Getting Started with Dizi (a resource guide)

tuned in D key

Background:
I recently purchased a bamboo flute in order to learn an instrument. I’ve always enjoyed the varied melodies of Classical Chinese instruments like the dizi, erhu, and pipa. A quick Wikipedia search about dizi flutes shows that its origins trace back to my cultural roots of the ChaoZhounese people of China!

Getting started:
1. Selecting my first dizi: price, tonal key, and store.
I chose the D key because it was recommended by many online flutists for starting on the dizi.
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My Creative Writing – When a Road Passes Through a Forest

“When a Road passes through a forest does it make a sound?”

Seems a lifetime ago this riddle passed my mind while riding through the Old Julian Forest on the Suzuki SV650s.
Only recently did the solution come to me.

The sportbike is unlike any other type of motorcycle.
The art of extracting the maximum performance has little margin for error from both man and machine;
because Death awaits just grams and milliseconds away from excellence.
Fear of Death has been the ally that sharpened my senses,
but a moderation of that fear has protected me from it’s betrayal.

The connection starts with the controls.
I hold the handlebars as one must hold a lover’s heart.
Too firmly, and I will not feel the machine speak the road;
too carelessly, and the machine will not know my intention.
This high fidelity connection is key to precision;
and precision is Life.

Ignition

Twin cylinders beat in a neutral harmony
His heart beats also in a neutral harmony
He pulls in the clutch, and plucks the gear.
The chain gently twitches forward, and eagerly awaits
As his right hand twists the throttle, the machine growls into motion.
Thus, begins the battle between the forces of Life and Death.

The forest is a silent chalice for the road which sways and twists through it’s gentle valleys and hills.
It is in these curves, where Life is most precise, and Death’s claws are most cruel.
It is in the magical moment, when both man and machine lean into the curve their fates intertwine.

As they approach the curve, He plucks the gear down
The machine roars in defiance,
Again, another gear is plucked down,
The machine roars with greater rage, which echoes throughout the forest
Although fear thrashes at his heart,
still his hand holds steadily as before,
reading the Road beneath them while simultaneously orchestrating the lean into the corner.

His leg opens to the inside of the turn – ready to glide it’s knee over the Road.
His other leg holds firmly onto the machine, anchoring his torso as he lowers his center of gravity
In this very moment, his ears are closest to the machine’s twin cylinders
Crisp cold forest air gently breathed in by the machine’s airbox, creating a soft humming
The machine’s valves softly tick in precise harmony, mixing the air with mists of thunder.
The machine precisely delivers the power invested in his right hand to the Road beneath them with furious grace.

These two Hearts – one soul dance to the melody of a nameless Road

When a Road passes through a forest does it make a sound?
Does this road live in your heart? 

An Illustrated Guide to export Garmin Connect’s Training Calendar to Google Calendar

For those who use Google Calendar as a personal time management tool, you’ll be glad to know that you can export your Garmin Connect training calendar!  Here’s how it is done:

  1. Login to Garmin Connect  (https://connect.garmin.com/).
  2. Select a Training Plan: step1a
  3. Schedule the training schedule in order to add it to your Dashboard: step 1a
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San Diego’s Most Important Tweeters!

If you own a mobile phone and know how to access the internets, subscribing to Twitter is hardly something to scoff about.  Twitter is a practical communication tool that combines the best of the web with your cell phone without the need for a mobile data contract.   Whether you have a data plan or not, you are sure to benefit greatly from free service if you “follow” the right “tweeters.”

Tweeters here are chosen for their quality and usefulness of their tweets.  No fluff here! You can subscribe to my local-news twitter list, or simply read more about why you should follow: Continue reading

How to change your Work and Home address in Google Latitude

Google Latitude can now tell you how much time you spend at work and home.  Latitude will set your work and home addresses by default using your location history.  The address will very likely be inaccurate because it is usually based on cell phone tower triangulated location data.

You can let Google Latitude track your time spent at work and home more accurately by updating the work and home addresses.  Here’s how:

Sign into your Google account, and go to the Google Latitude dashboard: https://www.google.com/latitude/b/0/history/dashboard

Click Change next to the Work or Home Address to Change it.Next to your Work or Home address, click “Change” to change the respective address.  That’s it!

 

Secret Garden

by DramaFever.com

I won this T-Shirt in the DramaFever.com Secret Garden T-Shirt Contest!  Secret Garden is a mega hit KDrama series that recently completed airing in South Korea.  I never knew Korean Dramas could be so funny and entertaining, but lately I found out that the variety of Korean TV genres span just as wide as American TV Shows.  If anything, Korean shows much are funnier and have more depth in plot!!!  They really deserve to be rebranded as Korean Comedies.
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Happy New Year!

Wow! It has been a long time since I edited my first Welcome post.  I will be posting more content in starting today and through 2011.

What brought me back to my blog was an email update from Matt Mullenweg of WordPress.   Updating to 3.0.4 could not have been easier, just login and click update.

Now, for an update on something outside of my blog.  Yesterday, I successfully made kimchi jjigae – kimchi stew!  The idea has been brewing in my mind for a while.  It all started with an innocent google search for a simple question: “Does kimchi go bad?”  I asked because the fermenting sounds I hear when I open up a jar of kimchi made me wonder.

The short answer to that question (Does kimchi go bad?) is yes.  However, a just a little internet research will tell you that it can last a very long time in the refrigerator (over 6 months).  Ripe kimchi is especially good for recipes like kimchi jjigae.

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