Monthly Archives: June 2014

50 TB+ cloud space gratis.

I couldn’t quite believe it when I stumbled across three Chinese cloud companies that combined have given me exactly 51405 GB of storage space absolutely free.

They are not too tricky to install either but you need some patience with the language barrier and the multiple downloads for mobile, web and PC clients.  All three DO require you to install their software on your PC/Mac and Android/iOS mobile.  If you don’t you won’t get the full quota and end up with a piddly 2 GB.

This is Baidu, the smallest offering of the three.  I actually found this the most frustrating as the captchas seemed to be a stumbling block when registering.  Remember they are not case sensitive and you should be okay.  To install on the phone you need to use the QR reader as the app ins’t in Google play or Store.  Register on the PC/Mac first as it is easier to understand whereas it is advisable to install Google Translate on your phone as well.  When you are successful you will be rewarded with 2055 GB and the website is in English.

Weiyun requires that you obtain a QQ number to fully register.   This number is then used instead of an e-mail address to log-in to accounts.  The phone app for this is on Google Play so you should be able to send it straight to your device, install and log in.  Once you

Main page with upload box
Main page with upload box

have also logged in on your PC you can go and collect your 10 TB.  This site gives a step by step guide for extra assistance.

That leaves the most impressive and extremely generous cloud: 360 Cloud Drive. I found this one the easiest to set up but in principle it is the same as the other two.  You must install on a mobile and computer.  But it doesn’t stop there.  I registered yesterday and overnight I gained an extra 3 TB, ridiculous when you think Google Drive charge $9.99 a month just for 1 TB (and $299.99 a month for 30 TB),  and GD is one of the cheapest out there.  There is also a reward system whereby performing certain tasks: such as logging in, uploading, uploading from phone, etc, earn points and eventually you could earn another 30 TB!  But that could take over five years.

Cloud 360 Drive
Cloud 360 Drive

I know some people feel put off by the language barrier and whether they can trust something they have never heard off.  Yet I have been using them for a few days now and have had no issues of any sort.  I’m not saying people won’t get problems, just that so far it is looking good.  They all work just as good if not better then western sites and deciphering the language can be fun if you have the patience and time.

I hope this helps in some way, and no, I have no affiliation with these companies whatsoever, I just think it needs to shown that regular sites are a bit off a rip off.

Aripiprazole

Nearly two weeks ago I was prescribed aripiprazole, which is an anti-psychotic, (see here) and is being used as an adjunct to the antidepressants in my case.  I’m only on 5 mg at present but increase to 10 mg this Friday.  I can say that I am pleased with the results so far.  It has lifted me from a suicidal depression to a level where I can cope, even maybe causing a slight bit of hypomania as I am finding it easier to talk to people.  I have gotten a little irritable and for some reason my mood dipped yesterday for no reason but overall I am pleased and wonder what the 10 mg dose will be like.

Aripiprazole is another medication on my never ending quest for some holy grail of drug combinations to stabilise a stubborn recurrent depression that has plagued me since the mid 1990s.  I have though become more pragmatic about this illness and realise I am probably stuck with it but I do wonder if it is progressive as I have started having mild psychotic symptoms.  Hearing things  is one and paranoia of which it is suspected that I have paranoid personality disorder.  At first I thought that was incorrect but the more I think about it the more it makes sense.  I have always mentioned being paranoid to psychiatrists but it has mainly fell on deaf ears.  I was paranoid that they didn’t believe me which I suppose is ironic.  I do though now feel as though I am getting somewhere and close to finding the light switch to illuminate a correct diagnosis.

This new medication, Abilify is the brand name, has also made me very focused and able to solve problems more efficiently.  Maybe this is due to the stimulant effects it has (it has to be taken in the morning) plus the antidepressant qualities.  Side-effects I have had include restlessness, and sometimes difficulty remembering things quickly (like spelling or recalling names) but that is about it really.  Being more focused led me to work out how to put the scores of music to the tracks on You Tube videos.  This means I can have my music follow the score.  I had wondered for years how it was done then just figured it out, somehow.

So overall I am moderately impressed with the effects of aripiprazole, but I must say these is just my experiences.  I am in no way a qualified health care professional so don’t take my words as correct medical facts.  See a doctor if symptoms are the same as mine.

Muzio Clementi 1752-1832

Composer 1752-1832
Composer 1752-1832

Any person who has ever had formal piano lessons will surely have come across Mr Clementi, and his Op 36 sonatinas.  They are mechanical pedagogical pieces that are very pleasant and useful in developing a budding talent.  Yet that is just a tiny part of Clementi’s oeuvre.  If you can find the sheet music beyond (well use IMSLP) Op 36 you will find a treasure chest of masterful, superbly crafted piano music that will not only surprise but make you wonder.   Make you wonder why this music has been historically mothballed.  It seems almost impossible to access Clementi’s music beyond IMSLP (if you wanted to buy bound copies of all his sonatas), although Amazon and Spotify have a fairly comprehensive collection of recordings mainly by pianist Pietro Spada.  Spada opens Clementi up and shows very clearly that Clementi’s music stood on the boundary of the classical and romantic periods.

Clementi was slightly eclipsed by giants like Beethoven, Mozart and Haydn yet, I personally feel, his music is on par with the latter two and some of former’s early piano sonata repertoire.   Of course Beethoven went off in a direction that no mortal could match.  I will at this point admit that a few of Clementi’s works (mainly the sonatinas) are a touch twee and rigid but there is a selection of his sonatas that puts him at the top of the minor composer’s pile (although I will argue he is not a minor composer, but I will use that term for now).  The Op 40, 46, 47 and 50 collection of nine sonatas are all masterpieces that really should get more attention.   If I could compare him to such contemporaries as Dussek, Kalkbrenner and Hummel then he ever so slightly pushes the boundaries of originality and breadth.  While Hummel composed some worthy sonatas ,No 4 and 5, and the fantasy in E flat major, a lot of his work is lacklustre and contrived.  I point towards Clementi’s Op 47 sonatas, or capriccios.  This is No. 1 in E minor.  It has a very long introduction, one of the longest I have ever come across.  Listening to the first movement you can see music paving a way towards Schumann, Chopin and Liszt.  Whether this music ever did influence such composers is not clear although it is well documented that Beethoven had a fondness for Clementi’s music.

Clementi’s style is unique in that he explores, almost mathematically, the vast variety of motifs that are possible to compose.  Each sonata has a little nugget that gets bent and twisted throughout the movement.  This is done before Beethoven and it seems that Clementi influenced him in the use of introductions to works which can be long (a mentioned above) or just a few bars.  These mini preludes set the tone and act as a warm up; Clementi normally includes some hemidemisemi quaver (32nd notes) glissando to ready the performer’s suppleness.   He uses the full toolbox of sonata form artillery that works superbly  on all occasions.   In fact I find it hard to find a weak sonata produced by Muzio. They are melodious yet modulated in a heart beat making the piece strecthed and pulled.

Personally my favourite sonata is the Op 50, No. 2 in D minor.  It has, what I believe, to be the most haunting first movement of the classical period.  It is powerful and brooding, there is no room for any major key ditty in F major because is rolls along with some inner strength,some inner meaning.  What is Clementi trying to convey in this sonata?  He is a man we seem to know little about but he must have been something special to produce something akin to a middle period sonata of Beethoven’s.  D minor is an evocative key and all works that adopt it are mysterious and dark (Mozart’s Requiem Mass, Beethoven’s sonata No. 17 and symphony No.9, Bruckner’s symphonies No. 3 and 9).  Clementi has given the world something that is precious but is lost to humanity.  The finale of this sonata is authoritative and the wonderfully mastered entrance to the coda makes my back tremble every time I play or hear it.

I urge people to give Clementi a chance.  He is so close to becoming a grandmaster of the classical romantic bridge-in fact he built the bridge and his back was the bridge to aid the greats like Beethoven.  Of course there was his incredible Gradus ad Parnassum that is a fine collection of studies and shows Clementi’s full breadth of his craft. This is the beautiful beginning to one hundred impressive variations that only a genius could produce.

So there is more to Clementi then just  a few sonatinas.  There is more then I expect we will ever know.