Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Spam Roundup May, 2916

There's spam, and then there's spam so oddly written it's somewhat amusing. Here's a roundup of some of the "best" comments I received this month from spambots around the world.

Non sequiter plus ultra 

 - I read this post completely about the resemblence of most recent and preceding technologies. It's an amazing article. [This in response to a review of some Dvorak piano trios.] 

 - Hi, its good piece of writing concerning media print, we all be familiar with media is a great source of data. [Again, the post was about Dvorak piano trios.]

 - Thanks for your marvelous posting?! I certainly enjoyed reading it, you may be a great author. [I may very well be -- but how would I know?] 

Lumbering along goes on

My short post about small vintage Japanese tinplate toy (The Straco Layout, Part 23 -- Lumbering Along) continues to be popular among the spambots. Clearly, it's not the content that's attracting them.

 - thank you for the good writup. It in fact was a amusement account it. Look advanced to more added agreeable from you. [I'm all about adding agreeable.]

 - What I don't understood is if truth be told you've no longer actually much more smartly-favored than you may be right now. [You mean I'm past my prime smartly-favored-wise?] 

 - It's like your read my mind! You appear to know a lot about this, like you wrote the book in it or something [Or something.]

RE: Fastidious 

No comments used -- or rather, misused -- the word fastidious this month. But the comments to my post Fastidious Spam more than made up for that lack.

 - these are really enourmous ideas in regarding blogging. You have touched some pleasant factors here. [Nothing pleasant about the mis-use of "fastidious," bub.] 

 - great points altogether, you just won a emblem new reader [I wonder what an emblem new reader is.]

Awesome! Its really remarkable paragraph [Which one? The post had seven.] 

Pretty section of content. [Yes, just gorgeous.] 

You can definitely see your expertise within the work you write. the world hopes for more passionate writes like you who are not afraid to say how they believe. [I'm not afraid. Misuse the word "fastidious" and I'll tell the world.]

That's all for this month. Try to touch only pleasant factors, and remember -- you, too, may be a great author.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Diabelli Project 112 - Wind Trio

The Diabelli Project is about offering my weekly flash-composition sketches freely to all. Like Antonio Diabelli's theme, these sketches aren't great music. But perhaps (as in Diabelli's case) there's a Beethoven out there who can do great things with them.

This isn't the first flash composition sketch of a wind trio I've done (see parts 106 and 076). But it is the most fully developed. Looking at the three sketches together, I think this one might work very well as a slow middle movement while the others could work as outer movements. Hmm. This one I'll have to explore further.

As always, this sketch, in all or in parts, is available for anyone to use. I'd love to see the direction someone else takes this. Just be sure to share the results.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Line Mar Match Box Construction 006 - Field Cross

006. Field Cross
I found a Line Mar Match Box Construction Set from the 1930s, complete and with instructions. The box claimed the set made 100 different toys. I decided to test that claim -- one toy at a time. You can read all the posts for the Line Mar construction project at 100 Toys.

006. Field Cross

Even though this construction set has dowels and grommets, the first twenty or so toys in the instruction sheet just involve stacking the metal parts on each other without securing them.

I'm not sure, but I think I cheated a little when I built the field cross. No matter how I bent the pieces, I just couldn't get them to stack properly. So I ran a dowel rod down through the cross, and that helped to stabilize the structure.

The instruction sheet just has the one image for this toy. Without a back view, I don't know if using a dowel is "allowed" or not.

But it worked.

Even with the dowel running through the lower part of the cross
it still doesn't look all that stable to me.