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I got 27.  I should have had 28, but I pressed the wrong button on one of them.  :rolleyes:

 

29 out of 30. I am embarrassed. :-)

 

But !!!!

 

Is this "study" for real, or is it some hoax fishing for e-mail addresses and other personal information? Mind, it's not really hard to pass that test, with most wrong notes belonging to a different tonality.

And then (quote): "Please supply us with the folowing details ..."

 

If on a University website the spelling is incorrect, I tend to feel that nagging doubt ...

 

Best,

Friedrich

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Perhaps, "Lee Blick" and "madorganist" should prepare for a heavy load of junkmail advertising cialis or pills that enlarge various parts of their respective bodies -- in case they filled in the form attached to the outcome notice (especially the 2male" / "female" pulldown menu).

 

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Friedrich

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While no doubt many a fine musician is possessed of such an ear there are those who cast doubt; particularly note-pushing players who hit right notes that never seem to amount to a musical sense and so perhaps they are not listening to what is coming out of the pipes for being overly absorbed in the mechanics of precision in playing mere notes and not music and thus the ear must not be at its finest musical moment.

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Perhaps, "Lee Blick" and "madorganist" should prepare for a heavy load of junkmail advertising cialis or pills that enlarge various parts of their respective bodies -- in case they filled in the form attached to the outcome notice (especially the 2male" / "female" pulldown menu).

 

Best,

Friedrich

 

Registering is optional! I try never to give my email address away and still get plenty of spam.

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Well, this is just another version of the Swell, after all.

Ask them if they have en chamade Cialis.

 

Pierre

 

Oh the fun of the double entendre - reminds me of the time when I was best man for a fellow organist, I thought it was funny at the time - then I saw the video!.

 

Thinking of the double entendre - should it be a 32' or a 16'?

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While no doubt many a fine musician is possessed of such an ear there are those who cast doubt; particularly note-pushing players who hit right notes that never seem to amount to a musical sense and so perhaps they are not listening to what is coming out of the pipes for being overly absorbed in the mechanics of precision in playing mere notes and not music and thus the ear must not be at its finest musical moment.

 

Wot, no puntuation again?

 

:rolleyes:

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28 - and I did give my e-mail address. I have a fairly good spam-blocker and if that does not work, I have my collection of 'Ethel Merman - Live at Carnegie Hall!' CDs....

 

:rolleyes:

 

Incidentally, I should not wory too much about an university having spelling mistakes on an apparently 'official' form, Friedrich - in my experience, schools and universities are often the worst offenders.

 

I was perusing the staff notice-board at school to-day and, in a memorandum from the HM, there was a hyphen missing, the lack of an upper-case character and one incorrect use of an apostrophe. Perhaps he was formerly a grocer.... Nice chap, though - so I did not complain!

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While no doubt many a fine musician is possessed of such an ear there are those who cast doubt; particularly note-pushing players who hit right notes that never seem to amount to a musical sense and so perhaps they are not listening to what is coming out of the pipes for being overly absorbed in the mechanics of precision in playing mere notes and not music and thus the ear must not be at its finest musical moment.

 

 

Thank God you were writing this, as opposed to actually speaking.... you would certainly have run out of breath and hyper-ventilated....

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This does appear to be legitimate - it's linked from the UCL website which also has some information about it - apparently research on "tone-deafness"; although, in the pairs where the tunes were different, the difference generally involved a note or two which were chromatic, and hence glaringly obvious.

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Incidentally, I should not wory too much about an university having spelling mistakes on an apparently 'official' form, Friedrich - in my experience, schools and univeristies are often the worst offenders.

 

I was perusing the staff notice-board at school to-day and, in a memorandum from the HM, there was a hyphen missing, the lack of an upper-case character and one incorrect use of an apostrophe. Perhaps he was formerly a grocer.... Nice chap, though - so I did not complain!

 

And, in my experience, local education authority inspectors - one, in particular, who specialises in English!

 

John

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I was perusing the staff notice-board at school to-day and, in a memorandum from the HM, there was a hyphen missing, the lack of an upper-case character and one incorrect use of an apostrophe. Perhaps he was formerly a grocer.... Nice chap, though - so I did not complain!

 

There's something about apostrophes that brings out the pedant in me! I'm never more horrified than when I read something that I have written which has an apostrophe in the wrong place. Bizarrely this never seems to happen when actually writing, only when e-mailing or posting to bulletin boards like this. I think there's something about typing at a computer which de-focuses you, which would probably explain why I feel stupid most of the day!

 

At Uni, the "GreenSoc" posted, on all the available noticeboards across campus, a number of signs which read:

 

"Recycle! You're grandchilden

We'll thank you for it."

 

I got a bollocking from a porter for defacing the noticeboard when I went round with a big marker pen ...

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Bizarrely this never seems to happen when actually writing, only when e-mailing or posting to bulletin boards like this. I think there's something about typing at a computer which de-focuses you
Isn't there just! It doesn't seem to matter how carefully I proof-read a post. Once it appears on the board I nearly always spot a mistake.

 

I entirely agree about commas. My personal bugbear is people who put a possessive apostrophe in "its". That and people who don't know the difference between "there", "their" and "they're".

 

Actually, I lie. What really gets me going is the "I know what I meant" brigade who think it really doesn't matter. But the world is full of people who don't seem to consider whether their drivel will be intelligible to others.

 

(Cue for someone to ask me what the hell I'm wittering on about... :) )

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Actually, I lie. What really gets me going is the "I know what I meant" brigade who think it really doesn't matter. But the world is full of people who don't seem to consider whether their drivel will be intelligible to others.

 

Oh yes, I completely agree.

 

I've just come back from teaching a bunch of Swedes about troubleshooting and problem solving, and, obviously, one of the key points to get across is that if you don't get the "problem statement" (i.e. What is wrong with what?) clear, then you're wasting your time.

 

But, for the Swedes, "Network problem" seems to fit with the "What is wrong with what?" question - in their mind, the Wrong with bit = Network, and the thing that's wrong with it is that it has a problem. What kind of problem? Oh, just a problem. Circular argument starts. And rages for several minutes, ending with the Swedish guy saying "Yeah, but I know what I mean".

 

Grr.

 

The whole point of writing something down is to communicate something to someone else, surely? If only the person "what wrote it" :) knows what it means, then it's rather pointless!

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I know what you mean about spotting errors typed into a PC.

 

I recall reading an article (I think it was written by the late Andrew Pennells of J W Walker) about using CAD design techniques for organbuilding. Unfortunately, as he put it, all your mistakes are perfectly rendered.

 

I have the same problem when preparing scores for publication using Capella. I find mistakes sometimes months later - truly annoying !

 

H

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But, for the Swedes, "Network problem" seems to fit with the "What is wrong with what?" question - in their mind, the Wrong with bit = Network, and the thing that's wrong with it is that it has a problem.
Ah, yes. An occupational hazard, I reckon:

 

Optimist: My glass is half full.

Pessimist: My glass is half empty.

IT technician: My glass is twice as big as it needs to be.

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