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1  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Queensland State Election on: Yesterday at 07:10 PM
Voting is compulsory and uses a preferential system whereby you have to number all the candidates in your electorate with your choice.

We have five candidates and it is very interesting the way the major parties have requested you number these choices so that your preferences do not influence the result they want.

What is the scheme? Do you put your choice #1 and then follow some arranged order for the rest?

2  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Our unbalanced POTUS on: Yesterday at 09:17 AM
Home for the Holidays!

3  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / Re: Yamaha reinvents the sax on: Nov 23, 2017, 04:28PM
That's impressive. They've managed to combine the annoying sound of a kazoo with the complexity and expense of a woodwind instrument. Good!

The folded wind path is interesting, but really... if you wanted something you can carry around in your purse, you can get a recorder at the dollar store that wouldn't sound worse.
4  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Mouthpieces / Re: Alternative to Schilke 60 on: Nov 23, 2017, 04:21PM
This may or may not be relevant to your Schilke 60 problem but I found the current version of the 60 to be unsatisfying. 

It was a flabbier, less focused sound than my 1979 purchase. I presume the different shank was the reason.

5  Creation and Performance / The Healthy Trombonist / Study: earplugs for everyone on: Nov 23, 2017, 09:44AM
And not just the violas in front of the trombones, either

New research: All orchestra players should wear ear plugs

Calculated results indicate that risers, available space, and screens at typical positions do not significantly influence sound exposure. A hypothetical scenario with surround screens shows that, even when shielding all direct sound from others, sound exposure is reduced moderately with the largest effect on players in loud sections. In contrast, a dramatic change in room acoustic conditions only leads to considerable reductions for soft players. It can be concluded that significant reductions are only reached with extreme measures that are unrealistic. It seems impossible for the studied physical measures to be effective enough to replace hearing protection devices such as ear plugs.

My crit would be the framing of the discussion as if it were primarily a professional symphony musician problem, whereas it's a problem that starts as early as 5th grade beginner bands where some students' ears are placed just inches in front of trumpet and trombone bells.
6  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Nothing burger becomes a something burger on: Nov 18, 2017, 08:40AM
It increasingly looks like Russian hackers may have affected actual vote totals.

...Apparently, the Obama administration first caught wind of the attack when the Illinois system was seriously compromised.

    Illinois became Patient Zero in the government's probe, eventually leading investigators to a hacking pandemic that touched four out of every five U.S. states. Using evidence from the Illinois computer banks, federal agents were able to develop digital "signatures" -- among them, Internet Protocol addresses used by the attackers -- to spot the hackers at work. The signatures were then sent through Homeland Security alerts and other means to every state. Thirty-seven states reported finding traces of the hackers in various systems, according to one of the people familiar with the probe. In two others -- Florida and California -- those traces were found in systems run by a private contractor managing critical election systems.

The Obama people went to condition red; the Department of Homeland Security tried to declare state election systems to be part of our critical national infrastructure, which they clearly are. The Republicans in Congress shot that down. Curiouser and curiouser, some states declined to cooperate fully with DHS...
7  Town Hall / Notices from TTF Members / Re: Urbie Green GoFund on: Nov 18, 2017, 07:56AM
It's alarming that conservative media turned the "old enough to know better" set into the "too old to know better" crowd.

It's alarming that people who should be old enough to know better are falling for and rewteeting the "both sides do it" stuff on retirement programs.

Social Security, Medicare... not perfect and they do cost money but those are Democrat-passed and defended programs that fill in a gaping hole in the finances of retirees. There was not a golden age of carefree retirement before those programs.

If those programs aren't adequate now it's not because Democrats have spent 50+ years trying to weaken them and creating problems to force them to failure.

I'm also pretty sure that military combat injuries and the VA are not Urbie Green's difficulty right now.
8  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / Re: Military/NATO Alphabet on: Nov 17, 2017, 01:17PM
"Foxtrot" is quaint.

I'm surprised they havn't replaced the three syllable words with shorter ones.

"Whiskey" will get a parent complaint.  Bad dog.  No Biscuits.

You think I'm kidding.
9  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Accessories / Re: Tuner accuracy on: Nov 17, 2017, 10:45AM
Of the three tuners I have there's about a +-1Hz window at 440 from highest to lowest.

It's not random error. The low one is always the low one and the high is always the high.
10  Practice Break / Religion / Re: TTF "Read Da Book": The Christian Bible on: Nov 17, 2017, 09:27AM
Are there other adoptions in that lineage?

I don't recall adoption being a big conveyor of birthrights in the OT.
11  Practice Break / Religion / Re: TTF "Read Da Book": The Christian Bible on: Nov 17, 2017, 08:34AM
But since he's not actually the son of Joseph... what's the merit of the lineage?
12  Practice Break / Religion / Re: TTF "Read Da Book": The Christian Bible on: Nov 16, 2017, 06:03PM

...Luke's stated purpose was in vv3,4 "it seemed good to me also, having followed all things closely for some time past, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, that you may have certainty concerning the things you have been taught."  This doesn't exclude him writing selectively.

Given that statement of purpose, I can imagine leaving out false or trivial and common/repetitive incidents but not something so gob-smackingly supernatural a portent of divine intervention on Earth as a star that is so low to the Earth that it can park itself to identify a single house.

He has a choir of angels messaging the shepherds.  That is deemed significant... but not the star.

13  Practice Break / Religion / Re: TTF "Read Da Book": The Christian Bible on: Nov 16, 2017, 02:45PM
I would think that if Luke knew but still excluded the Matthew/magi/star story that's a sign he didn't believe it. His stated purpose is to be accurate and complete.

Another inconsistency is that Luke has the family returning to a home in Nazareth after the census, while Matthew presents Nazareth as a new place they go to because they can't return somewhere in Judea due to the new ruler.

The other stink I often read about is did Joseph really have to go to Bethlehem to register instead of where he lived and worked in Nazareth?

The explanation I read is that he would have had to go if he had important family properties there. So maybe Jesus was able to become a wandering preacher because he was rich with inherited wealth?
14  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Republican duplicity re: sexual assaults on: Nov 16, 2017, 01:21PM
If this is the only one he'll survive this but, on the other hand, it's unlikely you start doing that for the first time at 56.
15  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Republican duplicity re: sexual assaults on: Nov 16, 2017, 12:14PM
Photographic proof...

16  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Uranium One scandal debunked on: Nov 16, 2017, 09:29AM
The most telling detail is... the Russians never get any uranium.
17  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Same-sex Marriage on: Nov 16, 2017, 09:28AM
Maybe it's like this... sex with the same sex wasn't considered sex, it was an abomination!

Since sex officially existed only for procreation, same-sex didn't qualify. It would be lumped with other criminal deviancy, like masturbating.

Still bad, still grounds for divorce, but not within the understanding of what sex was.

18  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Same-sex Marriage on: Nov 16, 2017, 07:34AM
The bigger question is... why didn't same-sex cheating count as "adultery" before the marriage law was changed?
19  Practice Break / Religion / Re: TTF "Read Da Book": The Christian Bible on: Nov 15, 2017, 03:20PM
How long does scholarly opinion say it took to fill out the census forms in Bethlehem?

How do we reconcile one account that says they quickly returned to Nazareth and the other that implies they stayed in Bethlehem long enough for the magi arrive, long enough such that they had to escape from Bethlehem because Herod got alarmed about what the magi told him?
20  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Republican duplicity re: sexual assaults on: Nov 15, 2017, 01:48PM
We can't allow public discussion of the morality of someone who is running for public office on a morality platform. Not fair!
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