There are, as far as I can tell, three outstanding unsolved problems in the third movement of Mozart K332. I know these areas still need work because I tried to “pull the movement out of my dreams” this morning, as if I were creating it for the first time, and although there were no memory lapses and no confidence issues, there were three spots where it was clear that I was still guessing at what needed to be played.

Sooooooo… that’s on the to-learn list for this week.

So is the Ricercar a 6, the first page of which I started reviewing this morning.

So is the next section of La Valse, which I am determined to learn in the same way that I learned the first half — eight-to-sixteen measures at a time, memorizing as I go. This means that I only got through eight new measures today, and I shouldn’t feel badly about that, because in this house we try to learn as much as possible about each eight-measure chunk before moving on to the next one.

(You might ask, if you were of an inquisitive turn of mind, why there are still three unsolved problems in the third movement of the Mozart. Why didn’t I just, like, solve those when I first learned the piece? That is a very good question, and the answer is probably “because I wanted to move on before I was ready.” Or, more specifically, “because I was frustrated with my inability to solve the problem as quickly as I thought I should be able to.” It’s hard to learn when you’re frustrated, which makes “moving on” an even more attractive option — though I’m not at all sure it’s the right choice.)

I also need to figure out what, exactly, Douglas Hofstadter is trying to do with BlooP (and, if I have time this week, FlooP and GlooP). I understand the concepts behind the languages, but I can’t translate the first BlooP program into “English” or “math” or “anything that makes sense to me,” and I don’t feel like I should continue reading Gödel, Escher, Bach until I’ve solved that particular problem. To be fair, here’s what Redditor xamueljones has to say about BlooP in a GEB Reddit discussion group:

Notice that while BlooP may be hard to understand for non-programmers, programmers also will have difficulties understanding because BlooP is such a kludgly and inefficiently-designed language. 

(L, who is in fact a programmer, was also unable to parse BlooP at first glance. He’s going to take a second crack at it.)

And I guess I’m going to continue working through the Chess Dot Com lessons, since I haven’t figured out any better way of getting up to speed on chess concepts yet. I lost another game to L this weekend, predominantly because I was playing the last lesson I learned (“how to stay ahead on material”) and L was playing a completely different game (“how to trick your opponent into opening up the A file and the D file so you can use your queen and rook to checkmate queenside”). The thing was that L was busy putting this plan into action while I was happily picking off his pawns and knights and bishops, and I was in fact tricked into thinking I was coming out ahead.



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