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William Tell, ho!

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Oct. 17th, 2007 | 11:11 am

I recently went excavating in the garage and came across an old cassette tape holder with about 30 cassettes in it, mostly from my elementary and jr. high school days, before I got a cd player and said to hell with cassettes. I pulled out "Joan Baez Ballad Book" and the Beaches soundtrack. "Beaches" was everything I remembered (some crap, some nostalgia), but when I popped in the Ballad Book, I heard my own voice... droning on and on about Prince Wilhelm, and the Treaty of Vienna, and the economic conditions of England in the early 1700s. No Joan Baez to be heard, although there was a short musical interlude of Ace of Base's "I Saw the Sign" before the tape segued back into the War of 1812.

As best as I can remember now, I'd used the tape as a study aid for the AP European History test, and simply read all of the highlighted terms and phrases from my textbook into the recorder. Other than "I Saw the Sign," the entire tape, A and B sides, was nothing more than a dry, monotone recitation of facts, battles, years and historical figures. I shudder to think of the time it took to record it, and even more to contemplate actually listening to it. The optimistic little high school sophomore who imagined that doing so might increase her test score is gone forever (although -- I did score well, so maybe it helped. But I can't imagine putting that much effort into one test ever again!)

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Damon

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from: kasplode
date: Oct. 17th, 2007 08:01 pm (UTC)
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MP3!

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mschlock

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from: mschlock
date: Oct. 18th, 2007 03:48 am (UTC)
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Otto Titzling, inventor and Kraut
Had nothing to get very worked up about...

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