The Non-Wood Fire of 2017

Posted: January 15, 2017 in Uncategorized
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Well, Dink and I had a small bonfire the other day. Things got a bit, uh, fiery and verging on explosive-ish. The following video is of Dink stirring the fire, which for us meant using a shovel to turn over the ashes and coals. It was fun.

 

The funny thing is, this fire had almost no wood on it. It mostly consisted of leaves and cardboard (and maybe just a little bit of oil). In any case, it burned very well and we got rid of a lot of cardboard. Definitely worth it!

The Nose Saga

Posted: January 8, 2017 in Articles
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If you recall my entry entitled “The Nose Article” from a few weeks ago, you may remember that I recently went to a doctor to find and eliminate the cause of my nosebleeds. The most apparent cause was an infection in my nose. After putting an ointment in my nose for two weeks and thus removing the infection, we went back to the doctor so that he could see if there was another cause for my nosebleeds, which were still happening occasionally. Long story short, there was a blood vessel in my nose that was causing my nosebleeds. To fix this, all the doctor had to do was cauterize the inside of my nose.

Basically, the doctor had to find the blood vessel that was the culprit and seal it using electrocautery. The whole process was rather unpleasant but not worse than very frequent nosebleeds. There were lots of things in my right nostril: a very thin flashlight, a thin rubber-covered pipe with a bit of metal exposed at the end to electrify my nose, and two needles – though not at the same time, of course. It wasn’t too painful, though. That was probably on account of some anesthetic.

We also saw a nifty gadget while in the doctor’s office. After he was done cauterizing my nose, he went to a computer to make a record of what ailed me and what he did to fix it. Instead of typing, though, he talked into a device and everything that he said was automatically written down in the computer. Having something like that would be very handy in certain lines of work.

Anyway, hopefully this will be the end of my nosebleeds!

Happy New Year!

Posted: January 1, 2017 in Articles

This is scheduled to be published at exactly 12:00 A.M. on January 1st, 2017. Assuming all goes to plan, I will have wished everyone in the EST time zone a happy new year the very first second that I could!

Speaking of which, happy new year, whatever the significance. 2016 happened, and now we can look forward to 2017, which promises to consist of 365 days! Perhaps I’ll consider being less cynical this year. But maybe not. You never know!

All jokes aside, Happy New Year!

“Home Alone” at Verizon Hall

Posted: December 29, 2016 in Articles

Over our Christmas break, we did all of our normal Christmas-y activities, which includes watching Christmas movies. One of the movies we usually watch is Home Alone. If you don’t know it, it is, shockingly enough, about a person who’s home alone. This year, however, we didn’t watch it at home as usual. We went up to Philadelphia to see it in Verizon Hall, where the Philadelphia Orchestra plays most of their concerts.

You may be surprised and possibly skeptical to hear that the Philadelphia played the soundtrack to Home Alone while it was projected onto a sizable screen – I certainly was when I heard about it. But we ended up going, and it was quite an interesting experience.

Having watched the movie several times before, I know that the musicians played all the music right on time and, if you were focusing on the movie, it was very easy to forget that the soundtrack was being played live by an orchestra. I was personally very curious as to how the conductor knew exactly when to bring the orchestra in; I eventually figured out that he had a little screen playing the movie on his podium. When the orchestra was supposed to come in, there would be a green bar going across the conductor’s screen. His screen also had a counter that indicated the tempo.

Also, one could argue that the best part of the experience was the opening to the movie, which, yes, the orchestra played. It was awesome!

Overall, it was an enjoyable experience. We got to hear a very good orchestra as well as a very good choir. On a side note, we found glass wall with names on it. One of the names was Patrick Starr. We found that rather amusing. If you know anything about Sponge Bob Squarepants, then you know why 🙂

Winter Teaching Haul, 2016

Posted: December 21, 2016 in Uncategorized

I’m not sure if I’ve ever mentioned it before, but my mother teaches a good number of piano students ranging in age from about six to about twelve. As Christmas approaches, some students feel obliged to share in the gift of giving. That is, my mother’s students sometimdscf3703es give her gifts this time of year.

This year, she’s really raking it in. These are just a few of the things she has been gifted: a scarf, a purse, some cookies, a bottle of Korean wine, a cutting board with dried fruits and nuts, a baking set, and a box of chocolates.

I really need to get a job in this teaching business!