Friday, July 1, 2016

Poe's Law

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 
Poe's law is an Internet adage which states that, without a clear indicator of the author's intent, parodies of extreme views will be mistaken by some readers or viewers for sincere expressions of the parodied views.[1][2][3]

History[edit]

"Poe's law" was originally written by Nathan Poe in 2005, in a post on christianforums.com, an Internet forum about Christianity. The post was written in the context of a debate about creationism, where a previous poster had remarked to another user "Good thing you included the winky. Otherwise people might think you are serious."[4] Poe then replied, "Without a winking smiley or other blatant display of humor, it is uttrerly [sic] impossible to parody a Creationist in such a way that someone won't mistake for the genuine article."[1] The original statement of Poe's law referred specifically to creationism, but it has since been generalized to apply to any kind of fundamentalism or extremism.[3]  
  • Corollary I:  
  • Parodies of extreme views of belief systems will always be accepted as TRUTH™ by adherents to the belief system.
  • Corollary II
  • Any fundamentalist preaching of a belief system political or religious is indistinguishable from parody.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Choral CV




K-8 choir starting 4th grade.  First solo 4th boy sop.  Voice never broke just moved down through the parts.
Elite Church Choir 6-12.  Various parts.
Elite High School A Capella Choir.  One of two freshmen admitted. 
Highlight: Memorial Day concert ending with Faure Requiem.  Due to intense programming no applause was requested.  At the end the audience filed out in complete science. 
Stanford All University Chorus 4 years undergrad, 2 years Grad.  Good chorus nothing special
Five years not singing due to heavy travel for work but something definitely missing. 
New York Choral Society.  Top non-professional choir in NYC.  Frequent performances with visiting orchestras, Beethoven 9th,  Mahler 2nd , Handel Messiah repertoire pieces.  Chorus 1971 to 1979.  On working board 1972 to 1979. Normal venue Carnegie Hall.  We performed almost all of the Choral Standards including the big 5 Requiems and the usual Masses.
Highlights.
·         Beethoven Missa Solemnis under Roger Wagner, Bob DeCormier, and Robert Shaw.
·         Kodali Kallo Dances and Martinu Military Mass under DeCormier
·         Chorus for the Peter, Paul and Mary Chanukah-Holiday concert which was later televised as a PBS Special.  Look for the guy with the fake snow piling up on his tux.
·         Bernstein Chichester Psalms under Maestro Bernstein.

San Francisco Choral Society.  A top tier non-professional symphonic Chorus in San Francisco Bay area. Bass 1998-2005. Tenor 2006-present.  Performs standard choral repertory with emphasis on newer music.   With an annual warhorse in Davies Symphony Hall

Highlights
·         David Lang Battle Hymns: W/C Premier with active chorus, dance and children’s choir.
·         Stacy Garrop Terra Nostra: World Premier of her Modern Oratorio.
Started voice lessons for tenor soloist training 2013 with Brian Thorsett, then with Greg Wait. For the past year I have been working with Lee Strawn. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Suggested Life Celebration for J'Carlin


N.B. This post is referenced as part of my Advanced Directive which has not been needed yet (7/2/16.)  It was a hurry-up job under the gun of some grim medical procedures.  Any confusion as to time frame of the celebration is regretted.  For the moment at some time in the future:
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As people gather play the Second movement of Bruch's third violin concerto (Arcado by preference) to include sister Janet as part of the celebration.  Encourage the who, what composer, etc speculation. No spoilers from those in the know.  After the third movement resolves the second, someone should tell the story of Janet and I having to leave home frustrated and Janet calling her friend at the radio station for the ID of the out of print vinyl.  J'Carlin kept a long vigil till the CD set we just listened to was reissued ADD.

No podium speeches, but encourage everyone to tell a neighbor a story about J'Carlin that was important for them.  

After a bit of chatter a music break including the Intuit and Kyrie from the Faure Requiem, the Bogoroditse from Rachmaninoff Vespers, and "Don't Stand by my Grave and Weep" from Rob Paterson's Eternal Reflections  If a choir I have been a member of would like to organize a celebratory group for the Faure and Rachmaninoff I would request that the usual gig fee be paid to the director and accompanist.  If Kevin and Alex would sing Amazing Grace for their usual gig fee it would be nice.   A reading from "Thinking on the blue roads" would be nice.  http://jcarlinbl.blogspot.com/  Kevin might read his post #4 from http://www.beliefnet.com/boards/message_list.asp?pageID=1&discussionID=252718&messages_per_page=16  he speaks for both of us.  Order and breaks ad lib.

When the food and drinks start someone should start a musical wine glass chorus in Celebration of Dorothy's 80th.  That should get enough stories started to make everyone enjoy the party.

I would like to continue Janet's tradition of distributing cremains to people who will take them to meaningful places.  Including the Mist trail at Yosemite. If possible including them in a small bonfire in the Desolation Wilderness and the John Muir Trail.  Scattering them "Leave no trace" with the fire ashes.  Also some blown into the Mississippi from a bridge in Minneapolis to join Mom, Dad Janet, and anyone else who might care to join us.  


Note: Blog is CC3 If anyone wants to use this as a template for a Life Celebration modify at will.  

Sunday, May 15, 2016

How to Spend Your Stimulus Payment

From an unknown email meme.  Courtesy Paul Carrubba 
Economics in a nutshell.


Sometime this year, we taxpayers will again receive another 'Economic Stimulus' payment.

 
This is indeed a very exciting program, and I'll explain it by using a Q & A format:

 

Q. What is an 'Economic Stimulus' payment ?

 
A. It is money that the federal government will send to taxpayers.

 

Q.Where will the government get this money ?

 
A. From taxpayers.

 

Q. So the government is giving me back my own money ?

 
A. Only a smidgen of it.

 

Q. What is the purpose of this payment ?

 
A. The plan is for you to use the money to purchase a ; high-definition TV set, thus stimulating the economy.

 

Q. But isn't that stimulating the economy of China ?

 
A. Shut up.

 

Below is some helpful advice on how to best help the U.S. Economy by spending your stimulus check wisely:

 

* If you spend the stimulus money at Wal-Mart, the money will
  ; go to China or Sri Lanka .

 

* If you spend it on gasoline, your money will go to theArabs.

 

* If you purchase a computer, it will go to India , Taiwan or
  ; China ...

 

* If you purchase fruit and vegetables, it will go to Mexico , Honduras and Guatemala ...

 
* If you buy an efficient car, it will go to Japan or Korea .

 
* If you purchase useless stuff, it will go to Taiwan .

 
* If you pay your credit cards off, or buy stock, it will go  ; to management bonuses and they will hide it offshore.

 
Instead, keep the money in America by:

 
1) Spending it at yard sales, or

 
2) Going to ball games, or

 
3) Spending it on prostitutes, or

 
4) Beer or

 
5) Tattoos.

 
(These are the only American businesses still operating in the U.S. )

 
Conclusion:

 
Go to a ball game with a tattooed prostitute that you met at a yard  ; sale and drink beer all day !

 

No need to thank me, I'm just glad I could be of help.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Safer Restrooms and Locker rooms...


... are coed accessible. Properly designed any public multi-person restroom and locker room has latchable doors on the toilets and changing/shower stalls. Making the partitions full length would be a trivial modification. Even men don't like foot tapping under the usual partial partition. Partitioned urinals generally need no doors although a few would be nice for the drop drawers men and women that choose them for urination. All women know that men pee standing up and leering at mens' hip pockets is a generally unsatisfactory experience for all genders. Cutting a door between the men's side and the women's side would provide equal access to the toilets and showers and equalize the lines at intermissions and breaks. The men's side and the women's side would still be different in the vanity area, reflecting the usually different grooming needs, and the usual sloppiness of men whose mothers don't follow them around to clean up. 

In a mixed facility the good guys could at least in theory protect all from the bad guys however they were dressed. In general a bigger group is safer than a smaller one and a predator alarm could be built in on both sides as in slack times sexes would still normally segregate. Ladies rooms are social, mens rooms are not.

Social Support Groups


Human society is ultimately organized into tribes once local and generally related.  Disruptions such as war, famine, predatory tribes, and recently industrialization have dispersed tribes but religion and ethnicity have maintained tribes as a primary source of social support and traditional values.  A more recent disruption has been the availability of of higher education and the teaching of rational thinking to a broad range of people both economically and religiously.  The religions are trying to keep their teachings in their higher education institutions, but staying competitive means teaching STEM and philosphical reasoning which are inimicable to blind belief and ethnic solidarity.  Therefore tribes are stratifying more on educational attainments and less on traditional values.  These stratifications create new tribal groups for which the concept of Social Support Group or SSG is more general and descriptive as it may include traditional tribal values as well as educational stratification.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Gods and Dogs

I submit that you're mistaking a side effect of Duverger's law as being significantly more objective than it is. That's the tail wagging the god.
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Fox Circe
Fox Circe "Tail wagging the god."

That is perhaps the most appropriate typo I've typed.
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Jonathan Korman
Jonathan Korman I will be stealing that typo in conversations to come, count on it.
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Carlin Black
Carlin Black No real difference. Gods and dogs will do anything you want them to do if you praise them and give them treats.