Saturday, May 10, 2008

McCain:d'apres Bach Prelude no. 21 from the Well-Temper

“How dare you ask that question!’’ Mr. McCain shot back
may mean:

Temperare (to mix correctly) is the Latin origin of words like "temperature" and "tempering"; it and "tempo" come, in turn, from tempus (time or season). Thus, the word "temper" can refer (at least informally) to any time- and temperature-sensitive process (as for chocolate tempering or tempered glass), a material's thermo-mechanical history (including cold work and cryogenic hardening), or even its compositiTemper-3D, CAD program for calculating temperature in any 3D objectsTempering, in metallurgy, a heat treatment technique for metals and alloys; also a method for producing toughened glassIn music, temper describes the method used to tune an instrument to produce a pleasing soundThe Well-Tempered Clavier is a composition by Bach making use of well tempered tuninTempered representation in mathematicsTemperament, in psychology, the general nature of an individual's personalityTempering, in chocolate manufacture, a method of increasing the shine and durability of chocolate couvertureA display of anger from Wikipedia

And about J.S.Bach:

Senator John McCain got hit with a fusillade of tough questions at a town-hall-style meeting in Michigan this morning, including queries about whether his temper – the candidate acknowledged he gets angry — would pose a problem in the White House.
“The next question is about this issue that has become something of a concern to some of your colleagues in the Senate, and is concerning many Republicans as well, and that is the question of your temper,’’ a member of the audience at Oakland University

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