where my (2)π ?

another t-shirt idea 🙂
they must have put something very strong in that boba milk tea.. i up now for some 30 hours editing away… but fingers crossed, since we have to turn them all in in 24hr..

you know how some people are comfortable living in the 1/[ ] universe? instead of saying “i’d like a BIG bowl of phở please”, they’d prefer: “may i have a *small* 1/bowl please”. anyhow, i think it’s the brain, we grow up with units of meter, second, not 1/m , 1/s (note the axes always heading in the opposite way too, to aide more confusion..)

i supposed to edit this file hopefully second to last time. have been reading some 150 articles the last 2 months.. extremely intensive though i must say internal feeling** is great to wrestle with.

Anyhow, need to stay up a couple more hours, but i happy to report during the course of this i re-discovered first the totally serious missing 108 power of energy, and today found the (not-so) lost 2π. so all is well, the figures have the correct /unit and order of magnitude, let’s celebrate with something soothing.

welcoming June!

hurrrrrahhhhh, back to the office, in good health, and looooovely temperature:


The office AC is broken!!! guess who is THRILLED!!!  (though they’re working on getting it back up, boo!)
So, some celebratory music is in order! though without one in my head, how about some digging news: Yes, i found where/what N.Stutzmann will be conducting this coming Dec: Messiah (hurrah).


Though it seems they invited her to conduct so she will not be bringing her band but rather probably down-sizing the symphony orchestras with modern instruments.. Now we just need to wait until the line-up is listed. Though if S.Mingardo told me she’ll be there, it probably means NS invited her 🙂 . Perhaps she did read my blog plead for more collaboration 8 . And did I mention working my “magic” and now have already a host for Detroit? With a friend’s parents! with promises to bring them to see Nathalie.

Cannnnn’t wait to start jogging again this weekend. annnd so much looking forward to music soon. wau i loove June.

back, with music, from Nathalie Stutzmann, how about Messiah in German, much less goose-bump inducing due to lack of comprehension (yay!)

geography 102

a bit saturated in brain, so how about something fun. i quite proud of it :-), even used a virtual shovel to dig a couple of very important channels. Amazingly, a certain strait is missing!

ps- oh, colorscale + contours are in unit [km]. For completeness, i should really put lat/lon contour, but too tired… and too late. those text labels took ages.
ps2- don’t be alarmed by the 2-headed greenland, i see it all the time.

sticky tune

be warned, the content (and my fragmented line of thought) is a little disturbing…
got this strange tune since yesterday that left me head scratching searching for the source. it has to be from something very recent, but which opera??? “tà tá , tá ta ta tà tá” (if you know a tiny bit of vietnamese tones, you’d realize our 6 tones are nothing but music, and i can write any song in just such various accents and technically if i not way out of tune, anyone would be able to recognize song) . Anyhow, 2 visions (visualization? i saw nothing profound, just images) popped up in the head, one of a warm cozy room in soft yellowish light, and one of a kite flying. Though the flying kite is not the original source, it’s got a similarity nonetheless. Anyhow, here’s where the tune comes from originally, and here’s the kite flying scene, tear inducing everytime i hear it (not mentioning seeing…)

This is a movie worth seeing. Anyone who has lived in Vietnam in the late 1970s to 1980s and is an immigrant can identify with many of the scenes in it. Some of my siblings turned down watching due to fear of getting too emotional. And the janitors, the lawnmowers, recycling-collectors you encounter in the US, some were/are my relatives. An uncle told me once when he first arrived in the US, he applied for a job to clean the toilet at a university and they said he didn’t have the right qualification. Read more of this post


due largely to our upbringing, we siblings react rather passionately (in various degree) to accidental religious events we found ourselves in, ranging from holding head “sh*t, why the hell am i here??” (me) to “get up, get out, NOW!!” (oldest sister). so, with noël coming to this rather religious oriented country, our phone lines will surely remain active with reports of accidents…

Two weeks ago, i was invited to a christmas carol “concert” on dec 11 at Harvard Memorial Church, the one with the brand new shiny and amazing organ.  Why not, i grew up singing lots of christmas songs in church, all in vietnamese.  it’s always nice to hear the same tune sung in a different language. besides, i’ve been to that church three times to hear the superb harvard choir in combination with the amazing organ (and organist Christian Lane).
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first for everything

yes, i’ve done it! first ice hockey game ever! last time i skated on ice was…. hmm, can’t remember. last time on roller-blade, here’s the result.  so, our soccer league is coming to an end (1 more game, not sure when…), winter is coming, and i have always wanted to put on some kind of padding to learn how to stop!  it’s still a very big decision, super intimidating at that, especially for yours truly whose natural footing is definitely flat and not anything rolling/gliding.   it turns out we had helmet, knee pads, and gloves, but no hockey pants/shirt so i didn’t dare to stop.  looking through the gridded helmet while trying to skate is an interesting experience ;-).  i showed up 5 hrs before the game to just test if i still know how to skate without falling left and right.  then came the big decision to join the game, harumph!
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having fun

please bayerische staatsoper, may i have this wall-sized poster when you’re done?

one of the things i enjoy greatly in my young life is visiting friends. i made very very good friends who share much of common interests during graduate study time. Interestingly enough a high concentration of them end up in Europe, particularly in the southern part of Germany. It’s always great to catch up and pick up conversations as if we were still in Boston 7-8 years ago.  A shift to another friend’s place last night found me “hide my ass dot com” yay! that’s a site that should be beneficial for ALL of us youtube-watcher resitricted by copyright whatever. I’ve already proven a test case where my post is blocked in Germany but now can be viewed here. (edit: sorry i tested last night it seemed to work but now it’s saying the video is again not available.  However, this site works: http://proxy.org/proxies_sorted.shtml –> i picked #5 = im-hidden.com and it puts me now in the Netherlands :-), clear cookies also helps.)

Munich temperature, 2.30pm sunday 03-apr-2011

There is only a hint of spring at the very tip of tiny tree branches in Boston last week, but here, flowers are blooming! the birds are singing. even the rain is beautiful. so, just some random pictures. I spent my weekend learning a lot about the life of a professional musician (and Salome and Elektra). Did you know viola players get made fun of the most? “At a party, a viola player try to grab a drink with his right hand but it shakes so much he couldn’t hold the cup without spilling.  His colleague approaches him: ‘it’s ok to use your left hand, we know it’ll never spill’. ” ;  “For 30 years, at every concert and rehearsal, this viola player opened his case, put out the viola and bow, then opened a tiny piece of paper to recite something, folded the paper and put back into his case.  His colleagues were always curious, so on his last day, they devised a scheme where one of the percussion players would sneak in while he was playing. They found the small paper with tiny writing: ‘viola left, bow right’. ” There are also jokes about soprano, bass, tenor, but none yet for mezzos :-). How does a soprano warm up? “Me, myself, and I. Me, myself, and I.” Read more of this post