Book: Facing East

I found this book lying on the floor in the hallway of my apartment building. It is Mathewes-Green’s account of a year in a newly-formed Orthodox Christian church in the US, shortly after her conversion from Protestantism.

Parts of the book are quite engaging and I certainly learned much I didn’t know about the Orthodox church, which was basically nothing. Many sections, on the other hand, read like a rather tedious blog on her daily life. I’m afraid I skimmed through quite a bit and it felt much longer than the 200 or so pages it supposedly contains.

My Creole Belle

This tune is taught on both John Miller’s DVD and on Happy Traum’s DVD. I’ve incorporated elements from both arrangements here. I used a stereo micing position like the last recording, with one mic pointing a little above the spot where the neck meets the body and one pointing at the body just below the bridge.

My Creole Belle

Angeline the Baker

Here’s a fiddle tune I’m learning from Duck Baker’s book and CD. These suckers are hard. This is the easiest one and as you can hear I’m still having some trouble.

For this session I used two mics in a stereo position instead of using one for reverb. I guess I’ll have to get a third mic if I want to keep using this technique and still use a mic for reverb, but the stereo arrangement gets a nice sound I think.

Angeline the Baker

Virtual-reality goggles, a camera and a stick

If I had to live my life over again I would give serious thought to practicing neuroscience or some related field of inquiry. The mysteries of consciousness and the many puzzles offered by the curious phenomena of intelligence are endlessly absorbing. What’s more, as this NYT article shows, many of the experiments you get to perform are indistinguishable from a Monty Python skit.

Part of my delight in reading these articles is the clear sense that, whatever else neuroscientists, behavioral psychologists, and their many brethren enjoy, they really enjoy messing with people’s heads. And that’s fine work if you can get it.