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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000124.txt from 2005/07

From: (Ormondtoby Montoya)
Subj: Re: [kl] Re: Identity Theft
Date: Fri, 08 Jul 2005 11:35:29 -0400

John=A0Stackpole wrote:

> Mine [clarinet] must already be protected -
> I sure have trouble getting the right notes at
> the right time out of it. I'm told the password
> is " p r a c t i c e "

...and the details of how you hold your lips and chin and tongue and
various other body parts as you say the password makes a difference
also, doesn't it?

I'm reading the last of Douglas Adam's "Hitchhiker's Guide" series, and
I can't help imagining parallel universes being contained inside my
clarinet, waiting for me to visit by pronouncing the password in a
certain manner:

[...and this relates to Tony Pay's earlier comment about being
absolutely sure what sound should come out of your clarinet next....]

"The first thing to realize about parallel universes, the Guide says, is
that they are not parallel. It is also important to realize that they
are not, strictly speaking, universes either, but it is easiest if you
don't try to realize that until a little later, after you've realized
that everything you've realized up to that moment is not true.

"The reason they are not universes is that any given universe is not
actually a 'thing' as such, but is just a way of looking at what is
technically known as WSOGMM, or Whole Sort of General Mish Mash. The
Whole Sort of General Mish Mash doesn't actually exist either, but is
just the sum total of all the different ways there would be of looking
at it if it did.

"The reason they are not parallel is the same reason that the sea is not
parallel. It doesn't mean anything. You can slice the Whole Sort of
General Mish Mash any way you like and you will generally come up with
something that someone will call home.

"Please feel free to blither now."

--- Douglas Adams, "Mostly Harmless", Chap. 3

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