Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

24 Jan 2002, 14:44 p.m.

I returned the Music textbook/CD set that I mistakenly bought…

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2002 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.

I returned the Music textbook/CD set that I mistakenly bought and got enough money for the correct Music text and my Russian text/cassette set and then some. Of course, I had to wait for much time in line to do that, and also to obtain my Logic reader.

Logic really does boggle the brain. I have to read 31 pages by tomorrow and it took about 90 minutes to an hour to read and comprehend {a nectar, about twenty}. So I still have to finish that, AND music AND Russian. Argh.

Sometimes wrapping my mind around Logic concepts takes a while. It takes practice to remember/comprehend, for example, that "if p then q" is equivalent to "p only if q," but I have it almost down now. And I thought there was some inconsistency in the text where the author said "this is an inclusive or" and then used "either," which implies an "exclusive or" relationship, but then I went to Professor Warren's office (he's the type who's in his office even when it's not his Office Hours, as I'd hoped) and he explained that I'd hit on something important, and that the author believes that "either" really just clarifies internal groupings within statements and doesn't denote exclusive-or-ness.

I'm so glad I've been reading Hofstadter. GEB has helped me get a head start on logic, and I hope to finish it in the next week or so. Yeah, right, what with moving, and with helping my mom clean this weekend.

I've been humming do-re-mis all day, too. I've almost mastered do-ti-la-sol-fa-mi-re-do, and can sing do-mi-sol and do-mi-sol-mi-do without too much difficulty.