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oic [12 May 2012|03:20pm]
[ mood | uncomfortable ]

Teh kitteh in my icon died last year. You were awesome, Mr. Mrow!

Addicted to ONTD again... just had to login to see if my el-jay was baleeted or not. I might update regularly now... it might be good.

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Distraction [17 Apr 2009|04:43pm]
[ mood | giddy ]

I started Ada, or Ardor: A Family Chronicle by the perpetually amazing Vladimir Nabokov this past week, which was a bad idea because I have an insane amount of work to catch up on this weekend and next week. But I've been wanting to read it for the past two or three years. Oh, well.
But, here's some real news:


NEW SHIINA RINGO ALBUM -- OUT JUNE 24!!

SANMON GOSHIPPU ("Cheap (lit. "three-mon [unit of currency before the yen]") Gossip")!

This comes right after her newest solo single, "Ariamaru Tomi" (loosely, "Excessive Wealth"), which will be released on May 27, whose A-side is the theme song for the new J-drama Smile starring Matsumoto Jun and Aragaki Yui.

I cannot put in words how excited I am right now... off to read more info!


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Utada's Very Own Playlist [28 Mar 2009|05:38pm]

Utada Celebrity Playlist

Take a listen...
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StarGate: Go DIAF [09 Jan 2009|12:25pm]
[ mood | aggravated ]

I made a really long post on a forum and now I don't even want to see if anyone replied. I'm kind of embarrassed. We all know most people don't like to read on Teh Interwebz.

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I have to redirect... [07 Jan 2009|12:41pm]
Nevermiiiiind that, gaiz.

Go here instead: http://islandrecords.com/site/promo/splash/utada/index.htm

The MySpace page was baleeted; it was probably fake.
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Come Back To Me [07 Jan 2009|11:29am]
[ mood | giddy ]

New Utada track!
Go here: http://www.myspace.com/thisisutada

I actually liked it. I listened to it about 20 times in a row. It's generic, but the melody >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> the bland instrumental track (what else can you expect from Stargate?). I hope the rest of the album is more interesting, though. It's a step up from Easy Breezy (as a lead single and just as a song in general), for sure. But I really shouldn't hope for anything (it's worked so far... I wasn't upset like others apparently were). She has stated that she'll be going for a more "general" sound for this album, so it definitely won't be Exodus, part 2.

For now, I can't get the damn song out of my head and I keep refreshing the Utada forum pages that I usually haunt (I heard it around 2 AM and couldn't get back to sleep, so I just keep refreshing pages all morning).

Oh, and I think I'm addicted to lulz. Halp?

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10th Anniversary! [08 Dec 2008|04:22pm]
[ mood | ecstatic ]

Go here: http://www.emimusic.jp/hikki/

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Hrrmmm... [20 Nov 2008|10:26pm]
[ mood | drained ]

It's World Philosophy Day!

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Socially Retarded Girl is Socially Retarded. She can haz cello lesin plz? [17 Sep 2008|09:00pm]
[ mood | disappointed ]

So, it all started almost two weeks ago with a mention of a baby.

My viola teacher, upon me telling her that I was taking cello lessons this semester, said something about the teacher and a baby. Something like, "His wife is having a baby, right?"

Me: *shrug* "I dunno."

So I finally get an e-mail from the cello teacher on Monday morning after a week without one (I was too lazy to actually ask him what was up with the e-mail thing) asking about lesson times, etc. He also mentioned that his wife was due to give birth around that week or so, so lesson times were subject to change (with notice, of course). My first thought was: So, of course my lesson is gonna get canceled because of this whole baby thing.

I checked my e-mail compulsively this past Monday and Tuesday, waiting for the dreaded e-mail. No sign yet. Cue today. At 1:30 PM, having awoken from a horrible nap, I go check my e-mail. Sure enough, the dreaded message is there. All lessons canceled for the rest of the week.

Now I'm just wondering what my first lesson will be like. Will he bring it up out of the blue? I can imagine the awkward silence full of expectation. Or will I have to say something because I know why this lesson was postponed? Maybe he will open with it straight off. After all, he volunteered it.

And through this moment, I am sure that I will have to fake my way through a socially acceptable reaction, like, "Oh, congratulations!" or "That's so nice!" or any other equally suitable non-awkward phrase punctuated with an equally awkward smile/face movement showing the minimum amount of whatever other emotion "faking non-indifference" is.

Because, you know, I sincerely do not give a fuck.

I do not find babies remarkable. They are just not as interesting to me as they seem to be to many other people. So picture me having to act like I care -- or at least not doing anything that may get me The "What's wrong with you? Don't you like baaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyybbbbbbbbbeeeeeeeeeezzzzzz?!1!!1!" Reaction whenever they are mentioned to me.

I actually met the teacher a week or so ago. I was pretty excited. He also happens to be the prof I had for my excruciatingly boring Intro Music Theory class last semester. (He is also teaching next class in the sequence, but thank whatever invisible object(s) of veneration up there somewhere that the class could not fit into my schedule this semester because of my Greek class.) He tuned my cello. The cello slipped out of tune over the course of the week. I do not want to take a risk and tune it. Now the cello is sitting in my locker growing dusty. I could, in theory, still practice, but the sour notes will eventually annoy me.

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Check Out the Response Videos! [11 Jul 2008|05:44am]
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Awesome [04 Jul 2008|08:50pm]
[ mood | artistic ]

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Trent Reznor's Tambourine Dance [30 May 2008|02:54am]
[ mood | calm ]

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An Unrefined Rant on Nader... [08 Mar 2008|09:41pm]
[ mood | hungry ]

Okay. Let's get one thing straight: Ralph Nader did not "ruin" the 2000 presidential election. Direct evidence: "In the year 2000, exit polls reported that 25% of my voters would have voted for Bush, 38% would have voted for Gore and the rest would not have voted at all." (Ralph Nader

But... maybe he did, once we consider the notion of a "spoiler" candidate.

You're taught that you must vote for one or the other -- a Democrat or a Republican. Those who charge that Nader was a "spoiler" in 2000 and 2004 are the products of this teaching. The "spoiler effect" and "spiltting the vote" owe their very existence to this notion. The two-party system has been around for so long that people seem hard-pressed to believe that any third-party candidate is "worthy" of running opposite the candidates of either main party -- because there are "only" two parties. These two choices are only considered as the only legitimate choices solely because of tradition. Sure, there are countless "third-parties" in the history of the United States -- but they are almost always overshadowed by the cherished two-party system.

This is what drives the pitiful mentality of "voting for the lesser of the two evils." I suppose this is also the origin of the "spoiler candidate" argument. Voting for a third option "steals" votes from whomever one considers "the lesser of the two evils." Why? Since you think you only have two "legitimate" options anyone who broadens the list of options to anything more than a dichotomy is unwelcome. Uncomfortable, even. But this is only uncomfortable because it directly rejects the notion that there are only two choices. Indeed, a third choice "spoils" this fantasy. Why should it have even come to this? Isn't there room for a candidate who is not an "evil" at all?

I'm really sick of people complaining about Nader. People are repeating this notion again, now that Nader is running. But the more they repeat this, the more they reinforce the two-party system's alreadly untouchable nature.


I also do not think it is a coincidence that third-parties have often advocated for some of the most radical ideas on either side of the spectrum (there goes that human propensity to classify every and anything), and the two main parties have been "centrist" (as of late)... But, I don't know if the latter half of this opinion will stand up to actual American history. I think they are mostly centrist, with only a few issues here and there that end up being the only distinguishable issues between the two. I've done some research on Duverger's Law, and the effects of having a single-member district plurality voting system. Legislative seats are awarded in a particular constituency to the candidate that has received the plurality of the votes within that same constituency, rather than apportioning the legislative seats according to the total votes gained across the entire set of constituencies. This system tends to reward the two major parties and discourage the development of thrid-parties. (Thanks Wikipedia!)

The "spoiler effect" and "splitting the vote" are only legitimate because we all agree to agree that they are. It will only stop when we realize we have other choices.

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2 videos, 1 grossed-out person [02 Feb 2008|10:20pm]
[ mood | giggly ]

I was just on the phone with my mom when she was watching "2 Girls 1 Cup" and "1 Girl 1 Pitcher".


PRICELESS.

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Teh Awesome. [02 Feb 2008|03:45pm]
[ mood | crappy ]






I have a really bad headache, but I really want to go practice...

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Three cheers for productivity! [29 Jan 2008|04:24pm]
[ mood | productive ]

I've just translated the first four lines of book 1 of the Aeneid!

18 more to go...

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montel williams will blow you up [17 Dec 2007|03:30pm]
[ mood | amused ]

I should really be studying and writing a paper right now. Instead, I'm finding myself laughing at CWA and Dinesh D'Souza's stupidity, reading too many posts at Bossip, reading a few foreign policy articles, browsing Bushisms and random BBC articles, and being mesmerized by Montel Williams' power to blow stuff up.


Some other things:
Corruption and Women in Government
Unappreciated Service
The "Girlie-Men" Slur and Similar Insults

I've also managed to read a few books. Go me.



I shall get to work now.

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lolgirl [10 Dec 2007|06:40pm]
[ mood | frustrated ]

Fuck Heroes. Superficially, it's an exciting show. Albeit, a bit campy, but still interesting. Below the surface, however, is a show that is fucking retarded. Laughably retarded. And, as of the season finale, predictably laughable and retarded.


Finals are coming up, and I'm slowly starting to realize the period in which I can nonchalantly ask people (or ask myself), "Have you started studying yet?" is shrinking fast. I've been telling myself, "Oh, finals are only two weeks away... you can afford to sit on your ass, alternately watch stupid shit like Heroes and the GREATEST shit like BookTV, mope about going home, and listen FOR WHAT SEEMS LIKE HOUR AFTER NONSTOP FUCKING HOUR to people chewing their food around you while you do logic puzzles and procrastinate."

I've never really had finals before. Only maybe thrice (I love using this word -- but only online... I'm fucking COWARD IRL, LOLZ) in high school. And I was so disgusted from the beginning that I never studied for shit. I've been fooling myself that I can actually learn how to study. Now finals are this week and next (they're self-scheduled, too!) and I REALLY HAVE NOT STARTED organizing my shit TO STUDY.

Also, I'm really bored in class. If the majority of my class time consists of reviewing the previous night's reading, I will go insane here. Would it kill these people to briefly address the reading then GO BEYOND IT? I think I really need to go to either half of Oxbridge; the tutorial system sounds wonderful... but will they ever purge me of that awful habit of being bored to deflect the mind-numbing review routine so often employed in American primary, secondary, and (APPARENTLY) colleges/universities?



Listening to other people chew their food makes me want to cry. And not eat anything else ever again. I think I may just do that -- I'm feeling nauseated enough.

I think the disorder is called SSS (Soft Sound Sensitivity). What I may have is misophonia (dislike of sounds) when it comes to eating noises. I found this on some website:

(a) Individuals whose hearing sensitivity is focused on eating/chewing sounds: Some individuals are not sensitive to loud sounds (in other words they have normal loudness discomfort levels - LDL's) but they are unable to tolerate the sound of people eating or chewing. Oddly enough they have no problem tolerating the sound of their own eating. These individuals have a difficult time eating with their family and friends and some insist on eating all by themselves. They become enraged at meals and sometimes even start to shake or convulse. This is not hyperacusis. The patients primary goal would be to neutralize the dislike they have on eating sounds. Most of these individuals live very normal lives with the only exception of being unable to tolerate all the dynamics of other people eating. Often these individuals have been unsuccessful finding any information about this condition. To the best of our knowledge no articles have been written in any qualified medical journal and no studies or research has been done about this. Patients seeking treatment from their clinician may have to copy the information from this website to help their doctor understand what is taking place here. Treatment for these patients comes from clinicians who have a specific protocol for misophonia. Search the network message board with the word misophonia to learn more about this problem and misophonia protocols.


I have a 4 page paper due tomorrow that I have not started, and the girl next to me is crunching away.

I really like LOL Presidents!

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i am squeakor, pontificating the memories [06 Nov 2007|05:21am]
[ mood | blah ]

what is this? I take a three-hour nap, and I'm banned from going back to sleep for the entire night? Sure, I got tired around 3 or 4-ish, but it was like my brain was still going even though I was yawning ridiculously.

I think I'll make a lolcat.

Isn't he the cutest cat EVAR?

Or something.

I found out that Donnie Darko has been adapted into a play in Boston. I think I may go... if I can only:
1. Stop obsessively listening to/practicing/daydreaming about/looking at/envying|adoring the performers playing/reading about viola music
2. taking naps that are technically not naps, and
3. reading Catullus.


I think I'm hungry. Maybe that's the problem. It's been my problem for the many times I've stayed up like this. There are probably other causes, like: my being a night-owl (to be called one, are you supposed to function best during the night/not just like staying up at night/just not being a morning person?) and my ill-timed naps.



I was going to set my mood to awake, but the sight of the happy kitty (who is so obviously a morning cat) drinking tea forced me to reconsider my present condition.

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back in the brooklyn saddle [07 Oct 2007|08:05pm]
[ mood | rushed ]

On Friday, this girl on the T thought, because she was Patrick Swayze's cousin, her teacher certainly hated her guts. Her grandma's confusion gave away the fact that she was probably mistaken.

I'm enjoying my Fall Break from Wellesley. I'm going back tomorrow afternoon...

I don't really want to leave. It's been so nice to see Mister and be in a familiar place.

But, my momma is coming to visit me this Friday.

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