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Effort Is Countable

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From here.

Effort can be used as an uncountable noun or as a countable noun in which case its plural is efforts.

Much effort has been made.

Many efforts have been made.

These are both grammatical.

Yin Yang: The Flute Music Piece

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笛子曲“阴阳”,作曲者不详,演奏者不详,是央视节目“百家讲坛:刘心武揭秘红楼梦”的背景音乐之一。网上有很多人寻找这首曲子,给出的大部分答案是德国”New Age”音乐家”Karunesh”的专辑”Zen Breakfast”中的”Calling Wisdom”一曲,还总加上一句“从2分04秒开始”。这个答案是不对的。”Calling Wisdom”中的那段笛子的旋律确实和“阴阳”很像,但是如果你听过“阴阳”,你就能很容易地分辨出两者的不同。而且两首曲子演奏的时长也相差甚远:”Calling Wisdom”中的笛子演奏大概只有1分30秒,而“阴阳”有4分40秒,前者不是一首完整的曲子,后者才是。至于这两首曲子之间是否存在什么联系,就只能由知情人士给出答案了。

2005年“刘心武揭秘红楼梦”首播后不久,我就在网上搜索这首曲子并下载到了。时过境迁,当时保存在mp3播放器上的文件也不知所踪,所记得的只有“阴阳”这个曲名。今天去网上找,竟然被我找到了,虽然费了一番功夫:感谢“古曲网”提供了这么优秀的音乐。虽然不十分确定,但貌似十多年前我也是从这里下载到这首曲子的。

Create OPML File From RSS URLs

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Normally RSS tools support import “OPML” file(like this one), however in some cases you may only have a list of RSS URLs. For this situation you can use this website to generate an “OPML” file from your RSS URLs. From here.