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  1. This is probably the time and place to say that at least for the foreseeable future I am retiring from the forum. I have been considering this off and on for a while now but recently I reached out in a private message to a member to explain my point of view over a discussion we were having. What I got back in reply was quite a nasty attack on me as a person. I think the majority of people here are great and I have enjoyed chatting and debating with those who hold different views. I have been a member here since 2007 and goodness knows I have been involved in spirited debates but I beli
  2. There is nothing wrong with challenging ideas the problem comes when "I disagree with your opinion" becomes "I disagree with your opinion therefore you are an idiot" or whatever. There are people here I often disagree with but I have great respect for them if they can challenge the views of others with a polite and reasonable argument.
  3. At no stage have I said this. To sum up the discussion you are disparaging me and my experience. We may practice music differently but let me be clear I have NO PORBLEM with the way you do music. I am not criticizing your style but you are definitely criticizing my style. What I am saying is that some musician jobs require good sight reading, that is a fact. Many jobs do not and that is fine as well. Country no rock yes blues yes toured yes. Back in the day we used to around 240 engagements a year both in Aus and overseas. Ah more denigration I have done
  4. I haven't read your full post yet but I have to answer this ASAP. No you are wrong, I have great respect for people who play by ear and I don't believe I have ever denigrated anyone who uses this method. I have however pointed out that for many types of musical work you need to get to grips with large amounts of material in a short time. I think perhaps your belief that I am elitist or denigrating people who play by ear may be something you are imagining.
  5. Sorry Dax but that cannot be true and is easily testable. If I post a link to a piece perhaps you could demonstrate your prowess? Sorry to sound perhaps a little arrogant here but I have earned my entire living from music and music education. I don't claim to be brilliant (like you) but I have always had enough work in all genres of music. Your comment about me having "very little knowledge of the popular music industry" is rather condescending. You have no idea what I have or haven't done. I would be interested to hear some of your work, don't
  6. Dax most musicians I know and do and have worked with do both. When playing with smaller ensembles with more popular music it is more normal to play without music but at some stage there would have been written music as part of the process. It is simply not possible to paly a Mahler symphony by ear. If you take a popular piece of music or song it is not just a case of of playing the melody. Usually the arranger will arrange the piece, this arranger may also be a player. They will decide on style, harmony and who is paying the melodic part and how that is handed on to another player.
  7. I don't totally disagree with this however if we use the example of a pilot there are procedures to be learned that allow pilots to navigate using procedures that are shared throughout the industry. Modern airliners are complicated pieces of machinery. The pilot cannot possibly know every shingle technical detail of the aircraft. There is much formal education surrounding what actions to take given certain engine malfunctions. A pilot could go many years without being faced with an engine problem. On the other hand the people who built and designed engine have a better understanding
  8. I have to jump in here and disagree. The only job I have ever done is being a musician and music teacher. I did my first professional music job in 1979 and it is all I have done in my working life. I have taught many hundreds of students some to them to be professionals. You are not wrong to say that you can be a fine musician without being able to read music however this does not hold true with all forms of music. I have taught many great musicians who played by ear but needed to be able to read music in order to find work. My firs job as a musician was as a
  9. The increase in IQ scores is known as the "Flynn effect". There has also been an increase in DQs (development quotients) in infants. This certainly rings true in my family. My IQ is higher than my father's but lower than my son's
  10. I have recently been using my time in lockdown to digitize all of my photos. One of the benefits is that it has made me look at photos I have not seen for years. This picture was my first ever flying lesson in 1989 I think. The confronting thing is that the fit young man in this picture bears little resemblance to the decaying human wreck I see in the mirror these days!
  11. Sorry to here that Red. Hoping you and your family have a speedy recovery.
  12. Only an idiot would not take precautions against an infectious disease especially one that for some people is fatal or debilitating.
  13. I would hate to have the fear you have about having a vaccination that has been shown to be quite safe and effective.
  14. The mRNA vaccines do not contain any inactivated virus. mRNA vaccines have been in development since 1989 and the first clinical trial of mRNA to treat cancer was in 2001. When people say the vaccine development was rushed I now ask them if they can explain to me which testing phases were missed out? The logic of at least some of the vaccine doubters seems to be around anxiety about the safety of the vaccine. The immediate safety is reasonably well understood. We are now up to 6.34 Billion doses with 2,6 Billion people fully vaccinated. In terms of long term safe
  15. I am also an addict/enthusiast. I have a 20 year old Rancillio but my new love is a hand operated lever machine which is a joy to use.
  16. I backup my pc regularly both in the cloud (one drive) and on my external drive. The thing to remember about the cloud it is great for backup but I certainly would also keep local copies.. The advantage of cloud storage is that if you business or home burns down and you lose you locally stored data or paperwork, an off site copy still exits. At the moment I am going through the painstaking task of scanning all of my old photos. Many of these photos have become drab and faded over the years.
  17. Here is a video of a 0-60 "launch" when my son picked us up from the airport on our last visit. I am in the back seat and my wife is giggling in the passenger seat. My son has a few cars and is a keen motor sport participant. Although he has a race car he has put this Tesla on track just for the fun of it. Tesla launch.mp4
  18. My son owns a Tesla. With the 75 Kwh there is plenty of capacity. It is tremendous fun to drive, even my wife who drives pretty sedately was launching off at the traffic lights.
  19. octave

    Aussie Nukes

    My favorite moment of the Hanson clip is at the 50 second mark. "did you pacifically go looking for a diesel submarine?"
  20. The need to prove vaccination status is not specific to Victoria. Oh and it does not cost $200
  21. Here is a Vauxhall Viva still going strong with a transplanted Mazda V6. My son (his company) funded this series and did some of the camera work. The Incredible Mazda-Swapped Vauxhall Viva -TST in NZ
  22. Spacey here is the phone number to get your vax proof
  23. It is free. If you don't have Mygov you can do this If you can’t get proof online If you can’t get proof online, your vaccination provider can print your immunisation history statement for you. You can also call the Australian Immunisation Register and ask us to send your statement to you. It can take up to 14 days to arrive in the post. https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/subjects/getting-help-during-coronavirus-covid-19/covid-19-vaccinations/how-get-proof#dc-54059-s-209329-209333-209339-209343-209346 You could get mygov accou
  24. Just to clarify this, the company adds the GST to the goods or services, the customer pays the price including the GST which the business then pays to the tax office. The business in practice is acting as an (unpaid) collection agency.
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