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61  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / Re: Religion - good or bad? on: Feb 12, 2014, 09:47PM
Has NOW become?

 Don't know
Good point.
62  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / Re: Religion - good or bad? on: Feb 12, 2014, 04:26PM
This topic "religion: Good or Bad". Has now become "BVB's: Christians are, for the most part, stupid, foolish, whiney, insecure, unintellectual, superstitious ******.  And I can prove it!"   
Do you even know what a trombone looks like?
63  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / Re: Religion - good or bad? on: Feb 08, 2014, 08:04PM
Why would I bother? I have no interest in such a thing, and if I did, you do a fine job without any help. Most believers, like Matt, however, not so much from what I can tell.
 Only you can stop it, and only in your own case. You should stop trying to pull all believers into the same boat you're in though--they don't all belong just because you do, and even if you could amass a lot of others who do, you'd still fit there. Just because you have a lot of company doesn't mean it's good.
Do you see me proselytizing here? No.  Are you proselytizing?  Yes.  You have posted more on this subject than anyone else.  Why do you think hardly anyone posts here?   It's old.  It's futile.  It's argumentative.  It's the same argument over and over.  Did I mention that it's old?
64  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / Re: Religion - good or bad? on: Feb 08, 2014, 06:13PM

The question was "are you just unconcerned with whether or not an 'answer' actually describes or expresses reality?"
Few questions matter more when the topic is one of epistemology and what one believes is real and true and what's not. If you've been following the context of the discussion (creation and evolution), obviously this is quite a pertinent issue. It's an individual question, but if one is unconcerned with whether or not an "answer" actually describes or expresses reality then what that person believes is about personal preferences rather than about what's real and/or true, and that raises other pretty obvious questions and issues.
So yeah, the question matters a great deal in the context of this discussion.
It's not a discussion.  It's you trying to prove over and over and over again, that people of faith are just fools.  It's getting old.
65  Creation and Performance / The Healthy Trombonist / Re: Scar tissue on lower lip? on: Feb 06, 2014, 02:44PM
I'd see a plastic surgeon or better yet an oral and maxillofacial surgeon that is also an MD plastic surgeon.  They're out there.  And they know their stuff.
An internist is good for internal medicine.  (Heart, liver, lungs, etc.) Not lips.
66  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / Re: RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman on: Feb 05, 2014, 08:13PM
Wonder if he injected some air (luftembolie)?
it would have to be  a lot of air and he would probably have to inject directly into an artery.  Not very easy to find unless you know where to look and feel.
67  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / Re: RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman on: Feb 04, 2014, 08:22PM
The news reports say he was found with a syringe in his arm, of an apparent heroin overdose.

That's a double tragedy, because even with the addiction the death may have been preventable if understood.

A true heroin overdose doesn't strike instantly, leaving a syringe in the arm, despite numerous addicts being found that way.  Heroin depresses the CNS gradually over hours, and it takes an extreme amount.  Given the addict's tolerance level and the purity or lack thereof available, there may never have been an actual nonmedical heroin overdose.

People really do die of some kind of reaction to the drug, but it's not an overdose, and the last time I looked into it nobody knew the real cause, nor was there anybody researching it.  There could potentially be a simple method of preventing these deaths.   
It usually is an overdose due to respiratory depression.in the brain stem.  The person dies of cardiac arrest due to oxygen starvation.  People do die of Heroin overdose.  Why would you say they don't???
Add Fentanyl to the mix and you die quicker.
68  Creation and Performance / The Healthy Trombonist / Re: Blue Spot on Lip on: Nov 18, 2013, 07:25PM
Ronky is a well established dentist, so I trust if he says he sees something, he sees it!  Good!  Without seeing it it's nearly impossible to diagnose.  I'm hoping it's just a bruise, but I'm also better off knowing that if it isn't, I should get it checked out.

Actually... on that note... who would I see for something like this Ronky? Would I go to my doctor or my dentist?
Well, your dentist would most likely diagnosis as a blue nevus or a surface vessel.  If they were unsure they would send you to an oral surgeon for a biopsy.  You could go to your MD would do the same and send you to a dermatologist for a biopsy.  I've never sent what I diagnosed as a blue nevi for a biopsy because I was correct.  But that doesn't mean I will never see a malignancy. I just haven't seen that type of malignancy.  So start with a doc, MD or DDS.  Either one.
Good luck.  Like I said I've never seen a malignancy presenting as a blue spot, in 20 years.
69  Creation and Performance / The Healthy Trombonist / Re: Blue Spot on Lip on: Nov 18, 2013, 07:19PM
I have had blue-ish bruises on occasion after a lot of unusually strenuous playing over the years and there has never been any associated pain. You are correct: if it is a bruise you have ruptured some of the small blood vessels near the lip's vibrating surface. Though I know absolutely nothing about medicine (unlike Dr. MCoy, "I'm not a doctor, I'm a trombone player!" :D), I have never heard of the type of malignancy mentioned above occurring on someone's lip surface. The post seems a little alarmist to me.
i never said malignancy.  I said blue nevus.  They happen fairly often.  Malignancy presenting similarly is melanoma.  Better to be safe than sorry.
70  Creation and Performance / The Healthy Trombonist / Re: Blue Spot on Lip on: Nov 18, 2013, 06:24PM
Keep an eye on it.  It could also be a blue nevus which I see pretty often.  Usually not a problem but if it changes I'd have it looked at.
71  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / Re: Religion - good or bad? on: Nov 06, 2013, 07:22AM

Here's another example of a Christian expecting others to accommodate her superstitions.
Kind of like when atheist freak out over seeing a Christmas tree or hearing Christmas music in, God forbid, a public place!
72  Creation and Performance / The Healthy Trombonist / Re: How to deal with teeth being replaced on: Nov 01, 2013, 07:42PM
I am especially interested in hearing from dentists on the forum who are also trombonists, as well as players who have gone through a similar experience of playing after having teeth removed and replaced.

Background-I am 70 years old, a retired music teacher, and thus not making my living from playing. I double on bass and tenor trombone, and play in concert bands, a small jazz ensemble, and a community orchestra. I have had periodontal issues since I was in my 20's, and have been under the care of perios ever since.

I am at the point now where a decision has to be made. I have held onto my teeth all this time with the exception of a couple of rear molars which were pulled at different times. The most seriously affected teeth at this time are on the bottom front. The tooth in the middle has become quite loose,and I can feel it vibrate when I play in certain registers, which is creating a "wobble" in the sound, and is totally unacceptable to me.

The teeth surrounding the loose one have deep pockets, accompanied with bone loss,  and it will be just a matter of time before they will go as well, so thinking of replacing the loose one with an implant doesn't make much sense (by the way, the small tooth on the right bottom came out by itself several years ago, so there is a hole there, which does not help air flow, to say the least). The perio and the dentist have agreed that I can replace the loose middle tooth and the two on either side with a bridge.

So, if I have the 5 teeth replaced with a bridge, what can I look forward to after that with regards to playing? How huge a change will it be for me to start with, and what are the chances that I can return to the level of performance I have now (minus the wobble, obviously)?

I realize that it will not be easy, and I have also resigned myself to the fact that if it doesn't work out I will have to stop playing forever. At this point I have run out of options to keeping the teeth, and hope that, with some adjustment, I will be able to play again.

Any educated guesses out there will be happily  accepted.


I need more info to give you my opinion. You can PM me if you like.
BTW, 70 used to be old when I was 25. Now it's the new 50. :-)
You need to to get a definitive prognosis as to which teeth are keepers for the long hall.  Sounds like you have severe periodontal disease and the sooner they are gone, the better.  You don't want to be just putting fires out leaving others smoldering ready to give you problems in the future.  You enjoy playing so keep playing.  Implants are the best choice for most but are not for everyone.  And you don't need one implant for every tooth lost.  You can but it's not necessary.  I wouldn't.  Talk to a prosthodontist or a really experienced general dentist (actually get a few opinions).  Tell them your situation and your expectations and see if they can come up with a plan.  There are fixed(permanent) treatments, removable and hybrids of the two.   
Also removing periodontal lay involved teeth is better for your overall health. 
Good luck.
Feel free to ask any more questions.
73  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / Re: Home defense... Which should I buy (gun) on: Oct 23, 2013, 04:21AM
Instead of talking in circles in an attempt to trick stupid people into thinking you're smart (of which the above is a pretty damn good example), I'm asking you to factually rebut the following:

For the great majority of people, especially families, the best self-defense firearm is none.

Please respond with something other than your usual quasi-logical pabulum. The above quote could easily be placed in BvB's greatest hits, if there weren't so many others.
Hehe!   Good!
74  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: whats the best bass trumpet? on: Oct 22, 2013, 06:57PM
I've owned several.  Why you may ask??? I don't know.
I owned an Alexander in C made in the 60's that was fantastic.
A Getzen that was not so great.
A Bach that was not so great.
A Conn That was awesome.
A Lidl that was not so great
A miraphone that was OK
Would love to try a Thein and a newer Alex and a Laetzch
Must not sound like a  valve trombone. Having a 4th valve was helpful. And will probably need a pitch finder.
Most Ring transcriptions are in Eb or C.  I can't transpose so playing the C was the easiest and it sounded the trumpetiest! :)
Good luck.  They are fun.
75  Creation and Performance / The Healthy Trombonist / Re: vaping/ecigs on: Oct 18, 2013, 04:55AM
Just had a lecture on this.
They still contain nicotine; bad for your blood vessels
They have carcinogens and toxins different from cigarettes.  Less but still potentially toxic or carcinogenic.
Much of the "flavors" are aimed at young people; bubble gum, cotton candy, etc.
Not regulated by FDA.
76  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / Re: Religion - good or bad? on: Sep 23, 2013, 10:20AM
We have the Gregorian Chants that should be sung as part of every Mass.  Our best hymns were written before the printing press!
77  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Patriot Day on: Sep 19, 2013, 12:21PM
I know I'm late to this, but the day before these people were killed you would have called them 'lazy government workers', 'bureaucrats', etc... but now they are patriots in your eyes?
Not only are you late but you are also incorrect.  Maybe they were lazy, bureaucrats but they were still patriots. Nice try though. 
78  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Patriot Day on: Sep 18, 2013, 08:24PM
What about the hundreds of people who died that weren't American citizens or nationals  Don't know
We'll never now.  Maybe they were patriots in their own country though.
79  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Patriot Day on: Sep 18, 2013, 01:14PM

Clearly there's no point, man.
Best not to ensure more nonsense by attempting to engage.
and you are here because?????
80  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Patriot Day on: Sep 18, 2013, 05:18AM
Edward Snowden worked for the Government.  I he a Patriot (TM) too?

Folks who worked for Civil Rights back in the 1960s are now honored as Patriots, but the folks in the states where they were demonstrating didn't think so.  Those folks thought the Ku Klux Klan was patriotic.

I used to work for a company with Government military contracts, but now I don't.  Does that mean I used to be a Patriot (TM) and now I'm not?

Actually, now at the Lab I work we do subcontracting for companies that are Government contractors.  Am I now restored as a Patriot (TM)

Also, Ronk, buddy, you are a Naval Reserve member, but you aren't dead.  Does that mean you aren't really a Patriot (TM)? Evil
I did say that Hassan WAS a patriot and now he's not.  You missed that. So Snowden is not.  I don't think he ever was.
You may have been a patriot.  Now?  I don't know.  Im pretty sure you are. You tell me.
I'm not reserve. I'm active for the next 3 years.  I'm a patriot as are all who work at Bangor, Bremerton, the Navy ship yard, civilians and military.
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