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I Find it Very Odd that "The Threepenny Opera" is Listed as "Alternative" in itunes... [Feb. 15th, 2009|06:58 pm]
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[Current Music |Original Cast - Threepenny Opera. (I don't like this cd...)]

I've also decided that even though I'm only 3 tracks in, I don't really like it that much. (This is the original recording, though. The revival cast might be different...) But I think honestly that's the way Brecht intended. It's kinda odd and off-putting.


On a less random note, I have some excellent news - I've been invited to come to the annual Unified Auditions run by the Atlanta Coalition of Performing Arts! It's in March and you had to apply for it. Over 60 professional theatre companies will be there. I'm really excited, and really anxious too.

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That 25 Things Thingie That's Been Going Around Facebook [Feb. 13th, 2009|06:17 pm]
[Current Music |"Come What May (Finale)" Moulin Rouge]

Once you’ve been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it’s because I want to know more about you.

1. I should be doing something constructive, like my taxes, or working on monologues, but I’m doing this instead.
2.I have recently gotten a wee bit obsessed with t-shirts with heraldic designs (which you can find the coolest ones in the young men’s section. You can’t find any in the junior women’s section. Just so you know).
3. I think my reasons behind #2 are because I recently reread A Song of Ice and Fire (again) and am chomping at the bit for the 5th book to come out.
4. I wear a small in the young men’s department (shirts – I have no idea what I’d wear in pants), a large in the boys’ department, an extra large in the girls’ department, sometimes a medium sometimes a large in the junior women’s department, and a small in the women’s department.
5. I can wear anywhere from a child’s 3 to a women’s 7 in shoes, but I average about a 6.
6. I have probably put more money into my car this past year than the car is actually worth.
7. I have lost 35 pounds in the last year.
8. I avoid using my cell phone unless it is a dire necessity.
9. I have never sent a text message and I never plan to. So there.
10. You would be surprised at the number of plays (in particular musicals) that I, as a theatre major, never actually got around to watching or reading.
11. Along the same lines as #10, I have been checking out cds and librettos from the library and am now convinced that I must own Sweeney Todd (which I knew already knew) and Les Mis.
12. Katrina got me hooked on Twilight (Oh, the sparkly vampires!)
13. I recently paid over $20 for a used paperback of the third book in a series I love because the author died and the book is out of print. And that was with a 30% off coupon.
14. I am continually trying to figure out what colour my hair is. (Those of you who haven’t seen me recently, it seems to be getting lighter.) Most of my coworkers say strawberry blonde, but the lady who cuts my moms hair says “dark gold, with hints of copper and caramel, but then, of course, this is flourescent lighting in here, which leeches out the warm colours, so…”
15. I spell “colour” with a “u” ; )
16. My dog is 15, and my cat is 10. They do not act their ages.
17. I look pretty much the same as I did 8 years ago. Except now I weight about 20 pounds less than I did then.
18. I started typing this list about 1:30 this afternoon. It is now just after midnight. (This is not due to being a slow typist – it’s because I went to work.)
19. I haven’t seen a movie in a movie theater in over a year.
20. I love the scent of sandalwood.
21. I am a card-carrying member (it’s cardstock, not plastic) of the Atlanta Coalition for Performing Arts, and you can see me on their website:
22. I still chew on my pens after years of trying not to.
23. I think of Atlanta as “The City That Ate All My Stuff” because over the past few years 2 of my favourite radio stations, the Mexican restaurant that I loved, my favourite sushi bar, and the Chinese restaurant that I grew up eating at have all either gone under, been bought, or changed to something else.
24. I have sworn more in the car since moving back to Atlanta than I ever swore in all my life before that.
25. I have referred to myself as Celto-Scythian because my background is English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh and Ukrainian. I have even gone so far as put “Slavic” on that space they have on forms where they ask your race. If I thought I could get away with actually putting Celto-scythian on those forms I would.

I'm not tagging anyone, 'cause I already did that on facebook.
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Card-carrying Member [Jan. 21st, 2009|09:43 pm]
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[Current Location |my room]
[Current Mood |anxiousanxious]
[Current Music |"24" Jem]

I am now a card-carrying member of the Atlanta Coalition for Performing Arts (yes, really, they sent me a card and everything!) As part of my membership, I'm being considered for the huge Unified Audition in Atlanta at the end of March. Everyone cross your fingers for that - I'm gonna need all the luck I can get; it's a MAJOR big deal.

Also, as part of my membership, I get a profile page! Check it out:
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On the 12th Day of Christmas, My True Love Gave to Me... [Jan. 5th, 2009|10:34 am]
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...a music thingie and a WHOLE buncha quotes!

A music thingie, 'cause I feel the need to do 'em every so often:Collapse )

I read a lot of Terry Pratchett this year, so the first chunk of quotes is all from him:Collapse )

And some fun non-Pratchett quotes:Collapse )

FIVE GOOOO-OLD RIIIIIIIINGS! (C'mon, loosen up, Judas!)
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"I don't think that word means what you think it means." [Dec. 2nd, 2008|01:37 pm]
[Current Location |my room]
[Current Mood |annoyedannoyed]
[Current Music |"Precious" Depeche Mode]

I don't know if this is me being nit-picky (being a product of going to Sewanee) or if this is actually getting more common. I've been noticing a lot lately that people on the news and the weather channel seem to be using words incorrectly. (And I mean the anchors, not random people on the street.)

I wish I could recall all of the recent ones - I've noticed on more than one occasion someone using an adjective when it should be an adverb.

However, the most recent one that really bothers me the most was on an advertisement for the next episode of When Weather Changed History. This episode is about the Dust Bowl and they were showing footage of the parched soil along with maybe 3 little narration sound bites over it. One of them said, "The land was just completed desecrated." I'm sorry. That's not the word you're looking for there. Maybe you're wanting to say "desiccated" or "devastated." But unless we're talking about destroying consecrated land, we're not talking about anything being desecrated. And maybe I'm being too unforgiving, but I would think if you're doing a documentary that first of all you'd maybe do another take of whoever they were filming, see if they really meant that, etc, and that you'd have someone, some kind of fact checker or something when you're putting together your little 30 second ad to make sure that at least your advertising is correct.

And maybe I'm the only person that notices that kind of stuff. I am rather a nerd and know a lot of random stuff (a fellow actor once said "Anyone ever tell you that maybe you know too much?"), but I wouldn't think it would be too much to ask to have a scientific documentary get the word right.

And it's not as though I'm the end all be all guru of knowledge - I can tell you the definition of all three words and use them in a sentence*, but I had to check the spelling, and I can't program my cell phone.

So... are people just getting lazier in their speech, or am I just getting old? ; ) ("You damn kids these days - when I was your age we knew what words meant! Get off my TV!")

I saw a t-shirt the other day, and I'm kind of considering getting it - it said "I am the grammarian about whom your mother warned you."

* desecrated - v. past tense of "desecrate" - to disturb, profane, destroy, or otherwise abuse something that is sacred. "The developers desecrated the ancient burial ground by building a mini-mall on it."

desiccated - v. past tense of "desiccate" - to dry completely; to preserve by drying. "The process of mummification desiccated the pharaoh's body."

devastated - v. past tense of "devastate" - to destroy or damage beyond repair. "The tornado ripped through the town and devastated many houses."
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Brief update from Lizland [Oct. 26th, 2008|12:06 pm]
[Current Location |my room]
[Current Mood |anxioustakin' a break from monologin']
[Current Music |"Condemnation" Depeche Mode]

I wish the itunes "most played" list was 30 or 50 songs rather than 25.

That is all.
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Poo [Jul. 5th, 2008|12:23 am]
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The Boston Pops did not play the 1812 Overture.

Poo on them. Poo, I say.
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'Cause Brendar Says He Likes 'Em [Jun. 22nd, 2008|05:31 pm]
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[Current Location |my room]
[Current Music |"The Monster Mash" Bobby "Boris" Pickett]

Fun quotes, mainly from Terry Pratchett:

"Punk doesn't come in a kit." me

"Cats gravitate to kitchens like rocks gravitate to gravity." Witches Abroad, Terry Pratchett (Unless otherwise noted, any quotes from here on out are Pratchett.)

"'Dojo! What is Rule One!'....'Do not act incautiously when confronting a little, bald, wrinkly, smiling man!'" Thief of Time

"I can't start repenting at my time of life. I'd never get any work done." Nanny Ogg, Carpe Jugulum

"Any fool could be a witch with a runic knife, but it took skill to be one with an apple-corer." Carpe Jugulum
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Music Meme Flashback [May. 27th, 2008|12:35 am]
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[Current Location |my room]
[Current Music |"Champagne Supernova" Oasis]

I'm really not sure why, but I was looking over some old entries and discovered a music meme I did about 3 years ago (I still had the old Mac computer!) and decided I'd re-post that one, and then do it again with my newly reorganised music collection just for the comparisson.

June 10, 2005:

Music Meme:

1. What is your total number of songs? 959
2. Sort by song title.
a.What's the first song? ‘Tis of Thee – Ani DiFranko
b. What's the last song? Zoot Suit Riot – Cherry Poppin’ Daddies
3. Sort by play time.
a. what's the first song? Bedlam Reprise – Squirrel Nut Zippers
b. what's the last song? Moonlight Sonata - Beethoven
4. Sort by Album name. Ignoring any empty entries,
a. what's the first album? 10 Things I Hate About You
b. what's the last album? Watermark - Enya
5. What are the 5 most often played songs? (on the ipod, and not accurate I think)
-Song of the Nile - Dead Can Dance
-Thank You - Dido
-Take My Hand - Dido
-Slave Dance #2 - Russian Balalaika
-The Lady is a Tramp - Ella Fitzgerald
6. Search for "Sex". How many songs? 2
7. Search for "Death". How many songs? 1
8. Search for "Love". How many songs? 56 – who’s surprised? Not me


Music Meme:

1. What is your total number of songs? 1923 (of course, this'll be even more once I get all my cds ripped...)
2. Sort by song title.
a.What's the first song? "'Til Kingdom Come" Coldplay
b. What's the last song? "Zvezda" Vitas
3. Sort by play time.
a. what's the first song? "Bedlam Reprise" Squirrel Nut Zippers"
b. what's the last song? Dress to Kill Eddie Izzard
4. Sort by Album name. Ignoring any empty entries,
a. what's the first album? 10 Things I Hate About You Soundtrack
b. what's the last album? Zoot Suit Riot - Cherry Poppin' Daddies
5. What are the 5 most often played songs?
- "Paralyzer" Finger 11, tied with "Precious" Depeche Mode
- "Narnia Lullaby" from The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
- "Quixote" Bond
- "Ain't No Easy Way" Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
- "Enjoy the Silence" Depeche Mode
6. Search for "Sex". How many songs? 3 (one of these, however, is "Wessex Loses a Bride" from the Shakespeare in Love Soundtrack)
7. Search for "Death". How many songs? 2 (however, "dead" came up with 20)
8. Search for "Love". How many songs? 97 (and the pattern remains)
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Quick post in which I will not complain about work (so it'll be short ; ) [May. 26th, 2008|12:09 pm]
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[Current Location |my room]
[Current Mood |boredbored]
[Current Music |"Slavic Dance" Dvorak]

So I've just gotten done with a bunch of reorganising with my MP3s. I think it's pretty safe to say that I've relocated everything now. I do know there are a couple things missing. They may have been deleted, which sucks, but I'm pretty sure the ones that are missing (I'm working on a list - I tend to remember things when I'm in the car and they come on the radio) are all things I orriginally pulled from cds, so I should be ok getting 'em back. I just really don't want to start working on pulling anything from cds until I have time to do a lot of cds in one go. I did rip my new Buddy Holly cd (which I've been wanting to get for a long time) and I'm really pleased with the selection on it : )

And I don't do my daily random quote thingie anymore, nor do I post my long lists of random quotes anyomore (a lot of you say "yay!", I'm sure) but I do have some that've been rolling around in my head and laguishing on bits of paper on my desk for a while, so I'm posting 'em anyway:

Mary (at Pier 1): "Zen scented candles"? What does Zen smell like?
Me: *sniff sniff* Zen smells like the box it came in.
Mary: Ah, very wise, Young Grasshopper.

"Heroes never have a plan. It's always left up to us Dark Lords to have a plan." Evil Harry Dread, The Last Hero by Terry Pratchett

I WAS NOT EXPECTING A NAC MAC FEEGLE TODAY - OTHERWISE I WOULD HAVE WORN PROTECTIVE CLOTHING. HA. HA. Death, A Hat Full of Sky Terry Pratchett (Death always speaks in all caps with no quotation marks in Terry Pratchett)

OH, NO, NOT YOU PEOPLE AGAIN! Death, Wintersmith Terry Pratchett (Yes, I've been reading a lot of Pratchett - why do you ask? ; )

"Gondor has no biscotti - Gondor needs no biscotti." Me

Now I'm off to repot my rosemary bush.
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