Poetic Slimbook Case for Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2In a previous post, I mentioned that my employer at Computer Services was allowing me to use a Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet 2 for both work and personal use.  This tablet has greatly changed how I use technology on a daily basis, however I found that I was still limited do to the flimsiness of the tablet.  In fact, I even had to send two tablets back to Lenovo as they developed hardware problems from just normal use.

I finally decided to spend some of my own money to purchase a case for the Lenovo to see if that would help make the tablet more durable.  I was primarily concerned with finding a case that was lightweight, but still protected the screen and weak back.  I also was curious to see if any of the cases I found would help me get a better screen angle as I was not pleased with the angle the Thinkpad Bluetooth Keyboard provided.

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I mentioned in a previous post that I have had the privilege of using both the Microsoft Surface and the Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet 2.  I have been using the Tablet 2 for about three months now, and it has completely revolutionized the way I do work or take notes in church or school.  In this post, I will list a few pros and cons of this particular tablet.  I hope to get into how I use the tablet specifically in future posts.


The Thinkpad Tablet 2:


The Thinkpad Tablet 2 is significantly lighter than the Microsoft Surface, and therefore even easier to take with you wherever you go.  While I have a desktop at home for major projects that require multiple screens, the tablet is powerful enough to allow me to use it Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet 2as my primary computer.  Its small size has allowed me to use it in meetings without being a distraction and the ability to type or switch to drawing mode has let me take more effective notes in school.  But more on that later.


Unlike the Surface, however, the Tablet 2 is rather weak and very fragile.  The backing of the tablet is not very strong and I have already had to send two tablets back because of hardware issues that have developed behind the screen as I simply carried it around.  I finally solved this problem, by purchasing a case for the tablet. The case only cost about $20, but the extra protection it afforded allowed me to be comfortable taking the tablet with me wherever I went or storing it in a backpack - very important for a college student.

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Tips on preparing a score

Sunday, June 2nd, 2013
The ConductorThis past school year, I took both Beginning and Advanced Conducting classes at The Master’s College.  While these classes were required for my major, I honestly didn’t think I would enjoy conducting.  After all, it’s much more fun to play an instrument than to stand up there waving your arms to keep the beat, right?  And who watches the conductor anyway?


I had no idea how wrong I was.  After the very first class period, I realized that conducting is so much more than being a metronome.  It’s about creating music, much like the way an artist creates a painting.  As the conductor, I can “play” all of the instruments in the orchestra, or all of the voices in the choir.  I am not limited to one instrument and I have the ability to fine tune every sound of every instrument.  Through these classes, I not only grew to appreciate my conductors more, but I also realized how much I loved conducting.


Shortly before beginning the Orchestral Conducting segment of my Advanced Conducting course, I met with my orchestra conductor at Grace Baptist, Lisa Hernacki. Every two weeks our orchestra prepares several songs for the Sunday Services in addition to our Christmas, Easter, and special concerts, and I wanted to understand how she could get to know all of the scores that well in such a short amount of time. Mrs. Hernacki’s advice was so helpful that I thought I would share her steps with any other interested musician.


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