Unto The Dice Tray…

Circular Dice Tray Rubberwood
13″ Circular Dice Tray made from Rubberwood
I love dice. Nowadays I am truly becoming more and more drawn to them than even Chess.

Yet, as a man who has played Chess passionately his entire life, whence taking away the board and pieces to make way for a handful of mere dice, something is profoundly missing.

For ages I couldn’t work it out. I kept asking myself, why, if I can get just as much strategic nutrition out of dice as I can from Chess, then why is there something missing?

Then it struck me. Aesthetics.

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Living With The French ~ A Novelette ~ Chapter Five

V

The Sporting Event

Thursday 8th April 1993

Today was the most exciting day yet. It was the day of the Handball match. It was a sunny day and as I woke, the rays of sunlight came streaming through the French windows and across my bed.

Of course, like everything else, I had no idea that there was to be a Handball match today. I only found out when the time actually arrived.

The day passed sooner than expected and towards the afternoon Arnaud announced, “Simon… Il y a un match d’Handball aujourd’hui.”
“Ah…” I said, “A quelle heure?”
“Maintenant.”

Right now? I thought to myself, but I don’t know how to PLAY Handball! Nevertheless, I followed Arnaud along some pleasant paths near the back of the school towards a very big gym.

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Vanilla Gershwin Grand ~ Turbolid Custom Covers

Vanilla Turbo Lid
Behold the Vanilla Gershwin Grand, my personal choice of Turbolid combination.
All my life I have taught people a blessed miracle of music, that whence the passion of creativity resides within one, an orchestra can be painted from a pallette of only three colours.

This is one reason I prefer the ten hole Blues Harp over the grander twelve hole Chromatic Harmonicas.

At least it certainly has become so ever since I discovered ‘Country Tuning’, a gentle change in pitch of the 5 draw to a sharp note, creating a Major 7th chord in 2nd position. Miraculously, this simple change in the pitch of a single reed actually harbours, unto the dedicated artist, a whole library of jazz chords and phrases.

Yet the reason I am writing today, is to spread the word about a fabulous company in the USA, Turbo Harp, who, amongst their many revolutionary innovations in harmonica evolution, created the Turbo Lid, a specially shaped ergonomic cover lid for your ten hole blues harmonica.

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Ghost ~ Dice For Two & Who?

Ghost ~ A Yahtzee type game by Simon Jepps
Ghost
A spooky kind of Yahtzee game, by Simon Jepps
Prepare thine self for a challenge of ghouls,
Hence a hand by chance worthy only of fools,
For this ancient game art greater than its host,
Play not one or two, but three, play the Ghost!

The heart beckons, aye, yet again I was drawn to the simplicity of the dice and the myriad of labyrinths kept hidden within their faces.

Simple and yet beautiful aren’t they? How many games have been invented with only a handful of dice? Only the roaring oceans of sailors gone before could possibly know.

Here then is another game of my own.

This game dawned on me in a kind of “eureka” moment. I was thinking very deeply about the game of Yahtzee and pondering over its limitations.

I wanted to somehow bring an extra dimension of strategy to what is quite simply a game of mere dice.

Whence the moment of realisation struck I was actually quite awestruck to have worked it out. Perhaps it was a premonition, perhaps it was divination, or perhaps… it was my Ghost.

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Zouterterrestrial & Extraterrestrial ~ Ye Galearthéan Wanderers

GIOFESTThe Galearthéan Institute Of Flat Earth Science & Technology
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GIOFEST would like to introduce the Zouterterrestrial and a new definition of Extraterrestrial unto our world scientific terminology and academic community.

Zouterterrestrial: noun; sentient being, organism or artefact originating from the outer cosmos, or the near spacial realms above the Galearthéan planar disc; a spacial alien.

Extraterrestrial: noun; sentient being, organism or artefact originating from the extra planar terrain beyond Antarctica; a planar alien.

It is a firmly held Galearthéan belief that the term “Extraterrestrial” was invented and popularised by certain powers, such as NASA, because they who control the academic indoctrination of society know for a fact that our world is flat and that 99% of these beings who visit our world come from the EXTRA terrain found beyond Antarctica.

Thus the term Zouterterrestrial is actually more appropriate since it defines “those beings out of this world”.

It is alas, extremely unlikely that our world would be visited by sentient beings from beyond the stars, because voyaging to Galearthéa from the stars is akin to travelling between two galaxies.

However, there may indeed be sentient beings living on nearby planets orbiting within our own galactic bulge, such as Venus, Mars, or even Saturn, and these beings would likewise be called Zouterterrestrials, but as of yet their existence has not been confirmed.

Meanwhile and until that monumental time arrives, please embrace the Galearthéan galplanological terms Zouterterrestrial and Extraterrestrial.

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Living With The French ~ A Novelette ~ Chapter Four

IV

The Trials Of Life

Wednesday 7th April 1993

I woke this morning to find Arnaud already getting dressed. It was a quarter to eight! I was half an hour late! I quickly got out of my bed, ran down the stairs and got washed as quickly as I could. I didn’t have time for my Miel Pops this morning and so I just ate a Chocolatine.

When I had finished my breakfast, I collected my bag and coat and got into the car. Arnaud’s dad drove us to school.

Today, I thought, is going to be a brilliant day – a Wednesday.

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Galplanaut ~ Ye Galearthéan Scientific Explorer

GIOFESTThe Galearthéan Institute Of Flat Earth Science & Technology
Read our Mission Statement

GIOFEST would like to introduce the Galplanaut unto our world scientific terminology and academic community.

Galplanaut: noun; a space faring galplanologist who explores the Galearthéan supermassive planar disc through the near adjacent surrounding cosmos, or galactic bulge.

Aye, the Galplanaut is then the Galearthéan equivalent of an “astronaut”, yet focussing primarily on near adjacent space travel. Indeed this travel includes neighbouring stars and planets, such as the Antarctic Star, the Moon, Mars and Saturn, but interstellar or thus intergalactic travel is not an aspect of this occupation.

The enormity of our planar disc means it is impractical to vacate the near space field, since it would be akin to leaving and voyaging far beyond the “heliocentric solar system”, by comparison.

One must remember Galearthéa is a type of galaxy and therefore harbouring a similarly phenomenal size and dimension, at least in relative terms.

Aye, the exact size and dimension of Galearthéa is unknown and yet will remain so until Galearthéans develop the capability of warp drive or similarly powerful propulsion.

Until that pioneering moment, please welcome the Galplanaut.

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Suzuki Overdrive ~ Start Your Spaceships

Simon Jepps' Suzuki Overdrive
The revolutionary Suzuki Overdrive is a quantum leap in the evolution of biological Blues Harp chromatics.
The Suzuki Overdrive is both ingenious and beautiful.

One merely has to take a glance at its facade to appreciate that this is no ordinary Harmonica. Yet the real beauty of this instrument may well come as a surprise to you… for it is, the final frontier of authentic Blues Harp chromatics.

I have blogged regularly about the next evolution of the Blues Harp, or to be more technical, the Diatonic Ten Hole Richter Tuned Harmonica.

Most specifically I have addressed the argumentative concept of chromaticising its tonal range. This is the idea that by altering its tuning, installing valves, magnetic switches, spring loaded slides, or even extra hidden reeds, one might accomplish the seemingly impossible task of making an instrument which was born to weep, dance as if it had never cried.

And yet doing this doesn’t make any sense.

For whence it comes to the aspect of sacreligious change, I have always believed it to be imperative that a Blues Harp retains its original philosophy of design in order to be considered authentic and praiseworthy. Its music is about making the most out of what little you have and finding the fruition of a miracle within one’s own determination.

So, I feel many new designs aimed at “chromaticising” the Blues Harp, whilst revolutionary and ingenious, only find themselves eventually stripping the instrument of its ancestral belonging and in turn its very own appeal to be played.

Instead all that is accomplished, is a precision engineered technological monstrosity which only feels like you are cheating at life when you attempt to play it.

And so here, a paradox looms.

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