Floral Globe #5

November 16, 2008

Made another floral globe!
Picture #1
Picture #2
Picture #3
Hopefully more soon when I have the time.


Origami Staircase! Pt. 2

October 5, 2008

I’ve finished the blue globe! (I actually finished it a while ago, but didn’t post it until now.)

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Origami Staircase!

September 2, 2008

Well… My origami shelf has died. It hasn’t been updated in a while and so has collected pencils, car keys, a deck of cards, and drill charts. So I started a new project, an origami staircase!

I bought the book Floral Origami Globes a while ago and have been making them on and off ever since! There was no more space on the shelves, so my mom suggested I hang them up. So I did! Here are the pictures:

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BYSO Camp!

September 1, 2008

The first thing I heard about BYSO camp was that it was like boot camp, and I can honestly say that it was nothing of the sort. It was very relaxed, with plenty of free time. The only time I felt stressed was when I rehearsed with Fed, BYS’ conductor, and it was only because of his reputation. I have yet to see or hear any evidence to back this up, although I am kind of looking forward to when the time comes. Hopefully it won’t be me.

I was surprised to find that I was the only tuba player at the camp! I know at least five others tried out, but no one was there. Luckily the low brass instructor was a tuba player! Give it up for Joby Wilson! *applause* He really helped me learn the timing on the last section of The Rite of Spring, and was in general a really great guy. For the second half we had Will Lombardelli. He spent pretty much the whole time on articulation and volume. Our sectionals were based around getting the trombone player to play louder, which she absolutely refused to do. I can safely say that my articulation improved a lot. I went from *boop* to *BAM* and hopefully will later work my way up to *BOOM! crash tinkle* or something of the sort. Did I mention Will is awesome at beat boxing? He sang the opening theme to The Rite of Spring and beat boxed to it. I really wish I recorded it.

I woke up early each day to warm up before breakfast. All of their practice rooms were tiny and made my tuba sound crappy. The only place I could find that gave me a good sound was outside, so I found a spot on a little porch on the back of “The Booth” that sounded nice. I tried not to practice in Alumni Hall too much because it made me sound too good, which would have made my tone suffer. While I was taking breaks in between sections of my Daily Routine I could watch the caterpillars try to climb up the side of the building. It was surprisingly entertaining. Which reminds me. 

Time for an Awkward Moment!

So I was walking down a path through the woods to my cabin and I see this caterpillar dangling from a thread in midair. It looked like it was floating! I looked closer to find out what exactly it was doing and it fell onto the path and just laid still. I poked it to see if it was still alive and it started to wiggle a little bit. So I tried to get it onto my finger so I could move it out of harms way. Then I heard the golf cart. It was coming down the path! I took a leaf from a nearby branch to see if I could lift the caterpillar up with that. But I couldn’t, he kept rolling off! I tried until the golf cart came around the bend and stood up quickly so I wouldn’t have to explain I was trying to save a caterpillar. “Hey John, how are you?” said the person driving the cart. “Good” I said, right when the golf cart rode over the caterpillar. It was less of a social awkward moment and more of an awkward moment with Nature.

To sum it all up BYSO Camp was great! I improved vastly and loved every second of it! (Except that one moment explained above)

✌ J.B.

Jr. SYMS Concert & Other Stuff

July 25, 2008

First of all, to all my readers (ha!) sorry I haven’t been posting as frequently as before, It’s summer, so I’ve been in Maine, where there are no computers.

So, we went to my brother’s SYMS concert (he made the Johnson concert and jazz band. I’m so proud… *sniff*). They played Mazama, Clouds that Sail in Heaven, and A Galop to end all Galops. They were all great, especially for musicians that young. I’d have to say that like Mazama the most, the percussionists really pulled it together on that one, as it required everyone to play a single staccato note at the same time, but no one was late or early! It surprised me! I was like “sweet!” Oh yeah, there was also a tornado warning, which required everyone to go into the cellar. My dad, brother, and I just stayed above ground and watched the lightning. :-)

Other Stuff ~ Unattended, my origami shelf has kind of died, it’s now populated with car keys, hearing aid batteries, science museum passes, and nail clippers. So I’ve started and Origami Stairwell, where I’m hanging origami around our stairs. I’ll upload a photo when I don’t feel lazy.

I’m struggling with the Marathon problem that I have to do for my AP Chemistry summer work. I think I set up the equation properly but I’m still getting a g/mol ratio below one, which obviously isn’t right…

This summer I’ve been listening to way more music than I usually do. Here’s the list of what I listen to, and when I listen to it:

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June 25, 2008


Now I’m sad…


Cna Yuo Raed Tihs?

June 24, 2008

I can read this as well as a normal paragraph!

fi yuo cna raed tihs, yuo hvae a sgtrane mnid too. Cna yuo raed tihs? Olny 55 plepoe out of 100 can. 

i cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno’t mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit a pboerlm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt!