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Friday, November 6th, 2009
7:11 am
It's a little cheesy, but I really like this video. It's full of the kinds of affirmations that remind me of the way I would like to approach my life:

It's from a review of The Secret that I found in a link from an excellent blog post about how to separate yourself from limiting beliefs (thanks, linettasky).
Monday, October 5th, 2009
7:03 pm
Sinfonietta Ad
It's a little early notice to be talking about my upcoming Sinfonietta concert, but I just wanted to share this article about our soloist.

For the record, the concert is going to be here:

Sunnyside Adventist Church
10501 SE Market St
Portland, OR

Date: Sunday, November 8
Time: 7:30pm.

We'll be playing Suk's first symphony, and Five Mystical Songs by Vaughan Williams.
Friday, August 7th, 2009
11:11 am
[Programming] lessons
I've started a text file on my computer called "programming_lessons.txt". I'm thinking I'll write down insights I have about programming throughout the day, and go back and reread it now and then to remind myself of what I've learned.

These lessons seem like the kind of thing I ought to blog about, but since they occur to me spontaneously during work when I'm trying to get other things done, I'm not sure I want to take the time to do more than just note them down. If you're interested in talking about any particular one of them, feel free to post a comment and I'd love to have a discussion.

cut out of courtesy to my non-programmer friendsCollapse )
Tuesday, July 7th, 2009
10:24 am
Marie is doing better
Last night Marie got into a tussle with a lamp cord, and we thought she might have broken her tail. This morning she seems much better, but we took her to the vet to make sure. We got sent home with an anti-inflammatory medicine to squirt into her mouth once a day.

Vera and I are a little rattled, but ok. Marie is lounging on the windowsill. More info on Vera's LJ
Tuesday, June 30th, 2009
10:59 am
Broken spam
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Saturday, May 30th, 2009
8:04 am
I am unmoved
I guess a lot of people are moving these days because moving is now in my dreams. Last night, just before waking up, I had a dream that my parents were moving. Or rather, it was my whole family moving (Jason and I still lived at home). My parents believed that everything was packed away for the move, and the moving van had already left. All was left was to pack the car, my family's old Toyota Previa. This was going to be a long distance move so we essentially had to leave the house completely empty. And yet, even though I couldn't think of anything specific that we hadn't packed, the house was still completely full of furniture and stuff. I kept opening cupboards, finding them full, and saying "guys, here's another cupboard we need to pack".

Nobody else seemed to care, and weirdly, I hardly did either. It was kind of a pseudo-anxiety dream in that respect: full of reasons to be anxious, but no actual anxiety. Eventually I decided to start sorting the contents of cupboards myself and start putting them into boxes, even though there was no way I could possibly finish in time.

And then suddenly it was take-your-cat-to-work-day and I brought Marie with me to my job at an office supply store.
Tuesday, May 5th, 2009
5:04 pm
The Oregon Sinfonietta is having another concert:

Sunday, May 10th at 3:00 p.m.
Sunnyside Seventh-day Adventist Church, 10501 SE Market Street just East of I-205
Free (donations accepted)

Svendsen – Symphony No. 2 in Bb major, op. 15
Beethoven – Concerto No. 5 in Eb Major, "Emperor"
soloist, CMSO Competition winner William Han

I'm in the first row for this concert! That means the conductor can tell when I mess up!
Monday, May 4th, 2009
6:32 pm
Much better
Those OkCupid e-mails to tell you that someone's been looking at your online dating profile, or that it thinks it might have found a potential match for you? They get annoying when you're in a relationship. Today I figured out how to turn them off. Let's hope it's a long time before I feel like turning them on again :)

Yes, gentle readers, I'm dating someone, for the first time in longer than I care to admit publicly. It has been going on for somewhere between a week and a month, depending on how you count. I'm having a fabulous time. I'd forgotten what a wonderful feeling it is to start a relationship.

For those of you for whom this is news, or who already knew but were holding back, this post is the one forum in which I will explicitly condone shocked gasps and other forms of good-natured teasing. You may begin.
Saturday, May 2nd, 2009
10:28 am
Another cross-post from my Plog
My piano improvisation last night was so well-received that I decided to repost it here.

It was a fantastic evening of music. I was just glowing with enthusiasm afterwards. Thank you so much linettasky for organizing it.
Thursday, April 30th, 2009
9:38 am
Plog highlight
As previously mentioned, I've been keeping a blog of my piano improvisations.

The one I did yesterday is probably my favorite so far, so I thought I'd share it in this journal too. Here it is.

If you're interested in listening to any others, you can find them at maison_anomala, or if you prefer, feed://maison-anomala.livejournal.com/data/rss
Friday, April 24th, 2009
2:00 pm
Another late notice spamvitation
I don't have any plans tonight, and I feel like having people over to play rock band again. Maybe hot tub afterwards.

Anyone interested? Let's say 8pm.
Tuesday, April 21st, 2009
7:14 pm
In case you ever want to hear me prostelitize
One of the reasons I stopped wearing shoes is because I kept finding articles like this:

The painful truth about trainers: Are running shoes a waste of money?

And my experience matches up with that. I used to twist my ankles all the time. And now I never do. And as for stepping on sharp objects and cutting myself, yeah, it's happened, maybe 2 or 3 times in as many years. That's less often than I cut my hands, and I don't go around wearing gloves all the time to protect myself.

That is all. You may now return to your regularly scheduled programming.
Monday, April 20th, 2009
6:26 pm
Just as I was setting up to record for my plog today, Marie was hunting a mosquito. Her adorable little hunting noises are now captured on mp3!
Monday, April 13th, 2009
11:36 am
Put that in your pipe and smoke it
A fascinating discussion about failure, via patrissimo: http://www.starcitygames.com/magic/misc/2005_Stuck_In_The_Middle_With_Bruce.html

There's a lot of wisdom there. And it's neat to read about it in the context of a game that I don't really know much about.
Friday, April 10th, 2009
9:52 am
Thinking so I don't have to
Poll #1381296 Thinking so I don't have to

Work fileserver goes down at 3pm PDT. What should I do with the rest of my day?

Play Chopin
Chillax at home
Write refactoring tools
Hang out with people
Other (specify below)

Will you join me in this activity?

These answers shouldn't be checkboxes



140 characters of creativity allowed here

Thursday, March 26th, 2009
11:04 pm
Rock Band party tomorrow night
Tomorrow night, Friday, Happy House is officially exempting ourselves from our usual 11:30pm Rock Band kurfew and throwing a late night rock band party.

Come over and plan to make noise until unreasonable o'clock!

EDIT: we'll be starting at 9 o'clock.
Monday, March 16th, 2009
6:57 pm
Opening Wednesday
Upstanding citizen lindseykuper is rumored to be appearing in Portland on Wednesday. In honor of this (and for other reasons), HapHaus will be doing what we always do to honor things, play Rock Band.

Google Calendar claims this will begin happening at 7pm, and I agree!

Also, the hot tub got fixified today, so at some point in the evening, at least one of us is going to play manager, if you know what I mean. And if you don't know what I mean, "one of us" means "me", "at some point in the evening" means "when my hands get tired of pounding on rubber drum simulators with sticks", and "play manager" means "go and sit in the hot tub while other people pretend to be rock musicians". Cuz that's what managers do.

Explanations of other phrases in this post can be found here.

Hmm, I ought to have a hot tub userpic. A SFW one.
3:19 pm
Much to the dismay of my cat, I have decided to create a piano improvisation blog.

It's called maison_anomala, for no particular reason. Rss: feed://maison-anomala.livejournal.com/data/rss

That journal is going to contain nothing but raw, unedited mp3's, complete with flubs, dissonances, angry cat noises, and (hopefully) comments from my screaming fans. Some of them will probably be boring as hell*. My goal is to do one post a day**, so if you're into that sort of thing, knock yourself out and subscribe.

I'll repost the most inspired ones here, so if 5 minutes a day of Paul messing around on the piano is a bit much for you, you can always have the Listener's Digest version.

*The fan comments, of course. What did you think I meant?

**Heh, we'll see how long that lasts.
Saturday, March 14th, 2009
10:15 am
You're invited
Next Sunday (the 22nd) the Oregon Sinfonietta is having a concert:

Symphonie espagnole for violin and orchestra, Op. 21 — Edouard Lalo (1823–1892)
(featuring Niloy Ghosh, Violin)

Symphony No. 2 in b minor — Alexander Borodin (1820–1869)

It's at 3pm at the Sunnyside Adventist Church on 10501 SE Market.

Cost: zero simoleons, though donations gladly accepted.

It'll be good.... The middle movement of the Lalo piece reminds me of tango music.

Some of you may remember when I used to be the sixth chair violist, out of six. Now I have moved up, and I'm the fourth chair violist, out of four. Come and see my progress!

Dashes in this post brought to you by the letters em and en.
Wednesday, March 11th, 2009
10:57 am
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