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Offline georgecziffra

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«Reply #150 on: February 23, 2010, 05:17:15 PM »
Did you know that Josef Stalin's birth name was 'Josef Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili'? And that Hitler's birth name was Adolf Schicklgruber? So if they hadn't changed their names, instead of 'Hitler vs. Stalin' we'd be talking about 'Dzhugashvili vs. Schicklgruber'!

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«Reply #151 on: February 23, 2010, 11:03:15 PM »
Did you know that Schnabel means beak, bill, or jaw in German?
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«Reply #152 on: February 23, 2010, 11:06:27 PM »
- Did you know that since 1972, Baker House residents at MIT have dropped a piano off the roof of their MIT dorm!!!! Murderers!!!!!!

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=80b_1240618498

But... It's an upright.  ::) So it's ok.    (That may be all it was good for besides practice piano tuning.)

I'm not sure the extra 30 seconds was necessary on the clip.  Once it hits the ground, the shows over.
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«Reply #153 on: February 24, 2010, 02:56:06 PM »
Did you know that Schnabel means beak, bill, or jaw in German?
Yep.

As the man himself said: "Am Anfang war der Schnabel nur das Ende der Nabelschnur". (Pardon my German!)

If you like weird names, how about having the name Cabezon de vaca, or Malatesta!

Anyone got experience with Schnable the composer of quite interesting music (Thal: The Piano Concert?)

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«Reply #154 on: February 27, 2010, 12:20:25 AM »
- Did you know this little kid was pretty amazingly talented? I love how he plays the piano. The documentary is a little corny but what they where like back then huh! :)

From Wikipedia:
Frank "Sugar Chile" Robinson, born 1938, is a blues and boogie-woogie pianist, singer, and psychologist from Detroit, Michigan. At an early age Robinson showed unusual gifts singing the blues and accompanying himself on the piano. As a child prodigy, he appeared with Count Basie on television, performed with Lionel Hampton and played for President Harry S. Truman at the White House. He appeared in the 1946 Hollywood feature film No Leave, No Love with Van Johnson and Keenan Wynn and in the 1950 short film 'Sugar Chile' Robinson, Billie Holiday, Count Basie and His Sextet.

Robinson continued to tour Europe and America until the mid-1950s when he opted to pursue an academic career. He earned a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Michigan. Remaining in musical obscurity throughout the latter 20th century, he surfaced in the early 2000s, and has made a comeback with the help of the American Music Research Foundation.









Sugar Chile Robinson plays Motor City Blues & Boogie Woogie Festival 2007

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“I started out so young I really had no childhood...and I wanted to stop entertaining because I wanted a thorough education. I was raised in show business with a tutor. And the tutor taught school. So when he was in school teaching, all my friends were in school too...and when he came to the house they were out playing, and I was in school. I had to make a decision about whether to keep entertaining or to get an education. And that’s what I did. That’s the reason why you didn’t hear from Sugar Chile in a long time
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«Reply #155 on: March 03, 2010, 04:11:42 PM »
- Did you know a train can pass through a tornado (with great difficulty)? Have a look at this really amazing.

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=e18_1267075988
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«Reply #156 on: March 12, 2010, 05:50:36 AM »
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«Reply #157 on: March 14, 2010, 01:36:46 PM »
- Did you know that scientists have found a mysterious hexagon on the north pole of Saturn? They are unable to explain it. Some scientists believe it could be caused by energy from another dimension. They are at lost to explain how the gas makes such sharp turns.




http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/cassini/multimedia/cassini20091209.html
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«Reply #158 on: March 14, 2010, 02:59:52 PM »
- Did you know that scientists have found a mysterious hexagon on the north pole of Saturn? They are unable to explain it. Some scientists believe it could be caused by energy from another dimension. They are at lost to explain how the gas makes such sharp turns.




http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/cassini/multimedia/cassini20091209.html

This is mega cool  8)

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«Reply #159 on: March 14, 2010, 07:00:03 PM »
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«Reply #160 on: March 15, 2010, 06:55:04 AM »
- Did you know that scientists have found a mysterious hexagon on the north pole of Saturn? They are unable to explain it. Some scientists believe it could be caused by energy from another dimension. They are at lost to explain how the gas makes such sharp turns.




http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/cassini/multimedia/cassini20091209.html

This is mega cool  8)


Very! :)
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«Reply #161 on: March 15, 2010, 02:26:44 PM »
Here is a close up of it as well for your interest (of course that blackness is not there actually, its how the image has been pieced together)

As the planet approached its August 2009 equinox and signaled the start of northern spring, the hexagon was revealed to Cassini's cameras. This is the first time the whole hexagonal shape has been mapped out in visible light by Cassini, and these images show unprecedented details of Saturn's high northern latitudes. The hexagon was originally discovered in images taken by Voyager spacecraft in the early 1980s. Since 2006, the Cassini Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) instrument has been observing the hexagon at infrared wavelengths, but at lower spatial resolution than these visible light images.




The hexagon was hidden in darkness during the winter of Saturn's long year, a year that is equal to about 29 Earth years.

"This is a very strange feature, lying in a precise geometric fashion with six nearly equally straight sides," said Kevin Baines, atmospheric expert and member of Cassini's visual and infrared mapping spectrometer team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. "We've never seen anything like this on any other planet. Indeed, Saturn's thick atmosphere where circularly-shaped waves and convective cells dominate is perhaps the last place you'd expect to see such a six-sided geometric figure, yet there it is."

The hexagon is similar to Earth's polar vortex, which has winds blowing in a circular pattern around the polar region. On Saturn, the vortex has a hexagonal rather than circular shape. The hexagon is nearly 25,000 kilometers (15,000 miles) across. Nearly four Earths could fit inside it.

The straight sides of the northern polar hexagon are each about 13,800 kilometers long. The entire structure rotates with a period of 10h 39 m 24s, the same period as that of the planet's radio emissions, which is assumed to be equal to the period of rotation of Saturn's interior. The hexagonal feature does not shift in longitude like the other clouds in the visible atmosphere.


http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm?release=2007-034
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/12/091209151244.htm


I will be really interested to see the reason for the hexagon.
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«Reply #162 on: March 15, 2010, 02:52:59 PM »
- Did you know this is what Saturn sounds like?
 http://www.nasa.gov/wav/123163main_cas-skr1-112203.wav

Oddly enough I find listening to this quite soothing somewhat.


this is what its sound looks like:


Saturn is a source of intense radio emissions, which have been monitored by the Cassini spacecraft. The radio waves are closely related to the auroras near the poles of the planet. These auroras are similar to Earth's northern and southern lights. This is an audio file of radio emissions from Saturn.

The Cassini spacecraft began detecting these radio emissions in April 2002, when Cassini was 374 million kilometers (234 million miles) from the planet, using the Cassini radio and plasma wave science instrument. The radio and plasma wave instrument has now provided the first high resolution observations of these emissions, showing an amazing array of variations in frequency and time. The complex radio spectrum with rising and falling tones, is very similar to Earth's auroral radio emissions. These structures indicate that there are numerous small radio sources moving along magnetic field lines threading the auroral region.

Time on this recording has been compressed, so that 73 seconds corresponds to 27 minutes. Since the frequencies of these emissions are well above the audio frequency range, we have shifted them downward by a factor of 44.

The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The Cassini orbiter was designed, developed and assembled at JPL. The radio and plasma wave science team is based at the University of Iowa, Iowa City.

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/cassini/multimedia/pia07966.html

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«Reply #163 on: March 26, 2010, 09:36:31 AM »
- Did you know that recently this singer in the Philippines shocked the world with the ability to sound like a horse during the song? Have a look but be warned, its quite frightening!

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«Reply #164 on: April 05, 2010, 01:50:09 AM »
- Did you know that this older couple are awesome at piano? The power of youtube is incredible too!




Multiple parts to this one you may want to open it in youtube to follow it.

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«Reply #165 on: April 29, 2010, 01:13:15 AM »
- Did you know that Chopin etudes can be played with the feet? Holy moly! This must be a near impossible achievement his feet technique is just mind boggling.

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«Reply #166 on: April 29, 2010, 05:20:24 PM »
wow!! :) and I was thinking if it would be somehow possible to play with the feet too :)

And I'm now learning my first piece where I have to use pedal all the time and I'm having really A LOT of problems thinking about playing right with my hands and using the pedal right.... and it's just ONE pedal!  ::)

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«Reply #167 on: April 29, 2010, 07:53:48 PM »
Yes, in fact "Gesundheit" means "little death."

Actually "gesundheit" means "healthiness".   Though, when we were in German class, we were told the literal translation was "good health".  Wikipedia says "healthiness".


Did you know that Hitler is the reason we have the VW Beetle?  It was his suggested design for a family car. 
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«Reply #168 on: April 30, 2010, 03:07:08 AM »
I bet there's something with magnetic poles going on on Saturn.

I'll second gesundheit meaning health or healthiness.

Little death in German would be klein Tod, wouldn't it?

(Bob steps carefully to avoid stepping on the klein toads.)

La petite mort, little death, refers to something else. 

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«Reply #169 on: April 30, 2010, 03:56:02 AM »
Did you know that Debussy composed his works in colored pencils?

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«Reply #170 on: April 30, 2010, 03:38:41 PM »
Pastels?

Is that really true?  Do you have to back that up?  It would be interesting, esp if it was pastels.
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«Reply #171 on: April 30, 2010, 03:41:51 PM »
Pastels?

Is that really true?  Do you have to back that up?  It would be interesting, esp if it was pastels.


It's really true because my teacher went to a museum and saw some of his original works.

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«Reply #174 on: May 04, 2010, 03:13:30 AM »
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«Reply #177 on: May 05, 2010, 04:36:58 PM »
Amusing since it's Darwin.  :)
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«Reply #178 on: May 05, 2010, 07:53:15 PM »
I bet there's something with magnetic poles going on on Saturn.
No clue

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I'll second gesundheit meaning health or healthiness.
Yes :)

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Little death in German would be klein Tod, wouldn't it?
Kleiner Tod

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(Bob steps carefully to avoid stepping on the klein toads.)
Toad is "Kröte" in German. Nice that you like them :)

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La petite mort, little death, refers to something else.  

Yes, orgasm. In France.


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«Reply #179 on: May 06, 2010, 06:46:25 AM »
Actually "gesundheit" means "healthiness".   Though, when we were in German class, we were told the literal translation was "good health".  Wikipedia says "healthiness".

Yeah, that was corrected at the time I posted it.
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«Reply #180 on: May 07, 2010, 03:16:57 AM »
Amusing since it's Darwin.  :)

Exactly. Since it's like Darwin's theory of inbreeding. LOL.

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«Reply #181 on: May 07, 2010, 05:00:17 AM »
I bet there's something with magnetic poles going on on Saturn.
Scientists also checked the south pole of Saturn and there is not this strange shape there. It is interesting that it only happens in the north pole.
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«Reply #182 on: May 12, 2010, 11:37:08 PM »
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«Reply #183 on: May 13, 2010, 06:43:06 PM »
The future of music/jazz...

Not as amusing the second time around.

It won't let me post a direct link.
Wed, May 12th, 2010
http://www.colbertnation.com/home
You have to click on the Colbert Report, then go to...
"ThreatDown - Military Food Police, Jazz Robots & Pretty Girls"



I found it on Youtube.  Shimon the jazz marbima robot.






(Bob is leery of this "Shimon" and anything else that looks like it burst out of someone's chest in an 80s horror movie.)


"Dear Marbima Player, Dear former Marbima Player,

You're fired.  You've been replaced with a metal chair leg.  Sorry."

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«Reply #184 on: May 13, 2010, 06:59:23 PM »
The future of music/jazz...

Not as amusing the second time around.

It won't let me post a direct link.
Wed, May 12th, 2010
http://www.colbertnation.com/home
You have to click on the Colbert Report, then go to...
"ThreatDown - Military Food Police, Jazz Robots & Pretty Girls"

Ahahaaa that one with the pretty girl is hilarious  ;D

I don't believe that music playing robots are a real threat though.
That's more like a circus show thing.
Lol it really looks like "Alien"  ;D

I mean seriously, who wants to listen to this more than 5 minutes?


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«Reply #185 on: May 15, 2010, 11:59:41 PM »
I'm curious what the computer comes up with.  I was also curious about what Band in a Box did for improvising.  It's jazz software.  With an improvisation feature.  But I never got around to listening to it. 


I saw that marimba robot and wondered when it will be that there will actually be a robot group playing in a restaurant or fancy lobby somewhere.  A group with robot performers who are very human-like, so much so that if you didn't know they weren't human, you wouldn't notice anything was odd.
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«Reply #187 on: May 22, 2010, 02:51:27 PM »
http://www.economist.com/displaystory.cfm?story_id=16163006
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«Reply #188 on: May 23, 2010, 12:12:46 AM »
The last two posts made my day.
Interested in discussing:

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«Reply #189 on: May 23, 2010, 01:09:54 AM »
That artificial life is quite amazing, it will be interesting to see where it leads to!

- Did you know that there are these new type of tiles?

Living Surfaces™ Liquid Lava™




- Did you know that there is an organ that uses a cave to produce its sound?




- Did you know that this is a pretty good attempt at Bach?

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«Reply #190 on: May 24, 2010, 07:43:13 PM »
Take that Tom Hanks! Haha.
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«Reply #191 on: May 24, 2010, 11:42:48 PM »
I'd like to see the floor pianists try out something octave-heavy!  although I'm pretty sure I could only reach about a 3rd on that thing...

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«Reply #192 on: May 25, 2010, 03:02:38 AM »
That will be the next thing -- "What's your stretch on the floor piano?"  "I can reach a fifth, sometimes a sixth...."
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«Reply #193 on: May 25, 2010, 07:31:20 AM »
That will be the next thing -- "What's your stretch on the floor piano?" 

Perhaps a "What is the most difficult song ever written for floor piano" thread will be opened.

Then the usual opinionated dweebs can try to impress us.

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«Reply #194 on: June 10, 2010, 02:37:25 PM »
- Did you know that you can find strange things at the local recycle yard sometimes? Here is something I found the other day.



It is the size of a standard letter envelope, inside contains a little plastic bag.
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«Reply #195 on: June 10, 2010, 10:52:16 PM »
Did you know you could breed tigers and dogs?  It's true.  They produce the "diger."  Shown here....



This one was born in early April of this year.
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«Reply #196 on: June 11, 2010, 01:42:27 PM »

You can also breed pandas and dogs.

These are "pows," pandas crossed with chow chows.





I don't know if you can breed pows with digers.

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«Reply #197 on: June 12, 2010, 03:58:33 AM »
Related topic:  The Liger.  A combination of male lion and a female tiger, or tigress.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liger

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«Reply #198 on: June 16, 2010, 04:58:19 PM »
- Did you know this girl has big hands? Lol at the last few seconds :)

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«Reply #199 on: June 16, 2010, 11:09:28 PM »
It's kind of like the Alien movie.
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