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Now

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I am slowly being driven crazy.

| link | trackb | 2 comments » | Nov 29, 2002 20:45:39

San Diego

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My family and I went out for a wonderful dinner at Sushi Ota to celebrate my father’s birthday before heading down to Hillcrest to see Frida (in an empty theater). The drive down to San Diego was relatively uneventful. Actually, it’s good to be here, where I won’t be shaken awake by earthquakes (or by the construction across the street) in the early mornings. :)

Going to bed now. Here are some photos:

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| link | trackb | 8 comments » | Nov 28, 2002 01:17:00

Dardy, Jeremy

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Here are some photos from Dardy’s birthday party and from Jeremy and Ruth’s housewarming party. At Jeremy’s party, I saw Matt Springer for the first time in years. Matt was an old fixture in the Stanford Symphony; we went on tour to China together in 1995, after he had already been playing in it for ten years (!). I also met Graham’s sister, whom I had heard about a lot. It’s neat to have circles collide. :)

This evening I had the pleasure of going with Sophie to see Alban Gerhardt (his website has a cool video) perform Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations with the Marin Symphony. He was quite good. :) The orchestra also performed From the White Edge of Phrygia, by Stephen Montague, and Dvorak’s 8th Symphony. The Montague piece was strange. The title refers to the use of “white sound” and the Phrygian scale, so you can imagine its funkiness. It starts with the violins and the violas holding their instruments in their laps, pretending to play the cello. I fell asleep for a bit. (read more »)

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| link | trackb | 7 comments » | Nov 25, 2002 01:05:31

Schumann Piano Quartet

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Hosted another get-together today. Sabrina and Cindy, whom I had played quartets with two years ago (when they were wee frosh at Stanford!), brought their chamber group over to perform Schumann’s Piano Quartet. Jason (the cellist) played Beethoven’s C Major Cello Sonata with Sheila (the pianist) as an introduction to the evening. Their group kicked ass! They are definitely one of the best Stanford groups I’ve ever heard.

I knew almost no one in attendance, but I had a good time hosting, anyway. :) Cindy brought her med school research folk, and I guess the rest of the audience were Stanford student friends of the other three members of the quartet. People cleared out almost immediately after the show, so Livia, Warren and I met up with Claire for some food in the Sunset. (read more »)

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| link | trackb | 4 comments » | Nov 23, 2002 01:08:31

Almost Full Moon

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Went over to Livia‘s place to shoot some photos of the moon this late afternoon before meeting up with Martin, an old E.piphany co-worker. We went to eat at Sabra, which is one of two kosher restaurants (three, if you include Izzy’s Bagels (or however you spell it)) in the SF Bay Area.

Anyway — the moon shots would have been better, but I forgot to bring the tripod quick-release plate, so I just set the camera on the tripod and held it there. Not ideal. :) Exif data is below the images. The moon was nice and orange. I had to use “sunny” white balance (it is illuminated by the sun, after all) because auto white balance just made it white.

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| link | trackb | 6 comments » | Nov 21, 2002 22:37:11

Anton Kuerti, SLSQ

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I am exhausted. I took Vienna and Adam to Stanford to hear the St. Lawrence String Quartet play with their friend, Anton Kuerti. He played two Beethoven sonatas in the first half before joining the SLSQ to play Brahms Piano Quintet. Fantastic stuff. :) Although — Vienna, Ben Chen and I all felt that we were unable to identify what it was that made Anton brilliant. It wasn’t that we couldn’t feel the brilliance. It was that the Beethoven flew over our heads, leaving us with only a vague impression of its power. Clearly, some people got it. They gave him a standing ovation — at intermission.

Before the show, Lesley introduced me to Wu Han, who was sitting out in front of Dinkelspiel. She’s very easy to talk to, and joked around a lot. She said that she knows (or knows of) my mom. It really is a small world out there. Adam posted photos already. (read more »)

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| link | trackb | 4 comments » | Nov 21, 2002 03:48:39

Leonid Meteor Shower

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My sis’ and I went up Mt. Tam and camped out in an open space just past the park barricade to see the Leonid Meteor Shower tonight — and it was amazing (supposedly the most active in the next 100 years or so). We were there for the 2:30AM PST peak; I saw four shooting stars at the same time: a new record for me! There were a variety of shooting star strains: slow, burning orange ones, fast white streaks, blazing green persisting trails, and more. One star left a trail that was etched into the sky for more than 15 seconds. We also saw an incredibly bright streak that burst into a green flash at the end. And all the while, the almost-full moon illuminated the entire sky. I can only imagine what it would have been like with a new moon (which the Perseids happened to coincide with, not long ago. Now that was a treat. :). (read more »)

| link | trackb | 10 comments » | Nov 19, 2002 04:45:45

Vienna Teng @ My House

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Vienna Teng came over tonight to sing for us; we celebrated the recent release of her album, “Waking Hour.” She played many songs that are not on the CD, and was unusually chatty at the mic, explaining in detail the inspiration behind each song she played. As usual, everyone laughed when she explained that I was not “the” Eric. Her delivery is different each time, but it’s always effective. :)

It was nice to hear her sing in a quiet, intimate setting, away from hiss of milk steamers and the tinkling of silverware. We had a good turn-out, and the crowd was very “live” and responsive. It was clear that everyone had a great time, which made me happy.

My living room was empty by 10:30pm, presumably because people have to work on Monday mornings. After cleaning up for a bit, I drove to the Bagdad Cafe to meet up with Sophie, Wendy, Sooyoun and Lisa for dinner. I’m too tired to write anymore. Raymond wrote a nice entry about the evening. Here are some photos: (read more »)

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| link | trackb | 5 comments » | Nov 18, 2002 01:34:17

Brahms Double, Jason’s B-Day

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My sis’ and I went out to see Han-Na Chang and Kyoko Takezawa perform Brahms Double tonight (David Zinman conducted — which was cool, cuz he conducted from memory). Han-Na projected really well in the hall, and had a great sound. The last time I went to see the Brahms, Michael Grebanier was soloing, and I couldn’t hear anything. Also on the program was Strauss’ Don Juan and Der Rosenkavalier — and some modern piece that promptly put me to sleep. Great program, overall. :) As usual, I bumped into people I knew at Davies: I saw Eric Han and Hector Moreno.

Afterwards, Wendy and I went our separate ways to celebrate birthdays (different people). I went over to Geoff and Livia’s to celebrate Jason’s birthday. We ate dessert and played Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. (read more »)

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| link | trackb | no comments » | Nov 17, 2002 01:59:12

Rinconada, Whaler’s Cove

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I can’t believe I was at a house meeting at Stanford last night.

I went to Rinconada to see Geoff, Livia, and Barry do a dorm outreach program, and afterwards, the entire house poured in, and someone (presumably an RA) yelled, “HOUSE MEETING!!” It had been five and a half years since I had heard those words.

Anyway, afterwards, Geoff, Livia and I met up at Chika for some late night sushi. Yummy. :) Vienna met up with us, but had already eaten a bit (two pieces of sushi at the Voodoo Lounge, before someone took the rest of it away while she was performing). We made her eat the head part of amaebi. Everyone should eat head. um… yeah, or something like that. :)

I went diving today at Whaler’s Cove, in Monterey. Dry suits rule. The first dive lasted a full hour, and only my hands were cold. It turns out that my gloves suck ass, because they essentially have holes in them. I supposed I should get new ones. During our second dive, a cute little white seal (she had black spots on her, and was about 5′ long) started following us. She was fascinated by John’s yellow fins, and kept tugging on them with her teeth. John led us both around — the seal between me and him. For a long, long time, I floated, horizontally, face-to-face with this cute little seal, her nose roughly two inches from my mask. I extended out my hand, and she nudged it with her head a few times — like a cat does, when she likes you. It totally made my day. :) No camera. I’m still getting used to diving dry, and my gloves suck. (read more »)

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| link | trackb | 4 comments » | Nov 15, 2002 01:07:28

Kenny’s Birthday

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ATTENTION OHSU FOLK:
It will be Kenny’s birthday tomorrow, November 12th. I hope you guys can do something for him at the hospital. :) Let me know what happens via comment, here. :)

| link | trackb | no comments » | Nov 11, 2002 21:36:59

Kenny’s Birthday, The Ladder

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Is it bad that I find this to be hilarious? I’m laughing out loud over here. (thanks to van for the link)

If I do have a “man’s ladder”, it’s buried very deeply in my head; I can’t see who is on it, or, maybe no one is on it. :)

ATTENTION OHSU FOLK:
It will be Kenny’s birthday tomorrow, November 12th. I hope you guys can do something for him at the hospital. :) Let me know what happens via comment, here. :)

| link | trackb | 6 comments » | Nov 11, 2002 16:16:37

Vienna, Claire, Dardy, Wendy, Shiloh

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I spent the afternoon at the SF public library with Adam, videotaping Vienna‘s show. Adam wrote all about it, so I don’t have to.

In the evening, dardy and I went to see Claire play Shostakovich Cello Concerto with the SF Conservatory. I saw people crying as they were leaving the auditorium. She kicked ASS. :) Congratulations, Claire!

Photos of dardy, my sis’, and Shiloh: (read more »)

| link | trackb | no comments » | Nov 10, 2002 01:22:28

Lethargy

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Maybe this explains it.

It was already dark today at 3:30pm — not that it matters, since I’ve basically quarantined myself in my house (I know it may not seem like I do that, based on the contents of this page. :). I ate at Burger King today (had to bring some stuff to Livia, because she was feeling sick. BK is on the way).

Downward spiral!

On an unrelated note, check out this video of a tetris champion out there. It’s unreal. (someone posted it in one of dardy’s comments).

| link | trackb | 7 comments » | Nov 7, 2002 16:13:23

Vienna @ Hotel Utah

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A little rain falls, and the entire media and information delivery system in the area goes berserk! My connection to the outside world is being fickle.

I met up with Livia at Hotel Utah (in SOMA) tonight for Vienna Teng‘s CD Release Party. She said that she saw her CD on the shelves at Tower Records yesterday. Must be exciting. :) The usual crowd was there: Adam, Rae, Steven, “The” Eric, Jim, Boris… and many others. Adam posted some photos, too. (read more »)

| link | trackb | no comments » | Nov 7, 2002 02:13:40

Random Thoughts

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  1. Check out Oliver, in a video about game development on Nokia Series 60 mobile phones. [see the video]

  2. I’m linked from Steve’s Digicam’s Canon D60 Sample photos page!

  3. I just paid $16.95 for a windshield fluid sprayer (just the left one. The right one wasn’t in stock.) It’s a little piece of plastic. $16.95?!?

  4. My sleeping schedule has been pushed back approximately four hours due to poor spirits and insomnia. It hasn’t been very good for my well-being. :(

    The rest of what I’m feeling now I can’t post here.
| link | trackb | no comments » | Nov 6, 2002 16:23:45

Bowling, Finger

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What a bizarre evening. I picked up Geoff and Livia and drove to Presidio Bowl to meet up with the three tenors (Paul, Jay, and Toby) + company, but the wait was so long that we relocated to the bowling alley at Yerba Buena, in SOMA. The guy there was a complete ass, and we bowled our 60-minute allotment until we were cut off half-way through our second game. (read more »)

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| link | trackb | 4 comments » | Nov 4, 2002 12:58:51

Richter, Seraglio

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Paul is singing the lead in the San Francisco Opera’s production of Die Entf�hrung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio), and was nice enough to give us tickets to hear him sing in the very last production tonight. He was AMAZING, of course. I wasn’t familiar with the opera before-hand (didn’t even know that Mozart wrote it!), but the music was fantastic, and I really enjoyed everything about it — except for the lead soprano, who was sort of weak. It was also fun to watch Paul’s make-up folk glue on his wig. :)

In the afternoon, Livia and I went (with her friend, Dave) to the SF MOMA to see the Gerhard Richter: Forty Years of Painting exhibit, which I had also enjoyed at the New York MOMA just before the museum moved to Queens. I absolutely love his paintings. (read more »)

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| link | trackb | 5 comments » | Nov 3, 2002 03:12:24

Halloween/Castro

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Halloween in the Castro
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| link | trackb | 5 comments » | Nov 1, 2002 02:58:36
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