Saturday, October 21, 2006

Weekends are for reflection

frosty grass

Listen! the wind is rising,
and the air is wild with leaves,
We have had our summer evenings,
now for October eves!
- Humbert Wolfe

Recycled photos and a quote found on the internet. It doesn’t make for the most original of blog entries, but it will suffice for the day. When I went out to my car this morning at 8, there was still frost on my windshield, not the kind that can be wiped off with the windshield wipers, but the kind that had to be scraped off. I suppose this means that fall is really upon us, and winter is just around the corner.

School marches forward.
There was so much to do last week, that finding time for it all really was a mess. Hopefully this week will be better. On the plate are preparations for an exam in Operating Systems, making progress on the OS kernel, and a checkpoint in Databases.

It’s not a bad thing, but school is requiring much more “thinking” at this point. The mere accumulation of facts isn’t going to be enough to make it through the semester. The requirement of “thinking” is a good thing, but it isn’t something that can be crammed in a Saturday afternoon. It usually takes days and weeks of careful and “thoughtful” preparation.

But that’s enough of school, now, back to the weather. As I cleared off my wind shield this morning I couldn’t help but remember “Autumn” from Antonio Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons”. Specifically Op. 8, Concerto No.3, “Autumn”, II. Adagio. The way the harpsichord contrasts with the subtle strings is really quite sublime, and I think it paints a very nice aural picture of the frost that drapes the world, early on a fall morning.

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