Archive for April, 2008

Measure 39: Wandering Aimlessly…

Posted in Uncategorized on April 9, 2008 by cellomuser

Or at least it feels that way. It has been about 8 weeks since I last had a lesson with L. In early March of this year L was admitted to a hospital here in the Columbus area for a serious health issue. I spoke with L the day before she was released from the hospital. She told me she would be going back to her home town in the Midwest for further recovery. I figured from that point it would be a month or two before we started lessons again. Hopefully she will get healthy and get back in her routine so she can still graduate on time. Cello lessons are probably a second priority for her – as it should be.

My fear at this point is that I am going to have to find a new cello instructor. Over the last 8 weeks or so I have been spread pretty thin – prioritizing all aspects of time. I was sick for a few weeks as well which just compounds everything. So, the cello has taken a hit – pretty hard – and I am not happy about it – and need to do something about it.

I am at a certain point with a few pieces that I have been working on that an hour of practice at least two three days a week will be the difference between mastering them or not mastering them. The last thing I want to do is go into my next lesson with L and have her regurgitate advice or criticism from three months ago.

Other things that are taking up my time are:

  1. Risk assessment methodologies and probability distributions. The marriage of information security risk assessments and risk quantification – is a not a happy one. I am involved in some interesting work right now on this topic with some really smart people. So I am learning quite a bit while at the same being able to be bridge between two professions that on the surface appear to be at odds with each other – but at the end of the day – are trying to communicate the same message.
  2. Web Application Security. Specifically Java programming and single sign on technologies. Yep – sounds pretty geekish. I have no desire to be a Java programmer – but given my current job – learning a little bit of Java will pay off in dividends. The single-sign on topic is more for some work I am doing for a non-profit organization that needs some serious help – my time is a donation to them.
  3. Super Mario Galaxy for the Wii. My son and I are addicted to Super Mario Galaxy. It is probably the 2nd or 3rd game that we have both embraced and have spent a lot of time together on. In addition, there is quite a bit of cello in the background music. I should do some research to see if a human actually played / recorded – on a real cello – the music for this game or if it was all artificially done. Regardless, it sounds great and makes me feel less guilty about not practicing the cello when I am gaming.
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