Keep blogging… The first quarter of the year

It has been some enriching three months, so much so that I did not have much time to blog.

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Easter Music

It has been a while. Finally got the time to write something. Easter holidays yay!!!

Bach’s passions are very popular in the Netherlands during Easter. Did not realise how popular it was even though I played in a St. Matthew’s Passion last year. This year, with more observations and understanding Dutch a bit better, I start to realise it’s really something special. It seems every major city in the Netherlands has at least some ensembles that do it a few times in March, and it’s very frequently on the radio. Te gek!

Yesterday, and the week before, like last year, I was playing in St. Matthew’s passions in Utrecht and Amsterdam, Geerteskerk and Dominicuskerk. And with the invitation from a colleague, I also went to a service + Johanna’s passion in Westerkerk. Viola de gamba, viola d’amore, theorbo, all these unique sounds which we do not hear all that often…  Lots of good memories. Good relaxation after the paper deadline…

The music is beautiful. Heel mooi. Got some pleasant earworms from all the arias now…

The Spring is coming. More posts are coming. Passion, see you next year! Gelukkig Pasen!

Writing on paper, writing on ipad and type, data gathering

This discussion came up when I was chatting with a friend. Leaving out the technical reasons, why do some people like writing and some people like typing? How about writing on iPad?

And trying to write a journal paper now, sometimes my mind just escape to think about the behaviour of writing rather than what I’m writing now…

It’s harder to erase on paper. My friend says.

I didn’t notice this before, but it’s very true. It’s probably many people’s reason to use paper. Mine also includes the low cost, the creativity given by the physical world, the safety of device-free decoding, and the pure satisfication of joggin up muscle memory of tracing lines and curves on paper.

For communication purposes, I use standardised typing. Either it’s communication across time or across space, the standards deliver the information more efficiently.

Writing on iPad is the newest here. It saves space, creates data. Similar to write + photo. Great for post processing.

It’s a matter of habits; it’s a matter of encoding + decoding. It always gets complicated when there’s a new tool, a new paradigm.

What are you using for writing? And which one do you prefer?

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Moved to a new apartment & A walk in De Bilt and Bilthoven

Moved on 13 Nov to De Bilt. Just took a walk for the first time in the neighborhood. Now finally it feels like less of a foreign place. Cute bookstores, bakeries, chocolatiers, and a supermarket where they sell Mozartkugel!!

Four years ago, I would have never imagined that I would move so many times in my life. Beijing -> Shandong -> Warwick Uni -> Temp places -> Paris -> Temp places -> Rochester -> Temp places -> Utrecht -> Temp places -> De Bilt.  Let alone that there are probably many to come.

But I think my experience is growing and I’m getting more used to it. Planning ahead is important; it is also crucial to not get too stressed about: we seem to be generally good at adapting. I would see it as similar to moving data. Good to learn a thing or two from the physical world in the process.

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Opera La bohème in Amsterdam

Last night, it was my second time in Nationale Opera & Ballet, Amsterdam.

Puccini’s La Boheme:

http://www.operaballet.nl/en/node/5717

The production was great! Adapted to a modern stage setting, the story developed with great music from the orchestra and the singers. There were happy moments and sad moments. The painter, the poet, the musician and the philosopher; the reality, the laughter, the love, the jealousy, and many more.  Time goes by so fast.

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