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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #8310 on: September 09, 2013, 09:22:18 AM »
Possibly silly question:

I noticed on a BBC news broadcast that a senior nurse was titled with "Matron". I was just wondering, if a male nurse achieves the same rank, is he also Matron, or does he get another title?

Yes, there are far fewer male matrons but they are known by the same title.

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« Reply #8311 on: September 10, 2013, 11:58:22 AM »
I have a front entance rug, rectangular in shape just as you come in the front door.  One of the corners is currling up, and I've tried switching the rug around to see if was an issue with how we stepped on it as we came in, to even sitting my rock door stop on the corner overnight to weigh the corner down and to flatten it.  To no avail.  Is there something else I can try, or does anyone know why it's curling on only one corner?

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« Reply #8312 on: September 10, 2013, 12:00:02 PM »
Try steaming it, even with just a kettle, and then put the door stop on it overnight.  Might help relax the fibres and get it to lay flat.
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« Reply #8313 on: September 10, 2013, 01:03:57 PM »
I didn't want to hijack the Special Snowflake thread, but what is the difference between fiddling and violin-playing?  Is it just the type of music, or is it the technique?  Can you play both on the same instrument?

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« Reply #8314 on: September 10, 2013, 01:08:54 PM »
I didn't want to hijack the Special Snowflake thread, but what is the difference between fiddling and violin-playing?  Is it just the type of music, or is it the technique?  Can you play both on the same instrument?

Fiddle is basically folk or country music. I'm assuming that the teacher spoken about in the SS thread only thinks classical music should be played on violin - otherwise the player is stooping to play "lower" music. I assume he's also never tried to play in a fiddling contest either, because I've seen, attempted to play, and seen others play fiddle pieces that were as hard as any difficult classical piece, if not harder.
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« Reply #8315 on: September 10, 2013, 01:47:39 PM »
I didn't want to hijack the Special Snowflake thread, but what is the difference between fiddling and violin-playing?  Is it just the type of music, or is it the technique?  Can you play both on the same instrument?

Fiddle is basically folk or country music. I'm assuming that the teacher spoken about in the SS thread only thinks classical music should be played on violin - otherwise the player is stooping to play "lower" music. I assume he's also never tried to play in a fiddling contest either, because I've seen, attempted to play, and seen others play fiddle pieces that were as hard as any difficult classical piece, if not harder.

This guys explains it pretty well and also plays examples of both styles of music.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VqTwnAuHws

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« Reply #8316 on: September 10, 2013, 02:21:50 PM »
A friend of mine is a classical violinist. He refers to his quarter-million-dollar violin as a fiddle.
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« Reply #8317 on: September 10, 2013, 05:05:35 PM »
I didn't want to hijack the Special Snowflake thread, but what is the difference between fiddling and violin-playing?  Is it just the type of music, or is it the technique?  Can you play both on the same instrument?

Fiddle is basically folk or country music. I'm assuming that the teacher spoken about in the SS thread only thinks classical music should be played on violin - otherwise the player is stooping to play "lower" music. I assume he's also never tried to play in a fiddling contest either, because I've seen, attempted to play, and seen others play fiddle pieces that were as hard as any difficult classical piece, if not harder.

This guys explains it pretty well and also plays examples of both styles of music.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VqTwnAuHws

Xandraea -- thanks for the link, it was pretty cool.

However, it was 5 guys playing the piano, not about fiddles. ;)

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« Reply #8318 on: September 10, 2013, 05:13:36 PM »
I have a front entance rug, rectangular in shape just as you come in the front door.  One of the corners is currling up, and I've tried switching the rug around to see if was an issue with how we stepped on it as we came in, to even sitting my rock door stop on the corner overnight to weigh the corner down and to flatten it.  To no avail.  Is there something else I can try, or does anyone know why it's curling on only one corner?


If it has padding you could try cutting it back a bit on the edge that curls.

Put some ice cubes on the corner.. they will melt and make the fibers fatter.  Which should push the corner back down.

http://www.doityourself.com/stry/how-to-keep-curled-area-rugs-laying-flat#b has some other tips.
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« Reply #8319 on: September 10, 2013, 05:31:25 PM »
I have a front entance rug, rectangular in shape just as you come in the front door.  One of the corners is currling up, and I've tried switching the rug around to see if was an issue with how we stepped on it as we came in, to even sitting my rock door stop on the corner overnight to weigh the corner down and to flatten it.  To no avail.  Is there something else I can try, or does anyone know why it's curling on only one corner?


If it has padding you could try cutting it back a bit on the edge that curls.

Put some ice cubes on the corner.. they will melt and make the fibers fatter.  Which should push the corner back down.

http://www.doityourself.com/stry/how-to-keep-curled-area-rugs-laying-flat#b has some other tips.

I always dampen them, flip them wrong side up and place a few heavy objects/books on it.  You have to leave it alone at least a week though. 
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« Reply #8320 on: September 10, 2013, 10:44:44 PM »
Whenever I've heard the instrument discussed, fiddle = violin. Wikipedia says:
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A fiddle is any bowed string musical instrument, most often the violin.[1] It is also a colloquial term for the instrument used by players in all genres, including classical music. Fiddle playing, or fiddling, refers to various styles of music.

I don't play the violin (I play the cello), but my brother started taking classical violin lessons when he was in middle school. He had the idea that he wanted to learn how to fiddle when he was in high school, I think, but always seemed to have more trouble with it than with his usual classical playing style. Playing classical music generally involves learning to read music and following a set of well-defined rules. On the other hand, since fiddling is primarily folk music, the rules are less defined and there may or may not be any music to follow. It always seems to me that it requires at least a little bit of improvisation, not to mention complex fingering.

I can say from personal experience playing the piano (for most of my life), I can read music like a champ and have at least a fair amount of technical skill. But I really struggle with music outside of the classical genre, and even have a bit of a hard time with 20th century classical. Composers like Debussy require a more free-flowing style (and often require that your hands work independently of each other), and I'm just not very good at it.

So I find it somewhat ironic that the poster's classical violinist teacher looks down on fiddling, when I've always thought it was probably harder than classical style violin playing. It certainly isn't easier, and often requires a great deal of technical skill.


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« Reply #8321 on: September 10, 2013, 11:00:48 PM »
I didn't want to hijack the Special Snowflake thread, but what is the difference between fiddling and violin-playing?  Is it just the type of music, or is it the technique?  Can you play both on the same instrument?

Fiddle is basically folk or country music. I'm assuming that the teacher spoken about in the SS thread only thinks classical music should be played on violin - otherwise the player is stooping to play "lower" music. I assume he's also never tried to play in a fiddling contest either, because I've seen, attempted to play, and seen others play fiddle pieces that were as hard as any difficult classical piece, if not harder.

This guys explains it pretty well and also plays examples of both styles of music.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VqTwnAuHws

Xandraea -- thanks for the link, it was pretty cool.

However, it was 5 guys playing the piano, not about fiddles. ;)

Oh Dear, darn copy/paste!   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JlmUCZKjkuY   << this is the Violin vs. Fiddle one

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« Reply #8322 on: September 11, 2013, 01:19:02 PM »
I painted a room and had to pop out the light switch plate (no screws, it was just pushed into the wall), it should just pop right back in when I try right?
No matter where I try to apply pression it doesn't stay in it's place, there's no obstruction that I can see, I didn't even move it that much to paint around it, but I feel like I'm missing something.

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« Reply #8323 on: September 11, 2013, 01:58:10 PM »
I painted a room and had to pop out the light switch plate (no screws, it was just pushed into the wall), it should just pop right back in when I try right?
No matter where I try to apply pression it doesn't stay in it's place, there's no obstruction that I can see, I didn't even move it that much to paint around it, but I feel like I'm missing something.

Did you paint right up to the edge of where the plate goes? Sometimes a layer of paint can make just the difference between something fitting and not. You might take a layer of sandpaper (start small, just do tiny bits at a time) and see if you can get something sanded down so it fits again.

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« Reply #8324 on: September 12, 2013, 11:10:10 AM »
Carotte wrote:

"I painted a room and had to pop out the light switch plate (no screws, it was just pushed into the wall), it should just pop right back in when I try right?
No matter where I try to apply pression it doesn't stay in it's place, there's no obstruction that I can see, I didn't even move it that much to paint around it, but I feel like I'm missing something."

Does it not stay because it doesn't fit back into the opening now, or does it fit then slip back out?  If it's the former, the cwm 's idea is the first thing to try.  If it goes into the opening that it came out of but won't stay put, it could be that pulling it out widened the opening, or if you used a high gloss or oil based paint, there might be less friction.  Also, if you pulled the switch itself out the wires behind it will unfold a bit, and if they're not refolded they might be preventing the switch (and thus the plate) from reseating the way it was.  And to ask the obvious question, is there a reason why you can't put the screws in it to keep it in place?  If there is, then you might want to use some sort of adhesive to stick it back in place, but the switch should really be attached to the box for safety reasons and the plate could then be screwed to the switch body.

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