UFO Abduction?

Discussion in 'UFOs, Ghosts and Monsters' started by Beer w/Straw, Jan 21, 2018.

  1. Yazata Valued Senior Member

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    I don't recall being disrespected by my teachers in high school and certainly not as a university undergraduate. I found that if I actually talked to them and showed that I had some interest in the subject they were teaching, they took an interest in me.
     
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  3. Dr_Toad It's green! Valued Senior Member

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    I had some truly stupid teachers in high school for a year, then I was given AP courses. After that, my teachers were amazing. I remember only one of the stupid ones, but I hold close in my heart the wonderful people that helped me learn to think and speak the language, both in English and Spanish, and in math and physics.

    Bless you, Mrs. Farrar, and bless you, Dr. Papadoupolos. You live to this day.

    Edit: And bless Charlie Robinson, the principal at one of the high schools I went to. When I made a shock-sensitive explosive and the class dumbass grabbed it from me and threw it out the window, causing a panic and fire evacuation for an hour, Charlie came over to me and simply said, "Donovan, this won't happen again, will it?"

    I never let anyone else handle my explosives after that...

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  5. sideshowbob Sorry, wrong number. Valued Senior Member

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    Nitrogen tri-iodide was the cause of one of the two explosions I was involved in. The one I caused was sodium.

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  7. Dr_Toad It's green! Valued Senior Member

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    I'm not going to give the formula for the one I used, because stupid people.

    Suffice it to say, it blew a six inch wide, two inch deep crater in the sidewalk two floors below the classroom, and the dumbshit got his eyebrows burned off. Lucky dumbshit, in that he didn't detonate it in the room with fifteen other people.

    When he grabbed it, I'm told I turned white and got back against a wall, and so did the other people that had their eyes open at that age... 10 grams of fun could've turned into 10 ambulance trips.

    I used NI3 for a joke, turning people's asses purple when they sat on the toilet..
     
  8. exchemist Valued Senior Member

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    Which piece and what instrument? Organ?

    This is my favourite Bach organ piece (which I was able to arrange to have played at my wedding as we processed out of the church):
    . A bit faster than on this recording, though this version is quite a nice registration and very clear.
     
  9. exchemist Valued Senior Member

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    Yeah the purple smoke from that is psychedelic

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    In fact it is an adduct NI3-NH3, formed - bizarrely - of chains -NI2-I-NI2 -I- with ammonia between the chains. Iodine of course doesn't need to obey the "octet rule". I did not know any of this when I made it at school, naturally.....
     
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  10. Dr_Toad It's green! Valued Senior Member

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    Yes, a grand organ. I don't remember which organ or the piece I dreamt of, but I had Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor on to drift off to.

    I used to have E. Power Biggs in vinyl, if that gives you more of me.

    Lovely wedding music, sir!
     
  11. exchemist Valued Senior Member

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    E Power Biggs - I do recall the name. You are no spring chicken.

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    Ah yes the passacaglia and fugue. On a theme by Andre Raison, if I recall correctly. 4 bars of somebody''s music, which Bach builds into this huge architecture. I think the last 90secs or so of the fugue is one of the most majestic finishes in music: . (Richter, 1969, with someone else to pull the stops!)
     
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    Yes we did well. We also had some pieces from Bach's Magnificat sung during the mass. In fact when my wife died, a couple of years ago I was able to get the same singers to come and sing one of the numbers at her requiem. A pleasing symmetry.
     
  13. Dr_Toad It's green! Valued Senior Member

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    I'm sorry, and I'm glad at the same time.

    Thank you.

    Edit: that last is the one I listened to last night. And no, I'm a gamey old rooster, not good for dinner, but I can still crow if I need..

    Cheers!
     
  14. Dr_Toad It's green! Valued Senior Member

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    Dammit, now you've made me cry some.
     
  15. exchemist Valued Senior Member

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    We're well off-topic now, but have you ever heard the Art of Fugue played on the organ? It can be fantastic. I was delighted to find the old Lionel Rogg recording I destroyed at university by repeated listening is here on YouTube.



    Try Contrapunctus VII at 23:20 or, even better, XI at 41:26. A jazz-playing fellow chemist came into my room at uni one day in 1975 and, hearing the quiet middle section of this, assumed it was some avant-garde c.20th composer. He couldn't place it at all until I told him! You can hear the theme played right way up and upside down, in all 4 voices, if you listen hard. And, if I'm not mistaken, a very Baroque Tierce de Picardie in the final chord, which finally gives the game away.....

    This music is inexhaustible.
     
  16. Dr_Toad It's green! Valued Senior Member

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    If it's music, it is eternal. I don't count crap like rap or pop as music..

    Thanks, I'l listen! Right now I'm watching a dumb movie to pass the time while it's raining. Thanks again.

    And just to get back on topic, I was abducted by aliens from somewhere other than:



    All the way off to DC, where I found museums and food and thinking people of all sorts.

    And museums, did I mention? I went to the Smithsonian almost every week for seven years, and never saw the same things twice.

    Food! Greek and French and Italian and Lebanese and British, oh my!
     
  17. river

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    UFO abduction is a joke to some I see .

    but to those who have been , it is not
     
  18. billvon Valued Senior Member

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    Exactly. It's like those old campy Batman shows. Sure, they are funny. Not so funny when the Riddler feeds you to a giant clam.
     
  19. river

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    not exactly at all
     
  20. billvon Valued Senior Member

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    Why? You think you'd be fine with being fed to a giant clam? It might not seem so funny once you're there inside the clam.
     
  21. river

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    who cares
     
  22. billvon Valued Senior Member

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    Ah, so being eaten by a clam is a joke to some I see
    but to those who have been , it is not
     
  23. river

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    and this has to do with UFO abductions , because ?
     

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