New Year’s Reading

Friday, January 2nd, 2009

New Year makes me think about clearing things out. I need to get rid of a lot of old books – at least so I can make room in my bookcases for my new ones.  Though when I say old books I really mean books that I will never read again even if they were only bought last week.

This year most of the Christmas presents I received came from my Amazon wish-list.  This does mean I got to pick my own books.  (Though I did notice that people preferred to buy me DVDs over philosophy books.)  Presents included:

I read every day and I have been making an effort to add more non-fiction to my reading.  Today I read Bertrand Russell’s “In Praise of Idleness“.  Not sure what I will read tomorrow but hopefully it’s something inspiring.

There are many sorts of books; but good ones are the sort for the young to read. Remember that. They are a great, an inestimable, and unspeakable means of improvement.

Mark Twain

Music Books and Clothes Pegs

Sunday, September 14th, 2008

I have been trying to learn to play a Weber piece but I keep getting frustrated with the music book.  I have no idea why these are bound in the same manner as ordinary books.  Why can’t they use something like a spiral bind so that the pages are easy for the pianist to turn mid-piece?

And not only can I not turn the pages but I am also having difficulty getting the book to stay open. So, I have to fold the book.  It’s bending the spine badly and also ruining the pages.  For some of the pieces I need to clip the pages in place with something like a clothes peg as the pages keep closing whilst I’m playing.  But this solution doesn’t work in a piece that requires the pages to be turned.

Music Book on Piano

Music Book on Piano