Tonight I was really excited to race in, and also watch, the inaugural GNC Live Well Liberty Mile, a road race that runs along Liberty Avenue in Pittsburgh, starting from the Strip District and ending downtown.
It’s about time Pittsburgh had a road mile race! Pittsburgh already has the wonderful
Aug 12, 2012 · 3 minute read · Comments weddingmusicBaroque flute
Steve and Kelly Today was a very special day.
It was the wedding day of one of my best friends, Steve, whom I first met in Pittsburgh over a decade ago. Abby and I were thrilled to have been able to travel to be there for Steve and to meet and get to know Kelly.
It suddenly started raining very hard at the outdoor wedding, which caused a lot of improvised changes in plans, but the rain cleared up eventually and everything went well: the details do not matter when we’re talking about love and friendship and family.
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Aug 7, 2012 · 1 minute read · Comments conferenceprogrammingPittsburghRubySteel City Ruby
Last Friday and Saturday, I attended the intense new local tech conference in Pittsburgh, the first Steel City Ruby Conference.
It was one of the most amazing, unusual experiences in my entire life.
I’ll write up more about this conference in a week or two, as I have a lot to do right now.
For now, I’m just announcing that I have been inspired to plan to do many things I’ve never done before.
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We live in an era of speed. It’s gotten to the point that there have arisen some movements against speed, for slow.
I have a confession to make: it’s really hard for me to practice music slowly. I myself am guilty of often practicing music too quickly, not making the most of my practice. For a while, when I was starting to play music again after an absence of three decades, I was pushing myself with a metronome. That was useful for a while, but eventually I realized I had to slow down.
I am now actually trying to apply the advice in the articles mentioned and really slow down in music. Because I know in my heart that slowing down works.
When I think about it, I have successfully used slow practice in many fields in the past, from ballroom dance to running to chess. I’d like to give examples of what slow practice actually means in each of these and how I attribute my success to it.
Jul 31, 2012 · 2 minute read · Comments computersmacintosh
Yesterday at work I tried to upgrade my desktop iMac from Lion to Mountain Lion. I failed miserably. I tried various things, including running Disk Utility to repair the hard drive, but I kept getting the error “There was a problem installing Mac OS X. Try reinstalling.”
I searched online for help, and found that a lot of other people had encountered the same problem. And a lot of people reported success after resetting the PRAM, or as my boss over the years has called it, “zapping the PRAM”.
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Jul 30, 2012 · 1 minute read · Comments musicIrish flute
I’m excited that I finally got my Casey Burns Small-Handed Folk Flute, a fine keyless Irish flute, that I ordered almost two months ago!
Here are photos of my flute, assembled and disassembled:
Casey Burns Small-Handed Folk Flute, assembled Casey Burns Small-Handed Folk Flute, disassembled Now I have to start breaking it in, gradually, over the next month, according to the instructions.
For three weeks now, I have been wearing a pair of Invisible Shoes huaraches almost exclusively when walking and running outside. I have worn them daily walking, and I have run in them on roads, on sidewalks, on grass, and in park trails.
This is a review of the 4mm sole Connect model (I might get a 6mm sole Contact later).
Here is what the shoes look like with “slip-on/slip-off” lacing: