"One night, in the year 1713 I dreamed I had made a pact with the devil for my soul. Everything went as I wished: my new servant anticipated my every desire. Among other things, I gave him my violin to see if he could play. How great was my astonishment on hearing a sonata so wonderful and so beautiful, played with such great art and intelligence, as I had never even conceived in my boldest flights of fantasy. I felt enraptured, transported, enchanted: my breath failed me, and - I awoke. I immediately grasped my violin in order to retain, in part at least, the impression of my dream. In vain! The music which I at this time composed is indeed the best that I ever wrote, and I still call it the "Devil’s Trill", but the difference between it and that which so moved me is so great that I would have destroyed my instrument and have said farewell to music forever if it had been possible for me to live without the enjoyment it affords me."
— Tartini, composer, to Lalonde, french astronomer
Tartini was the first owner of the Lipinski Stradivarius, which has this year been in the news because back in January a group of people (two men and two women it seems) used a stun-gun on Frank Almond, concertmaster of the Milkwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and stole it from him.
It was recovered after nine days and on Thursday July 24th one of the men who was caught (Universal Allah) was sentenced to 3 1/2 years + another 3 1/2 years extened supervision for the crime.
Carriers and other vessels got infested with rodents. So cats were not just moral boosters (which they very much were) they were also working members of the crew. Some have even been immortalized for surviving multiple attacks on their ships, etc. Military dogs have been recognized for the important roles they’ve played but I think cats kinda get lost in the shuffle of military animals sometimes.
This tumblr will be a mish-mosh cupboard-soup-for-when-you're-out-of-food-and-can't-get-to-the-market sort of tumblr. Art, Poetry, Writing, Observations on Film, Science, Cooking, Crafts, Etcetera, Etcetera. In other words, stayed tuned because I have ideas, not certainties!