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1  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / Re: TTF "Read Da Book": The Christian Bible on: Today at 06:22 PM
Two questions:
 
1 - Are you a Jew?
2 - If you aren't a Jew, then why do you claim to be a Christian?I don't see the two as being as different as you do.
Well, there is the argument that Christ ianity should instead be called Paul ianity.

Yeah, in previous arguments I've been accused of being a red letter Christian.

The ironic thing here is that dd, who is very conservative, is accusing me of not being Christian because I am defending the text of Matthew, while he is quick to ignore the text and believe a rather far fetched modern interpretation from a commentary, rather than the actual words. 
2  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / Re: TTF "Read Da Book": The Christian Bible on: Today at 01:11 PM
I don't see the two as being as different as you do. 

3  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / Re: Cold brew coffee - anybody do this? on: Today at 01:09 PM
How do you heat the coffee when you are ready to drink it?  Reheating tends to negatively impact the flavor.

I mix it half and half with water and nuke it in the microwave.

I don't find that reheating this way hurts anything.  YMMV. 
4  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / Re: TTF "Read Da Book": The Christian Bible on: Today at 08:19 AM
MyBad. He came FOR all. He didn't come to setup a new religion.

Re: Tim's post from Matthew 10:5,6 from Matthew Henry's Commentary:


Can you read Matthew 10: 5 - 15, and get anything like that out of it?  I can't.  The Bible very clearly says one thing, and the commentary just as clearly says it means something totally different - opposite, in fact. 

We all know I'm not a Bible literalist, but that kind of twisting the meaning seems offensively dishonest to me. 

I looked for some reference to Jesus targeting anyone but Jews with his ministry, and couldn't find it. 
5  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / Re: Cold brew coffee - anybody do this? on: Today at 07:25 AM
You don't actually need any equipment.

You mix coffee grounds and water (1:4 by volume or 1:8 by weight), let sit at room temperature 12 - 24 hours, and filter.  I used a sports water bottle, or a juice container. 

That's the slow part.  I use the Melitta pourover filters since I already had a filter cone. 

I tried doing it in a French press so I could squeeze a bit more out of the grounds, but now I think that wasn't worth the effort. 

It keeps two weeks in the fridge, supposedly, but I finish it sooner.
6  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / Re: TTF "Read Da Book": The Christian Bible on: Today at 07:22 AM
Clarification:

Jesus didn't come to establish a religion. He came for all!

Nope.

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Matthew 10:5,6:  These twelve Jesus sent out, instructing them, "Go nowhere among the Gentiles and enter no town of the Samaritans, but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel."

Paul expanded that later, but Jesus targeted Judaism. 
7  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / Cold brew coffee - anybody do this? on: Today at 07:15 AM
Every morning I get up early to practice and stretch before work.  I've been programming the coffee pot to start at 0530.  I drink one cup while playing, but I make two more for my wife and daughter.

Up until now I've been using a standard cheap drip coffee maker.  I have a bean grinder, a French press, a Melitta pour over, but I put butter and coconut oil in mine to jump start the day, and my family uses a lot of flavored creamer.  It just didn't seem worth the effort to make gourmet coffee then smother it with other stuff.  The drip maker is adequate.

Then I tried cold brew.  There's some effort involved but I make it on the weekend and keep the concentrate in the refrigerator.  The taste is significantly better, either black or with whatever you add.  It's really worth trying, especially if you're into good coffee.  There's no bitterness. 
8  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / Re: TTF "Read Da Book": The Christian Bible on: Today at 06:00 AM

Can we think of Jesus as a traditionalist when he launched a new religious offshoot?

Careful, here.

Jesus very clearly was trying to teach people how to be better Jews, rather than founding something new.  (assuming the gospel accounts are somewhere near accurate, anyway)  So in that sense he was traditionalist, I guess. 

He was also opposed to greed, which is the fundamental principle of capitalism. 
9  Creation and Performance / Performance / Re: Dry Mouth Affecting Change of Registers and Articulation on: May 22, 2017, 09:01AM
Is it just dry mouth, or also dry lips?

Do you play with wet lips or dry lips?

10  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / Re: TTF "Read Da Book": The Christian Bible on: May 19, 2017, 06:39AM
"El" is also used in the bible as a specific name for the Abrahamic god. For example, in the name "Isra-el".

Didn't some worship Ba-el?  And there's an angel/demon, Azara-el?
11  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / Re: Religion Matters: Take 3 on: May 18, 2017, 07:27AM
Heh ... you thought some might find it interesting, eh?

well, after all, it IS:

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America's most
 influential
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 religion and
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12  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / Re: Religion Matters: Take 3 on: May 18, 2017, 05:12AM


The most interesting thing about it to my mind is to see what a solid concept "New Atheism" is treated as by this writer. To him, it's a big and easily-defined boogey-man. In my perception it's always been largely an external construct - out of the gradually burgeoning social step away from Christianity in the West, a small number of people powerfully articulated their takes on the basic overreachings of this particular religion's faith-based world-view.

I have yet to read the article but will as soon as I have time.  If I am understanding your characterization, I think I agree with you.

There are a few articulate anti-theist atheists.  But the vast majority don't give theism another thought and get on with their lives.  They don't believe in a Deity, but their unbelief is not central to their identity.

This makes them very little different from many religious people, who DO believe, but know no theology and their belief is not central to their identity.  I suspect the percentages may be similar for both groups.

The strong believers really have a meme that atheism is driven by a deep desire to attack the Deity, but I don't see that operating in atheists I know. 
13  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / Re: TTF "Read Da Book": The Christian Bible on: May 18, 2017, 04:49AM
Retribution can be completely fair and deserved.  An eye for an eye is fair isn't it?  I would argue that our centralised social justice is based on the Mosaic Law.  Obviously modified.



I would suggest that our ideas of social justice date trace to the same attitudes in Job, or maybe even to Abrahamic covenant:  the poor and needy are that way because they deserve it, through disobedience or bad genes, depending on your time period.

Our ideas about criminal justice trace to Bentham's ideas of utility calculation from the 1830s, and have been proven wrong, but are still in favor. 
14  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / Book I just read on: May 16, 2017, 12:14PM
https://www.amazon.com/Death-Life-Great-Lakes/dp/0393246434

We played in a library in a nearby town this weekend.  (yeah, 18 trombones in a formerly nice quite library!) and I grabbed a book while I was there.

This book talks about massive ecological changes in the Great Lakes, complete replacement of the fish population with other types, twice, and a few other changes.

I grew up in Wisconsin and had been to those lakes many times.  The interesting thing to me was that all this happened within my lifetime.  The St Lawrence Seaway was constructed when I was 4, the Clean Water Act happened when I was 19.  I was there for the alewife invasion (didn't know it was because the lamprey wiped out the lake trout) and fished for salmon (didn't know they were imported from California to eat the alewives) and now they're gone too, wiped out by zebra mussels that ate all the phytoplankton. 
15  Creation and Performance / The Healthy Trombonist / Health care workers who don't look it on: May 16, 2017, 11:26AM
I ended up in an urgent care center this week.  My wife fell and was injured on her job, so we went where they sent us.

I don't think I've been in one before.  Either I have a minor problem and schedule a visit with my doctor, or something major requires an emergency room visit.

The care was not that great - quick diagnosis with almost no exam, prescription for light duty with no time off (she couldn't even stand without assistance.)  Nor was it quick, we were there several hours.  I can see why, though; medical care beyond first aid moves an injury into the "OSHA Recordable" class and goes against a corporation's TIR, as does a lost time injury.  She didn't go into work today despite the doctor's order for light duty, so she'll get a "point" for absence, and enough of them cause you to be fired. 

One of the things I noticed about the center, which was slow despite not seeming to be busy, was the lack of fitness of the employees.  I don't like to criticize somebody's weight, but of the maybe 10 staff we saw, 9 were morbidly obese. 

I've worked in health care myself, years ago in a state hospital, and I wouldn't say many of us looked like fitness trainers, but neither were we that heavy as a group.

Is this a new trend?  Or an old one I've just been oblivious to? 
16  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: Volume vs phrasing on: May 16, 2017, 07:45AM
As a result, I often mark breaths... ( ' ) for a really quick breath, ' for a normal breath, '' for a big breath and ''' for the biggest breath I can possibly take.

S.
Stealing this idea, thanks.

17  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: Volume vs phrasing on: May 16, 2017, 05:10AM
How about simply chaining two slides together with a piece of Tygon and some tape "bracing"?

The double slide will put it just a bit below F (maybe Eb?).  And you get 8 or 9 positions on the double slide.

Hmm.  I have a pBone and two slides.  Might be worth a try. 
18  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: Volume vs phrasing on: May 15, 2017, 12:21PM
I agree with your ideas on equipment choice for specific circumstances. I am in a church group where the church is small and lively. On some pieces, the conductor is constantly telling us to play softer, no matter how softly we play. So I am switching to smaller equipment.


I have a new wacko theory.

You know how altos are good for high parts?  Most people say they have the same range on alto or tenor, but alto makes it much easier to play high sustained parts without wearing out.

Based on some experience with my plastic alto last week, that might be totally wrong. 

I noticed I was playing high parts softer.  And with little effort.  Well, doh.  But my theory is the horn makes no difference; the sole advantage is playing softer.

Now if they just make a plastic bass, I can test my theory even further.  Double slide in F please.   
19  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: Fast Mute Change (Rocky Point Holiday) on: May 15, 2017, 12:09PM
I don't know if this will help with speed, but a list member recently showed me this trick for security.

You grab the mute in the right hand.  (It can be behind your right knee.) 

You flip the horn sideways so the bell flare is braced against the inside of your left leg.  Push the mute in, against the resistance of your leg. 

This even works on a friction fit slide. 
20  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / Re: TTF "Read Da Book": The Christian Bible on: May 15, 2017, 08:47AM
The picture I have in my mind is of Jesus as a young man, gathered with a group of his fellow iconoclasts, working up their dissatisfaction with the system, and articulating ways to challenge it. They sit in a cave, drinking and talking, and then...
"Hey! I have got the most powerful idea! Isaiah and others leave all of this returning saviour stuff open-ended. One of us should be this person!"

You might be on the right track, but missing a key element.

They weren't just unhappy with the system; they lived as a destroyed nation.  Of course the past included conquest by Assyrians and Babylonians, but now they were utterly conquered, again, and ruled by the Romans, with only a puppet Jewish King allowed.  This is clear evidence they had violated the covenant/contract, so Yahweh didn't protect them. 
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