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Subject:Musician of the Week
Time:11:55 pm
Today's musician: Hiromi Uehara



She's a Japanese pianist; fairly well-known in the jazz world, I think, but not as much outside of it. What I really enjoy about her is how energetic her playing is. She's played under the name "Hiromi" and "Hiromi's Soundbloom", and her music is widely available in the US.

Her website
Her Myspace
Her Amazon store

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And of course there's a lot more on Youtube and other sites.
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Subject:Musician of the Week
Time:08:22 pm
Current Mood:cheerfulcheerful
Today's musician: Bambino



I don't know that much about him, but he's a Tuareg rock guitarist from Niger. He's releasing a new CD called "Agadez" in summer or fall, and I think he's going on tour in the US soon as well. I believe he's also released two albums on vinyl under the name "Group Bombino".

His website (or at least, a site about him)
His Facebook

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There's more of his music on Youtube, though it can be somewhat difficult to find since "bambino" is a common word. Usually it helps to search for "bambino tuareg" or "bambino niger" (without the quotes), something like that. There are also other recordings of his on the Hype Machine website.
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Subject:Musicians of the Week
Time:06:10 pm
Today's group: The Carolina Chocolate Drops



They mostly sing... idk, I guess I'd call it old-timey music, though they also do some covers of more modern songs (like "Hit 'Em Up Style").

Their website is here, with links to purchase their music, and they're also on iTunes. I'm not sure how easy it would be to purchase outside the US, though.

Their Myspace

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There's a lot more of them on Youtube and similar sites, if you're interested.
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Subject:Musician of the Week
Time:10:45 pm
Today's musician: Urna Chahar-Tuchi.



She's a Mongolian singer. I learned about her when I saw her movie, The Two Horses of Genghis Khan (which I also highly recommend). She's a famous singer, but I think it's difficult to buy her music in the US.

Her website, with song samples

Her Myspace

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Unfortunately, not much of her music is on Youtube.
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Time:09:53 pm
Your results:
You are Uhura
Uhura
55%
Beverly Crusher
55%
Geordi LaForge
55%
An Expendable Character (Redshirt)
55%
Chekov
50%
Data
47%
Jean-Luc Picard
45%
Spock
44%
Mr. Sulu
35%
Will Riker
35%
Deanna Troi
35%
James T. Kirk (Captain)
30%
Leonard McCoy (Bones)
30%
Mr. Scott
10%
Worf
5%
You are a good communicator with a
pleasant soft-spoken voice.
Also a talented singer.


Click here to take the Star Trek Personality Quiz



And I wasn't even trying to get Uhura :D
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Subject:Meme post
Time:06:42 pm
Current Mood:okayokay
What D&D Character are you?Collapse )

Pretty accurate, I think. Though when I'm playing these games, I prefer brainless Barbarian types; it's fun to step so far outside of myself.
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Time:09:23 pm
Grabbed from prelud :)

These are the top 106 books most often marked as "unread" by LibraryThing's users (as of today). As usual, bold what you have read, italicise what you started but couldn't finish, and strike through what you couldn't stand. * - Read more than once. (No underlinings because I'm not particularly looking for any of the unread books.)

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Anna Karenina
Crime and punishment
Catch-22*
One hundred years of solitude
Wuthering Heights*
The Silmarillion*
Life of Pi : a novel
The name of the rose
Don Quixote
Moby Dick
Ulysses
Madame Bovary
The Odyssey - Does it count if it was one of those prose retellings? Dunno; I'll bold it anyway.
Pride and prejudice - Can't remember if I've read this more than once or not.
Jane Eyre*
A tale of two cities
The brothers Karamazov
Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies* - Really excellent book.
War and peace
Vanity fair
The time traveler's wife
The Iliad
Emma
The Blind Assassin
The kite runner
Mrs. Dalloway
Great expectations
American gods*
A heartbreaking work of staggering genius - I don't care what this book is about, I refuse to read it with a title like that.
Atlas shrugged
Reading Lolita in Tehran : a memoir in books
Memoirs of a Geisha
Middlesex
Quicksilver
Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West*
The Canterbury tales - Again the thing about not reading it in the original; though I memorized the first 14 lines or so like a good English student.
The historian : a novel
A portrait of the artist as a young man - Only got through this because I had to read it for class.
Love in the time of cholera - It's not that I disliked it, it's just that I checked it out when I was really in the mood for something else.
Brave new world
The Fountainhead - I still don't see what she was getting at.
Foucault's Pendulum
Middlemarch
Frankenstein
The Count of Monte Cristo
Dracula
A Clockwork Orange*
Anansi Boys
The once and future king
The grapes of wrath - Was this the one with Lenny and whatshisface who liked furry things? That was the one I read.
The Poisonwood Bible : a novel
1984*
Angels & Demons
The Inferno
The Satanic Verses
Sense and Sensibility*
The picture of Dorian Gray
Mansfield Park
One flew over the cuckoo's nest
To the lighthouse
Tess of the D'Urbervilles
Oliver Twist
Gulliver's travels - This through no fault of my own; I don't think I've ever had a copy of it with the later parts with horse-people and stuff.
Les misérables
The corrections
The amazing adventures of Kavalier and Clay
The curious incident of the dog in the night-time
Dune*
The prince
The sound and the fury
Angela's ashes : a memoir
The god of small things
A people's history of the United States : 1492-present
Cryptonomicon*
Neverwhere
A confederacy of dunces
A short history of nearly everything
Dubliners
The unbearable lightness of being
Beloved
Slaughterhouse-five
The scarlet letter
Eats, Shoots & Leaves:
The mists of Avalon
Oryx and Crake : a novel
Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed
Cloud atlas
The confusion
Lolita - I really need to finish this; I read about 3/4ths of it in a bookstore and keep forgetting to pick it up again.
Persuasion*
Northanger abbey
The catcher in the rye
On the road
The hunchback of Notre Dame
Freakonomics : a rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything
Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance : an inquiry into values
The Aeneid
Watership Down*
Gravity's rainbow
The Hobbit*
In cold blood : a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences
White teeth
Treasure Island
David Copperfield*
The three Musketeers

Guess I'm doing better than I thought I was literature-wise; I've read almost half of these, and I've heard of all but three or four.
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Time:11:23 pm
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Time:01:18 pm
Current Mood:jubilantjubilant
Big Scary Exam is OVER! :D :D :D I don't even care whether I passed it or not; the important part is that I'm finished and at worst I won't have to worry about it again until next year.

Now off to shower, sleep, and watch Buffy, in some order.
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Time:11:39 pm
Current Mood:pensivepensive
Something I realized a while back: with the exception of the deaths of one set of grandparents, nothing truly bad has ever happened to me.



Now I feel like I'm always waiting for the other shoe to drop.
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Current Music:"News From the Front", Bad Religion
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Time:10:54 am
My non-linear parameter estimation class kind of makes me giggle. It's like a perfect microcosm of the difference between engineers and scientists.

Mathematician: Hey look, I've derived this perfect, elegant formula to solve the problem!
Engineer: Eeh, too much math. How about I just kind of wing it with an algorithm?
Mathematician: *wince*
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Time:05:45 pm
Urgh, January. It's weird; I'm not depressed or anything, but I just want to crawl into bed and stay there until March.

I am kind of depressed for other reasons, though, chiefly because of this homework that I don't know how to do :(
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Time:12:29 pm
Current Mood:annoyedannoyed
I have a 9 am class two days a week this semester. And it's taught by my research advisor, so I really can't come in late or anything (like I did on Friday D:).

'Snot fair :(
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Subject:New Year's Resolutions
Time:03:06 pm
Current Mood:calmcalm
I usually don't make these, but they're all things I ought to do anyway, and I think all three are possible.

- Take better care of myself. I've done *all right* over the past few months. But I need to go grocery shopping more, cook more, and clean more thoroughly and more often.

- Take piano lessons, at least so long as it doesn't interfere with my classes. I've always wanted to learn to play the piano, and I'm taking a keyboard back up to my apartment with me.

- Post at least one new chapter a month. I'd like to be more prolific with my fanfic. One way I've laid the groundwork for this was to make a notebook that's only used to record ideas. That way, when I'm in a mood to write, I actually have something to go off of. And even if I get tired of writing by the next day and put the draft aside, I can come back to it later when I feel like editing.

In a general sense this year, I want to take a step back from the Internet and all its craziness. It's been a big part of my life for a long time, and I certainly don't regret all the connections I've made with people through it, but it's really sucked me in, especially lately, and it's made my life severely unbalanced. This isn't really how I want to live.
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Current Music:"Can You Feel the Love Tonight" IN FRENCH!
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Time:08:46 pm
I really ought to post more in this journal. Since the last time I posted, I've

- graduated from college with my BS
- vacationed in Hawaii
- moved to a new city
- started on my Masters
- freaked out about 10 million times as a result of above
- moved to a different fandom in my fanficcing life
- started a comm for manga discussion
- gotten a kitty cat

Anyway, here's a quiz result.

Brutally Honest Personality TestCollapse )

Kind of disturbingly accurate.
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Time:11:14 pm
Ignore this; I"m just screwing around with polls.Collapse )
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Time:07:14 pm
Current Mood:nerdynerdy
I'm being played by Eva Green in the upcoming HDM movies. Hope she doesn't suck.

Also, I'm moving to a new city on Friday. I don't have Internet set up at my new place yet, so I may drop off the grid for a bit. (Well, more off the grid than I am now, anyways.) A bit nervous about grad school, but otherwise I'm doing okay...
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Time:01:10 pm
Current Mood:busybusy
Wow, it's like 75 degrees here. It's absolutely gorgeous outside. Campus today seemed to be divided between people who accepted the warm weather and wore t-shirts, and people who refused to accept it and wore coats. Though as the day goes on I'm seeing more and more t-shirts :).

I'm so incredibly busy right now. I keep telling myself that it's just preparation for grad school, but that doesn't make it any easier. Still, I think I'll come up on Saturday, and I should be able to get a lot of work done then.
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Subject:Spring!
Time:10:07 am
Current Mood:cheerfulcheerful
Yesterday was such a gorgeous day. I think my favorite kind of days are the ones that come in spring, when it rains in the morning, but it's sunny in the afternoon. The sun is shining, the air is humid but not hot, there are lots of pretty puddles everywhere. It's my favorite kind of weather. We usually don't start getting days like that until late April, but yesterday was just like that. I don't like what that forebodes for the summer, but I'll enjoy this weather as long as I can.

The other thing I really like is when trees are flowering, which they haven't *quite* done yet. The cherry blossoms should be especially pretty this year, though.

It's funny how much of a difference weather can make on somebody's mood and efficiency. For the last two weeks, when it's been cold, I haven't been to the gym, been really behind on work, and generally in a low mood. But now the weather is getting warmer, it's beautiful outside, I'm just back from the gym, and I'm caught up on almost everything and moving ahead in the things I still have to do. Is it bad that I find myself really amusing sometimes?
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Subject:Yet more whining. Feel free to skip.
Time:12:17 am
Current Mood:grumpygrumpy
Today, I'm procrastinating on a take-home exam I have that's due Tuesday. It's three essays. I really, really, really don't want to do it; part of the reason is that I hate writing literary analysis essays, and part of the reason is because I don't feel comfortable doing it any more (engineering is a great way to kill your writing skills), and a big part of the reason is that I just don't want to do anything.

*sigh* It's too late now... maybe tomorrow...

But I don't wannnaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! *throws a tantrum*
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