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by Euphonium
Mon Oct 25, 2010 11:15 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Recommend a book
Replies: 477
Views: 226162

Re: Recommend a book

Dave_Wise wrote:Candide by voltaire. Just finished it. Awesome short book. If anything deserves to be a Terry Gilliam film, it's this.


It's already a Leonard Bernstein opera. Quite entertaining.
by Euphonium
Wed Oct 13, 2010 7:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0805: "Paradise City"
Replies: 144
Views: 38259

Re: 0805: Paradise City

Doesn't the flag on the eight note go on the right? Or are the notes upside in the last two panels? flag changes when you flip the direction of the stem The flag (if there is one) always goes on the right. Which side of the stem the notehead goes on depends on whether the stem points up or down (up...
by Euphonium
Tue Oct 05, 2010 8:14 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: The Official Sufjan Stevens Fan Thread
Replies: 27
Views: 5331

Re: The Official Sufjan Stevens Fan Thread

tzvibish wrote:Actually, Casimir Pulasky Day was the first song that actually brought me to the verge of tears.


This.
by Euphonium
Tue Oct 05, 2010 8:12 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: The Official Sufjan Stevens Fan Thread
Replies: 27
Views: 5331

Re: The Official Sufjan Stevens Fan Thread

charliepanayi wrote:(let alone another US state album)


I'm given to understand that there was never any Fifty State Project. It was just a gimmick.
by Euphonium
Thu Sep 30, 2010 5:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: This just in: going to elite schools matters.
Replies: 20
Views: 2491

Re: This just in: going to elite schools matters.

Man, I will have to do some searching till I find it but a couple years ago I saw a similar study where they compared people who'd gotten into elite schools but didn't go, to people who graduated from them, and it found the same thing this one did That sounds about right, since that's exactly what ...
by Euphonium
Thu Sep 30, 2010 2:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Are you Ready for some "Football"!!! NFL Discussion
Replies: 804
Views: 152380

Re: Are you Ready for some Football!!! NFL Discussion

There is, and it's called a palpably unfair act. It's the only penalty that can yield points. Well...if a penalty is called on the offense, the spot of enforcement for the penalty is the spot of the foul (such as grounding or holding behind the line of scrimmage), and the foul occurs in the end zon...
by Euphonium
Wed Sep 29, 2010 6:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Are you Ready for some "Football"!!! NFL Discussion
Replies: 804
Views: 152380

Re: Are you Ready for some Football!!! NFL Discussion

George Blanda died. Article. It really is a different league when Brett Favre seems terribly old and Blanda was playing at 46 and was perhaps most successful later in his career in Oakland. Packers v Bears: Wow. I went and bought a ref whistle to give to my Packers fan coworker so she could feel li...
by Euphonium
Mon Sep 27, 2010 11:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Are you Ready for some "Football"!!! NFL Discussion
Replies: 804
Views: 152380

Re: Are you Ready for some Football!!! NFL Discussion

In fairness, what I actually did type was the reverse of what I meant to type. It should have read: That only makes sense if you're saying that a good/great quarterback is a necessary condition for winning a championship, rather than just a sufficient one. Which is both (a) clearly absurd, and (b) n...
by Euphonium
Mon Sep 27, 2010 8:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Are you Ready for some "Football"!!! NFL Discussion
Replies: 804
Views: 152380

Re: Are you Ready for some Football!!! NFL Discussion

The thing is, most of your sportswriters are going to hold that the QB is the one position on the field that you cannot win with if you don't have someone good. I think it's fairly clear here that the consensus is that having a "quarterback...you [can] win with" implies that a good quarte...
by Euphonium
Mon Sep 27, 2010 8:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Are you Ready for some "Football"!!! NFL Discussion
Replies: 804
Views: 152380

Re: Are you Ready for some Football!!! NFL Discussion

Are you aware of the distinction between "necessary" and "sufficient"?
by Euphonium
Mon Sep 27, 2010 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Are you Ready for some "Football"!!! NFL Discussion
Replies: 804
Views: 152380

Re: Are you Ready for some Football!!! NFL Discussion

So, again, do you believe that Mark Rypien and Jeff Hostetler were better than Dan Marino?
by Euphonium
Mon Sep 27, 2010 6:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Are you Ready for some "Football"!!! NFL Discussion
Replies: 804
Views: 152380

Re: Are you Ready for some Football!!! NFL Discussion

I'll be impressed when he manages Lombardi number the second. Marino was a great QB, but no hardware could make up for the no-SB win. Peyton is a demon behind the center, but again, he's only won one. Because, obviously, Mark Rypien and Jeff Hostetler were so much better than Marino. I mean, it goe...
by Euphonium
Mon Sep 27, 2010 6:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Are you Ready for some "Football"!!! NFL Discussion
Replies: 804
Views: 152380

Re: Are you Ready for some Football!!! NFL Discussion

Etymology note: soccer isn't called "football" because of the kicking, but because it's played "on foot", as opposed to on horseback like polo or something. So American football is a perfectly sufficient football, as is rugby football and Aussie Rules Football. Even more, it's c...
by Euphonium
Mon Sep 27, 2010 6:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Are you Ready for some "Football"!!! NFL Discussion
Replies: 804
Views: 152380

Re: Are you Ready for some Football!!! NFL Discussion

Looks like Peyton's on his way to MVP #5...after three games, 1012 yards, 69% completion, 9 TDs, no INTs, and 116.something passer rating (please, don't call it "quarterback rating"...it's not)!
by Euphonium
Mon Sep 27, 2010 2:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0797: "Debian-Main"
Replies: 57
Views: 17517

Re: "Debian-Main" Discussion

This wouldn't happen with Slackware's package-management system.

If you install locusts on Slackware, it's because you WANT to install locusts on Slackware.
by Euphonium
Thu Sep 16, 2010 2:32 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Unpopular Musical Opinions
Replies: 1093
Views: 85780

Re: Unpopular Musical Opinions

Mozart did not create music. He created complex arrangements of sound, that are respectable for the degree of technical achievement they represent. But they are mechanical, regular, predictable, and mathematical. They lack any emotional, human content whatsoever; therefore, they do not constitute m...
by Euphonium
Sun Sep 12, 2010 10:46 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Unpopular Musical Opinions
Replies: 1093
Views: 85780

Re: Unpopular Musical Opinions

Mozart did not create music. He created complex arrangements of sound, that are respectable for the degree of technical achievement they represent. But they are mechanical, regular, predictable, and mathematical. They lack any emotional, human content whatsoever; therefore, they do not constitute mu...
by Euphonium
Fri Sep 10, 2010 11:20 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: I Fight Dragons
Replies: 8
Views: 2368

Re: I Fight Dragons

Sounds like more low-culture trash with no valid cultural value.
by Euphonium
Fri Sep 10, 2010 2:26 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: In search of the perfect tempo (Shostakovich's Fifth)
Replies: 9
Views: 2999

Re: In search of the perfect tempo (Shostakovich's Fifth)

Many have recommended Mstislav Rostropovich's 1983 recording with the National Symphony Orchestra, but regrettably it seems that that one is not being published anymore.
by Euphonium
Thu Sep 09, 2010 3:00 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: In search of the perfect tempo (Shostakovich's Fifth)
Replies: 9
Views: 2999

In search of the perfect tempo (Shostakovich's Fifth)

Leonard Bernstein, who wouldn't know a proper and effective tempo if it jumped out of Hell and bit him in the balls, gets infinitely more acclaim than he deserves as a conductor of the compositions of others (presumably, of course, he knows how to interpret his own compositions). Particularly egregi...
by Euphonium
Sun Sep 05, 2010 5:01 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Recommend a book
Replies: 477
Views: 226162

Re: Recommend a book

Recommendation: Guns, Germs, and Steel, by Jared Diamond. A very, very, interesting, explanatory book about why Eurasian peoples developed sooner/faster than other peoples, and eventually ended up controlling most of the world. Explains away all of the racist misconceptions about the reasons using ...
by Euphonium
Sun Sep 05, 2010 4:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0788: "The Carriage"
Replies: 105
Views: 29678

Re: "The Carriage" discussion (#788)

Did anyone else listen to NPR's "Way With Words" radio program yesterday afternoon?
by Euphonium
Mon Mar 29, 2010 9:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0720: "Recipes"
Replies: 88
Views: 20973

Re: "Recipes" Discussion

This comic reminds me of why I'm glad I got out of a boring, simple, meaningless technical field (aeronautical/astronautical engineering) and into something worthwhile, interesting, complex, and relevant to the human experience: history. It's because I don't have to deal with such nonsense-masquerad...

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