Another one from the archives. I haven't been drawing much recently and I wanted to keep the posting going.
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Every once in a while I Google myself (I know you all you do too). Anyway, every so often something comes up that I had thought has long since been sent to the garbage collector. Here's one I just found. I don't even remember writing it but I'd probably write the exact same thing again and I know I've had this conversation with other people since. This was some newsgroup where people were talking about playing musical instruments left handedly rather than right handedly. I posted this in January 1995 so this post is 11 over years old and still floating around the internet.
Musical Instruments (Was Re: Lefties in a right-handed world)
27 From: Evan Rappaport - view profile
Date: Wed, Jan 4 1995 2:15 pm
Email: eqr3...@is2.nyu.edu (Evan Rappaport)
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Roger Crice (rcr...@socrates.qp.att.com) wrote:
: In article
: Paul Watson
: >Follow-up to the person who person who observed that
: >musical instruments are generally slanted toward
: >righties. There are a few instruments that lend
: >themselves to being at least somewhat ambidextrous
: >[stuff about guitars...]
Actually I think that this conversation is fairly ridiculous.
I don't believe that musical instruments should be altered to favor right or left handed musicians, and in fact I believe that most musical instruments don't favor either hand. It generally comes down to a matter of perception. For instance while I was learning to play the clarinet as a left handed child, my first instinct was to place my left hand over my right on the instrument. While most of the right handed students did the reverse. Obviously the left hand on top position is the correct position. Does this mean that right handed clarinet players are not as good as they might be simply because the instrument is not in an intuitively natural playing position for them? I think not. No hand position inherently gives and advantage to either hand. After all, playing and instrument is not an intuitively natural act in and of itself. Learning an instrument is a matter of practice, and practice involves the discipline of learning the proper hand position. When you learn to play an instrument your perception of handedness changes and you learn to develop whatever is necessary. There is no need for left and right handed instruments left and right handedness is not like a handicapping injury there is no need for special equipment. I have been playing guitar for about 9 years now, and yes I play it right handedly. This was actually a conscious decision. At first I played it for a few months by tuning the entire thing to a chord and laying it across my lap (like a Dobro) in left handed position.This was what I perceived as the most natural position. Then I decided to learn to play it properly. Trying to learn guitar from a book in left hand position (particularly since all the charts are for right handers), and even trying to find a left handed guitar were out of the question. This was more trouble than it was worth. So I decided to learn it right handedly. I had the same trouble that I would have had if I was learning it for the left hand. You still have to develop strength and dexterity that you normally would not develop. Actually if there was any difference it may have favored my left hand since in right handed guitar the left hand does most of the work. Don't change the tool because you don't know how to use it, learn how to use it right.
O.K. now I'll see a gigabyte of hate mail saying what about Jimi Hendrix or any of the other left handed musicians. Good musicians would still be good musicians regardless of which hand they learned to play their instrument. If Jimi Hendrix learned to play guitar right handedly he probably would have still made the same music. Music comes from your head not your hands.
Just my 10 cents worth.
For any of you who sat and read this entire post you probably have better things to do than listen to me spout off.
(no I don't have one of those big
irritating tags attached to my name)
Posted by Evan Rappaport at 8:21 PM
Sunday, March 12, 2006
Saturday, March 11, 2006
So I just tried the new "Diet Mountain Dew" a couple of days ago. They were giving out the stuff in Times Square and to prove that that it was just as EXTREME as regular Mountain Dew they had a little artificial snow mountain set up in the middle of the street. Snow boarders were having some sort of arbitrarily judged competition. On a scale of Moxie to Thai Iced Tea here's how it rates.
In other words, it rates about a Crystal Light. Not nauseating but not on my on my shopping list either.
Posted by Evan Rappaport at 8:05 AM
Wednesday, March 08, 2006
Still nothing "post worthy" yet, so here's another old drawing. I think this guy is English and he just came out of a pub after a few pints. Looks to me like Elephant and Castle lost the rugby match against Cockfosters 10 to naught.
Synopsis: The book is actually called "The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry and The Big Hungry Bear". The narrator of the book (who isn't mentioned by name) sees a little mouse picking a strawberry and procedes to scare the crap out of him by telling him that a big hungry bear is coming to eat it and there is no place where it can be kept safe. The subtext is that there really is no hungry bear but the mouse doesn't know that.
- (the bear will find the strawberry) No matter where it is hidden or who is guarding it or how it is disguised.
Lesson: Grifting works!
Posted by Evan Rappaport at 6:55 PM
- His mother said, "I'm afraid it won't come up."
Lesson: Never listen to anyone. Your gut feeling is always right. Even your parents don't know what they're talking about.
Posted by Evan Rappaport at 6:35 PM
- Little nut brown hare: "I love you as high as I can hop"
- Big Nutbrown Hare: "I love you as much as I can hop" (and Big Nutbrown Hare jumps higher.)
Lesson: You can never win against your parents.
Posted by Evan Rappaport at 6:10 PM
Sometimesthe most inconspicuous things provoke the most questions. It may be hard to see from this picture.
- What could have been on this manhole cover to not only crack it clean through, but also crack the sidewalk clean through and leave both with a 10 degree bend?
- Who was the guy who put that weight there?
- Did this guy say anything to anyone or just ignored the fact that he broke the street?
Posted by Evan Rappaport at 5:51 PM