Monday, June 26, 2006

MUSIC MONDAY - and a visit to the University of Calgary

The European project I've been working on for Music Monday is hung up in production. It's been a bear, actually. So I will post it when it develops into something worth presenting. Right now it's crap.

I was digging through the archives and came across a piece that I thought would tie in rather nicely with not only Music Monday, but also my ambition to take an English course. Also, probably more to the liking of Anvilcloud and Granny than the rock medley of a few posts back.


If you've been reading the past few scattered posts about my application to the U., you know I've had a whole mix of experiences. Everything from a guiding hand, to making new connections with people in the right places, to various degrees (pun intended) of the ever-present beurocratic runaround to an office closure while on the brink of forward motion! (This, folks, is what is known as a run-on sentence. Useful if one wishes to jam lots of little bits between a capital letter and a period. And speaking of punctuation, more on this later in the music section!)

Today I marched into the University of Calgary and submitted my application, transcrips and my money only to discover I was too EARLY to register for the course! What I could and did do today, however, was pay the $135.00 application fee and got myself into the system which will speed up the process on August 15 when I can actually register for the course in question, English 240.

Now, on with the music.

The performer of note today is none other than Victor Borge. The music piece is A MOTZART OPERA BY BORGE - a bit of a spoof on operas in general, so even if you're not a fan of the format, give it a listen - you might get a chuckle.

In keeping with the English theme of this post, here is a link to PHONETIC PUNCTUATION - also by Borge. Cool stuff if you're into periods, commas, semi-colons, dashes and exclamation marks!

Write on!

7 comments:

smiley said...

Well while you're on the subject of puctuation you can check out Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss. The title is based on the following joke...
A panda walks into a café. He orders a sandwich, eats it, then draws a gun and proceeds to fire it at the other patrons.
"Why?" asks the confused, surviving waiter amidst the carnage, as the panda makes towards the exit. The panda produces a badly punctuated wildlife manual and tosses it over his shoulder.
"Well, I'm a panda," he says at the door. "Look it up."
The waiter turns to the relevant entry in the manual and, sure enough, finds an explanation. "Panda. Large black-and-white bear-like mammal, native to China. Eats, shoots and leaves."

Granny said...

Victor had Itzhak Perlman, violin; and Pinchas Zuckerman, viola on one of his specials.

As a part of his introduction, he explained the difference between a violin and a viola. "The viola burns longer".

Have a great day.

ipodmomma said...

well, at least you are in the system... hee hee...

Anvilcloud said...

Everything from a guiding hand, to making new connections with people in the right places, to various degrees (pun intended) of the ever-present beurocratic runaround to an office closure while on the brink of forward motion!

Perhaps a run on but certainly a sentence fragment, just as this sentence is. :)

Anvilcloud said...

Good old Victor: he was a very funny fellow.

Turtle Guy said...

SMILEY - I read it... absolutely hillarious! I love the part about lurking around at night with a stencil and a marker correcting people's signs!

IPM - I'm scared to ask... why the "hee hee"? Do you know something I don't know but should?

A/C - Ah yes, the sentence fragment. Interesting how we put things into little boxes in order to define and understand them. I first encountered Victor in Grade 8 English. Phonetic Punctuation was played for us one day, then many years later when I moved into this house, I discovered my Aunt had a copy of it on a 45... you remember 45s, right?

Sarah Elaine said...

Things are really moving along in your world! It is wonderful to see you so full of... "joie de vivre"!

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