Saturday, February 19, 2011

right on, Rep. Moore.

thank you, Rep. Moore, for speaking truth to the patronising, bullshit "argument" that Planned Parenthood is racist because they kill so many black babies.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

dammit, pandora...

"this world may have failed you
it doesn't give you reason why
you could have chosen a different path in life"
"Angels"
by Within Temptation

...of course this song had to come on Pandora just after i recoiled at the thought of writing a poem about something i still don't quite feel up to writing about yet.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

*squee*

this has been a pretty good couple of days.

yesterday, i found out that i got one of the solos for my choir concert in March, and that i will also be in a small-ensemble piece! we have concerts on Saturday March 19 at 5pm and 8pm at Mayne Stage Theatre, by the Morse Red Line stop. i will be doing my solo at the 5pm show. the concert material is the same at 5pm and 8pm; only the soloists differ.

this morning, i found out that both the talk i proposed and the event i proposed for Notacon 8 were accepted!

my talk will be called "The Free Software Studio: Open-Source Tools for Musical Exploration and Composition". it will cover a wide range of free software music creation tools: what they are, how they work, and how to get them working together to realize your musical projects. whether you're just curious about how to get started in computer music, or you've been doing it for a while but want to add some things to your bag of tricks, it will be an interesting and helpful talk. it's about free software, but it's not Linux-specific at all--i will discuss tools that run on Linux, Mac, or Windows, so everyone can join in on the fun!

my event will be familiar if you came to Notacon last year: i'm hosting Whose Slide Is It Anyway again this year. :D if you're not familiar with it, it's a very silly game where i prepare twenty decks of five slides each. the slides, as a general rule, make very little sense. participants sign up to get in front of the crowd and give a short talk, with a Q and A at the end, based on one of the decks of slides. of course, they haven't seen these slides in their life. hilarity inevitably ensues.

i've got a busy and exciting few months ahead of me.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

a popping good time

we got some stuff at work that was packaged in some bubble wrap.

the angel on my shoulder says i should put the bubble wrap with all our other bubble wrap.

the devil on my shoulder wants me to pop, pop, pop every bubble on that sheet.

why is bubble wrap so awesome?

Friday, February 11, 2011

welcome to chicago, motherfucker.

...i don't think i've listened to this song since my second or third year of college. looking back on it, the lyrics are even stupider than i remember, but it's still a catchy song, and a lot of fun to listen to.

Saturday, February 05, 2011

a corpse is not a box!

this is by the same folks who brought you Llamas with Hats...and it's almost as deranged. i get the feeling Mittens and Carl would be good friends. ♥

Thursday, February 03, 2011

staying warm

a quick and easy guide to staying warm in Chicago:

  1. read a bunch of articles and news reports that say the temperature is going to be -17 in the morning, and the wind chill -35.
  2. remember that the last time you were outside, and the wind chill was in the -30s, it felt like your entire face was going to freeze off within seconds--even under a scarf.
  3. spend the entire evening bracing to face that kind of cold again.
  4. step outside.
  5. wait a minute.
  6. notice that your face is not freezing off.
  7. bask in the tropical glow.

i love the internet.

a few weeks ago, i made a post with the lyrics to "Texas Hold 'Em" by No Particular Night...or Mourning, a song that i've known since 2003 or so, but haven't heard since 2006, when my last backup of the song died in a little accident involving my purse, my minidiscs, and a container of tasty, delicious (and unfortunately melted) Ted Drewes.

jenius08 saw this post on Livejournal and, unbeknownst to me, tossed out a question to see if anyone on Reddit had heard of the band or the song. a little while later, Alan, one of the members of the band, responded to the post! she got the two of us in touch, and he sent me not only that song, but all the music the band ever recorded.

:D :D :D

in short, i just wanted to say a big thanks to both of you. <3 you're awesome, and have both given me the chance to hear music i thought i'd never, ever hear again in any medium except for my own recollections.