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I heard last week from the violin shop that it would take at least 3-4 weeks for my poor cello to be fixed. This would not be such a bad thing if the loaner I was using hadn't split open along the back (middle) seam right before my lesson on Thursday. I was sad and confused, as was my teacher; I also felt really bad for the guy who was letting me use it as I had talked with him about it just the night before. Now I get to use one of Coe's (crappy) instruments, which doesn't sound good even though I put my own strings on it. I had to use it at the recital last night, I'll have to play it at the orchestra concert on Sunday, and I will probably have to use it when I perform on Recital Hour two weeks from Thursday. ugh.|
but the check from the insurance company came through (to the tune of nearly $5000), so that's something to look forward to.
If I seem tired it's because I've spent many many hours in the Petranek lab over the past week or so working on a project for my Computer Music Workstation class. It's turning out to be ridiculously sweet, but I've spent sooooo much time on it (up until 3am Sunday night & last night and etc.) so I am tired. I will try to post it when I have it finished (not like the pictures from Million Man which I still have yet to organize); who knows, maybe I'll get an account on MP3.com?
I'm planning on submitting it to OCRemix when it's done, so wish me luck!
Current Music: the Rose Town Hoe Down!
this is a little after the fact, but...|
Wednesday night my cello exploded. literally. I opened the case between rehearsals (I had come back from one off-campus) and it fell out at me because the neck had snapped in half. grrrararrrarrr!!!!!
fortunately, the parents' insurance is covering it, so I don't have to worry about anything besides the cost of shipping (which still may put the hurt on my checking account). but damn it! seriously, this sucks. agh.
at least I have a decent loaner.
This journal has definitely been the furthest thing from my mind lately. In light of what's gone on in the past 5-6 weeks I don't think anyone would fault me for that. Just so y'all know what's been up lately, I'll give you a short bulleted rundown of my life from my last post to today:|
-I lost my grandmother
-Crazy crazy Homecoming concert (participated in 3 ensembles PLUS had to be in charge of the logistics, with no idea what I was doing)
-Fraternity chapter's 75th anniversary (we did some ceremonies for alums, I had a pretty big part in one of them that I had 3 weeks to learn)
-Performed in two weddings and attended a third, not to mention a number of other performances (church services and etc.)
-Fraternity province workshop
-attending a number of concerts (that whole music major thing again)
All this is of course in addition to regularly scheduled classes, papers, and the like.
Sometimes I don't really know how things fall into place, but I guess they always manage to somehow.
In that light, I'll try to get back into the habit of posting, I could use it. Feel free to get ahold of me at any time.
Current Music: the whir of the computer fans
One word: loft-a-ma-phone. (or maybe just Loftone™, I haven't decided yet.)|
I have successfully tuned my loft (yes, my bed loft) to the key of E major. It has the range of an octave and a sixth, so not very much music can be played on it. Recordings and pictures of the instrument will be coming soon (as soon as I have time to make them). Perhaps I'll even write a piece for it.
Current Music: loftamaphone!
|» so much to do in so little time|
yes it is 1:20AM, and yes I did just finish my homework for the night.|
what's more, I still have some reading to do tomorrow morning when I get up (nothing too major though, that's why I am going to wait until tomorrow when I can process it better).
I haven't really had enough time to practice, or I haven't taken enough time to practice, I can't decide which quite yet. 14 hours of ensemble rehearsal in a week is pushing it for me, I think it's even more than I had in high school (especially since it's compacted into only 5 days instead of 7). Don't get me wrong, I'm enjoying it, but we will have to see how efficient I can be over these next thirteen weeks. I figure I will be doing a lot of my Sinfonia stuff between classes/rehearsals/random obligations, as that's the only time I'll really have to sit down and do them.
I won't have time to read for pleasure (unless I start carrying books around with me again, yay middle school!), I won't have time to read the news, I will have to make time to hang out with people (though I'm sure that I will, since homework is not the be-all end-all of everything). It's going to be difficult, but if I can handle this then I can handle grad school.
Oh yeah, and somewhere I have to fit work study, private teaching, being Jazz Summit chair, etc. etc. into all this. So much for roleplaying time, unless I can figure out some way to do that and productively study/do homework (I tried it a couple of times last year with Shadowrun, but Shadowrun was a little too distracting for studying something like music theory).
|» i'm a lazy barstard|
and y'all already know it, so that shouldn't be anything new.|
I have basically taken the last couple of weeks to "chillax to the max", as my friend Weens would put it. Don't get me wrong, it's been nice to finally have a couple of weeks off, but I know there is stuff I should have been working on more than I did. Ah well, it will get done eventually, that's the important part.
Room is set, shelves have been built and are being filled as we speak. I'm definitely going to enjoy basically having a tiny apartment inside of my dorm room (who would have thought that you could fit four rooms and an attic into a space six feet wide, nine feet high, and fourteen feet long? I certainly didn't until recently. but it has been pulled off, so ... well, it's awesome.
(and many thanks again to my stepdad for being incredibly cool and building everything for me. for free. yay!)
So these next few days are going to be days of organizing, relaxing, and maybe some work and whatnot. Filing all of the stuff that accumulated over the summer is probably going to be the #1 task of the weekend, though it shouldn't take more than a few hours once I really get started on it.
for those of you who don't know, my C: drive has been acting funny lately. BSoDing, being corrupted, making funny noises, etc. I checked it out in as many possible ways as I could think of, and really didn't find anything wrong except for the fact that it was about 95% fragmented when I took a look at it last. It's still pretty bad, but after having run several defrags on it, it's down to about 81%. (though it's actually pretty significant, because I reduced the number of excess file fragments by about 250,000 so far... only another 250,000 to go.)
I'm also finally working on backing up some of the stuff that I've downloaded over the past three months. especially the stuff from MML, which has been sitting around ... well, since MML. altogether, I probably have about 200GB~350GB worth of stuff that I could back up. I'm working on a new method of backing up games on DVD, using a program called Setup Factory. Basically, I'll make my own customized installer for each game, with any patches, extras, maps, cracks, etc. built into the install. then, all of that will go on DVDs with an autorun menu providing instant and easy access to each installer. (as if opening up the DVD and double-clicking wasn't easy enough?) Basically, one-click access to all of the games, with patches current to whenever I happened to make the installer. Obviously there will be more current patches that are released after the DVD is made, but hey, that's why I've got them archived and available for public access on my computer. ahh, games. what would gamers do without them?
so I should get (back) to work. feel free to drop me a line or come bother me if you can, I'd welcome the company I'm sure.
|» late nite cleaning!|
quick 'n' dirty news:|
weekend was good, wedding equally so. rain didn't stop me from having fun, nor did the overabundance of cheesy/country music at the reception. music went well (nicolle thought so as well) and my cousin was so generous as to pay us both, even though we told her it was our wedding gift to her.
back at Coe, have carpet for the room so it's time for rapid rearranging of the crap so that I can get it put down before the roommate moves in on the 19th. hopefully he'll pay my parents back for the carpet... or maybe I can just have his air conditioner after he graduates or something. we'll work something out, I'm sure.
I think I'm gonna hit the sack shortly, though, as all of the driving over the weekend (C.R. to LaX, LaX to MKE, MKE to LaX, and LaX back to C.R. all in 5 days) has made me pretty tired.
|» hey kids!|
is life getting you down?|
do you feel "left out" when your parents and adult relatives raise their beer glasses in a toast and you're left with your crappy soda?
are your birthday parties not cool enough?
then have a Kidsbeer.
because "Even kids cannot stand life unless they have a drink."
(I KNEW there was a reason I was studying Japanese. hehehe.)