Category Archives: Finding your own path in life

Back to Benny Lewis the Irish Polyglot

After getting that business off my chest about  the prison POW, gulag, or concentration camp style public school lunches (opps, I’ve violated Godwin’s law), I wanted to get back to Benny Lewis, the Irish Polyglot.  I had a few more … Continue reading

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Benny Lewis: The Irish Polyglot updated part 1

Benny Lewis calls himself as the Irish Polyglot.  He, like Kato Lomb, got nothing out of conventional language learning classes, but beginning with Spanish, he became self taught in a number of languages.  His website is here. I first came … Continue reading

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Do-it-Yourself Learning: Creating unlimited practice problems in J for free, Part 3

There are many theories in the U.S. and the U.K. about teaching math:  New Math, Old Math, and Common Core.  The one thing the advocates of math teaching systems have in common is that, like all government bureaucrats, they assume … Continue reading

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Piano Rolls and Player Piano Redux in the New Year

I  wrote a number of posts about piano rolls in which my primary interest was using scanned piano rolls in computer MIDI devices for learning purposes.  I haven’t really kept current with acoustic piano manufacturing.  I also wasn’t aware that … Continue reading

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Do it Yourself Learning: Dr. Kató Lomb, the Polyglot and learning second languages

  Dr.  Kató Lomb (1909-2003) studied languages later in her life than usual.  Yet, she became the world’s most multilingual woman, learning to interpret and translate in 16 different languages at her peak.    In school and college, she did … Continue reading

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Learning the Piano: Combining the Old With the New with Synthesia

When I was on Facebook, I posted this video on what would have been my mother’s 103rd birthday.  It is from an old piano roll of the 1920’s popular song, Whispering.  It was one of her early favorites.  The piano … Continue reading

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A Series about Learning Part 4: Putting the four elements together (Desire, Imagination, Mimicry, and Play)

In this post, we look at all of these elements in a boy my friend calls “Mozart in P.J.’s”  Tsung Tsung. Few children ever reach the level of ability of this young man in playing the piano.  But, desire, imagination, … Continue reading

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A Series about Learning, Part 3: mimicry and play

In the last video, we saw Tucker the dog trying to sing and play piano, trying to imitate what he had seen the humans do at the piano. Considering that he has no fingers to play chords with and can’t … Continue reading

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A Series about Learning, Part 2. Lessons from a dog who sings and plays the piano: imagination and mimicry.

In my last post, we saw how Halo, a dog, learned to play pool despite major evolutionary physical limits: lack of hands, not having evolved the ability to stand on two legs for very long without support. Despite these limits, … Continue reading

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A Series about learning, part 1. Lessons from the pool playing dog: desire.

In my past life, I was a college instructor.  Before that, I did substitute teaching in some of the poorest performing junior high schools in the U.S.  I probably learned more from that junior high experience than from anything else … Continue reading

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