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Twitter it is….

Archived in the category: Random Fun

These days, all my energy goes into Twitter, and you can follow me there as @dffmonolith.

Twitter: dffmonolith

Pi Day — a Hundred Million of them!

Archived in the category: Random Fun

The US population reached pi * 100,000,000 = 314,159,265 on August 12, 2012. Here’s the link from Huffington Post. The Census Bureau has a running population counter, as well. I must admit — I was not there waiting for it to reach the Super Pi.

I have been a fan of the SimpleDrop dropdown menu from JavaScript Array for a while. Basically, once I found it, it became my standard dropdown menu package. The simplicity is what originally drew me—it has a tiny footprint beyond jQuery. Of course, the name SimpleDrop was well-chosen. It has no frills, but it works on all major browsers, including Internet Explorer 6. IE6 is almost extinct, but I have a client that doesn’t have the money to update their infrastructure, and are therefore limited to IE6.

I have made some improvements to what I now call SimpleMegaDrop, and it now offers these features:

  • Standard dropdown menus (single-level) in a navbar
  • Mega-dropdown menus integrated with dropdown menus
  • Free-standing Buttons that invoke dropdown or mega-dropdown menus.
  • All of the menu items use hoverIntent to reduce the overall twitchiness.

Proceed to the demo—download links are at the bottom.

English is Tough Stuff!

Archived in the category: Random Fun

Written by G. Nolst Trenito, 1870 – 1946. These verses were designed to help multi-national personnel at NATO headquarters discard their accents. After trying them, a Frenchman said he’d prefer 6 months at hard labor to reading 6 lines aloud. This has floated around for a long time, since before the Web. I first saw it while working at HP Labs back in the Eighties. It makes a great sample post for a new blog….

Dearest creature in creation,
Study English pronunciation.
I will teach you in my verse
Sounds like corpse, corps, horse, and worse.
I will keep you, Suzy, busy,
Make your head with heat grow dizzy.
Tear in eye, your dress will tear.
So shall I! Oh hear my prayer.

Just compare heart, beard, and heard,
Dies and diet, lord and word,
Sword and sward, retain and Britain.
(Mind the latter, how it’s written.)
Now I surely will not plague you
With such words as plaque and ague.
But be careful how you speak:
Say break and steak, but bleak and streak;
Cloven, oven, how and low,
Script, receipt, show, poem, and toe.
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Unknown Kyrie by Palestrina?

Archived in the category: Music

I’ve been trying to identify a Kyrie that I sang a long time ago (maybe 1972), but I don’t have the sheet music for it. I remember it as being by Palestrina, so I’ve searched every Kyrie from every Mass I can find by Palestrina on, and I have not been able to identify the piece. It’s pretty distinctive: the tenors start out with a lovely line, and then the basses come in, and then the upper voices.

Unknown Kyrie by Palestrina

Does anybody know the source of this piece? Maybe it’s not even Palestrina, although I’m pretty sure of it. If you have a clue, please let me know! I’m always looking for music for the 2 SATB groups in which I sing, so other suggestions are appreciated.

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