21 Oct 2001 tunesmith   » (Apprentice)

Well, a few weeks of freaking out and I'm slowly getting back into concentrating on the things I was concentrating on before 9/11.

Amazing how something like that just knocks everyone out of wherever they were on their whole Mazlo's hierarchy thing. Had a real hard time investing serious thought into something as silly-feeling as online music.

It's starting to get interesting again though - actually I'm branching out into just about any project that will get me into some new skills. I'm working on creating some cell phone ringtones for a friend (anyone know how to convert rtttl to 8-bit binary sms for nokie phones, on linux?), putting together some business cards to try and get into more flexible contract-based work...

And I'm all of a sudden getting really into blogging. I'm just getting a big kick out of blogger.com - I've got a blog now, although not many regular readers yet (hopefully that will change soon), and I'm about to start working with adding some new features to mine using xml and php, and then giving the features away to give back to the community. Neat effort.

Now that I'm unemployed (since 8/31) I'm finally spending days getting back into music, too - found a piano at a local church that likes me, accompanied their choir and performed some Beethoven at a service once, and got to know a local composer who wants me to perform some of his piano pieces for a personal-use cd he's making. Sounds fun and it's always great to have artistic friends and mentors.

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