Rovy, Please Say The Baby!

1000 WORDS

It's called the "American Dream" because you have to be asleep to believe it.

- George Carlin

*1000 Words - A picture is worth a thousand words is a familiar proverb that refers to the idea that complex stories can be told with just a single still image, or that an image may be more influential than a substantial amount of text. It also aptly characterizes the goals of visualization where large amounts of data must be absorbed quickly.

It is believed that the modern use of the phrase stems from an article by Fred R. Barnard in the advertising trade journal Printers' Ink, promoting the use of images in advertisements that appeared on the sides of streetcars. The December 8, 1921 issue carries an ad entitled, "One Look is Worth A Thousand Words."

Another ad by Barnard appears in the March 10, 1927 issue with the phrase "One Picture is Worth Ten Thousand Words," where it is labelled a Chinese proverb. The Home Book of Proverbs, Maxims, and Familiar Phrases quotes Barnard as saying he called it "a Chinese proverb, so that people would take it seriously." Soon after, the proverb would become popularly attributed to Confucius.

Despite this modern origin of the popular phrase, the sentiment has been expressed by earlier writers. For example the Russian writer Ivan Turgenev wrote (in Fathers and Sons in 1862), "A picture shows me at a glance what it takes dozens of pages of a book to expound."

Futhermore, Napoleon Bonaparte is known to have said, word for word, "A picture is worth a thousand words."

Following the old saying:"A picture is worth a thousand words", Ben Tamari added, as a combination of metaphors and fractals: 'A metaphor is worth a thousand pictures' and 'An allegory is worth a thousand metaphors', see http://www.ecometry.biz/metaphors


HOW 1+1= 0 (1+(-1)=0)

Swizz Beatz is garbage with eyes. In this video (Styles P & Swizz Beatz Rap City Freestyle (03-21-07)) he bolsters my case relative the neutrality catalyzed when baseless submarginal banality (yes, I am talking about Swizz Beatz) is paired with effortless faculty (Styles P is "dumb-nice").

In short, when a talent is paired with a handicap (again, Swizz Beatz) the sum is zero - resultantly they cancel each other out.

As always Swizz Beatz get an "E" for effrontery.

Swizz Beatz if you're ever in the habit of doing favors please go face a corner and stay there.

The L.O.X. is a group of 3 emcees originating from Yonkers, New York discovered by Mary J. Blige. The name The L.O.X. originated from "The Warlox", however, it was shortened to The LOX per P. Diddy. The LOX is now a backronym for "Living Off Experience" and is composed of Jadakiss (Jayson Phillips) - whose monolithic strength lies in his voice, Sheek Louch (Shawn Jacobs) - a shallow embodiment of "larger than life" persona (yet had one best lyrics on the 'Benjamins' - a feat that stands alone via devolution), and Styles P (David Styles) - who has due to my sister "Double N G Dukes" become one of my favorite emcees (prior I considered him a tuff illusionist - "kill concrete and put a brick in the hospital" caricature and look-alike of a Pacemaster Mace and Trugoy The Dove hybrid, both of De La Soul).

*Styles P



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Peter Herbolzheimer Rhythm Combination & Brass: Frog Dance
From: Wide Open (MPS, 1973)

DARWIN, Australia (March 28) - A "monster" cane toad the size of a small dog has been captured by an environmental group dedicated to wiping out the toxic amphibian, which has killed countless animals since being introduced to Australia in the 1930s.

The volunteer-run organization, Frogwatch, picked up the 15-inch-long cane toad during a raid on a pond outside the northern city of Darwin late Monday.

With a body the size of a football and weighing nearly 2 pounds, the "monster toad" is among the largest specimens ever captured in Australia, according to Frogwatch coordinator Graeme Sawyer.

"It's huge, to put it mildly," he said. "The biggest toads are usually females but this one was a rampant male ... I would hate to meet his big sister."

Cane toads were imported from South America during the 1930s in a failed attempt to control beetles on Australia's northern sugar cane plantations. The poisonous toads have proven fatal to Australia's delicate ecosystems, killing millions of native animals from snakes to the small crocodiles that eat them.

As part of its so-called "Toad Buster" project, Frogwatch conducts regular raids on local water holes, blinding the toads with bright lights then scooping them up by the dozen.

"We kill them with carbon dioxide gas, stockpile them in a big freezer and then put them through a liquid fertilizer process" that renders the toads nontoxic, Sawyer said.

"It turns out to be sensational fertilizer," he added.

Up until 1935, Australia did not have any toad species of it's own. We had tree frogs and burrowing ground frogs - even microhylid frogs which do not have a tadpole - but none of the world's hundreds of toad species evolved here. However, not wanting to be left out, Australia acquired some - 102 toads, in fact.

These toads were supposedly being used successfully in the Carribbean islands and in Hawaii to combat the cane beetle, a pest of sugar cane crops. After rave reviews from overseas, Hawaii shipped a box of toads to Gordonvale, just south of Cairns. These were held in captivity for awhile, their numbers were increased by breeding, and then they were released into the sugar cane fields of the tropic north. It was later discovered that the toads (scientific name Bufo marinus) can't jump very high so they did not eat the cane beetles which stayed up on the upper stalks of the cane plants. At the time of year when the beetle's larvae were emerging from the ground, no toads were about. So the cane toad, as it came to be known, had no impact on the cane beetles at all and farmers had to go back to the use of chemicals to kill the beetle.

Bufo marinus breed like flies, as the saying goes. Each pair of cane toads can lay 33,000 eggs per spawning (some published references estimate they produce as much as 60,000 eggs!).

Their 'toadpoles' develop faster than many Australian frogs so they can outcompete our frogs for food.

Toads and toadpoles seem to be resistant to some herbicides and eutrophic water which would normally kill frogs and tadpoles.

All stages of a toad's life are poisonous so they have no natural predators to keep their numbers in check (although studies suggests that toad juveniles are not toxic until they reach about 3cm in size but this presents a question: why would an animal lose its toxicity at the juvenile stage when it has it during larvae and adult stages?)

Toads not only eat the food normally available to Australian frogs, there is growing anecdotal evidence that they eat frogs as well, especially metamorphs.

Fish who eat toadpoles die. Animals who eat toad adults die. The museums have plenty of snakes preserved in jars which were killed by toad toxin so fast, the toad is still in their mouths unswallowed. Even small amounts of water, such as a pet's water dish, can be fouled by toadpoles and adults. When the pet comes along to drink from it's dish, it becomes sick. Local vets report that a couple dogs a month are brought in ill just from "mouthing" toads.

Some Queensland bird and rodent species have somehow learned how to eat cane toads without exposing themselves to the toxin. They kill the toad and turn it over onto its back. They pull away the soft belly skin and partake of the internal organs, leaving the skin and the deadly paratoid glands behind. This behaviour has only taken a mere 60 years to learn - very fast on the evolutionary scales. Those native rats which do feed on animal material (such as the White-tailed and the False Water) have learned to only eat the legs of the toad and not the body.

Captive cane toads will allegedly eat everything from dog food to mice and they keep growing until they reach 25cm in length and over 4 kilos. In recent years, it has been noticed that toads in the Cairns area are much smaller than they used to be (the "big mama" at right was found in Babinda - 30 minutes drive south of Cairns). A theory is that when toads first colonise a new territory, there is an abundant food supply. The toads gorge themselves and get quite large. As the numbers of toads increase from breeding, the food resource never reaches its pre-toad levels and therefore, the toads' size and their food supply acheive a "compromise". Certainly the largest toads still found in Cairns come from the suburbs which back onto bush and, therefore, have more plant life to feed more insects.




I'm bee-beaver-busy. My mind "juices" masseuse is the sinuous romping of Magnum's NJs.

Magnum: Natural Juices
From: Fully Loaded (Phoenix, 1974)

*Muscular beaver (top right)- "The Angry Beavers" was launched April 19th, 1997, well after the Nicktoons line up had established itself. Created by Mitch Schauer, "The Angry Beavers" was basically geared around Norbert and Daggett's sibling rivalery because Norbert's cooler-than-thou, laisse faire attitude and Daggett's stick-in-the-mud dorkiness didn't often gel. Further still, Daggett's tendency to attempt to over achieve, and fail, not only drove his brother up the wall, but at points the rest of the creatures in the forest as well. Whether it was Daggett attempting to be the best forest ranger he could be (inciting a riot among the forest creatures by banning everything fun and paving the forest over in linoleum,) or whether it was pestering everyone via his persona as Muscular Beaver (some people just don't how to save the day,) Dag was often being neurotic and annoying, sometimes intentionally, which at points incited Norb to match said level insanity just to bring Dag back around to reality. The end result of this was some great humor with the occasional obscure reference or parody adding some extra flavor as well

Aurora For Malcolm


Terence Blanchard: Going To Mecca, Black & White and Cops & Robbers
From: Malcolm X Original Motion Picture Score (Sony, 1992)

Jean-Luc Ponty: Renaissance
From: Aurora (Atlantic/Wounded Bird, 1976/2006)

El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz "Malcolm X" once lived on 147 Street in Harlem, Sugarhill subdivision, New York City where my sister and I grew up. While my sister and I are classically trained pianist she is also a classically trained violist.


Turn It Up!: The $

J Dilla: The $ (Madlib Remix)
From: Hella International (3/12-inch box set)

Ruff Draft cassette with Turn it up tee's available at stonesthrow.com. This box set is available in other colorways at many other locations, some on sale now. Full list of locations:

+ iTunes
+ eMusic
+ Online & ground locations worldwide with the bonus 45 "Dirty Crushin":

+ TONIGHT March 20 - San Francisco with DJ Shortkut @ Cellar
+ March 21 - Vancouver BC @ Republic Club
+ March 23 - Las Vegas @ Boro
+ March 30 - Atlanta @ Mark Louge
+ March 31 - Detroit!!!! with Guilty Simpson, Phat Kat, Black Milk, DJ House Shoes & Baatin @ Magic Stick



Today's Comic

Gap Mangione is the older brother of Chuck Mangione. During the 1960-65 period, the two Mangiones played together regularly in the bebop group the Jazz Brothers, recording three boppish albums for Riverside from 1960-61. When the band broke up, Gap stayed in Rochester, leading his own trio: Tony Levin-Bass/Steve Gadd-Drums).
I offer Gap's familiar 'Boy With Toys' featuring Tony Levin and Steve Gadd off the Diana In The Autumn Wind (GRC/Josh, 1968/2003) album as the musical accompaniment for today's accosting affair.

The Word of the Day for March 20, 2007 is:
perforce \per-FORSS\ adverb
: by force of circumstances

Example Sentence:
Lorel and Curt's tiny vineyard produces a limited quantity of top-quality chardonnays that are perforce rather pricey.

Did you know?
English speakers borrowed "par force" from Anglo-French in the 14th century. "Par" meant "by" (from Latin "per") and the Anglo-French word "force" had the same meaning as its English equivalent, which was already in use by then. At first, "perforce" meant quite literally "by physical coercion." That meaning is no longer used today, but it was still prevalent in William Shakespeare's lifetime (1564-1616). "He rush'd into my house and took perforce my ring away," wrote the Bard in The Comedy of Errors. The "force of circumstances" sense of "perforce" had also come into use by Shakespeare's day. In
Henry IV, Part 2, we find ". . . your health; the which, if you give o'er to stormy passion, must perforce decay."


Is It That You Can't Control Your B(itches)?!


The character Passion/Pashen (Pashen - as listed by IMDB) played by Joyce Walker/Joyce Joseph Walker in Willie Dynamite also appeared in Paid In Full as Janet Woods - Ace Woods (played by Wood Harris - portraying Harlem Sugarhill subdivision's own: AZ) mother. In both WD and PIF Joyce J. Walker faces quagmires. J.J. Johnson (born James Louis Johnson) in Indianapolis, Indiana, (January 22, 1924 - February 4, 2001), was a United States jazz trombonist, composer and arranger provides the theme for 'Passion's Dilemma' with his MCA release of the OST (original soundtrack) to Willie Dynamite.

In his early twenties J.J. Johnson developed a remarkable, flawless technique and was the first trombonist to rise to the challenge of bebop music, remaining unchallenged at the forefront of modern jazz throughout his career. He played the instrument at super-rapid clips (a Philadelphia nightclub once billed him, Barnum and Bailey style, as “The Fastest Trombone Player Alive!”), and who, with the great Kai Winding, made the famous “J.J. and Kai” recordings showing that the trombone could indeed be a virtuoso instrument. In 1970 he ceased performing in public for most of 17 years, before a comeback in the late 1980s. From the mid fifties on, he was a perennial polling favorite in jazz circles, even winning Down Beat's "Trombonist of the Year" during years he wasn't active. Voted into Down Beat's Hall of Fame in 1995, J.J. Johnson's recording career spanned 54 years, from 1942 to 1996.
J.J. Johnson has long been regarded as the greatest trombonist of the Post-Swing Era, a pervasive influence on other jazz musicians, and one of jazz's legendary figures.

J.J. Johnson in an interview with
Bob Bernotas of the Online Trombone Journal unveils:

Let's talk about that for a while. How did you break into film composing?

Quincy Jones and Lalo Schifrin were very instrumental in prodding me into having a crack at something that I was eating my heart out to try. They reassured me, "J.J., have a go at it. What's the worst that can happen if it doesn't work out for you? It's a tough business, J.J. It's competitive. We don't know what kind of luck you'll have. All we know is, as far as we're concerned, you have what it takes to become a successful film composer and we would strongly urge you to have a crack at it. And we will do what we can to see that you get on the inside by way of having a good agent."

You must have an agent, a film composing agent, not a jazz agent. The film community is a whole 'nother world. And I can say without reservation that early on I also found out that, man, you're in a very racist element here. There are no black film composers doing the likes of Star Wars, doing the likes of E.T., doing the likes of Jurassic Park. There are none, nor will there ever be one. That ain't about to happen!

I was planning to ask you about that. Most of your film credits are for the so-called "blaxploitation" films of that time.

All of them were blaxploitation films.

So you feel that you were pigeon-holed or typecast into these sorts of films?

No question about it. I've had my film composing agent tell me, "J.J., I tried my best to talk this guy into hiring you for the film and the guy says, `Of course I know the name J.J. Johnson, but he's a jazz musician. We don't want jazz in this picture.' And I tried my best to tell him, `But he's not gonna write jazz for your movie. He's gonna write movie music.'"

They have tunnelvision. All they know is, "J.J. Johnson is a jazz musician, so therefore he will write jazz for my movie, and this movie ain't about jazz." So not only are they racist, they have severe cases of tunnelvision. The film production community is a horror show as far as being flexible enough to give a guy a chance at something. I thank God for the one or two cases where I was fortunate enough to work with people who were not of that mindset. That's how I got aboard Buck Rogers in the Twenty-first Century, for TV.

*Romancing the stone - music appreciation - uFaqs (un-frequently asked questions) of "gems"



Chubb Rock featuring Howie Tee 'Caught Up' From: And The Winner Is... (Select, 1989) is the GOP's leitmotif.
Now You Tell Us... by Eric Alterman discusses the role of newspapers and blogs in exposing the Bush administration's firing of eight federal attorneys.

Redeye gravy - as a vegetarian gravy made from ham and coffee (which I love) is a rather nauseating hodgepodge slurry thusly less for food and more for repointing mortar joints in historic masonry.
*John Sherffius, Colorado, Boulder Daily Camera Visit archives of John's fine work. E-mail John. Visit an archive of the artist's most recent cartoons in the drop menu at the right. Click on the cartoon to e-mail it to a friend.



"Chicks, Chumps, He Uses 'Em All"


The character "Willie Dynamite", a pimp and coke dealer, was played by Roscoe Orman. RO was is better known for his role as 'Gordon' (Gordon Robinson) of Sesame Street from 1974-2006.
RO was born
11 June 1944, Bronx, New York, USA.
On August 8, 2002, RO was first thought to have been deceased by fans. News had spread that an actor who played 'Gordon', on "Sesame Street", had passed away. This news led many to first think it was Orman, but in fact was talented writer and actor, Matt Robinson, (who was the first 'Gordon' in the early 70s), that had died.
RO is committed to various projects for a family/children production company, "The Entertainment Business".

I characterized RO not to sell you on my favorite movie of all times. Instead blaxploitation neophytes (where applicable) I am free-associating RO's character "
Willie Dynamite" to segue into mendacious relationships:

The accused,
Rickey Lackey, 25-year-old, facing charges of attempted theft last Friday. In an unrelated question, Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Melba Marsh asked how many children RL has Lackey replied, "None, but I have six on the way". Seeking clarity Marsh asked Lackey if he meant he was marrying a women with six kids Lackey returned, "No, I be concubining."

In a craiglist, women seeking men, personal the following was listed:

Looking For A Stupid Man

Reply to: pers-285817089@craigslist.org
Date: 2007-02-27, 9:53PM EST

"Just send your stupid photo, and say a few stupid words you idiot."

* Willie Dynamite (1974) taglines ("Rape you?! I'd rather rape a watermelon..." is not featured as one of the taglines on IMDB)
*Far left:
Roscoe Orman, left center: Roscoe Orman, Telly, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee and Elmo, right center; Roscoe Orman, Maurice Woods, Peter Francis, Morgan Freeman, Peter Jay Fernandez, Count Stovall and Robert Christian and far right: Roscoe Orman, Denzel Washington and Oscar the Grouch


Conscious Colossal Copyright Criminality?


Viacom Sues Google Over YouTube Video Clips

Viacom, the parent company of MTV and Comedy Central, sued Google and YouTube in federal court today, citing “massive intentional copyright infringement.”

Viacom, which has feuded publicly with YouTube and its parent Google about the unauthorized posting of its programming online, said it was seeking more than $1 billion in damages. Viacom’s suit is the most aggressive move so far by an old-line media company against the highly popular but legally questionable practice of posting copyrighted media content online.

In its complaint, filed with the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, Viacom accused YouTube of a “brazen disregard” for the law. “YouTube has harnessed technology to willfully infringe copyrights on a huge scale, depriving writers, composers and performers of the rewards they are owed.”

Google responded today, issuing a statement saying it was undaunted by the lawsuit and “confident that YouTube has respected the legal rights of copyright holders.” It added, “We will certainly not let this suit become a distraction to the continuing growth and strong performance of YouTube.”

The suit is the latest scuffle between YouTube and Viacom. Last month, Viacom demanded that YouTube remove more than 100,000 clips of its programming. YouTube complied, and in some cases posted a disclaimer that read: “removed at the request of Viacom International” where Viacom material once was.

Viacom said today that nearly 160,000 clips of its programming have been available on YouTube and that they had been viewed more than 1.5 billion times.

Before Viacom ordered YouTube to take down the video, the two had been working toward an agreement. Many of Viacom’s shows like Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” and MTV’s stable of reality television programs are highly popular with the YouTube demographic and are potentially worth a large sum if licensed to an online video service. But the two companies have been unable to reach a deal.

*For full article see article title. Additionally, from yesterday: WhoseTube? Viacom Sues Google Over Video Clips

Following the oblique theme of infringement, cogitate this personification: Basic Humanoid HR-2


Lord, Lawd, Laud

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Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five Inducted Into Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

*"...Quicker than a pizza from Domino's" - Common Sense 'Breaker 1/9' lyrics of Can I Borrow A Dollar? (Relativity, Oct. 6, 1992) - alludes to deft post


I Used To Read Word-Up Magazine


In memory of the great Frank White (
best ever?) who died ten years ago:

Biggie Got The Hype Shit
Me And My Bitch (Original Promo Mix)
50 Grand Demo (7 Minute Version)
Come On Ft, Sadat X (Lord Finesse Version)
Machine Gun Funk (DJ Premier Remix)

*Courtesy of Spine magazine

Bonus: DJ MK: Biggie Tribute Mix
Unreleased Biggie Pepsi Commercial via Nah Right
The Points Ft Biggie Smalls, Redman, Buckshot, Doodlebug & Big Mike (Alternate Mix) via Oh Word

R.I.P. B.I.G.

The Intelligent Fly Guy

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Skyzoo: Get It Done Ft. Torae (Produced by DJ Premier)
From 12" (Unknown/White Label, 2007)

I have
copies of The 3 Day High and The City's Favorite: The Mixtape neither of which caused perturbation.
who open for Black Milk at Pianos last Thursday, March 8, 2007, for the NYC Popular Demand record release party, in a hybrid conjunction word is "dumb-nice". His witticism, doubtlessness, effortlessness, fluent voice and painless delivery make this 22 year a welcome.
I first read about this song in latest issue of XXL . ...From words to music...

According to Skyzoo courtesy of Baller Status:

My rhyme style is a little bit of everything because I do get lyrical, but not to the point where it will get over your head. People think being real lyrical makes you nice, but it doesn't. You definitely need to know how to rap and have some type of lyrics, but being a complex MC doesn't make you nice because a lot of people aren't going to understand you. You have to be able to relate to everyone. I'm definitely lyrical, but not to the point that every word I say has ten syllables in it. I'm lyrical, but I have a lot of swagger and flows because I do make a good amount of commercial joints. I'm not some dark depressed rapper. Like, that's not me. I'm a little bit of everything. You'll get "feel good" joints from me, club joints, joints that will make you want to spend time with your girl. My style is a little bit of everything like a pot of gumbo. You get a little bit of this, a little bit of that and it fills you up real quick.

What separates me from the rest is and I'll start it off with the fact that whenever I hear an interview on the radio or see one on TV, the first thing people say is, "Yo, I got something for everybody," and I hate that! A lot of people say that, but nine out of ten of them don't really have something for everybody. If everyone can relate to your album, then how come when we cop it, there's one chick joint, one party joint and a joint about shooting up the block? That doesn't relate to everybody. Just because you have three different topics, doesn't mean it relates to everybody. It relates to people when they're having a bad day or going through something with their girl and then they may feel what you're saying. But, that's what separates me from everyone because I put money down on the fact that I have something for EVERYBODY -- guaranteed! And the other thing is I'm just being me. I don't talk about shooting up your block and I move pounds of coke a day because I don't do that. I'm around people that do that, so if I speak about it, it's from my bird's eye view and I'll give you insight to what I see, but I won't glorify it because that's not what I'm about. I'm all about putting real music out there.



Two years ago, when Congress passed a law to extend daylight saving time by a month, the move seemed a harmless step that would let the nation burn a little less fossil fuel and enjoy a bit more sunshine.

The change took effect Sunday, daylight saving time began three weeks earlier (and ends a week later, on the first Sunday in November). This puts the United States out of sync with the rest of the world for longer than usual this spring, almost certainly disrupting not only computers but also the business and travel schedules of companies, workers and travelers. Most of Europe goes to daylight saving time March 25, two weeks after America, while most of Asia, Africa and South America do not observe daylight saving time at all.

The daylight-time shift, according to technology executives and analysts, amounts to a “mini-Y2K.” That is a reference to the rush in the late 1990s to change old software, which was unable to recognize dates in the new millennium, 2000 and beyond.

The fear was that computers would go haywire, and there were warnings of planes falling from the skies and electronic commerce grinding to a halt. Billions of dollars were invested to fix the so-called millennium bug, and there was no wave of computer-related disasters.

This time, with extended daylight saving time, the problem is subtler. The potential pitfall is a disruption of business, if the clocks inside all kinds of hardware and software systems do not sync up as they are programmed to do. In a business world that is increasingly computerized and networked, there could be effects on everything from programmed stock trading to just-in-time manufacturing to meeting schedules.

For consumers, the greatest potential impact will be on e-mail and calendar programs like Microsoft Outlook, used to schedule dentist visits, soccer practices, evening entertainment and other appointments.

The latest Windows operating system, Vista, is not affected, and for those running Windows XP Service Pack 2, online software updates have been pushed out automatically to correct the problem. Microsoft and Apple are also making software patches and instructions available on their Web sites.

For the roughly 7,000 public companies in the United States, Mr. Hammond estimates the total cost of making computer fixes to deal with the daylight saving time shift at more than $350 million.

The energy savings from extending daylight time are not great, but could mount, according to studies. A report last year by the Energy Department projected savings in electricity at four-tenths of a percent each day of extended daylight savings time — or three one-hundredths of a percent of annual electricity use. Daylight saving time modestly reduces evening electricity use.

Still, tiny savings each year could add up in the long run. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, a nonprofit group, estimates that the cumulative benefit through 2020 of longer daylight saving time would be a saving of $4.4 billion and 10.8 million metric tons less carbon spewed into the air.

The 2005 energy bill gives Congress the option of repealing the daylight saving time extension, if energy savings are not achieved.

For full article: Time Change a ‘Mini-Y2K’ in Tech Terms

A leitmotif (IPA pronunciation: [laɪt məʊ tɪəf]) (also leitmotiv; lit. "leading motif") is a recurring musical theme, associated within a particular piece of music with a particular person, place or idea. The word has also been used by extension to mean any sort of recurring theme, whether in music, literature, or the life of a fictional character or a real person.

Although usually a short melody, it can also be a chord progression or even a simple rhythm. Leitmotifs can help to bind a work together into a coherent whole, and also enable the composer to relate a story without the use of words, or to add an extra level to an already present story.

The word is usually used when talking about dramatic works, especially operas, although leitmotifs are also used in other musical genres, such as instrumental pieces, cinema, and video game music.

The word itself has a mixed etymology, as a further meaning to the German word Motiv was borrowed in the 18th century from the French motif, meaning "motive" or "theme", while the German word Motiv itself can be traced back to the 16th century, meaning only "motive" (cf. Latin motivus). Prefixing it with leit- (coming from the German leiten, "to lead"), produces Leitmotiv (German plural: Leitmotive), meaning "leading motif".

Leitmotifs are very common in movie scores; a well known example is the Star Wars Imperial March associated with Darth Vader and his previous self, Anakin Skywalker, in the Star Wars series of films composed by John Williams. Themes for the characters Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa, Emperor Palpatine, and Yoda also recur throughout the movies. John Williams also composed music for Jaws and the Indiana Jones films that uses leitmotifs. Lara's Theme in the film Dr. Zhivago is another example of this.


Insipid Idiom


The late Fred Berry demonstrates today's benign adage: TGIF:

TGIF is a popular acronym for the phrase Thank God It's Friday (alternatively: Thank Goodness It's Friday). Starting in America, it has become a common expression of relief at the end of the work week and anticipation of relaxing or partying over the weekend. The phrase was further popularized by the 1978 movie starring Donna Summer, Thank God It's Friday. The phrase has also become common for advertising and promotional materials. On college campuses beginning in the 1970s, the phrase (sometimes shortened to "TG") became associated with Friday afternoon beer parties, usually held outdoors.

Nickname Rerun & Penguin
5' 5" (1.65 m)
Mini biography For a while in the seventies, Fred Berry was one of the biggest stars on American television. The former dancer, who became a star in the sitcom "What's Happening" ballooned until his weight became a threat to his health. He battled with food, drink, drugs and women, marrying 6 times to 4 women in total. Diabetes was diagnosed, he lost more than 100 pounds and turned to religion. Born in St Louis, Missouri in 1951, Berry danced with "The Lockers" but it was the sitcom deal in 1976 that gave him his big break. The series ran for three seasons. After it was cancelled Berry struggled with personal problems and with the search for another star vehicle. The series was popular through reruns and a further series ("What's Happening Now") was picked up in 1985 and ran for three years, after which Berry gave up acting for religion. He returned to the screen in 1998 in the action movie "In The Hood" and his final role was a cameo in "Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star" in 2003. Berry died on October 21st 2003 aged 52.




I post threads of variant interest on the playahata hataboard. Yet the lion's-share are dedicated to the sciences. Below list an e-archive for current post.
NYTimes e-articles are only available for a week, thereafter they are only available online for purchase. Where applicable, I have threaded the e-articles to immortalize them without cost:

Study Uncovers Memory Aid: A Scent During Sleep
No Sleep Means No New Brain Cells
Moths Elude Spiders by Mimicking Them, Study Says
Why Is The Alphabet In Alphabetical Order?
Readers' Q & A With Wikipedia Founder
It Seems the Fertility Clock Ticks for Men, Too
'Doomsday' Vault Design Unveiled
Diabetes Repair 'Occurs In Womb'
Can Humanity Survive? Want To Bet On It?
World Scientists Near Consensus On Warming
*Boss Hog
How About A Bot For A Boss?
'Anti-Aids Gel' Trial Is Stopped
Flying Dinos Had Bi-plane Design
South Africa: Call For Deadly TB Isolation Move
Alzheimer's Vaccine 'In A Patch'
Strict Vegan Ethics, Frosted With Hedonism
Do You Believe In Magic?
The Voices in My Head Say ‘Buy It!’ Why Argue?
Cheap, Safe Drug Kills Most Cancers
The Only Unexpected Abnormal Sound
Japan Marine Park Captures Rare Shark On Film
The Warming of Greenland
'Altruistic' Brain Region Found
Defence Cell Genetics Unscrambled
Teenage Pregnancy Myth Dismissed
Skull Is First Fossil Proof of Human Migration Theory, Study
"Weirdest" Animals to Get Conservation Attention
Seaweed Anti-Obesity Tablet Hope
Magic Mirrors: Social Retailing™
Longevity Gene Keeps Mind Sharp
Body's Own 'Cannabis' Helps Pain
Repeat After Us: I Will Stop Eating Candy in 2007
The DNA So Dangerous It Does Not Exist
Robot Mother Helps South Koreans Prepare For Birth
You Are What You Eat: 2006 and the Politics of Food

*Heavily recommended reading


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