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July 27th, 2008

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Here it is, the big 18. I can't decide whether I'm prepared to make that exciting step toward adulthood as determined by societal standards, but this seems to be inevidible nevertheless, and I can't particularly say that I feel any different at this point anyway. My main concern is (sadly) whether I will recieve the presents I ask for, and I can't say any of the benefits that come with this age (buying porn and cigs) are particularly appealing to me anyway. In fact, the things that really want to do right now are simple: read, watch Daria, and play pokemon. And in all truthfulness, that's enough for me at the moment.  

July 6th, 2007

Pokemon Quote of the Day

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"I AM GIDDY WITH LOVEY-DOVEY JOY !! I AM SO LOST IN LOVEY-DOVEY HAPPINESS"

-Young Couple Emy and Alek

April 25th, 2007

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This is a painting by Gustav Klimt that I haven't seen until today. It looks very surreal and a bit disturbing, but has that same haunting quality that attracts me to his works.

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March 15th, 2007

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This is another work of Hans Bellmer. I like the way that it's sort of on display. It was a bit grotesque to me when I first say it, but I've really come to like it now.

I have the National Latin Exam tomorrow, and I really don't want to take it anymore. Above all else, I'm afraid of embarassing myself and recieving a much poorer than I could hope for. I was eager to pay for it when I first realized it was coming up, but in hindsight I regret it as I don't feel up to taking the test anymore.

That being said, Latin is one of my favorite classes right now. Besides the fact that the language itself is much more intriging than one would imagine, the activities that Mr. Gunn has set up for us to do are pretty exciting. Our assasin game has already become intense even it just started today, and I'm enjoying to pretend to be stealthy as I sneak around the school trying to catch my target. I definitely want to play the game with some of my other classes in the future.

To sort of contradict my first paragraph, I've been feeling a lot more relaxed about upcoming events. Right now, I feel as though as long as I put in some sort of effort I'll do decently enough, and there's no point in getting too caught up worrying about things because doing that ultimately hinders me above all else. This especially applies to track, in which, through my callousness and half-assed approach to participating as of late I have been able to actually greatly improve, and have gotten my greatest time this week on both the mile (5:17) and half-mile (2:20).

Through this sudden realization I've gain a bit of confidence, and now I feel eager to try my luck at new things that could potentially lead me to having an even fuller understanding of my ability. I'm very excited about taking my academy music composition class, and hope that I am able to really use my creative skills to make a tangible work of art.

Inspired by Ellie's song postings I've decided that I should do the same with some of my own favorites of the moment:

Honey and Clover: Fugainaiya (piano version) - Yes, it is some anime song, but it's really worth your time to listen to. It's one of the most soothing songs I've ever heard, and it's great to listen to when feeling particularly stressed. In the show, one of the main characters overcame a great physical obsticle (had a glass sheet toppled onto her body) in order to paint again. The song sort of reminds me of that strength that she showed.

Smetana : Die Moldau - This is sort of my childhood song. From the time I was about 5 on I was always fascinated by a melody with an origin that I could not quite pin down. It was the first thing I ever really played lucidly on the piano, and mystified me with its potency. I discovered its name in 8th grade, and since then it's been one of my favorite songs.

Yoko Kanno: Shadow of Doubt - I don't have much to say about this besides that it's a pretty awesome string octet (I think) piece. Even if you aren't really into that sort of thing I'd definitely reccomend downloading it as its so dynamic and will draw you in so quickly.

March 7th, 2007

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I found this image while searching for information on Bjork's All is Full of Love video. I don't know if this is a sketch for the video or just something illustrated by the the creator of the site for decoration, but I think it's really interesting.

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February 26th, 2007

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I've discovered the sculptural works of Hans Bellmer about 15 minutes ago and I'd already pin him as being my second favorite artist only to Gustav Klimt. Here's my favorite work of Bellmer's from what I've seen so far:



It's disturbing and provocative, which I guess is right up my alley artistically speaking.
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September 7th, 2006

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I've been offered to switch from regular chorus into Madrigals. I'm conflicted about it; I really want to do it, yet I don't want to leave Karla all alone in her period. I know what I'm probably going to end up doing but I know that I'm going to feel really bad about doing this. The only reason that I'm posting here is because I want encouragement and sympathy and don't have the time to talk to anyone else about it.

August 7th, 2006

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Both Ellie and Christina have updated their journal during summer school, so I suppose it's par for the course. I don't really have much to say outside of the fact that I've recently found my self obsessed with older, "classic" music, particularly classic folk music. I'm listening to Leonard Cohen right now, whom I've become completely obsessed with. Awesome stuff.

June 29th, 2006

I just experienced one of the greatest films ever, for a second time. I don't care if Angel's Egg is overdone, or if it makes no sense to me whatsoever, I still immensely enjoyed my second viewing, and feel even more affected by it than I did the first time. If anyone owns the film in a fansub form, I strongly suggest watching it while playing your own music. Even if you didn't enjoy it the first time, you will probably find it to be much better with your music in the background. It took me three hours or so just to set the film up with my music playing in the correct spot in Windows Movie Maker, but it was definitely worth it. Watching the movie I was awed by how the pieces I had chosen fit each scene perfectly, and how it made more noticable the subtle beauty of many parts. By the end of the film when my faux credits started playing I realized I don't think that I could watch the film in its original form again. My soundtrack simply was much more suitable than that of the movie. I wish that there were more films like these, that I could practically orchestrate myself. I love movies that may not make any sense but leave you astounded by just the fact that they're so wildly different from the norm.

April 22nd, 2006

Random Musings

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I love me some Radio Blog Club. And some Radiohead covered by the Brown Derbies a cappella group.

Watching Speed Grapher's opening theme has caused me to suddenly be incredibly excited about the first DVD's Summer release, which is strange because up until this point I haven't really cared too much about Speed Grapher other than the fact that Yukawa Shione sang the ending theme song. I think it's the inclusion of "Girls on Film" by Duran Duran (which I first type Durna Durna. Weird, huh?). I mean, it's Durna Duran. What makes a satisfactory anime great if not the use of an 80s song by a once huge British band.
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