Archive for July, 2009

Seriously this time

July 29, 2009

This is the first time that I’m paying serious money to learn to play an instrument.    Classical guitar, a bit of folk guitar and piano I have all self-taught.

Cello is different now I know after completing 8 lessons of Promotional Course.  It’s almost impossible that anyone could seriously learn it by listening to or watching someone play.

For the money I’m paying I’ll have to practice hard.    The teacher has been rushing along, perhaps pretty keen to make sure students are engaged and start feeling the joy of playing by the end of the first 8 lessons.    The side effect of course is that for those who can’t catch up with progress they’ll drop out after 8 lessons.    The drop out rate is 3 out of 8 in my group.

The investment is not small comparing to other instrument study, so far I have spent

  • Promotional course $960
  • Home rental of cello $1,600 (June till December)
  • Books $223
  • Stopper $98
  • Resin $50
  • Tuner $260
  • Autumn lessons $3,060

I doubt how big a market out there for adults who can afford both the time and money.    The time cost is the key not the money I think.

Apps Review

July 28, 2009

I’m new to this so I googled to find where to find goodies.   Found these

Apple iPhone School

I found the above from Read Write Web first

iPhone 3GS

July 20, 2009

I said I don’t need a little computer like iPhone.

I got the latest 3GS now. I went back to my bills and found out that during last 12 months on average I used 213 minutes per month on mobile. The minimum was 5 minutes of air time per day, I really don’t talk a lot on mobile phone.


I picked a plan with only 200M of data as I don’t think I’ll be surfing the net with it. However I quite like the interface of text messaging so I’ll be using that a lot.

I have used Nokia’s 5800 XpressMusic and also E71 temporarily before I got my 3GS. These are hot smartphones in the market but I can’t see why Nokia couldn’t improve their user interface to catch up with iPhone. Isn’t it just a matter of bench marking the number of clicks/taps that one has to do for frequently used features? Also for Apple’s product you really don’t need reading operating manual everything you need to do is so intuitive while for Nokia’s smartphones you’ll need flipping that manual.

For non-smartphones Nokia’s UI is best.

Let's run

July 16, 2009

In April and May I haven’t done a lot, in June I have done 33.92 km. I hope to do a bit more in July. In end of June I have done 9.67 km within 7 days so I think it’s possible that I do 10 km per week if weather is nice.

My endurance is improving as well as I could do a continuous run of 33 minutes. Sister Karen I’m ready for the challenge when you are back.