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by Richard
Sat Jan 23, 2010 1:12 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Where are you going for your next vacation?
Replies: 31
Views: 773

Re: Where are you going for your next vacation?

Not going much of anywhere this summer. However, last summer, friends of mine and I travelled to Canada for a really great Canadian train excursion. The train is called the "Rocky Mountaineer" and here is their web site: http://www.rockymountaineer.com/en_US/ The Rocky Mountaineer train has 2 levels...
by Richard
Tue Feb 03, 2009 11:33 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Puzzles: What's your brand of poison?
Replies: 7
Views: 398

Re: Puzzles: What's your brand of poison?

I haven't been around the CMG boards for a while, Corlyss, but glad to see you are back! I am sort of a "Logic Puzzle" junkie. I had problems, at first, working even the easiest logic puzzles. I then started to look up the answers, beforehand, to see the reasoning behind solving the puzzle..and that...
by Richard
Sun Aug 31, 2008 10:00 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: John Batchelor
Replies: 1
Views: 200

John Batchelor

Hello Everyone! It's been a couple of years since I have been on this forum. I just wanted to mention, especially to Corlyss, that the "John Batchelor" talk-show program is back on the air, but in limited areas. He is a very good talk-show host and I picked him up on radio station KSFO in San Franci...
by Richard
Mon Nov 13, 2006 5:36 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: THE WIZARD OF OZ
Replies: 16
Views: 2673

A bit of trivia having to do with the Wizard of Oz, which I find downright spooky. In the movie, the actor Frank Morgan played 5 characters.."Prof. Marvel (the "snake oil salesman", an Emerald City doorman, a cabbie, one of the Wizard's guards, and the Wizard of Oz. For the role of Prof. Marvel, the...
by Richard
Tue Oct 31, 2006 6:10 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: The Sheep May Not Safely Graze
Replies: 3
Views: 784

The Sheep May Not Safely Graze

How is your reaction time?

Click on the dart as soon as you see the sheep cross the field. I'm still trying for "bobbin bobcat" status:


http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/humanbody/ ... rsion5.swf
by Richard
Sat Oct 07, 2006 3:33 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Brahms Was a Great Kidder
Replies: 6
Views: 1083

Re: Brahms Was a Great Kidder

[quote="Ralph"]music box Classic Put-Downs Was Brahms a wiseass? By Jan Swafford Posted Monday, Oct. 2, 2006, at 5:18 PM ET Brahms' wounding irony, his obliqueness in all things, were part of the armor of a relentlessly private man. So was the famous beard. The whiskers he grew in his mid-40s change...
by Richard
Mon Oct 02, 2006 11:59 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Who would you nominate for the Nobel Peace Prize?
Replies: 30
Views: 3096

In a dreary and troublesome world, I would give the Nobel Peace Prize to anyone who can bestow a little mirth and laughter into our daily lives. With this in mind, I nominate "Thelma and Norma", the two old ladies on the Citibank "identity theft" commercial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z26pnq9SXg...
by Richard
Mon Oct 02, 2006 2:35 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: The Clash of Civilisations is well under way
Replies: 37
Views: 3586

Other examples of imposition of Islamic values: ****************************** DERBY, UK, December 22, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) - England's Sinfin Community School is not backing down from its decision to suspend a 16-year-old for her refusal to take off a crucifix she wore around her neck on a gold ...
by Richard
Fri Sep 29, 2006 3:27 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Dick Cavett on TCM
Replies: 0
Views: 481

Dick Cavett on TCM

Has anyone watched some of the recent Dick Cavett programs, on the Turner Classic Movie channel? I saw 3 so far....with Mel Brooks, Woody Allen, and, last night, Alfred Hitchcock. I believe the Cavett program is on every Thursday night, but I'm not certain. With the case of a personality still livin...
by Richard
Mon Sep 25, 2006 9:08 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: HELP!! my cat keeps going to my old house
Replies: 13
Views: 1857

I suggest playing a little from Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire at the old house.
by Richard
Sun Sep 24, 2006 9:07 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Joseph Ratzinger on the destiny of reason.
Replies: 6
Views: 1123

Thanks for posting, Corlyss. I also really enjoyed readilng the essay. I'm liking the new Pope the more I hear and read about him. He didn't seem to be afraid to stir the pot with the Paleologus reference.
by Richard
Sun Sep 24, 2006 5:18 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Hug your Hummer
Replies: 7
Views: 1216

This is silly. "Dust-to-dust" energy cost sounds like one big smokescreen (probably secretly sponsored by the manufacturer of Hummers :roll: ). If fuel-efficient technology were the norm (And I mean real fuel efficiency, not saving 5mpg), I bet it would start getting less expensive to manufacture s...
by Richard
Sat Sep 23, 2006 11:09 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Hug your Hummer
Replies: 7
Views: 1216

Hug your Hummer

Here is an interesting article about auto hybrids. If you scan down about half-way, you will find some comparisons between the new hybrids, low- cost but fuel-efficient cars, and the big gas-guzzlers. ************************************ Have You Hugged a Hummer Today? Hybrid vehicles' overall energ...
by Richard
Sat Sep 23, 2006 10:23 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Which classical composer are you most like?
Replies: 37
Views: 4974

I don't think you will get a lot of composer names to pop up. Didn't see any Mendelssohn, Brahms, Mahler, Wagner, Rachmanonoff, or Franz Suppe. ...or Emil Nikolaus von Reznicek , that great composer of the Donna Diana Overture . :wink: ************ Gary, you have a good memory! Reznicek... one of m...
by Richard
Sat Sep 23, 2006 9:19 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Which classical composer are you most like?
Replies: 37
Views: 4974

It's amazing how much of one's personality may be revealed in the final outcome of whom you compare. I think I would have built in some other questions on these to get even a more accurate picture. Nonetheless, this is a fun quiz to take - and I thank the original poster for presenting the site. **...
by Richard
Fri Sep 15, 2006 8:34 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Muppets I Have Known and Loved
Replies: 8
Views: 1353

I saw few Muppet programs. I did happen to catch, one evening, the Muppet program with Victor Borge. Very memorable and funny.

http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Victor_Borge
by Richard
Fri Sep 15, 2006 3:12 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: If you get a Jack Russell, make sure you have insurance
Replies: 2
Views: 659

My sister, who regular attends and shows dogs at various dog shows, was telling me about a recent incident involing a Jack Russell terrier. The terrier leaped from the arms of its owner and attacked both a Great Dane and a German Shepherd! They're really cute dogs but can be really vicious.
by Richard
Tue Sep 12, 2006 2:55 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Where the Brains Are and Why It Matters
Replies: 5
Views: 961

You will all pardon me if I still plan to retire back to my home in the Adirondacks, where only people in the traditional professions have a college education and I will just have to make do with savvy neighbors who know how to jump start my car. :) ******************* Car jump-starts are one of th...
by Richard
Sun Sep 10, 2006 9:29 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Beethoven's funeral
Replies: 7
Views: 1498

Any chance the BBC could have gotten mixed up...and it was Schubert's eyeglasses?

http://www.lvbeethoven.com/Bio/Biograph ... ation.html
by Richard
Sun Sep 10, 2006 5:15 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: This Pope's Gonna Bring Gregorian Chant Back!
Replies: 25
Views: 3752

When Vatican II dumped Gregorian Chant, it was replaced with a whole lot of musical junk - real trash. Like the above poster, we also knew all the Chant that was ever written - and imagine the surprise of my instructors when I got to college and I was the only one who knew how to read the kinky not...
by Richard
Sun Sep 10, 2006 2:53 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Women's Colleges Continue to Dwindle
Replies: 15
Views: 1989

I wonder if we have forgotten, in this country, the whole concept of being "free to choose"? I can remember, back in the 1990's, a Virginian Military college (I think it was VMI) wanting to remain an all-male institutution, despite a growing demand it become co-ed. Thanks to pressure from various fe...
by Richard
Sat Sep 09, 2006 5:40 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Actual Excerpts From Hospital Medical Records
Replies: 1
Views: 573

Actual Excerpts From Hospital Medical Records

The following quotes were taken from actual medical records, as dictated by physicians "Patient has two teenage children, but no other abnormalities." She has no rigors or shaking chills, but her husband states she was very hot in bed last night. The pelvic exam will be done later on the floor. Pati...
by Richard
Fri Sep 08, 2006 10:13 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: This Pope's Gonna Bring Gregorian Chant Back!
Replies: 25
Views: 3752

The Gregorian chant is great because it's simple, beautiful, and clear. In Germany, they never stopped using the Gregorian for the Ordinary of the Mass. In fact, they still do a pretty good job of it, and it does involve the congregation (permit me not to go into the details at the moment). But I h...
by Richard
Mon Sep 04, 2006 4:07 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Crocodile Hunter killed by stingray
Replies: 61
Views: 7351

A real tragedy! I never got tired watching Steve Irwin. Very gregarious, outgoing and popular. A number of "Crocodile Hunter" episodes come to mind. I especially remember one where Steve tracked down the world's ten most venomous snakes..all located in Australia according to Irwin. The 2nd most dead...
by Richard
Fri Sep 01, 2006 10:43 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Top Ten Ice Cream Parlors
Replies: 29
Views: 3289

Gary wrote:Richard, you must be an ice-cream connoisseur! :)
You even provided their phone numbers! :shock:

Can't say that I've been to any quality ice cream parlors. :(
*****
Well, I'm a fan of Toscanini, No. 10 on the list.
by Richard
Fri Sep 01, 2006 9:53 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Top Ten Ice Cream Parlors
Replies: 29
Views: 3289

Top Ten Ice Cream Parlors

I thought the "I Scream - You Scream" post, below, was going to be about ice cream. When I found out my cholesterol was high, I find the most difficult thing to cut back on is ice cream. I figure, however, I have special dispensation, either from the Pope or Ben and Jerry, on yearly vacations where ...
by Richard
Fri Sep 01, 2006 4:33 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: John Batchelor
Replies: 2
Views: 1730

Well, I sure hope he, indeed, will be back on the air in 3 months. Besides having an exellent and informative program, he also has some of the coolest bumper music around.
by Richard
Fri Sep 01, 2006 3:44 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: John Batchelor
Replies: 2
Views: 1730

John Batchelor

The other night, I woke up around 4:00 AM and tuned in the John Batchelor talk-show program, on the radio. I believe he said that he was in his last days on ABC radio. From what I gather, he will be joining the Hoover Institution. Considering that I was half-asleep, I'm not sure of the accuracy of w...
by Richard
Mon Aug 28, 2006 9:10 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Great American Songbook
Replies: 163
Views: 107396

I know it's just me but his voice gives me the creeps. Walking My Baby Back Home was about the only thing I could stand by him. On the 40s channel, his early numbers appear to be eliding into Nat Cole's style. But he scoots out of that into his own sound by the 50s. ***************** I'm old enough...
by Richard
Mon Aug 28, 2006 4:34 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Great American Songbook
Replies: 163
Views: 107396

I always liked Sonny Bono. Unless he sang songs from the American Songbook, he doesn't count. See discussion of what counts at the bottom of the first page of this thread. ****************************** Ok, Corlyss. I get it. Yes, Sonny does not fall into this category. Sorry about the confusion. R...
by Richard
Mon Aug 28, 2006 12:05 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: In Praise of the 1911 Britannica
Replies: 5
Views: 704

Here is a web page containing articles from the 11th edition: http://www.1911encyclopedia.org/Main_Page I looked up the section on classical composers. Seems like a number of major composer names were not listed. For example, I didn't see listings for Tchaikovsky, finally found Debussy under "opera ...
by Richard
Sun Aug 27, 2006 7:39 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Great American Songbook
Replies: 163
Views: 107396

I always liked Sonny Bono.
by Richard
Sun Aug 27, 2006 7:08 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Do you think there are franchises available?
Replies: 29
Views: 2808

Re: Do you think there are franchises available?

Considering that Hitler's personal physician was giving him lots of amphetamine, toward the end, I'm surprised he had any appetite, at all. That struck me funny -- a man who plans to commit suicide, taking speed 8) ************************** There was a program, on the History Channel, a while back...
by Richard
Sun Aug 27, 2006 6:09 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Do you think there are franchises available?
Replies: 29
Views: 2808

Re: Do you think there are franchises available?

[quote="BWV 1080"] http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/WeirdNews/2006/08/23/K082308AU.jpg BOMBAY, India - When Hitler's Cross restaurant opened four days ago in a Bombay suburb, local politicians and movie industry types were on hand to celebrate beneath the posters of the Nazi leader and swastikas. ADVERTI...
by Richard
Fri Aug 25, 2006 9:43 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Mozart's Last
Replies: 26
Views: 3790

I vote for No. 39
by Richard
Fri Aug 25, 2006 9:11 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Exotic dancers banned from performing at funerals in China
Replies: 5
Views: 705

Must have been plenty of stiffs.
by Richard
Fri Aug 25, 2006 1:07 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Finish or rewrite the new planetary mnemonic
Replies: 24
Views: 2442

Here is another observer's mnemonic for the 9 planets and a last farewell to Pluto. It looks like old Gastav Holtz was right, afterall: ****************************** Far be it from me to call for a revolution, but something happened over iin Prague today that makes me inclined to water the tree of ...
by Richard
Fri Aug 18, 2006 8:58 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: REBLEM'S Thousand: He did it!
Replies: 5
Views: 669

Congrats, RebLem!
by Richard
Fri Aug 18, 2006 6:36 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Finish or rewrite the new planetary mnemonic
Replies: 24
Views: 2442

I think Percy Lowell and Clyde Tombaugh might be turning over in their graves. If you are ever in the vicinity of Flagstaff, Arizona, the Lowell Oberservatory is an interesting and fun place to visit: http://www.kaibab.org/other/gc_oa_lo.htm Cripes! It's a tiny little thing. Hard to believe it's st...
by Richard
Fri Aug 18, 2006 6:01 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Classical Music, Like It's Good for Your Mental Health
Replies: 6
Views: 895

Going back 25 to 30 years, there was sort of a "fad" amongst dentists to allow patients to listen to music in the dental chair. I found that strapping on headphones and listening to classical music did decrease pain. If nothing else, it helped to minimize the sheer boredom of having to sit in the ch...
by Richard
Fri Aug 18, 2006 5:04 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Finish or rewrite the new planetary mnemonic
Replies: 24
Views: 2442

I think Percy Lowell and Clyde Tombaugh might be turning over in their graves.
If you are ever in the vicinity of Flagstaff, Arizona, the Lowell Oberservatory is an interesting and fun place to visit:

http://www.kaibab.org/other/gc_oa_lo.htm
by Richard
Tue Aug 15, 2006 8:59 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Favorite museums and why
Replies: 31
Views: 2818

There are so many great museums in New York! The Met is, of course, at the top of the list but the Museum of Sex on lower Fifth Avenue has its charms and it's worth a visit. The Brooklyn Museum of Art is one of the world's greatest museums, overshadowed by its Manhattan colossal neighbor. Thje Intr...
by Richard
Tue Aug 15, 2006 5:08 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Favorite museums and why
Replies: 31
Views: 2818

The California State Railroad Museum, Sacramento, Calif.

http://www.csrmf.org/default.asp
by Richard
Mon Aug 14, 2006 9:07 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Your First Pick - Beethoven Piano Sonatas No. 8-14-23
Replies: 12
Views: 1605

Thanks, Harvested, Brendan, and RebLem for the suggestions. I will have to look at Barenboim and the several you have suggested, Reblem. Brendan: I might have troulbe finding the Ivan Moravec. I have an old LP of Moravec in the Waldstein Sonata, which is very good. I just remembered an older but wel...
by Richard
Mon Aug 14, 2006 6:41 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Interesting Movie -- Interesting Book?
Replies: 4
Views: 678

Ralph wrote:The book is excellent. I'm a big Feynman fan for several reasons, not the least of which is that we had several of the same high school teachers (Far Rockaway H.S.).
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Thanks, Ralph. I'm looking forward to reading the book. Did you see the movie, "Infinity"?
by Richard
Mon Aug 14, 2006 6:02 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Interesting Movie -- Interesting Book?
Replies: 4
Views: 678

Interesting Movie -- Interesting Book?

Has anyone every seen the move, "Infinity"? http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0116635/ Infinity is a 1996 movie, but I never saw it when it first came out. It came on "Showtime" the other night. The movie has to do with the life of Nobel prize winning physicist, Richard Feynman (1918 - 1988). It stars Mat...
by Richard
Mon Aug 14, 2006 4:42 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Those wonderful years!
Replies: 14
Views: 1573

Hey, Madame! That's for the chance to see some Burma Shave signs again. Loved it. They recite them occasionally on XM 40s. If you must Test her lip paint Better drive Where traffic ain't ********************** My favorite Burma Shave sign: ** LITTLE BIRDS ** ** SIGNS COST MONEY ** ** SO SIT A SPELL...
by Richard
Sun Aug 13, 2006 6:08 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Your First Pick - Beethoven Piano Sonatas No. 8-14-23
Replies: 12
Views: 1605

Your First Pick - Beethoven Piano Sonatas No. 8-14-23

I would appreciate some suggestions for a CD of the commonly coupled Beethoven Pathetique, Moonlight, & Appassionata piano sonatas. I have a very old LP (I think it was recorded in the 1950's) of the 3 sonatas by Walter Klein. It combines both lyricism and passion in a way I have not quite encounter...