Friday, February 29, 2008
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
The horn as we see and know it today is not actually a French design at all, but rather more German than anything.
Why then do some refer to it as a French horn? That requires a little history. Horns originally came from animals horns thousands of years ago and have been used for military and civil signaling devices for centuries. As metal working skill developed they were made from various metals. If we fast forward a number of centuries we arrive in Medieval Europe where the conical horn that we all recognize had begun being used in the hunt as a signaling device, a role that we have come to associate even the modern horn with today - ever see a movie with a hunting scene that didn't have horn music accompanying it?
And here is where the distinction in name comes into play. Around the boroque period in music (J.S. Bach, Telleman, Vivaldi, Correli, Handel, etc.) the horn began to find its way into the orchestra - at first mainly to depict hunting scenes in operas and such, but eventually as a core member of the orchestra for purely musical reasons. In England the horns were smaller, while on the Continent they were larger. Those larger horns became known as "French" horns in England simply to differentiate them from the smaller British version.
But eventually nearly all horns came to be of the same larger size as was common in France, etc. and the differing names were no longer necessary. Alas, the name stuck in England and America - though thankfully the Brits have since seen the light and dropped the "French" and call it simply "the horn". Indeed, the International Horn Society deems that the name should be simply "the horn" as well. And so I say to you all, please - don't call our noble instrument a "French" horn.
The organ might be known as the king of instruments, but the horn must certainly therefore be at least a prince.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Monday, February 25, 2008
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Friday, February 22, 2008
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
ABC Wednesday this ween is "E" is for End Zone. In American football you have a field that is 120 yards (360 feet) long and 53 1/3 yards (160 feet) wide. The final ten yards on each long end of the field is called the End Zone. The End Zone is the ultimate objective of your team - if you have the ball (on offense) you want to cross the line marking the End Zone to score a touchdown; if you are on defense you want to prevent the other team from doing so.
The photo below is from a practice of the Jacksonville Jaguars in August 2007 showing the End Zone on the practice field and a few players during a drill - the player in white near the bottom center has just caught a pass and is trying to get into the end zone, while the three players in the teal uniforms are defenders trying to stop him. It is a little out of focus - low light and lots of moving objects is more than my poor camera and inexpensive lens could handle to get a nice, crisp photo. Hopefully by next season I will have a nicer camera and a good lens with internal stablization, etc. :)
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
(That's me holding a Jacksonville Jaguars NFL team cap in front of a painting of ole Andy from the Hall of Presidents in Disney World - I thought he might like to see what all his hard work earned him after 150 years...)
So while Andrew isn't honored on presidents day, I honor him anyway in my blog with a quartet of photos of the downtown of the city bearing his name, taken out the window of our moving car on the interstate last weekend with the sunlight glinting off the buildings of the northbank of the St. Johns River.
You can read about the history of Jacksonville here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacksonville,_Florida
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Saturday, February 16, 2008
In the meantime, just a few highlights:
Friday, February 15, 2008
Thursday, February 14, 2008
You are breakfasty, like a pile of pancakes on a Sunday morning that have just the right amount of syrup, so every bite is sweet perfection and not a soppy mess. You are a glass of orange juice that's cool, refreshing, and not overly pulpy. You are the time of day that's just right for turning the pages of a newspaper, flipping through channels, or clicking around online to get a sense of how the world changed during the night. You don't want to stumble sleepily through life, so you make a real effort to wake your brain up and get it thinking. You feel inspired to accomplish things (whether it's checking something off your to-do list or changing the world), but there's plenty of time for making things happen later in the day. First, pancakes.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
For this ABC Wednesday, "D" is for dock - this one next to the St. Augustine Yacht Club and currently the resting place for at least a dozen pelicans resting from their morning hunting trips.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
I post this for all of my British blogging friends.
This little British pub resides just north of St. Augustine, FL along the side of the major north-south road in the area - complete with double-decker bus, red phone booth, and Ye Olde English architechture. I love it. :)
Monday, February 11, 2008
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Saturday, February 9, 2008
Friday, February 8, 2008
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
"C" is for Confederates: During the American Civil War the Southern states that seceeded from the Union formed a Confederacy, which gave more power to the individual states instead of the federal government. The Confederates in the above photo are from last year's reenactment at Olustee, Fl. It was a very cold morning (for us anyway - strong wind, temperatures around 40 F., and a wind chill in the low 30's F.) Many of the soldiers were huddled around their camp fires trying to stay warm. The flag in the foreground conveniently was situated so that the name "Ocean Pond" was showing - appropriate because the Confederates referred to the Battle of Olustee as the Battle of Ocean Pond. Conventional naming practices differed between North and South: the North tended to name battles after the nearest body of water (Bull Run, Anteitam, Beaver Dam Creek, etc.) while the Confederates tended to name battles after the nearest town (Manassas, Sharpsburg, Mechanicsville, etc.). Olustee is rare because the Confederates used the nearest body of water (Ocean Pond) while the Yankees used the nearest town (Olustee) - they flip flopped on this one!
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Monday, February 4, 2008
Sunday, February 3, 2008
Start with the soft drinks:
Add some Pizza Rolls:
Mix in some hot dogs, onion rings, nachos... anything you want... all in good fun: