This article is part of my Wiki Vacation series of posts from my tour of the US Virgin Islands in 2009. The first leg of the trip was to Saint Thomas, where we joined a destination wedding. A short detour to Trunk Bay was documented here. And the second leg of the trip to Caneel Bay can be found on its own article.
Posted in Being an Wikipedian, Photography, Travel
Tagged animated shark, Beach, Cruz Bay, Green iguana, Magens Bay, Marriott, Pacquereau Bay, Saint Thomas, St. Thomas, Travel pictures, Wiki Vacation
This is a mini-post, a part of the Wiki Vacation series of posts from my tour of the US Virgin Islands in 2009. The trip to Trunk Bay was our first visit to Saint John, and was limited to half a day, where we went with family, a newly-wed couple, and friends. Our second trip to Saint John followed a few day after, where we went alone, documented on the long post on Caneel Bay.
Posted in Being an Wikipedian, Photography, Travel
Tagged Beach, Beach volleyball, Beach Yoga, Kodak Moment, lifeguard station, Saint John, snorkeling, Travel pictures, Trunk Bay, Wiki Vacation
I dug up more Wiki Vacation pictures from my 2009 to Caneel Bay, following the first in the series from the trip back to Taiwan. Caneel Bay is a resort on the northwest side of St. John, one of the US Virgin Islands, with seven private, picturesque beaches.
I’ve been uploading vacation pictures to WikiMedia since 2015. I call some of my vacations Wiki Vacations, because I go to places with an explicit intent of taking pictures, processing them afterwards, and then uploading them to WikiMedia, for use on Wikipedia articles. I don’t actually know how other Wikipedians refer to this mode of vacation. But I do know the official definition of WikiBreak, nicknamed Wikivacation, means almost the opposite.
Regardless of the terminology, I do find the experience rewarding. As reported earlier in Some of my Most Popular Pictures, time spent getting good, useful pictures for Wikipedia is more than made up by seeing some of these pictures widely distributed online, with or without credits. Here I posted a few of my favorite Wiki Vacation pictures. Not all of them are well appreciated though. But it doesn’t matter. At the end of the day, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
This is from my trip to Taiwan in 2009. Hey, it’s on the first result page of Google image search.
I have been uploading my best photographs and images to Wikimedia since 2005. Some of these pictures have made it to major Wikipedia articles in many languages. A few have been voted as Quality Images. As a result, I sometimes come across my own pictures when browsing reddit and other online media.
For instance, this autostereogram (MagicEye picture) of a shark is often pirated by online media, even though it is of relatively low-resolution by today’s standard. This is because I made it the article picture of Autostereogram on Wikipedia when I wrote that article.
Autostereogram (MagicEye picture) of a shark
Check out the usage record of this picture on Wikimedia to see how prevalent it is. The Sun tabloid featured it as late as 2016. The DailyMail also used it in 2016. A variant of this shark in an animated GIF of the shark comes back once in a while to haunt reddit and imgur.
For the same reason, I often need not look past the first page of a Google image search to find some of my own pictures. For instance, this photo of a watermelon always shows up on the first result page on image search.
Watermelon at a Tainan City Organic Farm
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Tagged animated shark, Autostereogram, Caneel Bay, Corona Heights, Featured article, Great Sphinx, MagicEye, MediaWiki, miniature aircrafts, mohonk mountain house, Photography, Pyramid of Khafre, quality image, stereogram, Tobu World Square, watermelon, Western Lowland Gorilla, Wikimedia, Wikipedia
In 2005 I was mesmerized by Vocaloid, a singing voice synthesizer from Yamaha. I composed a three-part acapella piece, with all three voices sung by Vocaloid Miriam (also see this).
Your Fish Tank was writen in 2005. It is the first piece of music I synthesized using Vocaloid Miriam. Bruce Yates graciously allowed me to use his underwater pictures in my YouTube video showcasing this music. See lyric at the end of this article.
Thingymajigtus, written in 2005, was my followed-up to Your Fish Tank, with four-part voice, and piano accompaniment. The lyric talks about one of The Seven Sins of Memory, with non-prominent parts set to words from Mozart’s Requiem.
Thingymajigtus had been circulating online for quite a while, before I noticed. It’s probably because I uploaded it to Wikimedia, and linked from the Vocaloid article to these sound tracks (Thingymajigtus and Your Fish Tank).
Here are a few videos that feature this music. There even a woman lip-synching it.
These are some vocal music I wrote between 2006 and 2007, while attending Conrad Cummings’ evening music composition class at Juilliard. Some of these were sight-readings in class. One was performed at a bar.
Onward, Uncle Sam’s Soldiers was written in 2006 to commemorate a disaster.
We are Made of Stars, subtitled “The Story of RNA”, was written in 2006 as a tribute to Carl Sagan and as an illustration of the RNA World. Lyric is included at the end of the article.
A House for the Feeble Minded was written in 2007, as a duet for tenor and baritone with piano accompaniment. Adapted from the short story ‘Profession’ by Isaac Asimov. Lyric is included at the end of the article.
Posted in Composition
Tagged A House for the Feeble-Minded, abiogenesis, Carl Sagan, Isaac Asimov, music composition, opera singers, piano, Profession, RNA, RNA World, singers, vocal music
Here are a few examples of music I rearranged as gifts for special occasions in the past. None of these are complex nor recorded. Sorry about the MIDI-quality mp3 files. I know they hurt your ears. They do mine, too.
Turn Your Eyes is a piano prelude music I extended slightly for Elisha in 2007.
You’ve got an Imaginary Friend in Jesus was rearranged in 2009 as a piano solo from James Taylor’s rendition of Carole King’s music, for Elisha. This one is a bit more elaborate, but probably needs some more tweaking.
I Wish You a Jingle Belly Christmas was rearranged in 2010 for my niece Sheryl Huang on her 7th birthday. It was a fun piece we could play together (cello and piano), mixing Jingle Bells with We Wish You a Merry Christmas.
Ten years flew by. I can’t believe I wrote these so long ago. As I slowly migrate content from my defunct website to xinhaidude.com, I decided to start with the Wedding Suite.
The Wedding Suite 2007 includes clarinet trio pieces I wrote in the past, and brass quintet I wrote specifically for the wedding. The suite was performed at Krystina and Mike’s wedding on April 28th, 2007. Clarinet trio recording was done a week before, performed by Gilad Harel, Alistair MacRae & Wei-En Hsu on April 20th, 2007. The brass quintet rehearsal was recorded on April 26th, 2007, sight-read by Mike Blutman/Chris Venditti (trumpets), Kelly Csillam (horn), Nick Hagen (trombone) and Edward Vinson (tuba).