Within the past few minutes as I pen these words, emails have been flitting back and forth between Jack Olson and me on a mix of topics that I thought I'd share...
I did, of course, first ask Jack's permission to recount our discourse, which he graciously granted, so here's the way things built up... Do you recall my blogs regarding the fact that I had just realized that I didn’t know how mirrors work at a fundamental level (if not, see Part 1 and Part 2)?
Well, someone in the Yahoo How Things Work group posted a message saying: "I no longer remember the answer, but I distinctly remember reading a very clear (believe it or not) explanation of how mirrors work at the quantum level in QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter by Richard Feynman."
I immediately bounced over to Amazon.com and ordered a secondhand copy (condition = used/good) for only $1.99 plus postage (I LOVE the Internet) and promised that – once I had received, perused, and pondered this book – I would report back in a future blog.
Anyway, Jack's first email started by saying: "Best wishes with QED. You will never look at the rainbow of an oil-slick in the same way... My advice? Take it slow and try to understand EACH SENTENCE before moving on."
I responded saying "Hi Jack – thanks for the advice – I am taking it VERY slowly – I read the first lecture and then I read it again just to make sure :-) I will be reporting back in a future blog when I’ve finished and digested it..."
Leaping from topic to topic with the agility of a spry young mountain goat, Jack then alluded to another blog I'd written – my review of the most recent CD by YES called Magnification (Click Here to see that blog).
With regard to my blog, Jack said: "You will never guess what I'm listening to tonight... YES (Yes I love YES). (I'm amazed how coincidence comes into my life in waves.) I'm not too keen on Magnification, but I may be the only one I know who liked 'Tales from Topographic Oceans' (at least the first fourth of it... HA!)"
Of course, an image of the cover to this album immediately flashed before my eyes and this set me to thinking that I really want to listen to Tales from Topographic Oceans again. I was just about to root around in the boxes of CDs scattered around my office when my email pinged again with yet another message from Jack asking: "If you were on a deserted island and could have only one YES CD, which would it be?"
I was aghast. I was in a quandary. I was flummoxed and flabbergasted (my flabber has rarely been so gasted). I mean, come on, how could anyone answer a poser like this? I immediately responded the only way I knew how: "What? No Genesis or Pink Floyd or Led Zeppelin or 10 CC?"
A few moments later Jack replied as follows:
Well... I only asked because I just finished compiling a list of the "TOP 100" CDs that I would take to a deserted island (which means either 1- I'm psychotic or 2- I have too much time to waste). And I got all the way down to the end (which is the YES section) and couldn't decide! So I'm cheating and taking more than 100... now I just have to find a deserted island!
Also, for the record, I took Peter Gabriel but not Genesis, and Pink Floyd's Dark Side, Animals, and Wish You Were Here but no 10CC (smile). The last time I got in this mood I created "The Soundtrack of My Life" which can be heard (by clicking the titles) HERE.
What? No 10CC? NO 10CC? I am beside myself. I am distraught. What about the song I'm Not In Love
? I first heard this in the summer of 1975 when I was 18 years old and had just graduated high school (the picture to the left is of yours truly from around that era). I and my best friend Shears (who is sadly no longer with us) along with my cousin Gillian and her best friend Jill Gray went on a camping holiday near the coast. This track was on the radio all the time... whenever I hear it I'm whisked back to those halcyon days...
I'm suddenly awash in nostalgia (which isn't what it used to be)... so, below please find a copy of this track on YouTube. Meanwhile, Jack has got me thinking: which CDs would I take to a desert island? Which CDs would you take? What about DVDs? What about Books? Let's keep this simple. I'm going to start working on three lists: the Top 10 CDs, Top 10 DVDs, and Top 10 Books I would take with me to a desert island. I shall report back when I'm done. In the meantime, why don’t you start compiling your own list(s) and share them with the rest of us?
Until next time, have a good one!