Grand Catholic Tour of Italy: HERE

Mom and I experienced an awesome vacation-of-a-lifetime tour of Italy and of Oberammergau, Germany. I took lots and lots of photos here, and I am so glad I did. I never want to forget the wonder and awe of the sights. I hope you enjoy these photos. -Gene- PLEASE NOTE: These photos are downloadable as jpeg images, but they are in the original resolution of 6000×4000 (or somewhat less if cropped) and employ minimal compression. This

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Carol of the Bells

Well, here we are, and it is not even December yet! Black Friday is here when music retailers both virtual and brick-and-mortar put forth their greatest deals and make a healthy portion of their profits for the year. This year I purchased Vienna Ensemble Pro – it helps me work more efficiently with large performances. Often, orchestral compositions go well over one hundred midi channels. If you count the audio returns and section buses needed

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HOLLYWOOD!

HOLLYWOOD!

I just could not stay away from my music projects too long. I had some fun programming in C++ in both Visual Studio and Embarcadero Rad Studio and managed to learn a new thing or two. I’ll head back to programming projects after the Holidays, but for now, let us have some Movie Music fun. I was off and grazing the available scores on the web when I came across this particular score for “The

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The Musical Mind

You do not need to be a musician to simply listen to and appreciate music! Really! But: Why is that so? Well, it just happens that the answer to that question is related to one of the C++ languages features I am using in a program that I am developing for my Ham Radio hobby. You see, even if I have one hobby on hiatus (music in this case) because I am focusing on another,

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Still Got It!

Still Got It!

The latest on my carousel of hobby “things to do” is a C++ programming project. This is an application to query QRZ.com via an XML REST interface to look up amateur radio callsigns. Were it me, I’d do something simpler for a client-server interface, but that is what QRZ.com provides and http REST interfaces are what everyone uses. I am likely a curmudgeon; I still consider http: and XML as a horribly inefficient mechanism for

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Chopin has the chops!

Chopin has the chops!

Frédéric Chopin – 1818 – Rondo à la Krakowiak in F Major, Op 14. Krakowiak is a polish folk dance, and Frédéric Chopin composed this piece, Rondo à la Krakowiak for pianoforte and orchestra to honor it. Chopin was a virtuoso who expanded and demonstrated what could be done with his chosen instrument. I really like the sound of the sampled Bosendorfer piano I used for this, it is very realistic. I had some trouble

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The Morton Arboretum

On our return trip home from Europe, we passed through Chicago and stayed for a few days. My sister treated us to a tour of the Morton Arboretum. It was established by the Morton’s of Morton Salt fame and the force behind our nation Arbor Day holiday.

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