Friday, February 27, 2009

Chesterton Applied to Music

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10 comments:

Old Fashioned Liberal said...

WHY WHY WHY!?!?!?! I USED THE CREATE LINK BUTTON, ENTERED A LINK, AND A LINK DID NOT APPEAR!

Old Fashioned Liberal said...

By the way, one of the dangers of reading Chesterton is that you become prone to the temptation of thinking that computers are more puzzling than the Problem of Evil.

Old Fashioned Liberal said...

The article is called "Why the Musician must be Poet." It's on Disciples of Diotima, and utilized ideas from The Everlasting Man.

Ancient Greek Philosopher said...

This happens to you a lot. :-)

Old Fashioned Liberal said...

It does. Would you mind telling me what I am doing wrong?

Dr. Thursday said...

We went through that once before, but it is good to review. I don't know about the button, so I cannot tell you. But it is very simple, and you ought to learn this. Besides, you'll be able to do italics and bold too.

First, HTML, as stupid as it is, is vey simple. Just about all of the important things you need to know is contained in a simple idea: you write "brackets" around whatever you want to alter. These "brackets" consist of an opening symbol, and a closing symbol, just like parentheses.

For example to start italics, you must type three symbols:
< Less-than.
i The letter i for italics, case doesn't matter.
> Greater-than.
And then to finish italics, you must type four symbols:
< Less-than.
/ The "virgule" or slash.
i The letter i for italics, case doesn't matter.
> Greater-than.

Thus, to have music appear, you must write <i>music</i>. Bold works the same, except you write a b instead of the i.

Now, that we're reviewed this, here's how to make a link.

To start the link, you must type the following:
< Less-than.
a The letter a, which stands for "anchor" (You'd have to ask someone else why that's the word, I don't know.)
--- next is a space, but I cannot show a space
href=" (exactly what it says
--- Here you put the web site address
" then the closing quote.
> Greater-than.

Next, you might put the word "here" or whatever you like - this is the word that will show up in blue with the underscore (or whatever), showing that it is "active" and can be clicked on.

AND THEN you have to finish off the link, but that's easy:
< Less-than.
/ The "virgule" or slash.
a The letter a for anchor, case doesn't matter.
> Greater-than.

OK. Now, let's see if I can make it show up here...

<a href="http://chesterteens.blogspot.com">here</a>

Note- there's just ONE space, between the "a" and the "href". You must type exactly what you see there, or it won't work. Once you get this to work, you can put in any address you care to between the quotes, and any word or phrase you like between. Remember, it is:

<a href="webaddress">phrase-that-becomes-the-link</a>

You see? It's just like writing a sharp, then the note to be affected, than a natural to cancel the effect of the sharp.

You really ought to practice this. I know you've tried it, and since I cannot watch you type, I cannot really tell what you've done wrong when you've tried. But it's something very minor (E-flat minor, perhaps) but just as omitting an accidental changes the chord, so too omitting the least character from this formula will destroy your work.

I hope this helps. And if you really want to discuss this privately, use my e-mail via my profile. I am sure there are other ways of explaining it - the problem is that it is hard to describe the HTML without activating the HTML... very interesting topic for another time.

Old Fashioned Liberal said...

Hooray! It worked!

By the way, I figured out what I was doing wrong. I was not putting in anything between the ><'s to click on.

Dr. Thursday said...

Also: OFL, you are not dealing with a computer, but an odd little trick for formatting text. You don't blame the instrument - or the score - when you cannot quite perform a tricky passage as the composer wrote it... (I don't know what you play, so I cannot make my comment more suitable.)

Computers are vastly simpler than music, but they are related. Someday we shall discuss this, but not now. Likewise I defer comment on the link you did not supply - I've gone to that site, but it will be good practice for you to get the link here correctly. I will be watching.

(I know you can do it, even if it is frustrating just now - you will surpass it and soon be doing it without thought. Practice!)

Dr. Thursday said...

Ecellent!

"Rejoice with me, for I have found my lost silver... er... lost sheep... (I mean) made a functioning HTML link."

Very good! I knew you could do it!

Please pay the cashier on your way out, and don't play any minor seconds for the next two days.

Love2Learn Mom said...

Hurray!!!