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December 16th, 2008

09:30 am: at long last, letters
This year, I had a plan. I was going to go out and see friends outside of scheduled extracurricular activities. I was going to keep in touch of my own accord, in preparation for the approaching time when I won't have university clubs to keep me company. But instead, I have been an absolutely terrible correspondent ever since May! Not healthy if you want to keep friends.

This lack of communication has really been brought to the fore in the past couple of days. I've added a couple picture feeds (courtesy of Google Gadgets) to my desktop and it had the unplanned side effect of reminding me about people I should contact. In order to procrastinate doing other things, I've been going through my email inbox and responding to neglected messages. It's really quite cathartic.

Here's hoping seeing that picture feed every time I log in will continue to act as a friendly reminder.

Current Mood: guilty but relieved

December 12th, 2008

02:44 am: Christmas Wish List (from jjloa)
the rulesCollapse )
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Current Music: Radio Active - Radio Active - S06 - E08 - Backchat

December 8th, 2008

11:52 pm: I just saw a fascinating film, about Johnny Cash's famous 1969 concert at San Quentin prison. After I first heard about that concert (from a radio program), it made me wonder whether conditions are any better in San Quentin now than when that concert took place. To my astonishment, it turns out they're actually far worse in many ways due to over-crowding. Unbelievable.

I don't know much about conditions in other prisons in the States, but I'm pretty sure I've heard the issue of over-crowding raised about Canadian prisons. It makes me wonder what it's like in the prisons here in Kingston.

Current Music: NPR

December 3rd, 2008

06:24 pm: After visiting Hotel Dieu for x-rays of my knee (upon which I fell nearly two weeks ago), I had a couple of nifty experiences yesterday evening.

One was randomly dropping by kejlina and sugar_lumps's apartment and finding them (more or less) available for some social/pretending-to-study time.

The other one happened immediately before that. I emerged from the Dollarama feeling thoroughly depressed by the crappy music playing in there, to hear the faint sound of a banjo coming down the street. It was carried by a man with a truly impressive number of tattoos and piercings. I couldn't help striking up a conversation, and we had a lovely chat for maybe ten minutes about banjos, banjo music and musical heroes. He was an interesting guy who'd carried his banjo with him while hitchhiking across Canada. Finally, we thanked each other for the conversation and I gave him directions to Wellington Street. Woody Guthrie would have approved, I think.

Spot the Canadian actress in "Prop 8 - The Musical"!

Current Music: A Chorus Line - Sing!

December 2nd, 2008

12:42 am: Posted using LJ Talk (http://www.livejournal.com/chat/)...
So... what to say (again)? Yes, I'm still alive... still at school, still in Kingston. At this point--assuming I write my two exams on the 4th and 10th, which I'm pretty sure I will do--I'm half a year away from finally finishing. My life isn't terribly exciting at the moment. Classes were French (for people with 3 or so years of HS French), Intro to Hebrew, Popular Music and Canadian English. I've been getting pretty good marks. Regular extracurricular activities this term were church choir (second year in Anglican choir and now in the soprano section), Trampoline Club occasionally, a ballroom dance class, watching "Doctor Who" on Fridays with friends and helping out (mostly with dishwashing) at Food Not Bombs. The one bit of theatrical excitement was playing accordion in the Drama Department's production of Brecht's 'Drums in the Night'. Any questions?

December 1st, 2008

01:20 pm: IM post
I'm sending this (very brief) entry from Meebo. If it works, I may (?) start updating my LJ again. We'll see.

April 24th, 2008

01:52 pm: Sometimes it's strange how things work.

Flickr recently added support for videos, so I've been uploading videos from my camera and integrating them into the sets already there. I remember being amused a couple days ago at a video of a people dancing at a staff party at Camera Obscura (in Edinburgh) and a witty comment from one particular staff member. I was feeling pretty nostalgic about my time in Edinburgh in general. This morning, I received a message from the Assistant Manager informing us that he (that staff member) was found dead at his flat--of natural causes, the police believe--on Sunday. It's always a shock to hear of a young person I know dying...

Current Mood: melancholymelancholy

November 11th, 2007

06:13 pm: Help me choose (again)... musical theatre recordings
Probably as a result of being involved in QMT while at the same time looking forward to the movie of 'Sweeney Todd', I'm on quite the musical theatre kick right now. Upon taking an inventory of my CD (and tape) collection, I counted forty-one recordings of musicals and operettas. Not too bad, I suppose, considering that 'West Side Story' was the only musical theatre recording I owned going into high school, but I want more! (And I'm putting together my Christmas wish list.) I'm having difficulty deciding among the many recordings that interest me so I come to you, musical theatre freaks on my friend list, to recommend where I should go next. What essentials am I missing?

Here are the shows I"ve heard/seen/done and liked but don"t currently own a recording of. One or two of these may be a possibility.Collapse )

Here are the shows with which I have some limited familiarity that might be candidates.Collapse )

Here are some shows I haven"t heard (or perhaps I"ve heard just a tiny bit) but I"m curious about.Collapse )

To give you some background, here are recordings I own that I like.Collapse )

And ones I own but don"t likeCollapse )

Instead of a list of shows and recordings I hate, here"s a bit of a rant about the sorts of things I usually dislike.Collapse )


November 3rd, 2007

07:03 pm: Just your typical holiday movie fare...
first trailer
second trailer

Obviously not going to be an operatic version. We shall see how it turns out.

Current Mood: excitedexcited

October 25th, 2007

01:01 am: Zowie...
Some of the readings for "Gender and Popular Music" are (to me, at least) pretty dense at times. Tomorrow's is a real zinger. It's called "Acting camp: Moe Meyer, from the Introduction to The Politics and Poetics of Camp." It's our introduction to queer theory in the course. Sounds interesting, right?

I got so frustrated trying to get through the seven pages of the article that I eventually had to make a compilation of its most impressive passages in order to put myself in a more positive frame of mind. By feeling superior because I'm ridiculing his verbosity... or something

queer identity is more accurately identified as the praxical response to the emergence of social constructionist (sex/gender as ideologically interpellated) models of identity and its, by now overly rehearsed, oppositional stance to essentialist (sexual orientation as innate) models, thus historically situating queer identity in an epistemological rift that predates the advent of AIDS.

a much wider application of the depth model of identity which underwrites the epistemology deployed by the bourgeoisie in their ascendancy to and maintenance of dominant power

parody is an intertextual manipulation of multiple conventions, 'an extended repetition with critical difference's that 'has a hermeneutic function with both cultural and even ideological implications'.

A similarly intimidating article (with references to Freud and Lacan, even!) from a few weeks ago was co-written by our professor when she was younger than me. It made me feel terribly stupid.

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