The First Nick
I Joined Facebook Yesterday
No need to alert the media; they'll find out soon enough.
Why? Too much publicity—good, bad, and strange—made me curious. Of course, after joining I looked around a bit, and found some people I know. I also discovered that Facebook, like many social phenomena, has a cruel streak. Nicholas "has no friends." I'm going to fix that, but not before taking advantage of it to issue a hearty "nyah nyah." (Or, the Dave Barry-preferred "neener neener," to which I don't subscribe.) I'm going to "friend (the verb)" Nick right after I post this blogitem. If he accepts my offer, which he is under no obligation to do, I'll have FOUR friends to his one!
Nick, I'll be your friend!
An Entirely Different Nick, Who Isn't Swiss but Might As Well Be
Regular millireaders will recall that I noted here the existence of the Swiss Expert Commission on Alphorn Blowing, a unit of the Swiss Federal Yodeling Association. Although in his original contact he was on a different mission, I sustained this follow-up communication from Nicolas. You can tell he's a different Nick from the spelling.
Seen your blog...
enjoyed it a lot!
Your friendly and positive attitude assumes the Swiss have fun and make noise. Woefully I have to admit the Swiss are lacking sense of humour, barely have an idea how to have proper fun and they sure don't like noise. Look at me and I'm not even Swiss! By the way: how dare you can say Alphorns make noise? Yes, if you blow it, of course. For some (not everybody) Alphorns make sound and are used to make music. Okay, originally it was a communications instrument but who cares today? What would you communicate anyway with an Alphorn (my digestion is a bit XXX after those Hershey Kisses).
Sounds like he's suggesting that the Alphorn serves the same purpose as Morse Code. Hmmm.
I invite you
commuting in a packed train in the morning rush hour and you would be
surprised: if people talk they usually do it with muted voices. Maybe
they try to listen to those Alphorns blown up in the mountains. It's
unlikely the hang-over since they don't know how to have fun, as you
I was prepared to argue that the Swiss DO have fun and DO make noise, but now, knowing that the Swiss are the "World Champions in Aluminum recycling" I can't help wondering if he's won his case.
Since it can be
collected with all types of tin cans (separated in the furnace) you
usually have a big bag of valuable material when you go shopping and
where you often find recycling collection points. At these recycling /
collection points you can drop off Aluminium, Tin, Glass and Batteries
(your AAs). Some places do even Metal, Glass, Porcelain/Terracotta,
Cardboard, Oil (car & veg) ... and electronics. I did
communication in this project:
http://www.empa.ch/plugin/template/empa/*/59321/---/l=1 (I did the
predecessor in this:
Thank you, Nicolas, for the interesting links and for writing much of today's blog! If you sell the Diesel, take out a loan, and possibly mortgage your small, chocolate-loving human child, you probably CAN afford the ZR1. I hear that trans-Atlantic shipping is very inexpensive these days.
NP: "Roller Coaster Girl" - Shannon Kennedy