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THEE: Subject: Regarding Fermi Paradox and your talk origins dialogue I also independently came up with the question that Fermi posed decades ago called the Fermi paradox. However, noting the rapidity of our own evolution I reached a different conclusion than "we are special." To me the most likely scenario is that something "Big" happens during the first say 100,000-1,000,000 million years of evolution beyond our current technology. BTW, I wondered why "HI THERE" hasn't been spelled out by races with technological ability to manipulate the stars themselves, much less simple communications. The seeds for extraordinarily dramatic alterations in what is "human" have already been sown by our own technology. The creation of ai, self-evolution through genetic manipulation, the emergence of a mass mind intelligence (where humans are in effect equivalent to cells) are a few of the areas with dramatic potential speed evolution to states as far beyond our current status as we are beyond a single celled organism. What will be the understanding of this intelligence of the universe and what will it's motivations be? Will it decide to reside in a form of pure energy around suns? Will it move into a virtual reality universe computationally realized with nanoscale information handling? Is there a decay to the ultimate desire of existence that dooms any (very highly) evolved life form? I agree that the Fermi paradox means something. It means that our projection of "star trek"--basically humans traveling around the universe 1000's of years in the future, but retaining "humanness" is propably a bogus line of evolutionary development (at least for the far future--the length of time it takes to colonize galaxies and the universe). ME: Subject: thanks for the note Thanks for the interesting rundown on some of your recent guitar activities. Looking forward to hearing your daughter someday. Was quite shocked to hear that David Harris passed. We had roomed together at a GFA convention in Tempe, AZ. For the last 6 or so years I've poured a lot of myself into the local guitar society, the Washington Guitar Society. It's going ok, but I always wanted to get a sort of chain-reaction enthusiasm going. My personal belief is, it's all about fun. I guess you've seen some of my guitar-related web pages. If you go down the page about "free music from the Library of Congress" you'll find a fun romp through the library's collection of guitar arrangements. That's what I've been up to, and it looks like there's no end in sight. ME: Subject: Johnnycake Thanks for writing! It was such a surprise hearing from someone who went to Johnnycake, and it was the most heartwarming email I've gotten from a stranger. Thanks for the information on Mr. Lieske, and the personal anecdote. I can't hazard a guess when you attended Johnnycake. I was there for the school years starting in 1965-1967. ME: Subject: the net is really sumpin! I also had an ace time flipping vinyl. Thank *you*. Yes, put in an order for the McCartney bio. Thanks. That price is too good. Alan Rinzler's, who wrote "Bob Dylan The Illustrated Record", first sentence about "Desire" is "This is my favorite album." He says Jacques Levy is a "writer-director-actor with a strong theatrical background." I didn't find an identification of the person on the back cover. Be glad to go down LC sometime. I just need to think of something I need in the main reading room. I'm sure there must be lots of things. Unfortunately, "Boy's Life" is in the Adams bldg. Also found a glowing guestbook entry tonight. What's going on? THEE: Subject: Who was that masked man? I thought Hself would be pleased about my "Best of Cugat" purchase. Turns out she has a Tito Puente CD, not a Xavier Cugat CD. I get those two mixed up all the time. The guy on the back cover of "Desire" looks a little like John Lennon, at least to me. My album of the week is Carly Simon's "Come Upstairs" (1981). Its chances of earning a permanent place in the hallowed archives grow dimmer with each song I hear. THEE: Re: Johnnycake I was at Johnnycake Junior from 1968-1971. One sad note about the school--it became a middle school (Johnnycake Middle), but it has now undergone a name change to something on the order of "Southwestern Academy". I do not know the particulars with regard to this, though Johnnycake Road still exists. THEE: Subject: license plates leaving out letters and substituting numbers and letters is what makes the whole plate. The point is to make the person figure out what your plate says. THEE: Subject: hi hi my name is Hself i have question for you, me and my friends played monopoly and one of the players stepped on my property and he did have enough money to pay me of so he bankrupt so he started to selling his property for every one else for a one dollar not to pay me of but so he will not give it to me. is it against the rules to do so ME: Subject: Monopoly rule (stinks) Thanks for visiting my website. What you described is perfectly legitimate according to the rules. I think it stinks. That's why I suggest a house rule where debts *must* be paid off in the order in which they are incurred. He should have to pay *you* before striking up any other deals. By the way, I have a batch of Polish LPs from the 1980s - rock, punk, new wave, jazzy, etc. I've enjoyed them but don't play them any more. Do you know anyone who might want to buy them cheap? ME: Subject: wearing the face that she keeps... (cringe) Mowed the lawn for the first time this season today. I had a large enough copy job today to try out the machine at Mailboxes Etc in College Park. They only charge 3 cents a copy, which is amazing, but it's not worth a trip for 2 copies. The machine does a very good job, although not perfect in every respect. Any interest in George Eliot? If so, my buddy Hself has a good George Eliot site - links to contemporary reviews, etc. He read Middlemarch and got hooked. Also, if you check out his family tree, there is a possible link to Abraham Lincoln. I don't recall the Yellow Submarine religion. I'd think I would if it was a big enough deal to get remembered on Today In Rock. Ah ha, you had an answer in mind for the guy on Desire. I can see what you're driving at. It must not have occurred to me, because when I checked the picture out again the other night, I can't say I recalled ever seeing it before. Heard again from the Johnnycake Junior High alumnus. He said that it underwent a name change, to Southwestern Academy or something. Stinko. By the way, my dictionary defines it simply as "a corncake". THEE: Subject: George, George, whoops, George George Eliot is a little too high culture for me, though Hself likes her. Congratulations on cutting the lawn. I really haven't done that in about five years. PS. Did I tell you I actually won an online auction? I bought six months of "The Strand Magazine" from 1894. I got it for a pretty good price (under $20) because Arthur Conan Doyle didn't contribute anything during that time. THEE: Re: request form Feel free to contact me or anyone at Project Vote Smart if you have other concerns or questions. Our goal is to have accurate, up-to-date and accessible information on all candidates, and your input will be a valuable resource in achieving our goal. Good luck with your campaign. ME: On the trip down from Arbutus, I had a mental block in our discussion of the greatest rock group of the '60s. I was trying to put forth the Troggs - and who could argue? Have you ever seen Dylan's Hard Rain show? I think we may have discussed this once. I think there was no commonality with the album. Is 6 months of the Strand 6 issues? Sounds like you got a good deal. Finally got around to Mae Marsh in the internet movie database. I guess you supplied the Hemingway anecdote? I couldn't find your name (besides all the stagehands with the same name.) A different day at school today because of testing. Mostly helped the math specialist with some chores. I would love dearly to discuss some of the insanity I see on some of these standardized tests, but I am sworn to secrecy. I've even signed papers. But one day... P.S. I'm sure I was the last American to hear of the massacre in Denver this morning (Thursday) at about 9:00. THEE: Subject: Troggsmania I'd agree about the Troggs, if only they hadn't recorded "Wild Thing." "With a Girl Like You," now there's a masterpiece! I'm joking, of course. The Troggs' "Wild Thing" is pretty awesome. it's not their fault that Hendrix goofed it up. I once saw Tru Fax and the Insaniax, a great Washington, D.C., band, do a cover of "With a Girl Like You." It was a magical concert. "The Strand" was monthly. The bound volume is more than 600 pages long and there aren't many ads. It looks fine. Even though there's no Doyle writing, there are plenty of illustrations from his most famous illustrator Sydney Paget (as well as his brother). Tell me, has the topic of the Littleton massacre come up at your school? Hself spent her elementary school years in Littleton. her older brothers went to another high school, however. ME: Subject: edison, bell, berliner not I heard about the NATO ordeal in D.C. a week or 2 ago, and put it out of mind completely, figuring, how could it affect me? I went into town today to go through more guitar music boxes at LC, and I was baffled. It was a ghost town. Where I park there weren't *any* parked cars, and we're talking several blocks-worth. It made no sense to me. I figured there were "No Parking" signs that only I couldn't see. Then, there were no schoolkids running around the playground. Virtually no traffic and no pedestrians. Definitely the stuff of Twilight Zone. I eventually found a body-snatched humanoid who reminded me of the NATO thing. He said the Smithsonian was closed, but didn't know about LC. I kept my hopes up till the last moment when I saw the signs in front of the front doors. It was a nice morning, so I decided just to walk down the mall and back. On the way, it sure looked to me like zombies were going in and out of the museums. It occured to me that my "History of Music In America" book praised the Smithsonian collection of phonographs, so I figured I would take that in. I found no phonographs at all, much less an exciting exhibit-full, but I got caught up in the printing press exhibit. It was quite interesting, having just read some books about printing, book- making and papermaking. By the way have you subjected yourself to my latest web-page yet? Not much more embarrassing than any of the others. I'm finding a few little references in the Woodrow Wilson book that would be fun to track down in the main reading room of LC, giving us an excuse for meeting there sometime. In my last P.S., I meant Littleton when I said Denver. So I first heard about it at school, 2 days after the event. I doubt there was any assembly devoted to it the day before. Don't try to make sense of this, but to my mind, after believing the original figure of 25, having it lowered to 13 is kind of like a miracle. THEE: Re: edison, bell, berliner not I don't get your header (above). That's nothing new. The whole NATO thing was kind of funny. It was definitely much ado about hardly anything. I said to my bus driver, "So, aside from a quicker trip, no difference today, eh?" I just listened to sides one and two of Joan's "Any Day Now." I still like "You Ain't Going Nowhere" but her 12-minute version of "Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands" left me utterly unmoved. Hself and I watched "Amistad" last night, the true story about a slave ship whose captives took over and sought sanctuary in the United States, in 1839. Unfortunately, Steven Spielberg continues to make movies for junior high school kids, but I suspended disbelief and enjoyed it. I have a money-making proposition! (Well, who knows?) It involves your binding skills and hours at the L of C. Two books: "Arthur Conan Doyle's Letters to the Times" "Arthur Conan Doyle's Letters to Light." What do you think? PS. May I quote 2-year-old Hself? He's obsessed with a TV show about a certain tank engine. "I waa wass Thomas!" THEE: Subject: Strings tension I am a guitar player trying to discover new string instruments, I have a venezuelan cuatro and a cuban tres. I am also an engineer so I try to understand the phisics behind some music aspects. I have read your article on the strings tension and am very interested to this subject, there are some point on which may be you could give further detail, for example - do you have some value related to the "average" constant and MPL for steel strings? - Do you know the values for a "playable" range of tension (for nylon and steel strings) - Value for a breaking point (for nylon and steel strings) - Do you have an already compiled version for Win 95 of the two programs presented (I do not have the tools to compile them) THEE: Subject: edison et al for d*mm**s ...present company excepted. Edison, A. G. Bell and Emile Berliner were the first 3 big names in the history of the phonograph. Bell (with 2 others) made a big improvement to Edison's cylinder. He used hard wax instead of Edison's foil. Berliner, a German-born Washingtonian, developed the first disc record. (Dr. Goldmark invented the LP and also developed color tv.) My "Story Of Music In America" book (1965) says, "The Smithsonian... shows much of this interesting American musical history in well-prepared exhibits." The appended "not" referred to my failure of finding such an exhibit, figuring I could say it after all these years if it wasn't overdone. Let me know when my subject lines are inscrutable; I'd hate a good one to go to waste, ha ha. I spent Saturday at LC and did some legwork with the Jefferson bldg card catalog. I've got a call slip for your "Light" ready to go. Also have a batch of slips for books referenced by Wilson in his "History". Do you think they'll serve me the original edition of Thomas Morton's "New English Canaan" (1637)? It doesn't say "rare", although it does say "office". Sure, I'll read it in their office if they want. Next time I'm at your place, remind me to ask you if we can take a look at the American Memories pages at the LC website. I'm wondering how good the music looks. I've had difficulty getting through Baez's "Any Day Now" every attempt. THEE: Subject: Bloody I just got back from giving blood. I feel whoozy. Is it because I just gave blood or is it because it's been eight days since the last record convention? After much self-reflection, I've decided to give away Joan's "Any Day Now." Do you know anyone who needs a copy? My decision was made slightly easier by the fact that her OK performance of "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere" is also on her "The First Ten Years," which I have. I watched another great "Simpsons" last night. In a surprisingly sweet scene, Bart liberates oldsters from a repressive senior- citizens' home. As the folks cavort around a FIELD, we hear "CBML" in a performance by NRBQ. What can you tell me about that version? I occasionally explore the L of C page, on those days when none of the [...] links work, of course. I'm always a little disappointed. Maybe I don't give it enough time. ME: Subject: i feel a song... [mrs. robinson parody] Goo goo gajoob Mr. H-se-elf, Went to a concert at U of M tonight - scenes from several operas. It was really good. Act 3 from La Boheme gave me shivers almost the whole way through (hoo hoo hoo). Very coincidentally, a guitar acquaintance sat down next to me unbeknowingly (wee wee wee). He lives in D.C. and had never been to the Ulrich recital hall before. Big surprise when he noticed who he sat next to (woo woo woo). On a spur of the moment, went on down to visit Hself in Dale City yesterday (hay hay hay). Only spun one disc in McDonald's - the flip side to a Four Seasons record. It was called "A Proud One", I think. Quite good (ood ood ood). The main event of the visit was going to be a visit to the guitar sheet music on the LC site. No luck - they had pulled the plug (wug wug wug). Don't know if I've ever heard of this Jesse Dylan. Man, his article made my eyes fog over in the first paragraph (af af af). Had the misfortune of hearing an HFS commercial in the car tonight where Beaver Cleaver's tv mom, June somebody, slings obscenities. I'm still guffawing. Not (yot yot yot). I remember seeing Janis Ian perform her song on tv. It was a really big deal (weel weel weel). I don't remember Leonard Bernstein, though. Maybe she did it a few times. I remember thinking it was a big nothing of a song, musically. I doubt I noticed any of the words. Don't know about the NRBQ version CBML (well well well). I think you can toss Any Day Now without any guilt pangs (yang yang yangs). By the way, did I ever put in a request for that Limbo record with the Faust Waltz in 4/4 time? THEE: Subject: With a song in yer heart Thanks for your very musical e-mail. Hself and I watched a new "Mystery Science Theatre 3000" last night. The show has been canceled and this is the last season and you can sort of hear the bitterness in the stars' comments. The show still had a lot of guffaws, though. Beav and Wally's Mom (Barbara Billingsley) has been poking fun at herself for many years. Did you ever see "Airplane!" (1980)? Tonight on CBS, Dick Van Dyke's current series (bet you didn't know he has one) involves a murder of a TV star. Apparently the episode is a clever parody of the sleaziness of current TV (according to a review in today's "Post") and it features Wally and the Beav (Jerry Mathers and Tony Dow) as heads of rival TV networks. The "Post" reviewer hints at a big surprise at the end. Mary Tyler Moore did the crime? Dunno if I'll watch, even though it sounds OK. Lately, I've come across two British performers of the '50s and early '60s and I wondered what you have on them. First is ALFRED DELLER, a counter-tenor. I have two LPs of his from 1956. Second is JESS CONRAD, a pop singer in the Cliff Richard vein. I saw him in a silly 1961 British horror film, "Konga," the other night. THEE: Hello, Don! This is a test from the school machine and on my hotmail account. What is your website location? Thanks for all the good & diligent work you do for James McHenry Elem. Have a good weekend! ME: Subject: _______ is bliss Good time at school today as always, although this is 2 weeks in a row the 1st-graders were unavailable. They went on a field trip to the Children's Museum. I made much progress with the bar codes in the library. Been buckling down lately organizing all the music I've been getting from LC. It looks like I have a system that'll work. You say the word on when we make a joint attack on LC. There was a free concert at the OAS of Duke Ellington music. It was on my calendar, but I wasn't up for it. Now I see, via Today in Pop, it's his birthday. Been completely out of touch with the Orioles. Not a pretty picture, eh? Never saw Airplane. Never heard of Alfred Deller. Never heard of Jess Conrad. Me heap ignorant. By the way, last time NRBQ came up in our discussions, I thought you hadn't heard of them. Guess I'm confused, as usual. ME: Subject: it's about that mspap craziness... Not really. Just kidding. Hi Hself, I got your message, loud and clear. Here are a couple of web pages below my signature, to save you some typing. Of course, it's a cinch to get to the rest of my pages from there. The 2nd is my guest book - see what other people have found. (pammyjoy meet pammipoo.) By the way, any chance I could make small and sporadic use of the school's computer? I'm about to lose the ability to upload web pages from my home. I wanted to show some of your classes the "Bantu string trick" I learned from one of the library books, but got cold feet. Just like me... THEE: Subject: Jess I thought I'd heard of Jess Conrad but I bet I'm merely confusing him with Conrad Birdie, as in, "We love you, Conrad, oh yes we do." Seeing Conrad in the movie was interesting. He was very handsome and a fine actor. I suspect that the Beatles just obliterated his career. Alfred Deller is just creepy to listen to. I mentioned that he's a counter-tenor, right? THEE: Subject: '63-'64 Fall & Winter I'm looking for a '63-'64 Fall & Winter Sears Catalog Do you have any idea where I might could find one? THEE: Subject: It's for you Rec'v'd this PM two (2) copies Miles' "Many years." The box was huge, since I ordered another big book, too. Our Miles books look fine. I mean, they have a little pen mark on the top to indicate that nothing's perfect, I guess. I saw an eBay auction meant for you. I looked up "Life" magazines and also hit "Boys Life" magazines. Go nuts! THEE: Subject: Cradle Song Believe it or not, I'm still waiting on some material to arrive to put in the newsletter. At any rate, there will be plenty of room for two pages of music. I would like to put the duet "Cradle Song" by M. Hauser (arr. Walter Jacobs, Op. 134) in this edition. Would you like to jot a paragraph off about it? THEE: Subject: new justice system I completely agree with you about your ideas on a new justice system. I have thought many times about this subject and I have come up with the same answer as you. Tell the world. CLASSICAL GUITAR RULES!!!!!! THEE: Subject: unarchy tell me some things about your unarchy. What are your personal plans, is it a registered organization? give me some info. ME: Subject: lc hours, etc. Big apology for forgetting your birthday. Happy belated Birthday! I've been amazing myself, even, with what I've been forgetting lately. There are a few notes to myself about topics for this email to you, but most of them don't make sense anymore. "Glass in street"??? "Bondage"??? "Grateful Dead song"??? "Deller"??? "Counter tenor", I remember. Yeah, I know counter tenors, and it's weird, all right. Went online to track down that Tipton material I mentioned. Found 'em without much trouble. Dunno about comparing McCartney with Mozart and Bach and Beethoven. Apples and oranges, right? I'm afraid we're setting ourselves up for future embarrassment. Liked, "The Wings", though. House-sitting has its plusses and minuses, such as access to tv and a stereo. Saw some good Simpson moments, but pulled the plug on a Halloween special. In the Simpson's monorail episode, who was the character who saved the day by suggesting an anchor, and disappeared at the end? I'm guessing a reference to some Star Trek episode where maybe they went back in time to prevent some catastrophe. On the stereo front, I enjoyed my 1904-1906 Caruso recordings. A few of the songs I have solo guitar arrangements of, plus a few I have more modern recordings of. Always fun to find tie-ins. My Tres Guitarras record and Gabor Szabo records turned out to be near busts. I thought the first would be instrumental. Turned out to be vocal with guitar accompaniment. The cover doesn't mention anything about song anywhere. The Gabor Szabo live recordings don't compare to what I've heard of him on the radio. THEE: Re: lc hours, etc. Quick explanations: Hself had to explain "glass in street" to me. It's to do with "Don't Look Back." Do you recall in the film that Dylan blows up at his hangers-on because someone threw a glass in the street? In another installment of This Is Pop! I mentioned the band X-Ray Specs (is it Spex?). They were a one-hit wonder with the lovely ditty, "Oh bondage!..." ME: Subject: cradle song Just went online today for the first time in a week or so. Sorry. In any case, my brief return to the newsletter created another blowup to end all blowups so I'm taking another break. It's bad enough that my listing should be removed from the "officers, etc." block. Didn't have much to say about Cradle Song. I think there was one little tough spot for Gtr 1 that could be solved neatly by trading notes with Gtr 2. That's something guitarists could be on the lookout for, generally. Also, it reminded Hself a little of one of your childhood sketches for narrator and guitar. My memory is not that good. Anything to that? THEE: Eight years ago--Jiang Quing, widow of Mao Tse Tung and leader of the Gang of Four, committed suicide (1991). I didn't know she was dead! ME: Subject: woman Got your message tonight, Sunday. Will call tomorrow to set up an LC visit. Telephones are so good at that. Email is for archival-quality dissertations like this. Went down to my brother-in-law's church tonight to see a musical starring my nephew as Giddy-up Gittalong Gideon. It was great. Regarding Eleanor Rigby having no Beatle musicians, I thought at one time I could list 3 others. Now all that come to mind are Good Night, as you said, and The Inner Light. Thought I had a rejected Beatle Sig question listing 4 such songs, but couldn't find it. I have a clipping from June 1991 - "Suicide of Mao's widow announced 3 weeks later". One of the reasons it was of interest to me was that, since the article didn't give the date of death, it left open the possibility that she died while I was watching a play about her called "White Boned Demon" at the Kennedy Center. I couldn't find the program in my "Shows" or "Concerts" folders, but tracked it down in my "Beatle clippings" 1991 folder by virtue of the quote in the play "Woman holds up half of the sky", and the program on the other side of the page, which was for "A Doll's House", which I also saw. ME: Subject: justice The number of people who have agreed with my justice system ideas can still be counted on one hand. I'm really fascinated that you independently came up with the same idea. One day when you have nothing else to do, put that in my guest book. See you. ME: Subject: unarchy My "personal plans" regarding unarchy is just to put the idea out there and hope that people eventually hear about it and think about it and to some extent or another begin to agree with it. There is no organization; in fact I don't think 5 people have expressed agreement with it in the 10 years I've been promoting it. The belief that "everybody else" is really a crazed murderer only kept under control by our current set of laws is very strongly ingrained. ME: Subject: stop the world Hself wants to get off 2 messages at once - can you handle it? There were a couple of justice/unarchy messages in my mailbox that I was afraid to face. Turned out they were both very positive. One says he has given justice a lot of thought and came up with the same answer! One wanted to know if there was a "registered organization" for unarchy. Get this - his email address is email@example.com ! P.S. One more day of MSPAP tests, tomorrow. The principal wrote a note of thanks to us volunteers that was in this morning's church bulletin. THEE: Subject: Mao Remind me of the Beatle tie-in wih "A Doll's House." I know there is one. I thought of another Beatle song that may have no Beatle musicians. Clue: It's very close to "Good Night." ME: Subject: when did PPM first make the Chicago charts? CUT!!! After signing off the t-phone today (thanks for the call) the 4th one hit me. It should have had primacy among the 4: She's Leaving Home. Is that close enough to Good Night? Or are we referring to R9? It's true, I don't know of any Beatle-y plucks or thumps in there. On the other hand, wasn't R9 supposed to be an overdub of a long Revolution jam? And I can't remember ever having heard or read the breathless comment, "You know, there are no instruments played by Beatles on Revolution 9!" Nothing to get hung about; the book is closed on even thinking about finding answers to little Beatle mysteries in this post-Anthology era. Who's your favorite Beatle? Speaking of rejected BSig questions, what is this scribbling all about: "What relates the lyrics of Savoy Truffle, I Am The Walrus, Glass Onion, and All You Need Is Love?"??? Bonus reject: How many Beatle face pics on cover of UK AHDN? (Careful! Trick!) "A Doll's House" was considered as a title for what became the "White Album" (whatever that is.) THEE: Subject: Leaving Home "SLH," of course! I don't know what ST, IatW, GO, and AYNIL have in common. Clue please! I'll guess that there are 19 Beatle faces on the cover of the UK "A Hard Day's Night." If it's really a trick question, I'll guess four. Thanks for the answer to "A Doll's House." ME: Subject: it's in the mail I got your book, "The Sixties", in the mail today. Sorry for the delay - the book is so big I had to make a trip to the post office to weigh it. ME: Subject: how soon is quickly You asked for a clue for "What relates the lyrics of Savoy Truffle, I Am The Walrus, Glass Onion, and All You Need Is Love?" No can supply. I don't know what I had in mind when I scribbled that one down. Was hoping you could help. Regarding: How many Beatle face pics on cover of UK AHDN? I assure you, you are the only living human being for whom the answer 19 is *not* tricky. What do you have, a CD-rom in your brain? That tour that began on May 18 1963 (this is how I write dates now, with an eye toward avoiding 02/03/01 or 04May02 madness) started with Roy Orbison as the headliner. Lewisohn said the Beatles "quickly... assumed the role." THEE: Subject: Nineteen I'm terrible with puzzles and you know it, but asking how many beatle faces there are on "A Hard Day's Night" made me think immediately of the back of someone's head. Good job! It was a boost to the ol' ego. I'm looking forward to our researches tomorrow. ME: Subject: something to glaze your eyes over... Here are a few comments about MSPAP before it all fades into the distant past. Feel free to send them on up the line - all the way to the Secretary of Education, even. Regarding the "camping trip" sample task I listened to (partially): 1. The students had trouble with 1/3 of 90. It's clear they need more drilling in fractions (and probably other basics.) Do we need MSPAP to tell us that? 2. One student added up a few weights and gave the answer, 15 lb. The desired answer was 15.35 lb. In the real world, nobody would calculate it to that degree of precision - or tenths of a pound, even. Why this bugged me is because of a question I saw on a 5th grade math achievement test that went the other direction. The answer was 16/30, but that wasn't one of the choices. The desired answer was "about a half" - which is indefensible both mathematically and probabilistically (which is what the problem was about.) 16/30 is no more "about a half" than 83 is "about 100" - or 1024 "is about 1000". (Hey folks, we've got 48 years to Y2K.) 3. It was clear the students were expected to learn some probability and statistics theory on the spot for the questions about how many distinct meals could be created given so many main courses, drinks and desserts. If that's what the testers think is important, the students should have been taught that and drilled in it. (I think 3rd grade is way too early.) Likewise, in the "Good Vibrations" task, I'm sure the students were being exposed to the physics of sound for the first time. I seem to remember we got it in 8th grade. Likewise, where the student had to write a speech about child labor in the "MSPAP Parent Handbook", I'm sure elementary school students aren't being taught sentence structure and vocabulary peculiar to political speeches. What it looks like to me from these 3 tasks is that the students are really being tested on how well they can grasp something on the first shot. If that's right, the "MSPAP Parent Handbook" doesn't mention it. (Mrs. Wright assures me that MSPAP only tests students on things they have been, or should have been, taught. I'm skeptical.) Maybe the MSPAP people really aren't aware of what they're testing. Then again, maybe all 3 out of 3 tasks I've seen were non-representative. If the testers are (knowingly or not) testing the students on their ability to pick something up on the first try, I would argue that that is not necessarily a good gauge of a person's value in real life tasks, such as in the work place. Virtually everybody gets in a groove of doing the same thing over and over, and it very quickly becomes immaterial whether it took him 1, 2 or 3 tries to get it right the first time. (I'm sensitive to this, because I feel like I can understand anything that's "understandable", but you can't accuse me of having a "quick mind".) Two more little things come to mind regarding the "Good Vibrations" task (besides their sloppiness in ignoring rubber band thicknesses.) They used a transverse wave to depict longitudinal sound waves. If there *is* a student precocious enough somewhere to look at that and say, "Oh, I understand that" - he would be wrong. It's a lose-lose situation. Also, I don't know why they insisted on starting the pictures of the waves at the peak instead of on the X-axis. I guess "different" is always "better", eh? P.S. Tackle Mrs. Stein in the hall one day and tie her to a chair in front of this web page: http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/Lobby/7049/roll.htm It has it all - math! math teachers! standardized tests!... ME: Subject: dee dee di dee, bump bump, bump bump I had as much or more fun than you at LC last night, so thanks. Went up to Baltimore this morning with my mandolin buddy to see the Baltimore Symphony rehearse. It was good and worthwhile, but I wasn't knocked out. I half-way expected to be, especially after seeing that one of the pieces was the Rite Of Spring. Was also hoping the Strauss violin concerto would be "waltzy", which it wasn't. Looking forward to tutoring kids tomorrow. It's been some weeks, now. THEE: Subject: Clap and stamp your feet I was almost too excited from our visit to the Library of Congress to get a full night's sleep Wednesday night. At about 5 a.m., my mind turned to things Beatley and I decided that the funniest thing John Lennon ever said may have been...wait for it..."The Elizabethan high wall is something I have always loved." Genius! Tell me more about your tutoring sometime. I'm listening to my "Cavern Club Rehearsals" CD, the bulk of which actually consists of the boys' Liverpool Empire show from Dec. 22, 1963 (mastered directly from poppy vinyl). That inspired the subject field. ME: Subject: aeiou Had a tour of D.C. on Saturday with... Figuring there was no way my violinist friend Phyllis would be free, I left a message figuring it couldn't hurt to ask. Amazing upon amazing, she was free and enthusiastic about showing us around. I'm sure I've mentioned before that she is ace Number 1 - the Babe Ruth of D.C. tour guides. We had an unforgettable time. When we were at the police memorial (Hself got a rubbing of a name of a policeman he worked with) there were 3 protesters there. They told us the president was going to a dinner at the Building Museum just across the street. I figured, "Suuuure," but in a few minutes the motorcade showed up. Amid shouts, first of "He's late! He's late! He must have had a date!" and then "Traitor! Rapist!" his car entered the tent in front of the entrance to the museum. We didn't get to see him, of course. The protesters kept it up, and when a batch of FBI-types (?) approached them, we figured it was best to slink off. Walking to the car on the other side of the Police Memorial, a black van drove by us about 20 feet, stopped, backed up, took a good look, presumably got some nice photos and drove off. By the way, the protesters said to visit freerepublic.com which I guess is http://www.freerepublic.com for the lowdown on the exchange of technology to China for big bucks to the Democrats. Has to do with the hushed up Cox Report. Too many other things to mention, but Phyllis showed us a sculpture of guns turned into a plowshare near the Police Memorial. Earlier, we had heard the talk at Ford's Theater and visited the Peterson House. Phyllis failed to get us up to the President's booth at the theater. At the Lincoln Memorial, I pointed out to everybody the profile of Booth's face on the back of Lincoln's head. I heard some muzak the other day that stopped me in my tracks. It sounded great, but I couldn't quite put my finger on it. After a couple of minutes, I heard a little burst of Hootie's voice in my brain. Another instance of muzak far outstripping the original. On Friday, I got little Ronnie to list the vowels. She recited them to Mrs. Jackson, and later to her teacher, Mrs. Kelley. Showed some of the kids my Bantu string trick. Showed some of them my stroboscope with an Edison film. P.S. Mightily impressed and pleased that the LC experience was so exciting that one could lose sleep over it. (not that I want anybody to be sleepy.) ME: Subject: LC guitar music Yes, I would be happy to sell you copies of the guitar music I have been digging out of the Library of Congress. Let me ramble a while, and see if any plan comes into focus. Since the subject first came up, I have added several hundred more pages. It may be about 2000 pages now, but that is a very rough guess. I hope the exact number isn't a big concern to you. I had said that I would sell only the whole batch, as opposed to filling custom orders, but there is one subdivision I could handle easily enough. I could sell the European publications separately from the American publications. Very roughly, it looks like there is about 4 or 5 times as much American. One of my personal interests is Justin Holland, so I copy everything by him that I can find. That includes a stack of duets and a stack of songs (voice and guitar). These are kept separate from the solo material, so I could include or exclude them at your request. A reason for not just selling you everything I have right at the moment is that if you want to keep up with future acquisitions, I don't have a system for remembering what you would have. This is the biggest problem I see with selling lots of people "what I have right now" at different points in time. Even though so far no one has put in an order, I have given the problem some thought. The best idea that comes to me is to make sales only when I complete one of the library's classes. For instance, I have already gone through the M129 and M128 boxes. I have just started the M125 boxes. (M125 is for "general" solo guitar collections. That means it has both original and arranged pieces. My focus is still arranged music, although I will copy an original work if there's any reason "I have to have it right now.") I suggest letting me complete the M125 boxes before the sale. Then, if you want to keep up in the future, we'll know what you already have. (Still, I will have to be mindful not to incorporate pieces from other classes into my own collection until everyone who has made earlier purchases has a chance to buy the new batch.) In M129, M128 and M125 there is still a tremendous amount of bound material to go through. I am a little afraid to dive in, mostly because it can be very hard, if not impossible, to make copies up to my specs from many of the bound volumes. M126 and M127 are for original works for solo guitar. Before I visit them, I might go through M1.A13 . This is a *huge* class of American publications dating from 1820 to 1860. I know there are some guitar pieces in there, but I don't know if there are enough to make the search worthwhile. I have made a catalog of all the music I have copied so far. I had to do it to help me remember what I have already gotten. I did it for my own use, but it should be understandable to others. What I will do is put it on my website for you and others to view. So, where are we. I propose I finish up with the M125 boxes. A very rough estimate of how much music I would have at that point is 2500 pages say. I'm the world's worst salesman and I would love to chisel a few cents off the original offer of $.20 per page, but I think that's rock bottom. So, I hope a potential cost of about $500 doesn't scare you off. I know I've had many times that amount of fun with the music. But that's just me... THEE: Subject: He's late Thanks for the Dylan's day updates. PS. I need a good D.C. tour. I usually just show people where I waited in line for 26 hours for Who tickets in '82 or where I worked in '84 and '85. That's the tour Hself got on Saturday. ME: water bill [...] Viewed another way, with the implementation of the account maintenance fee, my water bill jumped to a level it would have reached in the year 2011 if things had proceeded as they did prior to 1994. So, while everyone is slapping themselves on the back for holding the water and sewer rates at the same level for another year, excuse me while I remain calm. ME: Subject: (subject writer's block today) I've been in touch with a guitarist who is interested in buying copies of all the music I've been copying at LC. He sounds very enthusiastic, actually. This is great for me, not only because of the money, but it makes it a lot more fun for me "working" down there. Plan to go to the school tonight to hear the kid's Spring Concert. Have no idea what to expect. Just sent off a leditor to the Gazette. It can't miss. Donald THEE: Subject: The written e-mail My album of the week is the interview CD that came with "Antho 3" from Best Buy. I'd never listened to it before. I'm only about a third of the way through but I find that it has some interesting stuff (or borderline interesting). As always, Ringo comes across as very personable. Also, the "Help!"-era interview with Murray the K demonstrates, if nothing else, that he maintained contact with them into 1965, which I wouldn't have been able to demonstrate before today. THEE: Re: Great! Thanks for your note. I'm really excited about getting all of this music. I hope to get down there sometime and do some digging too. I'm interested in the solo original music mostly (I guess that that's M126 and M127). Anyway, thanks again. THEE: Subject: Catcher drops 3rd strike If the catcher drops the 3rd strike, the batter can attempt to advance to 1st base. Do you know why this rule is in place? ME: Subject: dropped third strike Funny you should ask. Just recently it struck me that I forgot to mention that stupid "dropped third strike" business on my softball page. Isn't that dumb, somebody strikes out in softball - and everybody starts running around the bases? I figure the reason for the rule in the first place is for a consistency with other force outs. The first baseman has to catch the ball, and hold on to it, to put out a runner at first. THEE: Re: dropped third strike no, that's not actually it. There is a good reason for requiring the catcher to have to actually catch the 3rd strike. Want me to tell you....or do you want to think on it? I've never run into anyone that actually knows the reason for this rule, and only one person that actually figured it out..... BTW, i'm glad i stumbled onto your site. it's great reading. ME: re: dropped 3rd strike Aha! so your question was a quiz, not a request for information. Hmmm... The way you say "there is actually a good reason for requiring the catcher to catch the 3rd strike" seems to imply that the fielding team could somehow use *not* catching the 3rd strike to its advantage. I can't think of what that might be. I doubt that there's an underlying philosophy of "if a pitch is not generally catchable, a batter shouldn't be held responsible for hitting it." And it's not like there are pitches that move so unpredictably that they are hard to catch, with only the slight exception of the knuckler (as far as I know.) I know the catcher gets credit for the put-out when somebody strikes out, but that's no sort of reason - they could just switch the credit to the pitcher. Consistency with force outs and caught flies would still be my best guess. Sounds like I'm in good company for not knowing the answer, so feel free to send it to me whenever you've got a free moment. THEE: Re: dropped 3rd strike Imagine a full count. 2 outs. One pitch left, right? Well, we don't need a catcher. He may as well get up and play out in the field. If it's a strike, then so be it. Batter out. If it's a ball, so be it, batter takes his walk. And if he hits it, we've got an extra fielder. Years ago the umpire was stuck with having to take the pitch in the chest...so they made the rule. ME: Subject: apple trophies The most recent Gazette didn't print my letter, but maybe they lost it in their recent move. They lost their own editorial for that issue. I enjoyed the schoolkid's Spring concert last Tuesday night. There's a chance Mrs. James, the music teacher, will get some of them to do it again at our church carnival in July. Did I mention I lined up a steel orchestra for the carnival? Had a very nice dinner at the school on Thursday night in appreciation of volunteers and substitutes. There were a lot more people there than I had expected, but when you consider that volunteers includes field trip chaperones, it adds up. Most people got a certificate of appreciation, but I was one of 2 who got a sculptured wooden apple for volunteer work beyond the call of duty. It's really pretty. I spent Wednesday in the music division at LC. It was the first time where I had competition for "my" copying machine. A man from Illinois is doing work on Jerome Kern, and he needed the 10 cent legal-size copies, too. It was no problem, actually. Each of us copied away while the other was doing desk work, and I got more done than I usually do. THEE: Re: Good answer! Pretty cool, I've always thought. You'll get a lot of mileage out of that one. I've yet to find someone that knows that answer. Even baseball managers don't have a clue. ----- Original Message ----- >Thanks! So obvious in retrospect... THEE: Subject: odds and ends Congratulations on the honor from the school. That kind of dserved recognition gladdens this old cynic's heart. Subject: n. inflammation of mucous membranes, esp. of the nose Here I am, riding the wild electrons again. Thanks for the riveting description of Hself's cells. Glad everything turned out "no problem". The Gazette has become my new least-favorite newspaper. (Well, for a while there.) They really did a number on my letter about WSSC water rates - obscured the point and axed my vicious humor. Not sure if the edit was mostly for space reasons, or if there were too many darn numbers for the masses. I can now say I've seen everything. A turn-of-the-century piece of guitar sheet music I found at LC last week had a page numbered "1 1/2". Spent another day at LC just today. Making good progress on the M125 class. Last Saturday helped with some landscaping at church. We prepared the flower beds for flowers, but got them looking great even without the flowers. Looked up "catarrh" because of your scouse article. Found it was already highlighted in my dictionary. No surprise, really - I know my vocabulary maxed out years or decades ago. Part of what I've been going crazy with lately is a minor surprise that you'll see soon enough. No big deal. P.S. Are you familiar with/interested in/already in possession of the pop record about Lincoln/Kennedy assassination coincidences? THEE: Subject: This is Pop! (record about Lincoln/Kennedy) Interested in a pop record about Lincoln/Kennedy assassination coincidences? Who wouldn't be interested!? Sure! When we talked the other day, I forgot to elaborate on what turned out to be the biggest catastrophe of last week--my disc one of "Anthology Three" skips, 3:35 minutes into "RR." I examined the disc and spotted a semi-circular scratch. What kind of a darn coincidence is that? I have exactly two defective CDs in my collection and both are Beatle CDs released by Capitol in the '90s. Do you have a magnifying glass? I want to check out this scratch. I can't wait to hear your surprise. I don't like surprises! Videotaper's alert: This coming Sunday, some program on the SciFi cable channel called "Dark Skies" is doing an episode called "Dark Day's Night" involving a suicide cult that forms around the Fabs' first visit to the U.S. "Dark Skies" is an "X Files" rip-off, as far as I know. The story sounds gross, but I'll wind up taping it. THEE: Subject: Thank you and God bless you Donald, Some new light on that famous literary luncheon... WF>Christina Foyle, manager of her family's renowned London bookstore, W & G Foyle Ltd., and founder of Foyle's literary lunches, died Tuesday at her home, Beeleigh Abbey in Essex, England. Foyle's chief contribution to the book business was the monthly literary luncheon she started in 1930 when she was 19. The luncheons were certainly more of a success than the famous store itself, which in all the years I've known it has been one of the worst, unfriendliest and most disorganised places imaginable to actually buy a book... THEE: hello: me and a friend want to do a performance, in this, we want to play duets for piano and guitar, and when i visit your page i'm very happy. what can i do for have this pieces: FERDINANDO CARULLI: overtura semiramis duo op.11 3 waltzes duo facile MAURO GIULIANI 2 rondo op.68 variaciones y polonesa KARL MARIA VON WEBER divertimento assai facile obviusly for piano and guitar We are from chile, so what can we do to obtain this pieces please answer me. i would be gratefull if you do it sorry about my english ME: Subject: positive vibrations Went up to "Baltimore" last Saturday to go to the once-a-year Granite Church Auction that my family always has a good time at. My mom won the bid on a big bag full of cassette tapes for me (while I was watching the balloon man and magic show.) I also bought 2 albums from a flea market table. One was a 3-record set of Gilbert & Sullivan operetta highlights. (I just got a bunch of guitar arrangements of this material from LC.) The other record is for you, if you want. They were all the "Right Price" - 25 cents a disk. By the way, mom no longer has the History Repeats Itself record about Lincoln/Kennedy assassination coincidences. She sold most of her pop 45s a few years ago. I'm sorrier than you. Been in to school Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week. I'll be sad to see it end. Spent most of the day cleaning up computers in the computer lab. Attended a meeting tonight about "School Alliances" - a grand plan to improve the schools, involving the school, parents, community and church. This plan has supposedly had great success in Texas. It was started before Bush took office, so remember that when he touts the improvement in Texas schools. I have to think about it some more before I sign off, or get directly involved. The meeting was very uplifting, though. Plan to go into LC tomorrow. Will stick around for a steel orchestra performance at the Hirshorn, the same band that I got for the church carnival. Last Wednesday I went in. I timed that trip with a talk in the American Treasures exhibit about the little-remembered National Negro Opera Company. It was given by my favorite librarian, Wayne Shirley. Very moving and fascinating. John and Paul appeared on the Johnny Carson show announcing Apple and denouncing the Maharishi on *May* 15 1968. I don't think Lewisohn would get that wrong. Yesterday was recorded on June 14 1965. Biograph says Like A Rolling Stone was recorded on June 15 1965. Billboard says it made it to No. 2 for 2 weeks, entering the charts August 14 1965. A college friend of mine born to Japanese parents in the U.S. said his mother said that Sukiyaki was not Japanese, but nonsense syllables. Nicholas Shaffner only talks of the butcher cover getting into the hands of disk jockeys, who were aghast. He says only pasted- over butcher covers made it into the stores. Play me Life's Been Good someday. THEE: Subject: Accuracy Thanks for all the clarifications. I really don't trust my source for most of my rock history. Things generally seem too coincidental. Sure I'll take that 25 cent LP you got for me! Uh, what is it? or is that too bald a question? THEE: Subject: Beatles Trivia I really love your Beatles trivia page ( I haven't read all of it, yet, but its already sooo much better than the ones that say, "What band did Ringo leave to join the Beatles?"!!) but I just wanted to let you know: One question asks which Beatles performed "Wild Honey Pie". I believe that in "Many Years From Now" - Paul's half-autobiography by Barry Miles - Paul says that they all went into this small room, almost a closet, and just decided to make something up - but all four of them were there. The answer on your page says that only Paul recorded it. I'm not sure if you want to double- check or change anything, I just thought you may want to know that "Many Years From Now" does report a contrary occasion. Thanks!! ME: Subject: Thank you! Thanks for the kind words about the Beatles Q&A game, and thanks for the correction. I can handle it! Who knows how much more misinformation is there? It's hard enough to make *any* statement that is rigorously true when examined from every direction - and even then, it's only "true" until more information comes to light! I recently got the McCartney bio, but haven't read it yet. (I'll admit I haven't been keeping up like I used to. Hard to explain, but for me, a first generation fan, a little spark was extinguished by all the Anthology hoopla.) I'll incorporate your correction into my page, and give you all due credit. Anything left on my free Beatles books page that you want? You don't even have to pay the postage. By the way, you're the first to send a correction. ME: Subject: more arf arf What is zizzzzzz? I think I've seen that 2x now. About your record, whaddaya care what it is? - it's vinyl! Just got my first correction on a Beatle Sig question from a member of the internet community. Jessica tells me that Paul says all 4 Beatles were involved on Wild Honey Pie in his bio by Miles. I spent some teeth-gnashing hours at the local library yesterday trying to upload files to my website. They had changed things since the last time I tried it. (If things remained constant, it wouldn't be a computer.) Even talked to the man in charge of the PG County library system computers by phone. Only verified a few moments ago that things were uploaded successfully. I can't for the life of me figure out how the intermediate version of my book report page got there. It's later than the last version I uploaded from home, but earlier than the latest version on the disk I took into the library. How can that be??? In any case, if you were at all inclined to read my book reports - you're mentioned by name once - hold off until I get the latest one uploaded. Heard my steel band on Thursday. They played indoors because of the drizzle. THEE: Subject: Groovy, baby! Let me know when your latest version is uploaded. I love to see my name in print! What is "zizzzz"? Hmm, well, I've used it in close proximity to attractive women. It's a sound you make, or at least Hself makes, when an attractive woman is around. More than that I cannot say. Sorry. Hself and I saw "Austin Powers--The Spy Who Shagged Me" this evening. it was very funny. (Powers says "Groovy, baby!" a lot.) I was surprised at the lack of beatle references throughout, even fewer than in the first Austin Powers movie. I did note a pub called The Grapes in the background in one scene. coincidence? Maybe! ME: Subject: guitar and piano music I'm happy to see somebody is interested in the guitar and piano music. I tried to make a business out of it, but there was almost no interest. So far, no one has asked to buy any of the pieces listed on my web page. The 7 pieces for guitar and piano that you asked about add up to 115 pages of music. I would be happy to send you the pieces at $.42 per page. (That *includes* postage and handling. And all of the *non*-music pages, such as title and information pages, are included free.) THEE: Thanks for calling today. Now I'm even more charged up. I'll be heading down to LC tomorrow (Tuesday). What a life! I said I was through the Ns in the M125 class, but I'm actually almost through th Ps. (In the M125 class, "general collections", the music isn't necessarily ordered by a person's name. For instance, I just got through a *large* collection of pieces filed under the series title "Pastimes for guitar".) In any case, I've done nine and a half M125 boxes, and there are 4 1/2 to go. There's a big batch of old European editions of Strauss walzes in M125 S. Jacob's prelude in E minor wasn't actually on my music stand, but in a big pile next to it. That passage is crazy, eh? Thanks for telling me about The Guitar Soloist Vol. 1. I suspect most things in it I have found in sheet music editions. I haven't seen the book, but I'd bet that the library has it among their M125 *bound* material. The library has about about 52 feet of shelf space filled with bound guitar material. I haven't started on that yet. ME: Subject: top 5 answers on the board Had a marathon carnival planning meeting tonight. For some crazy reason I offered to emcee a Family Feud game. Getting myself in deeper and deeper... Went up to Balto. Co. yesterday. I'm in a real slump with our standard card game, Potomac Blackout. Blew everybody away in an early round of a new game, Phase 10. I was dealt a perfect hand of 10 cards - didn't even need to draw one to get things in order. I was first to go, and just laid 'em all down and skunked *everybody*. The bad news is everybody ganged up on me after that, and I didn't even get to draw for the next half hour. Going to LC tomorrow for a partial day, then down to see Hself in Dale City. Hope to hit the rock 'n' roll McDonald's - it's been a while. THEE: Subject: Not much I got my first bootleg CD-Rs yesterday, two discs by Robyn Hitchcock. I got them through a sort of scam on eBay, which I may have told you about. (After I got outbid, I got an e-mail from the seller offering to sell me additional copies at my high bid. Thus, the winner of the auction paid more than I did for the same thing.) When's the carnival? When do you take the stage as the Richard Dawson for the new millenium? THEE: Re: nice to hear from you! It was nice getting acquainted on the phone yesterday. I really am excited about all of this music. Visualizing it is staggering! I truly appreciate your enthusiasm and intent. Talk to you soon. THEE: Re: Levy Collection I was just wondering if you've been to the Levy Sheet Music Collection: http://levysheetmusic.mse.jhu.edu/ I just discovered it.
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