Improv is fun

It's been a busy week, and I haven't blogged as much as I would have liked, so now i'm making up for lost time.

We've had a few power outages recently. In the last one my webserver's hard disk got hosed, so i've had fun trying to get that fixed up and in working order. It seems to be running fine for now, my i'm watching it very closely just to be sure it won't misbehave.

I finally got my new laptop. I've been working towards getting one for a while, so i'm pretty happy with it. There a few things a bit strange with it, though. For instance, there is not battery monitor, so it's prone to just turning itself off after a few hours without any warning. The one thing that _really_ annoys me is the fact that it doesn't have a PCMCIA slot. To add to that, it doesn't have any WLAN capabilities either, so i'm rather annoyed about that. I'm going to send it back and make sure that they give me the next model up that has WLAN built in. I'll have to flog off my current wireless card to some poor unsuspecting soul at school. Otherwise, it's quite a nice little thing.

I performed today with the Western Youth Orchestra on Tuba. I thought I played quite well, too. The Orchestra performed Bizet's "Carmen Suite", Bizet's "La Arlesienne", "A Perfect Day" from the Beatrix Potter television series, "Australian Popular Music Medley" by George Ellis, and "Baby Elephant Walk" by Henry Mancini. In the wind ensemble we performed "The Stripper", and "Caravan" from "Sophisticated Ladies". I quite enjoy the wind ensemble now that we have a new conductor. Coincidently, he happens to be my first music tutor who I haven't seen for a number of years, so we get on quite well. I was able to improvise a bit in Caravan, and I found that rather enjoyable, especially since it was in a live performance.

Sleep

Damn irregular sleep patterns. I went to bed at 7pm last night and woke up at 3:45am this morning. I feel quite refreshed, but I have an absolute mass of schoolwork due today which I was meant to finish off last night, so this morning is going to be quite interesting.

My Tuba lesson was good yesterday. I have to do a lot more practice for 7th grade exam (October) as i'm aiming for an A, but i'm looking forward to getting back into the Tuba.

Tidings

So today I finally got around to getting my blog setup, among other things.

I've picked up the reigns of organising the Glug trip for Slug from Craig, so it's going to be interesting to see how well I can fit this in with all of my school work.

At assembly this morning our school principal was talking about how she's recently taken some "man time" out to encourage students to wear their uniforms correctly. The way she said it was rather wrong. I feel that the school is falling further into the mould of some sort of totalitarian regime - now we have to wear our blazers not only on the way to school, but in homeroom too. I see no point for this.

I can see that there's a serious lack of communication between departments, and that there's also a fair amount of infighting going on as well. Fortunately i'm only here for another 16 or so months.