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by jbuck919
Mon Jun 27, 2005 12:18 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: And Now a Master's Degree in Fighting Terrorism
Replies: 5
Views: 1168

Re: And Now a Master's Degree in Fighting Terrorism

UConn offering master's degree in homeland security STORRS, Connecticut (AP) -- A new program at the University of Connecticut will offer a master's degree in homeland security. At least 70 students have applied for the expected class of 25 for the program this fall, which UConn is offering in part...
by jbuck919
Mon Jun 27, 2005 12:11 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Favorite Opera(s)
Replies: 33
Views: 6747

favorite from the 20th century . . . . for me it's Poulenc's, Dialogues des Carmélites an operatic tour de force , to say the least. I can endorse that completely and add that Poulenc is a neglected composer. It was Hindemith who coined the term Gebrauchsmusik, but it is Poulenc who is its master. ...
by jbuck919
Mon Jun 27, 2005 11:49 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Cheney Takes Linguistics Lessons from Clinton
Replies: 6
Views: 1462

Sometimes pitchers get batters out in a single throe.

I know, weak. Bang bang on head. Time to go home, John.
by jbuck919
Mon Jun 27, 2005 11:11 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Culture Wars heating up in my own back yard
Replies: 113
Views: 15082

karlhenning wrote:Well, luckily for both of us, there are great cultural riches in life apart from mathematics :-)
Ahem, like what for instance (fold arms, tap foot)?
by jbuck919
Mon Jun 27, 2005 6:23 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Pause for Reflection: Wisdom from Socrates
Replies: 32
Views: 4587

I have a mental prejudice that where mathematics goes, science cannot be far behind. The Greeks however had a prejudice that maths need not be applied and turned into science. They could have easily invented steam power, but they didn't see the need, since they preferred to go to war with the next ...
by jbuck919
Mon Jun 27, 2005 4:41 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Culture Wars heating up in my own back yard
Replies: 113
Views: 15082

where his math teacher effectively instilled in him a hatred and fear of math that persists to haunt him today. Hey! I think I had that one . . . It's unfortunate that even a few really bad ones can change the course of a child's life. Yeah, that's pretty bad. What's worse is you can't get rid of t...
by jbuck919
Mon Jun 27, 2005 4:10 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Your First Pick? Schumann: Fantasiestücke, Op. 12
Replies: 44
Views: 10423

One thing I meant to say in my previous post, is that it's not Schumann's neglected works that need championing; IMO even his best works - Kreisleriana, DBT, Carnaval etc etc - need more attention. Herman, has someone given you a bottle of "nice" pills? First you flatter my ego by failing to give m...
by jbuck919
Mon Jun 27, 2005 2:56 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Culture Wars heating up in my own back yard
Replies: 113
Views: 15082

Ralph wrote: "Unreal numbers?"
Actually, they are called imaginary numbers, but the square root of -1?
Unreal, man. 8)
by jbuck919
Sun Jun 26, 2005 7:35 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Pause for Reflection: Wisdom from Socrates
Replies: 32
Views: 4587

You know, I hate having to admit that I don't know something I should know. I would much rather say, in the areas where I am supposed to be knowledgable, that if I don't know about it, it must not be worth knowing. But here's the reality about a group of mathematicians of whom I had never heard: The...
by jbuck919
Sun Jun 26, 2005 6:44 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Pause for Reflection: Wisdom from Socrates
Replies: 32
Views: 4587

Copernicus came to his study thanks to Nicholas of Cuas and his mathematics/theology of the infinite and zero, inlcuding the idea that earth was not the centre of creation, and that the Ptolemaic model wasn't written in stone. In fact it was a musician, one Vincenzo, who inspired Kepler and all sub...
by jbuck919
Sun Jun 26, 2005 5:23 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Pause for Reflection: Wisdom from Socrates
Replies: 32
Views: 4587

The Greeks surely would? Why so? You like them and wish it were so? Archimedes was in his 70s and hadn't much left to contribute, and the Greeks were focused on speculative theory, and usually considered field work beneath the noble ideals of true Wisdom. This focus on individuals and heroes is ver...
by jbuck919
Sun Jun 26, 2005 4:55 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Pause for Reflection: Wisdom from Socrates
Replies: 32
Views: 4587

I don't think there are many more chilling moments in history than when the Roman soldier breaking orders slew Archimedes. A case could be made that this was the real beginning of the dark ages. The Greeks may have been sophists, but if they had been left alone, they surely would have become scienti...
by jbuck919
Sun Jun 26, 2005 4:42 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Paul Winchell, Ventriloquist, Dead at 82
Replies: 7
Views: 1807

Winchell had two basic voices--the Knucklehead Smiff voice & the Jerry Mahoney one. The Smiff voice is the one more familiar to many as the Tigger voice; while the Mahoney voice is most familiar to us 45-and-unders as Hanna-Barbera's cartoon character Dick Dastardly. While re-watching the above-men...
by jbuck919
Sun Jun 26, 2005 2:49 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Culture Wars heating up in my own back yard
Replies: 113
Views: 15082

Geometry! I thought that was the easiest! I did very well in algebra and geometry. It was addin' subtractin' multiplyin' and dividin' that almost sank me - I'm hasty, careless, and I don't check my results. The calculator was invented for me, but not in time. But there were few real numbers involve...
by jbuck919
Sun Jun 26, 2005 1:53 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Pause for Reflection: Wisdom from Socrates
Replies: 32
Views: 4587

jbuck, You're hero Kepler was both a Platonist and a Pythagorean, for whom the heavens were regarded as "a moving image of eternity" suffused with qualitative relationships epitomized by the ancient idea of "the music of the spheres". The search to apprehend such music was the motivating force in K...
by jbuck919
Sun Jun 26, 2005 1:27 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Paul Winchell, Ventriloquist, Dead at 82
Replies: 7
Views: 1807

I remember a guest spot on the Lucy Show where Lucy stood in for the female dummy--I think her name was Tessie. Paul showed off by drinking a glass of water while the "dummy" talked, but she had to stop when he choked. Aboslutely hilarious.
by jbuck919
Sun Jun 26, 2005 1:19 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Culture Wars heating up in my own back yard
Replies: 113
Views: 15082

I was really thrilled when I heard you were teaching there. I think it speaks well of your skills and your adventuresomeness. The "adventuresomeness" was not a matter of choice. I couldn't find a teaching job to save my life in New York. When DoDDS called last August, I was desperate. Now I'm thumb...
by jbuck919
Sun Jun 26, 2005 6:01 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Culture Wars heating up in my own back yard
Replies: 113
Views: 15082

the law students I've had who went to DoDDS schools tend to be very prepared and disciplined. John would know better than I, but I thought their quality uniformly high. It flatters me to think that I am a part of a school system so highly thought of by Ralph and Corlyss. Certainly I teach a great b...
by jbuck919
Sun Jun 26, 2005 5:32 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Why Is It...
Replies: 43
Views: 8506

Re: Why Is It...

I am renting a car with XM radio this summer, and I guarantee you there will not be any symphonic works from between 1950 and 2000 on any channel. The reason? It has never been accepted as anything but a derivative repertory. You aren't going to listen to the classical channels? :shock: I regularly...
by jbuck919
Sun Jun 26, 2005 5:10 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Culture Wars heating up in my own back yard
Replies: 113
Views: 15082

the law students I've had who went to DoDDS schools tend to be very prepared and disciplined. John would know better than I, but I thought their quality uniformly high. It flatters me to think that I am a part of a school system so highly thought of by Ralph and Corlyss. Certainly I teach a great b...
by jbuck919
Sun Jun 26, 2005 4:26 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Why Is It...
Replies: 43
Views: 8506

Re: Why Is It...

...that radio stations such as WUSF-FM of Tampa, FL, are so terrified of digging real deep into contemporary symphonic music (1950-21st century)? So a bunch of it is dull and annoying; what of it?--that's only to be expected. Much of modern rock and country is terrible, but that doesn't mean that t...
by jbuck919
Sun Jun 26, 2005 4:09 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Pause for Reflection: Wisdom from Socrates
Replies: 32
Views: 4587

I think Aristotle can certainly be credited with putting Natural Sciences back on track, but David was making a mistake when he first credited Socrates for being so important for science, because he would in some way have inspired Aristotle. Natural science was neither off track before Aristotle no...
by jbuck919
Sun Jun 26, 2005 3:20 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Sorry, I'll be in Dresden
Replies: 1
Views: 737

Sorry, I'll be in Dresden

I've been saving Dresden for the restoration of the Marienkirche to be unveiled in 2006. It seems slightly more important than following the stupefyingly boring European favorite game while pursuing the superannuated career of three old farts. 'Three Tenors' could sing again for 2006 World Cup By R...
by jbuck919
Sat Jun 25, 2005 11:14 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Pause for Reflection: Wisdom from Socrates
Replies: 32
Views: 4587

Neither. Aristotle practically invented science as we know it. Yes, he got things wrong. Others, building on his principles, learned more, discovered his errors, overthrew, corrected or modified his theories. Attacking him for that and denying him his due is like attacking Newton because he wasn't ...
by jbuck919
Sat Jun 25, 2005 10:36 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Pause for Reflection: Wisdom from Socrates
Replies: 32
Views: 4587

jbuck: Do you know anything concerning the motivations underlying Kepler's herculean labors and the significance he attributed to his discoveries subsequently? I have never read a biography of Kepler. Who can know what motivates anyone to seek out truth? I do know that, to redeem the ancient Greeks...
by jbuck919
Sat Jun 25, 2005 9:13 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Pause for Reflection: Wisdom from Socrates
Replies: 32
Views: 4587

Here is Aristotle on the heavens: We have next to show that the movement of the heaven is regular and not irregular. This applies only to the first heaven and the first movement; for the lower spheres exhibit a composition of several movements into one. If the movement is uneven, clearly there will ...
by jbuck919
Sat Jun 25, 2005 2:34 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Pause for Reflection: Wisdom from Socrates
Replies: 32
Views: 4587

Gee. I could have sworn that the systematic observation of nature which is the foundation of science was developed by Aristotle, was lost to the West with the fall of Rome, was preserved by the Arabs, and was rediscovered by the West as Europeans reconquered Iberia from the Moors, which not only sp...
by jbuck919
Sat Jun 25, 2005 1:38 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Pause for Reflection: Wisdom from Socrates
Replies: 32
Views: 4587

I realize that that was entirely a joke, and a pretty good one, but a case could be made for the Socrates-Plato combination being the most dangerous of all time. It laid the groundwork for two millenia plus of people thinking that the person with the cleverest or most opportune argument was right w...
by jbuck919
Sat Jun 25, 2005 12:47 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Tough Federal Legislation Needed NOW!
Replies: 7
Views: 1471

Surely, Ralph, you are not proposing that Congress clamp down on usury. We need Delaware to get from New Jersey to Maryland. ***** Well, usury by definition in the U.S. is a crime. This is an issue of unscrupulous but largely legal victimization of soldiers, especially very young ones and older non...
by jbuck919
Sat Jun 25, 2005 12:20 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Best Bach Recordings
Replies: 17
Views: 10288

Harnoncourt's versions, favored by 3 of 4 respondents to date, were with a period-instruments band, no? Yes. Harnoncourt, along with Gustav Leonhardt, was the pioneer of that stuff. It has come a long way since then, but they didn't get everything wrong by any means. Of course, in the St. John Pass...
by jbuck919
Sat Jun 25, 2005 11:41 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Best Bach Recordings
Replies: 17
Views: 10288

I am rather suprised. So far we have had favorites by mainly modern orchestras and even one recording in English! Anyone else? I would not call Peter Schenkman's recommendations "modern," and the Harnoncourt recordings are now 35 years old. I don't think you want to go back as far as Klemperer and ...
by jbuck919
Sat Jun 25, 2005 11:15 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Pause for Reflection: Wisdom from Socrates
Replies: 32
Views: 4587

I realize that that was entirely a joke, and a pretty good one, but a case could be made for the Socrates-Plato combination being the most dangerous of all time. It laid the groundwork for two millenia plus of people thinking that the person with the cleverest or most opportune argument was right w...
by jbuck919
Sat Jun 25, 2005 11:04 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Culture Wars heating up in my own back yard
Replies: 113
Views: 15082

and DoDDS uses tests but doesn't apply thumbscrews down to the level of the individual teacher. ( Someone somewhere got the idea that military children are not going to have average SAT scores above the national mean. ) That's remarkable! Was it just me, or the 50s, or dreamy memories of my youth? ...
by jbuck919
Sat Jun 25, 2005 10:11 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Pause for Reflection: Wisdom from Socrates
Replies: 32
Views: 4587

I realize that that was entirely a joke, and a pretty good one, but a case could be made for the Socrates-Plato combination being the most dangerous of all time. It laid the groundwork for two millenia plus of people thinking that the person with the cleverest or most opportune argument was right wi...
by jbuck919
Sat Jun 25, 2005 9:42 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Best Bach Recordings
Replies: 17
Views: 10288

Re: Matthäuspassion, Johannispassion

Given those two requirements, there can be no other choice (for me, at any rate) than the great Kurt Equiluz. In his recordings of these two works with Harnoncourt and the Concentus Musicus, Equiluz sings with furvor, precision, and the utmost ease in the extreme upper range of the part. He can rai...
by jbuck919
Sat Jun 25, 2005 9:16 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Tough Federal Legislation Needed NOW!
Replies: 7
Views: 1471

Surely, Ralph, you are not proposing that Congress clamp down on usury. We need Delaware to get from New Jersey to Maryland.
by jbuck919
Sat Jun 25, 2005 9:13 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Tough Federal Legislation Needed NOW!
Replies: 7
Views: 1471

Re: Tough Federal Legislation Needed NOW!

Congress' investigative arm, the Government Accountability Office,


Corlyss is going to love that.
by jbuck919
Sat Jun 25, 2005 8:20 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: I'm New!
Replies: 9
Views: 2141

My gosh, four choirs! I didn't find my voice until I was, like, 30. I'm glad to have you here and hope you refresh us with your thoughts on music and anything else.
by jbuck919
Sat Jun 25, 2005 8:17 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Philly Makes H.S. Black History Course Mandatory
Replies: 23
Views: 3340

I have to agree with Ralph. I would be particularly upset if there's anything in the curriculum that falsifies history in the name of "Black pride" (the ancient Egyptians were Black Africans and the font of all ancient culture, etc.). It is hard to see how a whole year of this at the high school lev...
by jbuck919
Sat Jun 25, 2005 4:05 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Culture Wars heating up in my own back yard
Replies: 113
Views: 15082

It's a curious thing about so many of the teachers I've encountered since my son started school. They are largely very dedicated and very sensitive to students' problems and lives but in the main they can't decorate their classrooms with their own signs and posters without glaring spelling and gram...
by jbuck919
Sat Jun 25, 2005 4:03 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: And Corlyss gave the finger to Arizona and Florida
Replies: 22
Views: 3400

Ralph wrote:Nice photo of the flagship of the Utah Militia.
Its sister ship was ideal for the Euphrates.
by jbuck919
Sat Jun 25, 2005 2:28 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Copyright prevented them from printing the whole thing
Replies: 1
Views: 679

Copyright prevented them from printing the whole thing

Lost Sappho love poem published after 2,600 years By Tim Castle LONDON (Reuters) - A love poem written 2,600 years ago by Sappho, the greatest female poet of ancient Greece, was published on Friday for the first time since it was rediscovered last year. Sappho's verses expressing love for her female...
by jbuck919
Sat Jun 25, 2005 1:29 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: The Senate is in Play!!!
Replies: 2
Views: 788

Re: The Senate is in Play!!!

The thinking is that if a vacancy should occur next year in the months just before the mid-term elections, Democrats will be under greater pressure from liberal groups such as MoveOn.org to filibuster any Bush nominee. Your post presented a very complex scenario, and I am not attempting to do it ju...
by jbuck919
Sat Jun 25, 2005 1:19 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Culture Wars heating up in my own back yard
Replies: 113
Views: 15082

The reason why such subjects are sparsely and inadequately taught is the pressure of principals and teachers to get the highest possible state score results for their kids. That is not the only reason, but it is certainly a reason. Fortunately, I've never been under that kind of pressure. The Catho...
by jbuck919
Sat Jun 25, 2005 12:25 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: House Rejects PBS Funding Cuts
Replies: 11
Views: 1789

Ralph wrote:Well many of us is happy. We learns much from PBS and we is better citizens as a result.
Hssst: She doesn't seem to notice that you've been mocking her lately with facetious bad grammar.
by jbuck919
Fri Jun 24, 2005 11:33 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: How Bad Can He Be-He Loves Doritos
Replies: 16
Views: 2587

Ralph wrote:I wonder why they don't switch him to Cheetos to disorient him.
There's no need to torture him--it's not like he knows where Osama bin Laden is hiding.
by jbuck919
Fri Jun 24, 2005 3:41 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Culture Wars heating up in my own back yard
Replies: 113
Views: 15082

Did I say anything remotely resembling that? And please, please, lose this one rather than go back and try to reshape any previous posts to imply that I did. How come this is the only thing you guys ever discuss about educational standards and policy? I mean besides it's so much fun to spar over th...
by jbuck919
Fri Jun 24, 2005 3:21 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Culture Wars heating up in my own back yard
Replies: 113
Views: 15082

Well, okay, guys, if its your position that more serious educational malfeasance can slide because teaching EvoDevo is the most important issue facing schools today. Did I say anything remotely resembling that? And please, please, lose this one rather than go back and try to reshape any previous po...
by jbuck919
Fri Jun 24, 2005 3:11 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: And Corlyss gave the finger to Arizona and Florida
Replies: 22
Views: 3400

BWV 1080 wrote:Actually Houston St. is mispelled, as it is named after:

HOUSTOUN, William, (1755 - 1813)
Which does not change the fact that this is the correct pronunciation. :)
by jbuck919
Fri Jun 24, 2005 3:01 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: And Corlyss gave the finger to Arizona and Florida
Replies: 22
Views: 3400

Corlyss, Are you familiar with the Messian work Les Canyons aux Etoiles inspired in part by your fair state? Then there is the famous street in Baltimore, which has the correct spelling (Eutaw). As opposed to the correctly spelled but mispronounced Rodeo dr. and Houston St. ? I don't care about Rod...