To value something is to think it is important. To believe something is to think it is true. What things do I value, and how are those things connected to what I believe? Continue reading
As of this writing, the official page of the White House looks like this:
But we shouldn’t forget it once looked like this:
Getting a piano generally in tune seems like a complicated task. In fact, it is literally impossible to tune a piano perfectly. For an explanation of this surprising problem, see this video from Minute Physics.
Although it’s not my expertise, a student recently asked me how often they should have their piano tuned. I did a little casual research (thank you, Google). It seems like the consensus among piano technicians is between one and four times a year. Here are summaries of some of the top results: Continue reading
Kissability by Katherine Duke is a short, easy read. The longest chapter is only nine pages. However, it offers a lot of material, and a huge number of different perspectives.
The people who responded to Duke’s questions are very honest about their experiences. Their anecdotes are sometimes really funny. I especially like the advice from John’s dad in Chapter 10, who sat him down as a boy and began by saying, “Son, girls are like eggs…”
Other times, they’re gut-wrenchingly sad. When William is asked, in Chapter 7, what he thinks the best or most beautiful parts of his body are, he just replies, “N/A”.
Much of the book seems uncategorizable, like the fictional dialogues comprised of different people’s answers to the questions, or the pages that consist only of poetry or single-sentence quotes. Continue reading
Musicians and non-musicians alike frequently use the word “song” to refer to any short musical experience. I’m not a fan of that usage.
While attending UMass Amherst, I wrote a paper on musical hypermeter in Koji Kondo’s music for The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. It isn’t perfect and I would love to rewrite it someday, but it does contain some fairly accurate transcriptions of the soundtrack in lead sheet notation.
You can download a PDF of it here.
Elon Musk is a fascinating guy. I recently watched a video compilation of him talking about entrepreneurship. Here’s the video: