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MCSF Update: Radio Broadcast! [Aug. 5th, 2010|05:34 pm]
[Current Mood | excited]

I just received an email message that one of my Master Chorale of South Florida performances of Beethoven's 9th is going to be broadcast on WKCP 89.7 FM on Friday August 20 at 8pm. Woo!

I'm ecstatic to hear about the broadcast as there haven't been any official recordings of the chorus ever since I joined it two years ago. It's enormously different to hear the chorus from the audience rather than while you're in the middle of it. I usually have an advantage of being at the front of the chorus and able to hear everyone singing behind me since I'm not as tall as most of our members.

In just a few weeks I'll starting my third year with MCSF. Singing in rehearsals is as much fun as performing at concerts. Sometimes it's more fun since we're able to joke around and listen to Joshua's amusing stories in between sections of work. He uses his stories to make pertinent points about what we're doing, all while letting us rest for a minute or two; a strategy that works enormously well in my book!
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I have triumphed! [Jul. 2nd, 2010|01:35 pm]
[Current Mood | excited]

Well, after that last post I had a major roadblock put in my way; namely the sellers of the condo I was trying to get deciding to drop me because my mortgage broker disclosed something he shouldn't have because it wasn't true.

So after another month+ since that last post, I have managed to close on my new condo!

Actually, the whole thing took over a year; I started looking for condos in April of last year. This particular condo was 3 1/2 months of work, fees, paperwork, escrow, paperwork, and more paperwork. Thank heaven I had an all-in-one printer/scanner/copier to use at home. It doesn't have a fax, but it's still way better in document quality than the huge scanner/fax/copier/etc machine at work... Go figure.

Moving is going to be a while yet- but for a good reason. I'll be getting some repairs and energy improvements done for me- part of the NSP (Neighborhood Stabilization Program) which also helped me to afford the down payment and closing costs. When all is said and done (possibly a few months down the road), I'll be moved into a condo 3 times the size of my current tiny concrete bunker and living in an area with a much lower crime rate, so I'll have less chance of getting mugged again.

This is so going to be worth all of the effort and stress of the past two years. Let's just hope the rented concrete bunker doesn't flood again and damage more of my books...
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Missing you all [May. 20th, 2010|07:54 pm]
As the topic of the post goes, so goes my brain. I am indeed missing you all. But there's good news. And I don't want to post about it until arrangements are completed and documents are signed. I don't want to jinx it, and thus far acting as though it's not definite yet may have contributed toward my getting over some nasty hurtles between me and my goal. (superstitious much?)

So, hi all! *snugs* I hope to deliver some good news next week (the soonest, and hopefully when it'll be done. But it might be delayed further). Cross your fingers!
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Ducking in [Feb. 3rd, 2010|09:12 pm]
Hi all. I'm posting from my recently acquired iPod touch which is a bit awkward but neat. Just wanted to show evidence that I haven't fallen off the face of the Earth completely, or that I've managed to climb back safely at least. This past year has been very eventful both for the good and the bad, but overall I think I'm much better off now.

I can now number myself among the recently divorced, and am in the process of finally looking for and buying a place of my own instead of renting. My RL friends and family have been amazingly supportive and I'm lucky to have them. More later; I've missed you all.
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Something pretty to look at [Apr. 2nd, 2009|10:25 am]
[Current Mood | depressed]

Those of you involved in my RL know what's going on, so I won't get into it at the moment. Maybe later when it's less like a wound.

I did find something pretty to look at. A nice personality test for those with an appreciation for pictures. My results:


Your result for The Perception Personality Image Test...

NBDC - The Illusionist

Nature, Background, Detail, and Color

You perceive the world with particular attention to nature. You focus on the hidden treasures of life (the background) and how that is affected by the details of life. You are also particularly drawn towards the colors around you. Because of the value you place on nature, you tend to find comfort in more subdued settings and find energy in solitude. You like to ponder ideas and imagine the many possibilities of your life without worrying about the details or specifics. You are highly focused on specific goals or tasks and find meaning in life by pursuing those goals. You are a down-to-earth person who enjoys going with the flow.




The Perception Personality Types:


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Take The Perception Personality Image Test
at HelloQuizzy

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Things that make you say "Huh?" [Feb. 23rd, 2009|08:45 am]
I was briefly glimpsing at a friend's LJ and noticed that my default user pic over there was somehow changed into- well something else. Thankfully nothing too obscene. But as you can see, my edited Daria pic is back. That pencil drawing of a man's mug shot- not mine. It's deleted now, hopefully never to return. I'll have to keep an eye on my LJ for further signs in case it was more than an LJ glitch.

Er. Yeah. And life? It's being life. Some good, some not so good, but at least I'm more aware of it and learning how to deal with it better. At least, I hope it's better.

*waves at fellow Life Participants* How's it going for you?
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Birthday wishes [Jan. 9th, 2009|10:30 am]
[Current Mood | indescribable]

Happy Birthday to all and sundry whose Birthdays I have shamefully not given wishes to. Life has been more than busy of late (not the best of excuses, I know), and I'm living it as best I can with the help of friends and family.

Oh, yes, and Happy Birthday, Severus Snape, the eternally misunderstood. Here's hoping you're dealt better cards in the Afterlife.

I love you all. You're like a constant party. Like Callahan's Crosstime Saloon. ;) I've been reading posts whenever I can, even if I couldn't respond as much as I like to. *snugs*

As for fic, I'm very far behind on that. But it's like having a reward waiting for me later. Take care, everyone.
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Woo! I'm motivated a bit. [Nov. 25th, 2008|08:04 pm]
[Current Location |Home, thank heaven]
[Current Mood | hyper]
[Current Music |Inn music from WoW's newest area. Kinda nice.]

First, to get your attention:

Nathan Fillion in PG Porn
Starring Nathan Fillion and Aria Giovanni and directed by James Gunn.
Starts off nicely, but warning for *spoiler* content. Hmm. How to warn without giving it away?

Had quite a nice day today, and I just figured out it's partially because I'm having a "good PMS" month. Some months are terrible, and some, strangely, are like this. Everything goes right or is something I can deal with. I feel achy, tired and odd, but I'm still in a good mood, get lots of things done, and everyone around me is either nice and polite, or silent. ;)

I've decided I'm getting our finances into order. I've also come to the realization that I knew I enjoyed being productive with money (fake money like the stuff you earn in MMORPGs like WoW and City of X with their respective auction houses, crafting skills, etc), and am interested in trying the stock markets or researching better ways to make the real stuff. However, I never equated it to actually "being interested in finances"- if that's how one would describe it.

I read a number of very interesting articles today, listened to 3 out of 6 audio book disks I'd gotten recently, and I'm nearly ready to start taking that knowledge and applying it. I must say that I'm a bit excited now. I just hope I can maintain that level once the hormones fade. Heh. I know I will, just not at this moment's manic level.

I'm also wondering if I can earn a bit of extra money helping people claw their way out of debt and into getting their credit at a good-excellent level... I've got the good credit covered; working on the debt now. More research!

And our Xbox360 looks to be fragged. Sigh. Working on getting it fixed and going onto better things.

Master Chorale of South Florida: Our performance of Elijah went spectacularly! Next is our Holiday concert, one month after Elijah. December 12, 13 and 14. We're doing some interesting pieces; very little is standard stuff, but most is either recognizable, interesting or fun.

How are things with you all?
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Land of the free? Nope. Not for everyone. Not if you're gay. [Nov. 5th, 2008|08:17 am]
[Current Mood | determined]

I'm ashamed of Florida. Truly I am. Many voted to preserve freedom. Unfortunately they were outnumbered by the combined masses of religious folk following their beliefs, and the uninformed who weren't aware of the issue and followed the prompting of the wording of the amendment put to the vote.

Who wouldn't want to "protect" marriage? That's an obvious thing to vote for. But the wording of this amendment is both biased and unfair:

"Official Ballot Summary: This amendment protects marriage as the legal union of only one man and one woman as husband and wife and provides that no other legal union that is treated as marriage or the substantial equivalent thereof shall be valid or recognized."

"Protect". What are they protecting marriage from? Are those who are gay going to rise up like zombies and slay everyone who is married? Are there a limited number of marriages that can be performed each year? No.

This is the only amendment put on the ballot by a citizens' petition. The sponsor of the petition drive is an Orlando lawyer who heads a religious conservative group. (Reference: http://www.news4jax.com/politics/17670150/detail.html)

Here's the petition: http://election.dos.state.fl.us/initiatives/fulltext/pdf/41550-1.pdf

So basically even if this hadn't passed it would be no skin off of their backs and no help to those trying to protect their right to not be discriminated against. And that's what it is- discrimination, pure and simple. If the ballot had been worded something more like "This amendment allows for discrimination against those couples that do not consist of one man and one woman", I am confident that the vote would have turned out a bit differently. Yes, that phrasing is biased in the other direction, but it also doesn't hide the issue behind slanted words.

Once they finish discriminating against gays who is going to be next? Blacks? Jews? Should I be worried about my own marriage due to outside forces dictating what I can and cannot do? I'm already going to have to be concerned about my gay friends if they need medical treatment or need to be hospitalized, and their partners' insurance won't cover them.

Where will they go next once they're done taking away the right to marry? Will we eventually be creating new jobs by building gas chambers?

Where does this discrimination end? It should not have started.
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Art and artist rec [Oct. 18th, 2008|02:46 am]
[Current Mood | impressed]
[Current Music |Elijah - the complete work]

Okay, technically this is a non-HP rec *shock* *horror* - However, the particular picture I'm linking to looks rather like a ... well, a prettified and young Snape in some ways.

http://mercuralis.deviantart.com/art/Winter-Prince-38506651

At any rate, I love this picture and the artist's other works are quite beautiful. She has some pics of hotness to browse through as well. Not that that would be a consideration... Ahem.

She has another website with many links to other sites of hers and other artists, so there's plenty to browse.

*seriously considers her budget and the possibility of ordering a print of "Winter Prince"*
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Just a thought... [Oct. 10th, 2008|06:45 pm]
[Current Mood | moody]

Yes, I know I haven't posted in ages and there's tons of news to share, but this thought just came to me for no particular reason other than the obvious, and I had to inflict it upon the rest of you.

Why am I suddenly wondering if, when filming Deathly Hallows, the WB is going to remove Snape's scene in the Shrieking Shack and have Random Character X (possibly McGonnagal) hand Harry a bottle of memories that Albus' portrait told her to give Harry. And there won't be more than a few memories we see of canned footage of Lily, and a bit of Snape walking down a corridor somewhere before Harry exclaims something and goes off to do his duty.

I wasn't even thinking about the HP movies before that hit me. *boggles* Perhaps I'm just feeling discouraged.

*goes off to deal with more RL*
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Tropical Storm Fay and Chorus! [Aug. 18th, 2008|06:50 am]
[Current Mood | tired]

Yes, it's that time of year again. I and my other Floridian friends are waiting and watching Tropical Storm Fay which is supposed to start rolling its way from Cuba to Florida today. The center is most likely going to stay on the West Coast, but those of us on the East Coast will still be getting Tropical Storm force winds. Fay is also likely to strengthen into a Cat 1 hurricane during the time it travels between Cuba and Florida from all of the hot water.

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/ for interesting updates and maps.

I'm having an interesting time trying to get the VPN connection working on my laptop, and network drives mapped to my computer. And the work webmail website is being annoying and isn't coming up either, so I can't check for replies on my VPN support request, or word from my boss saying it's okay to work from home today. Well, if it comes down to it, I can take today as a sick day; my stomach hasn't been behaving either.

*looks at the time and sighs* - I could be sleeping, but "work" starts at 7am.

Oh! I made the Master Chorale of South Florida I was fretting about for months. :) I've already been in one rehearsal (Last Monday). As one might imagine, rehearsal was canceled today and will be made up another day. I'll go into detail about rehearsals later, but I wanted to drop this description of the audition on you all first. Cut for length and because some RL friends may have already heard this:

Chorus Auditions! )
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Happy Birthday to Harry and to everyone! [Jul. 31st, 2008|07:51 am]
[Current Mood | thankful]
[Current Music |Queensryche: Operation Mindcrime]

Happy Birthday Harry, you little squirt. Even if you're not so little anymore.

And to everyone on my Flist whose Birthdays I have been horrifically neglecting. Happy Birthday, belated or pre-wished or even on time. You all have been my silent textual and artistic companions, and I wanted to thank you all.

And now for a brief touch of RL. Can anyone say "kidney stones"? One out of a number of recent dramas. Sigh.
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A poll! The HBP movie and the DH book [Jun. 13th, 2008|08:24 am]
[Current Mood | curious]
[Current Music |Pink Floyd- Wearing the Inside Out]

I haven't seen this question come up yet, but then I've been away from IJ for two to three months. If discussion of the question has already come and gone, I'd sincerely love to be directed to it so I can read it myself.

I suppose for those of us who are gamers, this would pose a question of the actors' OOC knowledge affecting their IC actions. ;) And now, on to the ticky boxes!


Poll #1911 HP: The creation of HBP the movie and DH the book
Open to: All, results viewable to: All

Will the movie version of HBP be affected by the book DH?

View Answers

Of course, yes! The knowledge is there.
9 (100.0%)

No, they'll try to keep strictly to HBP the book.
0 (0.0%)

If you answered yes, what do you think will be affected?

View Answers

Harry's interactions with Ginny
8 (88.9%)

Hermione and Ron's couple-dom
8 (88.9%)

Dumbledore's behavior
2 (22.2%)

Snape's behavior and motivations
5 (55.6%)

Harry's interactions with Snape
3 (33.3%)

Harry's interactions with Lupin, Tonks and others
1 (11.1%)

The adults' plotlines will be more emphasized than the school/kiddie ones
1 (11.1%)

There will be foreshadowing of the DH's even if it's solemn music when Harry takes out his invisibility cloak
7 (77.8%)

Slughorn will be portrayed more seriously than he may have otherwise
1 (11.1%)

Draco will finally get to seem less whiny and cowardly
2 (22.2%)

There will be many sentimental shots of the Weasleys, especially the twins
5 (55.6%)

Dobby will be featured and more serious
4 (44.4%)

Aberforth and the Hog's Head will be glimpsed
4 (44.4%)

Luna will be featured more
3 (33.3%)

Neville will be featured more and kick more butt
2 (22.2%)

If you answered yes, what other ways would the HBP movie be affected?

No matter what your answer, leave any additional comments you may have about the HBP movie

Ticky boxes!

View Answers

Harry Potter and the Half Tickied Box
5 (71.4%)

Advanced Tickies
5 (71.4%)

The Ticky of Requirement
6 (85.7%)

The Hog's Ticky
3 (42.9%)

Ticky Place
4 (57.1%)

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Holy flying space monkies! [Jun. 12th, 2008|08:41 am]
[Current Mood | indescribable]
[Current Music |Apocalyptica - Hall Of The Mountain King]

Hello again, everyone. I'm still alive, and have a pressie. This is highly amusing, and I look forward to seeing how everyone compares!

How long could you survive in the vacuum of space?
Created by OnePlusYou


I've been ... well, let's just say that RL has well and truly ... for a few months. I'm just starting to catch up again and expect I've missed a ton. I'd love to come to Portus or Terminus but don't know if I can arrange the time.

If there's anything you want me to see from IJ/LJ, let me know! Thankfully I've managed to take part in reading snarry_games at least, though I'm not even finished with those. Take care, all.
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LJ User Strike on March 21 [Mar. 19th, 2008|09:43 am]
[Current Mood | sleepy]

I posted this at LJ. Since I didn't know about it till just a few minutes ago, I thought I'd repost it in case anyone on my flist is as oblivious as I am. ;)

An LJ User Strike on March 21st was news to me as I don't frequent LJ nearly as much as I used to. I only go back to LJ to keep up with my LJ friends who are also RL friends, and those rare fandom friends who didn't migrate with the rest of us over to IJ (or another journal, but my impression is that most of us have settled at IJ). After a weekend, I used to go well past skip=500 to keep up with my flist on LJ. Now it's unusual if I have to venture past skip=200 or even 100, even after being away for two to three weeks. Wow.

If you're interested, visit beckyzoole's journal. Her posts are thoughtful and detail the reasoning behind organizing this (and how it'll leave a footprint without damaging anyone). I'll be participating; it certainly won't be difficult for me. ;)
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RL: the good, the ugly, and the shiny! [Mar. 13th, 2008|02:49 pm]
[Current Mood | excited]
[Current Music |Yes - Tormato]

Something I'd love to hear from you all about: Do you play Second Life, and if so:

1) Do you love it lots?
2) Do you make items or do you buy them?
3) If you make items, do you sell them and make a good profit?
4) Do you participate in the HP and other fandom groups there?

I ask all of this because I've started in with SL because of an old MUSH friend of mine. It looks very cool (though it runs surprisingly slow on my computer because of the massive amounts of 3D rendering, etc), and I'm considering dedicating more time and attention to it, learning how to script, etc. I'm fascinated by the idea that I can play in a game which gives me the potential of actually making real money if I play it right and work at it. In past I've enjoyed playing the auction house in World of Warcraft and City of Heroes/Villains, so who knows? Heck, I could even get a job there to make money too. It's pretty amazing. You can even take classes from RL Universities there, etc etc. One day it might be nice to be able to take those classes and apply them towards a degree.

Moving onwards...

Woe! I've been neglecting my flist! But I've gone from skip=460 to skip=260. Er...
Woe! I've been neglecting work today!

Speaking of work:

Cut for slightly gross bathroom grousing about a thankfully rare occurrance )

I've also been tempted by a shiny iPod Touch (the 32GB version). A couple of my friends advised I wait as in June there is supposed to be another firmware upgrade, and it's always possible they might give us a 64GB version seeing as flash memory's hardly expensive anymore!

And lastly, I'm pleased to note that come August, I may be auditioning to be in a choir. I've missed singing so much, and this group does the wonderful classical pieces I enjoyed in Concert Choir rather than the cheesy sort of songs I did as a kid in Elementary school. What I'm most nervous about is having to sight sing as part of the audition as well. I'd better get some stuff to practice with.
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Lunch LOLs [Feb. 27th, 2008|01:09 pm]
[Current Mood | Amused but tired]

Sleep has been a strange thing to my hubby and me of late. Usually I fall asleep easily and then am falling asleep at my desk despite that (hypothyroidism and possible anemia is fun). The past couple of nights we've been having trouble falling asleep, get a few hours less of downtime, and I've been tired but not sleepy during the day. Buh? I function better on 5-6 hours of sleep?

This tiredness works into the amusement at lunch today. I got some chinese takeout from a restaurant within walking distance from work (yum). I was distracted, eating veggies and a few pieces of chicken while reading (I'm sure you can guess what sort of things I was reading) when I look down and wonder, "What's all of this flaky stuff on the veggies? Did they put in tons of chopped garlic? I don't taste it."

It was then I realized that I was looking at the rice on the bottom of the bowl.
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Lunar Eclipse! ... And LJ [Feb. 20th, 2008|11:00 am]
[Current Mood | tired]

For those of you who aren't aware, there is going to be a Lunar Eclipse tonight! Being the minor astronomy geek that I am, I had to break my unintentional silence long enough to jabber about it.

More information here about the times for each time zone:

http://sunearth.gsfc.nasa.gov/eclipse/LEmono/TLE2008Feb21/TLE2008Feb21.html


And what's with LJ recently? I went to catch up there and I don't see anything in my flist past skip=160 or so. That went back to February 6th (yes, I'm that far behind, sorry!) I used to go well past skip=500. LJ isn't retaining a full month of posts at the very least?
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A bit of sadness on Snape's birthday [Jan. 9th, 2008|10:06 am]
[Current Mood | exhausted]

It occurred to me that since we don't know the exact date of the Battle of Hogwarts, we can't be certain of what date to hold any sort of memorial or fic event. At least, I don't recall reading what date it was.

Happy Birthday, Severus Snape. We all miss you.

And because Snape rarely if ever gets anything for himself, my thoughts are also with the various people known and unknown to me who have passed over the years.
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