A survey course in
that marimba guy.
Lesson 1: Identification
The first objective of this course is to prevent any possible errors in
actually recognizing Byron Holz on sight. The two photgraphs above have therefore
been provided as aids. The careful student should realize immediately that
the photo on the left is not a true picture of Byron and is in
fact an enhancement of a recent infrared photo of the surface of Io taken
using the Huble Space Telescope. The photo on the right is, of course, an
actual image of our subject.
Lesson 2: Statistical Analysis
The low down facts and figures on that bearded chap who takes too
many courses for his own health. The veracity of this information is
guaranteed except when it isn't true. No animals were harmed in acquiring this
data, though some were a bit shaken up afterwards.
- Name: Byron Richard Holz
- Known Aliases: Byr0, Byrno, Byrona, 'Rona, "Iron Bolts",
Ed, Julian, Darwin, Faldor, Corporal Shultz
- Birthdate: Same as Lord George Gordon Byron
- Birthplace: Pittsburgh, PA
- Height: He'd like to think it's 5'10", but he hasn't checked for years.
- Weight: 165 before a Saturday Aikido class; 160 afterwards
- Hair: About the same color as this text in Netscape 1.1 or better.
- Eyes: Also brown, and unnaturally sensitive to bright lights
- Religion: Christian; member of the Salvation Army
- Occupation: Professional student, tutor, percussion teacher, research assistant
- School: Swarthmore College
- Major(s): Engineering and Music
- Instrument: Anything that can be struck (prefers 4-mallet marimba)
- Computer: A PC on a decidedly Mac campus ... *sigh*
Not So Vital Statistics
- Skills: Being hurled to the ground over and over without
seeming to mind (i.e. Aikdio), precision coughing,
obtaining and eating meals from the dining hall at relativistic speeds, finding
lost objects at the last possible moment, falling in love with
people who soon end up in other states (geographic ones, that is)
- Hobbies: Finding a coincidence in almost anything, lots of
games which require more thought than luck, a few games which require more luck
that thought, great theologians (esp. CS Lewis & Kierkegaard), writing at very
rare intervals, this web page
- Alergies: Cats, dust mites, tobacco, bad rock music
- Operations: Wisdom teeth removed - a simple dental procedure
done w/ anesthesia; Spinal tap - a horrible procedure done w/ no anesthesia
- Weather: Blustery
- Time of Day: "The time between times" (dusk and dawn)
- Food: Homemade white chocolate/macadamia nut ice cream
- Colors: Grey (as opposed to gray)
- Theorems: The Holz Nonexistance-of-Coincidence Principle
Close seconds: Godel's Undecidability Theorem, NEOOT
- Books: This list is perpetually incomplete.
Fiction: (in no particular order)
The Lord of the Rings
Ender's Game / Speaker for the Dead
The Pendragon Cycle
Invisible Man (that's Ellison, not Wells)
Canticle for Leibowitz
The Narnia Cronicles
The Neverending Story
C.S. Lewis' Space Trilogy
The [First] Cronicles of Thomas Covenant
Surprised by Joy
God in the Dock [Collection of Lewis' Essays]
A Grief Observed
The Journals of S. Kierkegaard
Godel, Escher, Bach
- Movies: Again, no particular order...
The Empire Strikes Back
Return of the Jedi
[Those last three were in order]
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Lawrence of Arabia
The Dark Crystal
Henry V (KB - not LO)
Much Ado About Nothing
Blade Runner (esp. Scott's version)
Alien & Aliens, but not Alien^3
- Music: There is no answer to this, but the following breakdown has helped narrow it a bit:
For Work/Study: Mahler & Beethoven Symphonies, Henry V soundtrack
For Falling Asleep: Hush (Ma & McFerrin), Marimba When
For Boggling the Mind: Anything by J.S. Bach
For Boggling the Mind while Sleeping: Bach on the marimba.
For a Cool Atmosphere: Pat Metheney (esp. First Circle & We Live Here), Joe Henderson (Lush Life)
For Spiritual Musings: Perotin, Shadowlands soundtrack
Hon. Mention: The King's Singers
- Fortune: (From a fortune cookie - fall '94)
"Among the Lucky, you are the Chosen One."
There will surely be more info available on our subject as time goes on,
but for now, as his dad would say: "Well... there it is then."
Back to BRH's home page.
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