Professional-Lurker blog was listed as the Feedster Feed of the Day on November 13, 2005.
Professional-Lurker blog was the recipient of Best Research Based Blog High Esteem ranking in the 2004 EduBlog Awards.
The blogger is co-author of the 2004 EduBlog Awards winning paper Bridging the Gap: A Genre Analysis of Weblogs.
Joseph Fire Crow
Folk Alley: Folk Music, Traditional Music, Celtic Music, and World Music an online radio station
Prolurkr's last.fm Recent Tracks
... Internetwork Ecology ...
Dover Electronic Clip Art Series (CD-ROM)
HTTrack Website Copier
Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count
Visited States (United States)
Web Frequency Indexer
The Word Meter
See Prolurker's Personal List at MyProgs
Mahatma Gandhi, (attributed)
Indian ascetic & nationalist leader (1869 - 1948)
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950), Man and Superman (1903) "Maxims for Revolutionists"
You see things; and you say, 'Why?' But I dream things that never were; and I say, "Why not?"
George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950), "Back to Methuselah" (1921), part 1, act 1
Don't let fear convince you that you're too weak to have courage. Fear is the opportunity for courage, not the proof of cowardice.
McCain, John (2004, September). In Search of Courage: Finding the Courage Within You. FastCompany, 51-56.
In the search for character and commitment, we must rid ourselves of our inherited, even cherished biases and prejudices. Character, ability and intelligence are not concentrated in one sex over the other, nor in persons with certain accents or in certain races or in persons holding degrees from some universities over others. When we indulge ourselves in such irrational prejudices, we damage ourselves most of all and ultimately assure ourselves of failure in competition with those more open and less biased.
J. Irwin Miller, Chairman of the Board (1951-1977), Cummins Inc. From 1983 letter about diversity at the company.
|Add prolurker to your Google Toolbar|
My Amazon.com Wishlist
Movable Type 3.2
Syndicate this site (XML)
October 16, 2005
A peaceful afternoon at flute circle
I took this afternoon off and spent the time hanging out with my friends at the Indiana Flute Circle. It feels like I haven't had any time off in ages, which is partially true since I've been pushing hard since the early September. It was great to sit around and talk about flutes, and flute makers, and musicians with not a hint of academics stuff.
I find listening to Native American Flutes so very restful, and we have some outstanding players in the group so it was like being washed in a wonderful bath of sound. I didn't go to Circle last month since I was pushing so hard to get things done before AoIR, and I missed my time there...now I know there are two things I simply must keep on my schedule if there is any way to do so. First would be exercise classes and second is flute (both practice and Circle). I need my non-academic pursuits too.
July 28, 2005
New posting categories
I've created three new categories for posts now that I have more capacity for such things. They are called: Memes...rolling along, Native American Flutes (NAF)...and the people who love them, and Software & Hardware...Oh my. I'll be adding more categories shortly to better describe the content of the site. Of course I'm still debating on the use of tags...we shall see on that one. Links are also available on the left sidebar under "Categories".
New NAF flute, F#min
Well everyone needs to make a few mistakes in purchasing handmade items. This flute is that for me. It has a lovely tone - which is the important part - and finish, but there are a few problems that I should have caught in the advert but didn't.
The following are things I noticed immediately upon playing the instrument for the first time.
- The fourth hole (from the top) is MUCH larger then the others and slightly off center. The eBay advert did state the diameter of the holes and I should have noticed that the others are a max of .395 while this one is listed as .53, but I didn't catch that issue. So it's my problem if I miss the nose on my face.
- The distance between the fingering holes is somewhat narrow for my fingers. The distance is listed as 1 inch over all with 1.55 inches between the third and fourth (from the top) holes. Good to know for future purchases. *makes a mental note, 1+ inches required.* As it is I have to modify my playing so I can fit all my fingers into the available space.
- Overall the flute is short for my stance, it's listed as 21 inches long. I think I need to stick with longer ones...hence more spacing between finger holes and from the fetish to the end, more nose room as it were.
- Oh and speaking of nose...as my hubby said when he saw the flute "May the bird of paradise fly up your nose" which would, I guess, be preferable to the darn thing backing up one's nose as this bird does. LOL NAF fetishes seem to be interesting creatures in their own right. Personally I prefer smaller less obtrusive things that near my face, though some of the carved ones are just gorgeous. I do like this mockingbird even if he is to large for the flute. Maybe I'll move him to another flute someday.
Again it has a very nice sound so I don't regret the purchase at all. As with most things in life we need to crawl a bit before we walk, or spend sizable amounts of cash in this case.