Day at the Beach

I have really fond memories of playing “Day at the Beach” from Joe Satriani’s 1989 opus Flying in a Blue Dream at my high school’s musical variety night way back in 1990. Sadly, that was the end of my professional career because about a year later I developed carpal tunnel syndrome in my left hand and had to stop playing regularly. Carpal tunnel syndrome is an injury due to the repetitive use of muscles in the hand. It is sadly quite common amongst musicians, particularly pianists and violinists.

I haven’t played very much since then, but I recently bought a new guitar to see if my hand was up to playing again. I’m too busy to play as much as I used to, so I think my hand will be fine. Fingers crossed.  This was one the first pieces I wanted to revisit. Although I’m still pretty rusty in this video, I was surprised at how easily my fingers seemed to remember this piece.

 

Fly Me To The Moon for Solo Guitar

When I was learning guitar in high school, I was lucky enough to have Mr. Cole Bernau as a teacher. He possessed a seemingly endless supply of great arrangements for solo guitar, and I still have boxes back home in Australia of the sheet music he shared with me. Over twenty years have passed since then, but my appreciation and respect for him has only grown. I don’t think I realized at the time how lucky I was to have Cole as a teacher.

This Bucky Pizzarelli arrangement of the classic “Fly Me to the Moon” has always been a favorite of mine. It’s an arrangement that flows nicely and really seems to play itself.

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Google Predator!

Soon after discovering the joys of Google Earth and its flight simulator, I made this video exploring some alien special effects. The colors reminded me of the POV of the alien in the Predator movies, so I added Alan Silvestri’s masculine theme from the first Predator film as well as some alien words using some free Star Trek fonts.

Google Earth Flight Simulator is a lot of fun. If you’re unfamiliar with it, please check it out and fly anywhere you want to on Earth and on Mars. I’m flying over Namibia in this video.

A Rough Site Map….

My first post here is a photo of a rough site-map I doodled a couple of days ago. It’ll be interesting to see if the site develops how I originally envisaged it:

September 2009 Fitness Diary!

September 6, 2009: September started with a bang fitness-wise with several high intensity weights and cardio sessions, but with my studies starting next week (tomorrow actually) and extra classes to teach, maintaining regular exercise will require super-human feats of time management, strength, and courage. This page will be my companion and ultimately my judge: success or failure will be determined by the words that will fill up this page, and I promise not to lie. Continue reading “September 2009 Fitness Diary!”

My Exercise Bike!

In April I took a gamble. Knowing full well my history of not using fitness equipment that I buy. You can see my not-so-often-used cross trainer in the background; I buy quite a lot of exercise equipment. The gamble was to buy one more, and I splashed out on an exercise bike.

The idea came from reading the Stephen King novella Stationary Bike, which is what I gather Americans call exercise bikes. Continue reading “My Exercise Bike!”

The 2009 Dokdo Marathon!

Last June, I took part in the Dokdo Marathon at Jamsil Stadium with my friend, Chuck. It really was a fun experience, especially starting and finishing at the Olympic Stadium. I ran a few 10 and 12 kilometer races while living in Japan in 2001 and 2002, but I hadn’t participated in a “marathon” since then. Continue reading “The 2009 Dokdo Marathon!”

Rapist Cult Leader Appealing Conviction

From Korea Beat, comes this translation of a Korean article on the trial of Jeong Myeong-seok. News in English has been hard to come by on the trial, so a very big thank you to Nathan from me and others following the case:

Peter Daley, who operates the largest English web site on the Jesus Morning Star Cult in South Korea, asked for a translation of this Christian Today article on the legal proceedings against the cult’s head.

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