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A little way into this audio, we encounter someone who actually knows what an epicenter is, and someone who doesn't, and is glad to find out.
The one who does know is Neil DeGrasse Tyson… , a well-known astronomer and popularizer of science, having been host of the latest iteration of Cosmos (the first version was done some years ago by astrophysicist Carl Sagan).   I know that because I recognized his voice.
These days I find it very difficult to listen to the way people talk on television.

I don't set out to correct their grammar, but I learned good English at my mother's knee, so the abuses so common nowadays come like a barrage of slaps in the face.

Yesterday someone on the Weather Channel casually mentioned the NFL season opener to be played that evening between the Steelers and the Patriots. That is the way anyone would have worded it a few years ago -- "between the Steelers and the Patriots." If the NFL had existed a century or two ago, it would have been worded the same way.   Today, however, it's "between the Steelers as well as the Patriots," and that is how it was worded on the Weather Channel.   In Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet we hear of a blood feud "between the Montagues and the Capulets," not "between the Montagues as well as the Capulets".
I remarked not long ago in this space that the word "and" seems to be vanishing from the English language, and this is one piece of evidence contributing to that impression.   It's a sad trend.   Up to now English has been what I call a "terse language".  I.e. whenever I compare text translated into several languages -- English, Spanish and French, for example -- the English version is usually significantly shorter than the others.   I like it that way.   I don't want to see that quality lost.  But I fear it is being lost.
A song written about 1930, and since then recorded innumerable times by countless singers, and thus apt to be called a "classic" by people who have no idea what the term means.    A song with words deserving to be called "lyric", since they say something true and important,  though not novel at all, and say it beautifully.

An abbreviated performance by Frank Sinatra:…

The official lyrics:
When I was a young man courting the girls
I played me a waiting game
If a maid refused me with tossing curls
I'd let the old Earth make a couple of whirls
While I plied her with tears in lieu of pearls
And as time came around she came my way
As time came around, she came

When you meet with the young girls early in the Spring
You court them in song and rhyme
They answer with words and a clover ring
But if you could examine the goods they bring
They have little to offer but the songs they sing
And the plentiful waste of time of day
A plentiful waste of time

Oh, it's a long, long while from May to December
But the days grow short when you reach September
When the autumn weather turns the leaves to flame
One hasn't got time for the waiting game

Oh, the days dwindle down to a precious few
September, November
And these few precious days I'll spend with you
These precious days I'll spend with you
A usually-reliable exponent of good music claimed, not too long ago, that despite the amazing promise of modern electronics to revolutionize the art of music-making by making it possible to produce ANY sound or sequence of sounds imaginable, ironically it didn't happen.   A movie I watched last night on Netflix ( ) convincingly makes the case that the opposite is true.

It does seem to be true that practicing musicians are in many cases failing to make the leap.  Perhaps that is understandable.  They have in most cases invested a great deal of effort in learning  to make music the old-fashioned way, and they are understandably reluctant to leave all that behind to learn a completely new and perhaps even  more challenging art of music-making. [Perhaps there is an analogy to be made between that and the reluctance of many ordinary users of MS Windows to switch to a more modern system called Linux. To me it seems clear that within a century or so, at the outside, the art of of music-making, along with all other "fine arts" will have been largely computerized, though there may always be amateurs who insist on doing such things by hand.  With any luck, I will have moved the state of such arts some way in that direction much sooner.] But a few daring pioneers are taking the art of electronic music-making through a series of evolutionary generations.   The most perceptive of them have left the "electric guitar" behind, because it is simply too limited.   Likewise those who concentrate on manipulation of material recorded on magnetic tape (not to mention vinyl discs).

I suspect the future lies with music made by digital computer.  I experimented a bit with that some  years ago, tinkering together a patentable algorithm for synthesizing a sound like that of a plucked string in real time.   I know it was patentable, because someone did indeed patent it, or something nearly equivalent. For me, that was a side-show, merely a device to make audible the results of experiments with synthesis of melody-like sequences of notes.  Melody-like in that they walked the borderline between predictability and chaos. 

One of the challenges will be to make computerish tools accessible to those who are barely technical-minded enough to understand the  "theory of music".…

A remarkable example of a failure of modern youth to degenerate musically.   In this performance he was 17 years old.    He's in his 40's today.  


Lorem Ipsum
Artist | Professional | Digital Art
I claim to be a professional artist, because I have actually sold a few paintings, though none recently.

Favourite genre of music: anything but rock or grand opera. By "rock" I mean any of various contemporary genres, including rap, heavy metal, techno etc, characterized by raucous monotony. I don't include jazz.
Favourite photographer: Ansel Adams
Favourite style of art: abstract (algorithmic or mathematical), not "abstract"
Operating System: Linux, Ubuntu distribution
MP3 player of choice: vlc
Shell of choice: bash (Bourne Again Shell), Python
Wallpaper of choice: Supernova 1994D in Galaxy NGC 4526 (see webcam)
Favourite cartoon character: Calvin (& Hobbes)

Journal History…

A little way into this audio, we encounter someone who actually knows what an epicenter is, and someone who doesn't, and is glad to find out.
The one who does know is Neil DeGrasse Tyson… , a well-known astronomer and popularizer of science, having been host of the latest iteration of Cosmos (the first version was done some years ago by astrophysicist Carl Sagan).   I know that because I recognized his voice.

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golem1 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
One fan said he enjoyed Shakespeare's plays, but found the dialogue tiresome in that it contained so many old cliches!  The explanation, of course, is that those cliches originated with Shakespeare, and they became cliches because they are so pithy and quotable.

In some quarters it is fashionable to invent a name for one's personal philosophy.   Asked how I see things, I once answered that I would call myself a Methodist, except that the term is already in use and means something other than what I would mean by it.  Indeed, I said that I consider myself to BE a method.   Hence the importance to me of the quotation in my signature line.
golem1 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Testing new signature line.
Leiika Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015
lol I'm using ubuntu as well :)
Leiika Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014
Thanks for the critique and +watch! I really appreciate it!
JPLafontaine Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014

Thanks for the Fav ! :) (Smile) 

Malleni-Stock Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
+fav Thank you ! Have a nice day :wave:
gabo2020 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for the :+fav:
ilovepumpkin2014 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014
Thanks for the fave!
StoneSorceress Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Welcome by StoneSorceress

welcome to the Stone Sorceress gallery 
please enjoy your visits :D
peterbru Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
Thanks for the favs... :)
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