Friday, October 31, 2008

Friday, October 24, 2008

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

A Quote That Woke Me Up Today

“People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents.” - Andrew Carnegie (1835-1918)

Monday, October 20, 2008

Getting to Know You

Enough seriousness! I don't know about you, but I could use a small break from it. Lately I have been getting really worked up about politics. Here's a diversion...

1. Describe to me a sandwich that sounds really delicious to you right now.
2. Do you like to drink beer? What sort of beer sounds good right now?
3. Do you wear perfume or cologne? or any sort of scent? If so, what?
4. Do you like to smell roses?
5. What sort of fabric feels best on your skin? Do you like to wear wool?
6. Do you ever wear turtlenecks?
7. Do you like to take baths? Have you ever been to a public bath or hot spring?
8. What would you like to listen to right now?
9. If you had to choose between listening to a Bach piano prelude, a Beethoven string quartet, a Brahms symphony, a Mozart opera, or the sounds of the forest, which would you choose?
10. If you had to choose between watching the sun set from the top of a hill overlooking a city or watching the sun set over the water (the ocean or a lake), which would you choose?
11. Which would you prefer to watch? A bunch of squirrels, chipmunks, birds, and bunnies eating nuts and seeds? Or, a wide variety of people walking by, having interesting conversations, in a park in the city?
12. What would you rather do right now? Sit in a comfy recliner with a kitty or other furry animal on your lap? Or, sit in a cafe and have a really interesting conversation with a friend?

(me: 1. avocado, tomato, sprouts, cheese, on a french roll [aka vietnamese sandwich]; 2. I think some Young's Double Chocolate Stout would taste pretty good right now -- or Left Hand Milk Stout -- on draft at the Sunset Grill & Tap in Allston, MA...; 3. I do wear perfume sometimes, but not always the same kind. I like pretty smells.; 4. YES! I love roses! Especially the pink and yellow wild kind. They smell amazing!; 5. I like satiny fabrics. Wool is itchy...; 6. I don't really like turtlenecks.;7. Yes! Yes, in Budapest!; 8. A really great choir singing beautifully in a beautiful place.; 9. Bach - C#, sounds of the forest a close second; 10. ocean!; 11. the animals; 12. Right now I'd rather sit in a recliner with a kitty on my lap, because I could really use a nap. I also love having interesting conversations with friends, so if I was more awake, I might choose that instead.)

Friday, October 17, 2008

Choosing a President

Today I read an article that deeply disturbed me, because it suggests that people should choose our next President on the basis of one issue, even if the candidate who takes the "right" side on this one issue is overall a much worse candidate. The justification by this author is that we can't really know how much worse that person would be on any of the other issues, but since we know where he stands on the one "crucial" issue, we can't in good conscience vote for him.

I think this advice is naive and absurd. If you focus on one issue and not the sum of the candidate's character and everything he stands for, you are probably not going to do the right thing. There is no perfect candidate, but for once in the whole time I've had the right to vote, there is a candidate who is damn close and I'm voting for him.

This article is a great response to the article I took issue with.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Food for thought

"Creative people, to an extent, escape rigid gender role stereotyping. When tests of masculinity/femininity are given to young people, over and over one finds that creative and talented girls are more dominant and tough than other girls, and creative boys are more sensitive and less aggressive than their male peers.

This tendency toward androgyny is sometimes understood in purely sexual terms, and therefore it gets confused with homosexuality. But psychological androgyny is a much wider concept referring to a person's ability to be at the same time aggressive and nurturant, sensitive and rigid, dominant and submissive, regardless of gender. A psychologically androgynous person in effect doubles his or her repertoire of responses. Creative individuals are more likely to have not only the strengths of their own gender but those of the other one, too."

- By Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
(from this interesting article)

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Here's Part 2 of Josh's post about Freelancing in the "New" Economy!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Freelancing in the “New” Economy

Josh has written an interesting post about how to actively pursue more musical freelance work. I especially like his first tip, "Don't be lazy." :-)

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Shout out!

Hello Cambridge, MA!
Hello North Hampton, NH!
Hello Manchester, NH!
Hello Fall River, MA!
Hello Braintree, MA!
Hello Poughkeepsie, NY!
Hello New York, NY!
Hello Brooklyn, NY!
Hello Rochester, NY!
Hello Syracuse, NY!
Hello Ithaca, NY!
Hello Getzville, NY!
Hello Princeton Junction, NJ!
Hello Mount Laurel, NJ!
Hello Dayton, OH!
Hello Ft. Mitchell, OH!
Hello Indianapolis, IN!
Hello Washington, DC!
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Have an awesome day, y'all!