the last few days. Trips to two different encyclopedias haven't made any headway in getting through my thick skull what a Jesuit is. I don't know much about Jesuits, either, but always associated them with being the scholarly bunch. Let's see, what others are there. Dominicans, for one. THEE: >I was a little disappointed in your Davey Moore discussion. Honestly, I expected that you'd dug up a newspaper article on the original incident... In fact, I seem to recall this format being somewhat similar to "The Little Red Hen" ("Not I," said Dick the Duck," etc., etc.) Ah, come on . . . Anybody can find the original articles. And what version of "The Little Red Hen" names the animals????? I remember only "Not I," said the cat. "Not I," said the rat, etc. But, man, nobody can read that story in the rhythm of "Who Killed Davey Moore?" I think he missed the point. OK, I like his taste in novelists and agree with what he says about reading Shakespeare. I took that class, too, albeit from a different professor at a different university. Dr. Forrest, who taught my class, carried her complete Shakespeare wrapped up in a blanket, much like a baby. It was falling apart, but she wouldn't trade it for a new one. Many people call Thomas Pyncheon's Gravity's Rainbow the "greatest novel ever written." Others still apply that to Joyce's Ulysses. In graduate school, I read two of Pyncheon's novels, The Crying of Lot 49 and V. They were quirky and in places downright wierd. I more or less enjoyed them. Ulysses is largely incomprehensible. I'm sure a person could reread it for a life time and understand new things each time. In fact, scholars have done that. But why? I don't think I've ever heard of Riddley Walker, but from Amazon, here's the first sentence: "On my naming day when I come 12 I gone front spear and kilt a wyld boar he parbly ben the las wyld pig on the Bundel Downs any how there hadnt ben none for a long time befor him nor I aint looking to see none agen." Never read Gunter Grass' The Tin Drum although I've heard many times that its good. It's a classic of modern anti-war novels. A copy of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude is sitting on one of my book cases where it's been for about 10 years--still unread. I bought it after falling in love "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings," one of his short stories. Then I was always too busy with work to face that massive book. THEE: More Mother Goose [at the 1912 Baltimore Democratic convention] Little Boy Blue come toot your flute. The Interests are destitute. They're backing Bill And they're backing Ted, And it looks like The Democrats are ahead. One, two, Bryan will do. Three, four, run him some more. Five, six, nobody kicks. Seven eight, happy to state. Nine, ten, the run him again. "The Political Mother Goose." St. Louis Post-Dispatch, June 9, 1912. THEE: Opportunity to improve school performance. In India. A colleague of mine referred me to your open letter to school leaders on how tutors can be used to improve the performance of schools. I am the CEO of an organization called The Spark Group (www.thesparkgroup.net). Our mission is to improve the quality of education at a grassroots level in India. We are planning to start a chain of high quality private schools targeted at low-income communities. The system that you describe in your open letter is something that we have been contemplating for a little while. Will you be open to advising us on how to implement an effective system? If required, we can even envision asking you to come here to India (we are currently located in Hyderabad) and help us roll out the initial set of schools. Will you be open for that? ME: I'm very pleased that you found my web pages presenting some of my thoughts on education, and that someone else has been thinking along the same lines. I had been meaning for a long time to revisit those pages to give them another round of editing to make them clearer and easier to digest, so I doubly appreciate your effort. It seems we are already in agreement on the value of a "Tutor", or "Academic Coach", or "Academic Master", working within the school to add a one-on-one component to the classroom component for _all_ the students. I have a more-or-less clear vision of how I would go about it, and I'd be pleased to try to clarify, expand on, or defend any of the ideas I present in my web pages. But I don't consider myself qualified to "advise" you. I also feel that I express myself a little more clearly when I'm forced to put a response in writing. All of that, combined with the fact that I've never gotten very comfortable with traveling, says to me that a simple, cheap, old-fashioned, email exchange is fine for our purposes. But thanks for the invitation! My ideas developed while I was volunteering and working in American schools and, as such, may be less appropriate for schools in other countries. I've always imagined that Indian schools, for example, are much more rigorous than American schools. I suppose my proposal has value for all grade levels (the American school system has grades 1-12, for ages about 6-17), but I am most passionate about the first 6 or 7 grades. The skills taught in those grades are the foundation for any higher, more specialized study. And for the student who, for whatever reason, decides not to pursue higher education, the skills learned in grades 1 through 7 are the ones most useful for life. (I think of 7th grade as taking a student through basic algebra.) A baffling irony is that, here in America, states are implementing graduation requirement tests - and all they require is about a 6th- or 7th-grade mastery. Likewise, the SAT test, which colleges look at for evaluating applying students, has nothing above 7th-grade, basic algebra in the math section. It makes me wonder, what is going on in our schools from 8th through 12th grade??? Let me get the ball rolling by restating some of my ideas off the top of my head, without taking a refresher look at my web page. See if this sounds like what you've already read: - All a school of a few hundred students needs is one Tutor. - The Tutor is not encumbered with administrative work. He will spend as much of his time teaching as possible. He will also provide valuable feedback to the classroom teachers, such as when a class as a whole has missed an important concept. - The Tutor works with students, two at a time, all day long. Two is the magic number. - The Tutor works with _all_ students, from the weakest to the strongest. I am convinced that in pulling the best students up, all the others are pulled up, too. - Throughout the school year, the Tutor works with just two grade levels, such as 3rd and 5th, or 4th and 6th. Thus, each student will meet up with the Tutor during two separated school years. - Ideally, there is some sort of sensible, standardized test that the students are facing. The Tutor has complete familiarity with the expectations of this test and has it in mind at all times while working on with students. - The Tutor meets these requirements: - He was an outstanding student himself, say 95th or 96th percentile, at least. - He has a certain number of years, say ten, of working in the "real world", outside of education. - He is fun to work with. Curmudgeons need not apply. In fact, the students can have him fired. - He does not need, and should not have, formal training as a teacher. Working with students directly is altogether different from running a classroom. I sincerely hope the basic idea will be successful for you, and, in fact, is so successful that schools from all over get word of it and become interested. I'd be happy simply with the credit for any parts of the idea I contributed. ME: Thanks for the advice. Maybe I'll try to contact a manufacturer. My experience is that, what with the internet and the web, companies make it just about impossible to talk to a person. Searching the web for something like "water heater electric tankless" turns up so much information and so many makers you could spend years reading up on it - and still not know which way to go. For instance, supposing I decided to go with a conventional electric water heater with a tank, is there really any advantage to a smaller one? That might seem pretty obvious, but the question is, does a smaller model hold the heat in better than a larger one? If not, it would be more expensive to run. If water heaters are perfectly insulated, a big one wouldn't use any more energy than a little one. I feel like people must have made studies like this somewhere. I wonder if Consumer Reports has ever looked into it. Had a good time yesterday morning joining in the annual Coastal Cleanup. Chose a beach near here called Pickering Beach. The clouds were rolling and the wind was blowing. Dragged a huge pile of trash off the beach. Didn't find anything good except a little frisbee, a china cup, and rubber ball that looks like perfectly spherical driftwood. Still bounces good. THEE: As for Floating Ancillary Ants, I do remember finding it as a DATA file (only readable with special software). I will try to get to that this week and get it off to you. Also, when I send it to you, I'll send you a DVD of my students performing at Yale University. They did Ants as one of the pieces on the program. At first the kids didn't like it, but after it started coming together, it became one of their favorites to play. Are you going to GFA? I was supposed to give a lecture on the role of guitar in public education. They have extended their invitation to me so that I can present in San Francisco in August. It really is a fascinating topic. Part of my discussion will propose to change the GFA's focus on "pre-college" guitar. The goal is not to create a world of guitar majors, but music lovers and to bring meaning to life. ME: >The goal is not to create a world of guitar majors, but music lovers and to bring meaning to life. I like it! ME: to: tower hill school, wilmington delaware I was reading from volume 9 of "The New Wonder World", called "The Child In The Home", and found two plays written by sixth grade classes from your school a long time ago. My edition of The New Wonder World shows copyright dates 1936 - 1943. Thought you and your students might get a kick out of that, in case it's been forgotten. [Never received any sort of reply. :( ] ME: It shouldn't be any surprise to you, though, that "heavy" is not my thing in life, and even less so with only a couple of decades left to go. ME: Just read Cyril Broderick's book, and rereading the main part, his personal story. It includes the history of the Grain Coast. I more or less knew the history of Liberia, but found out about Sierra Leone, which was the first one that freed slaves and recaptured natives (from slave ships) were brought to. Cyril's story is thankfully not too horrific - the few atrocities are off-stage - but it's more than enough to make you thank your lucky stars you've never lived in a war zone. Imagine going in to work, and the rebels show up, waving their guns at you, threatening to blow up any car that moves, and telling you that they're "doing all this for you." Have to get on Cyril for not including some basic maps in the book. >but I liked that July 2007 letter from the woman at American Heritage! Well I didn't!!! Why blow off such a good and simple idea? Hey, you must have done a lot of reading to get down the page that far. No comment on whether I made a case for real- vs. artificial-word scrabble? You've been hard to read; in some cases taking the position that if anybody's ever uttered it and any dictionary anywhere picked up on it, it's a perfectly good word; and other times passing judgment unilaterally. I got a call from the volunteer coordinator at the Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill up the road in Smyrna. They have a group that plays scrabble every day and she wanted to know if anybody in my club wanted to join in (figuring that I have 40 or 50 members, I guess). I was a little nervous, but Vivian and I have gone up a couple of times and had a great time. One of the reasons for mentioning it is that they use the current Official Scrabble Dictionary - and almost every game has a QI and ZA on it. :( :( :( I fancy myself a tolerant, live-and-let-live sort of guy, and whatever people enjoy doing is fine with me, but here's a case where I can hardly imagine a single person on earth disagreeing with me that that's ridiculous, crazy, absurd, idiotic, insane, and completely and totally outside the spirit of what scrabble is all about. If scrabble is all about points and nothing about words, why not just draw tiles from a bag with point values and add them up? Part of what makes scrabble a blast is that some of the letters are hot potatoes. J, Q, X, or Z might make or break you. Anyhow, my disgust is not directed so much at the players who get a cheap thrill from 60+ point QI plays, but the Scrabble dictionary committee, which has gotten a raging piece of my mind. The next game was sort of similar. Just before my last play, Keandra got within a point by tacking IER on RITZ (my word, after someone played ZA). But I had saved 4 good letters for going out, catching Lillian with a Q, X, and Z. Favorite play last night at my club was FAIRNESS, which took a lucky stroke to see, stretching to a 3w score. Sorry, I could talk about scrabble forever. Maybe I will. I found an interesting web page by a former champion named Dan Pratt who gave up scrabble in disgust at the artificialness of the official word list. He makes a sensible suggestion, that a word has to be in at least *two* dictionaries to be added to the scrabble list. Apparently, each dictionary out there has its own "thing", and goes overboard with this or that sort of word. A tremendous number of these words appearing in one dictionary only cannot be found in any running text anywhere and would look completely unfamiliar to anyone not on a dictionary committee. On the other hand, a new word that appears in at least two dictionaries would look so familiar to most people that they probably be surprised it hasn't been a good word forever. He gives the example WIMP. The other thing that interested me is that, of all the dictionaries mined for scrabble words, my good ol' American Heritage is the most conservative. And that's fine with me. I'd like to weed out half the nonsense in there. There are extremely few words that the American Heritage contributes to the scrabble list all by itself. So, I feel pretty lucky to have chosen that dictionary for my own use back around 1985. Because the American Heritage doesn't have everybody's beloved JO and YO and YA and AG, etc., they figure it's some kids' dictionary that doesn't have anything, so I'm always fighting that fire. Here's just a few of the words I played last night that were upheld: LARDY LINGO BONG NARC. I always push the limit more than anybody else, so I also get burned occasionally on words that I expected to fly. Just last night I lost LINTIER. Some others: LOANERS, TENNERS, SEANCES, PILER, FLINGER. I mean, baseball pitchers have been called flingers since time immemorial. The day after playing TENNERS, it popped up 3 times in a Damon Runyon radio story, and also the original print version. Can you guess why SEANCES is not in the American Heritage? In any case, all that's a small price to play for using a real dictionary. >Got any tunes to fit "Mother Goose at the Convention"? I have music, either printed or recorded, for about 30 rhymes. Only these two are in that group: Rock-a-bye delegates, five in a bed! Sing a song of poverty, pocketful of air! Are you aware that almost all of the published versions of what we call "Rock-a-bye baby" start "Hush-a-bye baby"? I wonder how we got switched. "Rock-a-bye baby" is a different rhyme, starting, Rock-a-bye, baby, thy cradle is green. >Pretty cool. Good books, more artwork, and a chance to increase your pool of Scrabble letters . . . and take our chances of drawing 4 Qs. Uh uh. A mix of three sets is my limit. Do you know what it takes to periodically double check that all 300 are there, and to deduce a missing tile, if any? That's a morning's work! Hey, you got me talking scrabble again. Do you know the world's most perfect scrabble tile bag? That nice, purple Crown Royal bag. I'd been needing a few extra. There's a restaurant/bar on the 1st level of my office building. I stopped in and found a nice manager who said he would have them put some aside for me. A few days later he had a bundle of 10! I've handed out most of them already. I was really hoping that yesterday (Wed) I could shoot off an email with a link to the current Dover Post with a picture of me, but such was not to be. I joined in the annual Coastal Cleanup on Saturday morning at a beach near here called Pickering Beach. There was a photographer and he took an action shot of a group of us dragging a huge pile of trash off the beach on an old, torn up, pickup truck liner. It was real work. Anyhow, it didn't make the Post. >I know what you mean, though. In a perfect world, a hundred or so people would join in such a project [opera database]. A hundred? Why not a hundred thousand? I wondered how Dylan could have stumbled across the old, old British publications of the poem [Who Stole The Bird's-Nest]. But now, Ha!, I can demonstrate it's struck much closer to the here and now. I picked up a few books at the auction a week or so ago. Was mainly going for "Baseball's Best Short Stories" on an impulse but there was a set of "The New Wonder World", which is much like "The Book of Knowledge". This edition has copyright dates spanning 1932 to 1943. I just kept three volumes with the kids' stories and poetry of interest to me. Lo and behold, volume 9, "The Child In The Home" has "Who Stole the Bird's Nest" on page 119. Now I can easily imagine little Bobby curled up with that one. Remember my old, bound St. Nicholas magazines from 1889, with the separated contractions (oxymoron?)? The Wonder World is still doing the same thing 40 years later: had n't, did n't, were n't, was n't, etc. I think that's *strange*. The Wonder World also included two plays written by sixth grade students from a school up the road in Wilmington. I thought that was neat. I dropped the school a line in case they've forgotten about that. >Rich: Anyway, all this is to say that the Beatles' debt to Mother Goose comes more from their using old schoolboy rhymes as a jumping off point. I think that's all I was trying to demonstrate, that there are these things rattling around in people's brains, and they can color what comes out. It'd be odd if they didn't. >Rich: Now, on to Marilyn Vos Savant. I was happy to read her get her comeuppance about the "salary raise" problem, though I like it better when there's no confusion in semantics and just plain mathematical mistakes afoot. I didn't tell him how this disappointed me. C'mon, the smartest person on earth can't see that there's something that needs to be got to the bottom of when the claim is that "$75 twice a year is better than $300 once a year"??? He'd rather see a "30 x 40 = 120" slip or typo? Rich is Tarzan-like in that he taught himself to read at age 4. Just came out of his room one evening reading. His parents were staggered. I also invited Rich to my "John Lennon with sound bites". He wasn't impressed by my noting a possible typo in Lennon's first book. He told me that even he made a typo once, but he missed the point. Yes, I see tons of typos, and they're no big deal, beyond the fact that they give me a feeling of camaraderie with the writer and are sometimes mildy humorous or intriguing. I'm not going to put every one on a web page. In this case, though, the interest is that I may have found a bona fide typo in a book that's *based* on intentional typos. That's kind of funny. I'm guessing no one else has ever flagged it. On the other hand, I have a friend who has a brain about my speed, but he uses it like the dare-devils [wht did I mean by that?]. There have been dozens of instances when I've asked him to look at some web page, ad, email, fortune cookie fortune, etc., and he's *never* understood it the same way I had. I even asked him if he just reads a few words out of a passage and makes it mean something, and he freely admitted it. Hey, I just got a dozen 2-minute sand timers in the mail today for use in scrabble. >Most of those books such as Cliff's Notes and Monarch Notes are unreadable and deadly dull That's certainly been true in my limited experience. What I always wish for, though, is auxiliary information laid out side by side with the original text (not necessarily in the book itself) that answers every question a typical reader might have and help him get as close to 100% of what the writer put into it out of it. What's the point of reading something and getting 40%? >This had to be the Mississippi State Library and Archive. So here goes . . . Amazing that you can remember every last detail [of the security procedures] like that! Anyhow, something in me says there has to be a better idea than employing millions of people to hassle tens of millions of other, honest people. I don't claim I have the answer, but I suspect it would involve holding wrong-doers responsible for what they do. >I've seen it [cosy, cozy] "cosey", too. A piece of sheet music titled "In a Cosey Corner." Funny thing is, I have a guitar transcription of than one by Trinkaus, but when I plugged "cosey" into my database program, nothing came up. It did when I typed "cosy", and I was all ready to tell you we have variant spellings of the same title, but I checked my music and it turns out I just typed it wrong entering it into my database. Just think of all the millions of web searches I've stymied with that typo. >You obviously had a different British literature teacher in high school than I did, I'm not at all proud to say that I don't remember much of anything about 12th grade English, except that the teacher was a pretty neat guy. He was reading some Shakespeare character with an exaggerated lisp, and all I could think was, how does he know to do that? He must really be smart. I would've just read it with my usual reading voice. I only continue this thread because just a few days ago I downloaded Blind Tom's "Battle of Manassas" from the UCSB cylinder site. >"I enclose two limp singles, I will make do with this thing till you find me a real Pepys. THEN I will rip up this ersatz book, page by page, AND WRAP THINGS IN IT." That's funny. My Modern Library Pepys certainly doesn't have most of the things I've searched it for specifically. >No snow globes with Florida alligators? I didn't see any snowmen. BUT . . . what is a "flying pizza man"? And you wouldn't see the snowman, see? That's the good joke. The snow globe is just filled with water and a hat and a carrot and some coal buttons and a broom that float around. >So much for adding you to my friends list. These emails still didn't arrive in my regular mail. Maybe it's the goofy subject line that sounds so much like a lot of the absurd spam? Goofy? GOOFY??? >Major issue to come up is that the convention was a "to the death" battle of "reactionaries" vs. "progressives." As for definitions of the two terms, it boiled down to whomever Bryan labeled as "reactionary" or "progressive." There, that's just the sort of explanation(?) that would be so handy in an appendix. Your tales of Windows Vista and Word 97 have me cringing in pain already, even the ones you viewed as a step forward. Hard for me to believe that simple indexing function wasn't programmed 30 years ago. Also, I *despise* pdf, and haven't yet figured out why it exists. Just give me the text and give me the image, although, having the text, I would probably rarely look at the image. They had better not take the command prompt mode away from me in Vistas. Sometimes I have 6 command prompt windows open at once. >Gosh, I entered 5 books [at librarything.com] in about as many minutes, and they all have other readers. But I wasn't interested in who had such and such a book. The intriguing promise was, "Your profile connects you to people who share your books. With over 250,000 users and 18 million books in the system, you'll find some "eerily similar" libraries." I was hoping to type in Democracy In Delaware The Wit And Humor of America, vol viii The Oxford Nursery Rhyme Book Can I Get There By Candlelight? and find somebody reading: Monarchy In Montana The Hex and Voodoo of Armenia, vol. wjjj The Cambridge Knock Knock Joke Book Escape - Liberia, Africa and the USA: The Surrender of Harbel; War, Accommodation, and Reconciliation for Peace, Agricultural Development and Economic Prosperity or something. Enow for now? THEE: >You can also be a guinea pig on my most recent beatle-related page: >http://www.donaldsauter.com/john-lennon.htm Loved it. I really started laughing when I came to "Stewball" and "Happy Xmas." No wonder "Happy Xmas" seemed so familiar to me. I had the LP with "Stewball"! What does this tell me? That I listen to the words. Loved the "Good God, it sounds like Walton gone mad!" comment, the Grammy coincidence, and your sound editing. By the way, I decided I needed "Who Killed Davey Moore, " so I bought Dylan's Bootleg Series, Vol. 6: Bob Dylan Live 1964 a couple of weeks ago. Some old familiars, but also some new to me. Guess after seeing one of Dylan's guitar's in Vermillion, I needed the two disc set. What a fabulous museum that was and I lucked into hearing the orchestrion. The best feature of the museum was the CD player given to me when I arrived. With it around my neck, I could watch for special numbers on many of the displays, select that track, and hear additional history AND the instrument playing the music it was intended to play. Among my favorites were the French church serpents (both curly and straight). >>but I liked that July 2007 letter from the woman at American Heritage! >Well I didn't!!! Why blow off such a good and simple idea? I agree with you on the use of a normal dictionary such as American Heritage. If ordinary educated folks can't use a word, if it never comes up in magazines, newspapers, normal sorts of books, or intelligent conversation, then it ain't a word worth using in a game, in my opinion. By liking the American Heritage representative's letter, I didn't mean I thought she gave the right answer, but it was probably the safe one. Scrabble box cover rules may say that players can decide on a dictionary before playing, but when it comes to tournaments, someone might get picky and lawsuit happy. >Remember my old, bound St. Nicholas magazines from 1889, with the separated contractions (oxymoron?)? The Wonder World is still doing the same thing 40 years later: had n't, did n't, were n't, was n't, etc. I think that's *strange*. I agree, and haven't seen that in newspapers. The only oddity has been to-day and to-morrow. But no yester-day. The articles come from newspaperarchive.com. That archive is a paid service for people like you and me but it does offer some free special collections. Also, you can try these, which are free: http://www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org/eagle/ http://www.loc.gov/chroniclingamerica/ >I even asked him if he just reads a few words out of a passage and makes it mean something, and he freely concurred. Sounds a little like some of my students. Some detail catches their eye, and suddenly it's the central point. >Did you need all that? Hey, I just got a dozen 2-minute sand timers in the mail today for use in scrabble. Sand timers I could live with. My kids had a word game (Taboo, if I remember right) with a timer that clicked loudly and then buzzed in a way that would make me jump even though I knew it was coming. I was a nervous wreck. >What I always wish for, though, is auxiliary information laid out side by side with the original text (not necessarily in the book itself) that answers every question a typical reader might have and help him get as close to 100% of what the writer put into it out of it. (Hmmm, that sentence sounds familiar.) What's the point of reading something and getting 40%? Sometimes that 40% may be 100%. I'm convinced some writers don't want readers to understand that they're saying so little and purposefully trying to conceal the fact. >>I've seen it Cosey, too. A piece of sheet music titled "In a Cosey Corner." I've been having some trouble with variant spellings--or with Bill Gates' desire to standardize them with Autocorrect. >I'm not at all proud to say that I don't remember much of anything about 12th grade English, except that the teacher was a pretty neat guy. He was reading some Shkespeare character with an exaggerated lisp, and all I could think was, how does he know to do that? He must really be smart. I would've just read it with my usual reading voice. Can't think of a Shakespeare character that should have a lisp, but I can see it working on stage. >>Don't think I've ever seen an S on a gerund before, >See above. [readings] Don't think that one qualifies. Here's a gerund use: Reading is one of their favorite pastimes. The gerund has to refer to an activity but in a way that the activity is a noun. In your sentence with "readings," its clearly a thing rather than an activity. >>Gosh, I entered 5 books in about as many minutes, and they all have other readers. >But I wasn't interested in who had such and such a book. The intriguing promise was, "Your profile connects you to people who share your books. With over 250,000 users and 18 million books in the system, you'll find some "eerily similar" libraries." >I was hoping to type in > Democracy In Delaware > The Wit And Humor of America, vol viii > The Oxford Nursery Rhyme Book > Can I Get There By Candlelight? >and find somebody reading: > Monarchy In Montana > The Hex and Voodoo of Armenia, vol. wjjj > The Cambridge Knock Knock Joke Book > Escape - Liberia, Africa and the USA: The Surrender of Harbel; War, > Accommodation, and Reconciliation for Peace, Agricultural Development > and Economic Prosperity >or something. Loan me The Hex and Voodoo of Armenia, will you? I'll read it right after Unarchy in Utah and The Oxford Elephant Joke Book, vol. CX.
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