Wednesday, April 29, 2009

A note in a library book

A couple days I found this note in a library copy of, oddly enough, Life of Pi by Yann Martel which I'm reading for my book club. (It's pretty good so far, but I'll save all that for another post)

"If you take this out, you will be taking out your soul.
-A reader
Please keep this in!!!"

"Note from Author,

Suzanne Collins"

Okay, so first of all, the "you will be taking out your soul" bit made me laugh out loud.

Second, while I haven't read all that much of the book yet, as far as I know it isn't about "Fat KID CAMP", whatever that is. And why did the "author" capitalize "KID CAMP" but not "Fat"?

Third, who the heck is Suzanne Collins? If they're referring to the author of the novel, I think Yann Martel is a little too different to be a spelling error.
Or do they mean the author of the note? Or was Suzanne's name added later? Or am I just over-analyzing a random note probably from a bored teenager?

These questions spinning around my head, I decided to add my own little phrase to the note:

"What an...interesting little note.
I 'spose I will leave it in. -D"

I think I might like to start my own note. But perhaps with less confusing capitalization and references to some sort of camp.
I'll post photos if I end up doing so.

Alright, well, that's about it for now.


Saturday, April 18, 2009

Does anyone actually read this?

I've been wondering this lately...Does anyone actually read my blog?
I have a few followers, but I wonder if they check it regularly...I wonder who exactly reads my blog, whether they're all people I know or if random people from like, I dunno, Turkey or something check it out sometimes.
This is my random question of the day.


Saturday, April 11, 2009

My Musical Friend

Ah, my musical friend. Our Heintzman piano.

We bought this lovely piano just over a year ago and I have been in love with it ever since.
After a long search and many annoying, pushy salesmen, we came across this one being sold privately. We wrote the cheque that very night.

Made nearly a hundred years ago and refurbished in the past 10, it's a really good instrument.

The wood is sort of a brown-mahogany colour, but I'm not sure if you can see that in the picture.
(Also note the Bach Box! :)

The keys have very good response and you can get a lot of sound out of that thing. Some of them are yellowed, they're made of ivory, but that's okay.

The front panel tips out when the cover over the keys is lifted to give more sound and tone.
You can pull the front panel out further to see the hammers in action, but as far as I can tell there's no way to keep it propped that way.

Anyway, I'm terrible at finishing off posts (note the constant use of "anyway") so I will leave you with a ~ (whatever those are called) and my name as usual.


My Bach Box

Bach and I have a turbulent relationship.
I tend to have issues with learning his piano music, and so to cope with my frustration, I shove this little Bach plaque I got from a piano graduation into what I call my Bach Box:

Yeah. I'm a little odd.
The other problem I have with Bach is that he usually ends up making me love his music in the end. Right now I'm working on one of his Inventions, and unfortunately I now (sort of) like it.

Well, thanks for reading folks!