by Anura Guruge
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I know this is a familiar (and often stressful) fall ritual for so many parents — getting a musical instrument for band.
This year, Teischan having given up on piano after 2 years (and after we got one), decided she wants to try the flute. That pleases me because I really would like a daughter who can play a musical instrument — and I really don’t care what, though a violin, a flute or guitar does have appeal. While I am all in favor of leasing cars/vans/trucks renting musical instruments does not make sense to me. I would rather just buy one.
Well we lucked out, or thought we did so, on a flute. A friend (a good one at that) gave us a Bundy that their daughters had used. That is Teischan, this weekend, at the Laconia Multicultural Day, with the Bundy, at the top. The ‘neck’ needed to be fixed and the amazing music teacher that we have got that done for us for $10! So we thought we were all set. Well …
Appears that the Bundy is ‘OK’ but the seals are ‘going’ and that makes it hard for a beginner, such as Teischan, to come to terms with it. Appears that replacing the seals is not cheap.
So I had a chat with the music teacher. He suggested that I get another used flute from ‘Manchester Music Mill‘. So I called them up. They had a Bundy, from the 1980s, in good condition, that they were willing to sell for $200 — in a ‘better’ case from another flute! Hhhhmmm.
I, of course, checked Amazon. You can get new flutes, some of them pretty impressive looking, for $90 or under. BUT, I knew that their quality would NOT make the grade. Plus I assiduously read the reviews — I always do (or try to).
Then I stumbled upon the Nuvo plastic flute — in Pink. Bingo. Anything in pink is special to Tesichan and the color alone will make her more inclined to ‘like it’.
I read the description and review. They said the sound was fine and that it played well. They said it was LIGHT and that encouraged kids to practice on it for longer. So the notion was a new, new technology flute, with new seals, for about the price for a used one from 1980.
So over the weekend I had a number of e-mail exchanges with Teischan’s music teacher. He is young, talented and open to new ideas. I was sure he would say ‘Noway. Will not conform to our standard’. But, no. He checked it out and like me was intrigued. He had had good luck with other plastic instruments and was now willing to check this out — given that I was game in terms of buying one.
Well it arrived today — via FedEx. Two other items I ordered, from Amazon, on the same order came via UPS 40 minutes earlier. Teischan was bummed. She thought she was not getting the flute today.
She loves it. Noticed at once that it was light. Also the spare parts that came with it. They encourage you to wash it and get it wet. They even say it is OK to use it while taking a shower. Well …
We will see. I will keep you posted. So far so good and it is PINK — and that alone makes a huge difference to Teischan.
by Anura Guruge
As ever with any and all celestial events, I must, of course,
ADD “weather permitting” — especially in New Hampshire.
This, weather permitting, should be quite spectacular in that it is INDEED a TOTAL lunar eclipse.
So we will get to see the entire dramatic sequence
starting with the Earth’s shadow taking a BITE out of the Moon
all the way to the Moon being fully obscured …
to the Moon coming out of the shadow.
The only ‘sad’ thing is that it is going to be ‘late’ at night
— especially for kids.
Over New Hampshire the eclipse will start around 8:12 pm (Eastern).
But a total eclipse like this starts with the outer, dimmer shadow — the so called penumbra.
See diagram below.
The penumbra isn’t dark enough to take a bite.
All you will see is a shadow, that being what it is,
moving across the Moon’s surface.
The main shadow, the umbra, will touch the Moon at 9:07pm.
That is when the fun begins.
There will be a good sized bite by 9:25pm.
Half the Moon will be ‘eaten’ by 9:41pm.
Definitely worth keeping the kids up till at least 9:30.
The moon will be totally ‘eaten’ by 10:15 —
BUT maximum ‘shadow’ (darkness) will not occur till 10:47pm.
Then you get the whole sequence in reverse
with a half ‘eaten’ moon at 11:54pm.
It will be all done and dusted at 1:22 am.
A question that is bound to come up is “why don’t we have a total eclipse every month — at full moon?”
Makes sense. At full-moon, each month, we have the Sun —> Earth —> Moon alignment necessary for a lunar eclipse. BUT, we don’t get eclipses every month. At most, counting both lunar and solar eclipses, and partial eclipses as well as total, the maximum number we can have in a year is 7.
Why is that?
It all has to do with orbital inclinations. The orbit of the Earth around the Sun and that of the Moon around the Earth are not level — nor in a straight line. Both orbits are TILTED, i.e., inclined from ‘level’. So the bodies need to line up.
Get that. All to do with the 3 bodies rarely lining up.
We won’t have a total lunar eclipse in 2016. But in March 2016 we will have a TOTAL Solar eclipse!
Pope Francis, Ahead Of U.S. Visit, Makes Scathing Remarks Re. Same-Sex Marriage & ‘Logic of Profits’.
by Anura Guruge
>> Pope Francis’ U.S. Visit — THE book.
>> Catholic statistics for U.S. per Vatican.
>> Pope Francis to stay at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary.
>> ‘Vine Voice’ Amazon review of Pope Francis book.
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To be honest there is NOTHING new here. Pope Francis, if anything,
is being very consistent as to his vehement opposition to
same-sex marriage and is deep-seated opposition
to what he sees as ‘capitalism‘.
I cover all of this in my book about Pope Francis’
September visit to the U.S.
“Pope Francis’ U.S. Visit — 2015: A Guide For The Curious”
Here is an extract. Click to ENLARGE and read.