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News of the week of April 8, 2014

Meeting report, April 8

We played:

Schedule

Between now and the beginning of May, we will be working mainly on the program for the Walk for Hunger. People who are not playing that performance are welcome to come help us work on it, except for the April 29 meeting, which will be limited to performers.

It looks likely that we will be coached by John Tyson on April 22, if people would like to play Renaissance dance music led by one of the leading contemporary performers of it.

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Apps I use on my phone

A friend just got a good android phone, and I wrote her advice about what to put on it. I thought you might like to know, too, so here it is. The phone is currently a Google Galaxy Nexus, which I bought in August of 2012. So it's almost three year old technology, but it still seems pretty functional.

Apps for using the phone

Call Filter
This one really saves me time. It lets me send all calls where the number is hidden directly to voice mail. If a real person I wanted to talk to did ever call from a number like that, they would presumably leave a message, but it's mostly fundraisers or worse.
Dropbox
I thought when I started using this that it would help me work on something on my laptop as well as my desktop. It does do that, but even more often useful is that when I take pictures on my phone, they automatically get uploaded to my computer.
Prey Anti Theft
Of course, I installed this after I lost a phone. So far it's been tested only when I've changed SIM cards, which it sees as a possible loss of the phone. But it does send you an email and you can see on a map where the phone is.

Apps that let the phone function as lots of other small electronic gadgets (or not)

Accupedo pedometer
Seems to be fairly accurate. Since losing the dog, I don't consistently do 10,000 steps a day, but if the weather ever improves, I will start.
Accuweather
I never had a small gadget that did this, but it is useful. This one works better than the other weather apps I've tried, but it is a bit of a nuisance about telling me all the weather alerts.
Calendar
I find the interface on this painful enough that I usually wait until I get home to enter appointments, but it is useful to be able to look at your calendar before you make an appointment.
Camera
I do still have a camera that's better than this one, but this is pretty good, and of course, the best camera is the one you have with you.
FBReader
This is what I use to read books on all my devices. It may not work better than the competition, but it works the same way everywhere, so I don't need to figure out how to find the table of contents on the new gadget.
Mobile Metronome
Has all the features any other metronome I know about does. It's loud enough on the phone speaker for recorder playing, but needs an external speaker for groups or loud brass instruments.
On Track
I use this to record my blood sugar readings, but you can use it to keep track of any number you want. I can show the graph to my doctor when he asks how my blood sugar is doing.
Smart Voice Recorder
This is one that really doesn't replace the special purpose device. This app works better than the built-in one. If you use high definition sound, your recorder will sound like a recorder, but it will be much too noisy to listen to for any length of time. So if you don't have a special purpose recorder (mine is a Zoom H2), it's worth getting, but otherwise don't bother.
Spotify. My latest discovery. I was using the Google Play Music app for playing my music, but this lets you play other people's music, too. After my free trial is up, I may try whether the Google All Access is as good or better about having the music I want to listen to -- they're about the same price, and Google or Spotify has made it impossible to use Spotify on Google TV, so the Google thing would be easier to play through my stereo.
Waves
This is tuning software, with all the features of even very expensive tuners. (I haven't tried defining my own temperament, but they have all the temperaments I've wanted.)This is a rewrite of g-strings, which has a free version that works pretty well for recorders, but Waves isn't very expensive, and works better for the serpent. Again, the phone isn't loud enough to play a drone, and the speaker doesn't have enough bass to play a low drone, but you can put it through better speakers.
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Apps I use on my phone

A friend just got a good android phone, and I wrote her advice about what to put on it. I thought you might like to know, too, so here it is. The phone is currently a Google Galaxy Nexus, which I bought in August of 2012. So it's almost three year old technology, but it still seems pretty functional.

Apps for using the phone

Call Filter
This one really saves me time. It lets me send all calls where the number is hidden directly to voice mail. If a real person I wanted to talk to did ever call from a number like that, they would presumably leave a message, but it's mostly fundraisers or worse.
Dropbox
I thought when I started using this that it would help me work on something on my laptop as well as my desktop. It does do that, but even more often useful is that when I take pictures on my phone, they automatically get uploaded to my computer.
Prey Anti Theft
Of course, I installed this after I lost a phone. So far it's been tested only when I've changed SIM cards, which it sees as a possible loss of the phone. But it does send you an email and you can see on a map where the phone is.

Apps that let the phone function as lots of other small electronic gadgets (or not)

Accupedo pedometer
Seems to be fairly accurate. Since losing the dog, I don't consistently do 10,000 steps a day, but if the weather ever improves, I will start.
Accuweather
I never had a small gadget that did this, but it is useful. This one works better than the other weather apps I've tried, but it is a bit of a nuisance about telling me all the weather alerts.
Calendar
I find the interface on this painful enough that I usually wait until I get home to enter appointments, but it is useful to be able to look at your calendar before you make an appointment.
Camera
I do still have a camera that's better than this one, but this is pretty good, and of course, the best camera is the one you have with you.
FBReader
This is what I use to read books on all my devices. It may not work better than the competition, but it works the same way everywhere, so I don't need to figure out how to find the table of contents on the new gadget.
Mobile Metronome
Has all the features any other metronome I know about does. It's loud enough on the phone speaker for recorder playing, but needs an external speaker for groups or loud brass instruments.
On Track
I use this to record my blood sugar readings, but you can use it to keep track of any number you want. I can show the graph to my doctor when he asks how my blood sugar is doing.
Smart Voice Recorder
This is one that really doesn't replace the special purpose device. This app works better than the built-in one. If you use high definition sound, your recorder will sound like a recorder, but it will be much too noisy to listen to for any length of time. So if you don't have a special purpose recorder (mine is a Zoom H2), it's worth getting, but otherwise don't bother.
Spotify.
My latest discovery. I was using the Google Play Music app for playing my music, but this lets you play other people's music, too. After my free trial is up, I may try whether the Google All Access is as good or better about having the music I want to listen to -- they're about the same price, and Google or Spotify has made it impossible to use Spotify on Google TV, so the Google thing would be easier to play through my stereo.
Waves
This is tuning software, with all the features of even very expensive tuners. (I haven't tried defining my own temperament, but they have all the temperaments I've wanted.)This is a rewrite of g-strings, which has a free version that works pretty well for recorders, but Waves isn't very expensive, and works better for the serpent. Again, the phone isn't loud enough to play a drone, and the speaker doesn't have enough bass to play a low drone, but you can put it through better speakers.
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News of the week of March 25, 2014

Meeting report: March 25, 2014

We played:

Schedule

Remember that next week's meeting, April 1, is a performance rehearsal, restricted to the people who are playing the April 6 performance.

Other than that, we will be meeting as usual on Tuesdays on 7:45 pm at my place.

Please remember that with as few regular attenders as we have right now, we especially appreciate dropin members, but we also really appreciate them letting us know by Tuesday morning if they're dropping in.

We will be playing on May 4 at the Walk for Hunger. The organizers are bugging me now for how many t-shirts we want, so if you're at all interested, let me know in the next day or two. It's likely that we'll make the April 29 meeting limited to and compulsory for the people playing at the Walk.

Events

If you feel at all like going somewhere on Sunday, April 6, come to the Community Church of Boston in Copley Square at 11 AM. We'll be playing Guerrero, Holborne, Arcadelt and Campian.

Also remember that the Boston Recorder Society is having a workshop on Saturday, April 5. Loud wind players are especially welcome for the afternoon session.

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News of the week of March 11, 2014

Meeting report: March 11, 2014

We played:

Schedule

We will be meeting as usual on Tuesdays on 7:45 pm at my place.

Please remember that with as few regular attenders as we have right now, we especially appreciate dropin members, but we also really appreciate them letting us know by Tuesday morning if they're dropping in.

We now have the cast of characters for the April 6th performance at the Community Church of Boston. The April 1 meeting will be limited to, and compulsory for, the people playing the service.

We will also be playing on May 4 at the Walk for Hunger. We'll probably repeat a lot of the April 6 repertoire there, so if you want to play at the Walk, you should let me know, and start coming to as many rehearsals as possible. The organizers are bugging me now for how many t-shirts we want, so if you're at all interested, let me know in the next week. We'll probably play most of what we're playing at the church service and start adding more stuff after that, so it isn't too soon to start coming to rehearsals. It's likely that we'll make the April 29 meeting limited to and compulsory for the people playing at the Walk.

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News of the week of March 4, 2014

Meeting report: February 25, 2014

We played:

Meeting report: March 4, 2014

We played:

Schedule

We will be meeting as usual on Tuesdays on 7:45 pm at my place.

Please remember that with as few regular attenders as we have right now, we especially appreciate dropin members, but we also really appreciate them letting us know by Tuesday morning if they're dropping in.

We now have 4 or 5 people signed up for the service on April 6 at the Community Church of Boston. If you're interested in playing, you should let me know before next week's meeting, and plan to make as many of the rehearsals between now and then as possible. The April 1 meeting will be limited to, and compulsory for, the people playing the service.

We will also be playing on May 4 at the Walk for Hunger. We'll probably repeat a lot of the April 6 repertoire there, so if you want to play at the Walk, you should let me know, and start coming to as many rehearsals as possible.

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News of the week of February 18, 2014

Meeting report: February 18

We played:

Schedule

We will be meeting as usual on Tuesdays on 7:45 pm at my place.

Please remember that with as few regular attenders as we have right now, we especially appreciate dropin members, but we also really appreciate them letting us know by Tuesday morning if they're dropping in.

Also remember that if you'd like to perform on April 6 at the Community Church of Boston and/or on May 4 at the Walk for Hunger you should let me know.

Playing opportunity

On April 5, the Boston Recorder Society will offer a full-day workshop for recorders, loud instruments and strings.

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News of the week of February 11, 2014

Meeting report: February 11

We played:

Schedule

We will be meeting as usual on Tuesdays on 7:45 pm at my place.

Please remember that with as few regular attenders as we have right now, we especially appreciate dropin members, but we also really appreciate them letting us know by Tuesday morning if they're dropping in.

Also remember that if you'd like to perform on April 6 at the Community Church of Boston and/or on May 4 at the Walk for Hunger you should let me know.

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Sammy, RIP

[Sammy]

Sammy, the day before he died


Sammy was found in the parking lot of a Texas supermarket in May of 2001. The family who found him thought he was the perfect size, although since he was at that time between 6 and 8 months old, he of course grew quite a bit after that.

When he was about 5, he moved with his family from Texas to Massachusetts. He loved his family, which by now included a little brother, but the cold and snow and ice always seemed completely unnecessary to him.

In 2010, his father (now divorced) moved to an apartment in Waltham where he was assured keeping a dog would be fine. However, Sammy was by now quite arthritic in his hips, and very nervous around jumpy young dogs, and there was some incident with the landlady’s dog which enraged her and she insisted that he leave her house.

This was right after Sunny died, and a mutual fried arranged for us to be introduced, and Sammy came to live with me. He missed having his little brother to play with, but he liked the band soming over on Tuesdays to tell him how handsome he was, and the walks through Cambridge with all the other dogs to sniff. Also the living room window with a panoramic view of a busy street and the park across the street.

Unfortunately, in addition to all the other disadvantages of the New England climate, living with me meant he had to climb long flights of stairs to either go out or go to bed, and in winter weather, all the sidewalks in the park across the street are heavily crusted with salt, which hurts his paws.

Over the last few weeks, even walking on the flat on dry sidewalk has become increasingly difficult, and he’s been regularly having days when his legs collapsed under him whenever he tried to stand up. The last such day was Friday, February 14.

He weighed close to 70 pounds, so getting him up and down stairs when this was happening was difficult for both of us. He decided he didn’t want to go through this again, and stopped eating and drinking. I managed to drag him down the stairs on Saturday morning, and he had a bowel movement and go a passerby to pat him and tell him how handsome he was, but then getting back up the stairs was even harder than down, and I started making plans for getting someone to help me get him to the hospital.

We stayed up most of the night, listening to death music (The Saint Matthew Passion is what I’d want to go out to.) His Daddy came over at lunchtime on Sunday and agreed with me that if he wasn’t eating food with bacon grease in it, he should be able to end it. He carried him out to the car, and I drove him to the Angell Memorial Hospital.

Sammy at the animal hospital.  He enjoyed being on the stretcher and having all the pretty technicians tell him how handsome he was.

Sammy at the animal hospital. He enjoyed being on the stretcher and having all the pretty technicians tell him how handsome he was.


He perked up quite a bit when they lifted him out of the car and put him on a four-foot high cart and all the pretty technicians stood around and told him how handsome he was. He even ate some dog biscuits the vet offered him. But we were pretty sure he still didn’t want to go up those stairs ever again, and the vet said sometimes it was better to go out on a relative high note than a low note. So he got the shot and was gone in a couple of minutes.
Sammy, at the animal hospital

Sammy, at the animal hospital

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News of the week of February 4, 2014

Meeting report: February 4

We played:

Schedule

We will be meeting as usual on Tuesdays on 7:45 pm at my place.

Performing schedule

Church Service

We've been asked to perform on April 6 at the Community Church of Boston for their 11am service. I'm thinking we might do some of the Guerrero we've been enjoying.

Walk for Hunger

We have again been invited for the same slot as we've had since 1998 or so. This will be 10am until 3 pm on Sunday, May 4 on the Charles River at the Cambridge-Watertown line. I'm thinking we'll repeat whatever we end up performing on April 6, and add some Spring music.

Signing up

If you want to perform at either or both of the above places, please let me know. I can't decide on repertoire until I know who's coming.

Exactly how much rehearsing for how long of a program (on May 4) is negotiable, but please plan on coming at least to the rehearsal immediately preceding the performance. If you don't play with us regularly and know all our music, you should probably come to a few more rehearsals than that.

Other events

Delight Consort at Loring-Greenough

The Delight Consort will be performing a Presidents’ Day Special Program at the Loring-Greenough House, 12 South Street, Jamaica Plain, MA, on February 16 at 3pm.

Aria di Commedia

Renaissonics and "Pazzi Lazzi" will perform An Evening of Commedia dell’Arte and Italian Renaissance Music on February 21 at 7PM at the Fenway Center of Northeastern University.

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