- in front of a mirror
- when you get tense stop and do something else
- repeat the same stroke continuously; e.g. fill a measure with the stoke and play 40 measures
- clear sound with tone (volume is least important)
- let gravity do the work
- minimal effort, be lazy
Friday, November 26, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
The SciAm podcast turned me on to Dr. Brian Wansink's work, research into why and how we eat (watch the videos.)
His research shows that serving food at the table, family style, boosts overeating, while folks who fill their plates at the stove eat less.He has developed a bunch of products to aid in mindful mindless eating, www.mindlessproducts.com. Smaller sizes and nicer presentation.
I've reserved a copy of his book Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think from the library and will be listening to the abridge audio version as well.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
I strongly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys "guy's night out", grip you crouch in sympathy, want to look away pussy-boy fiction.
The book is much better than this video promo. Set in the Sigler universe timeline between the "The Rookie" and "The Starter" one does not need to have ready any other Sigler story to understand this fight genre tough guy story.Download it from PodioBooks.com today.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Many people see this and say "When is someone going fix this?" I say do it yourself, change yourself, be the change you wish the see in the world.
How? If you need to ask or want some help my friend James Bach has a great book that you can use as a catalyst. I blogged about this subject after James published The Secrets of a Buccaneer-Scholar (website/videos). Read excerpts on Google Books. Here's a quote from Chapter 2.
A buccaneer-scholar is anyone whose love of learning is not muzzled, yoked, or shackled by any institution or authority; whose mind is driven to wander and find its own voice and place in the world.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Test Case Design
I just got burned by a test case that gave a false positive when it was executed. The verification step was to look for the existance of a secret string in the post-processed log files. I looked in the post-processed logs and and didn't find any evidence of the string thus the test passed.
But, there was a defect and not all log files were instrumented correctly so in a few cases the secret strings were not actually get stripped out of the post-processed logs.
A better test design would be to locate examples of each type of secret string in the raw log files. Then verify that each of these were stripped out by the post-processing. In other words, prove that there is something to be removed before believing that it was removed (and not just missing in the first place.)
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
- Power of Attorney (POA)
- Health Care Proxy
- Living Will
- Last Will and Testament
- HIPAA Release
If you have all of these documents up to day in a safe place and copies in an accessible place then relax and smile, you are a very very good and considerate ancestor. But if you haven't gotten around to this yet shame on you.
When I told my mother I was moving out after high school she sent me to a lawyer and an insurance agent. Thus I have had a Last Will and Testament and a life insurance policy to cover my burial ever since I was 19, I love you mama. These other docs are mostly TBD. Please ask me if I have completed this task as a gentle reminder that I really do want to check that off my list of things to do before I die. (Note to self, create a list of things to do before I die. [sic])
See Money Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for a Richer Life podcast #195 for a 10 minute lecture on this subject.