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Musician of the Week

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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Musician of the Week

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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Musicians of the Week

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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Jean-Luc Picard
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Will Riker
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James T. Kirk (Captain)
Leonard McCoy (Bones)
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Also a talented singer.

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And I wasn't even trying to get Uhura :D
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Meme post

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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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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
One hundred years of solitude
Wuthering Heights*
The Silmarillion*
Life of Pi : a novel
The name of the rose
Don Quixote
Moby Dick
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
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
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
The Count of Monte Cristo
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
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
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
A confederacy of dunces
A short history of nearly everything
The unbearable lightness of being
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.
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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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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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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