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Thursday, June 13, 2019

How Music Works

Howard Goodall's fabulous 4-part BBC series, How Music Works.

Note:  Some of the segments may have been removed because of copyright strikes.



Part 1 ~ Melody



Part 2 ~ Rhythm



Part 3 ~ Harmony



Part 4 ~ Bass

Friday, May 17, 2019

Moulton and Allio Down by the Schoolyard

New song parody from Barsoom Tork Associates ...

Title: Moulton and Allio Down by the Schoolyard
Artist: Montana Mouse
Composer: Paul Simon and Barsoom Tork Associates
YouTube: Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard ~ Simon and Garfunkel

The Apple mama slammed down the phone
And she ran to the police station
When Moulton found out he began to shout
And he started an investigation

It's against the law
It was against the law
What AllieCat heard
When she flipped him the bird

The mama jumped up and dove into a rut
Every time that dreaded name got mentioned
Then Moulton said, “Oy, if she gets that boy
She’s gonna stick him in the house of detention.”

Well I'm on my way
I don't know where I'm going
I'm on my way
I'm taking my time
But I don't know where
Goodbye to Morrow, the jerk of sorrow

Seein' Moulton and Allio
Down by the schoolyard
Seein' Moulton and Allio
Down by the schoolyard

Whoa, in a couple days
They come and take him away
But Moulton let the story leak
And when the radical bard
Come to shout, “Retard!”
It was lava on the cover of Cluesweek

And I'm on my way
I don't know where I'm going
I'm on my way
I'm taking my time
But I don't know where
Goodbye to Morrow, the jerk of sorrow

Seein' Moulton and Allio
Down by the schoolyard
Seein' Moulton and Allio
Downed by the cruel bard
Seein' Moulton and Allio
Down by the schoolyard

Songwriters: Paul Simon and Barsoom Tork Associates
North American Bupkis, All Wrongs Reversed.

“At North American Bupkis, our atrocious song parodies are your everlasting earworm.”



Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard ~ Simon and Garfunkel

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Radio Silence

New song parody from Barsoom Tork Associates ...

Title: Radio Silence
Artist: Moulton
Composer: Roger Taylor and Barsoom Tork Associates
YouTube: Radio Ga Ga ~ Queen

I'd sit alone and catch your light
My Wiki friend through sleepless nights
And everything I had to know
I heard it all from Allio

You baleeted all those vandal stars
Through edit wars down pits of tar
You made us laugh, you made us cry
You made us feel like we could fly (Allio)

So don't become some faded pearl
A private cult for chippie girls
Who just don't know or just don't care
And just complain when I endure

You had your time, you had the power
You've yet to have your finest hour
Allio (Allio)

All I hear is radio silence
Allio silent
Radio silence
All I hear is radio silence
Allio nah nah
Allio, what's new?
Allio, someone still loves you

We watch the trials, we play our parts
We Google search for hours and hours
We hardly need to use our heads
How thinking changes through our dreads

Let's hope you won’t retreat old friend
Like all good things we must defend
So keep the faith and make amends
When we grow tired of drama trends

You had your time, you had the power
You've yet to have your finest hour
Allio (Allio)

All I hear is radio silence
Allio silent
Radio silence
All I hear is radio silence
Allio nah nah
Allio silent
All I hear is radio silence
Allio nah nah
Allio, what's new?
Someone still loves you

Radio silence
Allio silent
Radio silence

You had your time, you had the power
You've yet to have your finest hour
Allio (Allio)

CopyClef 2019 Roger Taylor and Barsoom Tork Associates.
North American Bupkis, All Wrongs Reversed.

“At North American Bupkis our annoying song parodies are your everlasting earworm.”


Radio Ga Ga ~ Queen

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Good Time Allie’s Got the Blues

New song parody from Barsoom Tork Associates ...

Title: Good Time Allie’s Got the Blues
Artist: Moulton
Composer: Danny O’Keefe and Barsoom Tork Associates
YouTube: Good Time Charlie’s Got the Blues ~ Danny O’Keefe

Everybody's gone astray
Like they're acting in a play
There's not a soul I know around
Everybody's feeling’ down

Some caught a slight, some caught a pain
Where’s the sunshine? Down the drain
They said this tale’s a waste of time
I guess they're right, it's wastin' mine

Some gotta win, some gotta lose
Good time Allie’s got the blues
Good time Allie's got the blues

Ya know my heart keeps tellin' me
"You're not a kid at fifty-three"
"Ya play around, ya gin up strife"
"Ya play too long, you waste your life"

I got my thrills to ease the pain
Can't find a thing to please the brain
I'd love to try and clear the frown
But everybody's feelin’ down

Some gotta win, some gotta lose
Good time Allie's got the blues
Good time Allie's got the blues
Good time Allie's got the blues

CopyClef 2019 Danny O’Keefe and Barsoom Tork Associates.
Resurrection Hackware.  All wrongs excused.
“At Resurrection Hackware, we solemnly swear we are up to no good.”

Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues ~ Danny O'Keefe

Thursday, April 18, 2019

How I Snared a Nigerian Scammer Before Breakfast (and You Can Too)

Twenty-five years ago, when I worked as a Visiting Scientist in the Educational Technology Research Group at BBN, one of our distinguished managers was the late Beverly Hunter, who came to us after a stint at the National Science Foundation.

Sadly, Beverly died a year and a half ago at age 77.

Thus I was startled, two days ago, when I received a message purporting to be from Beverly on Facebook Messenger.

Two days ago also happened to be the birthday of her widowed husband, Hal. So my first guess was that some family member had fired up an old computer and inadvertently logged on with Beverly's credentials. That hypothesis was quickly dispelled when the person on Messenger claimed to be Beverly.

To make a long story short, my correspondent on Facebook Messenger who was impersonating a dead colleague of mine turned out to be a Nigerian scammer using a newly created Facebook Messenger account, pretending to be Beverly Hunter.

He connects to FB Messenger from a mobile in Nigeria and tries to induce Beverly's friends into texting a scam operator about obtaining grant money for "old school and retired people as well as disabled people."

I busted him. Here is a screenshot of my conversation with the Nigerian scammer pretending to be Beverly Hunter.


P.S. Update: As of this morning, the fake Messenger account has been deleted by FB.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Boggart's Hell

New song parody from Barsoom Tork Associates.
(Inspired by “Sleeper” ~ Season 7, Episode 8 of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”)

Title: Boggart’s Hell
Artist: Moulton
Composer: Aimee Mann and Barsoom Tork Associates
Album: Losing Face
YouTube: Pavlov’s Bell ~ Aimee Mann

[Bronze Lead-in]
This is how it goes…
You'll get angry at me
And soon you can think
Of something else …

And I'll hear the twanging of the quells,
‘Cause I can't stop the Cootie Cat
'Cause I don't have a blog post in place,
No bright shiny lyrics upon my face,
So I won't go near the marketplace
With what I'm singing lately

‘Cause this is how it goes...
This is how it goes
It's all about shame
And whatever they want
Don't tell 'em your name.

[Chorus]
Because nobody knows
That's how I nearly fell
Trading notes
Down here in Boggart’s Hell
History shows
There's not a chance you’ll tell, but

[Verse 1]
Oh Allio, chat here by the table
Stay here 'til we become stable
And when we go
Hold my line on send-off
Tell me what I already know
That we can't talk about it
No, we can't talk about it

[Chorus]
Because nobody knows
That's how I nearly fell
Trading notes
Down here in Boggart’s Hell
History shows
There's not a chance you’ll tell, but

[Verse 2]
Oh Allio, we're only to “Oh my,” so
It's kinda getting harder to think
I won't let it show
It’s all about denial
But can't denial let me believe?
That we could talk about it
But we can't talk about it

[Chorus]
Because nobody knows
That's how I nearly fell
Trading notes
Down here in Boggart’s Hell
History shows but rarely shows it well
Well, well, well

[Verse 3]
Oh Allio, why if this is something
I'm finding it so hard to dismiss
If I’m what you need
Then only kindness can save us
So come on Allie, give me the fix
And let's just talk about it
We’ve got to talk about it

[Chorus]
Because nobody knows
That's how I nearly fell
Trading notes
Down here in Boggart’s Hell
History shows
Like it was show and tell
So tell me
That's how I nearly fell
Down here in Boggart’s Hell
So Cootie Cat, show and tell
Oh Allio, Allio

CopyClef 2019 Aimee Mann and Barsoom Tork Associates.
Resurrection Hackware.  All songs reused.

“At Resurrection Hackware, we solemnly swear we are up to no good.”


Pavlov's Bell ~ Aimee Mann

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Theomathy

Everyone has heard of 'Theology'. Some even study that subject in Graduate Schools of Theology.

But how many people know about Theomathy?

Einstein said, "I want to know God's thoughts."

And then (among other things), he wrote down E = mc².

Just as 'Theology' means "the Word of God," we can define 'Theomathy' as 'the Math of God'.

What's missing in traditional Theology is Theomathy.

Oh, it's hinted at in the poetry, parables, and allegories of Theology. You'll find obscure and arcane references to the concept of functions and prescient insights into the characteristics of chaotic (and chaordic) systems. You'll even find elements of Cybernetics (including the Fundamental Theorem of Feedback Control) in ancient scriptural texts.

But if you haven't studied these topics in modern applied mathematics, you are unlikely to recognize the allusions and metaphors buried in poorly translated passages in these ancient texts.

A great deal of what I've studied in modern Systems Theory is present in the arcane texts of ancient literature.

A good deal of the content of this blog touches on the elements of Theomathy.