Once upon a time, I was kind of into this kind of thinking, but that was long time ago. Today, I could not have enough time just learning about new techniques in Java, ML, and data mining, so I have no time to think about this. But anyway here it is, read it for fun.
in December I took on an almost impossible task in ANNIS to parse a url call for the UI to retrieve a document and display the html page that is generated for that document within a corpus. This seemed impossible because I have little experience working with UI and have not read the Book of Vaadin. Also, the document would be specified by url parameters of corpus, documentID, visualization config files, etc., encoded with base64 strings. This is a huge Java web app that I myself do not know so well. After a month, I solved it in a week, by first getting help from my supervisors on a high level idea of how to do it, and also with the help of them, pin down the steps that I would have to take. Here is a final result (see screenshot). Now, users can finally retrieve a html view of a document (such as the Hebrew text) without having to click through any UI!
Book of Vaadin code snipplet that finally helped me do this:
Panel panel = new Panel("This is a Panel");
credit: Brain and Language course, Dept of Neurosciences, Georgetown University, taught by Prof. Mike Ullman, Rhonda Friedman, and Peter Turkletaub.
Questions to be answered for weekly written assignment:
After living here last year and this year, now I understand the Spanish meal schedule better. Before I don't get it, if you eat lunch at 3pm, and dinner at 9am, don't you get hungry before 3pm?It turns out, people really eat many meals. You can have breakfast, and then a snack (like a sandwich) around noon, and then after work, you can eat some tapas first at 6 or 7pm. Then at 9 or 10pm you eat your dinner. It's really a way of eating more meals all day.
These sets of complete works of Mozart's keyboard music on period instruments have finally been completed for my personal collection. The collection by Bart Van Oort is especially worth mentioning, since it is rather rare to find a complete collection of Mozart's keyboard works (solo) in period instruments, including all works that are of a variety of origin, forms, and genres, such as keyboard sonatas for four hands, dances, young Mozart compositions, and polyphonic music, etc. I stumbled upon this wonderful collection in Barcelona this year. The recording itself is also made of very high quality performance, musicality, instruments, and techniques.
You have the opportunity to experience the Berliner Philharmoniker live in a cinema near you three times this season. Be there when the orchestra performs works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert and Igor Stravinsky under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel, when Sir Simon Rattle conducts Johann Sebastian Bach's St John Passion in the staging of Peter Sellars, and when the orchestra interprets together with Daniel BarenboimJohannes Brahms' Piano concerto No. 1.
Hindustani music conert
Música clàssica de l'India - Concert de Dhrupad amb Gundecha Brothers
19.06.2014 - Conferència/Concert: 17:00h / 20:00h
Conservatori Municipal de Música de Barcelona (Auditori)
c/ Bruc 112
Entrada gratuïta. Aforament limitat. Recollida d’entrades per al concert al Conservatori a partir de les 19.00h.
17:00h Conferència a càrrec dels Gundecha Brothers: Making of Voice & Raga in Indian Music
19:30h Presentació del projecte CompMusic: a càrrec de Xavier Serra (Music Technology Group)
20:00h Concert de Dhrupad amb els Gundecha Brothers
Ah, I'll never forget that smile. That is the smile that got me so much better in 20 minutes after I felt so sick walking into the KC that night.
Gil Shaham, the Iserali-American violinist, is famous since I was in middle school (or before that). Tonight, in 2014, April, I saw him with James Conlon playing with NSO the Korngold violin concerto.
Mr Shaham is known for his warmth in his performance. He has a unique manner that you can see in his constant smile and lively facial expressions that conveys his excitement. But in the same time, he delivers the best technique and musical expression with such great ease, not feeling serious at all. Everything he does seemed so easy while it represents some most sophisticated techniques on violin.
This is the efficacy of music therapy at its best: my attention was sucked in, in this 20 or so minute concerto, completely by the charms and emotions and techniques of Shaham. I felt a constant amazement and such joy that it made me forgot all about my sickness and whatever may cause me stress in life. This is the best musical performance: the one that heals, but drawing your utter and complete focus and attention to it and enjoying every second of it, even if it only lasts a few minutes, and in the end left you wanting to hear more.
The audiences were not super stubborn in hearing an encore, so we hear Brahms' Variation on a Theme by Hadyn next. It was a great work of structure and counterpoint, not to mention that twist about the identity of its theme not being by Hadyn, and the peculiar flavor that atypical 10-measure phrase (5*2) brings. This manifests a point that classical music is best appreciated with cultivated listeners, with knowledge and intellectual satisfaction that helps you understand and be entertained by what's going on. If you don't know anything about the structure, it's just purely boring. That is a point true even for me, who played piano and violin for many years and still finds the easiest time enjoying a piece of solo work or concerto. Other more polyphonic, on the other hand, does require more understanding and work to appreciate.
This is also a special concert in the sense that James Conlon, who is a foremost conductor in the world today (and who has conducted several hundreds of Met operas), gave a short introduction (about 4 minutes but feels pretty long, in a good way) about the work performed today. This include his attempt to revive lesser-known works by Alexander Zemlinsky, an Austria-born composer around the turn of the 20th century, and his ties to Alma, Gustav Mahler, and Korngold, and of course, the great Johann Brahms..