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Copyright 1985-2002 by Thane Plambeck, except where obviously not.
27 June 2002
What is swing? Louis Armstrong's definition
If you have to ask, you'll never knowdoes not satisfy. The Encyclopedia Britannica can be counted upon to enter a definition quagmire, no matter how messy:
Swing: In music, both the rhythmic impetus of jazz music and a specific jazz idiom prominent between about 1935 and the mid-1940s—years sometimes called the swing era. Swing music has a compelling momentum that results from musicians' attacks and accenting in relation to fixed beats. Swing rhythms defy any narrower definition, and the music has never been notated exactly.That's probably not any better.
26 June 2002
Marat Safin on the People's Tennis
No. 2 Marat Safin also was beaten by a player ranked outside the top 50, Olivier Rochus, who's 11 inches shorter than the 2000 U.S. Open champion.
13 June 2002
Thelonious Monk's Middle Name
As if he weren't cool enough already.
Thelonious Sphere Monk (1917-1982)
© Frank Driggs Collection
12 June 2002
Elias Canetti on 106
From Crowds and Power (1962 English edition):
The modern treasure is the million. The word has a cosmopolitan ring; it is understood all the over the world and can refer to any type of currency. The interesting thing about the million is that it can be reached in leaps and bounds by clever speculation; it dangles before the eyes of all whose ambition is to make money. … The connotation of the word million is twofold; it can refer to both money and people. This is particularly striking in political speeches. The lust of seeing numbers mount up is characteristic, for example, of Hitler's speeches. There the word usually referred to the millions of Germans living outside the Reich and still waiting for their deliverance. After his first bloodless victories and before the outbreak of his war, Hitler had a particular partiality for the mounting numbers of the population of his empire. He contrasted them with the total numbers of all the Germans in the world. It was his confessed aim to bring all these within his sphere of influence; and in all his threats, self-congratulations and demands he used the word million. Other politicians use it more often of money, but the word has undoubtedly acquired some ambiguity. Through being used to express populations, and especially the populations of metropolitan cities which are invariable expressed in millions, the abstract number has become filled with a crowd-meaning contained by no other number today. Since it is counted in the same millions, money and the crowd are closer today than they have ever been.Who first proposed ranking movies in terms of box-office millions? This was a marketing masterstroke if ever there was one. Had he or she read Canetti? The three movies leading at the moment are The Sum of All Fears ($222 million), Attack of the Clones ($200 million), and Spider Man ($126 million). I don't even know what they're countingfor example, is the popcorn included?
12 June 2002
Statistics on 106
This came from a web site called Sudden Money:
John Jacob Astor once said: "A man who has a million dollars is as well off as if he were rich." Relativity and inflation aside, his comment is prophetic indeed, considering that today, millionaires are a dime a dozen and the wealth of the truly flush finds expression in the nomenclature of the penta- and decamillionaire.
10 June 2002
Partial Solar Eclipse
There was a solar eclipse today [AP news article].
Michael Goldeen pointed out that the trees of Palo Alto were casting thousands of eclipse images all over town (and onto our house). Here's one amazing photo.
And here are some more photos.
7 June 2002
It's expanding my mind.
5 June 2002
From an obituary of the American archaeologist John Randolph Willey (1913-2002), by Jeremy A. Sabloff, published in the 30 May 2002 issue of Nature magazine:
Willey's Virú Valley research soon led to the rise of a 'settlement-pattern' approach in archaeology. Although Willey was not the originator of settlement-pattern studies, his Virú work, and the 1953 publication that followed, convinced colleagues around the world that this particular methodology could provide new data that would in turn lead to clearer insight into the functioning of ancient cultures.
4 June 2002
Earl Warren vs Warren Burger
See the points of confusion, and also the inaccurate reflection.
4 June 2002
Thurman Munson vs Lobster Thermidor
See the points of confusion.
4 June 2002
BMW vs BWV
3 June 2002
From the children's book Imaginative Inventions, in the section entitled "Wheelbarrow:"
2 June 2002
Dementia Onset or merely Fowler's False Scent?
In today's (Sunday) New York Times, page 20, "Early Alzheimer's Sign Brings New Insight":
A person with mild cognitive impairment is not helped by hints, said Dr. Jeffrey Cummings, director of the Alzheimer's Disease Center at the University of California at Los Angeles, "because the memory was never stored."The final sentence ("reading or writing" vs "reading, or writing") brings to mind the following entry from H.W. Fowler's The King’s English, 2nd ed. 1908:
49. FALSE SCENT
2 June 2002
Two Chalked Bricks
1 June 2002
Two Sculpted Heads
Gloria made the one on the left. Cole made the one on the right.