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The Man With the Big Sombrero

January 27, 2012


I like this song. This song, previously unreleased, is from Pink Martini’s compilation album “A Restrospective”.

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New Amsterdam and The Silver Lake

November 19, 2011

Pink Martini

Recently I got to know Pink Martini’s song “Sympathique”. Well, don’t laugh at my ignorance, since what I listen to is almost all classical music. I liked that song, so I looked up more their songs in YouTube and ended up getting all their albums.

I have lots of things to say about Pink Martini, but here let’s stick with the topic. When I first heard of “New Amsterdam” from “Splendor In the Grass” (2009), I noticed something familiar… I heard similar melody before. What was it? I identified the composer from my mental search and then it only took me a little time to find out that song.

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Language Learning – Using Anki with GoogleTTS

October 17, 2011

Even though I mentioned Anki (first and later) back in 2008, but not until 2009 I first tried it out for learning French. At that time it was already a pretty good learning tool based on space repetition method. It provides cross-platform desktop and mobile softwares and AnkiWeb with synchronization between them , so that you can learn your topic anywhere.

I typed the French phrases or sentences I learned from Pimsleur so that I could practice later. From typing them, I could also check the spelling part. The only drawback was that I couldn’t practice listening and speaking. Anki does have option to let you add audio files to each card. If you have a phrase book that comes with mp3 files, then it is not a big issue. But what if you don’t have? What if you just want to learn whatever text you input (such as new words from a book or an article)?

Google Translator can translate the text from one language to another and it offers “text to speech” option below the text box. It’s very handy and I use that option sometimes. Mr. Fragoso wrote a small program (GoogleTTS, i.e. Google Text to Speech) to let you generate audio files (mp3) from the text in each card, or play it on the fly (connected to the internet).

This is exactly what I need. :D

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Happy Sweet Seventy

June 6, 2011

June 5 was Argerich’s 70th birthday. Someone celebrated her birthday by posting three video clips from recent performances and rehearsal.

Below is “Les Moulins de mon coeur” arranged for two pianos, harpe and violin from July 21, 2010 in Ramatuelle, France, with Martha Argerich (piano) & Michel Legrand (piano) & Catherine Michel (harpe) and Geza Hosszu-Legocky (violin)

You can see the other videos from the poster. (Thank you! :D)

[Update] Too bad that this account was deleted later. :-(

Slow Update & Shifting My Focus

May 12, 2011

Currently I’m focusing on a different matter more than anything else. That’s randonneuring. My goal this year is to complete the 1200k event in France this August. I’ve spent most of my time on this, so I have no time to frequently update my blog here. Until the end of the summer then.

I Think It’s Too Fast

May 12, 2011

As said at 2 min 11 sec. (the link with specific time doesn’t work in WordPress.com)

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Compete With Computer in Rock-Paper-Scissors

March 5, 2011

Can you beat the computer in rock-paper-scissors game?

Well, this interactive feature from New York Times can show you how the computer can beat you.

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