Writing Music Like Mozart


[Classmates, if you want to hear my final project and see the submitted score, please scroll down to the bottom of this article.]

For the past six weeks I have been taking a Coursera class called, “Writing Music Like Mozart”. I’ll not bore non-music theorists with the details of what was covered, but I do want to address certain people in this world. Continue reading

Get Rid of in-app Ads

No Ads

Here’s a quick tip for my Apple Trove followers.

I heard you can get rid of in-app ads by turning on Airplane mode on your iPhone. All you have to do is swipe up from the bottom of your iPhone to access the Control Center, tap on the airplane icon, and then streamed ads can no longer reach your iPhone! I’ve tried this with several apps and it works like a charm. The apps work and there are no ads popping up.

There are downsides to this, like not being able to receive phone calls, texts, and other online services. But why should the world be allowed to disturb your game, right? Just don’t forget to switch Airplane Mode back off when you’re done!

What about morals? OK, if you really use an app a lot and there is a cheap option to get rid of the ads then give them a buck.

Meanwhile, if you are willing to disconnect yourself from planet Earth, there is a way to get rid of those pesky ads.

I am not Charlie

If I knew of a person or group that was so sensitive about a certain thing that they have in the past gotten murderously violent about it and that they have a known agenda to do so again, I would not tempt them by flaunting that certain thing. This happened with a French publication very recently and, surprise surprise, people got killed.

Militant Fundamentalist Muslims are more than just sensitive about images of Mohammed. Who knew? Everyone, that’s who.

Don’t misunderstand me, I do think the killers were wrong. But I also think it was foolish beyond belief to bait them. Cloaking this whole thing under the banner of “freedom of speech” somehow doesn’t do the situation justice. I don’t think “suicide by speech” is fair either; but, again, knowingly pissing off sensitive people anxious to make a violent statement is just plain wrong.

Here, in the USA, we don’t use the N-word because it is known to be related to horrible things in our country’s past and present. There are other groups where we don’t cross certain lines for similar reasons. I guess in some cases we exercise self-control in our free speech and in other cases we don’t. Discretion is often the better part of valor.

Going Viral

I need to get my head examined.

I need to get my head examined.

Over the holidays we stayed a week at a relative’s house where my wife’s daughter was recovering from pneumonia and her husband was just starting to regularly sneeze. A few days after returning home I started sneezing regularly, coughing persistently, and blowing orange snot out of my nose on waking for two days followed by green globs of snot this morning. Afraid of developing bronchitis, I went to the doctor today. Continue reading



For quite a while now instead of blogging I’ve been curating something called a “Trove”. This is similar to an RSS aggregator or even along the lines of Flipboard or Zite. The difference is that I am the sole curator of this particular Trove, picking articles on a particular topic to appear in other people’s newsfeed. To include my selections, one must follow the Trove I curate. Continue reading