lovely diacritic?

2 February, 2011, 11:39 am
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I think this is a brilliant tessellation.

M.C. Escher – Horsemen, 1946









Reference: Escher – Horsemen


Don’t you want to work in Google too?
27 November, 2009, 12:40 am
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But I’m sure the employees have all these attractions to keep them comfortable because they usually have to stay at the office for more than a day.

Fascinating Rhythm
20 November, 2009, 11:58 pm
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There is this music composition technique whereby 7 beats phrase are used in 8 beats pieces (4/4). Sounds weird to you? Yeah it’s pretty unusual but the result of it is simply… fascinating!

So how do you fit it inside? Let’s make a comparison between the 7 beats phrase and the usual 8 beats phrase.

8 beats: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 | 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 | 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 | 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8|

7 beats: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 1 | 2 3 4 5 6 7 1 2 | 3 4 5 6 7 1 2 3 | 4 5 6 7 1 2 3 4 |

So this 7 beats phrase only comes to a completion when beat 7 ends on the 8th beat of the bar. Using common factor in mathematics, that means after 56 beats!

I was quite amazed to find this technique in a song by Hillsong London titled, “Lord of All”.

Try listening from 6:32 to 7:20 and see if you can identify this 7 beats over 8 beats musical feature. If you can find it and count it, you will discover that they completed the cycle and repeated another time.

So this feature was invented by George Gershwin (based on my limited musical knowledge). He used it in this song “Fascinating Rhythm” for his musical “Lady Be Good”.

Listen from 0:36 to 0:47 and you will find the 7 beats over 8 beats feature too. However, Gershwin cut short the cycle and just ended it by adding extra 2 beats.

So it goes like this: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 1 | 2 3 4 5 6 7 1 2 | 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 1 | 2 3 4 5 6 7 1 2 |

Well it works too. Really applaud Gershwin for his musical talent in creating such whacky rhythm. Awesome.

I really love finding similarities between music of the past and music of the present. Though they are almost a hundred or a few hundred years apart, the elements in it still remains. Before this, I ever posted another comparison between a current piece and a baroque piece. Check it out over here: Imma Shine

More fascinating discoveries to come!

Ever caught in this kind of situation before?
14 November, 2009, 12:45 am
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Nature of social conformity.

The Mad Hatter
30 October, 2009, 12:54 am
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Did you know that the Mad Hatter from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is modelled after an occupational disease of the 18th and 19th centuries. In that era, hat makers were heavily exposed to mercury used in the preparation of felt. Consequently, many suffered brain damage and became psychotic, or “mad” (Katy, 1979) This is Organic Psychosis.

Reference: Dennis Coon & John O. Mitterer (2007), Introduction to Psychology, 11th Edition, Wadsworth Cengage Learning

Searching for True Love
27 October, 2009, 10:02 pm
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My MC prof showed this in class today to give us a good example of good public speaking. But clearly there was a deeper message behind, especially for us students in the stage of searching for a life partner.

Anyway, just a fun fact. Did you know that the term “BGR” is only used by Singaporeans? My Prof told us that and the Singaporeans couldn’t believe it! The international students in class were like, what’s BGR? Business Government Relationship? (Since there is a module in my school called BGS – Business, Government and Society)

Back to the deep message about true love that I was talking about, I encourage all of you to watch all five parts of the video. It’s really wise and I am convicted that this IS true love.

God bless you. 🙂

Corelation isn’t Causation
22 August, 2009, 10:48 pm
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My first Psychology class has been a fun and interesting one.

“As the number of ice-cream consumed increases, the number of drowning cases increases too.”

I’m sure you’ll go “HUH?”

Explanation is: From this observation, there is a corelation between number of ice-cream consumed and number of drowning cases. However, this does not mean there is a causation (ie. increase in consumption of ice-cream does not cause more people to drown, or vice-versa.) So actually, there is a 3rd subject. In this case it is “weather”. If the weather is warm, more people will tend to have an ice-cream, and at the same time, more people will go for a swim. Thus, increasing the probability of drowning cases.

Let’s try another one!

“As the number of electronic appliances in a house increases, the number of teenage pregnancy cases increases too.”

Why don’t you think of the answer yourself. 🙂 You can ask me for the answer. Then try to come up with weird corelations yourself.