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Lagniappe

“For billions of years, life on Earth evolved through the process of Darwinian evolution via natural selection: Small errors during reproduction propagate from parents to offspring, occasionally offering some a survival advantage to find food or fight enemies. Had reproduction … Continue reading

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Telephone Exchanges and Pop Culture

In the early days of the telephone age few people had service, so telephone numbers were short.  As the use of this marvelous invention increased, especially in large cities, longer and longer telephone numbers were required – up to seven … Continue reading

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Talking About Books . . .

The BBC has an article that may interest you if you’ve ever watched Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 classic Psycho.  The article is about five books that are in varying degrees based on actual murders. Another BBC article that you might enjoy … Continue reading

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Music Notes

According to “Professor” Peter Schickele of the University of Southern North Dakota at Hoople, P.D.Q. Bach was the 21st of Johann Sebastian Bach’s 20 children. He claims that he discovered the existence of P.D.Q. Bach many years ago, and has … Continue reading

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Quotes of Note

“The young man, they found, was a naturalist, an astronomer, a geographer, a geologist, a botanist, an authority on Indian antiquities, a linguist, an artist—an academy unto himself, as the poet Goethe [one of Humboldt’s friends] would say. He was … Continue reading

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Talking About Books . . .

On January 1, 1998 works including music, books, films, and plays, published during or before 1922 were in the public domain.  That meant that they could be reproduced, performed, used or modified without restriction.  Works that were copyrighted in 1923 … Continue reading

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Popular Music from World War I

World War I ended on November 11, 1918 when Germany declared an armistice – that is a cessation of fighting prior to the signing of an official peace treaty.  The day that commemorated the end of the conflict was called … Continue reading

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