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As I write this, Tiger Woods is playing the final round of the Tour Championship with a five-stroke lead after his first seven holes.  Win or lose, what he has accomplished to return to the very top tier of the PGA is almost unimaginable.

Tiger Woods not working on his golf game  (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Journalist Deborah Carson) (Released)

Tiger Woods has had a rough time for about ten years.  Just over ten years ago, Jill and I stayed home on the Monday after Father’s Day to watch a remarkable 18-hole playoff that ended a remarkable US Open the way we thought it should, with a Tiger Woods victory.  We had no idea that we would not see another major victory from him.  Yet.

He apparently spent some of the intervening time trying – for reasons only known to him – to become a Navy Seal.  I highly recommend this article about that period of Tiger’s life.  The kind of training he did for that guided his body and his strength away from what he needed to play top-level golf.  It’s not clear that this bothered him at the time.

Just the fact of this much comeback from where he’s been is remarkable.  Which makes the churlishness of the NBC commentators all the more stomach-churning.  The left-handed compliments and the outright insults they speak into open mics about Tiger is just nauseous.  Would they do this to a white golfer in a similar situation?

Moving Meetings

There’s never a day – or at best a week – that goes by in the modern working world where you don’t have to deal with meetings.  Recurring or one-off, they are as much part of the water we swim in as is email.

Even retirement has meetings.  Damn.

With meetings comes rescheduling.  Now a critical question arises: What just happened to a meeting that someone “moved up?”  How about “moved back” or “moved forward”?  Can you tell?  Does the answer remain the same from day to day or even minute to minute?  If you know the answer, do all your peers agree?  Ask around.

We can talk about how we move through three dimensions of space pretty easily.  Our vocabulary of movement was built for it.  “Forward”, “back” and “up” all have plain meanings – at least relative to the speaker.  Once we talk about moving through time, though, we want to use different words.  “Earlier”, “later”, and “sooner”.  “Before” and “after”.   When words for relative positions in three dimensions are being used in reference to the fourth, trouble begins.  To me, the hardest one to comprehend is “back”.

I think a fundamental switch happens to the meaning of “moved the meeting back” when you consider two ways of visualizing our movement through time.  (We’re all time-travelers, proceeding into the future at the rate of one second per second.)  Think: do you see yourself as striding a path toward the future?  Or do you stay put, while the time frame moves toward you and then past?  

If you yourself are moving through “stationary” time, then a meeting that moves “back” recedes into a more distant future.  But if you stay put as the future comes at you and the past recedes behind you, then a meeting that moves “back” reaches you more quickly.

There’s a hidden problem with “move the meeting back”.  Once exposed, it offers a way to express the idea much more clearly: the verb “move” is as generic as can be, and does not convey enough information.  How much clearer is: “I pushed the meeting back.”  Because pushing is always moving something away from the speaker, now the meaning is unambiguous.

Annie’s Song

A purer love song might not exist.

Last Fair Deal Gone Down

Has it?  Maybe.  

The fix sure appears to be in.  We’ll find out for sure in November.

Primary day in NY – go vote!

Can We Talk About Dave?

Not to be confused with Time Signature magazine

When it comes to time signatures, nobody messes with normal like Dave Brubeck.  A waltz is just a baby step away from the ordinariness of 4/4.

Ever wonder what it sounds like if you had to waltz with a limp?  Dave has your answer

Now you know.   Then there’s ragtime, which is mostly showing up on other blogs than this one – because it’s 2/4 or 4/4.  But Brubeck does this

OK, so much for THAT preconception.  But what about other N/4 times, where N is an odd number?  Well, if you have been reading this and  wondering, “why have I heard of this Brubeck guy?” here’s your answer.  By the way, this piece made the cover of Time magazine.

Also, Time Signature magazine devoted a whole issue to it.

OK, 5/4 is weird, but can he get even weirder?  You knew the answer as you read the question

Wait – one more! From 7/4 to 9/8

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