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User: rusty
Date: 10/13/2006 6:41 am
Views: 1218
Rating: 8

Speaker Characteristics:

Gender: male
Age range: adult
Pronunciation dialect: Australian English

Recording Information:

Microphone: Samson C15 Studio Condenser
Audio Card: Multimedia audio controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) AC'97 Audio Controller (rev 01)
Audio Recording Software: Audacity rel 1.2.4b-2ubuntu2
O/S: Linux Ubuntu

File Info:

File type: wav;
Sampling rate: 48kHz
Sample rate format: 16bit
Number of channels: 1
Copyright (C) 2006 Rusty Russell

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 rp001 When the sunlight strikes raindrops in the air,
rp002 they act as a prism and form a rainbow.
rp003 The rainbow is a division of white light into many beautiful colors.
rp004 These take the shape of a long round arch, with its path high above,
rp005 and its two ends apparently beyond the horizon.
rp006 There is , according to legend, a boiling pot of gold at one end.
rp007 People look, but no one ever finds it.
rp008 When a man looks for something beyond his reach,
rp009 his friends say he is looking for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
rp010 Throughout the centuries people have explained the rainbow in various ways.
rp011 Some have accepted it as a miracle without physical explanation.
rp012 To the Hebrews it was a token that there would be no more universal floods.
rp013 The Greeks used to imagine that it was a sign
rp014 from the gods to foretell war or heavy rain.
rp015 The Norsemen considered the rainbow as a bridge
rp016 over which the gods passed from earth to their home in the sky.
rp017 Others have tried to explain the phenomenon physically.
rp018 Aristotle thought that the rainbow was caused by
rp019 reflection of the sun's rays by the rain.
rp020 Since then physicists have found that it is not reflection,
rp021 but refraction by the raindrops which causes the rainbows.
rp022 Many complicated ideas about the rainbow have been formed.
rp023 The difference in the rainbow depends considerably upon the size of the drops,
rp024 and the width of the colored band increases as the size of the drops increases.
rp025 The actual primary rainbow observed is said to be the effect of
rp026 super-imposition of a number of bows.
rp027 If the red of the second bow falls upon the green of the first,
rp028 the result is to give a bow with an abnormally wide yellow band,
rp029 since red and green light when mixed form yellow.
rp030 This is a very common type of bow, one showing mainly red and yellow,
rp031 with little or no green or blue.

a0481 Nimrod replied, with a slight manifestation of sensitiveness
a0482 And their chief virtue lies in that they will never wear out
a0483 Beyond dispute, Corry Hutchinson had married Mabel Holmes
a0484 No-sir-ee
a0485 Each insult added to the value of the claim
a0486 For the rest, he was a mere automaton
a0487 The river bared its bosom, and snorting steamboats challenged the wilderness
a0488 Their love burned with increasing brightness
a0489 They were artists, not biologists
a0490 Both Johnny and his mother shuffled their feet as they walked
a0491 And as in denial of guilt, the one-legged boy replied
a0492 Burnt out like the crater of a volcano
a0493 The boy, O'Brien, was specially maltreated
a0494 O'Brien took off his coat and bared his right arm
a0495 He bore no grudges and had few enemies
a0496 And Tom King patiently endured
a0497 King took every advantage he knew
a0498 The lines were now very taut
a0499 And right there I saw and knew it all
a0500 Who the devil gave it to you to be judge and jury
a0501 You're joking me, sir, the other managed to articulate
a0502 Anything unusual or abnormal was sufficient to send a fellow to Molokai
a0503 His beady black eyes saw bargains where other men saw bankruptcy
a0504 He was an athlete and a giant
a0505 We fished sharks on Niihau together
a0506 The Claudine was leaving next morning for Honolulu
a0507 In short, my joyous individualism was dominated by the orthodox bourgeois ethics
a0508 Soon shall it be thrust back from off prostrate humanity
a0509 Yet, in accordance with Ernest's test of truth, it worked
a0510 Much more Ernest told them of themselves and of his disillusionment
a0511 There is more behind this than a mere university ideal
a0512 No, it is a palace, wherein there are many servants
a0513 We must give ourselves and not our money alone
a0514 We are consumed in our own flesh-pots
a0515 But here amongst ourselves let us speak out
a0516 Also, there was awe in their faces
a0517 Out of abstractions Ernest had conjured a vision and made them see it
a0518 Illuminating oil was becoming all profit
a0519 Such an act was in direct violation of the laws of the land
a0520 He was fond of quoting a fragment from a certain poem

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