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    ^You look pretty good in your new uniform, Kopachris!

    As for me, I just performed at some classical guitar ensemble thingo where a few people played solo. It was at this church and there was no heating so it was absolutely frigid. The only place that was warm was in this small room out the back where a few guitarists waited before they went on to play their solo repertiore. As I was last, I stayed in the warm room the longest and my strings became used to the heat in the room and any sudden drop in temperature would defintiely not be good for the strings.

    As I walked in to perform it was so cold that my hands were numb by the time I sat down to play. I managed to play (although not very well) this hardcore classical guitar piece with full on chords and jarring tonalities by Australian composer Phillip Houghton (ask Sid James about him, he would have recordings of some of his pieces for sure). When it came to the triple-forte ending section I could hear my low e string on the guitar (which had to be tuned up to f in order to play the work) starting to unravel at the tuning pegs and a few bars from the end it had snapped off beyond repair. I didn't know what to do so I just stopped and looked at the string and went on playing the piece from where I left off.
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    It's the greed of huge companies and huge organizations which control life in a kind of a brutal way ... It's gotten worse and worse, somehow, because physical science has given us more and more terrible deadly weapons, and the human spirit has been destroyed in so many cases, so what's the use of having the most powerful country in the world if we have killed the soul.
    ~Hovhaness

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    ^^ well, it's not really a big deal, also it was at the end of the piece, you are forgiven

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    Quote Originally Posted by aleazk View Post
    ^^ well, it's not really a big deal, also it was at the end of the piece, you are forgiven
    It turned the big dramatic final chords into little pathetic thuds. IT WAS A HUGE DEAL!!!!
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    It's the greed of huge companies and huge organizations which control life in a kind of a brutal way ... It's gotten worse and worse, somehow, because physical science has given us more and more terrible deadly weapons, and the human spirit has been destroyed in so many cases, so what's the use of having the most powerful country in the world if we have killed the soul.
    ~Hovhaness

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    Happy day for me today!
    Celebrating 25 years of marriage with my lovely wife.

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    Quote Originally Posted by presto View Post
    Happy day for me today!
    Celebrating 25 years of marriage with my lovely wife.
    Happy anniversary, Presto!

    As for me, $100 cheque came in the mail. I think I'll get a whole bunch of Julian Bream CDs.
    It's the greed of huge companies and huge organizations which control life in a kind of a brutal way ... It's gotten worse and worse, somehow, because physical science has given us more and more terrible deadly weapons, and the human spirit has been destroyed in so many cases, so what's the use of having the most powerful country in the world if we have killed the soul.
    ~Hovhaness

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    Quote Originally Posted by presto View Post
    Happy day for me today!
    Celebrating 25 years of marriage with my lovely wife.
    Well, I suppose I have to ask - How many years with the other one?
    Experience teaches you to recognize a mistake when you've made it again.
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    Next week we're heading for Paris

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    First time here. Just reaching out. Life is good but very weird these days. So what. Playing a lot of piano. Very enthusiastic, study a bunch on my own as well. Piano is not my job but it is my passion. Anybody out there who are completely devoted to the piano and classical music but it is not your job and you are not student?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Couchie View Post
    I killed a person

    This is probably a joke, but I somehow get the feeling that IF you did kill someone, you'd probably tell us for some reason. So...
    People who hide are afraid!

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    There's a young violin teacher at my conservatory who is insanely attractive.
    What a shame that she smokes - spoils everything. ):
    Anyway since I just look at her and definitely want to avoid to know her (which will be highly improbable even if I wanted to), it's not that much of a problem. She will just die younger and/or in an horrible way, having fattened up the tobacco industry, but I certainly won't be there to see it. That's violent but that's the truth. What a shame, really.


    It's a bit depressing to feel distant from all the peoples (eg. not having a social life but not living in the middle of nowhere either), but there are good sides.
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    Wrote a big "article" last night about the controversy surrounding Live Action and Planned Parenthood last night. I don't want to talk too much about it since the moderators seem to be discouraging controversial subjects lately. But here is a link to what I wrote for anyone that is interested in reading it.

    https://www.facebook.com/notes/roder...67432463272102

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    Just got Thick As A Brick 2 in the mail.

    EDIT: And two books, Emotion and Meaning in Music and The Language of Music, as well as the FL Studio 10 Signature Bundle. Yay!

    Also, huge power-outage this afternoon messed with the hotel and casino big-time.
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    Anyone interested in finding out how a hotel/casino handles a power outage? Too bad--I'm going to tell you anyway.

    First of all, we have backup generators enough to (almost) run the whole place, but it took a couple hours to get the largest of them online, so we had lights out, no computers, and around half of the slot machines dead during that time. We have a record of how much money the player has in each machine stored in nonvolatile memory on a central server somewhere, so we can still pay out guests after their machine goes dead. The first places for emergency power to go are the aforementioned gaming servers (and the hotel servers, if applicable, but those are off-property), the main bank, and the telephones.

    At the hotel, we normally print off the following hard-copy reports every two hours: in-house guest list by last name, in-house guest list by room number, expected arrivals, and the clean and vacant room list. These backup reports can be good for a couple dozen or so check-ins, but quickly get messy on any fairly busy day, as we've almost certainly checked in several people between the time the reports were printed and the time we have to use them, and housekeeping has almost certainly cleaned a few more rooms. Whenever this happens, we invariably end up with one or two guests checked into a room that's already occupied. Once the computers are back up, it also takes a while to transfer those manual check-ins to the computer, so we generally try to limit them if we can.

    When I got to work at 2pm, just ten minutes or so after the power went out, the supervisors were busy working on the power situation, and so I sort of assumed the role of supervisor, calming the guests and making sure the other front desk agents were using the backup reports properly. Our first priority was to get at least one computer and one printer running with network connectivity so we could run fresh backup reports (the latest ones at the time were printed at 12:30 pm). On backup batteries, that would be about all we could do with the computers before they'd shut down again, but we'd be able to check a few more guests in. We were, however, able to run a very long extension cable from a powered area of the casino to the hotel in less time than it took to get the computers running on backup batteries and were able to check people in normally, for the most part. (With no A/C, I plugged a fan into the backup battery, instead. ) We finally got that big generator running about fifteen minutes later (about an hour and a half after the power went out), and resumed business as normal. We did accidentally double-rent a couple rooms while we were in the process of transferring paper check-ins to the computer, but the guests were very understanding about it.
    Nothing happens to me. -- Famous last words of Dr. John H. Watson

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    ^I read the first paragraph and then I kinda zoned out.
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    It's the greed of huge companies and huge organizations which control life in a kind of a brutal way ... It's gotten worse and worse, somehow, because physical science has given us more and more terrible deadly weapons, and the human spirit has been destroyed in so many cases, so what's the use of having the most powerful country in the world if we have killed the soul.
    ~Hovhaness

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    Quote Originally Posted by ComposerOfAvantGarde View Post
    ^I read the first paragraph and then I kinda zoned out.
    I expected that to happen.
    Nothing happens to me. -- Famous last words of Dr. John H. Watson

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