SMC 59: Sixty-Four Old Violins & Citizen Whales

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When I’m 64 “fake” study. (coverage, paperPDF)

The (non)magic of old violins. (coverage, study)

Interview
with Robert Simpson of Zooniverse and Whale.fm

Orca sound basics.

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    1Terence Martinon 09 Jan 2012 at 12:34 pm

    The whale-talk interview was very cool! When Hai-Ting then described how whales make their calls, the phrase “air going back and forth between sacs” brought to mind the action when you swish a liquid in your mouth back and forth between cheeks. Obviously, a HUGE simplification, but I hope it’s roughly on target.

    The other thing that came to mind during the interview itself was the scene from “Finding Nemo” where Dory tries to talk to the whale, all the while Marlin is insisting “You can’t speak whale!” Hilarious scene, but perhaps maybe we soon CAN speak whale!

    @Hai-Ting: Break a leg and enjoy Ann Arbor (One of my favorite towns: Go Blue!). It’s just too bad your visit is during the cold and dreary time of year.

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    2breadboxon 10 Jan 2012 at 12:26 am

    I loved the metaphor “the accordion of the animal kingdom”. That’s going to stay with me for a while.

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    3Scopes Monkey Matton 10 Jan 2012 at 11:48 am

    Quick! Someone invent a “swish liquid back and forth in your mouth” instrument!

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    4Terence Martinon 10 Jan 2012 at 11:55 am

    Matt: Call your dad! I seem to remember that he’s invented a few strange instruments in his day. ;-)

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    5Terence Martinon 10 Jan 2012 at 11:57 am

    Perhaps the “gargleophone” will soon find its way into the modern orchestra?

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