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The word “organic” gets thrown around a lot these days. We hear it in business as organic farming and now we hear it in regards to music recording and podcasting. The term “organic” has come to refer to something that is natural, authentic, and has a core value. For example, him organic farming in business it refers to a true expansion at the core of the company, not inflated raises from outside venues or other sources.

According to the online urban dictionary, organic music it is music that has a core sound and tone that is natural through the use of acoustic instruments and vocals. This definition went on to elaborate on organic music resonating positive vibes or something like that. As musicians, the music industry warns us to be “more organic.” However, in this digital age, recording music in a home studio on a PC via Audacity or Adobe Audition is, by definition, digital. The sound is stored in a system of ones and zeros. Musicians can record short segments and easily repeat these sections by copying and pasting multiple times. Drums can be made on keyboards, or they can be made entirely inside a computer through the use of software. Most independent musicians use electronic keyboards, drum machines, and instrumentation software when recording. Thesis resonant vibrations however, they are mere recreations of a computer.

Independent musicians are branching out to sell their music to film and television (ie sync or sync licensing). This begs the question how modern independent musicians can get organic musical texture.


quantization it is a digital software setting that can move beats to match other beats. So if a beat is slightly out of place, it can be perfectly snapped into place. The same can be used for voices that are slightly flat or sharp by adjusting the pitch. Anyone who does their own recording and mixing has their own techniques for editing and layering tracks. However, one thing I noticed early on with beat quantization on my instruments was that when I listened back, some instrumental sounds would cancel out. The hearing threshold of human hearing is limited, so by aligning each instrument to an exact beat, the listener was not hearing everything that was intended. This auditory phenomenon means that only a few sounds can exist in the same space at the same time. I also noticed that if two instruments had similar timbres or tones, one of them could cancel out aurally.

maybe this organic music address has a slightly different meaning? maybe it means less perfect?


Compare this to a symphony orchestra or choir where several musicians play together at the same time. The orchestra has a thick acoustic sound that meets the definition organic music. If all the musicians are playing at the same time, how can we hear the different instruments? There are some factors that make this possible. The musicians are playing at the same time, but no two people can place note for note at exactly the same time as a computer. This fraction of a millisecond difference when each musician puts their bow on the string can be multiplied by all the musicians playing. This produces a thickness to the sound texture of orchestras and choirs.

Another reason for being able to hear the various instruments is due to the timbre of the individual instruments or the voices of the choir. No two violins or voices have exactly the same pitch or vibrato. This variation allows the human ear to differentiate between sounds.

An additional reason for variation is the use of multiple note ranges. Orchestras have first and second violins, violas, cellos, and a multitude of other instruments that play different notes in different octaves.

The last reason is where the musicians reside on the linear plane of hearing. For example, violins are heard more to the left, cello basses are heard more to the right, and woodwinds are heard more in the center. This is a result of where they are seated in the orchestra during a performance and where a listener would ordinarily hear them from the audience.


Knowing this information can be vital in providing a more organic sound to your recordings.

Instrumentation- If you’re using more than one type of the same instruments, like guitars on a keyboard or digital strings, try using two completely different textures. You can even set one to sound higher than the other. If you’re adding a digital woodwind or flute of some sort, add vibrato. If you’re using multiple instruments, use different octave ranges and divergent notes within the chord structure of the song.

Panoramic – Use the pan function and place the instruments in the center left, another center, another center right, etc. This allows the listener to hear the individual instruments. If you are a band but want to achieve a chamber orchestra sound, position the orchestra as you would hear it live: violins on the left, viola center left, cello/bass farthest right. Position these instruments further to the back using reverb while putting your guitar, bass, and vocals more up front.

Quantification – By all means quantify your beat and drums and some of the instruments. In other cases, play the instruments throughout the song and allow for that millisecond variation, as if multiple musicians were playing at the same time.

Seals – Add a real voice, real percussion or other real instrument along with your recording. If you are using the digital oh it is in a keyboard song, have a real person sing along with them. Adding real live sounds goes a long way in making the recording more organic.

All the way through – I’ll use quantize to make drum tracks or basic percussion tracks and bass tracks. The rest I play live, until the end. It is challenging to do this and requires practice. The end result is that you can achieve a multi-player sound even if you’re recording alone.

“Music is a form of emotional communication, and when an instrument is played by a skilled performer, it can convey that emotion from the composer, through the performer, to the listener. But when machines are allowed to have too much influence, then that emotional connection is broken. Yes, the notes, rhythms and timbres remain, but the subtleties that make the music truly immersive are lost. They are treated with pesticides (quantization) before they are packaged and sold to the public.”
Reference – Audio Masterclass

Bernard Levin begins A Walk Up Fifth Avenue with three quotes from descriptions of New York City. These date from 1916, 1929 and 1949 and were written by Jane Kilmer, Theodore Dreiser and EB White respectively. Bernard Levin uses these vignettes to establish the reality, or perhaps the unreality, of a changing city, a superficially permanent building that is in reality constantly in flux and never more than a concretized transitory manifestation of the people, interests, and activities that houses. Bernard Levin’s 1989 book now becomes, in itself, another historical exhibit, as the twenty years since the publication of A Walk Up Fifth Avenue have seen major changes in New York’s skyline, economy, and population. York. In 1989 Bernard Levin made few references to Arabs or Afghans, and barely mentioned Islam when referring to the religious identity of the city. In 1989, the Russians, by and large, were still in Russia, not the United States. The twin towers of the World Trade Center appear in three of the book’s color plates without commentary, and nowhere in the book’s three hundred pages that it took to walk the length of Fifth Avenue is there a single mention of the word “terrorism.” .

To the intended British audience of this book, the author, perhaps, symbolized something quintessentially English. An established columnist at The Times, well-known television commentator, and later host of offbeat travel shows, Bernard Levin was close to being a household name at the time, an instantly recognizable voice among the middle classes. But he himself was of immigrant descent, Jewish and, at least originally, very much on the fringes of the British establishment, no doubt regularly knocking on its partially closed doors. Perhaps that is why, in A Walk Up Fifth Avenue, he treats the concepts of “new” and “old” money in New York so informatively. He beautifully describes how murky the origins of any kind of money can be, but the obvious class differences that distinction engenders are deeply felt and beautifully described in the book.

Bernard Levin, however, reveals that he is not a fan of luxury for luxury’s sake and clearly has little sympathy for any kind of ostentatious consumption. He rubs shoulders with the best heels at a New York party, but gently lampoons glitz and bad taste, perhaps guilty of applying a peculiarly British pomposity against the new world against the old world to place himself above old money versus new money. snobbery. He makes a fascinating juxtaposition of the author’s opinion and the assumptions of the subjects. What makes the passages all the more poignant for British readers, of course, is Bernard Levin’s long association with satire, especially that directed at the rich and powerful.

Clearly, Levin is also not a fan of commercialism. Ronald McDonald’s appearance in a Fifth Avenue parade led Levin to describe the character, somewhat wryly, as “a true hero of our time.” He prompts the reader to reflect that Santa as we know him today is very much the product of an old Coca Cola promotional campaign and his default red and white is not much more than a corporate trademark. And perhaps even the practice of giving gifts on a day other than Three Kings was an American invention, driven more by marketing than generosity. One wonders if a century from now children will sit on the lap of a hamburger clown for their annual schooling in consumerism.

A Walk Up Fifth Avenue is much more than a travel book. It is considerably less than a story, and never attempts analysis. It’s an informative, slightly random mix of what caught the fancy of one observer, a vaguely jaundiced British journalist trying to plumb the heart of one of the world’s greatest cities. It makes for an uneven read, but doubly rewarding, as the book not only takes the reader there, but now also offers evidence of its own justification, cataloging change and inviting us to reflect on our current state, equally tenuous and impermanent.

It seems to come from everywhere

Outside noises can come from all kinds of directions at the same time and can have many sources. They can also be reflected everywhere. People tend to look at what they think is the source and imagine sound traveling in a straight line from the source to their garden. In reality, the sounds may have been deflected, bouncing off buildings and other objects, arriving in your yard amplified and from a different direction than the source. The amplification that occurs is not unlike the amplification of sound that occurs when a murmur is channeled through a wind instrument and emerges out the other end like a trumpet blast. So your first step is to identify the source of the problem and the path you are taking to get to your yard.

Words and regulations are excellent soundproofing

A nearby business or industry may be exceeding acceptable noise levels or duration or operating at inappropriate times of day. Sometimes you can solve the problem simply by raising it with the landlord in a friendly way. It may even be worth checking with your local council and making sure your noisy neighbors aren’t breaking local laws. People are often surprised to learn that there are many laws that protect residential amenities (as long as the noise is not from aviation, which seems to be a law in itself in many countries). I have seen laws that restrict the use of air conditioners after a certain time, ban leaf blowers, and even outlaw pets like roosters and barking dogs.

Having exhausted common-sense logical approaches to noise reduction, you have two options to solve the problem. The first option is to create some kind of acoustic barrier in the patio. The second option is to go back inside and work on your internal soundproofing.

An airtight yard!

It is impossible to make an airtight patio. You will always have to deal with the sound of the flanks. Lateral sound is noise that surrounds, under or around soundproofing structures. All the principles of internal sound barriers and sound absorption still apply outdoors.

Low frequency noise has a longer wavelength than high frequency noise and will require a higher and denser barrier. If, for example, you’re dealing with noise from a truck, you probably need a barrier up to 12 to 15 feet (3.5 to 4.5 meters) or more. In most cases this is not practical or even against municipal building regulations, so it might be advisable to go back inside and work on your soundproofing there and settle for a quiet indoor environment.

Is it a baritone or a soprano annoyance?

It is true that higher frequency noise can be blocked by lower fences, but there are some complications. Take the noise of train bells at level crossings as an example. This is quite a high frequency. Hopefully a lower fence will block noise. Unfortunately, train companies have installed their bells on top of ten-foot poles, which means you still have to install a 15-foot fence to have an acceptable impact on noise. In an ideal situation, you want to build the fence at least eight feet higher than the source of the noise. This is less of a challenge when it comes to ground-hugging car exhaust pipes, but it is a challenge when it comes to truck horns and their roof-mounted exhaust systems or even their noisy engines that are quite high off the ground.

The path of the lotus flower

All is not lost when structural soundproofing seems out of the question. There are still a couple of innovative options. It can soundproof by creating more sound, especially a sound that is pleasant to the ear. For example, one way to quickly deal with train bells at level crossings is to install a water feature in your garden; not to be confused with the silent Zen-style installation. The sound of falling water will not only create a pleasant atmosphere, but will also interfere with the sound of bells crossing trains and make them less noticeable. You can achieve a similar effect with wind chimes. Chimes are not as effective because they only work when the wind is blowing and the sound tends to be less random. The motivated soundproofing enthusiast could consider bells and a water feature and also external audio speakers to stream pleasant music into the garden. The application of these three strategies will sufficiently interfere with the most annoying noise pollution and allow you to return to your garden for recreation, relaxation and entertainment. Another advantage of these noise masking options is that they are usually much less expensive and much more homemade than a massive fence.

Acoustics by name only

If you are going to build a proper noise barrier in your garden, make sure it is the right height and that there are no openings or gaps anywhere. Correct height and no gaps are the two most important variables and the things most people get wrong. Some DIY items seem to promote building acoustic fences at any height, which is frankly a waste of time and effort. A fence won’t work just because it has the word “acoustics” in its name! There are some proprietary acoustic fence systems on the market and even with these systems it is important that you check the height required for your specific problem. Most reputable products come with data sheets.

The data sheet is king

The data sheets should talk about how much the fencing system reduces noise. The quantity is measured in decibels or dB. You should look for a system that reduces noise by at least 20dB. As a general rule of thumb, every 10dB is a halving of perceived noise. Some products come with an STC rating. Again, don’t consider a product rated lower than STC 20. STC is a more useful summary of how a product performs across a range of sound frequencies. See if you can get the frequency table for the product. Two products can perform quite differently depending on the noise source and the product’s frequency response. If your noise problem is low frequency like trucks and “doof doof” music, then you need a product that blocks more noise at lower frequencies, say between 50Hz and about 500Hz. So I would look for higher values ​​vs. at these frequencies on the STC graph. If your noise problem is of a higher frequency, such as the human voice, small dog barking, or train level crossing bells, then you will need better blocking at frequencies from around 1000 Hz to around 2500 Hz. Hz. I would look for better performance at these higher frequencies.

those fences are big

An effective and relatively light weight material for acoustical fencing is sheet steel, such as the material used in deck ceilings. Wooden fences work well, but it is more difficult to create an airtight structure, and the wood will be heavier and more difficult to work with. Whatever you wear, remember that the structure is taller than usual and will catch the wind. Make sure your studs are closer together or thicker than normal and bury them deeper into the ground as well.

If you already have a tall fence, it likely has holes or gaps in and around it, it may not be made of the right material to block or absorb offending sound. In situations like this, you may want to consider adapting a product like mass-loaded vinyl (MLV). This is a heavy plastic membrane that is basically weather resistant. You can attach it to your existing fence and it will greatly increase the density of the fence and help block out noise. MLV does not change the fact that you still need the correct height of the fence.

If you live on a large property and can build a mound of dirt to deal with the problem, this can be an effective and inexpensive way to create a soundproofing barrier. Again, the height has to be just right and it can take a bit of effort to build a mound of dirt. Another option for large estates is a hay bale fence. There is a ton of information on the internet these days about hay bale construction and they are cheap, effective and quick, but they must be free of gaps and of the proper height.

be careful who you listen to

Like all soundproofing issues, there are endless myths about exterior soundproofing. The most common is the use of trees and shrubs. Trees and bushes are quite ineffective except as visual screens. To some extent, the sounds of the birds and the wind through the leaves create a masking sound like the water fountain and bells we talked about earlier.

Remember that prevention is better than cure. If you haven’t bought your home and are thinking about buying a nice piece of property that’s a bit close to trains, the airport, or the highway, think again. If you’re a bit sensitive to noise, don’t put yourself through the nightmare of trying to deal with noise problems for the rest of your days. Quality of life is more important than negotiating real estate. Save a few cents more and buy with peace of mind. Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security about what constitutes acceptable silence. Set your own standards and stick to them. Many real estate developments are noisy torture chambers, and yet the brochures feature images of blissfully happy people living the lives of their dreams. Not everyone minds the noise, but if you do, you should look past the hype and ask if there’s a 3am freight train. your yard and so on.

Billie Holiday biography is probably the best known female jazz artist… The lady had the blues people! She was a lady to deal with all the stress in her life.

Today it’s easy to get mental help for depression, but in Billie’s day it wasn’t so easy… today Xanax or Prozac are readily available! For Billie it was alcohol and heroin… what a shame!

Billie “Lady Day” Holiday was born in Baltimore in 1915. She had a difficult childhood: her musician father abandoned the family early and her mother was unable to support her steadily, resulting in Billie often being placed in the care of relatives. . who abused her.

She was raped at age 11 and grew up poor. She says it best in the first line of her famous autobiography Lady Sings the Blues: “Mum and Dad were just a couple of kids when they got married. He was eighteen, she was sixteen, and I was three.”

In 1929, she moved to New York, where she worked as a maid and later as a teenage prostitute. According to legend, in 1930 (at the age of 15), to prevent her mother from being evicted, she sang Body and Soul and made the audience cry. The lady sure she could sing friends… even as a child she was a grown woman.

Billie Holiday began singing in bars and restaurants. Four years later, she made her first record with Benny Goodman. In 1935, she got her breakthrough when she recorded four sides, which included What a Little Moonlight Can Do and Miss Brown to You.

He got his own recording contract, and although the songs he was given were run-of-the-mill (compared to those reserved for top white singers), he turned the songs into classics because of his singing ability. The girl had a habit of “owning” any song she sang…she put her “stamp of her” on it! LIKE A REAL “JAZZ-CAT”!

His voice quality was not outstanding and his vocal range was limited, but he had an uncanny ability to bring a song to life, using things like pauses and slurs, which made the song become a story or an experience, an experience. Instead of just a group of notes he sang with one voice.

She poured her heart and soul into every song and her ability to take on a song and make you feel like it was unheard of. While it’s more common today, Billie Holiday pioneered the style, and that’s how she took ordinary second-rate songs and turned them into extraordinary ones.

In 1936, he recorded with pianist Teddy Wilson, where he first worked with Lester Young. These two were made for each other. When he played her phrases with hers, he breathed as she breathed. They complemented each other perfectly stylistically. He nicknamed her “Lady Day” and she nicknamed him “Prez”. They sounded like 2 voices from the same person.

His recording career is divided into 3 periods. The first is the period of the 1930s, recorded with Columbia, marked by his time with Wilson, Goodman and Young. Her music was made for jukeboxes, but she turned them into jazz classics. Her popularity never matched her artistic success, but she was widely played on Armed Forces Radio during World War II.

Out of this period came the anti-racist song Strange Fruit, in which he paints a terrifying picture of lynched black bodies hanging from trees. The song’s lyrics were adapted from a poem by Louis Allen.

The next period is his Decca (record company) years in the 1940s, marked by recordings with string orchestra accompaniment. While the records from this period are impressive, they’re not all that “jazz.” This period featured Loverman, as well as her own self-written classics Do n’t Explain and God Bless the Child. In late 1947, she was arrested on drug charges and spent 18 months in federal reform school.

But the lady made terrible decisions when it came to men! From her. She fell in love with men who stole money from her, abused her and introduced her to her heroine. When she got out of jail, she went back to heroin. To be honest people; I guess a good-for-nothing man can drive any woman to drink or drugs!

By the fifties, the third period, his voice was becoming hoarser and he would sometimes skip notes, but his ability to perform songs improved. Some consider this work, with Verve Records, to be one of his best.

Ron David described his classic recording of Lady in Satin as “sounding like her voice has died and come back to haunt us from the grave”.

It’s not known if misery, drugs, or drink (or all three) killed her, but in a sad irony, she was arrested on narcotics charges while on her deathbed in 1959. Isn’t that a shame? Enough to make me sad and cry in my beer!

With all the sadness surrounding the lady, it’s wonderful that she was able to create the wonderful music that she did! Thank God for her strength to bring us true original sound… a true DIVA is Billie Holiday!

Meanings of the numbers from 0 to 36

0: The number 0 is one of the most significant numbers, but when it comes to roulette, it is the number that gives the house edge, so it is not a lucky number for us, it is a number of the luck for casino owners.

1 – They say that one is the loneliest number, and that rings true even on a roulette table, as the number 1 is part of the French orphans bet. This number can represent strength. It can also represent new beginnings, which are more than welcome after a run of bad luck.

2 – The number 2 has to do with balance. According to the Pythagoreans, the number 2 is the most unlucky number, in fact they declared the second day of every month to represent the god of the underworld, Hades. In the Far East, however, they consider the number 2 to be very lucky.

So how’s that for balance?

3 – They say third time’s a charm, which isn’t always necessarily true while you’re at the roulette table, but we’ll take any help we can get, right?

4 – Do you remember the Pythagoreans who thought that the number 2 was bad and unlucky? They also believed that the number 4 was a perfect number. It represents many things like the four seasons, the four directions of a compass, the four winds, and the four elements (Earth, Wind, Fire, and Air). The Irish believe in the luck of a 4 leaf clover. Have you ever found a four leaf clover on your way to a roulette table? Me neither.

5 – According to mystical numerology, the number 5 carries with it an aura of uncertainty. It is very rare to find certainties in life, especially in a casino, so perhaps this characteristic is true for all numbers on the roulette table.

6 – Some believe that six is ​​a symbol of luck, but what happens when you have the number 6 three times in a row? We will talk more about what this means at the end of the article.

7 – There are seven colors in the rainbow, but only three on a roulette table. Red, black and green. Seven is often referred to as the luckiest number.

8 – In Asia, 8 is a lucky number for various reasons. First of all, the number 8 looks like the infinity symbol that is of great importance to Asian cultures, and also the way it is pronounced in Chinese sounds similar to the word “wealth” or “prosperity”. I prefer wealth and prosperity to good luck any day of the week.

9 – Known as the number of magic, heaven and the Creator. 9 is also the number of lives a cat has. In Japanese, the number 9 sounds similar to the word “pain,” which is in contrast to the Chinese number 8 that we just met.

10: They call it a perfect 10. In Sikhism, there were 10 gurus, so this is a very significant number for them. In the Bible, Egypt was cursed with 10 plagues. One thing that is becoming clear as we explore all the double meanings these numbers have is that it really just depends on how you look at things.

11 – The number 11 has been considered as a number that represents an internal conflict. Another appropriate feeling that we have probably all experienced at the roulette table, trying to figure out what our lucky numbers will be for the day.

12 – Historically, the number 12 is very significant in many cultures. There are 12 months in a year, therefore 12 signs for the zodiacal calendar, but if you like Tarot cards, you will know that 12 is the number of the hanged man. uh oh!

13 – Just as seven is lucky, 13 is often considered its counterpart to be an unlucky number. Western superstitions dictate that dining with 13 people at one table is unlucky, perhaps in reference to the Last Supper.

14 – We have already seen a couple of words whose pronunciation in Chinese and Japanese sound like other words, but try this one to see the size. In Chinese culture, this is an unlucky number because “one” “four”, when said, sounds like the words that mean “I want to die”. Sorry to be a bit morbid, we’re just the messengers.

15 – This number has some meaning for anyone who believes in equality between all people. Susan B. Anthony fought all her life for women’s rights and her birthday was February 15. We’re not really sure what her lucky numbers were, or if she was a roulette fan, but thanks to her efforts, today there’s a girl somewhere who’s spinning a roulette wheel for the first time and she’s not going to let someone stop her from her dreams! Isn’t that sweet?

16 – It was the 16th amendment to the US constitution that made it legal for the government to tax us, so this is definitely a lucky number for many people who hold public office, don’t you think?

17 – In the Tarot, card 17 is the star card and represents hope. You know, like “Wow, I really hope this bet from Voisins pays off.”

18 – Eighteen is the legal age to vote! In many Canadian provinces, it’s also the legal drinking age, and therefore the age at which you can finally enter a casino to test your lucky numbers and the meaning of the numbers for real.

19 – According to the Koran, 19 is the number of angels that guard Hell. On the other hand, it is also the title of the debut album of the beautiful singer Adele, whose voice has captivated millions around the world. In Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series, 19 is a mysterious number. Finally, it is the last year that one is a teenager, still so young and ready to grab life by the horns. A great candidate to be a lucky number, if you don’t care about the 19 angels that guard hell.

20 – A group of 20 of something is called a “score”, and scoring is what we all look to do when we sit down at the roulette table for the number 20 to get our stamp of approval when it comes to picking a lucky one. number!

21 – This is the drinking age in most of the United States of America. Yee-haw! 21 grams is the weight of the soul, according to some research that is generally considered utterly meaningless and without merit, so… there’s that too.

22 – There is a Jay-Z song where he rhymes the words “two”, “too” and “to” 22 times. If hearing Jay-Z say two a bunch of times makes you feel lucky, look no further than 22 as your luckiest number.

23 – The 23 Enigma is the belief that most events that happen are related in some way to the number 23. You may have heard of the Jim Carrey movie called The Number 23 which is about a man who becomes obsessed . If so, then you can’t, you haven’t been warned about obsessing over this number!

24 – There are twenty-four hours in a day, but they seem to go by much faster when you’re on a winning (or losing) streak. I wonder why is this so?

25 – The Book of Revelation said that there were 25 thrones.

26 – There are 26 red cards and 26 black cards in a normal deck. Red and black, sound familiar? Some people will actually use a deck of cards to help them choose which color to bet on at roulette.

27 – European roulette is a popular version of the game that features a single zero, rather than a double zero. Why does this matter? There are 27 countries in the European Union, so could this number be lucky for someone playing European roulette?

28 – The atomic mass of silicon is 28. We’ve all seen our share of silicon sitting around the roulette tables, especially in Las Vegas, and it seems like it’s often there as a form of good luck charm, so take of that what you want. Will!

29 – Tom Waits sings songs about people who are unlucky, and it turns out he has a song called “$29.00.”

30 – Thirty minutes, half an hour, the average length of a mind-blowing sitcom and also the number of ounces of silver it took to convince Judas to betray Jesus in the Bible. It is up to you to decide whether this number will betray you or lead you to silver and gold.

31 – This is a lucky number for musicians because there are 31 triads in music theory. It’s music to the ears to hear the roulette ball land in the correct slot, that’s for sure.

32 – Here’s another one for you music fans. During his lifetime, Beethoven completed exactly 32 piano sonnets.

33 – It is said that Alexander the Great could have died at the age of 33. That certainly makes it a lucky number if you were one of his enemies.

34 – The number 34 has various meanings across cultures, generally seen as a lucky number since 3+4=7.

35 – 35mm film is popular for both film and photography. It is also the former jersey number of retired Chicago Blackhawk great Tony Esposito. If he is under 35 and wants to be president of the United States of America, he is out of luck as that is the minimum age he must be to run for president.

36 – The 36 Views of Mount Fuji is a famous collection of paintings by a Japanese artist named Katsushika Hokusai. It is also, of course, the highest number on the roulette table and one of 37 or 38 total numbers when you include the zero or double zero, depending on the style of roulette wheel you are playing on. The American wheel has two zeros, while the European roulette wheel only has one.

the devil’s game

We have seen that many numbers have their own spiritual meaning in numerous religions and beliefs, but why is roulette nicknamed “The Devil’s Game”? Well, we mentioned that the number 666 had some meaning much earlier in our list, and the reason why this relates to roulette is quite simple. If you add up all the numbers on the roulette table, you get… You guessed it… 666, the Number of the Beast. Sometimes, though, you just have to put on your pretty shoes and dance with the devil.

What are your lucky numbers?

Have any of these little things changed your lucky numbers? Knowing the meanings of the numbers can be a fun exercise, but it is important to remember that the roulette table is random and there is as much chance of the roulette ball landing in a given number slot as there is of landing any number. other number. Unless, of course, you decide to believe some of the superstitions and facts that we have presented in this article, in which case anything is possible!

Colonizing Trappist is the first volume in an exciting new sci-fi trilogy from Chris Shockowitz. The novel begins with Eugene Hamilton waking up aboard the Exo-1 ship after being asleep for eighty years as his ship travels at half the speed of light to the Trappist system, where he will become the governor of five thousand humans planning to establish a colony. there.

The events that follow are science fiction at its finest, as the reader quickly becomes addicted to learning all the details that would be necessary to create a colony on a new planet in a distant star system. Hamilton and his small team explore the various planets of the Trappist system to determine which would be the most habitable place for the colony. They have only four months to make a decision before another ship arrives with the settlers.

What the Exo-1 crew finds is both reassuring and alarming. There are several viable places to live where the air and water are good, but there are places where dangerous plants can threaten them, they discover a race of amphibians in the ocean that is not happy with their presence, and worst of all, they learn that An ancient intelligent civilization in the system was destroyed in recent years by an unknown enemy. Hamilton and members of his team explore the ruins of what they discover to be the Marzon civilization, even finding video of the Marzon attack and annihilation. The Exo-1 crew also discovers robotic guards left behind by whoever killed Marzon, guards they can defeat, but who lead them to believe that Marzon’s assassins plan to return and possibly claim the Trappist system for themselves.

Despite these concerns, the settlers will arrive soon, so a location is chosen. Hamilton and his fellow colonists then set out to create a new version of human civilization in outer space. This section of the novel was fascinating and reminded me of the Pilgrims and other New World settlers in the 17th century, but Colonizing Trappist is set in the 23rd century, so there are considerable differences. What intrigued me most was how a government was established, how the community held elections and created a bill of rights, and how human nature was revealed, resulting in the first crisis in the colony.

All these interesting details aside, I couldn’t wait for the aliens to show up, and Shockowitz did an excellent job of building the suspense until that happened. For me, the aliens were the most fascinating part of the novel, especially since not one but four different species end up being introduced in the novel, with a variety of surprising, humorous, and frightening results.

Overall, Colonizing Trappist is a very impressive debut science fiction novel. He was completely involved in the history of Hamilton and the settlers from it. Space travel has always seemed a bit scary to me, but Shockowitz makes it feel feasible and believable without being too technical or fantastical. Shockowitz obviously spent a lot of time imagining and creating his fictional world; he makes writing science fiction look easy, a clear sign of the complexity of his processes. A second reading, and definitely worth it, made me really appreciate the structure of the novel, the overall themes, and the progress of its plot.

I don’t read many science fiction novels, but this one has made me a fan. Beyond a good story, it raises questions about human shortcomings and flaws, how adaptable humans are to new environments, the question of human intelligence and advancement, what if we met a race superior to our own , the moral issues of trespassing on other species’ territories, and how to negotiate and compromise with other species. Coexistence seems possible but also complicated in these pages. Thought as deep as Shockowitz presents can help us prepare if we ever encounter intelligent life in outer space.

Whether you like HG Wells, EE Doc Smith, Octavia E. Butler, or Star Wars, Colonizing Trappist is definitely worth a read. Best of all, Shockowitz is working on the next two novels in the Outward Bound trilogy, and is simultaneously writing another trilogy, Zalthuras, which is connected to this series but takes place between 2018 and 2150.

Elite World of Warcraft players don’t often share their knowledge of the best places or methods to make gold in this game. That does not bother you? Well, I know it bothers me. That’s why, even though I’m not a hardcore gamer and I think I’m far from being one of the elite PvPer players or raiders, I’m going to share some WotLK gold farming tips here.

But before I start writing the tips I promised you, I have to make one thing clear. I am a long time WoW player and I like to farm or gather to make gold. In this way, you will make a 100% profit, while if you buy and resell things in the Auction House, the profit is only partial. Therefore, the WotLK gold farming tips that I am going to share here are about grinding and harvesting only.

WotLK Gold Farming Tips for Grinding

  • Mobs that have Relics of Ulduar listed in their loot table are excellent targets for farming gold. So if you’re looking for humanoids, say, for frostweave cloth, go for the ones that also drop relics of Ulduar.
  • If you have skinning, target the beasts that drop more valuables than boreal leather and arctic fur. For example, mammoths also drop mammoth meat (Chunks o’ Mammoth to be more precise) which has a high value because cooks can make ultimate food that grants high attack power. Also, it’s good to know that beasts above level 75 don’t drop boreal leather scraps, so it’s best to pick a camp with mobs above 75.
  • Elemental revenants are good targets for crushing. They drop crystallized items that can be used to make eternal water, fire, air, shadow, life, and earth. Eternals are required for multiple crafting recipes in the game, and regardless of price, they are always in high demand.

WotLK Gold Farming Tips to Collect

  • It doesn’t matter if you’re in a WotLK area or an Outland area, wherever you can use a flying mount, you’ll be at a huge disadvantage if you don’t have any flying skills. So no matter what you do, before you even buy gear, gather money to buy the Craft Riding Skill and Cold Weather Flight. It is the best investment in your character as a collector.
  • After reaching level 80, players generally don’t go to collect ores in the lower level areas of WotLK, because titanium is quite rare there. That’s why cobalt, which can be found in these areas, is sometimes much more expensive than saronite, so if you’re a miner, that’s good to know.
  • The last of the WotLK gold farming tips that I am going to share here is for herb gatherers. All herb nodes in Northrend have a chance to drop Deadnettle except Lichbloom and Icethorns. Since this is a random drop, sometimes Deadnettle is hard to find, so by collecting plants that have a chance to drop this herb, you will double your earnings.

Now, I hope you find these WotLK gold farming tips epic enough to make some decent money in World of Warcraft’s Northrend zones. However, if my report doesn’t help, I can only recommend a WoW gold guide. It is the best alternative if you do not want to buy gold from online sellers.

Romeo Santos has had many successful songs with a group called Aventura and as a solo artist. But to truly understand him, it is necessary to trace his background from the beginning to the present.

He was born as Anthony Santos in the Bronx, New York in 1981. His father is Dominican and his mother is Puerto Rican. He grew up near Yankee Stadium and is fluent in Spanish and English. Romeo has said that it was a nice neighborhood in the sense that it was a mix of African-Americans, Puerto Ricans, and Dominicans and they all knew each other.

At home, his mother influenced him musically. Romeo said that he “had a beautiful voice and played romantic balladeers like José José and Julio Iglesias.”

His older sister, Laura, is his personal manager and said he was a quiet child but liked to sing. Even when he played with toys, he hummed.”

At 13, Santos joined his Catholic church choir so he could meet girls he really liked. He said he “realized that he joined the choir for all the wrong reasons when he started receiving praise for his singing. From then on, music became his mission because he felt that this is the only thing he was into.” I’m good”.

When he was 15, he began to develop a passion for bachata music, saying “a lot of the songs didn’t have a good reputation and the lyrics were pretty vulgar and negative.” All that changed when in 1999 she formed a group with three of his relatives and called it Aventura.

Through trial and error over a long period of time, they experimented with bachata music and finally got the mix of sound they wanted. It was soft and more contemporary. As they proceeded to sing their revised Bachata-style music, it began to pick up steam. The group sold 1.8 million albums and had several top ten hits. Since Romeo was the group’s lead singer, songwriter and producer, his superstar status became more believable.

As one analyst put it, “Romeo wrote words that were simple and that people could relate to.” It should also be noted that Romeo wrote some lyrics that read like steamy soap operas. This was demonstrated with Aventura’s first worldwide hit titled “Obsesión”.

A little-known fact that speaks volumes about her mother’s character was this: As the Aventura star rose, she broke up with the girl she’d been dating since high school only to find out she was pregnant. His son Alex was born in 2001. Romeo said “he was immature and for the first year and a half he made excuses not to commit and wanted to focus on his music.”

It took a while for his dear mother to make him understand that he had to “become a man” and he did. He bought a house for his and Alex’s ex-girlfriend. She has become close to his son, who is now 14 years old, and interacts with him as a good father should. How lucky Romeo is to have a mother who has the character to remind his son that he has to do the right thing at the crossroads of life.

In 2011, he announced that he was leaving Aventura to start a solo career. Two years after doing it, he featured Usher and Lil Wayne on songs with English lyrics that are as close as he’s ever come to mainstream R&B. “I’m reaching a huge audience,” Romeo said, “I’m doing what artists like Beyoncé are doing in terms of filling stadiums. The difference is that my audience speaks Spanish.”

In 2014, Romeo sold out two nights at Yankee Stadium and went it alone instead of like other big name entertainers who needed a fellow celebrity singer to partner with them to fill the house.

At the 2015 Billboard Latin Music Awards, Romeo Santos took home 10 awards, including Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Producer of the Year, Hot Latin Songs Artist of the Year, and Best Latin Album of the Year for Formula, Vol 2.

During the ceremony, Romeo made a special comment to Marc Anthony saying that he had the great privilege of recording with Marc and that he was like a brother to him. The fact that Romeo did that pleased me as Marc Anthony is one of my favorite singers. Marc is a REALLY GOOD singer. So I’m happy that Romeo gave you a special thanks.

Finally, I confidently say that the boy from the Bronx in New York will have a brilliant career given the success and guidance he has had.

Band On The Run, a triumph of musicianship, showmanship and artistry, raucous crescendoes opening the album, simmering brass closing the album. If Dark Side of The Moon intellectualized and hissed its audience, ‘Run’ assured them of having a good time in their living room like any stadium rock band of the seventies guaranteed their live audiences. While ‘All Things Must Pass’ and ‘Plastic Ono Band’ had their strong qualities and moments of excellent songwriting, it was ‘Run’ that proved to be the first (and perhaps only) post-Beatles zeitgeist record. , McCartney mindful of listeners’ needs, hungry for melodic hooks, upbeat choruses, embellished writing, tabloid pop, glamor enough for rockers, majestic enough for intellects, and quality enough to stand alongside The Beatles’ musical triumph. Abbey Road’.

And yet, despite the optimism so evident on the album, ‘Run’ turned out to be a tough album to record. Lead guitarist Henry McCullough and drummer Denny Seiwell left the band just before recording began, forcing McCartney to split the guitar and piano parts between himself and Denny Laine (McCartney recorded the drums himself) in Lagos, Nigeria. “At the time it was one of those, ‘I’ll show you. I’ll make the best album I’ve ever made right now. I’ll put a lot of effort into it because I just want to show that we don’t need you McCartney,’ they later admitted of their ambition. Paul and his wife/keyboardist Linda in shock, undeterred, ventured forward on the record.

And bang, the record begins, kicking off with a hook that Jimmy Page could have copied for ‘Ten Years Gone’, charming his listeners in a way they haven’t since ‘Something’. A fervent vocal line begins the song, before the tempo changes from a glitzy glamorous ballad to a feverish rocker (with Linda’s synth work and Ringo-like fills) as a wall of brass instruments turns the song completely. into a chorus-based rocker that had listeners swaying and listening. humming for the final three minutes of the song. A mix of styles, it was McCartney at his peak, tight without falling into petty indulgence.

‘Bluebird’, cut from the same pattern as ‘Blackbird’, proved to be a more seductive number than its 1960s political cousin Dusty Springfield in its entrance, harmonious in its coda. A disgusting bluesy, Lennonist in its interpretation (John Lennon loved the album as a whole), ‘Let Me Roll It’ grew with age, McCartney in his autumn years giving a blistering version while guesting on Jools Holland on 2008’s ‘Jet’ simmers as a quintessential stadium pop song, the standout from ‘Wings Over America’, one of the best live albums of the ’70s. ‘No Words’ (a Laine-McCartney collaboration) was closer to a Beatles record, subtly orchestrated and driven in its guitar riffs, a love song as worthy as Rubber Soul’s ‘Michelle’ or ‘Here, There and Everywhere’ by Revolver. ‘Mrs. Vandelbilt’, low and loaded, proved the undeniable fact that McCartney was the best English bassist of his generation (McCartney later said that he thought ‘Sgt. epper’s Lonely Hearts Club band’ was his zenith playing bass. It wasn’t’ .Run’ has lines of more character, depth, style and attack. This was his handiwork!) A throwaway song of the best order, it was enhanced by ‘Mamunia’, a jovial reggae-based sing-song, McCartney’s upbeat about growing life a little more contagious, Linda’s close harmonies give her that extra joie de vivre.

So upbeat was the record that the only disappointment came in the whimsical disappointment ‘Picasso’s Last Words (Drink To Me)’, a country ballad that would always be a pub favorite. Inspired by a challenge put forth by actor Dustin Hoffman to write a song based on the first thing he read, it also introduced McCartney’s foot in the world of pop culture, that old-time Blue Coast quality that becomes the inner year. , that je ne sais quoi of a comedy record, intact French accordion and Jet choir, postmodernity before postmodernity became modern. Where his three Beatles comrades had been songwriters and musicians, none of them were Pop Expressionists. McCartney was, and ‘Picasso’ put him in the same league as James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, Tony Curtis, Roger Moore, Adam West, Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol, wisecracking pranksters with a wink at their audience, contradicting brilliant art. . The celebrity-studded album cover (look for James Coburn, Michael Parkinson and Christopher Lee) gave ‘Run’ that extra pop gravitas. While others chanted mantras and slogans, McCartney and Wings knew well that it was the frivolity of the times that drew listeners. No wonder it remains the most successful of the post-Beatles records.

An indelible portrait of 1970s rock, ‘Run’ proved to be the greatest of McCartney’s solo works, ending with the Orwellian pastiche ‘1985’ that even McCartney thumper Noel Gallagher approved of (undoubtedly provided). Arcade Fire a template for playing the keyboard and singing). ), giving 1973 that push towards the end of the decade, a push that brought Queen, 10CC, Sparks and Roxy Music the seriousness to release their eccentric pieces to ever-hungry audiences.

micromegas. Voltaire, 1752. Short story.

“But there was, unfortunately, a little animalcule in a square hat who interrupted all the other philosopher animalcules. He said that he knew the secret: that everything would be found in the Summa of St. Thomas. He looked at the two celestial inhabitants and argued that his people , their worlds, their suns, their stars, had been made exclusively for mankind. In this speech our two travelers nearly collapsed with that unquenchable laughter which, according to Homer, is shared with the gods. Their shoulders and stomachs heaved. and they went down, and in these convulsions the vessel that the Sirian had on his fingernail fell into one of the Saturnino’s pants pockets”.

Micromegas background

this is the first. It is the first short story about aliens, the first short story to question the position of humans in the universe in relation to aliens, and the first to suggest that aliens could be our equals, even our superiors. It is also, at 260 years old, one of the earliest science fiction texts in existence.

This is Aliens-come-to-earth, Sci-Fi Patient Zero right here, and he certainly didn’t keep his ideas to himself.

Since it’s one of the foundational works of science fiction, you can see quite a few quintessential elements throughout it: aliens think a bit differently than we do (anthropomorphism is a bit rampant though), Voltaire uses aliens to do a point about human civilization, and raises questions about why we matter, philosophy in general, and what else is out there.

Also, it’s Voltaire. He unashamedly talks about war, religion, romance, and arrogance, and has quite a bit of fun doing it.

Micromegas premise

The story begins with the introduction of Micromegas, a 120,000 foot tall alien from an unnamed planet around the star Sirius, and much shorter (6,000 feet tall) and less sensory advanced (having 72 senses, unlike the almost 1,000 senses of Micromegas) Saturnino . They come to Earth and, due to their rather unimaginable size compared to our typical height, they initially believe the planet to be uninhabited.

Soon, however, they see a whale and believe it to be the best, if not the only, form of life on Earth. But then they come across a ship of explorers in the Baltic Sea and spend some time discussing philosophical and scientific differences with humans.

Voltaire being Voltaire, he focuses primarily on the stupidity of war. It starts off by astonishing aliens with our practical science, which wasn’t bad at all in the 18th century, but then moves on to our penchant for fighting and dozens of conflicting philosophies about meaningful existence. This contrast confuses the aliens a bit: they know we’re smart, but they can’t figure out why we’re also so stupid, and then they leave, presumably to continue exploring the universe.

The story is short (half an hour tops), to the point, and has plenty of commentary on established authorities. It also uses some conventions that writers today can’t, like unabashed anthropomorphism, unexplained alien powers, and humans rationally accepting the existence of aliens and discussing politics with them while stuck in a nail at least 60,000 feet above the ground, but is the first alien, anything fictional: we have to give a little margin.

Who should read this story?

All the world. Really. Micromegas is not only groundbreaking alien fiction and a brief look at the 18th century and Voltaire’s philosophy, it’s free. More specifically, I guess, I’d recommend this short story to anyone interested in the intersection of aliens and philosophy, as well as anyone looking for Voltairean political sarcasm.

Final verdict on Micromegas

While Micromegas probably isn’t the kind of tale you’d want to curl up with and reread on a rainy afternoon, it’s definitely worth your time. I really like the implications Voltaire raises, as well as the opportunity to examine them without a war-torn or potentially explosive backdrop. There are also quite a few good one-liners about whales, hats, and conceit.

The story is free (and in English) courtesy of Also, LibraVox has a free recording along with some other sci-fi short stories.