MAXINE WATERS - SOCIALIZING THE OIL COMPANIES

Friday 17 February 2012 at 05:03 am

MAXINE WANTS TO SOCIALIZE AND TAKE OVER THE OIL COMPANIES:

she said it, not me

A GREAT IRISH TUNE - AS IRISH AS YOU CAN GET

Thursday 16 February 2012 at 11:01 pm

see the words to the tune below, click (more) below

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BAGPIPE WORLD CHAMPIONS - 2011 - FMM

Thursday 16 February 2012 at 4:42 pm

The Field Marshall Montgomery** from Northern Ireland

- [maybe a cousin** see note at end] has been one of the world's dominant pipe bands for 20 years having won 99 major championships, including the world event in 2011 for the 7th time.

little known facts about bands like the Field Marshall Montgomery band: the musical virtuoso required from the collective band members far exceeds anything that could be produced by a great symphony organization like the NY philharmonic.

1. for openers, the NY philharmonic could not endure the long hours of practice, day in and day out to produce a competitive champion pipe band. and remember piping in northern Ireland and Scotland starts at age 5; just like Irish Step Dancing. 

2. the speed of a competitive piping exceeds anything an orchestra could produce continuously for 6 minutes. the average note in competition pipe tunes is 1/64th of a second, because of the intricate grace noting. watch carefully the fingers of the pipers; their fingers move so incredibly fast, you will surely miss what they are really doing, particularly with the lower pinky. in piping, only one note can be played at a time.  of course, the pipes are actually playing chords because of the tenor and base drones.  some instruments like the piano and stringed instruments, can play multiple notes at the same time.  in would be physically impossible for clarinet or oboe player as an example to keep up with a piper because of the mechanal keys.  on the other hand, James Galway would have little difficulty keeping up and even exceeding the speed of most pipers with his ;penny whistle or flute. 

3. each pipe has four reeds that need to be precisely tuned and stayed tuned around a very complicated mixolydian (old gaelic) bagpipe scale, in order to produce the overriding clarity, harmonics and tone. and, the tone has to be rock steady - wavering is horrible no-no. a symphony orchestra does not face this challenge. [many symphonies are out of tune, ask someone who has perfect pitch; also opera stars often miss their high notes - piping is unforgiving, and bands get marked down for slight imperfections in every aspect of their musical performance.

4. the drum syncopation is critical and tuned at 1/64th and faster, and simply could not be produced by any symphony in the world. for openers, all the top drummers are in the pipe bands.

5. unfortunately the music style is foreign to non-pipers because the bands play a medley of tunes around jigs, reels, hornpipes and strathpeys. the dance rhythms have unusual qualities in that the beats are not even. some beats are emphasized, others diminished. triplets are rarely evenly spaced. etc, etc many jigs sound altogether different when spacing of triplets is played evenly or accented.  


** number 1 son tom brophy is married to jane montgomery who grandfather samuel montgomery is from fivemiletown, fermanagh about an hour east of cloghboley. samuel's baptismal church and church cemetery and church wall plaques contains many distinguished montgomerys, several with high military distinctions. it is my belief that they all our of common ancestry. I have been to fivemiletown three times and have not spent enough time to prove my theory.


 

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JET LAG and WARM WINTER 2012

Tuesday 14 February 2012 at 10:08 pm

Jet Lag: What's Causing One of the Driest, Warmest Winters in History?

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I AVOID ORGANIC FOOD - A LOT OF BULL

Monday 13 February 2012 at 9:10 pm

ORGANIC FOOD: I HAVE ALWAYS AVOIDED ORGANIC - I BELEIVE IT IS A LOT OF BULL - NOW LISTEN TO THIS REPORT: PRODUCT OF CHINA.

GLOBAL WARMING - NO NEED TO PANIC SAY 16 PROMINENT SCIENTISTS

Monday 13 February 2012 at 04:07 am

No Need to Panic About Global Warming

There's no compelling scientific argument for drastic action to 'decarbonize' the world's economy.

Sadly, the humdrum of man-made global warming continues;  and yet the proponents have yet to produce a peer reviewed paper showing that carbon is the problem.

16 PROMINENT scientists just signed a paper in the WSJ saying that AGW is BULLSHIT.

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ORIGINALS OF SOLAR SYSTEM

Monday 13 February 2012 at 03:50 am

The Abraham Test

Sunday 12 February 2012 at 10:49 pm

The Abraham Test

this is an interesting analsis, but beyond our comprehension.  we are dealing with an infinite timeless God  intereacting with a finite event.  simply stated, the sacrifice could not have been carried out; and only serves as a lesson about the importance of obedience.

and obedience is important, but ignored by most in our new liberal society.

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LOONS & BLUE WHALE

Sunday 12 February 2012 at 7:39 pm

LOONS & BLUE WHALE  work in progress

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DO WE HAVE FREE WILL

Sunday 12 February 2012 at 1:02 pm

Brains Are Automatic, But People Are Free

Michael Gazzaniga, one of the world's leading researchers in cognitive neuroscience, describes the mystery of free will: “If you think about it this way, if you are a Martian coming by earth and looking at all these humans and then looking at how they work you wouldn’t—it would never dawn on you to say, ‘Well, now, this thing needs free will!’ What are you talking about?”

I am getting closer to understanding how consciousness really works. Hopefully soon, I will be able to write it down.  I believe my theory was validated on one of Charlies Rose's programs on "the mind series."  during the periods of high consciousness, an entire network of neurons fire at once creating the emergent property of thinking or high consciousness. 

Most of our conscious experience is automatic or a property of the subconsiousness mind.  Reading, writing, singing, doing mathematics, playing basketball, reacting, driving, guessing, and so on.  These activities are automatic and do not require thinking or high consciousness.

Most of the time we are not in a state of "high consciousness," but rather in automatic mode. In fact many people, perhaps more than 50% of people never experience a period of high consciousness.  Their brains are not powerful enough, or mature enough, or wired sufficiently, or smart enough to produce a state of high, thinking, creative comprehending consciousness. 

As a result of my own personal introspection, i am surely convinced that I excersize free will, and have bursts of high thinking creative comprehending consciousness.

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PLATE TECTONICS IN ACTION

Saturday 11 February 2012 at 11:58 am

LAKE SUNAPEE 02 08 2012:  PLATE TECTONICS IN ACTION

 hopefully the loons are long gone; but I did see a few in nyc, see next email. joe

the ice plates on lake sunapee have been in action for about 6 weeks.  this is the first time in 20 years that I have observed this phenomenon in such detail.  

the ice sheet is at least a foot thick and cars have been seen on the lake.  the warm weather and rain a few weeks back flattened the surface of the lack to an ice sheet.  in fact, today (2/12/2012) folks were ice sailing at dangerous speeds near bemis point; remember a few years back when two brothers crashed into each other, killing at least one of them.
 
but,  the plates continue churn, groan, crack and occasionally produce a loud boom. I estimate the ice/snow mountains to be about 48 inches high at certain points along the rift. after applying an actuarial extrapolation to 20,000' mount mckinley, I estimate that we should have big booms, (quakes) around mckinley every 15 years or so.

click (more) see picture below

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MEMORY BOOSTER

Thursday 09 February 2012 at 06:42 am

Memory Gets Jolt in Brain Research

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THE MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET

Sunday 05 February 2012 at 9:00 pm

Over at Sun Records, Whole Lotta Rock History Goin’ On

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Learning Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5

Wednesday 01 February 2012 at 4:37 pm

Green Screening, using effect: Ultra Key