Class went well

    They seem like a bright bunch. I threw a bunch of
dry, technical stuff at them the first class but they seemed to take it
without a problem. Equivilent exposures, stopping motion, ISO stuff, I
even went into the whole diagonal of the film format to determine the
normal focal length routine. Things are looking good, they all seem to
want to learn and I was more comfortable than I thought I’d be in front
of them. One thing I did learn, 2 hours is a long time to talk to
people, I’ll need to have more on my lesson plans from here on out.

Isaac

Woosh…

    I’ve been winding my days down with Bach again. I
don’t think I’ll ever get to the bottom of his stuff and run out of
wonder. Just finished listening to the first disk of Glenn Gould’s
“Well Tempered Clavier vol.1” and I’m blown away again. Take a listen
to “Prelude and Fugue No.10 in E minor” (track #19 and 20). The thought
occurs to me that there really hasn’t been any progress in music since
this was written. If you’re only going to own one “classical” (God, I
hate that label) album, it should be this one. Gould playing Bach is
always worth a listen…

Isaac

I thought I had done it again…

    During my senior year in college, I carefully went
through all my slides and separated the “good” ones from the OK and
threw out the rest. The good ones went into a box and then into a
plastic bag (the roof was leaking, so I didn’t want them to get wet).
Well, that bag was later thrown out by accident. I kicked my self in
the ass for being so stupid when I realized what had happened. In the
subsequent years, I have lost a variety of images, and they were always
the good ones. This is because they get separated out to get sent to a
lab or something and they don’t get put back into the main group. The
good news is that recently I have copies of the images I like even if
the original goes missing. A handful of months ago I sent out my best
mages to be scannned. and I couldn’t find them tonight. After tearing
my place apart (I reccomend doing this about twice a year, it’s amazing
what you can turn up) I found them. Turns out I don’t really miss the
ones that got thrown out all those years ago, I have a much different
idea of what is “good”and bad nowadays. At least tonight I won’t have
to kick myself…

    In the process of tearing my room apart, I came
across a short story I wrote 3 years ago for a class. It isn’t too bad
and still encapsulates what I think about the creative process
and “art”. Unfortunetly I only have a hard copy of it now, don’t know
if I’ll ever get the energy to transcribe it back into digital form. On
the other hand, that would be a perfect excuse to do some editing….
I’ll have to think if I want to inflict it on the world via my web site.

Isaac

Didn’t do much today…

… and it felt pretty damn good. Of course that means I’ll actually
have to do stuff tomorrow. Not much, but something. I started to get my
lesson plans together for the class and I realized that I have no idea
how long it will take for me to explain stuff. I have what should be
enough for two classes and I’ll just wing it. Had a brain storm about
using the slide projector on the dry erase board to explain different
film formats and field of view. Should be a good visual way to teach
something that can be difficult to explain. I better get to bed…

Isaac

A day of music

    I caught part of an opera on TV and it wrapped up
everything I love and hate about opera. It was from Offenbach’s “Tales
of Hoffman” and I have no idea who the actors/singers were, but they
were incredible. Soaring voices, impossible notes, unbelievable emotion
and a stirring accompaniment from the orchestra. It really was
breathtaking, then I made the mistake of reading the subtitles. The
words were the same ridiculous crap that is in every type of musical
theater. This is the primary reason I can’t take broadway musicals, I
just can’t get past the lyrics. They bug me to no end and I am
incapable of enjoying anything that involves singing in English in a
play.
    It did remind me that I had an opera that I hadn’t
listened to yet (one of several actually). This was a second copy of
“Le Nozze de Figro” that I picked up somewhere, maybe one of those BBC
magazines or something. I already had a snob approved copy (I think
rene Fleming is the soprano and there is some big name tenor on there
too) but it’s always good to compare performances. While the snob
approved cast does indeed have better voices, the BBC cast put on a
better performance over all. There is more conveyed and they seem to
mean it when they sing. Plus the audience wasn’t so stuffy that they
couldn’t laugh at the funny parts.
    From there I listened to an Albienz concerto
(Christopher Parkening on guitar) and went to some Rachmaninoff pieces
for two pianos. The Albienz piece was my second time listening in a
month but I hadn’t heard this particular Rachmaninoff stuff in a couple
of years. It was good to reacquaint myself, while I can remember just
about every pop song I’ve ever heard (and the back up parts, the bass
lines, etc.) it’s much more difficult to keep this stuff in my head.
I’ve always thought that iPods are for people too lazy to remember
songs well enough to play them in their head:-)
    After watching a baseball game (the Cubs won) and
eating, I came downstairs for more music. Something had reminded me of
Black Sabbath, so their first album was the first thing in. You’re
going to think I’m the world’s biggest audio geek for this, but so be
it. The first thing I realized when I started the CD was that I had my
“classical” tubes in the amps, not my rockers. Since I didn’t
particularly feel like getting burned replacing them, I lived with it
and enjoyed the slightly different presentation. More air and less
crunch. Despite this, I had my pictures rattling on the wall while I
played air bass… A live Ike and Tina Turner album was next, then
“Easter” by Patti Smith, and finally “Pretty on the Inside” by Hole.
I’m finishing up the night with Glenn Gould’s second version of the
Goldberg variations. This is one of those albums that I will never tire
of and every time I hear it I move closer to buying the rerelease of it
remastered from the superior analog master tapes. It’s just one more
album on the list… I’d call that a good day, haven’t been able to do
any real listening in quite a while. Plan on doing more tomorrow.

Isaac

I got the job!

    Yup, I am a teacher now. It doesn’t pay much, and I
wouldn’t call it a dream job, but it is something that doesn’t involve
sales, or standing up for 8 hours at a time. Yeah! I figure that I can
get my new computer at the end of this gig and I’ll also be teaching 2
more classes in the fall. Feels good to get this.
    Speaking of feeling good, I have the next three days
off. I’m going to sit around, do some planning for my class, read the
Post and the Times, and watch as many baseball games as possible. Got
some hot dogs and hamburgers for the grill, life is good…

Isaac

More links

    I’ve put up links to David and John’s magnum opus,
“The Twine Tour” and John Dicker’s Kenneth Cleaver articles. This is
some funny stuff, you should really check them out. David also directed
me to an old friend from Ithaca that I had lost contact with. John
Bowie and I hung around together quite a bit back in college and it’s
great to see what he’s up to. He’s also a heck of a writer and very
knowledgable about music. You can find him on my friends list here on
Live journal. Gah, time to go to bed, hope I hear about the teaching
position early on in the day, the suspense is killing me.

Isaac

Had the interview today

    It went well, she seemed to be interested in me. I
tried to sound as enthusiastic as possible without being obnoxious. I
really would like to get this job. They cancelled one of the sections
because of a lack of interest, but they will have one this summer and
two in the fall. It turns out that they pay better than Penn does, just
with a lot fewer hours. It would allow me to get the Mac mini I’ve
wanted to get, that’s certainly something. An even better thing is that
it’ll take up enough time to prevent me from spending money as
foolishly as I have when I get bored… I should find out tomorrow,
with any luck I’ll have to spend my time this weekend getting my
teaching plan together and figuring out the course materials. Wish me
luck!

Isaac

New link

    Came across the web page of Clay Enos, a former
fellow Ithaca college photo person. He has gone on to do pretty well
for himself, he has lots of high profile clients and subjects. He’s a
hell of a photographer too. My favorite part of his site is the one
entitled “Mundane”, he has a great eye… His site is now on my links
page.

Isaac

This stuff is like crack

    I’ve been talking about the addictive nature of some
pomegranate blended juices from a company called POM. I tried a sip or
two of their latest concoction, a cherry and pomegranate mix. I drempt
about it all night… I kid you not. I finished off my first bottle
tonight and I’ll have to go and get some more tomorrow. It’s supposed
to be good for you, but I’m drinking this stuff cause I crave it. I
couldn’t crave good old (and cheap) OJ could I? Of course not…

Isaac