User talk:JDWpianist

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Hello, JDWpianist, and welcome to Conservapedia!

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GFasten 17:49, 16 March 2009 (EDT)

Usa new year 2010.jpg

--Joaquín Martínez 00:17, 31 December 2009 (EST)

Hi, welcome to CP, I'd reccomend writing something on your userpage in order to give you a blue name! GFasten 18:01, 16 March 2009 (EDT)

Thanks for the tip. There's something preliminary there now. I hope to add more later. JDWpianist 18:29, 16 March 2009 (EDT)
Welcome to Conservapedia! --Joaquín Martínez 09:15, 17 March 2009 (EDT)
What are the images you need? You may use also Conservapedia:Image upload requests. --Joaquín Martínez 16:09, 17 March 2009 (EDT)
Thanks for the tip, and a belated thanks for the welcome! I happen to have a lot of musical examples for basic music theory, which I created on Sibelius notation software while I was a Teaching Assistant. I'll use the image upload request.JDWpianist 17:35, 17 March 2009 (EDT)

And now?

Vienna, thanks for the suggestion. --Joaquín Martínez 23:40, 8 April 2009 (EDT)

The new gallery looks great! And that's definitely the Stephansdom I know and love -- though the renovation on the tower finished very recently and it's looking even better now. You know, for Maundy Thursday, they pealed the bells at 7 p.m., it's a haunting, ancient sound.
I was inspired by your additions to flesh out the article a lot more. Hope you enjoy it. JDWpianist 17:51, 9 April 2009 (EDT)
Thanks again and Godspeed. --Joaquín Martínez 20:10, 18 April 2009 (EDT)

Conservapedia:Featured articles

Any proposal for new articles?

--Joaquín Martínez 20:01, 22 May 2009 (EDT)

Thank you for your reply. We have material for a month; may be you will have then finished some articles to include. Godspeed. --Joaquín Martínez 15:04, 24 May 2009 (EDT)


Who first called it a 'licorice stick'? And what is the role of the clarinet in the big bands of the Big Band Era? --Ed Poor Talk 17:24, 25 May 2009 (EDT)

I think the "licorice stick" epithet came around just as big bands were becoming popular, in the '30s, though it's not clear if it can be traced to any one person. The clarinet was a big deal much earlier in New Orleans Jazz, where it played a mostly obbligato role (see also the page on heterophony). This role kind of morphed over into Big Band Jazz, where as a solo instrument it played lots of decoration over the main melody. The great soloists like Benny Goodman of course had a big part in shaping that. Later into the 40's, Ellington and Count Basie wrote some pieces with whole clarinet ensembles instead of saxophones, which gave it a special moody character.

Hope that helps. JDWpianist 17:34, 25 May 2009 (EDT)

Yes. Next question: What do you call the kind of broken chord which is indicated by a wavy line to the left of the notes? And how do you distinguish that from the typical arpeggio which is written out in, say, eighth notes (or as Bach did with the Well-Tempered Clavier Prelude #1, sixteenth notes)? --Ed Poor Talk 18:20, 25 May 2009 (EDT)
They're actually both called arpeggios technically, but the wavy line is usually just called a roll (or rolled chord). Practically there aren't many situations where the two usages can be confused. I personally call an arpeggio with a distinct rhythm (like the Bach) a broken chord. JDWpianist 18:28, 25 May 2009 (EDT)

The Nozze di Figaro Anonymous watercolour.



--Joaquín Martínez 19:36, 22 December 2009 (EST)

Morality and ethics

Can you help me distinguish between morality and ethics? I mean, not me personally ... let's write some articles together. --Ed Poor Talk 10:46, 20 January 2010 (EST)

(replying here, as your talk page is locked) I'd be happy to do what I can, for what a musician's opinion is worth. I've moved our discussion around a little, since it was traversing many topics unrlated to Mulan. The relevant part is on Talk:Occult, and the whole thing, including my reply, is now on Talk:Ethics. JDWpianist 09:19, 21 January 2010 (EST)

Anthropogenic global warming theory

Hi, JDW. I have a question about something you said last month:

  • too much polar ice will melt and raise the ocean levels

Were you referring just to sea ice, i.e., floating on the ocean - or to all ice at pole(s) including that on land? Recall that when an iceberg melts it has hardly any effect on sea level. One kilogram of ice displaces one liter of fresh water, and just about the same amount of salt water. --Ed Poor Talk 12:32, 16 February 2010 (EST)

That comment was a response to a picture that Jpatt uploaded, which showed that this year's temperatures for most of the globe were colder than the average of the previous 8 years. The one surprising exception was the polar ice caps, whose temperatures were clearly warmer this year than the average.
So yes, the segment you just quoted was my understanding of the typical global warming argument, which seems to say that higher temperatures at the poles means a faster increase in sea levels. Perhaps I'm misunderstanding their position, but what I always hear from climatologists in the press is that polar temperatures are their main worry. Maybe you're right -- and I certainly hope that you are -- that polar ice melting would have little effect on sea level. I'm not qualified to judge the facts, but I do attempt to understand both sides, so as not to be duped by propaganda and misinformation. JDWpianist 13:02, 16 February 2010 (EST)
You mean like Phil Jones admitting to the BBC that there hasn't really been any "global warming" whatsoever in the past 15 years? [1] That kind of being duped? Or the kind of misinformation like the southern pole rapidly losing ice, but that studies show is rapidly gaining ice in most areas other than the Ross shelf? --ṬK/Admin/Talk 15:57, 16 February 2010 (EST)

Hey, TK, go easy on my fellow musician! --Ed Poor Talk 15:59, 16 February 2010 (EST)

I will be certain not to confuse other users with the facts, Professor Poor! But I do enjoy music of all kinds!  ;-) --ṬK/Admin/Talk 16:02, 16 February 2010 (EST)
Thanks for the link, TK, but to be fair one should compare that article with Jones' original BBC interview, and decide for themselves which is more convincing. But I didn't come here to debate climate change, merely to answer EdPoor's question about what I meant on a talk page last month.
If you're as interested in music as I am writing musical articles, keep your eyes peeled for a couple of new ones in the coming weeks - I'm studying for oral exams, and plan to upload the results of my recent reading for the edification of CP's target audience. JDWpianist 07:53, 17 February 2010 (EST)

Mannheim rocket

That made my day. When I saw your reference to the "Mannheim rocket" this afternoon, I wondered what it could possibly be. I knew that Mozart admired the Mannheim orchestra, and in particular their use of clarinets. Then you put up the example. The G minor symphony!! That was an example of the Mannheim rocket! Awesome.

Best wishes on Chopin's birthday. (Though I have to admit he's not among my favorite composers. I'm still on a high from January 27th.)

SamHB 00:00, 2 March 2010 (EST)

Thanks for the message. It's nice to know that other users are learning from my contributions! You're right, these concepts need musical examples in order to make sense, but once you know what they are, you see them all over the place in Mozart and Beethoven. I'll be adding a couple more examples in the next day or so.
Yeah, I'm more a fan of Viennese classics myself, but as a pianist have a special relationship with Chopin. You ought to give some of his more sophisticated works a listen though, like the F-Minor Fantasy or the Ballades. The Fantasie-Polonaise is also great. I find that people who love Mozart usually come around to have an appreciation for Chopin as well, as they're similar in more ways than it seems at first. At any rate, yesterday was an important milestone, definitely deserving of a more fleshed-out article here than there was before.
Thanks again for the encouraging comment, and all the best.

JDWpianist 09:31, 2 March 2010 (EST)

Lost page

Saw that you had rewritten my edit on the Lost page regarding to its plot. I think your rewrite is much better than what I wrote. It reads very well now. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by ConservaPeter (talk)

Thanks, I understood your edit, because the way it was before did sound a little negative. But believe it or not, I meant it originally as a compliment. Your comment made me realize that it wasn't coming off that way, so I re-wrote it to keep the idea that the loss of viewers has something to do with the show's complexity, but that the ones who've stuck with it are very devoted.
At any rate, what do you think of Season 6 so far? JDWpianist 07:49, 8 March 2010 (EST)
I like it! I've yet to see a bad episode, including all previous seasons. It's gonna be fun to get some answers to questions like who "Adam and Eve" are and what exactly the alternate timeline is all about.


Your decision to take a wiki-break will be short. Spirited discourse often leads to intemperate discourse and decisions, but fortunately we usually rise about that ultimately. --ṬK/Admin/Talk 20:33, 6 April 2010 (EDT)

... within reason

Reason and faith can co-exist, trust me. ;-) --Ed Poor Talk 18:41, 8 April 2010 (EDT)


Thanks for this little fix. I was beginning to think no one from the old gang would ever come back. --Ed Poor Talk 15:01, 24 February 2011 (EST)

Happy to oblige, especially since it's my old mistakes I was fixing. I can't promise it will be a regular occurrence -- my doctoral adviser has informed me that I'm his last student and that he wants to retire in 2011, which means the pressure's on for me to finish. JDWpianist 15:06, 24 February 2011 (EST)

re: panel

I saw some of your recent remarks about CP blocking in relation to yourself. I also saw you have created a significant amount of content at CP. Could you explain your non-TK blocks in the past or all of your blocks if you feel so inclined (I was never a TK fan)? At best, I could lobby for you to be on the panel if you wish to be. No promises though as I don't want to cause needless controversy concerning the panel. Worst case scenario, the panel may look at your previous blocks as possible useful input. Conservative 17:47, 15 August 2011 (EDT)

Thanks for the reply. I appreciate being invited, but you don't need to create controversy on my account. That a few of the panel members read my comments is all I request. At any rate, I'm headed out of the country to visit in-laws later today, and will not likely be online while your panel is underway.
To answer your question about blocks, the most recent one was by a parodist (JacobB). Whatever prompted it has disappeared from my logs, but the "personal remarks" JacobB referenced probably had something to do with me ribbing his buddy TK about the "socialist sport" comments he had made during the World Cup, and moreover was undone 30 minutes later without my asking. Nothing earth-shattering.
As for the other blocks, I'll briefly describe them here. One I'll admit to being deserved, both are very instructive as to what's keeping good-faith editors away from here:
14:58, 17 April 2009 DeanS (Talk | contribs) blocked JDWpianist (Talk | contribs) with an expiry time of 3 days (account creation disabled) ‎ (Negative personal comments: Andy's talk page)
  • When a very good user (over 1000 useful edits and many pages created) and friend of mine, AlanE, was insulted by Andy for having made "no significant contribution" to the site, he understandably got angry and wrote a stinging Parthian on the way out. I got angry too, and mouthed off at Andy myself, saying (with some measure of incivility) that if one can't keep a good user like AlanE on the site, then there's no hope -- funny how the same theme keeps recurring...
18:09, 16 March 2009 Karajou (Talk | contribs) unblocked JDWpianist (Talk | contribs) ‎ (user request, as per email)
17:22, 16 March 2009 Karajou (Talk | contribs) blocked JDWpianist (Talk | contribs) with an expiry time of infinite (account creation disabled) ‎ (Same IP(s) as previously blocked user(s): Use of foreign ISP as proxy mask: Chello Broadband GmbH, Vienna, Austria (; sock of Wilsher)
  • This block happened the day I showed up, before making any single edit. Karajou apparently assumed that there were no valid users wanting to edit from Vienna, and so I clearly must have been a sock of the last guy who tried to edit from Vienna. Had I been the easily-dissuaded type, I would have just given up. But I sent an e-mail to Karajou saying, "I don't know who this guy Wilsher is, but I'd like to edit the site." After a suspicious reply, something to the effect "Well, okay, but I'm going to be watching you like a hawk!", Karajou was kind enough to "allow" me to edit the site. This is the kind of treatment that I think is counter-productive to having good editors here. I think that for most good faith users, being blocked right away, no questions asked, and then having your e-mail replied to grudgingly, sends the clear message "we don't want you here." You are all so focused on eliminating the threat of bad-faith users and vandals, but you don't realize that it's your draconian policies which are encouraging them.
A further word or two about TK: now that he's dead, the CP sysops are happy to disown him and everything he did, but don't forget that when he was still active, your honor code ("never question another sysop's block") made sure that he was able to do whatever he wanted unchecked. If he didn't like someone, he had a habit of sending abusive e-mails; any appeal I made to other sysops was met with silence and inaction. Like it or not, CP's policies, which are designed with the sole purpose of giving sysops free reign to fight vandalism as they please and contain no recourse or review for unfairly-blocked users other than begging and grovelling to the one who blocked them, make it easy for the TK's of the world to set up their own fiefdoms here and get their jollies through harassing and bullying others. There have been by my count at least two other "mini-TK's" since, and is probably one more right now.
The bottom line is, there needs to be a sea change in how sysops view their role. I don't deny that you have a problem with vandalism, but sysops shouldn't forget that the first goal should be to keep good faith editors here and happy. If the policies are only engineered to make it easy for sysops to counteract vandals and alleged "parodists," then you're creating obstacles for the good-faith users which will usually cause them to give up and contribute elsewhere, and by extension making sure that the only users wishing to jump those hurdles are people who secretly hate the site and wish it harm. Clear rules are needed, which the sysops must follow as well as the regular users. Transparency and fairness are a must. Wikipedia's "assume good faith" and "don't bite the newbie" policies are a fantastic guide for working with new users.
Cheers, JDWpianist 03:09, 16 August 2011 (EDT)

Added your input

I added your input to the preface to proceedings section of the refinement of blocking policy panel's proceedings. You can see it here: Conservative 04:34, 16 August 2011 (EDT)

Welcome back!

Congratulations on the Musicologist achievement!--Jpatt 17:46, 20 June 2012 (EDT)

Well done!!!! AlanE 18:08, 20 June 2012 (EDT)

Hope you return

I read you user page and talk page. It is a shame that you ran into unnecessary problems while editing at Conservapedia.

I am sorry that I did not do more to assist you and address your concerns. Conservative (talk) 00:38, 5 May 2016 (EDT)