Robert T. Myers

Helpful votes received on reviews: 75% (6 of 8)
Location: Los Angeles, CA United States
Birthday: April 18


Top Reviewer Ranking: 432,091 - Total Helpful Votes: 6 of 8
Signs of the Inka Khipu: Binary Coding in the Ande&hellip by Gary Urton
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2.0 out of 5 stars Unfinished Research, July 28 2003
I approached this book with anticipation, since it was widely touted as revealing the secrets of the Incan "binary" coding system. But Dr. Urton here is reporting on research which is essentially incomplete. There's no question that he is a stand-out as a quipu scolar, and that he has identified new aspects of how quipus are constructed -- in particular, how each pendant cord is attached to the primary cord ("recto" vs. "verso"). Unfortunately, he still has no answers to how quipus really recorded information, and even his hypotheses don't seem compelling.
The "binary" nature of the quipu encoding scheme is based on seven yes/no aspects of each knot -- things like the material the cord… Read more
Flowers Fall: A Commentary on Zen Master Dogen's G&hellip by Hakuun Yasutani
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reviews Wither and Die, July 14 2003
Very simply, for those interested in Dogen and his "Genjo-Koan", there is no other meaningful commentary available in English. This one is originally written in Japanese and has a Japanese sensibility, but is well translated and delves deeply into the nuances of Dogen's masterpiece. One can quibble with Yasutani's interpretations, but at the end of the day Dogen is just a mirror in which the face of the commentator is reflected -- everyone can and will have their theory about what our favorite Soto Zen Master was actually saying in his cryptic, exuberant, philosophical tour de force. Yasutani has more than one axe to grind but that just adds spice to the mix. All in all, a must-read for… Read more
All the Stops: The Glorious Pipe Organ and Its Ame&hellip by Craig Whitney
3.0 out of 5 stars Less than compelling, July 14 2003
I really wanted to like this book. I'm an organ enthusiast, having attended hundreds of organ concerts, including ones by Virgil Fox at the fabulous Hammond Castle described in this book. (I won't go so far as to call myself an organ player, although I have trained a bit and can punch out a few notes.) I have a good collection of organ music and listen to it a lot. I've read organ books like Schweitzer's J. S. Bach.
And Craig Whitney, the author, is clearly a talented researcher. I can only imagine the thousands of hours he put into going over every conceivable concert program, book, and letter relating to his topic. I can just see him poring over his voluminous notecards… Read more