Youtube clips of Bob Ross are going to be what gets me through finals.
- Double Bass
- Bass Clarinet
*Violin is so likely to be neurotic it could not be represented adequately on this text post
My new score order.
I might differentiate flute and piccolo, though, and bump picc up to the top.
Where it belongs?
That C-sharp just now was in tune, yeah?
And balanced, too?
Some common manifestations:
Piano: Everything better be fucking perfect.
Oboe: I should clear the tone holes one last time for luck. Better yet, I’ll swab again.
Clarinet: Maybe I should’ve gone with another reed. Definitely another reed. But if I move it up the mouthpiece a hair maybe it’ll be better. Nope. Let’s fiddle with the ligature. Nope.
Horn: Rotate clockwise two turns, counterclockwise for one and a half turns, flip over, drain. Rotate counterclockise half a turn, drain. Repeat.
Trumpet: Is this loud enough?
Trombone: If all else fails, I’ll just slide up to the pitch. It’ll be fine. Trust.
It just happens to be the way I’m made. I have to write things down to feel I fully comprehend them.
— Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood (via between-grief-and-high-delight)
How about a kiss, Saumensch?
The Book Thief, Markus Zusak
You might not realize it, but antibiotic resistant infections could be the most important medical science issue you will face in your lifetime. You’d be forgiven for not knowing. You’ve grown up during the only time in human history where this wasn’t one of the likely ways you’d die or become ill.
Maryn McKenna has written a fantastic piece about the battle of man vs. microbe at Medium. Read it. She will take you from the 1938 death of a Rockaway Beach firefighter to early warnings by Alexander Fleming (yes, that guy) to the antibiotic-laced farms and feedlots that may constitute ground zero for today’s crisis. What begins as a tale of a life that we had no way of saving ends as a tale of, well, lives we might again have no way of saving.
I don’t mean to scare you, but I absolutely mean to tell you that this is some srs bsns that you need to deeply process, and I guess kind of scare you a bit too, now that I think about it …
(image from Maryn McKenna’s story at Medium)
"It’s not the ambition that is our problem. It’s our failure to respect the power of evolution."
There’s a sense of immediacy, of urgency, when tackling sickness — and understandably so. We try drug after drug until one works; then the problem is, as far as the immediate present is concerned, over. We forget that we are tampering with a system that’s been in place for billions of years, a system that is astoundingly good at what is does. A system that, as with so much in this world, arose from a simple premise: the survival of the fittest.
To paraphrase my microbiology professor, who expanded on Fleming: antibiotic resistance is an inherent ability of bacteria. It is not something that humans have brought about; we are simply exacerbating the situation. Many of the antibiotics we use originated from natural sources. It isn’t surprising that bacteria have been evolving resistance against them, and will continue to do so. This is a game they are all to familiar with playing.
"[W]e need to invent a solution that respects evolution, and involves it in the solution, rather than ignoring its power."