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A moment of self-congratulation Nov. 26th, 2008 @ 09:15 am
Actually, I feel like that's all I do in this journal anymore. Eep. But nevertheless, I have to post about how goddamn sweet it was yesterday to play Street Fighter II HD Remix and hear my song in the game. It was the last song commissioned for the game, but funnily, it's the one you'll hear most if you're playing the game: it's the character select music. If you get to play the game, try not to get too sick of the song. :) The rest of the music in the game is fantastic, all done by various people on OC Remix.

I also thought the game was pretty damn fun, though I was sad to find my SF2 skills have really deteriorated since 1993. My friend and I tried to beat the game on Medium difficulty and it took us a heck of a lot of continues. It's pretty much the same game as the one on the SNES, though the graphics are ten times better, and the characters have been rebalanced for fairness.

NaNotWriANoMo Nov. 10th, 2008 @ 09:22 am
I'm not doing any kind of large creative project like a novel or an album this November, for the first year since 2003. (And even that year I spent a great deal of time in the fall writing a novel, while I was unemployed. So let's say since 2002.) I think my body has gotten into some sort of creative Circadian rhythm, because something feels off about not doing anything this month, but at the same time, I also feel very free. I've always loved November even before doing NaNoWriMo, because it has such a unique feel. But when you do NaNo, it takes over the month, gives it a new character. My birthday and Thanksgiving became these huge reliefs from working frantically. Now I feel like I can plan and enjoy both occasions comfortably, see a couple concerts, hang out with friends, and still get a little creative stuff done on the side.

This is probably a good year for me to skip making a novel or album anyway. I have a small inkling of an idea for a novel but it needs a lot more fleshing out before I can do anything with it. I have several ideas for songs. The funny thing is I find making a novel works best when I have a lot fleshed out, and an album works best when I don't have any ideas. :P I'll probably spend my November working on one of those songs that's pretty much written in my head - just needs to be put into the computer.

One last complaint and I'm sure others have made it: why is NaNo in November? Why not June or August which have pretty much no holidays, and happen to be months where I hate to leave the house? :) Oh well. Good luck to all those doing NaNo.
Current Music: Panic at the Disco - Pretty Odd

Parallels May. 5th, 2008 @ 02:01 pm
Watching your basketball team play a close playoff game against another team is like watching a tense TV show or movie. You're on the edge of your seat the whole time and you don't know how it will end.

Watching your basketball team blow out another team is like watching a comedy movie you love for the Nth time. It's safe, familiar, you pretty much know how the whole thing goes, yet you still enjoy it.

Watching your basketball team get blown out is like watching Will and Grace. It's humiliating, it's predictable, and even though it's not at all enjoyable, you find yourself watching till nearly the end in the desperate hope of it getting better.

Apr. 8th, 2008 @ 02:53 pm
Bought my first classical CD recently - Tafelmusik's recording of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos. I LOVE it. Some of the movements are absolute classics that take me back to my elementary school days. My 4th grade teacher used to play classical music to relax us at the end the day. The less popular movements are excellent too, and there's so much variety in the moods and instrument combinations. Bach = awesome.

I've always had this big mental block about liking classical music. As a child, I didn't listen to music (yeah, seems strange now). As a teen, I started buying music but classical wasn't even on my radar. As I started college, it was on my radar but I thought it was too dull. By the end of college, I was interested in it, but found the number of choices too vast and couldn't decide what the hell to start with. Finally, a friend recommended a book on starting a classical music collection last year and with the help of that, I finally decided on the CD I bought. And now I wonder why the hell it took me 26 years to do this.
Current Mood: accomplished
Current Music: Tafelmusik - Six Brandenburg Concertos

Feb. 28th, 2008 @ 11:46 pm


The grocery list on our dry-erase board just became a lot more fun. It used to have a can of cumin juice on it; now it's garlic juice. :D I'm trying to think of what the funniest foods would be to put with those magnetic poetry.
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» Asking for your help!
The result of listening to music at work these past few months is that I'm flying through my collection much faster than I usually do. As such, I'm finding myself wanting to hear new music even though I bought CDs only a couple months ago.

So I'm asking for your help. If you all have one song or album that you really want me to hear, leave it in a comment and I promise I will listen to it. AND I'll say something positive about it too. Even if it's like the crappiest piece of crap ever. Obscure music is better because it's likely I won't have heard it, but then again, I've barely listened to radio in the past couple years either. Feel free to suggest anything.
» 7 remain!
Alphaville - Salvation
Apollo 440 - Electro Glide in Blue
Barenaked Ladies - Maybe You Should Drive
Bjork - Debut
Bjork - Post
Blur - The Great Escape
The Cars - Anthology, Disc 2
David Byrne - Uh-oh
De La Soul - AOI:Bionix
Erasure - s/t
Fantastic Plastic Machine - s/t
Happy Mondays - Double Easy
Lode Runner: The Legend Returns - Soundtrack
Mighty Mighty Bosstones - Let's Face It
Super Furry Animals - Fuzzy Logic
Super Furry Animals - Outspaced
Supertones - Supertones Strike Back
XTC - Oranges and Lemons

As I listen to these albums, I am surprised they aren't that bad as I remember. But neither are they that good. It makes sense though - the truly bad albums in my collection never made it into this book. For the most part, these are the pleasant, uncompelling albums in my collection. I think I'm going to write reviews for the remaining albums as I listen to them.
» Progress on the race (http://palpablevt.livejournal.com/26125.html)
Down to 12.

Alphaville - Salvation
Apollo 440 - Electro Glide in Blue
Barenaked Ladies - Maybe You Should Drive
Bjork - Debut
Bjork - Post
Blur - The Great Escape
The Cars - Anthology, Disc 2
David Byrne - Uh-oh
De La Soul - AOI:Bionix
Erasure - s/t
Fantastic Plastic Machine - s/t
Happy Mondays - Double Easy
Lode Runner: The Legend Returns - Soundtrack
Mighty Mighty Bosstones - Let's Face It
Super Furry Animals - Fuzzy Logic
Super Furry Animals - Outspaced
Supertones - Supertones Strike Back
XTC - Oranges and Lemons
» Down to 15
Three have dropped out of the race. I've started listening to music at work, so this might start going a bit quicker.

Alphaville - Salvation
Apollo 440 - Electro Glide in Blue
Barenaked Ladies - Maybe You Should Drive
Bjork - Debut
Bjork - Post
Blur - The Great Escape
The Cars - Anthology, Disc 2
David Byrne - Uh-oh
De La Soul - AOI:Bionix
Erasure - s/t
Fantastic Plastic Machine - s/t
Happy Mondays - Double Easy
Lode Runner: The Legend Returns - Soundtrack
Mighty Mighty Bosstones - Let's Face It
Super Furry Animals - Fuzzy Logic
Super Furry Animals - Outspaced
Supertones - Supertones Strike Back
XTC - Oranges and Lemons
» The book
In 1998, I bought a gigantic black 200 CD book, which was larger than I figured I would need for a very long time. I kept every CD I owned in it, including the ones I never listened to, simply because... why not? It didn't last long. I started to buy CDs in huge quantities once I got to college, subscribing to BMG Music Club and regularly taking advantage of their "unlimited CDs for $3.99 each" sales, and I reached the 200 mark within sophomore year of college. Since my only book was full, I had to start being judicious with space, and I removed all the CDs I never listened to. I was satisfied with this arrangement. I would never own 200 CDs that I listened to regularly, right?

Of course I would; it happened only two years later, in 2003. Rather than buy another book, I finally switched to CD shelves, because the cases were accumulating anyway, and my mom was tired of devoting one of her bookcases to holding them. Unfortunately, this meant moving 200 CDs from the book back to the cases. Being the brilliantly lazy person that I am, I came up with a clever way to mitigate this issue: I would only move a CD back to its case on the shelves after I listened to it. One interesting side effect of this was that I could figure out which CDs I claim to like but never listen to, by looking at what stays in the book.

It's 2007 now, and there are only 18 CDs left of the original 200. It's quite exciting to me (and likely only me). Like a race to the moon! Which CD will win/lose?

The horses! (and the odds)Collapse )
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