I can't sell back my complete works of Shakespeare because they have come out with a new edition!
I HAVE FOUND A WAY TO NOT HAVE TO TAKE PHYSICS IN THE FALL. THIS MEANS I WILL BE DONE WITH STUPIDLY LARGE LECTURES AND H-ITT CLICKERS FOREVER!
I went to Cirque de la Symphonie with Miko last night. Now I'm thoroughly convinced that Gerard Schwarz needs to step down as principal conductor -- it was the best I'd ever heard the Symphony perform and it was under their associate conductor, AND all their principal string players (plus several stands' worth of other players in most sections) had left for the summer chamber music festivals.
The performance was AMAZING. ZOMG. Acrobats, a juggler, a contortionist, and strongmen were all there. And with the student discount, a pair of tickets set me back only $10 when the seats would have ordinarily retailed for $43 apiece in advance. I think my plugging of the event at the RC worked quite nicely as when I arrived the pair of seats next to mine were taken by two EEPers.
so I had a good weekend.
Also, I am in the process of convincing Sarah the class(ic)ist that it's worth her time to go to the Emerson String Quartet concert in October. Student tickets are cheap, and that ensemble has won eight or nine GRAMMY awards in their time together. She's a sponge for anything you can get her to believe is "culture" (although she doesn't use "culture" as a biologist might -- "learned behavior". She is only concerned with "civilized" culture), and right now she's entirely convinced that classical music is culture of interest. It probably stems from watching the classically trained musicians in the RC talking about composers or whistling/humming melodies at each other and playing the guess-what-this-is game. She probably feels a bit left out when the girl next to her can pick out a theme from Dvorak's "American" quartet when it's idly whistled at the bus stop.
In any case, I've now lent her two of the Emerson Quartet's GRAMMY-winning albums (the complete Shostakovich quartets, 2001 winner for best chamber music album and best classical album; also "Intimate Voices" which was the best chamber music album of 2006, featuring Grieg, Nielsen, and Sibelius) for the weekend and will probably hear her opinion of these tomorrow. If she's listened to ALL of it then she's probably crazier than she's shown herself to be as that's six CDs' worth, but you never know with a girl like Sarah.
so there's my update. I should do this more often.
Yesterday I actually logged into Facebook. I almost never do this, by which I mean that lately I've been updating my LJ more often than logging onto Facebook. But I logged in and I checked on my event invitations. Among them was one to a wedding for a guy in my high school graduating class.
He's either 19 or 20 right now. I haven't seen him in four years, and I barely knew him to begin with (hooray for Facebook and self-labeling as "friends" with people who are very nearly strangers... or who actually are strangers, in some cases). THIS IS REALLY WEIRD. Early marriage and electronic mass-mailed invitations.
1. The TWL ("The Word List"?) dictionary is a near match of the Official Scrabble® Players' Dictionary, but it has some strange omissions of words you'd think would be there. For instance, UDON (a heavy wheat noodle) is recognized as a word but GOUDA (a variety of cheese, much more well-known among speakers of English) is not. IFF (mathematical <i>abbreviation</i> for "if and only if") is recognized as a conjunction, but XOR (Boolean logic conjunction "A or B, but not both A and B") is not. So far I haven't noticed and remembered any other big surprises.
2. The program has a couple of glitches. Once it gave my opponent another turn immediately after swapping tiles, and neither of us could make sense of it. In the endgame scoring, if nobody clears their rack entirely the computer still adds to your score the value of your opponents' tiles.
3. THE PROGRAM LAGS LIKE THERE TRULY IS NO TOMORROW!
Sonata Pimpante is the name of a work by Spanish composer Joaquín Rodrigo, and I'm trying to figure out what exactly it means. The word "pimpante" could conceivably be either Spanish or Italian, and although people tell me -ante is not a Spanish suffix, it exists more frequently in Spanish-English dictionaries than in Italian-English dictionaries.
Some of the early translations include:
(from Spanish): calm, unconcerned, self-contained
(from Italian): lively, FULL OF BEANS
LMAO at FULL OF BEANS.
Does anyone know what the definitive answer is for this? kthx.
I'm seriously starting to wonder about the content I send in my text messages. The predictive text message software draws upon words I've typed out (and sent) in the past and suggests them for possible spellings as I type them out. It just suggested "franc", and now I'm wondering why I ever made any comments about obsolete French currency.
A week or so ago I was at the Central Library (Seattle Public Libraries, not UW Libraries) rummaging through their CDs and came across one with the wrong Dewey Decimal number. It was a recording of a Schubert piano sonata and a few of his art songs for piano and tenor, but the CD was numbered as (and filed as) an orchestral recording. The location was right for the Dewey number, but the Dewey number was incorrect for the CD's content. So... which is sadder: that the Seattle Public Library attached the wrong Dewey Decimal number to one of its CDs, or that I actually <i>found</i> that CD and noticed it?
On a completely separate note, I have finally upgraded the RAM on my MacBook so that it has 2 GB instead of the 512 MB it came with. Soon I will probably figure out how to switch out the keycaps and re-label it so that the key labels actually represent their output on my screen. It's not like I ever look at the keys when I'm typing, but I don't know the QWERTY/Dvorak position equivalences all that well and that turns out to be somewhat problematic when I'm doing command + _____ functions.
HOLY SHIT. An actual post!