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I ran my first half marathon (ever) on Sunday! It was grand. A flat course (650 ft over 13 miles--flat enough) and coastal weather made for a wonderful run.
The weather was good--low 60s the entire time, with the sun peeking through the clouds towards the last third. Since it was in a coastal town, the air was nice and refreshing as well. Decent number of water stations, fairly well marked course (although I was disappointed to learn that they didn't close the roads and we ran in the bike lane as a few folks occasionally drove by).
While my Fitbit didn't start capturing GPS data right away (grr) at least I have Strava data (GPS, sans heartrate) for the run.
I ran a 1:56:16, which more than met my target of 1:59:59. Very pleased.
I'll do my best when I'm abroad--those recordings will probably be mediocre.
Hopefully soon I have some nice recordings from my home tower. We've got a mic (maybe two, i.e. stereo? not sure) in the belfry, positioned to get higher quality recordings.
It'd be dope to do a surround recording. But we have a small budget.
Dang, is there some obscure world that you haven't at least glimpsed into?
I looked into Olympic Carillon a bit since I hadn't heard of them before. Usually when talking about carillons one talks about the foundry that made the bells--which OC doesn't do. But still, the rest of the parts of building a carillon that aren't about casting tons of metal are also extremely important to the overall character of an instrument like that. Things like positioning of the treble bells, for example, which are several orders of magnitude (!) smaller than the largest bass bells, can have a large effect on how the instrument sounds to folks listening on the ground.
Before this trip, I'll have played carillons with bells cast by Gillett and Johnston, Taylor, and Paccard. After this trip, I'll be adding Hemony, Eijsbouts, de Haze, and Petit & Fritsen, with the oldest bells being Hemony bells from 1651!
edit: Holy shit Olympic Carillon did a renovation of the carillon at Riverside Church in New York City. Riverside's carillon has the heaviest tuned bell in the world as its bourdon (nearly 41,000 lbs)
No, but I'm thinking of checking that museum out!
I'll be visiting at least four, two in Alkmaar (Grote Kerk and the Waagcarillon at Waagplein) and two in Utrecht (Domcarillon at Domplein and the carillon at Nicolaïtoren), and playing on at least 3.
there are so many exciting wonderful things happening in my life right now
in no particular order:
- tickets bought to visit a bunch of countries i've never been before (france, belgium, the netherlands) in may
- i'll see my dear friend who's studying abroad in france
- i'll meet veen for the first time
- i've been able to arrange a couple of performance/visit opportunities at some carillons in the netherlands! which is an amazing privilege and i'm so excited! these instruments are amazing--certainly the oldest instruments i'll have ever played. some of the bells date back to the 15th century!
- i've finally figured out what i'll be doing this summer! interning at google should be fun!
- i'm running my first half marathon on sunday!
- there's another spacex falcon heavy mission launching soon!