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A musician and educator by trade, Doc Snow has a strong amateur interest in science, and particularly the science of global warming.

His hub articles detailing the history of this science seek to place this contentious topic in a deeper historical context, and he has written "enhanced" reviews of important books on climate science.

He has also "muddled through" many home renovation projects, and enjoys sharing his discoveries of how NOT to do it yourself.  There are local "discoveries," too--parks, restaurants and other attractions or amenities in Doc Snow's area.

And how could he not write on his area of expertise--music? Practice technique and harmony are a couple of recurring themes--and now there's a new series teaching part-writing--an essential skill for those who wish to master Classical music theory.

Most recently, there is poetry and short fiction as well.

Doc Snow:  Renaissance man, or hopeless dilettante?  Only you can decide!

 

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  • 10

    The Renewable Energy Revolution: What's Going On?

    5 weeks ago

    Is the "renewable revolution" for real? Deployment has been exploding, and prices plummeting, but is it enough to solve the carbon crisis? Can these trends be sustained? A search for answers.

  • 4

    Part-writing Seventh Chords: The Dominant Seventh Chord

    3 months ago

    The first of Doc's series on part-writing seventh chords: clear explanations and interactive exercises to help you master the essential skill of part-writing.

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    Part-writing Chords: Summary II

    2 months ago

    The second 'syllabus' and summary for Doc Snow's Hubs on part-writing. Sequence, content and links--plus a summary of part-writing 'rules.'

  • 6

    Six Degrees: Choosing Our Future

    4 months ago

    "Choosing Our Future" is the culminating chapter of Mark Lynas's "Six Degrees." In it, possible strategies for the preservation of human prosperity--and, indeed, culture--are examined.

  • 0

    The Six Degree World

    2 weeks ago

    Summary table for "Six Degrees," a chapter in the book of the same name, by Mark Lynas. Updates to be added, as available.

  • 0

    The Five Degree World

    7 weeks ago

    Summary Hub (with table of potential impacts) for "Five Degrees," from Mark Lynas's "Six Degrees." Updates included as available.

  • 3

    The Four Degree World

    3 months ago

    Summary table for "Four Degrees," from the book "Six Degrees," by Mark Lynas. Updates to be added as available.

  • 0

    The Three Degree World

    4 months ago

    Summary table and comments for "Three Degrees," according to Mark Lynas's "Six Degrees," with updates (as available.)

  • 2

    The Two Degree World

    9 days ago

    Summary table for the "Two Degree World," according to Mark Lynas's "Six Degrees," with updates (as available.)

  • 0

    The One Degree World

    7 weeks ago

    Summary table for "One Degree," from Mark Lynas' "Six Degrees"--the potential effects of one degree or less of global warming.

  • 10

    Mark Lynas's "Six Degrees": A Summary Review

    4 months ago

    Mark Lynas's "Six Degrees" is a modern classic, outlining potential effects of various levels of global warming. It's summarized, evaluated, and updated here, with links to 7 supplementary Hubs.

  • 50

    Climate Change: How Much Time Do We Have?

    6 weeks ago

    Climate change is increasingly recognized as being observable today. But if we want to do something about it, how much time do we have to do so? Personal and scientific reflections on this question.

  • 21

    400 Now: A Climate Change Milestone

    10 months ago

    In May 2013 the iconic Mauna Loa Observatory measured a daily carbon dioxide value above 400 parts per million, a 40% human-driven increase. But we aren't the first to transform Earth's atmosphere.

  • 1

    How (not) to repair your wheelbarrow

    11 months ago

    Wheelbarrows get old, but that doesn't necessarily mean they must be replaced. Here's how one common model was rejuvenated instead.

  • 18

    Arctic Sea Ice Melt 2013: Looking Forward, Looking Back

    3 months ago

    With the spring Equinox, the 'melt season' begins. What do 2012's record Arctic sea ice lows mean? And what do we know about the science and politics of sea ice?

  • 11

    Climate 2013--The Year In Prospect And Review

    3 months ago

    'Climate change' is news, but often lacks context or depth or is omitted from related news. What climate change stories were--pardon the pun!--hot in 2013? And how did they turn out at year's end?

  • 7

    Off-beat and Budget-Friendly: An Atlanta Outing

    14 months ago

    There's nothing wrong with Turner Field and Coca-Cola World, but you can spend less off the beaten track while getting just as much local flavor. Here's a fun half-day outing for a rainy day.

  • 3

    Part-writing Inverted Chords: Second-Inversion Patterns II--Passing & Cadential

    3 months ago

    Second-inversion triads take special handling, and follow very specific patterns. This Hub, second of two detailing second-inversion patterns, trains you to use the Passing and Cadential Six-four chords, with video...

  • 4

    Part-writing Inverted Chords: Second-Inversion Patterns I--Arpeggio & Neighbor

    14 months ago

    Part-writing second-inversion triads is paradoxically both easier and more 'dangerous' than root-position or first-inversion triads. Find out why here--and learn to navigate the tricks and traps with video examples and...

  • 5

    Part-writing Inverted Chords: Interlude--Passing & Auxiliary Tones

    14 months ago

    Music is much more fun with a few non-chord tones in the mix--especially since knowing how to use them opens the door to understanding some chord progressions better. Here's how to use the most common types of...

  • 3

    Part-writing Inverted Chords: Mediant, Submediant & Leading Tone Triads

    2 months ago

    Part-writing is an essential discipline in really mastering traditional music theory, and triads in inversion add great nuance and musical flexibility to the harmonic palette. This Hub examines usage of triads built on...

  • 1

    Part-writing Inverted Chords: The Supertonic In First Inversion

    3 months ago

    "Supertonic in first inversion" sounds forbiddingly technical, but this chord is a favorite choice to prepare a dominant chord, appearing in everything from Bach to Duke Ellington. Learn how to use it in...

  • 20

    Sandy: Once In A Generation?

    12 months ago

    It's already clear that superstorm Sandy has been an enormous disaster. But is this really a "once in a generation" event? Or are the 'climate dice' loaded?

  • 14

    Not. One. Word.

    14 months ago

    The economy, foreign policy, justice--all weighty issues touched upon in the Presidential and Vice-Presidential debates of 2012. But the issue that will shape more lives for good or ill for longer was conspicuous by...

  • 3

    Part-writing Inverted Chords: Primary Triads In First Inversion

    3 months ago

    How to use inverted triads in common-practice four-part writing. Learn to write tonic, dominant and subdominant in first inversion--these explanations, illustrations, and practice examples make it easy! (Follows a...

  • 15

    Can Mr. Romney Deliver A Prosperous Economy?

    18 months ago

    Mr. Romney promises a prosperous America as a result of his 'pro-growth' policies. What are the chances that he can deliver?

  • 1

    Part-writing Chords: Summary I

    3 months ago

    A 'syllabus' and summary for Doc Snow's innovative Hubs on the essential musical skill of part-writing. Sequence, content and links--plus a summary of part-writing 'rules.'

  • 40

    Sea Ice Loss 2012: What Do The Records Mean?

    3 months ago

    Labor Day 2012 saw shocking new record lows for Arctic sea ice--and the records continued dropping. Here's the larger context, and why you should care.

  • 34

    Republican National Convention Ironies, 2012

    13 months ago

    The Republican National Convention of 2012 was a slick media production, and pushed all the right buttons, from heart-felt to humorous. But outside the walls, the real world presented much more heart-breaking stories,...

  • 14

    A Love Story And A Clearance Sale

    14 months ago

    Arctic sea ice is 'far away' for most of us--but will it become 'long ago', too? There's reason to fear just that--here's why the author cares, and why more practically-minded readers should, too.

  • 5

    Michael Mann's "The Hockey Stick And The Climate Wars": A Summary Review

    11 months ago

    In 1999, paleoclimatologist Michael Mann, with Ray Bradley and Malcolm Hughes, published a reconstruction of Northern Hemisphere temperatures over the last millennium. It seemed an obscure academic concern. But this...

  • 7

    Washer Not Spinning? Try This First!

    21 months ago

    When the two washing machines in my life both quit, and it turned out to be the same problem with each, it seemed a clear message from the cosmos: write a Hub about this inexpensive DIY fix. Find out if it is the...

  • 3

    How To Change The Water Filter Of A Samsung Twin-door Refrigerator

    2 months ago

    Filtered water, dispensed straight from the door of your frig, is a great convenience feature. But where there are filters, there is the need to change them. It's much less difficult than many people think. Here's...

  • 4

    Our Disaster: What Happened

    23 months ago

    April 4-5, 2011, saw severe weather in the Midwest and South--thunderstorms, tornadoes, and a little something called the "Great Derecho" by one weather blogger. Here's how it affected us.

  • 6

    How (Not) To: Two Cheap Facelifts For Used Wood Dressers

    5 weeks ago

    Refreshing tired dressers can be easier and faster than you might think--and can deliver great value. Here's a case study!

  • 5

    Global Warming Science In The Age Of Washington And Jefferson: William Charles Wells

    11 months ago

    Some argue that greenhouse warming is thermodynamically impossible. But observations and experiments going back as much as 350 years tell a different story. Among the first to study radiation in the atmosphere was an...

  • 3

    Part-writing Chords: Minor Keys II

    14 months ago

    This, the second of two Hubs on part-writing in minor keys, teaches useful voice-leading patterns for writing mediant, sub-mediant, and sub-tonic triads. Tricks, traps, and practice questions to build your skill!

  • 1

    Part-writing In Minor Keys I

    14 months ago

    Part-writing in minor keys, the sixth in a series of Hubs on the skill of part-writing, looks at issues and common voice-leading patterns in writing root-position tonic, dominant, subdominant, and supertonic triads in...

  • 9

    Working In Rictameter

    2 years ago

    A set of "rictameter variations" tracing a day on the job, in 'picture book' format. Terse and unsentimental, yet playful.

  • 5

    Part-writing Chords: Mediant and Submediant I

    14 months ago

    The triads built upon scale degrees 3 and 6--the mediant and submediant chords--are the least common but also the most colorful diatonic triads. Learn (and practice) their common patterns of usage here!

  • 5

    Strange Days Again: Remembrance And The Doors' Sophomore Album

    11 months ago

    Music and memory intertwine: The Doors' most innovative album, "Strange Days," analyzed and remembered. What it was, is, and why it mattered so much to me.

  • 4

    Part-writing Chords: Supertonic I

    14 months ago

    Learn to use the 'ii' chord in true Classical style with essential concepts, practice exercises, and audio-video examples. This fourth Hub in Doc Snow's series on part-writing teaches you proper doubling and...

  • 1

    Part-writing Chords: Subdominant I

    14 months ago

    Third in a series, this Hub examines the use of the subdominant chord--the "IV chord"--in traditional ("common-practice") harmony, giving practice exercises. Topics discussed include the IV chord's...

  • 4

    Part-Writing Chords: Tonic And Dominant I (Exercises)

    14 months ago

    A companion to "Part-Writing Chords: Tonic And Dominant I," this Hub consists of practical exercises to build skill in part-writing tonic and dominant chord connections. Get to know I-V-I in many different...

  • 15

    Soft On Terror, Or Hard On The Constitution?

    21 months ago

    The US Congress seems poised to create a new Star Chamber with the "Battlefield USA" language contained in the about-to-pass National Defense Authorization Act. Can they possibly be that foolish?

  • 11

    Two Losses In Second Person

    2 years ago

    "Two Losses" consists of a pair of autobiographical poems, "Elegy," and "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do." The first concerns the loss of the poet's grandmother; the second, the loss of a...

  • 2

    Nocturnal Paraphrases

    2 years ago

    Nocturnal Paraphrases is a short poem, presented in six photo capsules. Each is like a page unto itself, text over image. The poem is about "life, death, places I’ve been, things I’ve done, and the...

  • 4

    "Responsibility," or "Driver, Boy and Girl"

    2 months ago

    A short story about responsibility, school buses, history, and burnings big and small. . . "Afternoon on a warm spring day in central Ontario, with a school bus dragging a dust plume up and down the county roads,...

  • 6

    Part-writing Chords: Tonic And Dominant I

    14 months ago

    How to write the most common Classical chord progression, with audio/video examples and easy-to-understand explanations. The concepts of a "lead sheet," of chordal "voices," of "spacing"...

  • 7

    Andrew Weaver's "Generation Us: The Challenge Of Global Warming"--A Summary Review

    2 years ago

    Andrew Weaver's "Generation Us: The Challenge Of Global Warming" is a "RapidReads" book--a "plaine and easie" introduction to climate change, readable in a couple of hours. Learn more...

  • 3

    Better Faster: Top Ten Music Practice Tips

    7 months ago

    "Practice, practice, practice!"--But what about practicing *smarter*? This article gives ten useful tips to do just that. Get better, faster!

  • 5

    Amy Seidl's "Finding Higher Ground": A Summary Review

    9 months ago

    Dr. Amy Seidl is an ecologist by training, and the mother of a family trying to adapt to the "Age of Warming." It's a dual perspective that gives much insight on what our future may bring. Read about her...

  • 25

    Fire From Heaven: Climate Science And The Element Of Life--Part Two, The Cloud By Night

    23 months ago

    The solar 'fire' sustains us--but it's not just the direct solar radiation we need; there's also the less intense 'fire' of thermal radiation from the atmosphere, often called 'backradiation.' Harder to measure than...

  • 1

    Fire From Heaven: Climate Science And The Element Of Life--Part One, Fire By Day

    10 months ago

    We depend upon the 'fire' of solar radiation for our very lives. But how intense is this fire? Does it change? Here's the story of these questions and their answers--and of the people investigating them.

  • 26

    "Green Fascism": Let The Facts Speak

    2 months ago

    Activists, researchers and ordinary people expressing their concern about climate change have been called "eco-Nazis" or "green Fascists." Yet it is they who have been vilified, suppressed and...

  • 6

    Understand Chords: Tensions--"Sus" and "Add" Chords (Part Five Of A Series)

    7 months ago

    Chords with "tensions" often confuse because of the their similarities with extended chords--ninths, elevenths and thirteenths. But "sus" and "add" chords add a lot of variety to...

  • 2

    Understand Chords: Beyond Seventh Chords To Chord Extensions--Ninths, Elevenths And Thirteenths (Part Four of a Series)

    2 years ago

    Extended chords-ninths, elevenths, and thirteenths-are undoubtedly hipper than the average triad. But what are they, how do you use them, and, most of all, what do they actually *sound* like? The text and video of...

  • 10

    Wooden Chair And Stool Repair: How (Not) To Fix Them

    2 years ago

    Trash day in suburbia usually reveals a broken chair or two at the curbside. Many of them can be fixed and put back in service with little effort or expertise. Here's how!

  • 3

    Understand Chords: Beyond Triads --Seventh Chords (Part Three of a Series)

    3 months ago

    In traditional harmony, seventh chords are the next step up in complexity from triads; they give many more available colors to composers. Learn the basics about seventh chords here!

  • 67

    When Did Global Warming Stop?

    2 months ago

    We often hear claims that "global warming stopped" in such and such a year. What basis is there for these claims, and who is making them?

  • 4

    Pet Doors: How (Not) To Install Them

    24 months ago

    If you have an animal companion in your home, it can do wonders for the satisfaction of all concerned to allow free access to the outdoors. It can be easier (and less expensive) than you might think. Read how--and how...

  • 3

    Sudoku Sherlock-Style: Getting To N-1

    10 months ago

    Sudoku is a lot of fun. But though the rules are easy to grasp, some are intimidated by the strategy. Here's an easy approach for them--and for those who just want to get a little faster at Sudoku solving.

  • 3

    Understand Chords: Chords In Keys (Part Two of a Series)

    8 months ago

    Chords are important musical building blocks, of course, but they aren't just isolated 'things.' Rather they belong more or less naturally in certain 'keys.' Learn about them here!

  • 10

    Water Is A Dancer: Climate Science And The Element Of Change

    2 years ago

    The famous "blue marble" photo of the Earth shows a water planet. But water, "the element of change," is important to Earth in less obvious ways, too. Here's how it operates as a greenhouse gas.

  • 6

    Understand Chords: What's A Triad? (Part One of a Series)

    3 years ago

    Chords are a musical basic--but what are they, really? Here's a beginner's guide, with written and audio examples.

  • 4

    How (Not) To Practice Music Efficiently, Part Two

    3 years ago

    Practice more efficiently and get better faster with these practical strategies! Topics include practicing for continuity versus practicing for problem-solving; changing the terms of the practice problem; and...

  • 8

    Andrew Weaver's "Keeping Our Cool": A Summary Review

    7 months ago

    Dr. Andrew Weaver, one of Canada's leading climate scientists, was most recently in the news for his successful libel lawsuit against a mendacious climate change denier. But he's also the author of an illuminating book...

  • 6

    Exterior Doors: How (Not) To Install Them

    18 months ago

    Replacing an exterior door isn't like it used to be, back when you built your jambs from scratch and hung the door itself with elaborate care. In fact, it's very possibly within YOUR reach--especially with this...

  • 9

    Eaves and Fascia Board Repair: How (Not) To Fix Them

    2 years ago

    If you have traditional wooden fascia boards on your eaves, then they will need maintenance at some time or another. It's not so terribly hard. Here's some tricks and traps, described and photographed.

  • 3

    Lavender: The Best Little Asian Bistro In Gwinnett County, GA

    7 months ago

    If you're looking for great Chinese and Thai cuisine, a friendly yet elegant atmosphere, great service and reasonable prices, you can find it at Lavender. Read more here--including how to get there!

  • 2

    How (Not) To Practice Music Efficiently, Part One

    23 months ago

    The first of a pair of articles on how (not) to practice music, this article sets the record straight on much confusing practice advice you hear. Plus, great pictures of some musical greats!

  • 12

    Through A Glass Darkly: Equinox Reflections On Sea Ice--2010 And Onwards

    17 months ago

    The Arctic sea ice is "the canary in the coal mine" of climate change. It's been changing relatively fast. What does it mean? And what has it been like to watch?

  • 2

    Three Terrific Parks In Gwinnett County, GA

    3 years ago

    Looking for some great outdoor recreation in Gwinnett County, Georgia? The Gwinnett County Park system is a source of justifiable pride. Read about three of its "jewels" here!

  • 19

    Global Warming Science: A Thumbnail History

    2 years ago

    The science of climate change is much older than most people realize--some, like former astronaut Walter Cunningham, think that it was 'cooked up' by a few imaginative scientists early in the 1990s. The real story is...

  • 13

    Gwynn Dyer's "Climate Wars": A Summary Review

    2 years ago

    An enhanced-content review of Gwynne Dyer's "Climate Wars" (2010.) Climate change is of deep concern to national security professionals the world over. Find out what they are worrying about.

  • 2

    String (or Restring) Your Guitar: How (Not) To Do It

    2 years ago

    An illustrated guide to restringing an acoustic guitar. If you've been too intimidated to try this yourself, pluck up your courage and save yourself $15!

  • 8

    Armsful Of Clocks: A Meditation

    2 years ago

    Like a dragging sentence, just the sound of the word "workaday" makes a person feel tired. But the transcendent can always break through--even when least unexpected.

  • 2

    How (not) to work sudoku

    14 months ago

    Strategies and practice questions for Sudoku. Solve faster and have more fun!

  • 0

    Printable Blank Sudoku Grid

    2 years ago

    A free printable blank Sudoku grid, all ready for your deepest Sudoku thoughts.

  • 15

    Global Warming Science And The Wars: Guy Callendar

    3 years ago

    Guy Callendar lived through the tumults of early and mid-twentieth century England, doing technical and defense work. It's ironic that his innocent hobby led right back into the most polarizing political issue in the...

  • 4

    Inuk Was A-Positive: A Brief Meditation

    2 years ago

    The far-off and long-ago grabs our imaginations, and can inspire romantic fancies. But sometimes it's the mundane detail that hits the hardest.

  • 8

    Global Warming Science, Press, And Storms: Nils Ekholm

    3 years ago

    Scientists are expected to live and die on the quality and integrity of their data analysis—but usually that is a metaphor. Not for Nils Ekholm! Read the story of this remarkable scientist, self-made man and...

  • 14

    Lap Siding: How (Not) To Install Hardiplank And The Like

    2 years ago

    Applying lap siding needn't be terribly difficult. Here's a detailed photo guide to the process--as it works in the real world.

  • 17

    James Hoggan's "Climate Cover-Up": A Summary Review

    3 months ago

    You've been lied to. That's the message of "Climate Cover-Up," by PR professional James Hoggan. Find out when, how, and by whom in this enhanced-content review.

  • 14

    David Archer's "The Long Thaw": A Summary Review

    2 years ago

    "The Long Thaw" is a modern classic of science exposition, setting forth the physical basis for how the greenhouse effect and Earth's carbon cycle work. Get the gist with this enhanced content summary review.

  • 2

    Global Warming Science And The Dawn Of Flight: Svante Arrhenius

    3 years ago

    In 1896, Svante Arrhenius published a scientific paper containing the first mathematical model of CO2-induced global warming. It took him a year of laborious hand calculation, and proved quite influential. But he...

  • 33

    Low-flow Toilets: How (Not) To Install One

    3 years ago

    More and more folks are changing to the newer, more environmentally-friendly low-flow toilets. You can save a bunch by doing it yourself. Take the intimidation factor out by using this elaborately detailed...

  • 7

    Broecker & Kunzig's "Fixing Climate": A Summary Review

    2 years ago

    Dr. "Wally" Broecker is a "grand old man" in the field of climate science, having correctly predicted the global warming trend we've all been living with back in 1975. Here's his story, and his take...

  • 8

    Global Warming Science In The Age Of Queen Victoria: John Tyndall

    2 years ago

    John Tyndall, a one-time railway surveyor, made himself one of the most prominent physicists of nineteenth-century Britain. But today he's remembered best for his discovery of the mechanism of the greenhouse effect. ...

  • 6

    Global Warming Science At The Barricades: Claude Pouillet, The Sun, And 1849

    2 years ago

    Claude Pouillet rose from obscurity to become a scientist, educator and legislator. He was the first to make a reasonably accurate estimate of the so-called "solar constant." Read about his dramatic life...

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    Global Warming Science In The Age Of Napoleon: Joseph Fourier

    2 years ago

    Some think that the story of global warming science began in the 1990s. But the first paper on the topic was written by a scientist and mathematician who was also an administrator in the government of Napoleon...

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