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or if that doesn’t work:



1. Grand Theft Auto 4.

2. Awesome Movies – Monkey Shines (1988) , Fargo (1996)

3. Practicing sometimes.

4. Infectonator 2

5. Ikea trip. Ikea Paramus is creepy and I highly recommend you only go there when Jersey’s power is back.

6. Cooking.

7. Homework sometimes.

8. Self-exploratory cover letter.

I had a nice time playing for Harvard Group for New Music with Argento New Music Project and am now home drinking tea to combat a cold. While practicing one morning, I thought it would be interesting to objectively report on the types of practice facilities available and how those facilities are managed at schools.

the rooms:
According to their website, the basement area of Harvard’s music building contains 15 practice rooms. A different section of the website counts 14. The practice rooms are all Wenger SoundLok Sound-Isolation Rooms containing either a grand piano or an upright piano, a music stand, a light switch, a ventilation fan, power outlets, and an ethernet cable connection. Rooms contained no garbage cans or signage.

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management of rooms:
All information is available on this website, including information about spaces outside of the Music building. Practice rooms are available on a first-come first-served basis to all Harvard students with an ID. During the day, practice room keys hang on a corkboard in the office. To receive a key, you swap your ID with the key and then enter some information into a paper log book. This information includes your name and level of schooling, the room number reserved and the start and finish of your time slot. Once the office is closed, the board of keys and logbook are moved to the center of the practice room area and supervised by a guard. According to the website there is a two hour limit, but many entries in the logbook showed this rule was not always followed.

end comments and miscellaneous observations:
I only intend to describe the practice rooms and how they are managed and won’t talk about very much else in these posts. I can, however, offer a little bit of context from my perspective:  what I saw of the log book showed there were people ranging from medical students to law students using the facilities throughout the day. Any other information you may want to know about the school is most likely available on the internet somewhere.

As much as I hate images containing only text,

sometimes anonymous advice from the internet really hits home.

Number one:

A Little Bit of Europe Big Enough for New York Moving Sounds Festival at the Czech Center

The bit about mise-en:

Ensemble Mise-en, a promising New York group organized by Moon Young Ha, a South Korean composer, offered a disparate set of mostly very recent pieces. Patti Kilroy, a violinist, opened with intensely focused accounts of the California composer Kurt Rohde’s pensive “Night Vase” and frenetic “Obsession Toccata.” Mr. Moon, joined by two pianists and a percussionist, ended the program with “noten )jahre( in Erinnerung an James Avery,” a stark memorial stele by Wolfram Schurig, an Austrian composer.

What tenuously linked the works played in between these was a notion of composition as the organization of acutely distilled gestures: stabs, slurs and bell tones in Pasquale Corrado’s fickle “Pulse”; tenebrous smears and feathery strokes in Bent Sorensen’s “The Lady of Shalott”; brittle Webernesque shards in Elisabeth Harnik’s “Reframing I.” In“Illusive,” a string octet, Mr. Moon evoked a difficult adjustment to New York with a wayward litany of pops, shivers and shrieks, by turns agitated and enervated.

Number two: We signed a lease today to move up to a beautiful shiny big new apartment in Inwood.

Number three: I finished my homework, feel reasonably okay about it, and it isn’t four in the morning.

I did my second shift at the CSA yesterday and everyone was asking what sorrel was – I brought my phone with me this time so I googled it:

Wikipedia says:

Common sorrel has been cultivated for centuries. The leaves may be puréed in soups and sauces or added to salads; they have a flavour that is similar to kiwifruit or sour wild strawberries. The plant’s sharp taste is due to oxalic acid, which is a poison. In small quantities sorrel is harmless; in large quantities it can be fatal.

I felt pretty ridiculous telling people that sorrel tastes like kiwifruit and then I ate it myself while prepping it for soup and they’re actually right. It’s so different from any other green I’ve eaten that I was inspired to take a picture and wrote a blog post. If you’re interested, here’s the recipe for sorrel soup and other things.


After a rehearsal yesterday I was dropped off in my old neck of the woods by Lincoln Center so I seized the opportunity to dislodge my bicycle from behind Josh’s living room futon and bring it home (it’s been there several months after moving out.)

Riding a bike with underinflated tires and 15 pounds of purse+violin in tow uphill without a helmet is just a bad idea in general, but the final kick while I’m down was the fact that the only space for it is in the middle of the kitchen, as demonstrated below:


Boom. NYC Apartment strikes again.

The main reason I even posted was because I stumbled upon a Reddit link about invisible bicycle helmets. Really, they’re invisible. They look like a scarf and they’re basically an air bag for your head. For US$600, I’ll probably stick with my ugly, slightly sticky secondhand kid’s camo helmet for the time being, but I can’t wait for this to become a product that real people can afford.