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It's been a tiring day.  My eyelids started drooping at 9:45.

Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: Explosions in the Sky - Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place
06 September 2005 @ 07:22 pm
because Ben Folds and Iron and Wine are performing here, on back-to-back nights, for free.

Ben Folds was tonight, at the Soho Apple store, starting about 25 minutes ago. I missed that one because I was only able to show up an hour ahead of time because of an honors scholar meeting at 5. Kori showed up two hours early so she got a wristband. Too bad for me :(

Iron and Wine is the band playing at NYU's Mystery Concert, according to "the word on the nets". I managed to get in line early enough to snag tickets for that one.

Also, there's a Sigur Ros "listening party" in the Kimmel Center's 7th floor lounge from 12:30 to 3:00. They're not actually going to be here, but they are going to play the album for us (a couple times, I would assume?) before it's released in stores.

Cool things.

I had my first class today, 19th Century Music. Looks like that one will be pretty cool, lots of listening and lots of reading, but I really need to expand my romantic horizons, and I figured that the romantic period would do it. My untrained ear has already spent an hour and a half listening to Beethoven's Ninth on period instruments; that was outside of class.

I'm also taking Physics 1, Conversations of the West: Antiquities and the 19th Century (covers lots of literature from, obviously, ancient times and the 19th century), and a Freshman Honors Seminar called The Role of the "Other" in Israeli/Palestinian Cinema. That last one should be pretty interesting. I've never watched any Israeli or Palestinian films in my life, to my knowledge.
31 August 2005 @ 09:35 pm
Trust me on this: college is the coolest thing ever. I haven't yet had a class, of course, so that could change things, but I'm really looking forward to those too so I can meet some kids that share more of my interests. Oh man, so cool. I don't know who reads this, but if you don't know me very well, know that I was very close to the most anti-social person you can imagine when I was in middle school. I've gradually grown out of it and now I'm something approaching social, which has its merits, I've discovered.

I've registered for classes: 3 on Monday, 1 on Tuesday, 4 on Wednesday (same as on Monday plus an extra recitation, I don't really know what that means), 2 on Thursday (same as on Tuesday plus an extra recitation, I still don't really have any idea what that means), 0 on Friday. My classes are by 8 or 9:30 every day, but I like that because I don't honestly mind waking up semi-early and I like having the rest of the day free.

Today I finally got nervous about being on my own, because today was the day my parents left. It was harder (and easier, too easy really) than I expected.
Current Mood: everything
Current Music: The Shins - Oh, Inverted World
24 August 2005 @ 10:59 pm
Another slow-moving week and a half.

I'm honestly quite worried that I won't miss anyone. At church, it was positively difficult to say that I would miss them too, because... I won't. And I'm not talking about just church people, I'm talking about everybody down here including my actual nuclear family. I have noticed that whenever I'm away from something, it gets shoved on to the back burner. This includes everything. Maybe it's still there, but it just doesn't occur to me to give it any thought at all. What isn't close just isn't real and important to me.

In other news, there is no other news.
12 August 2005 @ 08:02 pm
I don't like emo. I could say that this is because it's whiny, because it's immature, or because it all sounds the same, but those would be lies, or at least only partial truths. The main reason I don't generally like emo is because it's not actually emotional.

That's a lie too, but it hits much closer at the truth. Emo, as I've experienced it, isn't music for being emotional, it's music for being sad. Please, do not expect me to be sad all the time. Anybody that thinks that he's sad all the time is either kidding himself or needs medication. I don't refuse myself the right to occasional bouts of warranted sadness, but I find that music which is generally happy fits my soul much better than music which is 24/7 depressed.

At some point in the last few years, being depressed became popular. I say that not only is this not healthy, it's also cheapening what it actually means to be depressed. I've met actual, clinically depressed individuals. I can promise you: they don't want to be that way. And you shouldn't either.

It looks like we're probably going to go eat sushi with Clay on Tuesday evening, which ought to be pretty interesting.

I still have a job, and so it goes.

15 days left.
Current Mood: thoughtfulthoughtful
Current Music: Architecture in Helsinki - Do The Whirlwind
05 August 2005 @ 07:16 pm
The computer is entirely built. Not a single hitch, except I had to install my audio drivers manually. All of my files are transfered, San Andreas and HL2 run on it, there are 421 gigabytes of free space and I am happy.

I saw Adaptation last night. That was the best film I've seen in a long time, and maybe ever. I don't know about anybody else, but I identified very strongly with two of the main characters. Most of the time, I'm fairly socially ept, unlike Charlie, but it wasn't always like that, and it was a long struggle to get where I am today (and I'm still not exactly where I want to be). And Susan Orleans. Her greatest passion is my greatest passion. I'm not truly passionate about any one thing. I like a whole lot of things, but I would like to really love something, some one thing.

Anyway, it's a very good movie, and even if you don't identify with it, maybe at least you'll be able to understand the other side.

And... fireworks will be next Tuesday. $10 admissions fee, so if we get a lot of people to come, we'll be able to blow up most of Lillian. If you get in touch with me, you can come.

Other than that, it's mostly been just work and the occasional game of tennis.
Current Mood: complacentcomplacent
Current Music: Architecture in Helsinki - Tiny Paintings
27 July 2005 @ 11:05 pm
Nothing really happened today. Work. Got some parts for the compy 2005 (case, hard drive, speakers). Also my TI-84+ came in. That's it.
Current Mood: blankblank
Current Music: Autechre - Bike
25 July 2005 @ 11:25 pm
Sushi and then fireworks with the Cutsingers, Jess, Ashlee and Richard. Sushi was good, though I ended up spending more than I intended. Fireworks were pretty sweet but.

Ashlee and Jess: be not afraid. Or be not cautious. Or whatever it is. But have some good, clean, dangerous fun.

Also: all of the parts for my new computer have now been ordered. I was able to get a really good deal on a motherboard/cpu combo, so I splurged and got the Athlon 64 3400+. The other really good deals I found were on two fast, cheap hard drives, so I'm going to have 500 gb of storage space in the box. Quite enough for all of the illegal music and movies I could want, I'd say. They should all be here by Friday. I'm very excited.
Current Mood: pleasedpleased
Current Music: Kings of Convenience - I'd Rather Dance With You
24 July 2005 @ 01:44 pm
This is the popular thing to do, so I'm doing it! Just like everybody. I've resisted and resisted and resisted but I can hold out from the fruits of expressing my innermost feelings no longer. Also, I enjoy music.
Current Mood: calmcalm
Current Music: Modest Mouse - Everywhere and His Nasty Parlour Tricks