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Omnichord

Last week I finally got my hands on something I’ve wanted for a while — an Omnichord. It is a kitsch electronic music instrument produced by Suzuki in the 1980s. It makes a very charming sound and is addictive to play. The key feature that makes the Omnichord stand out from other instruments is the […]

Spontaneity

When someone says “be spontaneous”, they really mean “change your plans at short notice to suit me”. — Duncan Stephen (@Stepreo) March 17, 2012 I have been thinking a bit about spontaneity recently. For some reason, it is normally described as a good quality. I don’t understand why. Maybe I am biased. I do like […]

Avoiding spoilers

This weekend was the first time in very many years that I have had to avoid spoilers for a grand prix. I missed quite a few races live during 2007 due to work, but I always watched them as soon as I got home so there was not much problem with spoilers. Today, I had to […]

Time to take up music again?

I have recently been thinking about getting a new hobby. One option is to reignite my musical chops. I used to play musical instruments. But my history as a musician has been quite volatile. I played the piano and percussion instruments, and a brief flirtation with the guitar. But I gave them up just before […]

Trying to find a new hobby

I’ve decided I need a new hobby. I haven’t embarked on anything new for a while. Now feels like the right time to try and change that. 2008, 2009 and 2010 were fast-moving times for me. I graduated from university. After a shaky year or so, I got a proper job, which I feel lucky […]

Going iPodless — conclusion

Throughout the month of February, I planned to avoid using my iPod outdoors. Check out the first post for the reasons behind the experiment, and the second post for my thoughts after two weeks. My thoughts at the end of the month were not too different to the first two weeks. But the novelty had […]

London trip — day four: Design Museum

Day four map: This was my final day in London, and my train was at 2pm. So I had only a few hours to spare in the morning, and decided to take in the Design Museum as my final activity in London. There were two exhibitions on when I visited, both of which are still […]

The iPodless experiment — two weeks in

I am now two weeks into my experiment to avoid using my iPod outdoors. So I thought I would provide an update at the midway point. The first day went really well. It felt really odd at first, and it still does feel odd to leave the office for my lunchtime walk without my iPod […]