Unplugging Tim: An Adventure in Analog Living

One day last week was a gruesome nightmare from technology hell. There was an electrical “event” of some sort in the night necessitating calling an electrician to make sure everything was OK. (It was.) Trying to set a digital timer for a lamp almost enraged me enough to stomp the timer to bits after 30 minutes of exasperating failure with… Continue reading

How Times Have Changed!

Keep in mind that we recently got the piano on which I practiced as a child. Keep in mind that we spent a small fortune to bring it into good playing condition. Keep in mind that Van Cliburn, my musical inspiration as a teenager, just passed away. And, keep in mind that piano is my first love. So, I’ve been… Continue reading

RIP Van Cliburn

Van Cliburn was a huge inspiration to me when I was a young teenager. His recordings inspired me beyond belief. I couldn’t imagine being able to play the piano the way he did. As a result I would practice and practice, listen to the same recording over and over again (We only had the one: the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.… Continue reading

ThePianoGuys

Tip of the fedora to KB for introducing me to ThePianoGuys! I had heard of them before but had not explored their music until she pointed me their way back in December. I’ve enjoyed their music a great deal since. I’ve especially enjoyed their YouTube channel. In fact, today, while working out on the elliptical, I got all tech-ed out… Continue reading

The Week in iPhoneography

I’ve mentioned before that I really like the @KitCam and @PhotoForge2 iPhone apps. This first photo of the Golden Gate Bridge is another example of what they can do. The remainder of the photos were just shot with KitCam, my Instagram replacement choice. I really like these iOS apps! (Clicking any image opens a larger view of the photo.)  … Continue reading

Piano Delivery Truck Blocks Road for Hours

I was very excited to finally be getting the piano on which I practiced as a child. It left Florida at the beginning of October and has been winging its way to Sausalito ever since. It was delivered today. Well, maybe, kinda, sorta. I stressed to the company that our street was exceedingly steep. I told them about how the… Continue reading

Giving In to Lust

I’ve been consumed by lust ever since I was at university and had the opportunity to practice on the BÓ§sendorfer 290 Imperial Grand, you know, the one with 97 keys keys instead of the standard 88. I spent about 6 hours a day with my love. Words can not express the depths of intimacy! I’ve wanted one ever since. But… Continue reading