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12:24 AM
@user1357113 Adieu!
 
 
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3:25 AM
[ SmokeDetector | MS ] Url in title, potentially bad ns for domain in body, potentially bad ns for domain in title, potentially bad keyword in body (99): #@@!$$$ govslive.de/burtonalbionvsmanchestercity by ikram vai on english.SE
 
 
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7:29 AM
@Robusto I usually use the pair to refer to two aspects which may not be opposite in a sentence to make a long sentence easily readable, because I feel a sentence containing more than one "and" doesn't look so decent and I am afraid the reader can't perceive I am describing things of two different aspects.
I try to think about other alternatives to "on the one hand" and "on the other hand", but feel there seem not to be other better alternatives.
 
 
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11:06 AM
@Robusto chilly? It's been fucking freezing for the last couple days. The coldest weather since like eight years. And that's, like, inlands. She must've turned into an ice block riding along the sea.
 
 
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12:51 PM
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Q: English equivalent proverb/idiom for this famous Tamil saying

Nagarajan ShanmuganathanIn Tamil language, there is a proverb for a particular sequence of actions performed. The proverb is, "Pillaiya killi vittu, thottila aatradhu", meaning, "Pinching a child and then oscillating the child's hammock". (Rough translation) This is usually said when politicians instigate something con...

Poor Nagarajan, nobody told him that there are no famous Tamil sayings. Like, at all. Not a one.
 
 
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2:50 PM
@RegDwigнt "The coldest weather since like eight years"? Dein Deutsch blutet durch dein Englisch, amigo.
 
3:02 PM
"Coldest weather since like eight years ago" would be better.
Or "coldest weather in like eight years".
I still can't fathom the Announcer badge.
When did I ever share a link about that? Like, never, that's when.
I don't even remember ever viewing that question.
Maybe my account has been hacked, and someone has been sharing links without my knowledge. If so, please keep it up. I only have 516 of these bronze badges and I've been using them to play games of tiddly-winks, which I keep losing to smug, talented children.
 
3:39 PM
@Robusto I knew it was wrong as I was typing it, but a) I'm an old man and don't give a fuck, and b) my only wont here is to keep entertained an even older man that is yourself.
To that end, my story of the day goes thusly. Last night I was browsing MuseScore and someone posted a question so I figured meh why not reply. He wanted people to look at the final chord in his score, which someone else had already commented sounded muddy and dissonant, but he had no idea what to do about it.
So I looked at it and he had just a fucking C major chord in both hands, second inversion in the right, root position in the bass in the big octave. And yeah it sounded like eww. So I said, yo, that's the lower interval limit at work, as a cheap rule of thumb avoid writing small intervals below the middle D in the bass clef. So in your case, get rid of the third, and while you're at it, might as well get rid of the fifth as well.
So he'd end like with a single C in the bass, or maybe play an octave for a fuller sound, whatever. You understand.
So that guy comments thanks a lot! then two minutes later comments, wait, like this? and posts an update. And I swear in the bass he still has C-E. Just lost the G. meanwhile in the right hand he changed the G-C-E to a G-C for some reason. Lost the E. Thus changing the melody. And was now asking me, wait, like this?
And I'm like fuck, this ain't ELU, I need to be polite now or something. So I write up something like, yo, much better, sounds less muddy, you did get rid of one third in the bass, now just get rid of the other. Also dude, you've changed your melody. Which of course is up to you, but I'm just saying.
And then an hour later it hit me what had happened. When I said "get rid of the third and maybe the fifth while you're at it", this composer took it to mean he must get rid of the third and fifth note counting from the bottom. Facepalm. And then to top it off he miscounted and got rid of the third and sixth note instead.
This was in the Pro Composers group or something.
So to recap, if you want to become a pro composer, make sure to not know what a third is, or how to count to five.
Also make sure that the chord you stumble on is a C major of all things. Like the entirety of your piece. While the key signature says D minor for some reason.
Yeah. That should make you a pro composer in no time. Kthxbai.
 
4:02 PM
As a side note, while the muddiness came from the lower interval limit, the dissonance was mostly to blame on the MIDI sound font. I've been bumping into that myself more than once, and am constantly amazed at what kinds of intervals that sound perfectly fine on an instrument don't sound fine at all in a MIDI.
Like, the last one I remember was an E7 chord with an E in the bass, G# in the middle voice, and the melody was going down D to H, via a passing note. Business as usual, you'd think. But the MIDI said, haha, fuck you, that C quaver over the E-G#, what are you writing, Petrushka? I'm rendering that to sound like you stepped on a cat, with no formal training on how to properly step on a cat.
And people think that all these new computer thingamajigs make it easier to write music. While in reality it's still a fucking art to write something that sounds good on a real instrument, but now you must also master the art of making it sound good on a fucking cat.
I don't know that I would call that progress, really.
 
 
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6:34 PM
@RegDwigнt What is your problem with cats?
 
6:57 PM
Why do you hate cats so much?
 
 
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8:27 PM
@RegDwigнt Still less do I give a fuck. I was just yanking your chain for amusement. For the record, your English is so good I tend to jump on your occasional solecism with both feet, since I may never get another chance.
I think I've been able to do that about three times in the last 8.25 years.
And yeah, I typically cease being involved with "composers" who don't know what inversions are. They're like doctors who ask what that stethoscope thingy is for.
But for shorthand, just tell the guy he needs to use a "power chord" in the left hand. He may understand that means to drop the third. Or not.
@RegDwigнt For the record, Brahms liked to use close harmonies that flirted with the lower interval limit. He could pull it off, though, mostly.
Also for the record, most musicians nowadays can't even read a figured bass, and even if they can they don't know what to do with it.
 
9:03 PM
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