Nonfiction Notes

I don’t read a lot of nonfiction. Actually, that’s not true. I read a good deal of nonfiction in the form of science journals for my day job, so when I read for pleasure I prefer fiction because I’m usually looking for a bit of escapism. However, a couple of months ago, I read two…

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Things You Never Knew You Needed: String Blanket

So, the last time I’d had my piano tuned, Debbie Pianotuner* was cleaning the inside of the case and ran a cloth along the strings.  She looked at the cloth and said, “Hmmm…” Now, “Hmmm” is rarely good and so I came over and there were little streaks of rust where the cloth had been.…

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Compose Yourself

So, one of the things I’ve gotten to spend some more time with during my – err – sabbatical from gainful employment – is my piano. For those who’ve been around here a while, you might recall that a couple of years ago, I was stressing about and then actually enjoying learning a little music…

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My Favorite Gadget

One of the things that I know will get a good workout while I’m off is my piano.   With a pretty wide-open schedule, there’s really an opportunity to spend some time really getting better (and I mean relatively, I’m not sure I’ll ever be “good”…) at this thing. The piano is a funny thing.  In…

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Incremental Instrumental Improvement

I realized the other day that I hadn’t really written very much about playing the piano.  The lack of posts however don’t reflect a lack of activity.  With the installation (b/c that’s what it seemed like) of our grand in September, I’ve certainly had every incentive to play.  So, I try to practice every day…

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My Keys to Relaxation

So, nearly two years ago already, I decided to use my tax return that year to buy a digital piano.  It was kind of an unusual choice – I’d never played any musical instrument in my life and couldn’t read music.  But I’d always enjoyed music and been intrigued by learning to play the piano. So,…

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Back to the Bench

In science, the phrase “back to the bench” typically means a return to the laboratory after a period of not doing experiments – usually caused by writing papers or grants, or in my case becoming a (gasp) manager. Now my minions laugh themselves silly whenever I suggest that I’m going to perform an experiment more…

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