Back to index of "this and that in my life" pages by Donald Sauter.
Dedicated to the proposition that every thought that's ever been thunk may be of interest to some crazy fool . . .
THEE: I enjoyed getting to know your writings. Heck, you might be the next Cecil Adams.... You've certainly got the witty style. ME: In my Ebay ad, I try to scare people away from sending tiny checks by asking for an extra $1 for handling. Think about the overall labor that goes into processing a check, and think about how rarely a piece of mail is actually lost, especially if the address is correct and legible, and there's a clearly printed return address. And one final favor: would you please list your various identifications together in one place? For instance: Name; Ebay ID; email address. It's very easy to lose track of who you're dealing with when someone goes by a name here, a user ID there, and an email address somewhere else. Thanks! THEE: Came across your games page on the Internet while searching for information on Family Feud. We'll be playing this over the holidays, and I made my own list of questions. I was wondering if you could share with me some insight on how many points to award? Basically, I have 12 questions, which I have divided into six rounds. Then I have 6 questions which I'm calling Bullseye questions, since the top answer for each is very obvious. For those 6 questions, only the top answer will be accepted. I'm not sure how many points to do for each answer, or for the bullseye questions. I tried finding a board game so I could get the instructions, but didn't have much luck with the stores in my area. Then I tried finding the internet version of the game, but came across many "page not found" messages. ME: family feud To be honest, I've never figured out what to do with "home-made" questions for Family Feud. The problem is the questions have to be made part of a survey, and given to 100 people. The point value given to each answer is just the number of people who gave that answer in the survey. So, a very popular answer may be worth 65 points, say, and a poorer answer may be worth 5 points. All I can suggest is to sit down with some friends and come up with as many reasonable answers as you can think of, and give them each a point value you think reflects the goodness of the question. I've only ever played Fast Money rounds that used the same sort of questions with "weighted answers". Hope that helps some. ME: where do i live Had a good time the other night. I really am very impressed with your guitar reading and playing abilities. Without working at it, your reading is almost as good as mine, and better than 99% of guitarists, and your playing is better. One discussion point that needed another word: You strong-armed me into accepting that books I got after receiving Apollo 13 are not at all relevant to the question of why I haven't started Apollo 13. But of course they are; they provide an explanation for the time period starting when I got them. I forget, do you know Straight Dope Cecil, from the City Paper? Among other questions I've tried to ask him, here's one I stuck at the end of a letter. I'm curious about what your response to this is. I suspect I know. I suspect that, even though nobody knows what a city is, I'm the only one who knows he doesn't know. Here's my question: P.P.P.P.S What is a "city"? I've managed to get by all my life without knowing this - by always giving my post office whenever someone asks for "city", for instance - but things have changed. When I call my local directory assistance, they say, "What city, please?" as they have always done. But now, they absolutely refuse to accept "Washington, D.C. metropolitan area". They demand that you name a "city". In fact, they generously allow you to guess at 2 "cities". In Maryland, everybody lives in counties (except for Baltimore City, and I never understood how that is fundamentally different from a county. Likewise, I can't see how Washington D.C. is fundamentally different from a state.) I understand that a miniscule fraction of place names one sees on a Maryland map are "incorporated cities" (whatever that means), but am I really expected to know which of those thousands of dots are true "cities", and which are just names of crossroads? The other question, of course, is why, with our modern computer technology, can't directory assistance tell *me* where the requested party lives. Perplexed in PG County. THEE: Oh, Yoko So, when was Yoko on "Larry King" last? What those guys said was no more outlandish than some of the things I get from my Arthur Conan Doyle discussion group, though the old boys on the ACD list watch their language more scrupulously. We went to Boyds this afternoon to get a Christmas tree. it was fun and invigorating and all that, but it took half the day. Christmas sure does seem to take a lot of work! THEE: Re: where do i live Wedensday night was, as usual, very fun and much appreciated. thanks for your compliment re: my sight reading. Again, I am nothing short of amazed at YOUR sight reading skills; recall the piece that I just couldn't handle, and you suggested we switch parts. You then went on to effortlessly sight read for Part I (the part that I botched horribly within the first 8 measures!). Now, this is, for sure, a subjective experience. But, your genorosity at my abilities and modesty at your own reading skills aside (to quote you, you state my reading skills are "almost as good as mine [yours]" -surely an understatement of the century!), you have to admitt the disparity in sight reading skill after we switched parts was obvious and apparent. You simply kick butt - please admitt this in your reply. RE Appolo 13: My "strong-arm" tactic was to simply clarify with you the fact that you had started reading books you had recieved AFTER I had loaned you Appolo 13 - I was jokingly acting slighted (at least I hope it came out jokingly)!. Put definition of "cities" in your list of discussion topics. THEE: Re: family feud Thanks! I did survey a pretty large group (an Internet playgroup I'm in, they all sent me their responses). So I'll use the percentages for each question as the point value. Thanks again! Loved your page and all the info in it! ME: what city please I lined up a job to play guitar music at a retirement home next Monday. This'll be the first time I've played alone for money. Been spending some time putting a gig book together. Non-players could never know the amount of labor involved in preparing even a short piece. Never mind learning the thing - just solving page turn problems could take hours. And that for a piece you might only play in public for a grand total of a few minutes in your life. Part of the reason for the impulse to send you that rec.music.beatles message was that it was by Fred Seaman. Regarding outlandish, believe me the next few messages in that thread go way beyond outlandish. I don't even want to think about it. Yuck. By the way, it's just about as bad in the classical guitar discussion group. Maybe all the groups have been taken over by world-class jerks. You can see my mild dig at the end of my most recent posting: Subject: The Beatles in National Geographic I've recently put up a page with a few Beatles mentions I found in National Geographic magazine. In the same vein as my Beatles in Boy's Life page. Nothing earth-shaking; maybe a little fun and interesting. It's at http://www.geocities.com/donaldsauter/bng.htm By the way, before posting this, I looked over the current list of threads being discussed in rec.music.beatles. If you got here, it had to be an accident. Sorry about that. *** Been plugging away trying to hear all my new records and tapes. Slow going - as you well know. I liked a few songs on the Archies album. The one that supposedly teaches you to sing a few songs in Spanish only succeeds in proving that you could never do it in a million years. That one originated from Montgomery county, by the way. Really enjoyed an album of turn of the century pop songs. The carillon album is what record-collecting is all about. THEE: I am learning to play guitar, I play by ear and tabulature, I was wondering if it's possible for you to explain to me how I can tune my guitar half a step down. Do I use a certain tuner ? from your page it seems that your an expert and the right person to ask. THEE: I. What a wonderful '54 gift! [a 1954 encyclopedia yearbook.] Sure beats those commercial year dated cards by a mile. Thank you. II. Politics Did you know we handed over 18 million acres of Yosemite to the UN Biosphere, meaning it is no longer US property, probably guarded and off-limits. This happened a couple years ago, but I just got an E-mail address today. I've been told WTO is "THE FORCE" now so it's good some citizens are actively paying attention. The few disruptives were not admonished by police thereby confusing any real message intended by legit protestors. Maybe politics are designed to enervate through frustration. ME: Just listened to Scott Joplin's opera Treemonisha tonight. Bought it at a library sale. Didn't like it when I borrowed it from the library 25 years ago. Enjoyed it very much this time. I got 26 other records at that sale, about half opera-related. THEE: Sanyo MBC-550 I live in Central America. I read on a webpage (a poem really) that you used to have a Sanyo 550 computer back in the mid 80s. I was wondering if you still use that machine... You see, I have one of those machines as well, and I've been trying to do something useful with it. I've been looking all over the net for users groups, newsgroups, or anybody out there who still uses the little machine, in order to get ideas. Do you know of any users groups, web pages, or newsgroups about the Sanyo that could help me out? ME: Went up to Baltimore today. Only one bingo in 2 games of scrabble: SHOOING. Had a mostly distressing and infuriating meeting with Hself's lawyers on Wednesday. She needed a lift there, and I want to understand what's going on, anyhow. The lawyers were very put- offish and put-downy. Don't understand why that should be when they get a big chunk of whatever Hself is awarded. Got a big surprise from my sister in Florida - an email. I had set up an account for her and told her about it in a Christmas card, but didn't know if she had access to a computer. I guess she used one at a local library. ME: yo es gringo Well, I played guitar at a holiday party today. The place was so big! And there were 200 people! So my little guitar didn't get heard much. Kind of ridiculous - a musician you can't hear. Oh well. A huge branch fell off of a tree in my yard a few weeks ago. It didn't land on my head. I finally got it cleaned up. THEE: How? I don't understand computers at all. How did you manage to acquire these addresses and with such straight-forward names? Do you pay for these and do they have a permanent life span? It's very considerate of you but I'm overwhelmed with not-knowingness (ignorance). Just asked a ten year old playing Pokemon how to double space. Thank you for introducing all of this to me, THEE: Wanted! Guest lecturer 33 years ago: One of George Martin's proudest production moments occurs today as he and assistant Geoff Emerick splice together two takes of John Lennon's "Strawberry Fields Forever," and adjust the tempi of the two so that the splice is fairly smooth (1966). If you feel like it, you could rewrite this one to be included in tomorrow's mailing. ME: I spun up to Baltimore tonight to hear my niece play in her high school orchestra. An added bonus was the school's steel band. They burned up Drummer Boy for an encore. You would have embarrassed everybody by jumping up in your seat and dancing. ME: sff forever There lives a man who wonders if the edit was such a miracle. Were the two versions in different keys to start with only because tape speeds were fiddled with? In that case, you would *expect* the keys to match up when the speeds are corrected. The question is, did John record his song in different keys? Poking around rec.music.beatles again, I see that Francie Schwartz is actively involved in threads that discuss Body Count. She also has a website, and there's an interview at the mining company. Is she in one of your fairly recent Beatlefans? In any case, she seems to have mellowed since the time frame of her book. Seems quite human, in fact. ME: Re: How? >How did you manage to acquire these addresses and with such straight-forward names? Do you pay for these and do they have a permanent life span? It was easy, and it didn't cost a thing, and that email address could very well serve you for a lifetime. The point is, even if you get another email account somewhere, like with a business or a provider like AOL or Prodigy, you can keep using Hself@email.com, and just set up that account to forward your mail to your new account. (I think I just made that sound a lot more complicated than it is.) That's very handy - you don't have to send out "change of address" notices to everybody. You're Hself@email.com forever! [yeah... right.] >It's very considerate of you but I'm overwhelmed with not- knowingness (ignorance). Just asked a ten year old playing Pokemon how to double space. People think they "know" or "don't know" computers, but keep in mind what we're really dealing with is the minds of the people who program the interfaces of computers with people - what you see on the screens, and the various commands and prompts, etc. It's a matter of getting on these people's wavelengths - and that can never be completely done since everybody has different minds. For instance, on the web, there's always an element of guessing what you might get when you click on a link. >Thank you for introducing all of this to me, I don't feel like I've taught you anything, and you're an instant pro. If I were to say what the typical person needs most, computer-wise, it's 4 things: 1. learn a word-processing program. 2. email 3. make your way around the web 4. discussion groups (www.deja.com is all you need here.) ME: If I want to tune my guitar down a half step, it's pretty easy. Just tune the high E string to the 4th fret of the 2nd string. Then I tune the low E string down to match the high E (which is now an E-flat). Then I just tune all the other strings to those 2 as you normally would - match the 2nd string, 5th fret, to the open first string, etc. THEE: Re: Sanyo MBC-550 I used my Sanyo 550 until about 2.5 years ago. It developed a problem and I did everything I could to find a user group that might give me some advice on fixing it, or replace it cheaply. I had no luck. I'm afraid there's probably no more Sanyo user's group. Good luck, though. At the time I moved up to a 286 - now I have a 386! THEE: Re: Sanyo MBC-550 I have my Sanyo 550 on my desk right now, but I can't get it to boot. My main computer is a Pentium II machine, but I also have a Linux computer and thought it would be interesting to turn my old Sanyo computer into a dumb terminal for my Linux server... so far I haven't had much luck. p.s. I also have a Sanyo 555 computer in my closet. What was the problem that killed your computer? THEE: Re: Sanyo MBC-550 Ha, ha, ha! ROTFL! Ha, ha, ha! ROTFL! (Revenge for the time you fell down laughing at me on the tennis court.) The MBC-550 Lives On! Hself writes: =>... I've been trying to do something useful with it. Is that possible?! I hope you helped him out. HAVE YOU HEARD THE WORD was definitely done by the Beatles. (I've been listening to a tape of it on my way into work the past couple of days.) Dudley Moore could have done the vocals perhaps and the Lennonesque piano, but the backing vocals, etc.? Has Dudley Moore ever admitted to being the one to do the song? Merry Christmas to you and your family. You'll probably do that crazy Yankee Swap thing again, another idea, like the Sanyo, whose time has come and gone. Have fun anyway! P.S. Poor George Harrison - has he completely dropped out of the music picture? I've been going the rounds of the CD stores (Best Buy, etc.) and I think I found *one* BEST OF-CD at *one* store and none of his other albums at all. THEE: You ask about Francie Schwartz. Coincidentally, I'm currently reading the March-April 1999 "Beatlefan" (I'm slipping again) and today I read in "Devil's Radio": "Former Dakota go- fer Fred Seaman has been posting lots of controversial bits on rec.music-beatles while ex-McGirlfriend Francie Schwartz stirred up the Macca-L mailing list by joining. Meanwhile, Francie says she's working on a new book, 'The War on Sex: Life After Paul McCartney,' that will include previously unpublished Beatle reminiscences, 'with emphasis on John Lennon, Yoko Ono and, of course, my former lover, Paul McCartney'..." ME: close encounter I played guitar duets for a tea at Strathmore Hall in Rockville today. We got lots of nice comments. I goofed up bad once and skipped a line in Greensleeves - it was the dim lights! And guess who I saw in K-mart? Our lawyer pal Mr. Hself! He didn't seem to recognize me so I didn't say anything and snuck away. ME: Mostly, I still want to prove or demonstrate that the main charm, if not value, of the web is what people say about themselves. Spend a few minutes at Hself's new website [GONE WITH THE WIND/Barbie Fan Page]. Note that only one of the links, "all about me", from the main page works. ME: a nice letter; must be christmas I enjoyed Hself's page immensely. She sounds like an adult (so I know you didn't help her with it!) I forwarded your letter with the url to my sister. Changing our tune on geocities, eh? Won't even let your own kid use a crumb of your website, huh? Hey, I can't remember the tennis court incident of which you speak. I'm sure I would never humiliate anyone, 'specially in public. Did you dream this thing? You know, I've gotten very rusty on a lot of Beatle issues. I forget what the finally agreed upon status of HYHTW [have you heard the word] was. I know that nobody thinks it's the Beatles. You know, it was a real record release, and the label credited the Futz. I played my first-ever solo guitar job a few days ago for a holiday party for a new retirement home. The room was way to big and there were way too many people for a puny wood box guitar. I wouldn't worry about George; he'll do whatever he wants. About those JOVE keystrokes... Now I need some that will go forward and back a word, and BOL and EOL, and page up and page down. What's your opinion, does Y2K start in 2048 or 2049? THEE: Greenfleeves My dad always calls it "Greenfleeves," in honor of the old- fashioned "s" that looks like an "f." I think he stole that one from Bob Newhart. I was just reading a July 1958 review of Keely Smith's "I Wish You Love" LP, which I have. They love it. They also say it's available in mono on LP or stereo on real-to-reel tape. That's an interesting transitional measure, I thought. ME: christmas stories Here's a page with some Christmas stories. The Happy Prince is good. How Billy the Elf Saved Christmas is for plumbers. The Selfish Giant has a surprise ending. http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/7134/Christmas/chrstories.htm ME:christmas in honduras (kaboom) After just learning about firecrackers in Honduras at Christmas, I stumbled on this web page: Christmas in Honduras By Alex Inestroza Christmas in Honduras is very different from Christmas in the States. First of all, we really party in our homes, jobs, clubs, bars, and even in churches. It doesnt matter what your social position or religion is, people everywhere prepare for several weeks before Christmas Day. They prepare parties for their families, friends and co-workers. We have several traditional foods like pork, tamales, eggnog, beer and Aquardiente. We usually have a dinner with the family. Then we drop by the homes of our friends and neighbors to drink, eat and dance. We usually end up stuffed with delicious food and drink. Then, at 12 oclock we all hug and say "Merry Christmas!" to each other. At the same time, firecrackers and cherry bombs are exploding everywhere. It looks like a battlefield. There are usually little boys who are responsible for all this noise, but they are the ones that really enjoy Christmas because they only eat and explode firecrackers. After 12 oclock, the young people usually go to bars to drink and dance until the sun comes up. The preparation before Christmas is usually made in homes and stores. Everybody cleans their homes; some even paint. But we all set our Christmas tree up and adorn it with lights and many other decorations. We also put little light bulbs outside our homes. And, of course, the kids make their list to Santa. For all these and many other reasons, Christmas in Honduras is different from the ones in the states. ME: christmas stories The cookies I brought were true-spirit-of-Christmas cookies. I don't know if you know, but Lanham has a beggar man. He stations himself at the bottom of the hill before you get back to the beltway. I was stopped at the light, and I found I could reach my cookie tin in a bag on the back seat. When he looked my way, I showed him the opened tin and he came on over very enthusiastically. I invited him to take a handful, but he said he would just take 2. Then, guess what I said? "Merry Christmas." Ok, so it's not Charles Dickens, but at least it's all true. THEE: Christmas! I got two neat gifts for Christmas. Hself bought me an original Yellow Submarine Corgi toy on eBay, but before she did that, she bought me a reissue. So, now I have one to play with and one to start a Beatle Museum with. I was completely caught by surprise by this gift, even though one night Hself said "Yellow Submarine" in her sleep. The highlight of the season was a tour of the inlaws' old neighborhood in northwest D.C. yesterday, a neighborhood that's seen better days. It was their 40th wedding anniversary and we wound up at Mass at the church where they were hitched. We were treated like returning heroes by the priest and some of the parishoners. It was very nice! THEE: Brain teaser: rolling one quarter around another Last I checked, the SAT is given to 11th graders as a step to getting accepted to college. I don't know why you keep mentioning that 300,000 7th graders were taking this test. ME: Last night at my brother's place I emceed a couple of rollicking Family Feud games. Today I picked up Hself from Providence Hospital where her mother is in for a mild stroke. She wanted to go to the Catholic U. Cathedral, and there was a mass just starting. The reason for the visit was her former husband's birthday. More evidence that Hself's headed for sainthood, considering the evilness of that man. She even observed the tradition of making some of his favorite foods. All of this was unquestionably heartfelt, and not out of any sense of obligation. I suspect we're at opposite ends of the opinion spectrum regarding the significance of the Brittanica goof on Sherlock. I figure it would take a lifetime to thoroughly fact-check any single sentence - if it can be done at all. Anybody who writes a true sentence should get a Noble *and* Pulitzer prize, combined. I came close to buying a battered Yellow Submarine at a Beatles convention once. Does Hself really talk in her sleep, and, if so, how often? Thanks for organizing the, to me, much anticipated reunion tomorrow. (Now that you've turned me on to this, to me, new sentence structure, I can't figure out how else to say the same thing!) ME: major news in the scrabble world (rotten) Another holiday activity that I forgot to mention was playing scrabble with former scrabble friend Pat Cole on Monday from 2 until about 9:30. The impetus for getting back in touch is that she's recently found out she has cancer. It's gotten to everything and I'm told she only has a few months left. She's just about my age. She has a big reputation in the online scrabble world. Although we went down different paths scrabble- wise, she credits me and my little New Carrollton scrabble club with getting her into tournament scrabble. Cancer stinks to high heaven. THEE: Survey says! The, to me, pleasure is mine, re: reunions. That sentence from "Sister Carrie" has been a topic of our conversation for about 10 years, since her professor pointed it out. Thanks to the search key and a complete e-text, I was able to finally find it in the novel after only a moment's looking (and it occurs two other places in the novel). Hself talks in her sleep constantly, and always has. Her sister used to interview her while she slept when they were children. ME: a grammar thesis Had a nice New Year's Eve in Greenbelt. The fireworks were great - maybe best ever for me. The countdown clock was off by a minute, or a minute and twenty seconds, depending on what reference you were using. I told you I had called TIME that morning, but I have reason to believe they lied to me by 20 seconds. Even on the television coverage, there were conflicting countdowns. I don't get it. Even if setting clocks were a problem, which it's not, wouldn't you think people would have made an extra effort for this particular occasion? If we had played 5 more seconds of my tape in your car, we would have gotten to a beautiful music Don't Worry Baby. Doesn't the sentence, "The, to me, pleasure was mine" need an adjective before "pleasure" for the adverbial participial phrase, ", to me,", to act on? What do the perfessors say? ME: Re: monopoly I think the first scenario you describe is actually the proper one: Joe *must* sell houses back to the bank (they can never go from one player to another), and he mortgages all his property and hands the money and mortgaged deeds over to Mary. As far as I know, the boxtop rules still allow the "ugly" scenario you describe. I think it's completely unacceptable. That's why I insist on the house rule described in my web page: transactions must be handled in the order in which they occur. If Joe owes money to Mary, he has to face that before getting involved in any other deals. THEE: We jumped in the car, raced home, grabbed the puli, and headed east. We might have made it by midnight except that we ran into a lot of fog, which made driving tough. We were about a half hour from our destination when my digital watch sounded. That's OK. We achieved our goal of being on the beach when the sun came up in the morning, and it was as beautiful as we could have hoped for. ME: proprieta artistica e letteraria riservata Glad you got a nice New Milennium sunrise. I believe telephone time is off because I can't believe my watch gained 20 seconds in half a day. Admittedly, I can't know which, if any, of all the different times I saw New Year's Eve was right, but none agreed with my watch. When I went to the community center office to report the countdown clock was off by a minute, a guy there said he knew it was off by 1:20. I can't face calling TIME again to run some tests on their times. I mentioned I tried a number of modes of attack on the yellow jackets making their home at the bottom of my lamp post, one of which was my wet-dry vac. I finally got up courage today to empty it out. I counted 25 yellow jacket carcasses. So I can't say I decimated them, but at least it makes up a little for the 2 kamikaze attacks on me this summer. Been making good progress on the DChron tape series. You wrote you almost forget why you included Judy Collins' "Anathea". I think you told me that you either played some of that early Dylan tape for some friends, or maybe Sebastian Cabot's great album, or somehow the plot-line to Seven Curses came up in conversation, and a friend identified it as "Anathea". Sound about right? I think that "Farewell" only appears to this day by Dylan on my tape, which was from an Italian album called "A Rare Batch Of Little White Wonder". They call it "Farewell Angelina", which is a different song, of course. I don't know why it seems to have fallen through the cracks. You know, The Gunfighter has a great Dylan tie-in. His biggest, most cinematic song, Brownsville Girl, makes big references to the movie. The song is about acting of all sorts. I like the line: "There was a movie I seen one time; I think I sat through it twice." It wasn't until I saw the movie that I understood the line quoting Gregory Peck: "Turn him loose. Let him go. Let him say he outdrew me fair and square. I want him to know what it feels like to every moment face his death." Notice that http://www.bobdylan.com/songs/farewell.html does not list any albums that contain it. Got a kick out of Principal Skinner imposing metric time and dates on Springfield. (Does that have anything to do with me?) Did I ever mention that my sisters Hself was horrified that I got her an email address? I'm trying to get firstname.lastname@example.org deleted now. ME: p.s. who is dabney coleman THEE: Time in its tide I think you have to face your demons and call TIME again. I wonder how successfully you can link your computer to the observatory's clock. Supposedly, I have a software program that does it for me when I boot up here at work. It seems to work OK. I'm sure I put that metric reference from "The Simpsons" in for you just because you are of a scientific bent. PS. Tell me what you know about Alvino Rey. PPS. Dabney Coleman is an actor who usually plays meanies in movies and television. His biggest role was probably as the boss in "9 to 5." He was in an amazing sitcom called "Buffalo Bill," which was canceled, probably because it was the only show ever to feature a thoroughly mean man as its hero. THEE: The song "Ben Bolt" was written by Nelson Kneass. He was the mayor of a town in West Virginia. Do you know (or can you find out) what town he was mayor of? THEE: The raves are pouring in! Hself particularly liked your question about the 1964 Kansas City concert (or non-concert, I can never remember). He adds: Charley O. Finley was the owner of the KC Athletics, which he would later move to Oakland. He was a colorful, if tyrannical, owner, outfitting his team in white shoes and encouraging long hair and mustaches (HOF reliever Rollie Fingers had an awesome handlebar). Finley also tried to bring hockey to Oakland with the NHL expansion Seals. First the Oakland Seals, then the California Seals and finally the California Golden Seals, the team was notable for its white skates (another Finley innovation) and little else. Doubtless, those skates discouraged better NHL players to sign. More than one player, I belief, remarked that they made the Seals look like a squad of figure skaters. Learn more at http://www.eskimo.com/~pem/oakseal.htm THEE: Happy New Year Hself surprised me at Christmas with a diamond ring and asked me to marry him. I said Yes, even though I had resolved never to do it again. He is a good man and I am happy. ME: do not inhale Thursday I went in to James McHenry Elementary because the superintendant of PG schools, Iris T. Metts, was making an appearance to present a check to the school. I shook hands and said hi, but didn't identify myself as the person who wrote the letters she got recently with my radical ideas. Just finished a very interesting book, The Neck Of The Giraffe, by Francis Hitching. It's amazing how badly Darwin's theory stands up to observation (like not at all), and how people still cling to it. Today In Pop indicates Gregor Mendel is Austrian, which is confirmed by my dictionary, but the above book says he taught in Brno, Czech., and delivered his paper there. If Darwin had known about it, it would have saved him much handwringing. On my latest bank statement I got hit with a service charge for using the bank's phone line to transfer money from my savings to checking account. How many things are wrong with that picture? I went in to the bank today [friday again], naively figuring they would waive the charge (for one reason, since the never told me they had implemented such a charge), but they stood their ground. Truly, I would stick my money in a shoe box and buy $.25 money orders when necessary, except for one thing. Without a bank account, what do you do with checks you get? Oh yeah, about Skinner and his metric system, I don't know if you know how close to home you hit. One of my soap box issues for decades has been the superiority of the base 8 system. Not that we're likely to change now, but those Sumerians or whoever really messed us up big time with base 10. I still claim whenever you mention "superstar" Donald Fagan, you should say briefly who he was. I mean, *I* know he was the genius behind the Flying Burrito Burger Brothers, but I doubt the rest of the world does. THEE: Hang Eight! I know NOTHING about mathematics. However, I do know that I was born with 10 fingers and 10 toes and that base 10 is therefore good enough for me. I have a feeling that the Sumerians and I think alike on this point. THEE: Your Candidacy We recently learned that you are running for the office of President of the United States this coming November. As editor of 'Smearm,' a nationally recognized commentary and humor magazine, I'm very interested in your story. If you would grant us an interview, your candidacy would be known to an additional five thousand politically consciencious voters, and with only ten months remaining until the election, underdog candidates need all the help they can get. If you are interested, please let me know. ME: Re: Your Candidacy Thanks for your interest. My policy is "no interviews." If there are outstanding questions that haven't been addressed at my web site or vote-smart.org, I'd be happy to answer those. My position on everything is the same - every presidential action will be dictated by majority will. If any members of the media feel that idea is worthy of coverage, it's up to them. Thanks again. ME: BUT OF COURSE... The reason you "know nothing" about mathematics is *because* of base 10!!! Actually, you've always impressed me with your ability to do mental calculations. My flu is now mostly a painfully raw throat and runny nose. I tried NyQuil Monday night. I still claim there isn't a drug ever created that could alleviate any of my ailments. I'm afraid you have to be a believer for them to work. And I hate that feeling of drugs in my system. Want a slightly used bottle of NyQuil? I've been eating mountains of ice cream. What do you know about Smearm? THEE: Smearm! Smearm! Dunno what that means! But I like saying it. Smearm! I finished reading "Beatlefan" 117 (March-April 1999) this evening. It's another goodie. The highlights were articles on missing video footage of a "Double Fantasy" recording session and an article on Vee-Jay's release of "Introducing the Beatles." Also, in a review of a video, Al Sussman says that Francie Schwartz "now looks disconcertingly like Barbara Bush." I finally made it to side 12 of "The Swing Years." There's lots of good stuff on it but it's taken me forever to get through. Next album on my backlog is "150 Songs, Ballads, Jigs and Reels of Ireland," also from my sister-in-law. That's five LPs! ME: Subject: NPAT answers for Donald Sauter I just checked over my NPAT answers online this evening. It's almost perfect. In the category, "Budget, Spending and Tax Issues: Part 4 Taxes (b)", my answer was missed. The web page said 8) Other: Did not answer. What I had answered was: 8) Other: Presidential action concerning taxes will be dictated by majority will. Regarding super-majorities in Congress, it seems unlikely that a populace that chooses majority rule in the executive branch would want minority rule in the legislative branch. But you never know. I hope it's not a problem getting that in there. Other than that, I was slightly disappointed that in all of those lists that requested a 1 to 6 and ended with "Other Other Other", my descriptions of the "Others" are not included. This makes those answers completely valueless. I did enough poking around to find one other instance of a candidate supporting "greatly increased funding" for an unspecified "Other", so I'm presuming your web format isn't designed to present what the candidate wrote on the hard copy NPAT. That's unfortunate. I'd hoped my answers would look something like, n) Greatly increase funding - as dictated by majority will. o) Greatly decrease funding - as dictated by majority will. p) Eliminate funding - as dictated by majority will. although I see now they would have come out, n) as dictated by majority will -- Greatly increase funding o) as dictated by majority will -- Greatly decrease funding p) as dictated by majority will -- Eliminate funding which is ok, too. In any case, consider this note one vote for working the expansions of the "Others" into the web format. And, if feasible, could anyone correct the spelling of "questionnaire" in my Presidential Priorities category. Some people make such a big deal of typos. Thanks again for all of the hard work. ME: Subject: baby dolls The doll store sounds neat. I'd like to hear more about it sometime - although email is such a miserable way to actually communicate something. Takes ten times as long to say a tenth as much in speech... I had a nice holiday season. Saw great fireworks on New Year's Eve. Still think about Ashton... About Hself's story, she hasn't gotten to the incredible stuff yet. Did your high school Spanish get you to her story where, as a little girl, her mother cut off all of her hair as punishment for something? ME: What's the use of getting caught up on email when you only get behind again? See if you think this is funny. I'd been getting some family and friends a good email address of the form email@example.com (like mine). I got firstname.lastname@example.org for (guess who?) I told her about it in my Christmas card. Well a few days later a get a call from Hself which starts, "Are *you* in *big* trouble!!!" I figure that's what's in store every time my phone rings anyway. It seems that she doesn't want an email account - too dangerous or something, I dunno. So I got it deleted for her. THEE: Subject: webring Thanks for the invitation to join the Meet The Beatles Webring. This is the page that has the webring html. Check it over: http://www.geocities.com/donaldsauter/bring.htm ME: blueberry swirl What the heck is "Il Pagliacci"??? Ohhh, you mean "Pagliacci". *Now* I understand. (One must be careful when one talks to experts in their fields.) That radio broadcast historical note intrigued me. I wonder what the quality of radio was in 1910. I know in the mid '20s it knocked the stuffins out of the record industry, it sounded so much better. Did the quality get better and better, or did it just take that long for people to get radios? And did our buddy Mapleson plunk any cylinders on Lee's head? Started "The Beak Of The Finch" today. In spite of the flow of the titles, it "proves" the exact opposite thing as The Neck of the Giraffe. Review so far: lousy and blah. Doubt if I'll stick it out. Still sick, but on the upswing. Eating regular foods is starting to cut into my ice cream consumption. THEE: Subject: Addition to Meet The Beatles Your site has just been added to WebRing: Ring: Meet The Beatles (beatlefan78) Site ID: 28 Title: A bunch of Beatle goodies. URL: http://www.geocities.com/donaldsauter/bring.htm E-mail: email@example.com To edit your site information, enter your Site ID and password at the URL http://edit1.webring.org/cgi-bin/membercgi?ring=beatlefan78&edit Meet The Beatles Beatlefanatic86@hotmail.com THEE: Any luck solving my two fuses/wicks riddle? Want my "hint"? ME: fake trees Your Christmas tree story reminded me: I had forgotten that I even had a little one stored away until a week or so after Christmas. I put it up and decorated it Jan 5 2000 when a couple of friends visited. I bet that was the latest one the got put up. You know, it just occurred to me - I bet I was the *first* person to put up a Christmas tree this *millenium*! Maybe it has part to do with being male, but I can't figure what everybody is so afraid of. Like I told Hself on the phone, somebody doesn't have to know my email address to sneak in my house at night and slit my throat. They don't even have to know my name - or address. All these psychos running around out there have to do is think, hey, there's a house. Must be somebody inside. Might as well go inside and kill him. A while back I had four instances in a few days where I asked somebody for somebody's phone number - and their eyes go all big and they start backing away like you're the incarnation of Jeffrey Dahmer and Gary Gilmore combined. Criminy, what are phones for anyhow??? What is this big "privacy" thing? I guess it gives people's lives meaning. ME: Subject: submittal from candidate Donald Sauter Dear SelectSmart, Thank you for your invitation. Here's the information you requested. You made it very easy and painless. Thanks again. Donald Sauter (no party) CANDIDATE'S PHOTO (not available) Abortion issues: Presidential action dictated by majority will. Affirmative action: Presidential action dictated by majority will. Campaign finance: Presidential action dictated by majority will. Crime: Presidential action dictated by majority will. Defense spending: Presidential action dictated by majority will. Drug policy: Presidential action dictated by majority will. Homosexual issues: Presidential action dictated by majority will. Education money: Presidential action dictated by majority will. Environment: Presidential action dictated by majority will. Evolution: Presidential action dictated by majority will. Foreign policy: Presidential action dictated by majority will. Gun control: Presidential action dictated by majority will. Health care: Presidential action dictated by majority will. Moral issues: Presidential action dictated by majority will. Social security: Presidential action dictated by majority will. Tax policy: Presidential action dictated by majority will. Trade issues: Presidential action dictated by majority will. Notes: none. THEE: plastic is better As you may know...plastic is better. A real tree dries up and drops needles all in the carpet..UGH. NOT to mention the real fire hazzard it is!! A neighbor of a former co-worked was burnt really badly when their old tree caught fire. She was a young kid...and might have been playing with matches...young teen I think, but she was damaged badly. Plus, I always got a rash when we carried those real christmas trees up from the field, so I'm probably allergic Congrats on being the first person to put UP a Christmas tree in the new millenium! E-mail stuff doesn't freak me. Phone numbers...that's something else. Did you ever notice how Pizza places KNOW where you live once you give them your phone number. ALL our vital statistics are easy to find with a phone number and SS#. Shades of the apocalypse. So, giving out a phone number without the person's permission has become the same as using your feet to hold your fork. No, wait...worse. People would probably enjoy the feet tricks. 'Spying' on AOL members. What I mean, is that if you know someone extra screen name...and you have an extra screen name...you can follow them into chat rooms...see how they talk when you aren't around. Stupid...huh... THEE: Gourmet Peanut Butter Dear Donald, I read your notes and would like to send you a sample of the first Gourmet Peanut Butter. Please send me your address, You can visit our web site www.gourmetpeanutbutter.com to read about our history. We are just bringing our product to market and we have won raves from peanut butter lovers everywhere. Herb Dow Chairman of the Board Sorrells Pickard Gourmet Peanut Butter Company THEE: DNA swirl We had to put off going until Saturday morning, because Hself had got us tickets for the latest pantomime from the dreaded British Embassy Players for Friday night. The Embassy Players gave us "Dick Whittington." It was silly, as expected, but amusing. The cast did give us a round of "WCWIO," [we can work it out] which is the least they could do, considering the beastly way they treated the Fabs at the embassy, way-back-when. I'll testify that I've heard of "Pagliacci" referred to as "Il Pagliacci," but, heck, you're the opera guy. My source for the 1910 radio broadcast said that it was experimental, and that such broadcasts didn't catch on until the '20s, when radio technology had significantly improved. ME: Yeah, I guess I'll never quite figure out what world everybody is living in. I guess things are different for people like me who have never ordered a pizza. If I protected my phone number, the *only* people who would have it would be the telemarketers. And my SS# is 214-63-3493. How's that for guts!!! Now that that's out somebody's gonna club my head in for sure. A new Gourmet Peanut Butter company found my web page and wants to send me a sample. Now I'm sure there are about 99,000 reasons why I shouldn't give those psychos my address, but for some free peanut butter (gourmet!), I figure it's worth the risk! My little tree is down now. The record, as far as I know, is my grandparents Sauter left a tree up till Easter once when Pop was a kid. He mentioned this once and nobody believed him so he managed to get my sister to bet him and they called our grandmother who confirmed that they left a Christmas tree up till Easter one year. I'm sort of proud of that, even though I wasn't there then. Not experiencing big regrets, but wondering if I want to stay connected to the Beatle ring. The pro is more traffic (maybe), the con is being associated with a bunch of crummy sites. It's rough being an elitist! :) Make no mistake, I am amazed and impressed with your email speed and quality. My friend Hself is the same way - it's apparently as easy and natural as talking. I've probably mentioned, when I was in school, if I had to write any sort of essay or report for homework, I could stare at a blank page all night. ME: Subject: pb I mentioned the new Gourmet Peanut Butter company who got in touch with me tonioght. Guess what? Nothing is Beatleproof - not even peanut butter. The full name is the Sorrells Pickard Gourmet Peanut Butter company. The name registered with me as a country music star, but I didn't give it further thought, figuring it wasn't the same guy anyhow. Then I visited their site and found out it was none other than Ringie's own Sorrels Pickard! He wrote some of my very favorite songs on Beaucoups of Blues. Here's the lowdown: http://www.gourmetpeanutbutter.com/ihisty.html ME: Re: Gourmet Peanut Butter Dear Herb, I had to write again after visiting your site. I've been a big Beatles fan all my life. I bought Ringo's Beaucoups of Blues back when it came out. I always liked that album - and my favorite songs on it were by Sorrells! It's so crazy crossing paths like this 30 years later because of peanut butter. Tell him I said hi and good luck. If he has any little, nice memories of the sessions with Ringo, prod him into putting them up on the web. Or I'd be glad to put them in with my Beatle pages. I was always wondering if he wrote that line at the end of $15 Draw, "I got my dawg, and he's reeeal mean!" or whether Ringo was goofing around. That's cool. THEE: Hmm...putting your SS# in an email...on the internet. Probably the beginning of the End. In 2010...when Eddie Vedder has 'predicted' ...'watch it go to fire'...they'll be able to trace the chain of events back to that simple action on your part. YIPES!! Just teasing of course...though he does have those lyrics. Talk about a fire hazzard!! Was it a potted tree that your grandmother left up? I don't think they had fake trees when your father was a kid! Hope Easter was early!! Was it in the same house that I was in a couple times? Does you father remember WHY they left the tree up? Pretty funny story. About your beatle ring, I guess you are promoting crummy sites...but just imagine how uplifting it will be for people who arrive at your site from these crummy sites. I find emailing EASIER than talking. Don't have to worry if stuff is stuck in my teeth...if I'm dressed ok (touch of insomnia...I'm in my nightgown now)...I don't end up staring at the stuff in the other person's teeth. Course, my emails depend on the other person's response too. The easier they are to write...the easier it is for me to write. If I feel respected, and free to say anything...I do. You're very good at emails too. THEE: Incidentally, I gave the game to my daughter, who is the Beatle Fan Extrordinare, and she was most impressed...as I on the # of ?s that she got right. Her comment was, "Awesome". You can pass that on to whoever needs a recommendation about the games' worthiness. THEE: Subject: PB, read it, eat it! I just listened to disc one of "150 Songs, Ballads, Jigs and Reels of Ireland." Side two clocked in at almost 36 minutes. Surely that's some sort of record. THEE: Significa Just finished watching an "Avengers" episode called "Dial a Deadly Number." I pulled out a book called "The Avengers Dossier" and learned that the episode first aired on Dec. 4, 1965, and what's this? "Incidentally, Philip Norman's 'Shout' describes the Beatles watching an episode of 'The Avengers' at Newcastle City Hall in December 1965, and it is most probably this one." Wow, "Shout" keeps tempting me to give it a reread. Confirmation of this claim about "The Avengers" could be something to do tomorrow. THEE: Re: Gourmet Peanut Butter I called Sorrells and he was happy to hear someone remembers the album that well. Ringo added that line to the end of $15 Draw. And I agree how amazing it is crossing paths over peanut butter now. Herb ME: psychic? Played another lunchtime session at Strathmore Hall today with my guitar partner. The stage is tiny and the sweat was running off the walls. [cavern reference] Got an answer back about Ringo's last line in $15 Draw. How's that for first-hand Beatles research? And who was that dumbell who once laughed off the internet as "the CB of the '90s"? (Oh yeah, that was me. You win some, you lose some, I guess.) ME: Subject: guitar music? Are you looking for guitar music on-line? Try the American Memories area of the library of Congress site. Also check the Levy sheet music site. If you're wondering where my music is, it would take over a 1000 Mbytes and an army of people to put it online. It would also take a lifetime to print out, would be extremely expensive and still wouldn't look as good as a modern photocopy. Not the way to go yet. THEE: I fear that Tuesday's traffic nightmare might pose a challenge to your famous Snow in Washington, D.C. page. I've been telling everyone that I didn't have a ruler small enough to measure the accumulation but that my 15-minute bus ride took an hour anyway. Speaking of pages, it would be improper to refer to your take on Evolution as a "page." I printed it out--it's 40 pages. I'm on page six. PS. Dunno nothin' about the history of basketball. That bit was from the Library of Congress, which should be reliable, however. One of the teams' coaches had known inventor Dr. Naismith a few years earlier. ME: pratie fries Enjoyed the Beatlefan. Was quite surprised to see that VeeJay stamped records in Owosso, MI. I just heard of it a few weeks ago in an editorial by the president of the Gazette, Chuck Lyons. He was waxing nostalgic about Christmastime in his small Michigan hometown, which we only found out via a letter to the editor in the next issue was Owosso. The editor of a paper there who was visiting here saw Charlie's editorial and provided an update. Neither article mentioned Introducing The Beatles. By the way, Owosso is just west of Lennon. I happened to be out in that snow on Tuesday, and I'm here to report that depth and frictionlessness do *not* go hand in hand. In fact, I'm sure there's an inverse relationship. Not only did I do plenty of sliding myself, but I saw cars that couldn't make it up the gentlest inclines. Believe me, it wasn't in our heads. Still, I'm an open-minded sorta guy. When somebody can explain how (or just demonstrate that) northern cars can drive normally on frictionless surfaces, I'll shut up. I looked out the window about 11:10, but couldn't see the moon. I'm doubtful that it's because it was eclipsed, though. ME: christmas in april Whaddaya mean how did them gourmet peanut butter guys find my site? I've had a boss recipe for the stuff up since the beginning of time, and I guess these guys needed to check out the competition when they went online. Now that they see somebody is giving out a *free* recipe to the world, I suppose they want to butter me up. About the infamous, 4-month Christmas tree, I'm sure it was your standard, lopped-off-at-the-bottom, in-a-red-and-grean-stand model. It wasn't till decades later when people started putting up potted trees. I thought it was kind of weird when we did it when I was younger. The tree in our front yard was a Christmas tree once, maybe some others. THEE: My dear boy! I forgot to tell you that my current read, "The Fall of Saigon" by David Butler (1985) sports a back-cover blurb from Gloria Emerson. How do I feel about Ms. Emerson? Me the Beatlefan: An old fogey whose close-minded debate with John and Yoko redefined the term "square." Me the student of Vietnam: Perhaps our most perceptive critic on one of the nation's biggest modern tragedies. (A friend of Hself's, who knows all about the internet, assures me that, yes, the JPG format is the format of choice these days because you can keep a lot more photos of nekkid gals in the same amount of space. Porn drives the technology, he says.) ME: from this valley they say we are coming I heard a discussion on WAMU this morning (because that's what I get now when WMUC is off the air) about the amazingness of web radio, and how it will only get more amazing. Bring this topic up in non-cyber discussion some day. Guess who I talked to tonight - my buddy Sorrells! We talked for about 25 minutes. He has lots of fond memories of the sessions with Ringo. He referred to them as "hard work", though, so it's nice to know that cranking out 25 new songs in 3 days is at least a small strain on country musicians. Wish I were better at taking notes. Don't know if I caught enough to put up a web page. One interesting little tidbit was that "Bolton City" in the song $15 Draw was supposed to be Bossier City, which is across the Red River from Shreveport, La. It has a strip of juke joints and honky tonks and is "on the circuit". Sorrells wasn't aware or had forgotten that Ringo sang "Bolton", which is also what the printed lyrics say. Keep in mind that Sorrells knows his lyrics. For instance, he was a little bemused when another performer changed "when I get to the club" in the last line of the same song to "when I do the club". He also filled me in on the latest developments in fat-free peanuts. ME: You know, once I filled up a whole 90-minute tape with country and rockabilly songs that have some involvement or another by the Beatles as a group or individuals. I thought it was great. Even sent it to a local country station, figuring that almost all of their listeners now are people who grew up on '60s' pop and can't belly the current pop music. The station did not smother me with eternal gratitude. How do you figure? Also got a call this morning from a man in Houston who was excited about my pages describing all the guitar music I got from the Library Of Congress. The web's kind of amazing, no? I heard a discussion on the radio this morning about web radio. Even so, I bet it will be 1000 years before even a web radio station would play a single cut from any of the albums I've played at home in the last 3 months. Well, it's either a red letter day, or maybe the beginning of the end of civilization as we know it. I added some graphics to my web site today. I know, I know, now I'm just like everybody else. Read 'em and weep: http://www.geocities.com/donaldsauter/sears.htm http://www.geocities.com/donaldsauter/sears2.htm ME: thanks and thanks Thanks for the jars of peanut butter. And thanks for inviting me to call Sorrells for a little chat. I enjoyed his stories about the sessions with Ringo. I wish I were a better interviewer - and knew how to take shorthand. I have some Beatles-related web pages, and I'd like to put Sorrells's anecdotes in a web page. I don't really want to bother him again by phone, so could I drop him a note by mail? I'd like him to have the chance to correct or embellish anything I wrote. Also, he knows so much about country music that I was kicking myself as soon as I hung up. I didn't think to ask if he knows anything about a country singer named Paul Puckett - somebody my family is very curious about. ME: I've been sledding two days in a row. Yes, it's a rough life. Tuesday was all by myself, which isn't quite so much fun. Also, it's a lot more work blazing a run all by yourself. You get lots of snow in your face. Today there was a family (mother, father and little girl) who got there a minute before me. And then a bunch of neighborhood boys showed up. We had a great time. Some of the kids I met last year when we made a huge snowball. Tried to get a Gazette photographer to come out for that, but they must not have a nose for news. I'd be happy to share my peanut butter with you before you spring for your own. By the way, there's something down in the ingredient list that scares me. The dreaded *coconut*!!! I'm hoping it doesn't cut through - but coconut always does. THEE: Re: Welcome to my evolution FAQ - round 3 Donald, I wrote and you commented in square brackets: jw> However, Darwin thought that incipient species first arise as varieties within species. Consider the dog (Canis familiaris) - high degree of morphological variation, low degree of genetic variation. If proto-giraffe and proto-okapi are members of the same species, and the proto-giraffe morphology is genetically dominant (or even if it is recessive so long as there are enough copies in a given population), then that morph can exist long enough to breed up a respectable-size population of "true" proto- giraffes, and they can remain "true" if separated geographically, ecologically or behaviourally until they lose the ability to breed back. [DS: If I follow you, you are saying the "upcoming" species is programmed into the genetic material of the parent species. In fact, some members of a species may be programmed to evolve into one species (proto-giraffe), while other members are programmed to evolve into another (proto-okapi). Is there general agreement on this? It sounds so unlike what anyone else is arguing in this discussion. What happened to random mutations? Has anyone theorized that the blueprint for the evolution of all species was programmed in the first simple life form?] No I am definitely *not* saying that upcoming species (the phrase is incipient, or in statu nascendi if you like Latin) are anything at all. Being of a novel species is something that you can only tell after the event, just as being the First World War is something that only occurs when the Second World War is on the way, ie, much later. And genes are not programmed. They exist and those that do well in the relevant developmental and ecological circumstances get spread about, subject to the exigencies of chance. Some members of the proto-okapi species may become ancestors of the okapi, and some may become members of the giraffes, and some may not end up as leading to any species at all. That's all. Reproductive isolation occurs when the overall biological processes of organisms in two distinct populations are so different they cannot breed fertile progeny. This happens due to the accrual of small variations. The morphs may have come first and the isolation followed, or the isolation first and the adaptive evolution later. But in the end, the morphology is secondary to the reproductive isolation, and many closely related species aren't even that different morphologically. jw> So your "calculations" of probability of these events is unnecessary. The probabilities are quite high: that variations will occur and that they will spread, in the right conditions of population structure, through a breeding population. [DS: The probability that the variation will occur is "quite high" if, as you say, the variation was pre-programmed. The probability is near-zero if it requires a random mutation. In either case, I'm not signing off on how rampantly such an insignificant change can spread due to natural selection.] I am *not* saying that the variation is preprgrammed. Variation happens, for good physical reasons, but the *particular* variation is not predetermined. But if the likelihood of a *given* mutation is low, the likelihood that there will *be* mutation is quite high, and over the numbers of generations and individual lifecycles we are talking about, there is a very high likelihood that some will be better for local conditions than already exists. So when you later wrote [DS: My reaction is interspersed with your explanation above. I may have missed your point, but what I get is that new species come about in one big, genetically pre-programmed jump. I'd be interested in everyone else's reaction to that.] I insist you have missed the point, due to this idea that mutation is somehow preprogrammed. This is called "orthogenesis" and is well abandoned. Evolution is not providential. -- John Wilkins Web page yet to come THEE: TOO COOL that you talked to Sorrells Pickard!! You do realize that you are technically 2 degrees of separation from Ringo. Hey, that means I'm only 3 degrees from Ringo. Small world...huh. Hope you got enough notes to recreate some of your conversation. That's a cool idea to make a tape with country songs/Beatles influence. Dumb radio station though. First...you give me your SS#...and now you add graphics to your web site! No wonder we got snow dumped on us!!! ME: Just out of curiosity, do you know who Sergei Prokudin Gorsky is off the top of your head? I had forgotten his name, and tried to find him on the web based on what I think he is known for, but to no avail. Was Fred Bolt John and Jimmie's teacher? I've been told, and like to believe, that the great blue heron is indigenous to all 50 states. ME: request Sorry about the "technologist" fuzziness. I never was any good at titles. At GE I was a programmer/analyst and I never knew what an "analyst" is. I'd think every job there ever was involves some degree of analyzing. Yep, me and my buddy Sorrells talked by telephone. Not only was he happy to give out his number (850-592-6300) to a psycho such as myself, but now I hear (from Cousin Herb Dow, Chairman of the Board of the peanut butter company) that he enjoyed the talk and wouldn't mind me calling again. He also gave me his address. Let's see, what do I want to hear on web radio? The paradox is, I can only think of things that I've already heard and have access to. I guess the real question is, what do I think is cool that the rest of the world *needs* to hear? Hmmmm... there's that Christmas carillon record I bought for a quarter. Maybe Scott Joplin's opera Treeemonisha. The 1899 recording of Miserere. Um, there were some neat things on that Hammond organ record played in the style of Ken Griffin. Oh yeah, how about Dmitri Shostakovich's comic opera Karyomushki? And side 2 track 2 of my 25-cent Archies record. Oh man, I almost forgot, my 95 cent Minimum Wage EP cassette! And they gave me 5 great bonus tracks on side 2. There's the band I followed in my college days, Musica Orbis. I'm afraid there's a long way to go before we get to the normal stuff, like Cambridge 1969 by John and Yoko, and "Without Her" written by my pal Sorrells and sung by Ringo. Is that enough to tide your dj friend over with for now? THEE: Re: request Did you ever read anything by F.Paul Wilson? I just read the last book in his 'Adversary' series...'Nightworld'. As the world falls apart...people turn on each other...riots...car- jacking..e.t.c. As I tried to leave work Tuesday in that mess, I got so scared. Think that book influenced me. I can send your list of music to my online DJ, but I can't guarantee he'll play that stuff. I was thinking more like the 'Waterboys'. THEE: Re: evolution "FAQ" I appreciate this, and your overall honesty. If I think you have misunderstood the ideas, that is only because you are getting into this topic from a particular direction, one that I too came from and so I am sympathetic. ME: mascagni's intermezzo Prokudin-Gorsky (Prokudin-Gorskii) went around Russia on a train in the 1910 time frame taking spectacular color photographs. I was totally knocked out by an exhibit at the Library of Congress in 1986. Since I never knew that color photography went back that far, and since some of his subject matter was already 100s of years old, my brain kept wanting to think it was looking at *500-year-old* color photos. Later, I saw the book Photographs For The Tsar, which has everything, and more, that the exhibit had, I guess, but somehow didn't have the same mindblowing effect. Jaded by then, I guess. Anyhow, I absolutely could not find the guy on the web searching for things like "color photography" "early" "history" "russia" and "czar", etc. We even have blue herons in my neighborhood. THEE: My Quasi-Baroque Guitar I'm glad people are still experimenting with such things. I completely forgot about the old article Richard Jensen and I wrote for Guitar Review. When I have more time, I hope to spend more time on your site. THEE: Football I have to agree with the other comment on the page. This has to be one of the dumbest things I've heard anybody say in a long time, maybe ever. Your right about needing another name for it because if you made the changes your talking about then it would no longer be football and football players play football not most "normal" people. So far after thousands of kickoffs very few players have been injured due to running at full speed and hitting someone else. I'm sure it would kill you but then again your not a football player or a normal person are you? THEE: Subject: Football Oh and here's a quote I found I thought you might like. "Any idiot can find something wrong with anything. That's what makes them idiots!" THEE: dictated by majority will I would like to know how you are going to find out what the "majority will". In my life time, I have not seen an acurate way to establish majority opinion yet. Any survey or polls that I have seen are not and will never be acurate until everybody's opinion is accounted for. If you have a method of finding out what the "majority will" is, I would like to know how. As it is I think that you are dreaming. THEE: And another license plate The guy who bought the year 2000 Volkswagen and got the plate "Y2K Bug" was thinking. ME: I'd be glad to check the Prokudin-Gorsaky photo book out of the library. In fact I almost did the last time I went in. I'm afraid putting it back on the "Do Not Reshelve" table may have drawn attention to it, though. I tried out some Justin Holland songs with a new singer friend I crossed paths with at last year's Black Composers Concert at Catholic U. She had shown some interest at that time (although I don't know if she remembers that a year later.) I took a closer look at the songs and found one with a main character named Donald. There's something you don't see every day. Yes, I have a collection of 3 Emitt Rhodes albums. They don't *quite* knock me out, which is high praise, relatively speaking. That terrible split pea soup was actually pretty good the next day. I was inspired to try it again, and I bought an 8 pound Smithfield spiral-cut, honey-baked ham from Shoppers. I thought the price had to be a mistake, and told them so. They said, no, that's the correct price. It was 59 cents a pound, *plus* an instant coupon for $3 off. That brought the price down from $4.72 to $1.72! ME: old england is dying I made another person really mad with my football page. That's not my intention with any of my web pages. Maybe I need a second opinion on that one. Oh, so your dj friend wants Waterboys requests. How about The Pan Within and Eleanor Rigby back-to-back to show the similarities. And The Whole Of The Moon for its Penny Lane-like trumpets (and vocals near the end sounding like David Bowie's Fame.) And "Trumpets", which has the lines "please don't wake me no don't shake me" from the Beatles "I'm Only Sleeping". I found a pop song from the 1860s in my collection of guitar music with a main character named Donald. There's something you don't see every day. ("Hself"s, yes.) THEE: 'Donald, Donald, bo bonald..fee fie foe Mo Monald... Donald...the WHAT did the old england subject mean?? I don't think I know any songs with Donald in them...unless it's a twisted tune about Donald Trump...or Donald Duck. Mary is a great name for songs, cause it rhymes with tons of stuff. WHAT does Donald rhyme with anyway? Ronald? ME: vanilla, too Don't worry, I never thought for a moment you were forwarding my crazy requests to the dj guy. I was just trying to make a point about the staggering quantity of different kinds of music out there, about .000000000000000000001 percent of which might ever get airplay, even with 20000 channels of net radio. About the Waterboys, I was just trying to show off, babbling about a bunch of Waterboys tunes to make it sound like I *know* something about pop music since the 60s. It's really just a fluke that I have a Waterboys album. All the songs I mentioned are on This Is The Sea. Those 3 Beatle connections really are in there; they jumped right out at me. (But then, I'm the guy who heard the backing to Rain in Jeremy.) My subject line "old england is dying" is a line from the song on that album called Old England. Downer lyrics but a good sound. Went up to see the family on Sunday and had the grand opening of my gourmet peanut butter. It's sort of strange. You can taste all the ingredients way down the list, like cinnamon, coconut and lemon. Different flavors hit you on different bites. The lemon gives it a strange sort of fruity quality. Some family members quite enjoyed Ringo's country album, too. There were requests to keep it going when I tried to take it off. Went to the local library the other day. I spun through the used book store they have on the lower floor, or thought I was going to spin through it. I found a goldmine in the record bins - 7 big, ol' boxed sets of operas from the early 1950s. They would have cost only 25 cents per *album* on the second day of a big book sale, but I couldn't risk letting them get away. They were too cool. I've only listened to Trovatore so far; listening to operas is slow going. What's funny is these big boxes have small 7" booklets (still, a lot bigger than CDs!) in them because back then, the albums were released in 2 formats, LP and 45s! The version of Trovatore with 45s had 9 records! ME: uline ice arena Gave Hself and two of her kids who got in a little trouble a ride to the department of juvenile justice the other day. I'm afraid one day I'm gonna blow my stack watching our justice system in action. Talk about a bunch of tin-pot dictators who aren't qualified to judge a donkey race... I did blow my cool in the bank the other day. It became quickly clear that I had jumped to a conclusion and I felt so rotten. I guess with banks, utilities and the government I'm always expecting them to pull another little trick on you, and I get so tired of always having to keep looking over my shoulder to see what wild jackals are snapping at my heels now. I guess I should pay a visit to the Washington Coliseum tomorrow (Friday, Feb 11). THEE: We watched a 1967 movie called "The President's Analyst" last night. We're not sure if it was OK or really rotten. I say OK, Hself says rotten. It did feature a gang of Canadian secret agents disguised as a British rock band called the Pudlians. That was clever.
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