First off, it’s good to be back home. I’ve always been a bit of a homebody so leaving for even a week is a little too long for me. Now that I’m back it’s back to work on a few of my goals for the year. My biggest goal for the was to teach myself iOS development and so far that’s coming along fairly well. It hasn’t been the easiest, but if I find myself stuck in the rut, I turn to Reddit’s computer science boards and find the answer. It’s amazing how quick people will get back to you and how much detail they’ll put in to make sure you’re understanding them. I’ve also thought about enrolling in a non-credit class at the local community college, but I’m not sure that I’ll get out of it what I really want. All the classes sound good in theory, but when I look up the professors on Rate My Professor none of them have good feedback.
I think I mention briefly in a previous post that I recently purchased a digital keyboard. My other goal for this year is to regain my abilities on the piano. I took piano lessons for a number of years as a kid, but I hated them then. Now as an adult I find myself regretting that I didn’t practice more and take full advantage of the opportunity to really play. I initially wanted to get an old antique upright piano for my apartment, but the prices were a little too steep for my budget and any that I did find for cheap had broken keys or something else wrong with it. I ended up getting a really nice digital Yahama and the sound on the thing is awesome! I was really surprised when I heard it live for the first time. Most keyboards have a very obvious digital sound but this thing rocks some amazing samples that sound very much like the real thing. I put in a lot of research to figure out what piano I wanted, but luckily I found a few good resources online like this site that reviews most of the major digital pianos available. So far I’ve been chugging along pretty good with the piano. I skyped with my folks the other night and broke out a mean rendition of “Ode to Joy” which happens to be one of only three songs I can play at the moment. My mom was really happy to see that I’ve come back around to the piano, but she had to throw in one of those “I told you so” moments and wanted me to admit that she had the right idea forcing me into piano lessons.
I have to admit I originally wanted to keep this blog strictly tech based, but I’m starting to like the idea of pouring my random thoughts out onto a page. I haven’t freely typed my thoughts out in awhile and I’ve been a bit surprised at how fast these posts just poor out. I even find myself looking forward to getting a few minutes to unwind and update this thing.
P.S. incase you’ve never heard “Ode to Joy” here is what it is supposed to sound like on piano. Add a few random pauses and an occasional wrong key and you’ve got a pretty dead-on picture of my rendition.