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13 September 2011 @ 18:22
A personality quiz result! Actually quite accurate, and I like the way they've done the colour representation.

you are steelblue

Your dominant hues are cyan and blue. You like people and enjoy making friends. You're conservative and like to make sure things make sense before you step into them, especially in relationships. You are curious but respected for your opinions by people who you sometimes wouldn't even suspect.

Your saturation level is medium - You're not the most decisive go-getter, but you can get a job done when it's required of you. You probably don't think the world can change for you and don't want to spend too much effort trying to force it.

Your outlook on life is brighter than most people's. You like the idea of influencing things for the better and find hope in situations where others might give up. You're not exactly a bouncy sunshine but things in your world generally look up.
the spacefem.com html color quiz

Also: I know I hardly post here anymore, but I'm pretty okay with just using my LJ for commenting. That's what I got it for, lo these many years ago, and blogging has never really been my... thing.
20 June 2011 @ 00:31
From mundungus42: Comment with "Come at me, bro," and:
- I'll respond by asking you five questions so I can get to know you better.
- Update your journal with the answers to the questions.
- Include this explanation in the post and offer to ask other people questions.

You think of good questions (aka that are hard to answer)!

1. If you could instantly download any skill or skill set into your brain, a'la the Matrix, what would it be and why?
I think I would like to magically know how to arrange music - particularly for acappella groups. I am totally in love with collegiate acappella and can watch hours of it on YouTube, and I would love to be able to just... arrange pop songs like that. I mean, technically I'm a music student so I should be able to figure it out, I guess, but I find it still somehow mysterious. Also, beatboxing. I would love to be able to beatbox.

2. What is the most memorable vocal performance experience you've had?
One of the most memorable (and enjoyable) series of performance experiences I've had was in 2005 when I persuaded a choral ensemble I was in to get a busking liscence and we busked acappella during the summer. Oh man, down on the waterfront, singing with 5 of my good friends... it was awesome. (Notice a pattern?)

3. You've won the lottery, you chose a lump sum and now you have $5M sitting in your bank account: what's the first frivolous thing you do with it?
Oh boy... I am a person who is not easily frivolous with my money. If I won the lottery I would be the MOST CAREFUL EVER. Hmmm... I might go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter! I would almost definitely buy The Oxford History of Western Music, but I'm not sure that can be counted as frivolous. I might just go travel somewhere off the continent, as I've never been outside North America and I definitely need to do that at some point in my life.

4. If you were a movie, what would your trailer's tagline be? *
"Funnier than she looks."

5. What is your favorite Disney power ballad to sing?
When I'm feeling sentimental and/or inspired (and I know no one can hear me) I sing "Go the Distance," although I would do a better job if I knew more than three lines of it. :D I do like to sing the ballad-y parts of "Belle" from Beauty and the Beast, too. *sigh* I love Disney! And now I have a sudden hankering to watch Beauty and the Beast. That movie will never, ever get old. ♥♥♥

* I had trouble with this question at first because I have a like/dislike relationship with movies (like love/hate, but milder). I watch them RARELY, mostly because I hate the thought of going on the emotional rollercoaster most movies provide: I pretty much can't distance myself from what happens on the screen. But when someone finally does persuade me to watch a movie, I usually enjoy it. Heh.
Mood: calmcalm
08 February 2011 @ 23:12
Busy busy! Practiced, sang in masterclass, and had two rehearsals today (one trio and one mass choir). The mass choir is for a concert called "Sound the Pipes" in which three choirs are getting together and singing with Nicholas Fairbanks playing the organ. First rehearsal with everybody and the organ today! Among other things, we're doing Mendelssohn's "Hear My Prayer" and "I Was Glad" by Hubert Perry. What a trip to be singing double forte with 80 other people and the organ doing bass tremolos that shake the floorboards! I can tell our director really lives for this stuff - some of the most genuine smiles I've ever seen from him happened during this rehearsal.

In other news (well, life events anyway), I've been watching last season of So You Think You Can Dance for the last week or so. It's having a rather negative effect on my homework productivity ;) but it's so addictive. Though the stupid DivX player is not helping in the slightest. I am now encountering my third type of error since installing it, each of which has involved a highly inconvenient workaround. (Haven't actually found the workaround for this one yet - last time I had to download a little program someone had made specifically to clear all the temp files.) Ah well, I suppose this is what I get for watching my content illegally on the Internet. :P

Have I mentioned before that Green & Black's organic dark chocolate bars with dried sour cherries are divine? I don't think I have. It is trufax. (I am writing this post primarily on borrowed energy from the caffeine contained in one of these bars, which was a Very Bad Idea to eat right now, but... I have no excuse. Om nom nom nom.)

ETA: Maybe I should just buy some dried cherries. They have less caffeine, and are potentially less expensive ($3.50 per 100g bar on sale is a bit steep!). :P
Mood: cheerfulcheerful
02 February 2011 @ 21:12
So, I'm attempting to stay moderately productive this evening instead of what I've done after the last 2 Wednesday yoga classes I've had - which is stay up almost all night reading useless things on the Internet. Just ate a whole Green & Black's dark chocolate bar, which was stupid but it was soooo goooood and I really needed the chocolate endorphins or whatever tonight. Ever experience that feeling of "Ahhhhh, that's better," as soon as you put a piece of chocolate in your mouth? Happens to me quite frequently. I think I'm addicted. (I may still be on a caffeine high at 2am, though.)

So off to practice for an hour and then attempt to write a 30-second excerpt for solo tenor trombone, which should be interesting. Hopefully won't take me more than an hour or so. I have no idea what I'm doing with brass instruments, but we have a helpful trombone-related handout to refer to, and there's always the Internet.

Made the most exquisitely delicious quinoa thing today - quinoa, steamed peppers & broccoli, tuna fish, parmesan cheese, and kalamata olives, plus spices & olive oil - it's so healthy and immensely filling!

Just about passed out/fell over in yoga class today, but I hung on and the wooziness was only occasional. Apparently my body does not like doing excercise on a sleep deficit, particularly when it's the only exercise I get and it's just once a week. Also the kind of yoga class I'm taking (Vinyasa Flow it's called, and the first yoga I've taken ever) involves about 20 million downward dogs, which my hands/wrists/arms have a bit of a problem with. It helps if I try to put more weight on my fingers than the heels of my hands, but my right arm was a rather alarming shade of bright red for most of the class today. Something about the way my joints & tendons & whatnot are aligning seems to do funny things to my circulation. Ah well. I shall accept myself as imperfect.

All right, actually time to boot myself off the computer and get some work done. Composition assignments are always the worst for me for procrastinating - I feel like I have no idea what I'm doing, which makes them very disconcerting!
Mood: calmcalm
30 January 2011 @ 21:39
To a meme, that is. Instead of History studying. (The problem with me and studying is that I don't know how to do it. I never needed to in high school, when were supposed to be learning these things.)

Album Cover Meme
1. Go to wikipedia.org. Select ‘Random Article’. Whatever comes up is the name of your band.
2. Go to quotationspage.com. Select ‘Random Quotes’. Choose any quote you like on the page. The last few words of the quote are your album title.
3. Go to flickr.com. Select ‘Explore’. Select ‘Interesting photos from the last 7 days’. The third image is your album cover.
4. Go to any photo editing site or use Photoshop/Gimp/etc, and put your mad editing skillz to work.

Mine is terrrrrribly depressing. But what can you do with a name like "Watford Observer" and a photo like that?

Perhaps I should have tried a few different clicks of the "random" button. :P
Mood: apatheticapathetic
28 January 2011 @ 17:47
I am alive! And both the assignments due today got completed, just baaaarely! Had to finish them both at school today. Whew.

Now, to finangle all the forms and whatnot for my World Youth Choir audition and send it in. It's due on Monday!
Mood: relievedrelieved
28 January 2011 @ 03:54
That I am currently at that charming point in my procrastination where I'm absolutely terrified to start the assignment I have due tomorrow because I know I will discover that there aren't enough hours before class to finish it. D: It is now 4:00am and I have class at 8:30am.

I got to this point well aware of what I was doing, but denial is such a comfortable place to be... sigh...
Mood: scaredscared
12 December 2010 @ 00:11
That's right - Star Trek snowflakes. I was inspired by Wil Wheaton's twitter where he posted Star Wars snowflakes that someone had made pattterns for. I was determined to go one better. So here we are! I made 2 insignia (command and science), a vulcan salute hand, and a GORN before I ran out of steam last night. Enjoy!

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Mood: cheerfulcheerful
11 December 2010 @ 22:21
So, I'm back from the dead (aka the school semester is over! no more exams, woo!) and I thought I'd post a review of some new earbuds that I just got. Heaven knows I read about a million reviews before getting them myself, but found very few of them helpful. I hope this one is, should anybody find and read it.

The Story (I'll try to keep it short):

I had a pair of Skullcandy Smokin' Buds which I bought about 2 years ago, which I was quite happy with. I don't do a lot of "serious" listening, so I want reasonably good audio but don't want to pay too much. I recall they were about $40 from Future Shop or something. A month or two ago, they stopped working, first one ear then the other. It seemed that the wires had come loose from where they connected inside each bud, probably from repeated putting-in-pockets and occasional yanking on the cord by accident. So I sent them back to Skullcandy, seeing as they have a lifetime warranty and even if you break them yourself you get a 50% discount in the Skullcandy store. I received my $30 credit (which was half the price of the buds plus a shipping credit), and looked around to see what was available to buy. I thought, since I was getting a bunch of money off, I might move up a level in quality.

After much searching of the web for reviews* I decided on the Titan earbuds. They got pretty good reviews from a couple of sources. As it turns out, I could either get them for $70 on the SC website with $30 off (so, $40 with shipping included) or I could get them for $25 on Amazon. Seriously. With shipping it was more like $33, but still... I got them on Amazon. Now I still have a $30 credit with SC should I need it.

I was pretty excited when they came! And there are some good things about them - and some not-so-great things.

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Mood: calmcalm
16 November 2010 @ 19:35
MAH (very small selection of) ICONS.

default oldest newest
saddest happiest angriest
cutest sexiest funniest
fave ship fave fandom fave animated
best quote best textless best stolen idea
use the most favorite

HOW MANY ICONS DO YOU HAVE: A whole 15! Wooo plus account!!
IF YOU COULD BUY SPACE FOR MORE, WOULD YOU: No, as evidenced by the fact that I haven't. While LJ is wonderful, it is not important enough to me to spend money on.
DO YOUR ICONS MAKE A STATEMENT: That I am very fond of silly things? (I was hard put to find a "sad" icon.)
WHAT SHIP DO YOU HAVE THE MOST ICONS OF: None! I had to put fermata/ritardando as my fave ship. XD
ARE THEY ANY GOOD: Most definitely not.
ANIMATED ICONS ARE: Supremely amusing.

Coding can be found here

Mood: cheerfulcheerful