The prospect of having to lug one’s possessions in and out of a vehicle and up and down stairs (in the summertime, no less) helps put a new laser focus to weeding out the things that you don’t really need anymore. But sometimes it also feels a bit like a treasure hunt in that you re-discover lots of forgotten things in the process.

For instance, I came across an article I photocopied for research on a school paper (that’s right. Photocopied. From a book, in the school library). The footnotes are excellent. Some of the sources listed:

  • ‘What Child is this? What Interval was that? Familiar Tunes and Music Perception in Novice Listeners’, Cognition (by J.D. Smith et al).
  • Against Filthy Writing, and such like Delighting, by Thomas Brice (1561)
  • Reflections on Ancient and Modern Musick, with the Application to the Cure of Diseases, by R. Brockleby (1749).

Here’s an excerpt from the article itself:

It seems that English people of the period had clear ideas about proper and improper uses of melodies, and the borderline between the two could be a sensitive area. Those who sang ‘psalms to hornpipes’ or ‘Trenchmore to the tune of Laugh and lye downe’ were misguided in some way. In 1597, a vicar from Kent was troubled by the allegation that he had led a rendition of the 25th psalm to the tune of ‘Greensleeves’, and sued his congregation for slander.

– from ‘The Sound of Print in early modern England’ by Christopher Marsh

Did some research recently on what to do with a room without a closet. Happily, no longer need the information but did come across some cool ideas:

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This one’s just off a mounted shelf:

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Easy to make:

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Three of the raccoons were happy to climb out of the tree. One stayed behind

Sometimes the internet amazes me. Certain things are really hard to find and then you just stumble on a whole bunch of websites dedicated to the kinds of noises raccoons make.

For instance, on this site you can listen to “Sad Baby Raccoon” or “Stay away I’m scared I might bite you” (you can own either track for $0.99 btw).

In this post, entitled “Noises in the Attic at Night,” you can figure out what kind of creature you might have depending on the types of noises it makes. This includes:

Thumping: If you hear thumping in your attic at night, it’s most likely a larger animal, such as a raccoon or opossum, engaged in jumping from one area of the attic to another, actively shoving or destroying something, or dragging something heavy.

Scratching: Most animals scratch in the attic, to clear out space for nesting, or maybe to bury food. Raccoons, rats, mice, and squirrels all scratch. You’re most likely dealing with a nocturnal animal since you hear noises at night, so it may not be squirrel. The size of the animal is hard to tell – many factors influence the volume of the noise. A little mouse scratching directly on the sheetrock right above your head in a quiet house will sound louder than a big raccoon scratching a wood beam somewhere far off in the attic, in a house with a lot of background noise.

Rolling ball noises: Likely squirrels or rats rolling nuts.

Vocal noises: Most likely raccoon. Rats, mice, opossums, and squirrels don’t make vocal noises in the attic. This is a good clue that you’ve got a raccoon or a family of coons. Read below for the details regarding raccoon noises.

Another site, which features a sound bite entitled “Three of the raccoons were happy to climb out of the tree. One stayed behind.” also boasts:

This is the only site on the Web with a comprehensive collection and explanation of raccoon sounds.

Oh yeah.