Marble Machine built and composed by Martin Molin
Video filmed and edited by Hannes Knutsson
Rube Goldberg would be in awe of the engineering complexity in this marvelous music machine that creates sound with 200 marbles! Its wooden parts are carved and Molin built it after drawing the design in 3-D software. It’s programmable, and he can change keys midsong. Take a look at videos about the process of creating the machine on Molin’s website.
You’ll have to go elsewhere if you want beer, back yard bar-b-ques and fireworks for the Fourth of July. More interesting (to me) is Benjamin Franklin’s letter to his daughter, in which he explains his choice of the turkey, a “bird of courage” for the National Bird instead of the an eagle, a bird of “bad moral character” and “a rank coward” to represent the majesty of our great nation:
“For my own part I wish the Bald Eagle had not been chosen the Representative of our Country. He is a Bird of bad moral Character. He does not get his Living honestly. You may have seen him perched on some dead Tree near the River, where, too lazy to fish for himself, he watches the Labour of the Fishing Hawk; and when that diligent Bird has at length taken a Fish, and is bearing it to his Nest for the Support of his Mate and young Ones, the Bald Eagle pursues him and takes it from him.”
“With all this injustice, he is never in good case but like those among men who live by sharping & robbing he is generally poor and often very lousy. Besides he is a rank coward: The little King Bird not bigger than a Sparrow attacks him boldly and drives him out of the district. He is therefore by no means a proper emblem for the brave and honest Cincinnati of America who have driven all the King birds from our country…”
“. . . For the Truth the Turkey is in Comparison a much more respectable Bird, and withal a true original Native of America… He is besides, though a little vain & silly, a Bird of Courage, and would not hesitate to attack a Grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his Farm Yard with a red Coat on.” Franklin Institute Read more: American Myths, Smithsonian Magazine
I leave you with the sublime
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Charming, lovely, melodic. take a minute to smell the flowers.
Thanks Linda B.for the uplift!!!!
(inspired by and with apology to Helen Reddy)
I resist the urge to yell at you
Perhaps instead a well placed pout
or conjure up a tear or two
It never helps to ream you out.
I’ve learned it takes less energy
to always smile, no need to taunt
to get exactly what I want
International Woman’s Day
The sentiments therein are mine even if the energy exhibited isn’t.
Older Ladies by Donnalou Stevens
Don’t know why but ever since I was small I loved the song “The Little Drummer Boy”. This A Capella version is great. (may take a minute to load)
Pentatonix, A Capella
“The amazing A Capella group Pentatonix harmonize to a holiday classic favorite. Sitting on the side of a mountain they make music with their mouth that will take your breath away. Pentatonix found fame during the 3rd season of The Sing-Off and have entertained the world ever since.”
Thanks Kay for sharing!