Thursday, July 11, 2019

Hardcover Edition Of 'Proofs In Competition Math'



Song:  Fable Dream Version

Artist:  Robert Miles



The Hardcover version of

Proofs In Competition Math Vol I and II is now available.

(Kindle and Softcover versions available on Amazon)

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For a complete description of the book for new readers to this blog:

A Message From Alex

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I had just ordered my copies from Lulu Press.


They have an introductory price...
which, with shipping to your door:


EACH VOLUME:


Edition
First Edition
Published
July 10, 2019
Language
English
Pages
450
Binding
Hardcover (casewrap)
Interior Ink
Black & white
Weight
1.49 lbs. 
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall 
Product ID
24168984



ItemQuantityTotal Price
Proofs in Competition Math: Volume 2
(Printed)
1$27.50
Proofs in Competition Math: Volume 1
(Printed)
1$27.50
Subtotal$55.00
Shipping$11.49
Tax$0.00
Total$66.49

This is a perfect version for a school's math club...
an after school math club...
or for any high use purpose.

Be sure to get both volumes.









These volumes will serve any math club or school well.










Thursday, July 4, 2019

Third Of July Fireworks At The Condo Complex


Song:  Promontory

Artist:  Jamie Dupuis


Last night...
the regular third of July fireworks took place at our Marina Condo.

My wife took these photos from the condo complex.


Although I cannot give any details about it...
Alex got the internship.

We are all very happy for him.













Alex is very happy in life...
and this makes us happy in life.







Sunday, June 30, 2019

Clouds By Canon



Song:  Evening Song

Artist:  Hilary Stagg


Amateur photography is my wife's and my hobby.

I just started another blog just for pictures of clouds...
mostly sunrises and sunsets.


I call it Clouds By Canon as both...
my wife, and I, have mostly used Canon Cameras...
and now...we use exclusively Canon cameras.

My wife has a Canon G7X...
and I have a Canon G3X.

In the blog I ordered the photos by camera...
I also give the location of the shots...
and by whom they were taken.

Below is a sample of some of the many photos my wife and I have taken over the years...
of clouds.

Just click on the below link to go to the blog:
























Thursday, June 6, 2019

Flight Of The Fledglings



Song:  The Hawk And The Eagle

Artist:  John Denver


There are two male fledgling falcons that had hatched just a short while ago
and my wife has been following their development on the Falcon Cam.

They are now learning to fly.







I could not help but draw a parallel to Alex and me.

Alex is now soaring in his life.

He is doing well at UC Berkeley...
and I have finally started writing again.

Seeing my son soaring inspires me to start
exercising my own wings.

Right now...
Alex is the soaring eagle...
and I am a fledgling sparrow...
but...
I have hopes of being able to fly one day.



I am now on chapter three of the first of three books I intend to write
(This will be my first attempt at a book...
so why not start with a trilogy  :)

(I had lost an outline for a book last year when my computer crashed...
but instead of replicating that outline...
I allowed it to take on a whole new direction...
which led to it being a trilogy).


As I am a fledgling writer...
it is time I also fly.

I may never soar...
but...I will finish these books
(I have plans for more after the three.
I just love writing).

They have been calling out to me...
and it is now time to answer that call.

Writing and music
are my favorite passions.

I will also be composing accompanying music
for certain scenes in the books.

I will include the sheet music for them as a free download...
and I am planning to record them with free downloads as well...
for all who get the books...
at least...that is my plan right now.

As I am imagining the scenes I am writing about...
music just keeps playing in my head...
so, I will just compose whole songs of what I hear...
to fit the particular scenes I wish the readers to become part of.

How long this project will take is unknown.
It may take years...
but I am just enjoying the whole process.

No...
I am not so deluded to think I will make any appreciable amount 
of money doing this.

However...
it is a passion I just love doing...
and...most importantly...
if I don't...
 the music and voices will just keep getting louder.... 
:)


Right now...
the ideas are just flowing...
but then again...
I am only on chapter three of the first book  :)

Often times...
certain scenes come to me as I am playing music...
or listening to my favorite songs...
and often times...
as I am writing...
certain melodies come to me.

It is strange how this works...
but it works.


I keep my bass flute right in front of the computer so I may play a passage any time
the melodies flow.

This will allow me to lay down the melodies before I forget them.
(It had happened before.  I was laying in bed and just about to sleep...
and a certain melody started playing in my head.
I was so certain I would remember it when I woke up...
but no...it was gone.)

So now, I will immediately play it as I had heard it in my head...
and then write the notes out as I had just played them.
I never want to lose a melody again.


This is the way I had composed the few other songs I have completed.

A tune will come to mind.
 I will play it...
and I will just build on it from there.

The same thing is happening with my writing.

I just imagine scenes, as if I am watching a movie...
and I tie them together.

I just write what I experience in the movie of the mind...
everything from what I see, think and feel, from the eyes of the particular character
I am writing about...or the surroundings from a birds eye view.

I am having the time of my life.

My only problem right now is editing as I go.
I must not explain everything I experience as it will bore the reader...
so I had to delete much already.

I tend to get too wordy at times.

But...
I think in the end...
it should all flow.

I am most active from late evening (8-9 PM) till early morning (5-6 AM).

I just stay in my room with my instruments...
the computer...


and in the company of Hana.

She loves sleeping on my bed as I write away on the computer
or as I practice my bass flute...
or stumble my way on the one classical guitar song I know so far  :)

She is funny though.

She always sleeps where I lie down.

I have to move her over if I wish to lie down...
if even for just a short while.

She never learns...
she always goes back to my side to sleep...
sometimes with her head on my pillow...
or she will just take over the whole bed.

No matter...
whenever I lie down...
my side is always warm  :)















Saturday, May 4, 2019

Alex's Gift To Me / More Bird Watching / Alex News




Song:  Romance de Amor

Artist:  Xuefei Yang






Just last week...
I decided I would buy myself a beginners Classical Guitar.

I want to learn how to play some beautiful songs on it.

However, when my wife told Alex what I was going to do...
he insisted that he buy it for me.

He is such a good hearted son.

I allowed him to buy it for me.

He is making money writing competition math problems and tutoring in math...
so, he wanted to show his appreciation by buying this classical guitar for me
(I ordered it from Amazon and Alex paid his mother the money).

It is a full sized Cordoba C1 M.   It plays softly and I am getting used to playing it.
Although I have to get used to the finger picking style of the classical guitar...
I am practicing with economy of motion and strict form as it will prove to be useful
once I teach myself difficult songs.

As it plays softly...
and as I am up all night...
I will practice the Bass Flute during the day and early evening...
and late at night and into the early morning hours...
I will practice the guitar so I won't disturb the neighbors...
as the flute carries and the classical guitar plays very softly.

I will also still transcribe music I wish for my sister's family
 and I to eventually play.

Music is my retirement hobby
 (more of a passion...as I have always loved music...
but when I was working, it left little time to do much else.
Ah...I love retirement  :)

I will teach myself the Classical Guitar from watching YouTube videos
of performers playing my favorite classical guitar songs...
and there are also free beginner lessons on YouTube as well.

It just arrived yesterday...
and, yes, my fingers are already sore  :)

I ordered some finger guards so I may play without resting my fingers so often.

I am working on a song right now...
as I want to be able to play, at least partially...
a song for Alex once he arrives sometime this summer.

I will just learn as I play...
mimicking what I hear and see on YouTube.

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One of my wife's hobbies is bird watching.

She often checks in on the Peregrine Falcon chicks on the UC Berkeley Falcon Cam.




On the same day...
my wife walked around the condo complex to get more bird watching photos.

She loves watching the ducklings and goslings as they grow.









This is at the condo complex near the gate leading to the ocean walkway.





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My wife just told me that Alex is being courted by a math competition company.

They really like him and they want him to do a one year internship with them
(He had written some competition math problems for them in the past).

As part of his duties...
he will have to attend staff meetings in other States.

It is a paid position and all expenses will be paid when they fly him out.

Alex is very excited about it.

It will also be a feather in his cap once he applies for Grad school.

Alex is sure it won't interfere with his studies at UC Berkeley.

We are also sure.

Alex is such a good student.

He loves everyday...
as things just keep getting better for him.

He loves university.
It is a big adventure for him.

Right now there is a one week hiatus at UC Berkeley so the students 
may prepare for finals, which follow the week after.

So...
Alex is busy everyday...
as always...
studying.


Alex and his mother were supposed to visit us in Reno for a few days...
but it depends on his schedule.

He will be very busy all summer long
as he plans on taking two summer session courses...
as well as fulfilling his duties in the planned internship. 


So...
everything is going in life is going well.

There are no clouds on the horizon...
the waters are calm...
it is smooth sailing.






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