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Sydney Menees

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May 22, 2006 at 5:24 PM

First of all, here is my analysis of the classical music question:

Personally, when I wrote the question, I was thinking I would be getting adjectives and not nouns, so I was surprised about all the nouns mentioned. I was really surprised that classical music = Joshua Bell to some people! Of course, that doesn't really count because I was jabbering on and on about a certain concert I was at.

Another thing is people think (perhaps subconsciously) that classical music is caught in a time warp. That is evident from all the composers mentioned. They are all about 300 years old. Well, Mozart is only 250, but still!

I guess the other responses are self-explanatory. If one experiences classical music enough, one grows to love it. If one plays and is really dedicated to their instrument, that is the first thing that comes to mind. No negative responses appeared, though! That is what is most baffling to me.

Now for the pictures!

I would like to take this opportunity to rename myself as the cow-whisperer. Seriously though, when anyone else came over, they would run off!


Königstuhl (King's Chair) is inexplicable. Königstuhl is the summit of a hill overlooking Heidelberg. The view is amazing and this picture doesn't do it justice.


We visited a rhododendron patch from 1904 this weekend. I didn't think it would be that big of a deal, but it was gorgeous. Pauline, I thought of you when taking these pictures because you always post such pretty flower pictures on your blog. I wish you a speedy recovery!


In and among the rhodies.


From parmeeta bhogal
Posted on May 22, 2006 at 5:54 PM
From Pauline Lerner
Posted on May 22, 2006 at 6:11 PM
Beautiful pictures! I've never seen rhododendrons in those colors. Thanks.
From Linda Lerskier
Posted on May 22, 2006 at 8:11 PM
Cows seem to communicate with a secret voice, unknown to humans. Apparently, humans can hear sound up to 10kHz-30kHz. (It declines with age.) Because of this, the only apparent sound humans hear cows make is the "Moo", which is within hearing range.

Secretly, cows have a microscopic "lip" on behind their ears. This lip allows them to make high-frequency sounds which the average adult human cannot hear. The infant child- toddler, however, is still able to sense these noises. Technically speaking, at that age, they can communicate with cows. All babies are born with a micorscopic sensor similair to those of cows on their feet. As this sensor begins to close up, the baby begins to make lower cooing and gahing noises, in order to replace the now lost-high frequencies.

Thus, we may conlude that Sydney has not yet been exposed to presbyacousis, and secretly conceals a microsophic "lip" on the bottom of each foot. This allows her to be capable of what she calls, "whispering to the cows."

Evil Linda is an expert on sound frequencies.


From Linda Lerskier
Posted on May 22, 2006 at 8:30 PM
EDIT Evil Linda is a researcher as Harvard University. She recieved her PHd in 1999 and is currently working on a project that involves cows and frequenies.
From Mendy Smith
Posted on May 23, 2006 at 1:40 AM
Beautiful yellow earings on the cow! I had a pet cow once - ok, he was a steer.... He had beautiful yellow tennis balls on his horns for jewlery (and my protection).
From Colleen Russo
Posted on May 23, 2006 at 2:04 AM
lovin the cow thing... :)
From Colleen Russo
Posted on May 23, 2006 at 2:05 AM
haha cow whisperer... *i actually read it now*
hmmm wow... yeah definately not myself rescently! but you understand lol
From Karin Lin
Posted on May 23, 2006 at 4:47 AM
Evil Linda is proof positive that you don't have to be able to spell to be at Harvard. >;)
From Sydney Menees
Posted on May 23, 2006 at 11:13 AM
Hahaha, Karin! Oh gosh Linda, she totally schooled you on that one.
From Linda Lerskier
Posted on May 23, 2006 at 11:14 AM

It's not me... It's those stupid Harvard keyboards! :P

From Natasha Marsalli
Posted on May 23, 2006 at 12:03 PM
Wow, Germany's just beautiful, Sydney! I'm jealous! Oh...sorry...Cow-whisperer. ;-)
From parmeeta bhogal
Posted on May 23, 2006 at 6:43 PM
Those cow earrings are meant to keep every cow in the EU under strict control...
From Linda Lerskier
Posted on May 23, 2006 at 9:49 PM
I actually credit my imagination for coming up with a thesis on cows and hearing. What was I thinking?
From Danielle Gauthier
Posted on May 24, 2006 at 12:43 AM
If the cows ran away when anyone else came, who took the picture?

Danielle, yeti expert extrodionairre at Metro Community College.

From Danielle Gauthier
Posted on May 24, 2006 at 12:46 AM
Metro schools Harvard...yetis can beat cows with earrings any day of the week (in a three-legged race, of course).
From Sydney Menees
Posted on May 24, 2006 at 7:47 AM
I knew someone was going to ask that! My mom was standing down the side and ZOOMING IN ;-)
From Danielle Gauthier
Posted on May 24, 2006 at 12:09 PM
I'm still convinced that a yeti told the cow to hold still for the picture that IT took. Put that in your research paper, Linda.
From Linda Lerskier
Posted on May 24, 2006 at 6:59 PM
Good idea Danielle. Yes, yes, yeti. I agree. What an interesting philosophy.

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