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What was the fly-by flight plan through “The Planets” by Gustav Holst?

One of my favorite pieces of classical music is “The Planets” by Gustav Holst. Here’s my story on that: I was a fan of the Japanese musician Isao Tomita, and I bought his “The Planets” record way back in 1976 when I was just an impressionable teenager. I was listening to a lot of synthesizer music back at the time. Otherwise, I was not educated enough to know the first thing about Holst.

Much later in life, I bought a CD of Planets by the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. Recently I started a playlist of several different symphonic versions. Indeed, There are a lot of good ones to choose from all over YouTube … but I will share this recent one with you today. This is from the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, recorded live at the Esplanade Concert Hall, Singapore, on November 8th 2019.

I love it of course! The Planets is kind of like a “concept album” that a rock group might make. Each part, or “movement” is a musical description of each planet. Let me also share with you, this gallery of “The Planets” album covers. Do you own any of these?

Before I proceed much farther, I also want to share this video from YT user Classics Explained. His video  is a whimsical history about how Holst came to write “The Planets”. CE vividly and accurately describes how each movement relates to each planet musically.

This music history got me thinking about the ORDER of the planets in the symphony. The order of Host’s planets are Mars, Venus, Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. This order does not seem to make sense at first — and where is Earth, anyway? If one were to navigate in a space craft, and view and explore Mars (the fourth planet in our solar system) first, then how or why would one go back to Venus (the second planet) next?  The order should be: Mercury, Venus, (Earth), Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Part of the wrong order of the planets may have to do with the order that Holst wrote the movements. He wrote “Mars: The Bringer of War” first, and “Mercury: The Winged Messenger” was written last.

So … what ever was the flight plan through “The Planets” by Gustav Holst? The only way I can excuse the order when I listen now, is to envision this travel plan scenario:

Our craft zips from Earth out to Mars first. Modern planetary explorers are in a hurry to explore and colonize Mars, so it does not surprise me that the planet is explored first. Our craft circles Mars, but not before dropping two surface probe-droids — which land, then drive around Mars to measure, dig and modify the Martian surface. The two land probes may even be in competition with each other, and may even have “wargames” at the surface. Our spaceship uses the gravity of Mars to fling our craft back to the other side … the inner side … of the solar system. We will use a GRAVITY ASSIST – similar to how the Cassini spacecraft used the gravity slingshot technique to zip around  Earth twice to get to Saturn.

Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah … man those cats can really swing!

Our ship will need more speed to travel the outer solar system, so our spaceship next flies AROUND Venus. (The surface is too hot to land anyway.) The path around Venus gives it a gravity boost – and propels it rapidly to Mercury, where our craft picks up even more speed through the fastest planet’s gravity.

After that gravity boost, our ship begins the long journey to the outer solar system, eventually graduating to the pull of Jupiter. At this point, our journey is in the correct order. We get flung around Jupiter and voyage out to Saturn where after a dance there, we are flung out to Uranus, then finally Neptune.

Oh —  I forgot to tell you – our craft does not go back to Earth. I probably should have said something. We keep going as the music to “Neptune” fades. Oh Ok … OK … if you really, really need to go back, listen to “Space Trucking” by Deep Purple for a straight path back. DP song linked here. Yeah, Yeah Yeah Yeah … the freaks said: man those cats can really swing! And yes, Bob, I digress once again.

Do you know what would have been a hoot?  if Host had wrote music for Earth, or perhaps even Earth’s moon – Luna. Why not a special movement for the Asteroid Belt? There was no planet Pluto at the time Host wrote, so we cannot blame him for not including it.

Remembder to use the “gravity assist”!!!

Starlight: Forty-four light years it has been! Do you have a favorite “Planets” album? Please share with me in the Comments!

Suggested Links:

https://www.classicalmpr.org/story/2018/09/27/for-holsts-the-planets-one-fans-online-quest-to-rank-every-recording-is-out-of-this-world

https://petersplanets.wordpress.com/

 

Well, I BEG TO DIFFER Professor Peterson!

Ha. Lobsters everywhere. I am a huge fan of University of Toronto Professor of Psychology Dr. Jordan Peterson.

What?!? – you were expecting another blog hit piece on Jordan Peterson? Don’t believe any of that crap written about him on Vice, or Vox, or Mic or any of those other media catering to those low-testosterone “soy boys” and male feminists. You know the ones I’m talking about. Readers with the mental ability of a sophomore sociology major. These college guy baristas that support Marxism and feminists because they think that will get them laid … but I digress…

Why does the mainstream media keep lying about Jordan Peterson? Even the New York Times (a “former newspaper” as Andrew Klavan would say) wrote a targeted article that misquoted, misunderstood, and misrepresented what Professor Peterson said, or wrote. Dr. Peterson has been maligned in the media as misogynist, transphobic … wanka wanka wanka … by the usual sources. (“Forced monogamy?” Denny slaps head). Recently a Durham NC newspaper rallied against his lecture tour, by saying that the Canadian professor is ‘racist”.  Hoo boy. The only good thing about that route is that by them claiming “racism” — they know they have already lost the argument. You know when you are reading an article for gullible, misguided snowflakes when they characterize Professor Peterson as being “Alt Right”. Oy.

Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, I would characterize Dr. Peterson as a liberal, or “classic liberal”. He like me, grew up in the 1970s (we are about the same age) and has an open-mind about all lifestyles. He is a clinical psychologist and he has seen and heard it all. Why do they lie about him so much? Especially if one actually reads or listens to his lectures, they should  come away with the opposite conclusion.

If you do not who Jordan Peterson is, he came to fame – or our shallow, mass-media fame — three years ago by opposing Canadian Bill C-16 (now a Canadian Law), which made it a crime not to call a trans-man by his (her?) preferred pronoun. I know what you snowflakes are thinking – that’s “trans-phobic”! Actually, no. Professor Peterson always calls on his tranny students by their preferred pronoun.  That was not the issue. The free-speech issue is that you cannot codify compelled speech into law. Now go ahead and use your made-up pronouns. Fine. However, the government should not be able to force one to use compelled language. Allowing the government to decide which words to use is not a good idea. Such laws may lead to a bad place. I will let you look all that up, because it is not my purpose here to rehash …

… even though I always get a kick out of it!

I love Professor Peterson’s book, “12 Rules for Life”. I also like his “Maps of Meaning” and other Psychology lectures which he has graciously posted for free on his YouTube channel linked here. Like so many other readers, I think that his writings have positively changed my life outlook in recent months. (Note that I had stopped blogging).

Here is one of my favorite video posts of him reading a chapter from the book. Do yourself a favor and watch it (put down that phone and stop rolling your eyes). Please stop your distractions and listen/watch what he has to say. I suggest turning on CC as you earn extra points, just like you are reading a book.

Really, this reading always moves me …

What I mean to say – (cough) snowflakes, is that you have to be willing to actually listen. (If any of my usual readers want a copy of the book, I will send you a copy … even you Bob.) Read for yourself, then speak the truth.

Oh? So what is my gripe about Jordan Peterson? Well, he is a great man, but I don’t agree with all of his perspectives. He is Canadian and I am American, so we see some issues differently. One place where I disagree with him, is that he dislikes the Disney movie “Frozen”.  Professor Peterson deconstructs symbolism in film in some of his psychology lectures. He has provided some good insights into the symbolism and meaning in Disney films “Pinocchio” and  “The Little Mermaid”, but he does not like “Frozen”.

Well, I LIKED “Frozen”, Dr. Peterson! I do not see it so much as feminist indoctrination as you do. In fact, I really don’t see any. I have to wonder if Dr. Peterson will someday watch the film with his new grandaughter, and perhaps see it through her eyes.

Also, on one of his live Q & A sessions, a listener once asked what type of music he liked. Oh, my stomach clenched in anticipation. We grew up in the same era, so he traditionally listened to the same “classic rock” as the rest of our generation. When pressed about new music, he replied that he did not like “Pop” very much. Um, OK. I think that Dr. Peterson would probably not like a manufactured Jpop idol group (cough). But I will let that go. What surprised me is that he said that he liked the lyrics of “Eminem” … which stunned me. Now, I hate rap, I hate Eminem. I would go as far as saying that there has never been a rap song that I have ever liked. It is true, that some people whose views I do respect – think that Eminem is some type of modern Shakespeare — if Shakespeare had been a sociopath.  Ok. You can like it. What I hate about rap — all the glorification of violence and racism aside — is that a rap (singer) protagonist is always so egotistical that they are proud of their own ignorance. Proud of being stupid … which I cannot accept.

Thus, I DISAGREE with you Professor. But really, that is about it.

Starlight: Seven months since I started cleaning my room.

 

DENNY’s RE-BLOGS: “But Where are You REALLY From?”

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The guy is pretty silly, but he is not mean spirited. I liked how she handled the situation with humor. I think he should have actually asked her to get some of those English “Fish and Chips” … as they are pretty good. Maybe they could have a good conversation.

They should set the misunderstanding aside and just be nice to each other. She is a very pretty lady! He is a little dorky, but I think that she would see that he is a kind person – if she can give him a chance. She will straighten him out and he will come around and realize what he said.

Consider the big picture. Perhaps after a few dates they could be making love. Perhaps after a couple of years that could have a nice family.

He will probably realize that he said some dopey things to her when they first met, but his heart was probably in the right place. He wanted to know her.

Dig this: He might make a toast on their wedding day: “When I first met her I thought she was the most beautiful, vibrant woman I have ever met … I just HAD to talk to her. She kids me about it now, but the only thing I could think to say back then was to ask her about her Asian ancestory.”

Look, the world is too full of meaningless conflict. Try to set misunderstandings aside.

Just love each other kids …

Not liking Major League Baseball’s proposed new rules.

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Major League Baseball is considering several new rule changes in order to “speed up the game”. These are currently being experimented with during Spring Training this year.

These are the proposed new rules … and some varying fan perspectives on them:

1. Hitters must keep at least one foot inside the batter’s box at all times, barring exceptions like foul balls, wild pitches, or if the umpire grants him time out.

“This one is actually funny. Have you seen these guys forget — then try to stretch one foot to the box? Does MLB have any idea how gay this looks? Don’t turn ballplayers into a moonwalking Michael Jacksons. Also, how about when a player really needs to make those deep, deep scratches down in the groin area — including inside the cup? I say let him walk another three feet away from the plate for a little privacy.”

2. Pitchers must throw a pitch within 20 seconds of receiving the ball. Clocks posted in each dugout will count down the 20 seconds.

“This is not much time at all to visualize the next pitch. Furthermore, pitchers will scarcely be able to question their own existential meaningless. The notion of the futility of our existence in a god-less university can hardly be grappled with in a twenty second time period. “Am I throwing the ball, or is the ball throwing me?” Philosophical musings on the mound will be severely curtailed under this new rule!”

3. There will be a maximum break between innings of 2:05, with a clock keeping track. Hitters must be in the batter’s box by 1:45. If the hitter’s not ready, the umpire can call a strike. If the pitcher doesn’t throw a pitch by 2:05, the umpire can call a ball.

“Does not allow enough time for players like CC Sabathia, Prince Fielder, etc. to attend — let alone load up — at the inter-inning buffet.”

4. Teams will have a maximum of 2:30 to change pitchers, with the clock starting as soon as the reliever enters the playing field.

“What if the visiting bullpen is in the middle of verbal and physical confrontation with the home fans? Not enough time to be properly heckled.  This is not nearly enough time for fans to accumulate enough stadium debris to pummel upon the incoming reliever!”

5. Teams are limited to a maximum of three mound visits per game, not including pitching changes. This applies to trips to the mound by managers, coaches, and catchers.

“I think that this rule will deeply undermine the sanctity of Pitcher-Catcher relationships. Sure, they may still maintain the physicality of their relationship – but what about the deep emotional bonding? Can the tender feelings between pitcher and catcher be fully explored in this amount of time?  These intimate relationships need time to develop, otherwise Pitcher and Catcher will begin to feel that they are only “going through the motions”.  Yes, physically they may be good together – but are they really, truly communicating on a deep emotional level?”

6. Pitchers no longer have to deliver four balls for an intentional walk. The manager can simply signal to the umpire.

“This will anger the Baseball Gods! How many times has a wild pitch occurred in this situation which advanced the runners! Then there was the famous episode where a team pretended to intentionally walk a batter when the ball count to become 3-1, then proceeded to throw two strikes for the out.  Really, this rule may also lead to too much “micro-managing” from the dugout.”

 … I can think of some other changes I would want to make.

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My advice: MLB, please do not approve these travesties of the game.

I say, bring back something like the old “Nickel Beer Night” they used to have at Cleveland Stadium if fans want to experience a shorter, but more exciting evening.

“Kaette Oide”

Do not worry about me, O Little Great One.

The Little Great One.

My Dear Friends: I will have to take a break from WordPress for a few weeks in order to pay more attention to work related activities.  You see I process requests for agricultural chemicals. The work is very dull … very dreary. I would often break up the mundane workday by listening to my favorite Jpop singers, many of whom have been recommended by my fellow writers here on WP. Unfortunately, my “in” box at the office and at home is so over-stuffed I will have to stop posting new material for a while.

EDIT: My comments deleted here …

Double unfortunately I will also not be able to read your posts as much as I would like, dear hearts.  I may check my messages from time to time, and maybe go in and delete my Spam (… holy Magi-carp … I just now looked … I had no idea how much spam was in there. I hate it … how it is now harder to access your spam folder … what with all the changes to the interface WP has made … Sorry, that I digress… )

I will not be able to make very my usual witty, Oscar Wilde-like comments on your posts. When I can return, I will make sure to review all of my favorite bloggers. My comments on topical issues may be delayed, but never will they be permanently waylaid.

Please enjoy one of my favorite Hanako Oku songs “Kaette Oide” which translates as “Return Home” or “Come Home”. I’m not sure which is the better translation, but I know The Little Great One’s song was used as a commercial jingle for frozen vegetables. No, I’m not making that up, the commercial used to be on YouTube (Record Industry Weasels took it down, but don’t get me blogging about that right now.) During the commercial, a nice lady comes home from work all tired, and she then has to worry about feeding her family. Good thing that she has a pack of (Whatever-Brand) easy-to-prepare food. Vegetable, meat (I think) and sauce all in the same easy-to-heat package.  Kaette Oide.

It is sweet, emotional song. Oh, Ms. Oku is my Raison d’être.  The reason for this blog in the first place.

If I only had a brain … a heart … and some courage …

I will return in mid-March … I have NOT YET said everything I want to say about Japanese Pop Culture. I will still give your posts a read when I am able. Although I will be able to compose little, I do want your latest Jpop, art and fashion news, the Pokemon events, and exactly what happens on that anime about the Lesbian Bears everyone has been talking about.

Denny Sinnoh

Password: NCC-1710  

As if the computer nerd hackers would ever figure that out.

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This is NOT that kind of a blog!

sayaka is as stunned as I am

Sayaka recoiled in horror when I told her that WP users want to see AkiP naked!

I am as shocked and disgusted as you are Yamamoto-san.

I do not like how WordPress has changed the “STATS” page.  I liked the old page much better, as it was more comprehensive and easier to navigate — but that is beside the point right now.

One of the items I like on the WP stats page is the “search terms” list which tells you the words that were being Googled or Binged in order to link to your site. There are more often than not “unknown terms” from these search engines, but a few search terms are still shown.

I was happy that I have had more than 15,000 views on my blog, but I am disgusted that so many perverts* are clicking to my site.  Just this morning, someone had linked to my blog by Googling “jap lolita father imcest”.  Yup. Someone wanted to view images or stories about “imcest” between a father and a Lolita daughter.  Now I love Japanese “Lolita” fashions, but in no way am I ever going to show any “imcest” (whatever that is) here.

I can’t count the times that the search terms that brought users to my site were things like “lesbi kimono” or “yuko oshima naked” “sayaka yamamoto nude” or “hot pix jap lesbi”. Believe me, it gets way worse than that. The words “akb48 lesbian” is probably the most common – which is news to me — as they are certainly not.  Of course, I love AKB48 and their fun outfits, however there is NEVER any nudity or vulgarity in any of the photos or music videos I share. Even for the “gravure” magazine ads, the girls never pose naked (…entirely).

Denny is NOT making this up:  Three days ago was the topper: someone visited my site by using the search terms “Yasushi Akimoto naked”. Oy.

Now, I can understand why the users might want to see the AKB ladies naked … but … um, er … huh huh. Look, I have the utmost respect for AKB’s lyricist/producer/boss – but WHO ON EARTH WANTS TO SEE MR. AKIMOTO NAKED???

Thank you Sayanee, this has all been very troubling for all of us here at Denny Sinnoh’s Akihabara Starlight

You may have to console Milky-chan for awhile  … OH, I see that you already are.

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* I know, that IS just like the pot calling the kettle black. 

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My blogging year in review. Part I: The “tweets” or whatever …

reserved seat for summer

Oddly, a lot of people wanted to share this photo of Mayu Watanabe’s butt. To quote Bart Simpson: “Who would want to look at a girl’s butt anyway? That’s where cooties COME FROM!”

It is that time of year again! Time to compile useless “Top Ten Lists” for events of the past year. Although I created my WordPress account in November of 2013, I was not active until April 2014.  So, I’ve had a good year of “blogging”.  I’ve also had a good year of reading other bloggers posts.  It has led me to the following conclusion: There are many more people out there who are really a lot better at this than I am. I had hoped that creating a blog would help me “write more gooder.”  … but I digress as usual.

This top-ten list will be for my posts which have had the greatest number of social network “shares”.  At the end of my posts I have the share buttons, so my readers (and those that want to beat me up) can forward these to social media like Twitter or Facebook.

Personally, I would not get caught dead on Facebook.  I hate it. I had an account years ago, but I was banned for making jokes about Zooey Deschannel.  I do not miss Facebook. Don’t mind me though, if you use it, good for you.

Also, I have no idea why on Earth people use “Twitter” so much.  I am of the opinion that NO ONE HAS EVER, EVER SAID ANYTHING INTERESTING ON TWITTER. If you like it, good for you, tweet away. I too had a Twitter account albeit briefly.  That is some pretty dull and mindless stuff on there which I do not want to know.  I once subscribed to a Blue Jay, but all of its tweets were about birdseed. Pretty dull stuff, so I much prefer reading the blogs from my coterie of friends here on WP.

Turns out, this bird was a lot more shallow than I thought.

Turns out, this bird was a lot more shallow than I thought.

So … this list from my STATS page, is the “Top Ten Most Shared on Social Media”.  I cannot say that it is my “best” at all — that will be a latter post!  If you missed any, now is your chance!

1. Who’s That Pokémon? AKB48 Labrador dreams, and some clarifications from Professor Neil deGrasse Tyson — linked here.

2. I (HEART) you Mayuyu ! – linked here.

3. There are not a lot of songs about volcanoes! – linked here.

4. “She has a smooth face, because she thinks smooth thoughts.” – linked here.

5. Is Hanako Oku gay? – linked here.

6. Pokémon Nicknames: Girafarig – linked here.

7. Hanako Oku and the Books Never Written – linked here.

8. Finally, someone on Jpopsuki posted “Sakura no Ki ni Narou” with POLISH SUBTITLES!!! – linked here.

9. What I look like when I watch AKB48 music videos – linked here.

10. Hanako Oku “Tegami” Music Video — linked here.

The list above is NOT what I feel is my best work, in fact, I am a little embarrassed by some now. You all know how blogging can be. Sometime you put your heart and soul into a particular post, but never get any reaction or any discussion. Sometimes when I am composing a humor post, I am sitting there cracking up, thinking – people are going to laugh their pants off when they see this.  Then I hear crickets. Sometimes there is a song that has touched my heart, and I just have to share it.

Other times when I do not put a lot of time or thought into a post, and maybe just post a photo – and then that will get hundreds of views and shares. Oddly, my Hanako Oku posts get very few views, but they are shared a lot.  There were a lot of Oku shares that did not make this top-ten list, but she must be my most frequently shared topic. My “Pokemon Nickname” posts get hundreds of views, but almost never any comments, likes or shares.

Weird.

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