Tuesday, 9 June 2015

The Daily Teaser — 9-6-2015: Les Paul

RIGHT at the moment … ?

Right at the moment, the word in my head is ‘BUGGER’!

I have an external drive: that I use to store my iPhoto library, AND my back-up TV shows.

Some 800 or so gigabytes of data.

To be strictly accurate?   I should say ‘HAD.’

I was planning to settle, last night, with the first two episodes of Penny Dreadful: something Sky’s been showing for a while, now, and been getting good reviews for.

Without thinking … ?   I moved my chair.   Which hit a stool.   Which knocked a door.   Which closed.   Hitting a printer on the table with my computer.   Which knocked the external drive.   Which landed on the floor.

After that?   After that, the ominous clicking sound from the drive — and it’s refusal to show up in the Finder — told what what it was knackered.   I extracted the drive from it’s container, and put in the spare bay of my Mac Pro.

It clicked ominously, and refused to mount.

What I’m HOPING’S happened is that falling off the table means the arm that moves across the platters of the hard drive has been damaged: and is easily repairable.

I don’t know that it is, though.

If it is, that’s all good.

If it isn’t, I’m not going to worry too much about losing the TV shows.   Those would be easy to replace.   Expensive and tedious, but easy.

The photos, on the other hand, including those of my nephew?   Are gone.

I’m not happy, understandably.

Especially when you consider the reason I was shopping on Amazon, last Friday — when I started having problems with Amazon Prime — was to buy a 2 terabyte internal drive, to replace this external drive.

I’m having a bad week.



But let’s move on, shall we?

Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi* putting in her answers: and scoring ten out of ten.

Let’s see how everyone does with today’s questions, shall we?

Here they are, along with the How To, License and video … 

Q1) 9th June, 1915, saw the birth of guitar hero, Les Paul.   What name was he born under?
Q2) During the 1950s, he recorded music with his wife.   What was her name?
Q3) The electric guitar that bears his name is made by which guitar company?
Q4) The pickups on that guitar — designed to cancel interference — are known as what?
Q5) Les Paul was a guitar builder.   Guitar builders are also called … what?
Q6) He’s also credited with popularizing the technique of recording audio tracks on top of other audio tracks.   This is called over … what?
Q7) Paul worked with tape recording company, Ampex: on a Sel-Sync machine.   This allowed for what type of recording?
Q8) Les Paul was influenced by — and a fan of — which Gypsy guitarist?
Q9) During WW2, Paul worked with which famous girl band?
Q10) Finally … Les Paul’s last US number 1 — a version of Vaya con Dios — was in which year of the 1950s?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 8th June is World Oceans Day.   The word, ‘ocean’ comes from which ancient language: Ancient Egyptian, Latin or Ancient Greek?
Q2) Ocean are usually made from saline water.   In other words, water with lots of what: salts, sugars or starches?
A2) Salts.
Q3) Earth’s global ocean covers roughly how much of the globe: 60%, 70% or 80%?
A3) 70%.
Q4) According to Wikipedia, there’s five oceans on Earth.   Name one of them.
A4) The Atlantic, Arctic, Indian, Pacific and Southern oceans.
Q5) What’s the largest of Earth’s oceans?
A5) The Pacific Ocean.
Q6) Although we use the words interchangeably, a sea is usually different from an ocean: in that it’s partly or largely surrounded by what?
A6) Land.
Q7) The study of seas and oceans is called what?
Q8) Oceans and seas rise and fall: as a result of the pull of gravity from the Moon and Sun.   This motion is called what?
A8) Tides.
Q9) Which Titan was the ancient god of the Sea?
A9) Oceanus.   (Poseidon was the Olympian God of the Sea.   They were — if I’ve understood it correctly — different generations of Greek God.)
Q10) Finally … Earth’s oceans are supposed to have been created how long ago: 4500 million years ago, 3500 million years ago or 2500 million years ago?
A10) 4500 million years ago: what’s called the Hadean Eon.
I’ll leave you with this thought …
“As far as I’m concerned, I’m just a guitar player, and my job is to go out there and play and entertain and do my thing.”

Les Paul, June 9, 1915 – August 12, 2009.
And this tune.

Have a better day than I am!

*        Oh, it’s FANTASTIC, Debbi!   Until your hard drive falls off the table!   (I’m REALLY annoyed about that: 800gb or so of family photos, AND TV series.   ‘Bugger’ doesn’t even START!)

1 comment:

Debbi said...

So sorry to hear that! Sometimes technology can be frustrating!

1. Lester William Polsfuss
2. Virginia Webb
3. Gibson
4. Humbucker
5. a luthier
6. overdubbing
7. multitrack recording
8. Django Reinhardt
9. the Andrews Sisters
10. 1953