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Anything BUT Politics!

Postby mmichaelson » Thu Nov 04, 2004 5:05 pm

Since we've all been raising our blood pressure with talk of politics for FAR too long, IMO, this thread is for anything BUT politics, like it states.

Scott needed some new threads on his forum, so I thought this was a good a place as any.

So, away we go!

Talk, generate chat, be happy!!!
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Re: Anything BUT Politics!

Postby OperaTenor » Thu Nov 04, 2004 5:28 pm

...and you needed to get your thread count up...

:p
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Re: Anything BUT Politics!

Postby Nicole Marie » Thu Nov 04, 2004 5:35 pm

Thank You! No politics! Scotts thread is Switzerland... Refugee camp... oasis... saftey... calm... (you get the point). No Politics!

Now if the rest of the BBB could chill out... (hint hint)
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Re: Anything BUT Politics!

Postby GreatCarouser » Thu Nov 04, 2004 6:04 pm

Originally posted by OperaTenor:
...and you needed to get your thread count up...

:p
...and now, apparently, so do you, OT! :p

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Re: Anything BUT Politics!

Postby Marye » Thu Nov 04, 2004 6:10 pm

What happened to your count GC?
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Re: Anything BUT Politics!

Postby OperaTenor » Thu Nov 04, 2004 6:46 pm

Uh, GC, that would be post count for me....

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Re: Anything BUT Politics!

Postby ScottB » Thu Nov 04, 2004 10:34 pm

I need posts too,so come up with something good. :)
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Re: Anything BUT Politics!

Postby piqaboo » Thu Nov 04, 2004 10:56 pm

GC - did you get stripped of your post counts AGAIN????? :eek: Its the haunted bulletin board!!!!!
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Re: Anything BUT Politics!

Postby bignaf » Thu Nov 04, 2004 10:59 pm

what should we write about?
hey! I've got an idea! maybe we should write about music?
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Re: Anything BUT Politics!

Postby GreatCarouser » Fri Nov 05, 2004 1:22 am

Originally posted by Marye:
What happened to your count GC?
Marye, about a month or so ago there was a weekend when many of us couldn't log in or post or read posts. When I attempted to log on I was prompted to log off and then log back in. I did so and was told my log file (profile) was blank. Chris was able to allow me to log in again but my older posts now reside on the board as 'unregistered'. I thought of copying each of them but I couldn't do that to you.....or me! So now I'm sort of a (pardon the allusion) 'born again' Carouser.

That's the factual account, Marye but in keeping with *ig's suggestion we write about music how about this alternative answer "I don't know, Marye, but if you hum a few bars I'll wing it!"?
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Re: Anything BUT Politics!

Postby dai bread » Fri Nov 05, 2004 5:42 pm

My private pianist has encountered a problem that I haven't heard of before.

Apparently Brahms, (and others), uses chords spanning 10 or even 12 notes. My pianist being female, and Chinese at that, hasn't a show of playing them as written simply because her hands are nowhere near big enough.

She fudges them with the aid of the sustain pedal, but she's not very happy at having to do that, largely because she's not fast enough to really get away with it. Does anyone have any ideas? I presume her teacher told her about the sustain pedal, and will work with her, but it will be a serious limitation later on I think, as she gets into the really heavy stuff like Rach3.

BTW, next year I will have a private trumpeter as well. Unfortunately I won't get recitals from him as he is more band and orchestra-oriented so he rehearses parts, rather than the wholes that pianists play.

He's in the NZ Army band and is finishing his B.Mus (perf) degree at Auckland University. He's a fine trumpeter, and not just IMO.

BTW 2, I recorded my pianist surreptiously with the microphone attached to my headphones, and the sound quality is appalling. I'll use it to learn the sound editing program, but I wouldn't inflict it on an audience.

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Re: Anything BUT Politics!

Postby shostakovich » Sat Nov 06, 2004 12:39 am

I had never heard that complaint about innocuous (I thought) Brahms. I've read that very few women specialize in Liszt because of limited reach. As for Rachmaninov, he's the crippler. Leon Fleischer was out of commission for years thanks to Rach (I don't know what compositions). I believe Gary Graffman had the same problem thanks to Rach. I may be wrong, and I would like to be corrected if anyone has better info. Till then, maybe your charge should tread (spread) carefully with Rach. :confused:
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Re: Anything BUT Politics!

Postby lliam » Sun Nov 07, 2004 9:46 am

Blonde corner
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Where are we?
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Two tourists were driving through Wisconsin. As they were approaching Oconomowoc, they started arguing
about the pronunciation of the town's name. They argued back and forth until they stopped for lunch.

As they stood at the counter, one tourist asked the blonde employee.

"Before we order, could you please settle an argument for us? Would you please pronounce where we are...
very slowly?"

The blonde girl leaned over the counter and said,

"Burrrrrr, gerrrrrr, Kiiiing."
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Re: Anything BUT Politics!

Postby lliam » Sun Nov 07, 2004 9:47 am

Blondes in Heaven

Three blondes died and are at the pearly gates of heaven. St Peter tells them that they can enter the gates if they can answer one simple question. St. Peter asks the first blonde, 'What is Easter?'

The blonde replies, 'Oh, that's easy! It's the holiday in November when everyone gets together, eats turkey, and are thankful...'

'Wrong!,' replies St. Peter, and proceeds to ask the second blonde the same question, 'What is Easter?'

The second blonde replies, 'Easter is the holiday in December when we put up a nice tree, exchange presents, and celebrate the birth of Jesus.'

St. Peter looks at the second blonde, shakes his head in disgust, tells her she's wrong, and then peers over his glasses at the third blonde and asks, 'What is Easter?'

The third blonde smiles confidently and looks St. Peter in the eyes, 'I know what Easter is.'

'Oh?' says St. Peter, incredulously.

'Easter is the Christian holiday that coincides with the Jewish celebration of Passover. Jesus and his disciples were eating at the last supper and Jesus was later deceived and turned over to the Romans by one of his disciples. The Romans took him to be crucified and he was stabbed in the side, made to wear a crown of thorns, and was hung on a cross with nails through his hands. He was buried in a nearby cave which was sealed off by a large boulder.'

St. Peter smiles broadly with delight.

The third blonde continues, 'Every year the boulder is moved aside so that Jesus can come out... and, if he sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter.'
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Re: Anything BUT Politics!

Postby lliam » Sun Nov 07, 2004 10:00 am

Blind man

Richard Smith, a blind man, enters a Lesbian Bar by mistake. He finds his way to a bar stool, and orders a drink. After sitting there for a while, the blind guy yells to the bartender "Hey, you wanna hear a blonde joke ?"

The bar immediately becomes absolutely quiet. In a husky, deep voice, the woman next to him says, "Before you tell that joke, you should know something. The bartender is blonde, the bouncer is blonde and I'm a 6' tall, 200 lb blonde with a black belt in karate. What's more, the woman sitting next to me is blonde and she's a weight lifter. The lady to your right is a blonde, and she's a pro wrestler. Think about it seriously, Mister. You still wanna tell that joke?"

The blind guy says, "Nah, not if I'm gonna have to explain it five times."
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Re: Anything BUT Politics!

Postby lliam » Sun Nov 07, 2004 10:02 am

Ever been forced to use an unfamiliar computer?

I bet Apple are feeling flushed ... http://www.electric-chicken.co.uk/


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Further proof that the long term implications of drugs / procedures must be fully considered:

Premise: Over the past few years, more money has been spent on breast implants and Viagra than on Alzheimer's.

Conclusion: In a few years, we will have a lot of people running around with huge breasts and erections who cannot remember what to do with them.

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Re: Anything BUT Politics!

Postby dai bread » Mon Nov 08, 2004 8:44 pm

Department of Vague Paranoia.

If I remember rightly, these are the people who, in the early '50s, recommended that every Briton should dig a hole in his back yard, cover it with corrugated iron and earth, and await the oncoming nuclear warhead.
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Re: Anything BUT Politics!

Postby lliam » Wed Nov 10, 2004 9:02 am

Originally posted by dai bread:
Department of Vague Paranoia.

If I remember rightly, these are the people who, in the early '50s, recommended that every Briton should dig a hole in his back yard, cover it with corrugated iron and earth, and await the oncoming nuclear warhead.
I don't remember that DB, most of us had still got the, 'Anderson' shelters from, WW2.


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The Anderson Shelter.
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One countermeasure to the 'deep shelter mentality' and to ensure the widest possible dispersion of civilians during a raid was by distributing shelters, which could be erected in householders' gardens.
The development of the Anderson Shelter is usually attributed to the Home Secretary of the time John Anderson, later Sir John Anderson. The idea of producing a cheap domestic shelter, for the protection from bombing of families, had been a concern of his for some time.
On the 10th of November 1938 John Anderson presented his problem to the engineer William Paterson who, along with his co-director Oscar Carl Kerrison, produced within a week the first blueprint and, within a fortnight, the first model.
It is reported that John Anderson, in order to test this model, promptly jumped on it with both feet! Having thus satisfied himself he turned the model and designs over to the President of the Institution of Civil Engineers for evaluation by three experts: Mr David Anderson; Mr Bertram Lawrence Hurst and Sir Henry Jupp. Their report was favourable, and by the end of February 1939 the first 'Anderson' shelters had been delivered to householders in Islington, North London.
Consisting of fourteen sheets of corrugated iron, the shelter formed a shell 6 feet (1.8m) high, 4½ feet (1.4m) wide and 6½ feet (2m) long. It was buried to a depth of 4 feet (1.2m) and then covered with at least 15 inches (0.4m) of soil.
The Anderson shelter was issued free to all earning less than £250 a year and at a charge of £7 for those with higher incomes. Eventually 2, 250, 000 were erected and, in British fashion, made homely with bunks inside and flowers and vegetables planted in the protective bank of earth.
After the end of the Blitz, in the summer of 1941, an American journalist wrote that

'There was a greater danger of being hit by a vegetable marrow falling off the roof of an air-raid shelter than of being struck by a bomb'. :D

Only those with gardens in which to erect them - less than 25 per cent of the population - benefited from the provision of the Anderson shelter.
At the outbreak of war, many people were glad to have them but, when the weather broke, they became less enthusiastic. The thought of turning out from a warm bed into a cold, wet shelter was not an inviting one.
That first winter of 1939/40 the shelters were not needed though, when the rains came and they flooded, they provided valuable training to the Auxiliary Fire Service in the use of their suction hose.
Although the Anderson shelter was liable to flooding, it proved itself to be remarkably effective during the blitz.
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Re: Anything BUT Politics!

Postby dai bread » Fri Nov 12, 2004 11:33 pm

That'll be what I was thinking of, lliam.
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Postby Catmando » Fri Jun 23, 2006 12:33 pm

Scott's forum needed a bump, and I figure this was the best place to do it!

((Only because I'm not familiar enough with Kachaturian))

So, anything but politics, huh?

Well, does anybody outside Carolina care that the Carolina Hurricanes won the Stanley Cup?

Does anybody IN Carolina care/know that they won the Stanley Cup and can name 5 players off of the Hurricanes team? :)
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