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BigPapaSmurf
SFN Die Hard

3192 Posts

Posted - 05/29/2013 :  06:34:54   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send BigPapaSmurf a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by Dave W.

Do cellos exist that aren't 1/2? Like maybe 1/3 or something? What does the fraction even mean?

Ah, Wikipedia is my friend: the fraction refers to the air volume within the body of the instrument relative to "full size" cellos (which are sometimes known as "4/4" cellos).

Edited to add: so 2/4 and 1/2 would be identical. From now on, Sib, you should say that you own a 37/74 cello. Or pick your favorite number and double it for the denominator.


I say have one custom built at 49/99

"...things I have neither seen nor experienced nor heard tell of from anybody else; things, what is more, that do not in fact exist and could not ever exist at all. So my readers must not believe a word I say." -Lucian on his book True History

"...They accept such things on faith alone, without any evidence. So if a fraudulent and cunning person who knows how to take advantage of a situation comes among them, he can make himself rich in a short time." -Lucian critical of early Christians c.166 AD From his book, De Morte Peregrini
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Siberia
SFN Addict

Brazil
2322 Posts

Posted - 05/29/2013 :  06:36:33   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Siberia's Homepage  Send Siberia an AOL message  Send Siberia a Yahoo! Message Send Siberia a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by Dave W.

Do cellos exist that aren't 1/2? Like maybe 1/3 or something? What does the fraction even mean?

Ah, Wikipedia is my friend: the fraction refers to the air volume within the body of the instrument relative to "full size" cellos (which are sometimes known as "4/4" cellos).

Edited to add: so 2/4 and 1/2 would be identical. From now on, Sib, you should say that you own a 37/74 cello. Or pick your favorite number and double it for the denominator.

They are identical, which was why I found it absurd when she said they weren't.
There are 4/4, 3/4, 1/2, 1/8, 1/16 (!) and so on.
I shall have to find a cool number to paint on mine's cover when I buy it. I thought 21/42

"Why are you afraid of something you're not even sure exists?"
- The Kovenant, Via Negativa

"People who don't like their beliefs being laughed at shouldn't have such funny beliefs."
-- unknown
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Siberia
SFN Addict

Brazil
2322 Posts

Posted - 05/29/2013 :  06:38:02   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Siberia's Homepage  Send Siberia an AOL message  Send Siberia a Yahoo! Message Send Siberia a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by BigPapaSmurf

Originally posted by Dave W.

Do cellos exist that aren't 1/2? Like maybe 1/3 or something? What does the fraction even mean?

Ah, Wikipedia is my friend: the fraction refers to the air volume within the body of the instrument relative to "full size" cellos (which are sometimes known as "4/4" cellos).

Edited to add: so 2/4 and 1/2 would be identical. From now on, Sib, you should say that you own a 37/74 cello. Or pick your favorite number and double it for the denominator.


I say have one custom built at 49/99

Hah! Good idea.
I actually did think to order a custom - but they're horribly expensive and considering I have played for little over a month by now. Maybe later when I can actually play something other than "twinkle twinkle" with any sort of reliability.

"Why are you afraid of something you're not even sure exists?"
- The Kovenant, Via Negativa

"People who don't like their beliefs being laughed at shouldn't have such funny beliefs."
-- unknown
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Dave W.
Info Junkie

USA
25803 Posts

Posted - 05/29/2013 :  10:53:43   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Dave W.'s Homepage Send Dave W. a Private Message  Reply with Quote
How about:

2   2   2   2   2
- - - + - - - + - ...
1   3   5   7   9
---------------------
        π


I can't get a good-looking pi symbol on this machine.

- Dave W. (Private Msg, EMail)
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ThorGoLucky
Snuggle Wolf

USA
1385 Posts

Posted - 05/29/2013 :  20:53:30   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit ThorGoLucky's Homepage Send ThorGoLucky a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by Dave W.

How about:

2   2   2   2   2
- - - + - - - + - ...
1   3   5   7   9
---------------------
        π


I can't get a good-looking pi symbol on this machine.

I programmed that equation on an old HP calculator that weighed several pounds and left it running for weeks. It was fun watching it get ever so slightly closer to the answer, day after day.
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Siberia
SFN Addict

Brazil
2322 Posts

Posted - 05/30/2013 :  08:22:44   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Siberia's Homepage  Send Siberia an AOL message  Send Siberia a Yahoo! Message Send Siberia a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by Dave W.

How about:

2   2   2   2   2
- - - + - - - + - ...
1   3   5   7   9
---------------------
        π


I can't get a good-looking pi symbol on this machine.

Perfect.

"Why are you afraid of something you're not even sure exists?"
- The Kovenant, Via Negativa

"People who don't like their beliefs being laughed at shouldn't have such funny beliefs."
-- unknown
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Siberia
SFN Addict

Brazil
2322 Posts

Posted - 06/03/2013 :  16:39:40   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Siberia's Homepage  Send Siberia an AOL message  Send Siberia a Yahoo! Message Send Siberia a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Meet Stefan:



He's a 3/4 Amadeo Sforza cello! Turns out the 3/4s fits me better than the 1/2, due to height, etc. He's perfect and sings ever so sweetly. A good beginner's cello!

And that weird kid holding the precious is me.

"Why are you afraid of something you're not even sure exists?"
- The Kovenant, Via Negativa

"People who don't like their beliefs being laughed at shouldn't have such funny beliefs."
-- unknown
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Kil
Evil Skeptic

USA
13328 Posts

Posted - 06/03/2013 :  17:31:16   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Kil's Homepage  Send Kil an AOL message  Send Kil a Yahoo! Message Send Kil a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by Siberia

Meet Stefan:



He's a 3/4 Amadeo Sforza cello! Turns out the 3/4s fits me better than the 1/2, due to height, etc. He's perfect and sings ever so sweetly. A good beginner's cello!

And that weird kid holding the precious is me.
Woo hoo! Nice looking ax!

Uncertainty may make you uncomfortable. Certainty makes you ridiculous.

Why not question something for a change?

Genetic Literacy Project
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Boron10
Religion Moderator

USA
1253 Posts

Posted - 06/19/2013 :  12:13:01   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Boron10 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Random awesomeness:

Strange Flames on the ISS

Edited to fix link - B10
Edited by - Boron10 on 06/19/2013 12:13:43
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Dave W.
Info Junkie

USA
25803 Posts

Posted - 06/19/2013 :  21:58:45   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Dave W.'s Homepage Send Dave W. a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I need to find a way to get rich quick, 'cause I want to name a freakin' asteroid.

- Dave W. (Private Msg, EMail)
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Why not question something for a change?
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Kil
Evil Skeptic

USA
13328 Posts

Posted - 06/19/2013 :  23:39:28   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Kil's Homepage  Send Kil an AOL message  Send Kil a Yahoo! Message Send Kil a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by Dave W.

I need to find a way to get rich quick, 'cause I want to name a freakin' asteroid.
That's so cool! I love The Oatmeal!

Uncertainty may make you uncomfortable. Certainty makes you ridiculous.

Why not question something for a change?

Genetic Literacy Project
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marfknox
SFN Die Hard

USA
3739 Posts

Posted - 06/29/2013 :  20:36:42   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit marfknox's Homepage  Send marfknox an AOL message Send marfknox a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Kil got me to come back here after over a year through a message on facebook. Damnit, Kil, I'm sleep deprived enough! I'm working for 4 different employers and a full time stay at home mom and I just finished a book and got an agent to help me sell my book (it's a cat alphabet book. Sort of an artsy, gift book for the coffee table.) I don't have time for this! And yet I want to hang out here and read all the posts! ARGH.

I'm going to bed now. :-P

"Too much certainty and clarity could lead to cruel intolerance" -Karen Armstrong

Check out my art store: http://www.marfknox.etsy.com

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Kil
Evil Skeptic

USA
13328 Posts

Posted - 06/29/2013 :  20:54:31   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Kil's Homepage  Send Kil an AOL message  Send Kil a Yahoo! Message Send Kil a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by marfknox

Kil got me to come back here after over a year through a message on facebook. Damnit, Kil, I'm sleep deprived enough! I'm working for 4 different employers and a full time stay at home mom and I just finished a book and got an agent to help me sell my book (it's a cat alphabet book. Sort of an artsy, gift book for the coffee table.) I don't have time for this! And yet I want to hang out here and read all the posts! ARGH.

I'm going to bed now. :-P

It's good to see you here, Marf. We've missed you.


Uncertainty may make you uncomfortable. Certainty makes you ridiculous.

Why not question something for a change?

Genetic Literacy Project
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Dr. Mabuse
Septic Fiend

Sweden
9644 Posts

Posted - 06/30/2013 :  00:24:04   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Send Dr. Mabuse an ICQ Message Send Dr. Mabuse a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by Kil
It's good to see you here, Marf. We've missed you.



Hear! Hear!

Dr. Mabuse - "When the going gets tough, the tough get Duct-tape..."
Dr. Mabuse whisper.mp3

"Equivocation is not just a job, for a creationist it's a way of life..." Dr. Mabuse

Support American Troops in Iraq:
Send them unarmed civilians for target practice..
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ThorGoLucky
Snuggle Wolf

USA
1385 Posts

Posted - 06/30/2013 :  08:44:34   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit ThorGoLucky's Homepage Send ThorGoLucky a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by Dr. Mabuse

Originally posted by Kil
It's good to see you here, Marf. We've missed you.



Hear! Hear!

Hear! Hear!
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