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Post No. 332
10/12/2006 08:32 AM
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Smellpression - the art of expressing oneself through smell.

I often express myself through smell. In fact, there is a smell I would like to emit right now!


Post No. 331
10/12/2006 08:14 AM
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Nice nose!

Wow....creative ideas transmitted by smell. Artists have manupulated laser and ultra-violetlight before, but I've never heard of a peice of art using smell....other then that controversial statue of the Virgin Mary a few years ago that was fashioned out of human excrement. (i.e. doody or crap)
Getting away from smells like that, maybe an exhibt could be displayed that smells that remind one of the past - one smell memorable to me is my Grandparent's farmhous in rural Vermont. This smell is a mix of the old woodstove, fragrant candles, fresh linens, and whatever is baking or cooking in the kitchen....I learned to cook from my grandmother, and partly from my mom and dad.

You could really use smells to convey still life's too....get out that fruit basket! What about that "new-car" smell topped off with an air freshener? Or the smell of hair burining in a hair dryer? ....though you would need a model for that.

Post No. 330
10/12/2006 12:07 AM
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if people were all deaf ,music would not exist, but do you think lighticians would or smellicians ? I mean if our species couldnt hear but just see and smell, maybe instead of music we wud have light or smell as away to express ideas dreams and love.Maybe we would today be buying dLds digital light-discs with a smell thrown in and the beatles would have written love light-displays
maybe perfumers are artists tieing together notes in a perfume to convey ideas. i know painters are artists as well.but the dominant media is MUSIC. Theres no top 40 picturews altho there is flickr and youtube...
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Post No. 329
10/11/2006 09:40 PM
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Violoncello Society 50th Anniversary

As you know, I will be playing for the Cello Society 50th Anniversary Concert this coming weekend.

Here is the bio of my stand partner:

BARBARA STEIN MALLOW is recognized as a distinguished chamber musician, recitalist and solist. A member of the renowned Fuchs family, daughter of the violist Lillian Fuchs, and niece of violinist Joseph Fuchs, hers is a heritage of musical excellence and the great tradition of chamber music. She shares this family tradition now with her daughter, violist Jeanne Mallow. From her early years she has been an accomplished pianist and was twice winner of the New York Philharmonic Young Composers Award. Her composition studies were with Bohuslav Martinu, Quincy Porter and Nadia Boulanger. She received her Bachelors and Master Degrees at the Yale School of Music where she studied with Luigi Silva; other teachers include Bernard Greenhouse and Zara Belsova.
She was a founding member of The Carnegie String Quartet in residence at Brooklyn College and a member of the Chamber Arts Trio with her twin sister violinist Carol Amado and pianist Albert Lotto. A respected teacher of cello and chamber music, she has been a professor at Bennington College and the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. She is currently on the faculty of Mannes College of Music. She also teaches at the Perlman Music Program in Shelter Island, New York. She serves as Vice President of the New York Violoncello Society. Ms. Mallow's mother, Lillian Fuchs, was instrumental in re-establishing Kneisel Hall with Marianne Kneisel in 1953. This season Barbara is celebrating her golden anniversary at Kneisel Hall.

P.S. Lillian Fuchs was my chamber music coach in college!
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Post No. 328
10/11/2006 05:48 PM
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Inglish Teecha

So what have we learned today, boys and girls?

Not every plane crash into a NYC high-rise is a 9/11, and English evolved in the way it did so Steven Marcus could make a living!

Post No. 327
10/11/2006 02:49 PM
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english teacher

the g in strength comes from the germanic languages
words like eight light night fight all are germanic in fact if an american jew dies in his her sleep his her last words will be a nod to the germanic culture as we always sign off with "good night"
English is really the anglosaxon language which is really FULL of germanic french(theater,coup de etat) and french (resevoir). The english were the barbarians and responsible for a language which was never passed from generation to generation as they were too busy barbaring to teach their kids how to read or write.
when they entered the mercantile world thanks to their mighty navy,they had to releasrn how to write. They dusted off their ol books and discovered that the number 1 was prounounced wun but spelt one. Over the centuries they had evolved the spoken form but not the written form.
FACED with a choice;to correct the written form to MATCH the spoken form,they did nothing.. too busy barbaring
And so today their language is full of mute letters and letters pronounced differently in each word.
Then the yanks made this barbaric idiom the world idiom thanks to their economic miltary power.English is withourt doubt the most uncoordinated language . Thanks to its discoordination, I earn my living.

Post No. 326
10/11/2006 02:29 PM
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Wha? I invented a new word!!!

"helic-poter"? Ooopps! I guess I'm just too bewildered to worry about spelling. Sure, I may be from VT but I've visted NYC at least three or four times in the past and it's a great city that exemplifies the huge social, cultural and politcal melting pot that America is.
The eerie thing is, though, I first saw the news here after watching an old epsiode of "Reading Rainbow" which highlighted the affect of 9/11 on the kids of a local PS.

Post No. 325
10/11/2006 02:20 PM
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10/11/06 - another 9/11?

My prayers go out to those affected by the helicpoter or small plane crash into the apartment building on NYC's Upper East Side....I just heard two people are dead on the news.
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Post No. 324
10/11/2006 09:17 AM
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Getting drafty in here

Unless the U.S. people are willing to have a draft there will be no way that we could fight the Chinese...or even the Koreans. Right now we seem to be a paper tiger. We have the technology but as Iraq has shown, not the will or the manpower to exert our strength.

By the way, why does "strength" have a "g" in it! That's what I want to know!


Post No. 323
10/11/2006 01:43 AM
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so the chinese will be the new arabs...we,the cia, will blow up the san francisco bridge and say it was a chinese terror group with arab ties..Then we will have the ok to go getem..
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Post No. 322
10/10/2006 10:27 PM
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Two very big IF's!!

Post No. 321
10/10/2006 08:58 PM
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Hell no, don't want anybody to go!

So China will now be added to the list of countries the U.S. pisses off? Good God!!!!
Are we going to add China to the "Axis of Evil" and make plans to launch a pre-emptive strike on them? What if we go to war w/North Korea? I saw news footage of a military march in however you spell N. Korea's capitol....and i thought the Nazi's looked tough1 These Korean soldiers had formed about 30 or so perfectly straight horizontal lines and were absolutely in sync with eachother....and Kim Jong Ill was watching the whole thing with his hand held out like Hitler.
Now I probably wouldn't qualify for the military becuase of my dissability, but I don't want the draft to have to come back and see some of my friends go over to Korea and get mauled by this communist regime.
Negotation is the key....doesn't the UN see that? Weapons inspections and trade sanctions only do so much. Bush and Kim Jong should probably sit down together and have a civilized talk....that is if Kim Jong is the type that can be reasoned with, and if Bush is capable of intelligent conversation.
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Post No. 320
10/10/2006 08:51 AM
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Red Scare

Do you remember that Chinese take out restaurant on Flatlands between E. 81st and 80th? Do you remember the little Chinese boy who worked there? I think I was with you (this goes back to when we were like 12) when the little boy somehow got offended by something we said, and he started chacing us. And we were laughing how this kid, maybe 7 years old, was chasing us without any fear, and how we actually were running from him because he seemed like he was ready to fight to the death.

Post No. 319
10/10/2006 06:49 AM
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OK China says it will enter the usa if the usa enters north korea
I say we stop now eating chinese food before its too late.. The chinese will surely try to poison the food with poison that takes affect a few days after. And forget the dry cleaners, theyll certainly put a kind of powder into the clothes that caused a disease ..Chinamust be stopped before it starts and the time to put our foot down is ....I dont know my rolex is a copy from china and it just exploded my face....see, i told you so..
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Post No. 318
10/09/2006 11:42 PM
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Man that post really rocked! I mean, it was the living end! I mean, like wow! Cool! Hip! Fabulous! Outrageous! Wicked! Phat!


Post No. 317
10/09/2006 08:52 PM
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Language, schmanguage

Now we must never look a gift horse in the mouth, nor put all of our eggs in one basket here, but I think the Egnlish language would be a whole lot better off if we did away with cliches, if you get my drift and can smell what the rock is cooking.
We must be dummer then a door-knob or slower than molasses if we are not able to appreciate and utilize the sublties of eloquent public speaking, becuase it is of course, better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all...and that is a horse of a different feather. I mean, a rolling stone gathers no moss and you can take that to the bank!!!
If we are ever to grasp and take hold of our language, then we must grab the bull by the horns and let the fish swim free (ok.... I made that one sue me).
Too many cooks spoil the both, and too many cliches confuse the cajones out of the reciever.....they do nothing but make the speaker look cool as a cucumber and crazy like a fox.
Now just try taking that post to the bank, or the club. (Though I would never belong to any club that would have me as a member).
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Post No. 316
10/09/2006 10:47 AM
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And now...Jackie Mason

There may be those among you who support including Spanish in our
national language. I for one am 110% against this! We must preserve the
exclusivity and, above all, the purity of the English language.To all the shlemiels, shlemazels, nebbishes, nudniks, klutzes, putzes, shlubs, shmoes, shmucks, nogoodniks, and momzers that are out there pushing Spanish, I just want to say that I, for one, believe that English and
only English deserves linguistic prominence in our American culture.To tell the truth, it makes me so farklempt, I'm fit to plotz. This whole Spanish schmeer gets me broyges, specially when I hear these erstwhile mavens and luftmenschen kvetching about needing to learn Spanish. What chutzpah! These shmegeges can tout their shlock about the cultural and linguistic diversity of our country, but I, for one, am not buying their shtick. It's all so much dreck, as far as I'm concerned. I exhort you all to be menshen about this and stand up to their fardrayte arguments and meshugganah, farshtunkene assertions. It wouldn't be kosher to do anything else. Remember, when all is said and done, we have English and they've got bubkes! The whole mynseh is a pain in my tuchas!

Jackie Mason
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Post No. 315
10/09/2006 10:37 AM
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Stoop Talk

That would be a good name for a radio talk show. Stoop Talk...the kind of talk you used to do as a kid hanging out on the stoop. (For those who don't know, a stoop was what people in Brooklyn called the front steps that led up to the second story of a two family house.

I think you are talking about that Adam Sandler film. It seemed like a cute gimick. I didn't realize that film had a deeper meaning. Christmas has all these films about overcoming dispair and finding solace in family and acceptance of our lot in life. Where are the Ramadan films? And what would be their message? How about a film about a suicide bomber who is about to blow himself up in a restaurant...when suddenly and angel appears and shows him what his life would be like if he chooses to live. What if the angel also shows him the terrible pain that he would be causing by bringing him in to witness the families coping with the funerals, and life without their loved ones. Boy, I wish I was in a position like Adam Sandler, and could make a movie like that!

But all I can do is sit on the stoop and dream...

Post No. 314
10/08/2006 03:14 AM
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saw the film yesterday and before thought it would be a special effects movie ,a comedy but it turned out to be a third really good cristmas spirit type film. Its about a guy who wishes he could fast fwd thru thehard times in life, job deadline,wifw fight,kid nagging,and he in fact gets that power. However the power he cant stop. Everytime he faces pressure or thinks ,"I realy just want to get thru this and past it",the power fast fwds him instantly thru the bad moment. He realizes that he not only missed the bad times but mixed in there were good times as well. He fast fwds thru a year of high pressure job competition that he wished would be over all ready but he also missed his dads cancer and death..This film fits in with its a wonderful life and the famous cristmas tale of the 3 ghosts and scrooge. I guess if we go thru life always tryin to get thru it already, itll all be over too soon and we will have been nothing more than an audience viewing our own lives instead of being the stars....why doi i say this here? i guessits stoop talk from da ol neybahud .
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Post No. 313
10/08/2006 12:23 AM
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Bird's eye view

This week I played in a trio at the penthouse of the president of NYU. His apartment is on Washington Square West, and looks down upon Washington Square Park. You also get a view of the southern financial district skyline. I have spent a lot of time in that park since I first went there in my teens and played guitar on the street with Perry. (What ever happened to him anyway.) So it was a great experience to get to see it from above...let alone from the penthouse of the NYU president! Who knew back then in those lean teen years that I'd get to do that. I owe so many things to the fact that I started playing the cello.
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Post No. 312
10/07/2006 12:24 AM
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Vote for me and I'll set you free...

That headline is from a Temptations song.

I don't think I'll be running for office at this point in my life. But I always hoped to have influence. I am finding the study of what goes on behind the scenes very interesting. It seems that it is possible that no matter who wins the presidency, the same people who are behind Bush will still be in power (the same people who killed Kennedy). But there is no way for an average citizen to know if this is true or not.

Nevertheless, I would like to see the Democrats take the house. Just the fact that two groups of people would be competing for power makes one feel safer than having one group have total power. As they say, power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Where I break away from the conspiracy crowd is that I feel that even if there is a group of Americans who basically control a lot of what goes on behind the scenes, and even if they have intentions to try to take over the world...I'm sure there are people in Russia, China, and the Arab world who are trying to do the same. When it comes down to it, I'm on our side.

I had a friend years ago who said if he became president he would make it a law that everyone in the country had to play the saxophone. (Boy, wouldn't the Taliban love him!)

Post No. 311
10/06/2006 03:08 PM
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Von Candidate

As I understand it, John Ashcroft, John McCain and several other senators have a barbershop quartet, and Utah senator Orrin Hatch was a record producer, if I'm not mistaken. Aaron if you ran for public office, I'd vote for you. I'm not part of your NY district of course, but I'd definately support you. I've thought of being active in politics before, but that was back when Former VT. governor Howard Dean was running for Pres. and I was really interested in the whole my only political interests are to vote against Bush in 2008 and to be the best citizen I can be.
Dean used to be a doctor and I really thought he would cure America of whatever was ailing it....his "you have the power slogan really spoke volumes to me about what role the president should play in running our country. We as citizens have the power to bring our problems to our leaders and our leaders speak and act on our behalf. We, the people, of the USA put the president where he is becasue we belive he, (or hoepully someday "she") will work with us.
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Post No. 310
10/06/2006 09:45 AM
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William Jefferson

As for Clinton...Bill that is...I think the jury is still out on his presidency. He did do some good things, and I am still angry at the Republicans for impeaching him over something so insignificant. I hold them responsible to a large extent for the ignoring of Al Qaeda, as they were more interested in humiliating the president. But Clinton was very lax and even harmful in some ways.

Why did he sell military technology to China?
Why did he charge people to sleep in the Lincoln bedroom?
Why did he steal furniture from the White House when he left?
Why did he pardon that big arms dealer, I think his last name was Rich?
Why did Vince Forster die? (I'm not convinced it was suicide.)
Why did all of these women accuse him of abusive behavior? (How come no women are doing that to Bush?)
Why did he lavish so much hope and attention on Arafat? (It was clear to many of us that it was a big side show that was never going to bring peace, and it didn't.)
Why did he attack the Serbs, when they were Christians fighting against Muslim domination against former allies of the Nazis?
Why did he immediately upon taking office make "gays in the military" his top priority? (Didn't he realize that would polarize the country?)
Why did he allow his libido to get him into so much trouble? (Though I am angry at the Republicans for how far they went, still, he should have known better.)

It's a very mixed record. And he is obviously very close to the Bush's. After all, look how much work he has done with Bush senior. Did you ever think that another Clinton presidential victory would really be a continuance of the Bush machine?

Be scared. Be very scared!

Von Cello 

Post No. 309
10/06/2006 08:31 AM
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And on drums...

Somehow I can see George Bush as a drummer. Of course, he'd be a country drummer. That wouldn't be too hard to do, and he'd beat the crap out of them thar skins!

I don't know about Kennedy, but Nixon played the piano! Could you imagine a band with Nixon on keys, Clinton on Sax, Bush on drums...and maybe Condi as the singer! LOL!

Actually, I hear she plays a mean Brahms sonata on piano. (For real.)

Post No. 308
10/05/2006 08:14 PM
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Von Sarcasm!

LOL! Great stuff, Aaron. Though what do you think the country would be like if musicians were to hold public office regularly? Bill Clinton played the sax, and (at least in my book), he was a great president who made America look noble in the eyes of the International community. John Kerry plays guitar, and didn't Kennedy play something too?
I think maybe if Bush had an instrument to practice that would be less time for him to mess up the economy and Tthe War on Terror".
"Hey Laura, honey? I'm goin' to go practice my harmonica now, you run the country for an hour, kay? If Saddam calls, tell him he can kiss my a%^"!

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