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Re: What's on your mind now?
«Reply #6650 on: February 05, 2019, 12:36:28 AM »
Interesting videos, but probably just a moment that unknown.  Anything more than that, and they'd lose that interest.
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Re: What's on your mind now?
«Reply #6651 on: February 07, 2019, 11:40:38 PM »
I'm going to  turn into a pumpkin soon for the day... I can feel it.

And my space bar is sticking.
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Re: What's on your mind now?
«Reply #6652 on: February 08, 2019, 10:57:08 AM »
"More broady one could say that through the human being, the universe is making a mirror to observe itself." 

Bohm and Hiley, The Unidivided Universe

That sounds like something evolution may have a hard time keeping up with...
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Re: What's on your mind now?
«Reply #6653 on: February 10, 2019, 11:52:57 PM »
Cheese.  And the balance of life... in terms of cheese.
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Re: What's on your mind now?
«Reply #6654 on: February 14, 2019, 11:59:08 PM »
No cheese please.

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Re: What's on your mind now?
«Reply #6655 on: February 23, 2019, 08:33:09 PM »
If it's more effective/efficient/wiser to back off or keep pushing, in terms of pushing things and recovery.
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Re: What's on your mind now?
«Reply #6656 on: February 27, 2019, 12:11:05 AM »
The edge of pushing.  Whether to back off or keep pushing, potentially having things crash.
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Re: What's on your mind now?
«Reply #6657 on: March 01, 2019, 11:44:22 PM »
That I'm getting off track.  And the price of being on track or where I was before.  And where I want to be.  There's never enough time.
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Re: What's on your mind now?
«Reply #6658 on: March 10, 2019, 04:19:45 PM »
Longer-term.

And what anger or motivation would look like longer-term....  In the present, anger can get things done but burns more energy/causes more damage....  It can't work quite the same in the long-term though, for pros and cons....
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Re: What's on your mind now?
«Reply #6659 on: March 16, 2019, 09:52:53 PM »
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Re: What's on your mind now?
«Reply #6660 on: March 26, 2019, 09:04:17 AM »
How to capture health.  Backing off.

Directions to push.  How to balance all of those.
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Re: What's on your mind now?
«Reply #6662 on: April 04, 2019, 07:31:47 AM »
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Re: What's on your mind now?
«Reply #6663 on: April 06, 2019, 10:46:14 PM »
High stress.  Long term problems.
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Re: What's on your mind now?
«Reply #6664 on: April 13, 2019, 04:52:00 PM »
Is posting all this therapy for you,  Bob?
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Re: What's on your mind now?
«Reply #6665 on: April 19, 2019, 07:18:45 AM »
Possibly, actually, or a way to think things through.  I noticed (related to the last post) that just writing out some ideas helped a bit to figure things out or at least figure a little more out.  Probably the same thing going on with figuring out larger ideas, if I ever get to the end of those.  That would be how to push thing, multiple areas, know you're doing your best/pushing as much as possible, and knowing/being smart enough to rest/recover along the way (which opens up time).
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Re: What's on your mind now?
«Reply #6666 on: May 04, 2019, 02:19:11 PM »
Me at 3 am earlier
I should go to sleep

Also me at 3 am
*listens to this 10 times

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Re: What's on your mind now?
«Reply #6667 on: May 09, 2019, 10:37:17 PM »
What if... I had myself as a student?  Or, what if you had yourself as a student?  How would you see yourself?  For actual students, I thought there was a crazy/nutty 2% that did whatever the teacher said, and they were kind of off that way.  Not quite along those lines, but I'd stick myself in a 1% beyond that.  A "what the heck?" student, although I suppose it makes more sense knowing what I know, my history, etc.



And then of course, of course....


And of course.... I'm not finding more gifs or fixing these much.

https://memegenerator.net/instance/68511897/simon-pegg-cheers

https://external-preview.redd.it/nNqMbR315Rai1xf6WXJbsPTMU24PJ6wAf2bTeeI8-v0.gif?format=mp4&s=4b5f984a28f519de5d30f271db9ec5ab1f0d7234
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Re: What's on your mind now?
«Reply #6668 on: May 19, 2019, 06:25:42 PM »
The routine, as a means of capturing progress.

How to capture progress.

The necessity of breaking the routine with rest/recovery, although I'm still not sure how much exactly.  That seems to be part of it though, as opposed to just wearing down over time, esp. when you don't realize it.

The overall point of doing that.... which would be literature I suppose.  And beyond that, being more alive.

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Re: What's on your mind now?
«Reply #6669 on: May 20, 2019, 06:42:37 AM »
I wonder about Bob sometimes. 
Do pianists get up in the middle of the night if they can't sleep and play the piano? 
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Re: What's on your mind now?
«Reply #6670 on: May 20, 2019, 10:58:44 PM »
I wonder about Bob sometimes. 
Do pianists get up in the middle of the night if they can't sleep and play the piano? 


I have once in a while.  But if I do, there's a massive energy dip maybe an hour or so later if I didn't get enough sleep.  I *think* I'm awake and won't fall back asleep, but that seems to be a trick.  Although I'm not sure if it's better to push through fatigue like that, dose up more on caffeine or something else, or continue to try to sleep and end up sleeping more and getting more, better rest.
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Re: What's on your mind now?
«Reply #6671 on: May 25, 2019, 10:54:46 PM »
I hope I'm not leaving the forum.  I haven't thought of anything to post for a while and then I've stopped visiting as often.  It's turned out to just be the last post thread.  My piano work has turned into a routine, not lit, still.
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Re: What's on your mind now?
«Reply #6672 on: June 03, 2019, 10:42:21 AM »
Wonder how volume one ended


"And thus, there were potatoes here, and potatoes there; indeed, there were
potatoes everywhere.  Spain fell in love with Italy and Italy with Spain,
and everlasting peace filled all of Europe."

End of Volume One

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Re: What's on your mind now?
«Reply #6673 on: June 12, 2019, 11:08:45 PM »
Hm.  Dang.  Serious things.  Beyond words.

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Re: What's on your mind now?
«Reply #6674 on: June 14, 2019, 10:07:07 PM »
Hm.  Dang.  Serious things.  Beyond words.



Hopefully not too serious.  I feel like this sometimes with our current political issues.  Here is what cured me for at least a while:  Watch World War II films non-stop for a few days.  All of a sudden, everything looks great.  Hitler and Stalin - our president is not so bad after all.  Seems like a nice guy.

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Re: What's on your mind now?
«Reply #6675 on: June 15, 2019, 12:53:09 AM »
Not for me really, not directly.  Uber serious and beyond serious and anything else for one.  And "mildly" in the direction of those two.
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Re: What's on your mind now?
«Reply #6676 on: July 09, 2019, 10:33:09 PM »
Fingertips.  How things translate to piano.  And true progress after a long time.
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Re: What's on your mind now?
«Reply #6677 on: July 24, 2019, 07:29:07 AM »
How to get good or better sleep.  How nice it is to get an extra hour of sleep.  How much easier it is to wake up after an extra hour of sleep.


If being able to predict better means things are mastered better.
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Re: What's on your mind now?
«Reply #6678 on: July 24, 2019, 08:10:04 AM »
How to get good or better sleep.  How nice it is to get an extra hour of sleep.  How much easier it is to wake up after an extra hour of sleep.

From experience I know exercise certainly improves our quality of sleep.
And I believe that when we get enough sleep we are ready to get
out of bed, as you feel with an extra hour of sleep.
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Re: What's on your mind now?
«Reply #6679 on: August 01, 2019, 10:43:26 PM »
I think I found another piece, related to pushing things, making true progress....

It's something about pushing (various directions) and backing off when needed (as opposed to be stuck in the habit of doing that push) but also balancing a firm push with not backing off too soon so you capture that progress.  Varying things is probably still good too.  Varying things would be a way to back off and push at the same time too.  Or... Maybe varying things is just a general way to do this same idea.
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Re: What's on your mind now?
«Reply #6680 on: September 05, 2019, 10:39:45 PM »
Seems like I'm doing the same damn thing, living the same damn day over and over and over.  Except it's not.  Time is still passing.  Tomorrow's going to be the same as yesterday, like it was the same as the day before that, even the weekends.  Yet, that's still good since I think things are generally improving.  I'm sure I'll do the same thing tomorrow.....
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Re: What's on your mind now?
«Reply #6681 on: September 20, 2019, 10:34:19 PM »
Thinking about watching Peppa Pig on youtube.... in Spanish.  But I went with a live stream of people apparently waiting in line at something near Area 51.

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Re: What's on your mind now?
«Reply #6682 on: September 28, 2019, 11:39:12 PM »
I am getting very tired of my repertoire of grimaces I make when a ball lands literally less than a centimeter from the pocket.

This has been almost sixteen months since I started taking up the pool stick again — usually I just practice at my usual place (a dive bar, five of seven days a week I'm there for about an hour or so), just straight pool (or 14.1, or continuous, or whatever you want to call it).  It's getting ridiculous.

Oh, my usual practice routine is just rack fourteen balls, throw the head ball somewhere, and throw the cue ball somewhere:  the idea, of course, is to pocket the head ball and somehow break up the remaining rack enough to get a chance at continuing the run.

My eyesight at distances isn't so great, but I don't like the interference wearing glasses gives to my line of sight.  You know, I can sort of see well enough, and my view is that good pool playing is as much intuition as complete accuracy.  Who knows what little divots are in the slate or where some moron spilled a beer on the felt?  It's like chess:  intuition counts.  Apparently it doesn't count enough in my case.

So, naturally, I try to control the cue ball to where I don't have to punt the ball across the table.

Yeah, sure, I can take down plenty of people in bar-rules eight-ball — not everyone, not at all, but I win my share of games — but it is very frustrating to be disappointed nearly every time I spend a few quiet minutes alone at the table.

Women?  Piano?  Money? 

That's all chump-change.

Those effing balls and the table, that's the real killer.

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Re: What's on your mind now?
«Reply #6683 on: October 11, 2019, 11:00:23 PM »
Touching higher or at least different dimensions for progress.

And if progress involves pain, as in muscle soreness of some sort.
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Re: What's on your mind now?
«Reply #6684 on: October 12, 2019, 04:45:22 AM »
Trying to raise quick money to pay down my electrical bill.  Just doing whatever, double shifts at the warehouse. 

My goals for the end of the year, through Advent (which, for people who aren't of traditional descent, is not the Christmas season, nor is it licit to play any of that shitty Christmas music until Advent is over).

Yeah, I'll just knock down a few pieces of Bach (at a minimum polish up some of the fingerings of a few Sonfinie, in addition to memorize them), memorize more of the Ars Fuga IX, get the Partita in Em at least down through the courante (Still can't remember the toccata, even though I had it pretty good about thirty years ago) do more of the Engl. Ste. in A, mixed-and-matched with the Am Engl Ste, WTCI Emaj, Em, I haven't done in a while, WTC II C, Cmaj, Beethoven (Op. 26, Op.27no1, re-memorize Op. 126) and Debussy (a number of Préludes, like "Minstrels," and from Bk 2, the terrasse de clair de lune, and others and some of the ones from Children's Corner I never did fully, just for fun.  Finally memorize Joplin's "Solace," and Bolcom's "Seabiscuit Rag and "Kitten on the Keys."  A few Scarlatti bits:  at least the K. 1 is not should be a problem to keep in memory without looking at the score.  The K. 141 is nice, and all, but that will take me a while to get the technique so my RH doesn't get worn out.

Some jazz stuff, like do my alternating-hands head arrangement of "Parisian Thoroughfare," and then just do something over it.

And, I need to transcribe Hampton Hawes's "Hampton's Pulpit" from the All Night Sessions, at least some of his lines:  very straight bebop.

Those aren't so bad, I just need to keep them in memory, or for some of the Debussy, learn them properly and do them good. 

For me it's a pretty restricted repertoire, but it has the advantage that I have big head starts on these:  it's just memorizing work. 

There are pieces and tunes I'd rather be working on, but I think it's a better goal to just fix some of these up and, you know, I can always play through the Jeunehomme concerto, lots of Brahms, and others, just for fun.

Focus.

More importantly, I have to lose about twenty pounds (ideally thirty) in weight, quit cigarettes and start smoking my tobacco pipe again, get my dental insurance to play ball and not eff around with my dentist and me, get over this terrible cold, maybe get an influenza vaccine, and most importantly, clean up my place so I can have space to play the Hammond XK1 and the Rhodes in addition to piano.

And get rid of these effing mice in my place.  Killed one, disposed of it, but there's probably more.  They don't bother me too much, but I don't like it.

Organize all of my papers, including musical scores.  No mean feat.

Renew some professional certifications for computer ess (RHCSE, CCNA, Security+) while my employer will pay for the fees.

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Re: What's on your mind now?
«Reply #6685 on: October 13, 2019, 06:59:32 PM »
Growing old.  Specifically how my forearms and fingers will function or not.
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