The Ivan Zone: On Being Really Angry

The Ivan Zone:

On being really angry

All right people, I’ve been saying for a long time: “it’s the Albuquerque [insert name of program], you’ve got to stop expecting adequacy.”  Now, in this space you can insert the name of any program that begins with “Albuquerque” like, Albuquerque Public Schools or the Albuquerque Journal.  Now, I spend a great deal of time telling my readers how thoroughly inept APS is, so today I will inform you of the adequacy that you should not expect from the Journal.

Now, today (8/24/10) there was an article in the Albuquerque Journal about our Rock ‘n’ Rhythm teacher-with-a-cool-goatee, Mr. Janov.  Now, the reason I am really angry  is because of this typo, see if you can catch it “… he said ‘When they realize they can be apart of a successful band…’”

Did you catch it?!  It was the italicized, underlined, different-fonted word.  Now, I’m sure the article was very nice, however I am having trouble getting over this typo.  I am not a great fan of Rock ‘n’ Rhythm (mainly because they have enough guitarists to rob a supermarket), but I’m fairly certain they don’t deserve this … this … this abuse-through-inability-to-spell … or my righteous anger for that matter.  So come on Abigail R. Ortiz, pull it together or we very well may have to tear you a part (intentional).

-Ivan A.

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22 thoughts on “The Ivan Zone: On Being Really Angry

  1. Ivan,

    Excellent points. I’d like to rebut a bit if I may. 1. Most schools don’t have much of a music department if one at all. You are welcome. 2. Research is very clear on this. Students who play an instrument perform better at school. Thus, the more students playing an instrument, the better. 3. The Journal is really the only newspaper we have access to in this town which is a monopoly on information. Subsequently, whatever they do, we have no other option. Sad as it is…

  2. I’m not saying that Rock ‘n’ Rhythm is bad, it’s just the fact that they have enough guitarists to rob a convenience store. The point of this article is to point the thorough ineptitude (mind boggling lack of professional adequacy) demonstrated by the employees of the only [reasonable] newspaper that we Burqueans have access to.

    • Touche. The ineptitude of the Journal has been well documented for a long time. The long and short of it is…it’s the 2nd worst newspaper I’ve ever read. Don’t even get me started on the San Francisco Chronicle.

  3. May I mention the hundreds of thousands of guitarists that either live off welfare or make an extrordinarily small amount of money playing occasional gigs? Ya, those hundreds of thousands outweigh by far the less than 1,000 who have been successful.

    • Ivan: I think your 100,000s v. <1,000 reference also applies to just about every artistic endeavor…bassoon playing included.

      –co-head Jeffersonian overseer personage

      • Possibly, with slightly more balanced ratios (yes, the average bassoon player makes more than the average guitar player). However, whatever the case may be bassoon players can actually write good music and play all music, that is something that no matter how hard guitarists try they will never be able to match!

      • I’m with Ivan here. And bassoon is a terrible analogy. Guitar is just point blank the most cliche instrument ever. I’m willing to bet that at least a third of the school can play one. Now, how many bassoonists are in the school? four? five?

        Furthermore, just about everyone who plays bassoon as a profession either teaches, which earns them about $50 and hour, or performs in a professional orchestra, which can make them as much as $400,000 a year.

      • I just wonder if this musical instrument tribalism becomes you, Ben/Ivan. Why can’t we just enjoy ALL instruments/players, without the trash talking and put-downs? I understand everyone has their preferences..I for instance remarked just today that I don’t care for the harpsichord much anymore. But maybe we could hold those preferences (however they may be based) without going to “harpsichords are teh stupid!” or anything. Just an idea.

        –co-sponsor figurehead ruler person

  4. I am not trash talking. It is a fact that guitars are cliche. It is a fact that the average bassoonist makes more than the average guitarist. Yet you dismiss it as tribalism and put-downs? If you had the perception to notice, oh woefully and ironically intolerant figurehead, the only remotely opinion based word that I used was “terrible” in reference to the analogy you made, which I immediately backed up with fact and had nothing to do with appreciating or depreciating any given instrument. And what Ivan said was not tribalism, it was generalizing. He may not of been right, but he was pretty d*** close. And if you are going to get upset over the semantics of what he said or the poetic licence he took, I beseech you, never besmirch the works of Shakespeare or Blake with your unholy gaze.

    • It is a fact that guitars are cliche.

      I agree and completely support your use of facts, data, etc in general. I just think the cliche statement isn’t necessarily a “fact”. As for defending your points with logic and such, I 1000% support that, especially if it were possible to support something more than 100%. Carry on, but think from time to time of those poor, poor guitarists. Quite literally poor, it would seem.

      — co-minister of silly walks, jeffersonian division

  5. As a parent who sends a mid-schooler into your esteemed institution with little knowledge of what actually happens inside those walls, this exchange is quite compelling. Nice to see that you have such great vocabularies and critical thinking skills. Now let’s get back to Ivan’s original point, and a little lesson in psycholinguistics. Poor Abigail R. Ortiz was caught in an error… but why do you suppose she wrote “apart of” instead of “a part of”? Maybe it’s similar to the reason that Ben wrote:

    Ben :
    He may not of been right.

    Language is dynamic and constantly changing. Highly frequent words tend to reduce phonologically and simultaneously shift in meaning. Take the word “a” — it used to be “one”, but even that was too “long” for us to pronounce carefully, so we kept shortening it until it became just a bitty vowel sound (and notice how the meaning is a bit different as well). Frequent phrases also undergo shifts as they become independent of the representations of their constituent parts. So “a part of” may actually have a separate representation in our minds independent of (though connected to) the single word “part”. Abby got confused because her brain was activating a single entry while her fingers tried to type the archaic 3-separate-word representation of the phrase. Happens all the time… gonna, hafta, woulda, gotcha… Knowhatimean?

    And what about Ben? I’ll let you try to analyze his error. Or is it really an error? Or just a glimpse into the English of the year 2362?

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