Tuesday, March 20, 2007

March 18 to March 24

Wherein leave comments in the comments

10 Comments:

Blogger bill said...

A little behind schedule this week.

3/20/2007 08:01:00 AM  
Blogger bill said...

Note to Iran: If don't like a movie depicting the historical event of Persians getting their asses handed to them by Spartans, then I suggest you try not to have your asses handed to you by Spartans.

3/20/2007 08:39:00 AM  
Blogger Icepick said...

Wherein I think you've started a trend

3/20/2007 12:50:00 PM  
Blogger bill said...

1. Scoobie Doo.
2. Florida. For the other two, I'll guess Louisiana and Nebraska. Ah, Illinois, not Nebraska.
3. Michael Jordan
4. Guessed finger. close enough.
5. Tupac? Wrong. Besides, I keep forgetting Tupac isn't really dead.
6. It's either Arthur C. Clarke or Ray Bradbury...I'll go with Clarke. grrr.
7. I think this is true for a couple, so I'll go ahead and make it my final answer: Did not use a bible for their Inauguration.

3/20/2007 01:17:00 PM  
Blogger bill said...

email from me: because that is where it's supposed to go. If you press Return after the "term," the definition should move to the Body tag.

email received: That was not in your instruction. My apologies.

email from me, not sent: WTF, it's not in the instructions?


1. apply term paragraph tag.
2. OHMYGOD EVERYTHING IS BOLD...DEEP BREATHS...
3. OK, Let me return the definition text and apply the Body style.
4. Hey, that fixed it! I'm a friggin' genuis.


I'm working with Retardo Montalban here.

3/20/2007 03:51:00 PM  
Blogger bill said...

And if you'd paid to the email I sent two weeks ago, I wouldn't have to tell you to fix your numbering.

3/20/2007 04:07:00 PM  
Blogger bill said...

Off to see Robyn Hitchcock tonight, so let's do some lyrics. Let's go with one of the less obvious choices.


Beautiful Girl
I'm in love with a beautiful girl
Yes, I'm in love with a beautiful girl
Well I thought I knew all about everything
But I'm in love with a beautiful girl

And she's staring through a crack in the sky
Yes, she's staring through a crack in the sky
Well I thought I knew all about everything
But I'm in love with a beautiful girl
Well I thought I knew all about everything
But I was wrong

Well I thought I knew all about everything
I thought I knew all about everything
But I'm in love with a beautiful girl
Yes, I'm in love with a beautiful girl
Oh, I thought I knew all about everything
But I'm in love with a beautiful girl

She's in love with a wonderful guy
Yes, she's in love with a wonderful guy
Well I hope she's in love with whom I think she's in love
I'm in love with a beautiful girl

I'm a charming and dangerous guy
Yes, I'm a charming and dangerous guy
If you don't expect too much it's alright
I'm in love with a beautiful girl
Yes, I'm in love with a beautiful girl
Well I thought I knew all about everything
But I'm in love with a beautiful girl

And we're going through a hole in the sky
Yeah, we're going through a hole in the sky
We'll be up there for the longest while
'Cause I'm in love with a beautiful girl
Yes, I'm in love with a beautiful girl

Well I thought I knew all about everything
But I'm in love with a beautiful girl
Yes, I'm in love with a beautiful girl
Well I thought I knew all about everything
But I'm in love with a beautiful girl

3/20/2007 05:22:00 PM  
Blogger bill said...

Famous 5 notes

So I'm playing around on the guitar. Yes I bought one, an Ovation CC24. But I'm thinking about taking it back today and getting this Ibanez. I'll see if they'll drop the price to the Ovation or throw in an autotuner. That's another story.

I have a lesson book that starts off practicing notes on the first three strings. For string 1, that's E, F, G. With E played as open first string, F is first string/1st fret, and G is first string/3rd fret. I know there's special notation being used on newsgroups, but I haven't deciphered it, so to help me along I'm making marks like this: E = 1, F = 1^1, G = 1^3 (just so you know where I'm going).

I'm plucking along, working around Old MacDonald, when I stumble across a couple notes that sound familiar. Ten minutes later, I think I've nailed it: DECGC or 2^3 1 2^1 3 3^5. Also known as the Beboobebooboop from Close Encounters of the Third Kind. What's interesting is that 3^5 and 2^1 should be the exact same C note, but finishing with 3^5 sounds much better. Probably something about one of those strings, because if I move it lower, I'm using the same C both times: 4 4^2 5^3 6^3 5^3.

So I crank up the internet to see how close I came and and wiki says:
The motif woven through the film (the five tones that the space ship plays back and forth with the humans) is re - mi - do - do (octave lower) - so(l). These tones all lie on a major pentatonic scale.

Right away I can tell I'm off because I'm not doing do - do (octave lower). Then I'm also having a hard time pronouncing pentatonic, much less trying to figure out what it is. Trying another search, gets me this from IMDB Trivia:
To get the spaceships' attention prior to their arrival at Devil's Tower, the five notes the scientists play are G, A, F, (octave lower) F, C. When they arrive at the tower and are attempting communication, the notes they play are B flat, C, A flat, (octave lower) A flat, E flat.

Translating the first 5 with the fingerboard chart gives me: 3 3^2 4^3 6^1 5^3. That sounds pretty good, though twisting my hand and wrist through the F, (octave lower) F, C is a real bitch.

I'm sure there's a perfectly good explanation for why my first attempt was wrong, but sounded close. Here's hoping it isn't because I'm tone deaf. But that's for someone else to explain.

3/22/2007 11:03:00 AM  
Blogger bill said...

Chef CDB
The simple act of sharing food and memories, which is the calling card of St. Joseph's Altars, is still profoundly moving to me, particularly the home altars. I know I'm a heathen when it comes down to what I call the hmmmana hmmmana -- the church rituals, but a deeply felt prayer is an honest thing capable of changing the worlds, both interior private realms and hostile reality. I'm spiritual, not religious, and I'm probably a voyeuristic food tourist at some level when it comes to the altars, but I do feel a kinship with the intimacy of the cooking for the masses because that's my waking, working world. The purity and sense of purpose behind the altars recharges my batteries. The generosity and joy presented in the beautiful displays and copious quantity of food reminds me that truly good food is more spiritually nourishing than it is about calories and food costs.

3/22/2007 11:05:00 AM  
Blogger bill said...

My comment, here:

Lou, I think you've hit on something and that's that Chick-Fil-A is behind global warming. How else to explain their campaign to eat chickens instead of cows? Eat chickens, cow population grows, earth gets warmer, everyone dies.

I will immediately start a "Save the Earth, Eat at McDonalds" campaign. Only by assisting their efforts to rid the planet of the dreaded cow can our children have a future.

3/22/2007 01:42:00 PM  

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