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by Phill
Tue Jan 20, 2009 9:27 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Pianists?
Replies: 76
Views: 7455

Re: Pianists?

I knew before I even hovered over that link what it was going to be. Sheer genius, I've never seen a better 6 minutes of comedy. Bill Bailey FTW :D I found out that 'Postcards from Far Away' by Coldplay is available on the Coldplay site as a wallpaper download (bizarrely enough). Or if you Google i...
by Phill
Tue Jan 20, 2009 9:18 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Beatles vs. The Who!
Replies: 60
Views: 13914

Re: Beatles vs. The Who!

Also, I can also agree that the Who are better musicians, but the Beatles were very good songwriters, and that is why I like the Beatles better. I do think they were good players, though, just not virtuosos. One thing I like about George Harrison's guitar solos is that you can virtually sing them. ...
by Phill
Tue Jan 20, 2009 9:07 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Looking to start in on the Beatles
Replies: 24
Views: 2363

Re: Looking to start in on the Beatles

Hmmm... my first Beatles album was 'One', i.e. all their number one singles on one disc. I still listen to it as well, so it's not necessarily a bad thing to get a compilation :) Then I got 'Love', Sgt Pepper, Abbey Road and Rubber Soul (in that order). Doesn't really matter where you start I think,...
by Phill
Wed Jan 14, 2009 1:22 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Last.fm Compatibility Thread
Replies: 142
Views: 26638

Re: Last.fm Compatibility Thread

Your musical compatibility with ilokoipi is Low

Music you have in common includes Snow Patrol, The Beatles, Alanis Morissette, The Streets and Green Day.

Highest rating I have is High with two people (toeofdoom and saxmaniac1987)

http://www.last.fm/user/sacrephill
by Phill
Mon Jan 12, 2009 11:00 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: The Funniest Songs
Replies: 37
Views: 3607

Re: The Funniest Songs

The Irony Of It All by The Streets is very funny, and Robots by Flight of the Conchords had me in stitches the first time I heard it. Robots? Is that "The Humans are Dead"? Awesome song - forgot about Flight of the Conchords. Someone mentioned The Divine Comedy, good choice, I like "...
by Phill
Sun Jan 11, 2009 10:05 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion
Replies: 2000
Views: 184089

Re: Religion

I pose the question: Is there any religion which does not attempt to convert people? It's not whether they claim to or not but their actions. Does any religion exist that actually is tolerant of other religions to the extent that they never attempted to force convert, either aggresively or passive ...
by Phill
Sat Jan 10, 2009 7:09 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: The Funniest Songs
Replies: 37
Views: 3607

Re: The Funniest Songs

Anything by Weird Al, but particularly "White and Nerdy". Another of my favourites is "Don't Download This Song". Probably everyone knows Weird Al, but a thread on funny songs wouldn't be complete without him :)

I find Do Bears by Kate Bush and Rowan Atkinson hilarious.
by Phill
Thu Jan 08, 2009 10:50 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Misheard lyric, new song - Jesus was just a raptor!
Replies: 7
Views: 2288

Re: Misheard lyric, new song - Jesus was just a raptor!

lamito wrote:i used to think that the singer from aqua was suicidal.
in doctor jones i heard 'please, please kill me' instead of 'please, please cure me'


To be fair, that's what everyone listening to the song was singing.
by Phill
Wed Jan 07, 2009 9:31 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Pianists?
Replies: 76
Views: 7455

Re: Pianists?

It's a tricky one to learn, but once you get down how to alternate on the arpeggiated chords at the start, the rest is pretty easy. And the big sweeping arpeggios sound wonderful, but are exceptionally simple. It's the end I find I have the most trouble with - playing octave intervals and moving ar...
by Phill
Mon Jan 05, 2009 2:14 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Artist - Song, or Song - Artist
Replies: 15
Views: 6663

Re: Artist - Song, or Song - Artist

I prefer Artist - Song. When you're scrolling down a list of songs, it's easier to pick out albums or songs by the same artist. (edit: assuming, of course, that the list is sorted... if it's not then it doesn't really make much difference, provided you have a search function!)
by Phill
Mon Jan 05, 2009 2:11 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Pianists?
Replies: 76
Views: 7455

Re: Pianists?

Midnight wrote:so i'm learning butterflies and hurricanes' solo by muse. and remembered how bad I was.


That is a difficult solo - I find I can't get it even enough. I think my piano (digital one, Yamaha Clavinova) has too heavy an action to play things that fast on.

That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it! :p
by Phill
Mon Jan 05, 2009 2:01 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Sight Reading
Replies: 10
Views: 1525

Re: Sight Reading

The only way to get better at sight-reading is to sight-read. A lot. There are no shortcuts, no tricks. Just get some music and play through it. Repeat until you're good at sight-reading. This is my experience. Play through a whole lotta pieces of the type you would eventually like to sight-read. Y...
by Phill
Wed Dec 24, 2008 9:06 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion
Replies: 2000
Views: 184089

Re: Religion: Mormon: It's true.

I'd just like to say that I did this, frequently, while wrestling with my belief structure. I received no answer as far as I could tell; presumably God in his omniscience could have given a sign that he knew I would recognize if he wanted to. Out of interest, what position would you hold now? (as i...
by Phill
Fri Dec 19, 2008 8:55 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Most twisted movie you've seen?
Replies: 101
Views: 13381

Re: Most twisted movie you've seen?

Ixtellor wrote:Is cube the one about the people trapped in a cube like maze or repeating rooms?


Yeah, pretty much. A few characters wake up in a sort of maze and have to travel through it, although each one is potentially booby-trapped.
by Phill
Thu Dec 18, 2008 9:04 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion
Replies: 2000
Views: 184089

Re: Religion

Posting a link from the Atlantic Baptist University about the authenticity of the gospels is a bit like posting a link from the website of a Mormon temple about the truth of Joseph Smith's tale of finding some golden plates-- that is, laughably silly. I think that Wikipedia, an officially neutral e...
by Phill
Wed Dec 17, 2008 9:33 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion
Replies: 2000
Views: 184089

Re: Religion

Well, the first thing that comes to mind is the Spanish Inquisition, but I suppose nobody was expecting that. Yes, I know that took place many, many years ago and there were political motivations behind it as well, so it was not entirely a church sponsored event. The point I'm trying to get across ...
by Phill
Tue Dec 16, 2008 9:44 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4990
Views: 749899

Re: Doctor Who

I'd like to see the current Doctor - Companion Dichotomy shaken up a bit - I've been mulling over a bunch of ways that could be done and trashing bad ones like little kids and nuclear families, and think an elderly companion (male or female) or even an elderly couple could work out really well. Hmm...
by Phill
Tue Dec 16, 2008 9:21 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion
Replies: 2000
Views: 184089

Re: Religion

...except that Jesus is the Son of God and He died for your sins. Believe that or go straight to Hell. Of course, you aren't forced to believe that, you can always opt for eternal torment. The point I was trying to make, albeit rather poorly, is not that Christianity doesn't have dogma. Because the...
by Phill
Mon Dec 15, 2008 4:55 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: British Comedies
Replies: 226
Views: 25542

Re: British Comedies

Also, Wallace & Gromit is shaping up to be the best episode ever. Why? Because Nick Parks chose to write it as a TV show rather than a film because he wanted to get his ideas out as quickly as possible. Anyone who's ever created anything knows how fertile the imagination ground is when you're t...
by Phill
Mon Dec 15, 2008 10:27 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Top Bear!
Replies: 170
Views: 32587

Re: Top Gear!

I love Top Gear. I think my favourite bit of this series was the review of the Ford Fiesta.

Spoiler:
"What if I'm being chased through a shopping centre at night by a Corvette?"

"Is it green?"

"What if I get asked to participate in an assault with the Royal Marines?"
by Phill
Mon Dec 15, 2008 9:52 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion
Replies: 2000
Views: 184089

Re: Religion

Was the Gospel of John probably written by an eyewitness? Nope Because as we all know, Wikipedia is infallible. Here's the second Google result for the authorship of John's gospel: http://www.abu.nb.ca/courses/NTIntro/John.htm . The conclusion of the authorship section being "The author of the...
by Phill
Sat Dec 13, 2008 10:42 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion
Replies: 2000
Views: 184089

Re: Religion

The Gospels were written anonymously, and it's impossible to say whether Mark or John actually wrote the gospels named "Mark" and "John". Those names are just traditional. Anyway, Matt 9:9 refers to Matthew, not to Mark, so I don't know how you got that Mark knew Jesus personall...
by Phill
Fri Dec 12, 2008 4:23 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: I wrote a program. Now what?
Replies: 12
Views: 2419

Re: I wrote a program. Now what?

I'm wondering exactly what I should do with it now, since I'm thinking it's not beyond the realm of possibility that someone else might find it useful. I don't have a website (or even a blog), and it hardly seems worthwhile to start a whole Sourceforge page for it. I'm also not sure that I want to ...
by Phill
Fri Dec 12, 2008 9:58 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: How do I connect to an SSL website using Java/Python?
Replies: 4
Views: 797

Re: How do I connect to an SSL website using Java/Python?

Does anybody know of any tutorials on connecting to SSL sites with java or python? I need to download a metric ton of files for offline browsing, and I don't really want to do it by hand... I don't know about Python, but making a URL connection to an SSL site in Java is easy. You just need to make ...
by Phill
Fri Dec 12, 2008 9:45 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion
Replies: 2000
Views: 184089

Re: Religion

@Phill, concerning historical evidence for Christianity: The New Testament claims that Jesus did many miracles that would have been very memorable, public, and irrefutable-- for example, feeding five thousand people, healing blind men, cripples, and lepers in front of crowds, turning water into win...
by Phill
Thu Dec 11, 2008 1:37 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Ranking: Best Songs Ever
Replies: 298
Views: 29941

Re: Ranking: Best Songs Ever

Immortal_Z wrote:Add 1812 Overture - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky


Does this count as a "song"?
by Phill
Thu Dec 11, 2008 10:54 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Do you hate/dislike Java?
Replies: 42
Views: 9396

Re: Do you hate/dislike Java?

I am a Java programmer by trade (mainly web apps), although I do mess around in PHP / Python for various other projects. I quite like Java. Although it's quite rigid, once you've learned about its quirks you can get stuff done pretty quickly - in my experience, as quickly as you can in other languag...
by Phill
Thu Dec 11, 2008 10:30 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion
Replies: 2000
Views: 184089

Re: Religion

I believe he was asking whether you've really thought about it and believe that Christianity is objectively more likely or whether you've just been indoctrinated your whole life and conditioned to believe it. Well, in my opinion I haven't been indoctrinated, but I guess I'm not the best judge of th...
by Phill
Wed Dec 10, 2008 2:20 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books that made you cry
Replies: 296
Views: 46951

Re: Books that made you cry

One book which made me cry (well, not actually cry but feel pretty emotional) is "Peace Like a River" by Leif Enger.

Spent most of the book thinking "morally speaking, there is no way out of this situation" - but the ending was quite powerful.
by Phill
Wed Dec 10, 2008 2:11 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books that make you genuinely laugh
Replies: 107
Views: 18020

Re: Books that make you genuinely laugh

Nath wrote:Wuh? There's no silent 'H' in 'Gandhi'.


True, but what Scott Adams wrote was funny anyway :)
by Phill
Wed Dec 10, 2008 2:08 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Best of '08!
Replies: 38
Views: 3675

Re: Best of '08!

Left out the Cure's 4:13 Dream because I've heard it only once, and R.E.M.'s Accelerate and Queen + Paul Rodgers's The Cosmos Rocks because I haven't heard them. I really liked Accelerate . Short and sweet. Don't know whether I would class it in a "best of" 2008 though. Have to see if I c...
by Phill
Wed Dec 10, 2008 10:57 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Classical Music Dying?
Replies: 106
Views: 10186

Re: Classical Music Dying?

If I want to listen to live music, there's three clubs in Blackpool that have different kinds of music. None classical. If I go into Manchester I can think of maybe four or five more places that have live bands, none fo them playing 'classical' or 'modern classical' or whatever we are calling it. I...
by Phill
Wed Dec 10, 2008 9:59 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion
Replies: 2000
Views: 184089

Re: Religion

Okay, I'm relying way too much on supposed edits and contradictions that simply aren't there. My source regarding the edits is an article regarding the oldest manuscript currently available, which I thought I had in my bookmarks, but having just searched for them with the keywords, "old",...
by Phill
Tue Dec 09, 2008 3:29 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books that make you genuinely laugh
Replies: 107
Views: 18020

Re: Books that make you genuinely laugh

The last book which made me laugh out loud was "Starter for Ten" by David Nicholls. One more name to add to the usual suspects (Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett...) is Scott Adams. I really like his books (not the comic collections, although I do like those too) - when he's on form he can be...
by Phill
Tue Dec 09, 2008 10:20 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What do you play?
Replies: 274
Views: 36147

Re: What do you play?

Everyone here seems really musical! I play Piano, in the sense that I can hit the right notes in roughly the right order. Some of the time. (Read as: I can play from sheet music, can't really improvise). I have been learning guitar for about a year now, which means I can strum along with most songs ...
by Phill
Tue Dec 09, 2008 10:15 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Classical Music Dying?
Replies: 106
Views: 10186

Re: Classical Music Dying?

Just weighing in with my two cents here ;) Is classical music dead? Well, in my experience, all the concerts I've been to have been pretty well attended (usually at least 3/4 of the seats filled). Not all by old / middle-aged people either - usually I've seen a healthy number of young people. And mo...
by Phill
Tue Dec 09, 2008 9:43 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion
Replies: 2000
Views: 184089

Re: Religion

So, are you claiming that part of the bible is incorrect? And that the bible has been *gasp* CHANGED? Please take into account the thousands of changes that have been incorporated into the bible over the years it has existed. If you are to take this part in particular with a grain of salt, then wha...
by Phill
Mon Dec 08, 2008 9:11 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Ranking: Best Songs Ever
Replies: 298
Views: 29941

Re: Ranking: Best Songs Ever

[+] Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
by Phill
Mon Dec 08, 2008 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Pianists?
Replies: 76
Views: 7455

Re: Pianists?

Hi, I've been playing piano for ... well, I started when I was about 12 and I'm now 25. But I did have a four year break in the middle when I went to university, and I didn't use to practice much at all when I started learning, so I'd say I've only really been playing about four years. These days I ...
by Phill
Mon Dec 08, 2008 2:26 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: the most depressing song: help me find it!
Replies: 220
Views: 20487

Re: the most depressing song: help me find it!

Depends what kind of depressing you mean. I think "When It's Cold I'd Like to Die" by Moby is pretty depressing!

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