How much do you know about the best known composers of classical music? Did you know, for instance, that Ludwig Van Beethoven only made coffee that consisted of precisely sixty coffee beans? That Norwegian composer and pianist Edvard Grieg had a frog figurine as a good luck charm? Or that Antonin Dvorak, a Czech composer, was an avid trainspotter in his later years?
Tabasco sauce, there’s an old favourite, though best enjoyed in moderation maybe. I didn’t realise the production process was so manual, or drawn out however, it seems a bottle of the spicy stuff is a good three years in the making.
A lot of songs end up being covered, or re-recorded, by another musician, sooner or later. I imagine it’s a compliment of sorts, from one artist to another, but that may not always be the case. Most music lovers will have little trouble picking out a cover from an original, but not all the time.
For instance did you know that the 1980 single Video Killed the Radio Star, by British band The Buggles, was a cover of a song performed by Bruce Woolley and The Camera Club, in 1979? A cover of sorts anyway, as it happens Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes, of The Buggles, co-wrote the song with Woolley a year or two earlier.
If Earth were devoid of life, despite its abundance of the likes of water and oxygen, it’s possible the continents we’re familiar with may be far smaller than they are today, this largely on account of an absence of the erosion that results from the presence of plants, animals, and humans.
Plant life, for example, can root its way through rock, breaking rocks into sediment. The sediments, like milk-dunked cookies, carry liquid water in their pores, which allows more water to be recycled back into Earth’s mantle. If not enough water is present in the mantle about 100 to 200 km deep to keep things flowing, continental production decreases.
Believe it or not, baking the laptop was actually the easy part. Successful reports from internet forums all said pretty much the same thing: set your oven to 320-350 degrees, prop the mobo up on a casserole dish (or a few carefully placed balls of aluminum foil) and cook each side for 2-4 minutes each. Allow it to cool and serve in its original chassis for best results.
The “fix-up” is a novel that’s constructed out of short stories that were previously published on their own. And a lot of classic science fiction novels were “fix-ups.” Asimov’s I, Robot and Foundation were both published as groups of short stories before becoming books. There’s Bradbury’s Martian Chronicles, too. There’s also Jack Vance’s The Dying Earth, and Leigh Brackett’s Alpha Centauri or Die!.
I dare say fix-ups are not limited to sci-fi writing though.
How did it come to be that the direction of clockwise movement came to be from left to right? Now that’s a good question. Why indeed? Why not right to left? Donn Haven Lathrop, who is an expert on American clock towers, among, I’m pretty sure, other things, offers some suggestions:
Clockwise and counter-clockwise as we now know them seem to have derived from an accident of – as the real estate dealer said – location, location, location. In the Northern Hemisphere (in what is now Iraq), where the cradle of our civilization was rocked and the first written records were kept some 4,000 years ago, the early thinkers and teachers noted that their own shadows moved from left to right, as does the shadow of a stick or a sundial gnomon move from left to right during the course of the sun across the heavens.