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Five Dozen – Not 60

My co-worker Rainer sent me this gem:

Many typists know “The quick brown fox jumps over a lazy dog” as a
thirty-three-letter sentence that employs every letter in the alphabet at
least once. Now fix your eyes on a sampling of the best pangrams of even
fewer letters. What you are about to see are meaningful sentences that
avoid obscure words yet contain every letter of the alphabet:
Pack my box with five dozen liquor jugs.
(thirty-two letters)

That’s all he sent (Rainer knows me), although the blurb suggested there were
other examples. So I did a quick Google Search and found this. There were a few examples with even fewer letters, but none of them were anything I could ever imagine myself saying.

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Isidore A-Dunkin\’

I can\’t take credit for that word play. I stole it from the local newspaper. Actually, so far, our share of Hurricane Isidore has been a complete blessing. As flood watch messages kept popping into my email box over the last couple of days, I pondered the irony of going from drought to flood, and wondered which was preferable. But I think we\’re just going to get our thirst quenched without drowning. As of this morning, Tatertown had received about 2.5 inches of rain since it started yesterday. That kind of sustained gentle rainfall was just what we needed, The thirsty ground has been soaking it up, with little or no ponding or runoff. Forecasters are still predicting more rain through mid-afternoon, but at the rate it\’s falling, I don\’t expect more than another couple of inches at most, and I think that will get absorbed too. On a humorous note, on my way to work this morning, I passed a business that had its lawn sprinklers going.

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Cool Weather

Looking out the office window, I realize that the sad part of the return to pleasant weather means the student attire is shifting from halter tops and shorts to sweats and jeans. There are just a few weeks each year when fast network access is not the only good thing about this job.

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Earth Harp Pictures

Finally got around to editing and shrinking the Mass Ensemble (Earth Harp) pictures to be a little more Web-appropriate. Actually got most of the work done Sunday night, but I didn’t have the patience to upload them over a modem connection, so I dumped them on a Zip disk and waited until I came back to work. This job is really starting to suck most days, but lack of broadband access at home makes me really appreciate the 100-megabit ethernet connection.

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Idea Festival

Last week’s Earth Harp performance (see below) was sponsored by the Idea Festival , an interesting symposium of technology and art, or, according to its own description, “a unique international event centering around the presentation, integration and exploration of “big ideas” and innovation, spanning a range of fields.”

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Earth Harp

Intrigued by an article in the local newspaper, I walked downtown Thursday to see the Earth Harp, billed as the “world’s largest stringed instrument.” The harp itself is an interesting concept, but the entire performance by it’s creators, The Mass Ensemble was much more than just the harp.