Johann Sebastian Bach and the Voyager spacecraft

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Johann Sebastian Bach and the Voyager spacecraft

From John Eliot Gardiner’s book, Bach: Music In The Castle Of Heaven:

When in 1977 the Voyager spacecraft was launched, opinions were canvassed as to what artefacts would be most appropriate to leave in outer space as a signal of man’s cultural achievements on earth. The American astronomer Carl Sagan proposed that “if we are to convey something of what humans are about then music has to be a part of it.” To Sagan’s request for suggestions, the eminent biologist and author Lewis Thomas answered, “I would send the complete works of Johann Sebastian Bach.” After a pause, he added, “But that would be boasting.”

Voyager spacecraft

Voyager spacecraft from the Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Ohioan judge responds to run-on sentence with a run-on sentence of his own

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Ohioan judge responds to run-on sentence with an intentionally hilarious run-on sentence of his own

“I join Justice Lanzinger’s well-reasoned dissent, but write separately to highlight the General Assembly’s failure in legislative drafting exemplified by former R.C. 2929.14(D)(3), which the majority opinion relegates to a footnote to fully accommodate its 24 lines of unrelenting abstruseness consisting, remarkably, of the sum total of 307 words and a mere one period, a punctuation mark set out as a lone sentinel facing odds similar to that of the Spartans at the Battle of Thermopylae, a battle that occurred over the course of three days during the second Persian invasion of Greece, and is estimated by historians to have occurred in either August or September, or perhaps both, in 480 B.C., pitting an alliance of Greek city-states, led by King Leonidas of Sparta, against the Persian Empire of Xerxes I, bravely standing before the onslaught of invaders but ultimately unable to stanch the unrelenting tide of the overpowering hordes of words and statutory numbers including R.C. 2903.01, 2907.02, 2903.02, 2925.04, 2925.11, 2925.02, 2925.06, 2925.36, 3719.07, 3719.08, 3719.16, 3719.161, 4729.37, 4729.61, 3719.172, 4729.51, 4729.54, 2941.1410, 2929.20, without so much as a helping hand from a single, solitary semicolon, colon, or parenthesis, other than the parentheses surrounding the capital letters denoting the divisions of statutory sections that are sprinkled throughout the statute, a statute that purports to inform the citizenry of the potential penalty for certain enumerated criminal acts, but by cramming so many words about sentencing into one sentence, sentences itself to uselessness, especially in the case of an offender involved in a pattern of corrupt activity, regarding which R.C. 2929.14(D)(3) surprisingly is completely without specificity, in that it fails to cite a statutory section outlining what constitutes corrupt activity when it otherwise lists specific statutory sections relating to all the other offenses to which it applies, a statutory circumstance up with which we should not put.”

Human brain defaults to social thinking setting when not actively engaged

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Human brain defaults to social thinking setting when not actively engaged

The link is a short overview of Matthew D. Lieberman’s book, Social: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect

Includes the famous quote from Aristotle:

“Man is by nature a social animal … Anyone who either cannot lead the common life or is so self-sufficient as not to need to, and therefore does not partake of society, is either a beast or a god.”

Star Trek Suite

The Greek Radio Symphony Orchestra performs various Star Trek themes. In order of appearance:

  1. Main Theme from Star Trek (The Original Series)
  2. Main Theme from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
  3. The Inner Light from Star Trek: The Next Generation
  4. Main Theme from Star Trek: Voyager
  5. Main Theme from Star Trek: The Motion Picture

I understand this orchestra has been disbanded due to the current budgetary problems in Greece. Pity to hear that.