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Month: June 2016
Beth Murray vs Maisie Williams
The thread that keeps on giving. Context: Beth Briony’s answer to What does your accent sound like in English? Annika Schauer, she who once loaned Jimmy Carter an alarm clock, responded: You sound like Arya Stark! hahahahahahaha Whereupon I value-added: https://www.quora.com/How-is-you… cc Beth Briony: preconception, going in: She must sound like Jessie J. It’s a […]
Did postal censors ever add personal notes to the recipients, in the mail they censored?
OP here. I know a circumstance where it’s happened, and why; I was curious whether it was really a one-off. Ludovik Zamenhof, son of a czarist censor, invented Esperanto, and maintained a voluminous international correspondence in Esperanto throughout his life. When WWI started, everyone’s mail in the Russian Empire was subject to censorship, and Zamenhof’s […]
Should I speak with an Australian accent when I go to Melbourne for uni?
Adrian Beale has the right answer. We’re quite used to people with different accents. The divide is more about international students not having the confidence to associate with the locals, which becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. Reach out to locals, and they will befriend you; no need for the accent. We do judge, but we judge […]
Without saying the number, how old are you?
Another unnavigably long trail of Quora answers! Rejoice, rejoice oh ye peoples! I am old. I am old. I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled. Hendrix was alive when I was born. Stravinsky wasn’t. One of my earliest memories is the death of Elvis. PacMan was a diverting novelty to a preteen in […]
What are Bach’s absolute best pieces?
My votes, in no order: The Sonatas and Partitas for Violin, as a group. I refuse to separate out the Chaconne, they’re all sublime. The Cello Suite no. 5, with the Devil’s Fugue. The Passacaglia & Fugue. Brandenburg no. 5. Orchestral Suite no. 3. Minus the Air; the Goldberg Air is more Bachlike for me, […]
If JS Bach’s cantatas are 10/10 for argument’s sake, is it worth listening to other cantatas by Handel, and/or Telemann?
A friend of mine was listening to Telemann’s solo violin music, to understand better what was so good about Bach’s solo violin music; I followed his lead. And you know, I like Telemann’s solo violin music. It’s not sublime, but I disagree with Jordan Henderson that every piece of music I ever listen to must […]
How would people from the 1600’s react to EDM (Dubstep, Chillstep, and etc.)?
This question comes up a lot in different guises. Let me put up a related question. Let’s say some contemporary of Beethoven’s—in fact, a classmate of Beethoven’s—started writing music a century ahead of his time. With polyrhythms, and atonality, and all that nice Stravinsky stuff. What would Beethoven make of him? I give you: Anton […]
What would you do if you found US$500 in a parking lot?
Not a hypothetical for me, nor it seems for most respondents. I found AUD 300 bundled with a rubber band under my car tire, twenty years ago. I did not know then, and my wife has kindly informed me since, that the location and presentation of the $300 is consistent with a drug deal. No, […]
What are some down sides of doing PhD in an Australian university than that of the USA?
The other respondents have covered it well. I’ll still answer redundantly. No coursework; so you can emerge with gaps in your knowledge about the discipline. I know I did. Not necessarily much of a seminar culture (may vary by faculty); so much less opportunity to refine your ideas against your peers. Much less networking opportunities, […]
If you could arrange the letters in your name to make up another name, word or phrase, what would it be?
As I was informed by someone at Uni with an anagram generator: Lickin’ Nachos. Which I have done, but no guacamole for me, thanks. Just sour cream and tomato. And NO CHEEZ WIZ! Jeez, GettyImages®, are you trying to kill me?! Answered 2016-06-04 [Originally posted on http://quora.com/If-you-could-arrange-the-letters-in-your-name-to-make-up-another-name-word-or-phrase-what-would-it-be/answer/Nick-Nicholas-5]